FOCKE WULF FW-190 AND TA-152 IN 1/72 SCALE
BRIAN R. BAKER
DATE: 26 APRIL 2004
NOTES: SEE EXPLANATIONS AT END OF TEXT. INTRODUCTION FOLLOWS HERE.
WORLD WAR II RECOGNITION MODELS
Aristocraft FW-190A-3. Black plastic recognition model produced for the U.S.
1942 military forces recognition training programs during World War II.
Reasonably accurate model, as these had been captured by this time.
British and Germans may have had similar models, although I have
only seen the American version. Many replicas produced postwar.
Photo shows model on display at Wright Field Air Force Museum.
U.S.N.B.A. FW-190A model plans produced by Navy Bureau of Aeronautics for
10 May 42 high school student recognition model program. Students were given
plans and paper templates and models were built in wood shopclasses.
Finished models were presumably painted black and given to military units
for recognition training, allowing students to participate in the war effort.
Although not a “plastic model” these qualify due to their purpose and function.
Copy of plans and template sheet.
FROG FW-190D. One of the first plastic kits, rare today. I’ve never seen
PENGUIN one. Listed in Burns’ Kit Collector’s Guide.
KITS OF THE FIFTIES
AIRFIX FW-190D-9. Early Airfix offering, depicting very early production
C1955 D-9 with flat canopy. Produced from 1955 to 1975 by Airfix and
101 various manufacturers, including Airfix-America, Craftmaster, and
0-1064-7(D) Cast in silver plastic, the kit was somewhat accurate in outline and
0-1070-1 “state of the art” for its time. A lot of work could convert in into
0-3029-0 a reasonably accurate model. Decal sheets improved with time,
6-39 with last issues including decals for JG54, JG26, and JG63 aircraft.
T-223 (AA) Reviewed by Steve Messner in Modelingmadness.
FROG FW-190A-4. Original Frog issue. Quite inaccurate outline and
C1958 had insignia locations inscribed on surfaces of kit. Revell obtained
F.147 molds in late 1970’s but thankfully did not reissue the kit. F.522
F.211(F) was double issue with Beaufighter T.F.10 in “Comet Series”.
F.211 F.211M reboxed by Minex. Also produced by Minicraft. Last
5904 produced about 1970.
KITS OF THE SIXTIES
HELLER FW-190A-5/A-8. Although listed as appearing in France in the
C1963 early sixties, this kit didn’t appear in the U.S. until the early
L087 seventies. Molded in soft grey plastic, this kit had fewer outline
HC1702 problems than previous kits. Included an interior, two canopies,
and two forward fuselage fairings for the A-5 & 6 and A-7 &
A-8 versions, A-9 prop, as well as armament variations.
Kit featured raised surface detail and was best kit available at
the time it was issued. Canopy could be shown in open or
closed position. Outline problems included basic fuselage and
rudder shape, forward fuselage, and cowling ring.
REVELL FW-190A-3/4. In the early sixties, Revell introduced a series of
H226 World War I and II military aircraft, and the FW-190A was one
H62 of the early issues. Original kits had a very inaccurate, constant
H661 chord prop, while later kits had a cleaned up tapered prop that
4123-0339 partially but not completely solved the problem. The last issues
had wing mounted rocket launchers. Although not up to modern
standards, this was the first American kit that was reasonably
accurate in outline. Most issues had “generic” German decals
LINDBERG FW-190D-9. Lindberg issued a series of German aircraft in the
C1964 early sixties, including the FW-190D, HE-162A, ME-163B, HE-100D,
433 DO-335A, AR-234B, ME-410A, and HS-129. Most were somewhat
582 accurate, with the HE-100D and HE-162A the best. The FW-190D-9
70582 was the worst, with many accuracy problems. Canopy was much too
70580 wide, and the prop was hopeless. Later reissued by Revell Germany.
Latest issue I have was listed as “Copyright 1990 Crafthouse, Toledo,
OH, although Revell Germany was selling the kit later than that.
