KIT REVIEWS: FOCKE WULF FW-190/TA-152 IN 1/72 SCALE
BRIAN R. BAKER
DATE: January 2002
NOTE: See explanation at end of text.
WORLD WAR II RECOGNITION MODELS
Aristocraft FW-190A. Black plastic recognition model produced for the armed
1942 forces training programs during World War II. Reasonably accurate
model. British had similar ones, although I have only examined the
USN BuAr. FW-190A. Paper templates produced by the U.S. Navy Bureau of
1942-43 Aeronautics for high school students to use in building wooden
spotter models. These were issued to schools in the form of paper
instruction sheets and thick paper templates to be cut out and used
as guides in achieving an accurate outline. Although built of hardwood
or pine, they qualify in this series because of their function and scale.
Frog FW-190D One of the first plastic kits, rare today. I’ve never seen one.
Penguin Listed in Burns’ Kit Collector’s Guide.
KITS OF THE FIFTIES
Airfix FW-190D-9. Early model with flat canopy. Reviewed recently on
c1955 Modeling Madness Website by Steve Mesner. Original kit produced
101 1955 to 1975 by various producers, including Airfix-America and
1021 Craftmaster. Somewhat accurate in outline, and state-of-the-art for
0-1021-0 the time.
Frog FW-190A. First known plastic FW-190A kit. Not an accurate outline,
c1959 and had Frog’s traditional embossed lines representing decal and
F.147 insignia placement, which was common at that time. Represented an
F.211/F early A Model. Low value collector’s item today. Issued in “Twin Packs”
5904 and also marketed in Australia by Minex. Also sold by Minicraft.
KITS OF THE SIXTIES
Revell FW-190A. Early release in World War II fighters series, this was
c1963 somewhat accurate in outline, although a later revision changed
H226(70) the propeller and added additional armament variations. The kit had no
H62 (75) cockpit interior , normal for the time, but was still not up to modern
H661 (76) standards. Also sold in “Twin Packs” with other aircraft, e.g. Revell
Hawker Hurricane. Burns lists Revell H615 as FW-190D, but this may
not be accurate.
Lindberg FW-190D-9. One of a series of German fighters released by Lindberg
c1964 in the early sixties, this kit wasn’t as accurate as the Airfix kit, but the
433 molding was considerably better. Cast in olive drab plastic. Issued with
582 series of Luftwaffe aircraft, including HE-162A, ME-163B, HE-100D,
DO-335A, AR-234B, ME-410A, and HS-129B.
Heller FW-190A-5/8 Burns lists this kit as first appearing in France in 1963,
1963 but it did not appear in the U.S. until much later in the 1970’s. Cast in
L087 medium grey soft styrene, this kit was fairly close in outline (They had
HC1702 one in the Paris Air Museum to copy from) but had a few detail problems.
Anything from an A-5 through A-8 could be built, and some interior
detail was provided. Two canopies were included, and they could be
positioned opened or closed. The prop was a little too wide bladed, more
like the FW-190A-9, and there was no engine. Later marketed by
Hobby Craft, Canada, in the 1970’s. May be the new Smer kit in
current catalogs, as Smer has marketed other Frog products in the past.
Frog TA-152H. First kit of the TA-152 series, this kit was state-of-the-art for
1965 its time. It was reasonably accurate in outline, although it had little
F.236/F interior detail. It formed the basis for an acceptable model, and was
F.424 not replaced until the Aoshima and DHL kits of the nineties. Later,
H-81 molds were to Revell in the Frog-Nova exodus, and issued by Revell
H-82 into the late 1970’s.
KITS OF THE SEVENTIES
Hasegawa FW-190A-5/8. First Hasegawa attempt at an FW-190, this kit looked
c1970 very good in the box, but left something to be desired on assembly.
Decals were a bit heavy, and outline and detail were not quite up
to Hasegawa standards.
