Eagle Cals #175: FW-190A-8/R2
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Scott Van Aken

This next new FW-190 sheet covers the FW-190A-8/R2. These planes often had additional armor plating around the cockpit, but that wasn't always the case. They did have more armor for the oil tank and under the engine as well as thicker armored glass for the windscreen. You can spot the armored windscreen as it has a much thicker than normal frame. Another common item was the removal of the nose guns to help make up for the additional armor weight. In most cases, the cowling troughs were fared over. All of these planes started with the standard RLM 74/75/76 camouflage scheme and had it modified with various densities of mottling.

First up is an aircraft with a black cowling and a yellow spiral on the spinner from 11sturm/JG based in France during mid 1944.

The second option is with 6./JG 300 based in Germany during December 1944.

The third option is with 8.JG 300 also based in germany druing February 1945. Note that this plane has the later 'blown' canopy. It also has the cowl armor and wing tips in black.

The final aircraft is with 6. JG 300 based in Germany during November 1944. This aircraft has the additional side armor in RLM 02 along with the armored cowl area.

There are plenty of kits for this sheet and among them are Tamiya, Dragon, Hasegawa, and Eduard. The decals are not such that they have to be 'sized' for a particular kit.

As usual, the instructions are first rate with lots of notes. Decals are printed by Cartograf so you know they are good. This sheet is available in 1/32 as well.

November 2020

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