FROG TA-152H-1. This was the first kit issued of the TA-152H, and it was
1965 reasonable accurate for its time. It could be reworked into an accept-
F.236 (Box) able model. Detail was spotty, but the outline was very good for its
F.236F (Bag) time. Decals were generic, but then there wasn’t much information
F.424 available on TA-152’s at that time, although the Profile Publications
H.81 were available then.
04180 Molds went to Revell Germany in the Frog-Novo deal in the seventies,
although the kit was market by “Remus” in the UK, and Revell in
the U.S. Latest issues came from Revell-Germany.
KITS OF THE SEVENTIES
HASEGAWA FW-190D-9. This was the original Hasegawa issue of the “Dora 9”.
C1970 When I first saw it, it looked fantastic in the box, but once assembled,
major outline problems became apparent. Molding was crisp, and
details were well done, but shape inaccuracies prevented this kit from
becoming the definitive kit of the period. In short, it just didn’t
“capture the spirit” of the airplane. It may have had alternate
canopies, but I’m not sure
One source states that this kit was reworked into the later Smer
offering, but I don’t think so. Later, Hasegawa redesigned the kit
with totally new molds to make an excellent kit.
HASEGAWA FW-190A-5/8. Original Hasegawa issue, similar in all respects to
C1970 the D-9 kit. This one had all of the same problems, with basic
shape inaccuracies. Also, later retooled into the excellent series
of A, F, and G models available today.
MATCHBOX FW-190A-3/A-4. Issued early in an interesting series of kits, (some
1972 have become classics while others have virtually disappeared) this
PK-6 kit depicted the FW-190A-3 and FW-190A-4 versions, with the
PK-51 fin having both antenna forms, one requiring trimming off, an easy
task. Actually, this kit can be used to model anything from the
later A-0 through the A-4.
The kit has raised and exaggerated detail, but was “state of the art”
for its time. It had overthick gear doors and raised panel lines, but
it did include the inner gear doors (rarely seen on service aircraft),
and a totally inaccurate belly rack. The cowling had the cooling fan
molded into the engine cowling, precluding the need for an engine,
which would be invisible in any case. The canopy appears to be a
little small, and as it is in one piece, requires serious changes to
leave it open, exposing the lack of cockpit detail.
Later reissues included the FW-190A-4/R6 and an A-3 with decals
for SG1 (Crimea) and IV/JG1 (Germany, 1945). These included
an additional drop tank and underwing WFGR 21 mortar rockets.
This was probably the first moderately accurate FW-190A, and can
still be made into an accurate model. Good for young modelers.
AIRFIX FW-190D-9. (New Molds) About 1976, Airfix reissued a completely
1976 new kit of the “Dora 9”, and this kit was the definitive kit of the air-
1064-7 plane until the advent of the Tamiya and Hasegawa issues of the
1990’s. This kit was accurate in outline, and although there was little
cockpit interior detail, the wheel wells had more detail than most kits
of the era. Raised panel lines detracted somewhat, and the bomb rack
molded into the drop tank takes a little work to convert it into a close
support aircraft, but that’s not much of a problem to correct. The
kit depicts a late production aircraft with the blown hood, as most of
them had, and the canopy could not be in the open position, so the
interior detail that wasn’t there couldn’t be seen anyway. The
landing gear took some care in assembly, and the wheels usually had
sink marks, but the overall effect was a very nice model that manages
to “capture the look” of the FW-190D-9.
Although now outdated by later offerings, the model was still being
marketed by Heller in 2003, and at its low price, is still competitive,
especially for younger modelers.
AIRFIX FW-190F-8 AND A-8. Newly issued in 1977, this model was produced
1977 at least into the nineties, and I bought one in a hobby store as late as
2063-7 2003. For many years, this was the best radial engine FW-190 kit
02085 available anywhere. Two canopies were provided, neither of which
could be left in the open position. The kit, by the way, had no parts
common to the Airfix FW-190D-9 kit, so you couldn’t use the flat
canopy from the A model to backdate the FW-190D-9. The outline
was very accurate, although surface detail was somewhat heavy and
interior detail was sparse. One advantage was the number of
armament variations that were available, including bombs, extra
cannon, etc. The latest issue by Airfix was labeled “Aircraft of the
Aces,” and included decals for Priller’s A-8. By the way, the kit
does not include the cannon breech fairings on the trailing edges
of the wings. These have to be scratchbuilt.