Hasegawa FW-190D-9. Companion to their A model, this kit suffered from the
c1970 same problems, although examination of my old ex-scrap kit shows
better outline and detail than the A.
Lesney- FW-190A-3/4 First really accurate, albeit not too well detailed FW-
Matchbox 190A. Kit depicted an early FW-190A-3 or FW-190A-4, with both
1972 radio antenna fitting on the fin. Kit was suitable for any variant from
PK-6 FW-190A-1 through FW-190A-4, although the fuselage rack was not
PK-51 accurate for any version. Later reissued as FW-190A-4/R6 with
additional armament (WFGR-21 rocket mortars) and a belly tank with
decals for an FW-190A-3 of SG.1, Crimea, 1943, and FW-190A-4/R6
of IV/JG1, German Bight, 1943. Newer issues make this kit obsolete. Here
is a preview of PK-6, and here is a full build review of this kit.
Heller FW-190A-8/F-3. This is basically the same old 60's kit, though
c 1975 allegedly able to do the F-3 ground attack version. Well sorry to say it can't be
235 done as you don't get the under wing bomb racks. Decals for two aircraft. one from
an unidentified unit, the other from JG 3 'Udet. Sheet includes swastikas.
Comes in a new, sturdier box, which is nice. Here is a preview, and here is a
full build review.
Airfix FW-190D-9. finally, a retooling of the old Airfix kit produced a very nice
c1976 “long nose” although detail was still not up to modern standards. The
1064-7 basic shape was accurate, and the overall result was a good looking
model that “captured the spirit” of the FW-190D-9. A rack and fuel
tank were cast in one piece, but some other details were minimal.
Wheel well detail was very good for the time, and still acceptable, and
I consider the kit to be useful today, although interior detail is poor.
The kit was issued on cards with a vacuformed plastic container.
Decals: IV(Sturm)JG3, Lt. Oskar Romm, Prenzlau, March 1945
VI/II Gruppe, JG26, Nordhorn, 1945.
Airfix FW-190F-8. Original issue of the radial engined version. Later issues
1977 were combined A-8/F-8 versions with additional armament. Here is a preview
2063 and here is a full build review.
Italaeri FW-190D-9. This kit has been around for quite a while, and it is
c1978 and is somewhat better than the Airfix kits in some respects,
128 although nobody disposed of Airfix kits to replace them with the
Italian kit. It is a good solid, basic kit, and is still up to a decent standard
of modeling quality. Could be built with canopy opened or closed.
KITS OF THE EIGHTIES
Esoteric FW-190V1 Resin kit of the original prototype. No data.
Esoteric FW-190V1(Modified) Resin kit of original prototype, probably with
c1980 later prop and spinner. No data.
Esoteric FW-190V2. Resin kit of second prototype. No data.
Airmodel FW-190V18/U1. Injection molded kit of rare prototype. No data.
Esoteric FW-190B. Resin fuselage conversion for Italaeri FW-190A. Can be
c1980 used to built the V13, V14, and V16 prototypes.
Airfix FW-190A-8/F-8. A new kit to accompany the D-9, this kit appeared
1982 only in boxes. It was not related to the Earlier D-9 kit in any way, and
78-4001 the design of the various parts was different. Exhibiting the molding
standards of the day, this kit was the best in its class for a long time.
It included parts for several variants, and included a drop tank or
bomb for the center rack, and bombs and racks for the Jabo version.
One major flaw was the canopy casting, which was impossible to cut from
the sprue without damaging it. A vacuform molded gun breech cover
could convert this type into an A-5 or A-6 version. Decals for Heinz
Bar’s aircraft #23.
Hasegawa FW-190A-5. Finally, Hasegawa tooled a brand new FW-190A resulting
c1985 in an excellent kit, which formed the basis for a long line of FW-190A/F/G
AP7 variants which are available today. Accurate and highly detailed, this
is one of the best FW-190A’s on the market today. Decals for 4 aircraft.
Hasegawa FW-190A-8 Revision of the A-5 kit, made a standard production A-8.
c1985 Excellent kit.
