Sword Aircraft 1/72 Focke Wulf Fw190A1 Fighter Kit

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The 190 was a huge shock to the RAF when it entered service in 1941. Up to that time, the Spitfire V had been able to hold up rather well against the Bf-109F. Now there came a new plane on the scene which outclassed the SpitV in almost every category. It was fast, heavily armed and relatively maneuverable. If it had a failing, it was a bit of a pig in terms of climb as it had relatively high wing loading compared to the broad-winged Spitfire.

Unbeknownst to the British, the first versions of the 190 were prone to engine fires, a problem that plagued early versions. So much so that several ground crew with fire bottles were always on hand during engine start-up. This is much the same problem as plagued the B-29. Eventually that was cured and the aircraft went on to serve well up until the last days of the war. The 190, unlike the 109 was always in short supply as it was generally preferred over the 109. One big reason was that large lump of armor protection (otherwise called an engine) that sat in front of the pilot. Another was that it was an air-cooled engine so had the huge benefit of not having coolant lines that could be shot away, causing the engine to seize at the most inopportune times and places! A total of 102 Fw-190A-1 variants were built between June and October 1941 by Focke-Wulf, AGO and Arado before production switched to the A-2 version.

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