Kagero | Fw 190s Over Europe, Part II
Reviewed by Radu Brinzan
Fw 190s over Europe, Part II is a recent publication from the Polish publishers Kagero, written by Maciej Goralczyk and Janusz Swiatlon, number 38 in their “mini TOPCOLORS” series, catalog No. 15038.
This 20-page publication comes in an A4 landscape format with gloss thick cardboard covers and beautifully printed gloss pages, all enclosed in a thin and clear transparent plastic wallet. This package also includes two decal sheets with markings for the aircraft described in the book, in scales 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32.
The publication contains beautiful and vivid colour profiles and top/bottom views of eight Focke Wulf Fw 190 of various types that saw action over the skies of Europe during World War 2. The colours and markings are thoroughly described in the case of each aircraft both in English and in Polish. Also included are short but significant descriptions of the events that these aircraft were involved in.
- Fw 190 A-2, W.Nr. 0125299, “Blue 2”, flown by Lt. Leopold Wenger of 10 (JaBo)/JG 2, Caen-Carpiquet, France, mid-August 1942.
- Fw 190 A-4/U7, W.Nr. 0147092, “Double Chevron”, flown by Hptm. Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland, Kommandeur of II/JG 26, Vitry-en-Artois, France, Spring 1943.
This aircraft was fitted with auxiliary external carburettor intakes on the sides of the engine cowling.
- Fw 190 A-7, W.Nr. 430170, “Yellow 5”, flown by Lt. Hans Ehlers, Kapitaen of 3/JG 1 of II/JG 26, Dortmund-Brakel, Germany, late-December 1943.
This aircraft features a large red fuselage band and a large tally on the rudder.
- Fw 190 A-8/R6, probable W.Nr. 171172, “Black 8”, of 3/JGr 10, Redlin near Parchim, Germany, January 1945.
This aircraft features large red and yellow snakes on the sides of the fuselage as well as WGr 21 tubes under the wings.
- Fw 190 A-8/R2, “Red 10” flown by Ofw. Karl Rusack of 5/JG 300, Loebnitz, Germany, January 1945.
This aircraft was fitted wit the the external armour for Surmbock operations and features a very intricate camouflage on the upper surfaces.
- Fw 190 A-8, W.Nr 737435, “White 20” of 9/JG 5, Herdla, Norway, 8 March 1945.
This aircraft features a very intricate temporary white camouflage on the upper surfaces.
- Fw 190 A-9/R11, W.Nr 206000, “White 2” of III./KG(J) 27, Wels, Austria, 8 spring 1945.
This aircraft features a green/white chequered band on the fuselage.
This is yet another beautifully-presented glossy decal/profile book from Kagero. The quality of the illustrations and the printing are among the best available today. The decals are printed by Cartograf, they are clear, sharp and printed in perfect register. Highly recommended.
© Radu Brinzan 2013
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This review was published on Wednesday, November 20 2013; Last modified on Tuesday, May 30 2017