Hasegawa FW-190F-8. Revision of A-8 kit, depicts ground attack version.
c1986 Here's a preview
Hasegawa FW-190A-8/R11. Night fighter, presumably with radar antenna.
c1986 Marking of Fw. Migge’s aircraft. I/NJGR10, Germany, 1944.
Unknown FW-190V13. Resin kit from unknown, probably Czech. This
c1988 kit was reviewed on the Modeling Madness site by Scott Van Aken.
No decals, vacuformed canopy.
KITS OF THE NINETIES
Hasegawa FW-190D-9. Excellent new tool D-9, this kit is certainly
1992 up to modern standards. Decals for four aircraft:
AP6 JV44, Hptm. Waldemar Wubke JG6, Maj. Gerhard Barkhorn
4/JG2 Fw. Werner Hohenberg Kdr. I/JG3, Oblt. Oskar Romm
Dragon TA-152H-1 Excellent, if overdetailed, kit from China. Some parts,
DML do not fit well and require a lot of work. Engine is highly detailed, and
1992 can be built with cowling open. Decals for JG301 aircraft. reviewed
5008 by Scott Van Aken on Modeling Madness. Requires an expert modeler,
but the results are impressive.
Hasegawa FW-190A-9/F9. Yet another variant of the Hasegawa FW-190A series,
1993 this kit includes white metal broad chord prop blades and a 14 blade
SP119 fan to replace the 12 blade unit in the A-8. This gives you an extra
standard prop to use as a replacement for inferior kits. Decals for
II/JG301 and another aircraft of an unknown unit, 1945. Here's a preview
Hasegawa FW-190A-8. Standard A-8 kit with “D-Day” markings, probably
Academy FW-190A-8. This is a strange kit. It looks like a real loser in the box,
c1994 and I had one for several years before trying it out. Although there
178 are some serious inaccuracies and outline errors, it actually doesn’t
look too bad when completed. major errors include the shape of the
tail unit, wheel doors and wells, and the prop. The kit is NOT related
in any way to the firm’s later (and excellent) FW-190D-9. MPM, a Czech
company, markets the kit with a different fuselage as the FW-190A-5/
R14 torpedo fighter. Review by Scott Van Aken in Modeling Madness.
Unicraft FW-190 Turbojet Project. This is a vacuform conversion for the 190A
Ukraine turbojet project which probably was a design study only. Drawing in
1994 Heinz Nowarra’s book shows a long nose but no real place for the
7202 jet exhaust. Interesting idea.
Hasegawa FW-190F-9/Pb1 Panzerblitz I. Has white metal rockets and racks.
51362 and white metal prop and 14 bladed fan. Previewed on Modeling
1994 Madness. Generic decal sheet for undocumented aircraft.
FW-190D-9 'JV-44 Papagei Staffel'. The newer mold FW-190D-9
51368 kit with new decals for Black 1 and Red 13 of the colorful JV-44 protection
Italaeri FW-190A-8. Listed on box as A-8 but actually decals provided for an
1995 A-8 of II/JG300, Germany, 1944, and F-8 unknown unit, Germany 1945.
178 Basically good kit, but not quite up to Hasegawa or Revell-Germany
standards. Here's a review
MPM FW-190V1. Depicts the original prototype with ducted spinner. Decals
c1995 for one civil registered prototype. Standard MPM quality with
MP72032 vacuformed canopy and brass etched parts. Could probably be
converted into modified version with standard spinner with little trouble. Here's a preview
MPM FW-190V18. High altitude fighter prototype. decals for only example
c1995 built. MPM quality with vacuformed canopy and brass etched parts.
Hasegawa FW-190A-8. Heinz Bar.Yet another Hasegawa issue with new
Hasegawa FW-190F-8/R16. Yet another issue, this time with two white metal BT-
1995 400 missiles.
