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The Focke Wulf Fw 190 Radial Engine Versions

The Focke Wulf Fw 190 Radial Engine Versions Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2019 Title The Focke Wulf Fw 190 Radial Engine Versions
Author Richard A Franks Publisher Valiant Wings Publishing
Published 2019 ISBN 978-1-912932-08-5
Format 240 pages, softcover MSRP (BP) £20.95

Review

If you missed this handy handbook the first time around, grab it – now.

Nazi Germany’s legendary “Butcher Bird” gets full Valiant Wings treatment in The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Radial-engine Versions – revised edition of the seventh “Airframe & Miniature” title.

Ably authored and edited by Richard A. Franks, text deftly details all radial-engine Fw 190s – prototype, A, B, C, F, G, S, and, yes, turbojet variants. And format follows the publisher’s proven prescription.

That includes illuminating introductory notes, 16 more pages than the original imprint, new-kit releases since the first 2014 edition, and plenty of eye candy.

Plenty.

Determining the actual subtype of your Focke-Wulf project? Forty-five pages of astonishing “Building a Collection” isometrics will sex your subject.

Lavishing details on your miniature masterpiece? Fifty pages of striking “In Detail” shots and drawings microscopically dissect Fw minutiae – prop to rudder, tip-to-tip, top-to-bottom, inside and out.

Seeking a scheme? At least 60 of color plates by Richard J. Caruana – profiles, plan views, and insets – survey the swath of Würger warpaint.

Hundreds more illustrations – including two sets of fold-out 1:48-scale plans, stencil placement specs, archival excerpts, national insignia, squadron identifiers, Reich-defense bands, and cowl markings – further season the study. Photos depict both period and preserved aircraft in almost mind-numbing detail.

Eight step-by-step model builds by Libor Jekl, Steve A. Evans, and Dani Zamarbide help supercharge your building and finishing skills. And four exhaustive appendices – kits, accessories, decals, and references – neatly wrap things up.

Whew.

Call me a cynic: I consider nothing in this field “a complete guide”. But Valiant Wings’ reissue of Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Radial-engine Versions comes awfully close. Grab this encyclopedic effort before it goes scarce again.

Roundly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for this review copy.