176 pages

The Focke-Wulf Fw 190D and Ta 152

By: Richard A Franks

ISBN: 978-1-91293207-8

Price: £19.95

Format: A4

Web: www.valiant-wings.co.uk

Modellers depicting high-altitude variants of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 and the later Ta 152 can derive a wealth of information from this excellent addition to Valiant Wings’ Airframe and Miniature collection. It’s the second edition of the publication, so there is an expanded section devoted to the kits available for each aircraft type, alongside full histories of the Fw 190D and Ta 152. The text is well organised, opening with chapters covering development, technical specifications, profiles of each subvariant and period photos, plus a section of proposals that never made it past the drawing board. There is information concerning the camouflage schemes applied to various airframes, with evidence from black-and-white photos, plus 1/48 scale plans denoting the placement of airframe stencils – an exceptional resource for modellers. Detailed reviews evaluate the accuracy of kits from 1/72 to 1/24 scale, including vintage products, and this is followed by full builds of Hasegawa, Tamiya, Aoshima, Eduard, Hobby Boss and ZoukeiMura offerings. Modellers with any of these kits are aided by full-colour reference photos depicting all aspects of the airframes, plus a set of fold-out 1/48 scale plans for both types – hence this brilliant guide comes fully recommended.