Hasegawa FW-190D-9. Standard Hasegawa D-9 with different decals, this time
c1995 the JV44 Papelgei (Parrot) squadron. These aircraft, with red under-
51368 sides with white pinstripes, protected the ME-262 bases while they
were taking off and landing.
RV Resin FW-190F-8/M82. Conversion kit for Revell-Germany kit. This is a resin
c1995 kit of the FW-190F captured by the Soviets and tested with a Russian
C72004 M-82 radial engine. Looks interesting.
RV Resin FW-190C-0 (V13, V15, & V16) depicts the first three prototypes of
c1995 the high altitude “C” model “Hohenjager 2”. Resin, photoetched, and
72016 and white metal parts.
Hasegawa FW-190A-6. Nachtjager. Radar antenna for wings and fuselage,
1996 new decals.
Monogram FW-190A-8/F8. First issued in the Pro-Modeler series, this was a
1997 highly accurate kit with excellent detail. It can be built as any of the
5943 dash 8 variants. Although expensive, it is worth getting for the very
detailed instructions, including detail photos of actual museum
examples. Decals are particularly useful, and this kit is worth the price
if only for the instruction sheet. However, the same kit with
different decals and instructions has been issued by Revell-Germany,
so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy very many of these
Decals for FW-190A-8, 3/JG54, Germany, 1944
FW-190A-8, Fw. Bindsell, 6/JG1, Germany, 1944
FW-190A-8/R11 Fw. Migge, 1/NJGR10, Germany, 1944
Revell- FW-190A-8/R11 This is a reissue of the Monogram Pro-Modeler kit.
Germany Decals are simpler, and several versions were marketed. This is the
1997 one to get if you want to build a whole series of FW-190A’s. The cost is
4118 a whole lot less, and you get the same kit. Kit includes radar antennas.
4165 Here's a review
Dragon TA-152C-0. Downgraded from the original Shanghai Dragon
DML TA-152H-1, this kit depicts the short winged version of the basic TA-152
1997 design. The extensive engine detail is gone. There is no center
5007-01 section detail, and this needs to be filled in for realistic effect. Decals
are provided for one of the few examples built, the TA-152C-0 (V7),
w/n 110007, coded CI+XM, as it appeared in February, 1945, at Sorau,
Germany, although another of the prototypes could be built from this kit.
Aoshima TA-152H-0 Similar to the Shanghai Dragon offering, but lacking
c1997 some of the detail, this kit is accurate and easy to assemble. Decals
16503 are provided for numerous aircraft operated by Stab/JG301. The
NASM’s TA-152H, Green 4, can be built from this kit, and since this
aircraft and its pilot are credited with at least one air-to-air victory,
this is the one I modeled. Instrument panel details are decals.
Here's a review
Aoshima TA-152H-1. The same kit as the H-0, this kit features, in some issues, a different sized
c1997 box, and nearly identical moldings, although the lower wing panel is different. The decal sheet
is somewhat smaller, but otherwise, the kits are identical.
RV Resin FW-190C-0 (V21/U1) One of the Hohenjager prototypes, this
c1997 aircraft looks like a cross between an FW-190D and TA-152C. resin,
72018 photoetched, and white metal parts with vacuformed canopy. decals
for one aircraft.
RV Resin FW-190B (V27) Prototype for Hohenjager I program, this was an
c1997 FW-190A with long span wings. Resin, photoetched, and white metal
72020 parts. Vacuformed canopy, and decals for one aircraft.
RV Resin FW-190C-0 (V2) Prototype for the Hohenjager 2 program, this
c1997 aircraft featured central exhausts on both sides of the fuselage.
72017 Resin, photoetched, and white metal parts. Vacuformed canopy.
Decals for one aircraft
RV Resin TA-153 V32/U1 Prototype for the TA-153 series, coded GH-KV.
c1997 Resin, photoetched, and white metal parts. Vacuformed canopy.
72019 Decals for one aircraft.
Hasegawa FW-190A-7. Another variant based on the Hasegawa kit. Different
Hasegawa FW-190A-8/R8 Ramsjager with special decals.
