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The Focke Wulf Fw 190D and Ta 152

The Focke Wulf Fw 190D and Ta 152 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2019 Title The Focke Wulf Fw 190D and Ta 152
Author Richard A Franks Publisher Valiant Wings Publishing
Published 2011 ISBN 978-1-912932-07-8
Format 176 pages, softcover MSRP (BP) £19.95

Review

Valiant Wings resumes its welcome reissues with a second edition of The Focke-Wulf Fw 190D and Ta 152 – third in the publisher’s acclaimed “Airframe & Miniature” range.

Compared to the original imprint, this revision adds 16 more pages, new-kit releases since 2012, and a model build of Zoukei-Mura’s newly-tooled, 1:48-scale Ta 152H-1.

And like all “Airframe & Miniature” titles, it sports hundreds of illustrations – photos, drawings, color art, and archival images.

Author/editor Richard A. Franks kick-starts contents with five chapters charting prototype and development machines, main “long-nose” production versions with corresponding Rüstsätze, and “drawing board designs”.

Coverage then segues to a chunky “Camouflage & Markings” chapter – conveniently complete with details of stencils, national insignia, squadron markings, and Reich-defense bands. And at least 37 accompanying color plates by Richard J. Caruana – profiles, plan views, and insets – provide plenty of potent project potential.

Text turns even meatier for modelers in two subsequent sections. The first samples key “long-nose” kits to popular scales. And the second showcases step-by-step model builds by Libor Jekl and Steve A. Evans.

Confused about subtypes? Fourteen pages of enlightening “Building a Collection” isometrics graphically trace Fw 190D and Ta 152 evolution. And 24 pages of amazing “In Detail” photos, archival excerpts, and drawings illumine “long-nose” minutiae – inside and out.

Four extensive appendices list kits, accessories, decals, and references. And a glossary and pull-out 1:48-scale plans complete contents.

Grab this handy handbook before it goes out-of-print again.

Robustly recommended!

With thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for the review copy.