This kit has the same advantages of the D-9 kit, in that it is a very
good choice for a younger modeler wishing to acquire skills in model
building without having to pay the high prices commonly paid for
more modern kits. With some work, an excellent FW-190A can be
built from this kit.
ITALERI FW-190D-9. This is a lesser known issue of the D-9, which was
1978 comparable to the Airfix kit, although slightly better in some
128 respects. It was not on the scene long, but may still be in pro-
duction in Eastern Europe. It had an accurate outline and a two
piece canopy that could be left open to show cockpit detail. It
is not in any current catalogs.
KITS OF THE EIGHTIES
ESOTERIC FW-190V1. English resin kit produced about 1980, this kit depicts
C1980 the original BMW 139 powered prototype with ducted spinner.
SLE1 I have no data on this one, as I haven’t seen one.
ESOTERIC FW-190V1 (MODIFIED) Another resin kit from the same maker,
C1980 this kit features the later normal spinner arrangement adopted after
SLE3 the ducted spinner was abandoned.
ESOTERIC FW-190V2. Another resin kit from the same maker, this one depicts
the second prototype. No data.
AIRMODEL FW-190V18/U1. Injection molded offering of the experimental high
C1980 altitude fighter prototype that eventually evolved into the Dora series.
ESOTERIC FW-190B (V13,V14, V16). Resin conversion kit for modifying the
1980 Italeri FSW-190D-9 into one of the three high altitude prototypes.
BJ-8 I understand that this is a conversion kit, not a complete kit.
AIRFIX-MPC FW-190A-8/F-8. Reboxed Airfix kit produced in U.S. Could be
1982 used to build the A-7, A-8, and A-9 versions, along with the F-8 and
ITALERI FW-190A-8. Although listed as A-8, decals are included for one A-8
C1983 and one F-8. Basically accurate outline, with two types of two piece
No. 178 canopies included. Produced until at least 1990, and possibly later.
Not currently listed in catalogs.
REVELL- FW-190D-9. reissue of old Lindberg kit by Revell in 1984. Terrible.
GERMANY They should have known better
HASEGAWA FW-190A-8. Completely retooled kit, this kit corrects virtually all
C1985 of the errors of the previous Hasegawa issue, and is an accurate,
HE51303 highly detailed, excellent kit of the highest standard. This was the
first of many variations of the Fw-190 to be produced by the
Hasegawa firm, which differ in decals, and specialized parts.
HASEGAWA FW-190A-8/R11, Above described kit with radar antenna added
C1986 for night fighter version. Decals for Migge’s airplane.
HOBBYCRAFT FW-190A. Looking like a very poor copy of the original Revell
C1988 FW-190A, this kit is actually an “Idea” kit from Korea. It is
None very crudely done, with exaggerated, terribly done details. Decals
are “generic” German. Probably depicts an A-3 or A-4. I bought
one in Arizona in 2003.
UNKNOWN FW-190V13. Resin kit reviewed by Scott VanAken on Modeling-
C1988 madness. Reviewer states that the kit was obtained secondhand,
and that contained a vacuformed canopy and no decals. Review can
be found at http://m2reviews.cnsi.net/scotts/axis/fw190v13.htm.
KITS OF THE NINETIES
TESTORS FW-190D-9. Possible reissue of Italeri kit by Testors. Source says
C1990 Italeri, but one piece canopy indicates that this may be another kit.
