Wing span:71 in / 1800mm Wing area: 829sq in /53.5 sq dm
About the Focke-Wulf FW-190
The original full size Focke-Wulf FW-190 was developed in Germany 1937. German politics and chain of command, being what it was at the time, left no in-line engine available to the Focke-Wulf Company with which to produce a fighter. The Messerschmitt 109 had a monopoly on the production of all the high performance Daimler-Benz in-line engines. The designer, Kurt Tank, originally designed two versions of the FW-190. The first version incorporated an inline, water-cooled Daimler-Benz DB 601 engine. The second design, which was developed into three FW-190 prototype aircraft, utilized the more readily available BMW 139 fourteen cylinder, air cooled 1600 hp radial engine. This engine was idealy suited for an airplane that was designed to perform the mission of a true fighter/bomber. The new BMW engine offered great promise over a liquid cooled inline engine. The air cooled radial would not be as susceptable to damage caused by ground fire given the lack of an easily damaged radiator and necessary piping.
Construction of three prototypes was authorized by the German Air Ministry. On June 1, 1939 the first prototype took to the air. The aircraft utilized an oversized spinner with inadequate cooling ducts. The first test pilot reported the cockpit area near the rudder pedals was extremely "hot". Despite engine overheating, the aircraft proved to have tremendous flight attributes. It was incredibly fast for its time.
By the time the fifth prototype emerged, the streamline oversized spinner had been replaced by a more conventional spinner, the fuselage had been lengthened to increase the nose moment and the wing cord had been increased to enhance the FW-190's turning radius.
Now the FW-190 had taken on the appearance of an extremely aerodynamic aircraft which successfully incorporated a large radial engine with a slender fuselage. In sum, the FW-190 was an all metal monoplane with wide-based retractable landing gear which made it a pleasure, (compared to the ME-109), to land and take-off. The large transparent, bubble cockpit provide the pilot with a superior field of vision. But the smaller front windscreen often required the pilot to occassionally lower the aircraft's nose for better forward visability!
The original production FW-190's armament consisted four 7.29mm MG17 machine guns, (two of which were mounted in a fixed firing synchronized configuration on the upper fuselage), and two 20mm MG FF synchronized cannon.
Many consider the Focke-Wulf FW 190 to be the best German fighter of World War II. More than 20,000 FW 190's were produced. But enough history! Other peoples Web sites have been designed to cover the FW 190's history.
If you have built a few kits or assembled a few ARFs you should have little trouble getting this plane in the air. All hardware are included. The fuselage is fiberglass with plywood formers and re-enforcement at critical areas. Panel lines are moulded into the fuselage and cowl. The wings, horizontal stab, elevators and rudder are covered in fuel resistant composite covering.
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