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Focke Wulf Fw 190 Vol III

Focke Wulf Fw 190 Vol III Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2005 Title Focke Wulf Fw 190 Vol III
Author Krzysztof Janowicz Publisher Kagero
Published 2005 ISBN 83-89088-56-8
Format 120 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $24.95


Kagero has been turning out some very interesting and well-researched monographs on many subjects. In this release, Kagero continues its coverage of the Focke Wulf Fw 190 as this is Volume Three of a four-part series. The other three volumes are reviewed in:

Published in both Polish and English, the author walks the reader through the wartime operations of the aircraft on all fronts, with a closer look at the close air support (mud movers) versions.

The coverage includes:

  • Introduction
  • The Fighter of Many Faces
  • Africa & Sicily
  • All Strak's Men
  • "Fire Brigade" on the Eastern Front
  • Jack of All Trades
  • Hills, Mountains, & Monte Cassino
  • To Stop the Red Bear
  • From Normandy to the Rhine
  • Defeat in the East
  • The Hungarian Ally
  • Hunting By Night
  • Over the Atlantic
  • Mistel
  • Evaluation of the Fw 190

Book Review

In addition to the operational history of the aircraft, the title contains line drawings of the Fw 190 versions not covered in the previous two volumes. There are also separate sheets of line drawings included for the Fw 190A-5 and Fw 190A-8 in 1/32 scale. The author has also provided a color walk around of the Fw 190 on display at the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum at the new Dulles Airport Annex. Coverage of this part ends with some excellent color profiles of the Fw 190A series.

Book Review

As is customary for the Kagero series, a sheet of Techmod decals is included representing selected subjects from the color profiles in the title. In a new push, Kagero has elected to provide fewer subjects on the decal sheet in favor of providing those subjects that are covered in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32. All modelers win with this approach! The subjects include:

  • Fw 190F-8, III./SG 3, M+I, May 1945
  • Fw 190F-9, 7./SG 77, White 2+I, 1945
  • Fw 190F-8, II./SG 77, White T+-, Feb 1944
  • Fw 190F-8, Stab II Gruppe, Green <<+-, 1945
  • Fw 190F-9, II./SG 2, Black 9, 1945
  • Fw 190F-9, III./KG 200, Yellow 10, 1945
  • Fw 190F-8, 7./SG 10, White 4, May 1945
  • Fw 190F-8, Stab III./SG 10, Green 2+I, 1945

You'll definitely want to add this title to your reference library. You can find Kagero books at your favorite hobby retailer.