I have not examined this kit. No other data
HASEGAWA FW-190D-9. Complete retooling of old FW-190D-9 kit, which, like
1992 their earlier FW-190A/F replacement, solves virtually all of the
AP6 problems of their earlier offering of this aircraft. Good outline and
details. Cockpit panel details represented by decals. Two piece
canopy allows open or closed position. Excellent kit, highly
Decals for four aircraft, including JV44 (Wubke), JG6 (Barkhorn),
4/JG2 (Hohenberg) and 4/JG3 (Romm).
DRAGON TA-152H-1. Chinese kit, excellent detail, and probably best TA-152H
1992 kit to date. Engine detail is very extensive, and actually becomes a
5008 problem in assembly, as some parts don’t fit together too well. Decals
for several aircraft of JG301, the only unit to operate this type.
Reviewed by Scott Van Aken at http://m2reviews.cnsi.net.scotts/axis/
HASEGAWA FW-190A-5. Revision of earlier A-8 kit with different cowling to
1993 represent the A-5 version. Excellent in all respects. Decals for four
AP7 aircraft, including JGZ-Ost (Graff), 5/JG54 (Lang), JG2 (Oesau), 51307
and JG26 (Priller)
Hasegawa’s practice of issuing one basic kit and then many basic
variations, differing in parts and decals is an ideas that other kit
manufacturers should emulate, since is allows for different
variants of the type with minimal conversion effort.
HASEGAWA FW-190A-9/F-9. Yet another variant of the series, this kit
1993 featured a white metal prop and 14 bladed fan prop that identified
SP19 this variant. An easy conversion, it contains decals for two
aircraft, an A-9 of II/JG301, and an F-9 of an unknown unit
in Germany at the end of the war.
HASEGAWA FW-190A-8. Another reissue of this excellent kit, this aircraft
C1993 features different decals, identified as “D-Day” markings. I have
51629 not seen this kit, but will assume that it represents Priller’s A-8
as it was one of the few FSW-190’s to appear over the invasion
beaches in June, 1944.
ACADEMY FW-190A-8. New issue from Korea, this was one of Academy’s
C1994 earliest offerings, and judging from Academy’s recent products,
178 should be retooled. There are quite a few basic outline problems,
especially in the landing gear covers and fuselage. However, I
built one up recently, and even though outline errors are obvious,
the finished model actually looks fairly convincing. Detail is
adequate, and a two piece canopy is included. Reviewed by Scott
VanAken on http://m2reviews.cnsi.net/scotts/axis/acad190.htm.
MPM/ FW-190A-5/R14, FW-190A-5/V14, AND FW-190A-5/U14. Torpedo
ACADEMY carrying variant of the A-5, this early MPM offering includes a
C1994 complete Academy kit with an additional fuselage, tailwheel,
MP72048 mounting rack, and torpedo for this particular type. Photo etched
brass parts are included, along with decals for one aircraft. The
assembled model looks pretty good, even though the wing and
landing gear inaccuracies are not corrected.
UNICRAFT FW-190 TURBOJET CONVERSION. Vaccuform conversion of
1994 Ukrainian origin, this offering allows an easy (?) conversion to the
projected jet powered conversion that remained on the drawing
board. This type is somewhat of a mystery, as the location of the
jet exhaust is not really explained. However, a drawing appears in
Heinz Nowarra’s Harleyford FW-190 book, so I guess it is tech-
nically a variant that can be modeled. I have not seen this one, but
would be inclined to scratchbuild this conversion. A resin version
might have more possibilities.
HASEGAWA FW-190F-9 “PANZERBLITZ I”. Standard FW-190A kit with
1994 (presumably) the A-9 broad chord prop and 14 bladed fan,
along with Panzerblitz I anti-tank rockets done in white metal.
I have not seen this variant.
MPM FW-190V1. Short run epoxy mold kit of the original prototype
C1995 with ducted spinner. Kit includes injection molded airframe with
MP72032 vacuformed canopy and etched brass detail parts. Decals for
the original prototype.
This kit could be modified to the second configuration with the
standard spinner. Since it is the only version with the short wing,
it could probably be used with the Sword FW-190A-1 to produce
one of the short wing FW-190A-0’s.