Academy FW-190D-9. This kit, unlike the firm’s FW-190A, is an excellent kit,
1998 with excellent detail and molding. Decals are useful, and it depicts the
1660-FA161 blown-hood version. It is one of the cheapest kits to buy, and only has
one drawback--the kit has to be built with the canopy closed unless you
want to do a lot of work trimming down the fuselage to install a canopy
from another kit. This kit is worth getting. Decals for:
Kdr. IV/JG3, Oblt. Oscar Romm, Prenslau, Germany, March, 1945.
Kdr. JG4. Oberst. Gerhard Michaelski, Frankfurt, Germany, March 1945
I/JG301. Fw. Hagen Forster, Germany, Spring, 1945.
MPM FW-190A-5/U1/S-5 Two Seat Conversion Trainer. MPM
c1998 quality epoxy mold kit with photoetched brass parts and vacuformed
MP72030 canopy. Cowling s provided for A-5 and A-8 versions, but canopy
only useful on A-5 version. Labor intensive kit, but basically accurate,
although prop and spinner require replacement, and lots of putty
is needed. A rare variant, although this aircraft could be scratched
from any A-8 kit. decals for S-5, unknown unit, Germany, 1944, and
S-8 of the Fighter School, Altenburg, 1944.
RV Resin FW-190D-13 The D-13 was an FW-190D with an upgraded engine.
c1998 Resin, photoetched brass, and white metal parts with vacuformed
72024 canopy. decals for Yellow 10, of Maj. Franz Goetz, Kdr. JG26,
Flensburg, May, 1945. Actual aircraft was part of Champlain Museum collection.
RV Resin Mistel 3B. This monstrosity appears to be a resin and photoetched
c1999 conversion kit for the Revell-Germany FW-190F-8 and an original
72015 Junkers JU-88H-4. From the printout, it appears to be a “complete
kit”, but lists Revell parts. I need more information on this one.
Tamiya FW-190A-8. I don’t know if this kit exists or not, but have never heard
c1999 of it or seen it listed except on the AIR Website. Their code is
60728 0010107260728. Note that #60726 is Tamiya’s excellent FW-190D-9.
More information on this kit would be welcome. Possibly related to
Tamiya’s excellent FW-190A-3
Hasegawa FW-190G-8. Variant of the earlier Hasegawa F-190A-8 kits, the G-8
1999 was a long range attack aircraft with flame dampers and long range
fuel tanks. Kit includes white metal flame dampers.
Hasegawa FW-190A-5 Special. This kit includes the special supercharger
1999 intakes on the engine cowling sides that a few FW-190A-5’s carried,
along with different decals.
Unicraft FW-190V19. Conversion for the Academy FW-190A, the kit features
c1999 resin wings and horizontal tail surfaces. No Data.
KITS OF THE TWO THOUSANDS
Tamiya FW-190D-9. Probably the definitive kit of the “Dora 9”, this kit
2000 is detailed and accurate, but only contains the blown hood of later
60751 versions of the aircraft. Decals for the following aircraft:
4/JG301, Straubing, Bavaria, 1945 and Stab./JG4, Rhine
Main Airfield, Germany, Spring, 1945.
Here's a preview and here is a full build review
Revell- FW-190A-8 with Blohm und Voss BV246 Glide Bomb.
Germany Standard Revell-Germany kit with glide bomb added. Excellent
c2000 kit. No difference in the two boxings.
Revell- FW-190F-8/R14. As Monogram Pro Modeler kit with different
Germany fuselage, enlarged vertical fin, extended tailwheel leg, belly rack
2000 and torpedo. Interesting conversion, as few of these were built.
04147- Decals for two aircraft: FW-190F-8/R14, II,KG200, Flensburg, April
0389 1945, and FW-190F-8/R14, Erprobungstaffel, Torpedo Waffenplatz,
Gotenhafen. Hexengrund, Germany, 1944.
