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Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-4

by Erik Whipple


Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5


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DML Focke Wulf Fw190A-4
Staffelkapitaen, 5./JG-1
Lt. Rudiger von Kirchmayr
Summer 1943

I was more familiar with the Wurger flown by this pilot as JG-1’s Technical Officer, but a photo in Eric Mombeek’s "Defending the Reich: The History of Jagdegeshwader 1 Oesau" inspired me to try this machine. The photo caption describes the aircraft as an A-5, but my trusty magnifying glass convinced me that it was in fact an A-4. Lt. Von Kirchmayr was credited with 46 victories and survived the war.


Luckily, I had some horizontal stabilizers and a CMK rudder in my spares so re-positioning the tail feathers was a simple matter. Landing gear position indicators are .009 steel guitar string. The upper cowl was filled, sanded, and rescribed to correct the shape and depth of the gun troughs and revise the positions of the Zu fittings above the panel line. Decals are from Third Group. Although I photographed the model on Just Plane Stuff’s luftwaffe plank hardstand, I believe that the airfield at Hopsten-Rheine had a combination of concrete and dirt taxiways.



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Copyright 2003 by Erik Whipple
Page Created 21 April, 2003
Last Updated 25 March, 2004

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