MPM FW-190V18. Injection molded kit with vacuformed canopy, this
C1995 model represents one of the high altitude developmental prototypes
MP72033 with eventually resulted in the excellent D-9 series. This kit
would probably be useful in modeling other similar development
aircraft, and includes all of the external exhaust stacks and brass
etched parts. Labor intensive, but the results are a unique model.
There was only one built, so here is a one-of-a-kind.
HASEGAWA FW-190A-8. Another Hasegawa variant, this one includes decals
C1995 for Heinz Bar’s aircraft.
HASEGAWA FW-190F-8/R16. Yet another variant, this kit includes a standard
1995 F-8 kit with white metal BT-400 missiles and racks.
HASEGAWA FW-190D-9. Another “Dora 9” variation, this represents a D-9
C1995 attached to JV44, the “Papelgei Squadron” the unit assigned to
51368 defend the ME-262 airfields and cover the jets during their most
vulnerable time, during takeoff and landing approaches.
This is a standard FW-190D-9, but the decals are useful in creating
the colorful red-bottomed aircraft associated with this unit. The
unit also operated several FW-190D-13’s, and aftermarket decals
are available for these aircraft.
RV RESIN FW-190F-8/M82. This is a Russian conversion of the FW-190,
C1995 depicting an aircraft modified by the installation of a Soviet M-82
C72004 replacing the BMW801. I have not seen this version.
RV RESIN FW-190C-0 (V13, V15, V16) Resin kit depicting three prototypeas
C1995 for the Hohenjager 2 Project for high altitude fighter development.
72016 The kit is resin, with vacuformed canopy and brass photoetched
parts. Decals for three aircraft. I have not seen this kit, but would
assume that you would need three kits to build all three prototypes.
This may be the “Unknown Resin” kit reviewed previously on MM.
HASEGAWA FW-190A-6. “Nachtjager” Nightfighter variant, with radar
1996 antennas and new decals. No data.
HASEGAWA FW-190A-6 “Nachtjager”. Nightfighter variant with radar antennas
1997 and different decals. No data. May be same kit as previous listing.
MONOGRAM FW-190A-8/R1 & R11. This kit excited everybody when it first
PRO-MOD. appeared, and is really an excellent kit. It includes a radar antenna
1997 array and an extremely complete decal sheet. The instructions alone
make the kit worth getting, as they have photos of the real aircraft
details to aid in construction of the model. Aside from the problems
listed below, it is probably one of the best FW-190’s available.
Decals are included for three aircraft including 3/JG54, 6/JG1
(Fw. Bindsell), and 1/NJGR10) (Fw. Migge)
There are several problems associated with this kit, some of which
are almost impossible to correct. The one piece canopy makes it
difficult to expose the excellent cockpit detail included in the kit.
The wing trailing edges are the wrong shape. I would suggest filing
the trailing edges smooth and adding trim tabs. Check photos of
FW-190’s, as none I’ve seen show the shape given in the kit.
The major problem is the shape of the forward cowling. The opening
behind the prop is too small. No wonder they had overheating
problems with those engines. An aftermarket resin cast cowling of
the proper shape would probably solve the problem, but the plane
looks strange as it comes from the box. This is hard to correct.
NOTE: This kit was later issued by Revell-Germany at a MUCH
HASEGAWA FW-190F-8. Listed as “Attack” aircraft. No other details.
REVELL FW-190A-8/R11. Reissue of Monogram-Pro Modeler kit with same
1997 decals and problems. Decals for two different aircraft. Cheaper than
4118-0389 Pro-Modeler kit. Later reissued with different stock number for
4165 whatever reason.
DRAGON TA-152C-0. Another Chinese kit, this depicts one of four TA-152C
DML prototypes. It appears to be a downgrade from the TA-152C kit, and
1997 does not have the extensive engine detail that caused so many
5007-01 problems in their TA-152H kit. It appears to be accurate, and goes
together easily. It is an excellent kit and well worth adding to your
AOSHIMA TA-152H-0. Of the same quality as the Dragon kit, this one is much
1997 easier to build. It features the detailed wing panels (They are slightly
16503 different from the TA-152H-1 panels) and the access plates are done
correctly. Decals are included for a number of aircraft. Some of
the cockpit interior details are represented by decals. An excellent
kit, definitely worth getting.