Sword FW-190A-1. The first accurate early model FW-190A, this kit
2000 depicts the first production model. It is a very nicely done kit, but
SW72008 does require some modeling skill. One feature not found on any other
FW-190 kit I’ve encountered is a set of flaps that can be left in the up
or down position. Decals are for one aircraft: Oblt. Walter Schneider
II/Gruppe, JG26, France, 1941. Here is a preview.
Tamiya FW-190A-3. The definitive kit for early FW-190A’s, this kit could
2001 be used for any of the early models. Accurate and easily assembled,
60766 this kit is highly detailed, and is possibly the best early model FW-190A
on the market today. Decals for three aircraft:
8/JG2, France, 1942
III/JG2 Kdr. Hptm. Hans Hahn, France, 1942
Stab/JG26, Hptm. Wilhelm Gath, France, 1943.
Here's a review
SMER FW-190A-5/F8. Kit is quite similar to the FW-190D-9 below.
c2001 Moldings are reported as extremely poor with serious outline problems.
SMER FW-190D-9. This is a new issue, but judging from Scott Van Aken’s
2001 preview in Modeling Madness, it is terrible. Photos of the kit on his site
SE0874 show faulty outline and sparse detail. Why anyone would do this with
the profusion of good kits on the market is a mystery. If Smer’s A model
is not the Heller issue, it is probably comparable to this kit.
Hasegawa FW-190A-7 with Slipper Tank. Reviewed by Scott Van Aken on
2001 Modeling Madness, this is a standard Hasegawa FW-190A-8 kit with
00172 resin slipper tanks included. Expensive, but an interesting variant.
Bogu’s FW-190W. Another Modeling Madness article, this “kit” depicts a
Resin. mythical floatplane version of the FW-190D-9, along with an “operational
2001 history" of the type. It’s not often that you see a seaplane fighter, and
#815 rarer still to see an FW-190D seaplane.
Hasegawa FW-190A-6. Galland. Yet another Hasegawa variant, this time
2001 a standard A-6 model with Galland’s markings.
Admiral FW-190A-4 Jabo. FW-190A-4 Jabo. Injection molded plastic parts
2001 and canopy, engraved panel lines, resin wheels, boms, and cockpit
KPL72001 tub. Decals for White 10, I/JG54, and Yellow 11, 1/SKG10. Here is a preview.
Academy FW-190D-9 'Papagei Staffel'. The standard Academy 190D kit but with
2001 a new decal sheet. Markings are for Black 1 and Red 13 of the JV-44 protection
1611 flight. In fact, the same markings as offered in the similar Hasegawa kit. Here's a
preview of this kit. Here is a full build review.
This is a project I started to see how many 1/72 scale kits of the FW-190 and TA-152 series have been produced by various manufacturers. As you can see from the above listing, there have been many, possibly more than for the Messerschmitt ME-109 series. (I sense another project coming on) I have listed the kits in the approximate chronological order in which I believe they appeared on the market and in the hobby shops. Confirmed dates are listed as such, while estimated dates are marked “c” for the historical “circa”. I started building models when I was a kid back in the late forties, and so I experienced the entire course of the hobby, from using WW-II templates for recognition models up to the modern day masterpieces that we have become accustomed to. Most of the kits, especially the early ones, I have built, while some of the later ones, especially the odd types and resin offerings, I have only seen listings or reviews, or have received data from other people.
If anyone can add to this list, or provide more accurate information, I would appreciate hearing from you. I need copies of instructions, photos, listings, and other data, such as actual date of appearance, and catalog number for some of the kits. Some of my sources have included the kits themselves, Burns Kit Collector’s Guide, and inventories and kit listings I have saved over the years. My eventual goal is to produce an internet or published work on the FW-190 in 1/72 and possibly other scales, although I have built exclusively in 1/72 scale over the past 50 years.
Brian R. Baker
Farmington, NM, USA 87401