When it appeared in the skies over occupied France in 1941, the fast, heavily armed Focke Wulf Fw190A earned the name ‘Butcher Bird’ among RAF pilots who suddenly found their Spitfire V’s outclassed – a position that persisted until they were re-equipped with the Spitfire IX in1942. Fw190s were used in all theatres of WWII in many different versions, including fighter, ground attack and reconnaissance. In 1944 the re-engined Fw190D re-established parity but, like most other German weapon developments at the time, they were by then so outnumbered by allied forces that they could have little real impact.
The fast, aggressive lines of the Focke Wulf Fw190A are beautifully captured in this Brian Taylor R/C model plan. The big two-sheet plan is for a very accurate 60.25 inch wingspan scale model featuring working flaps and a retractable undercarriage. The model is of conventional all wood construction. A laser cut wood-pack is available, which contains most of the shaped parts needed, such as fuselage formers and wing ribs, but you will need additional sheet and strip wood and ply to complete the model, as well as all the hardware. A moulded plastic cockpit canopy and engine cowling are available for this model, as well an aluminium propeller spinner. The model was designed to be powered by a .60 cu in two-stroke engine but experienced modellers should be able to convert it to electric power (details not supplied, so please send us information if you make a successful EP version!) It is not suitable for beginners, either to plan building or model flying.