AOSHIMA TA-152H-1. Basically the same kit with different wing panels which
C1997 show additional fuel cell locations and filler caps. Decals are also
different. Another excellent kit.
RV RESIN FW-190C-0/V21/U1. Another resin kit of one of the numerous high
C1997 altitude “Hohenjager” prototypes, this looks like a cross between a
72018 FW-190D and a TA-152C. The kit is resin, with vacuformed canopy
and photo-etched and white metal parts. Decals for one aircraft, TI+IH.
RV RESIN FW-190B (V27) Resin kit of one of the Hohenjager I prototypes
C1997 with extended wings. Resin, with vacuformed canopy, and white
72020 metal and photo etched parts. Decals for one aircraft. I have not seen
RV RESIN FW-190C-0 (V21) Prototype for Hohenjager II project. Central
C1997 exhausts on both sides of fuselage. Resin, with vacuformed canopy,
72017 and white metal and photo etched parts. Decals for one aircraft.
HASEGAWA FW-190A-7. Yet another variant in the excellent Hasegawa series,
1998 the FW-190A-7 was a very limited production model that was
standardized as the FW-190A-8 with slight changes. This appears
to be a reissue of the FW-190A-8 kit with different decals.
HASEGAWA FW-190A-8/R8 “Ramsjager” This variant had additional armor
1998 protection for attacking Allied heavy bomber formations. Pilots were
supposed to swear that they would ram an enemy bomber if they
couldn’t destroy one any other way, but very few actually did so.
Model probably includes additional cockpit and canopy frame
armor plate and glass. I have not seen this version.
ACADEMY FW-190D-9. New issue, with no relationship to earlier Academy
1998 FW-190A-8. Basically accurate. Early kits (mine) had pitot tube
1660-FA161 on left wingtip rather than right. Later issues apparently have corrected
this error. Kit contains two canopies, and
these can be installed opened or closed. One source indicates
an outline problem with the propeller.
Decals are provided for three aircraft: IV/JG3 (Romm), JG4
(Michaelski), and I/JG301 (Forster).
Probably not as good a kit as the Tamiya and Hasegawa models, it
is considerably cheaper and perfectly adequate for most purposes.
MPM FW-190A-5/U1 and FW-190S-5. Two seat trainer variant of the
1998 FW-190A-5 series, this model features the long greenhouse canopy
MP72030 common to this version. Standard epoxy molded kit with vacuformed
canopy and photo-etched parts. This is easier to build than a
conversion from a standard A-5 kit. Decals for one aircraft.
RV RESIN FW-190D-13. Resin kit of production model with one 30 mm.
C1998 cannon firing through the spinner, and two 20 mm. cannon in the
72024 wing roots. Resin airframe, with white metal and photo-etched parts.
Decals for one aircraft, #10, Maj. Franz Goetz, Kdr. JG26.
RV RESIN Mistel B. JU-88H with FW-190F-8. I am not sure of the exact nature
C1998 of this kit, which involved two complete aircraft plus mounting equip-
72015 ment. It is listed as a complete kit, but also appears to have “Revell
parts”. Kit is resin, with white metal and photo-etched parts. I
have not seen this kit.
TAMIYA FW-190A-8. I have not seen this kit listed except on the Air Website.
C1999 The numerical code for this listing is 001010726072. Note that 60726
is the code number for the Tamiya FW-190D-9. No other source
mentions this kit, and it may not have been issued yet.
HASEGAWA FW-190G-8. Another variant of the Hasegawa series, this includes
1999 white metal flame dampers. The G-8 was a long range attack type,
AP175 and had the cowling guns deleted, a process that must be done on this
kit with putty, as the cowling is standard. The only armament was
the two wing root 20 mm. cannon.
The G model is perhaps the least known and documented aircraft
of the radial engine FW-190 series. Although decals for two aircraft
are provided, none of the schemes is documented, and I have yet to
see a confirmed photo of a production G-8 in any publication, except
one source which shows a photo of a plane covered in tarps identified
as a G-8, although it could be almost anything.
Nevertheless, this makes into an interesting variant of the basic FW-190 series.
It is highly recommended, as are all kits in this series.
HASEGAWA FW-190A-5 “Special” Standard kit variant with supercharger air
1999 intakes and different decals. No other data.
UNICRAFT FW-190V19. Conversion kit for Academy FW-190A. Includes resin
C1999 wing panels and horizontal tail surfaces. Listed as replacement
swept wings. 1/72 scale drawings are shown in the Miranda/Mercado
Reichdreams Folders. No decals. No other data.
RV RESIN TA-153 (Actually FW-190V32/U1). Prototype to test features of
1999 proposed TA-153 fighter. Kit is resin, with vacuformed canopy and
72019 photo-etched parts. Decals for the one prototype, CH-KV.
This kit is similar to an FW-190D-9 with a shorter nose and a four
bladed prop. I did a conversion of this aircraft from an Airfix
FW-190D-9, and it looks fine. This kit would be a lot less work.
KITS OF THE TWO THOUSANDS
SWORD FW-190A-1. First production model of the FW-190A, this kit,
2000 although niot quite up to current standards, is still very accurate
SW72008 and it fills a gap that needed to be filled. This requires some skill,
but it can be made into a beautiful model straight from the box.
Canopy opened or closed is an option, and it is the only FW-190
model with flaps included that can be shown in the up or down
position. Highly recommended. The only other option here is to
use a Tamiya FW-190A-3 and backdate it.
Decals for one aircraft: II/JG26 (Schneider) France, 1941.
REVELL FW-190A-8. This kit is the standard Pro-Modeler kit with all of
2000 its advantages and disadvantages. It contains a complete BV246
4135 glide bomb with under fuselage rack. Same problems as Pro
4169 Modeler Revell Germany kit.
REVELL FW-190F-8/R14. Experimental Torpedo Fighter. This is another
2000 variant of the Revell-Germany pro-Modeler kit. It features a
04147- new fuselage, torpedo, rack, and extended tailwheel leg. It has
0389(7)? The same advantages and problems of the Revell-Germany kit.
Decals are included for two aircraft: II/KG200, (1945), and
Erprobungstaffel, Torpedo Waffenplatz, 1944.
TAMIYA FW-190D-9. This is the definitive FW-190D-9 kit available at
2000 this time. Accurate, highly detailed, with all the options except
60751 for flaps that can be lowered. No after market details needed on
this kit. Highly recommended. Decals for two aircraft:
4/JG301, Bavaria, 1945, and Stab/JG4, Frankfurt, 1945.
SMER FW-190D-9. Original kit, rumored to be a rehash of another
2000 kit, but examination shows an original, if poor effort. Inaccurate
SE0874 outline, and dull grey plastic with matt finish. Best feature is the
0874 Propagteam decals, which are excellent for another kit. Produced by
Plastyk (Poland) and boxed by Smer (2000). One wonders why
they bothered with this one, with so many good kits on the
market. Pass this one up.
TAMIYA FW-190A-3. This is the definitive early model FW-190A, and can
2001 represent anything from the FW-190A-0 to the FW-190A-4 with
60766 slight changes. Excellent outline, good interior detail, and fine,
No.66 panel lines. Excellent kit, and highly recommended.
Decals for three aircraft: 8/JG2, France, 1942; 3/JG2, (Hahn),
France, 1942; and Stab/JG26 (Gath) France, 1943.
SMER FW-190A-5/F8. Similar in concept and quality to Smer’s FW-190D-9
2001 kit, with the same inaccuracies and problems. Not worth getting
SE0879 with all of the excellent kits currently on the market.
HASEGAWA FW-190A-7 with Slipper Tank. This was an experimental project
2001 to develop an efficient wing-mounted fuel tank mounted above
00172 the wings. It is a standard FW-190A-8 kit with resin slipper
tanks. An interesting one-of-a-kind project.
BOGU’S FW-190W. Mythological FW-190D floatplane conversion with
RESIN resin parts. Not a model of an actual aircraft, and may not have
2001 been actually produced as a kit. An extensive ”history” of the type
was included in the modeling.madness review.
HASEGAWA FW-190A-6 “GALLAND”. Standard FW-190A-6 kit with decals
2001 for Galland’s aircraft.
ACADEMY FW-190D-9. “Papelgei” Squadron. Standard Academy kit with
2001 decals for “parrot” Squadron, the unit that defended ME-262
MH1611 airfield at the end of the war. Decals for one aircraft.
ZVEZDA FW-190A-8. Russian reissue of Italeri kit. No other details.
2001 Produced in Russia.
ADMIRAL FW-190A-4/JABO. This was a kit we all eagerly awaited, and
2001 we were badly disappointed. It depicted a fighter-bomber
KPL72001 version, one which had never been specifically modeled before.
This was a new production kit, injection molded, with engraved
panel lines, resin wheels, and cockpit details. Decals are
provided for one aircraft, White 10, 1/SDGK10 (Berchtold).
Although the model looks close, there is a serious measurement
error in the fuselage. It took me a while to figure it out, but
what they did was to use the length of the FW-190A-8 breech
cover ahead of the windshield, which is slightly longer than that
of the A-4 model, which has the shorter fuselage. This throws
the fuselage out of kilter, and creates a strange looking fuselage
My suggestion would be to modify the fin antenna on the Tamiya
FW-190A-3 and forget about this kit. There are too many errors to
PLANET FW. “EINSATZER”. This is a resin conversion for an “FW-190
2002 variant” powered by a BMW 802 engine. No other details.
The aircraft is listed in Nowarra’s FW-190 book, and also on
Luft46.com/planet/kitlist/html. Help me on this one.
BILEK FW-190D-9. Reissue of Italeri kit, with decals for Oskar Romm’s
BILEK FW-190D-9. Another reissue of the Italeri kit with decals for
2002 Kurt Tanzer’s aircraft.
BILEK FW-190D-9. Another reissue of the Italeri kit, with decals for
2002 Klaus Faber’s aircraft.
BILEK FW-190D-9. Another reissue of the Italeri kit, with decals for
2002 Gerhard Michaelski’s aircraft.
BILEK FW-190D-12. TORPEDO FIGHTER. I haven’t seen this kit,
2002 but it appears to be a reissue of the Italeri kit with added torpedo
72-910 and rack, probably resin. More data needed.
HELLER- FW-190D-9. Reissue of new Airfix FW-190D-9 produced in
HUMBROL France. Standard Airfix model. New decal sheet, with decals
2002 for two aircraft: “Red 1”, JV44 “Papelgei” Staffel, Munich,
01064 1945; and “Yellow 10”.6 Staffel, II/JG26, Nordhorn, Germany, 1945.
Decals are matt finish. I bought one new from a hobby shop in Phoenix in 2003.
ZVEZDA FW-190D-9. Russian reissue of Italeri kit.
MODELIST FW-190A-5/A8. Another Russian reissue, possibly Academy,
2002 Italeri, or remotely, Hasegawa. No other data.
KP(KOPRA) FW-190A-8 “Sturmbok”. Listed as “Mastercraft Hobby Kits.
2002 Unknown manufacturer. Russian reissue.
KP(KOPRA) FW-190D-9 Listed as “Mastercraft Hobby Kits. Unknown
2002 manufacturer, Russian reissue. Could be Italeri, Academy,
PK635 or another manufacturer.
UNKNOWN FW-190A. Boxtop scan of Russian issue kit. Decals for
2002 “White 10”, JG54. No other data. Other date listed as