TWIN-BOOM ODDITY… SPECIAL HOBBY’S FW 189C/V-6

TWIN-BOOM ODDITY… SPECIAL HOBBY’S FW 189C/V-6

Focke-Wulf’s Fw 189C ground-attack version certainly wouldn’t win any beauty contests, but Special Hobby’s 1/72 kit allows modellers to replicate a fascinating prototype.

TWIN-BOOM ODDITY… SPECIAL HOBBY’S FW 189C/V-6

Czech firm Special Hobby has adapted its 1/72 Fw 189B parts to offer us a model of the decidedly different Fw 189C/V-6 ground-attack version. With its lineage in the original MPM tooling of the ‘B’, Special Hobby’s new kit (SH72432) – while still providing the standard twin-boom format – now comes with the much smaller and armoured cockpit associated with this rare variant. The lack of vision from the ‘pod’ on the real aircraft partly prevented its success, the Henschel Hs 129 being selected for the task instead.

TWIN-BOOM ODDITY… SPECIAL HOBBY’S FW 189C/V-6

The shiny grey styrene features fine panel lines as you’d expect. There’s a new central wing underside section featuring raised and elongated fairings, and the corresponding upper part must undergo surgery (a rectangular opening needs to be cut) to accept the new reduced-size cockpit and its inner tub. The detail in the ‘office’ is basic – presumably because almost none of it will be seen due to the tiny windscreen. A clear external gun sight is present, and a rearwards-firing defensive machine-gun is simply sandwiched between the cockpit halves.

TWIN-BOOM ODDITY… SPECIAL HOBBY’S FW 189C/V-6

Finer details include lightening holes on the inner faces of the main undercarriage bay doors, separate mudguards, and the trademark vaned propeller spinners. The instructions show what’s required in terms of scratch-building the necessary gun barrels in the wing leading edge, either side of the cockpit. When it comes to the propeller blades, these are individual items that will require careful alignment. A small photo-etched brass fret is also supplied, this carrying a radio aerial, small panels for the nose and underside, and two gun muzzle rings.

TWIN-BOOM ODDITY… SPECIAL HOBBY’S FW 189C/V-6

TWIN-BOOM ODDITY… SPECIAL HOBBY’S FW 189C/V-6

The colour scheme is simple too, comprising a splinter pattern of RLM 70 Black Green and 71 Dark Green over RLM 65 Light Blue. Code letters appear either side of the fuselage boom and underside crosses, and the swastikas are of the segmented variety.

While not of wide appeal, this kit of the V6, which is more for the experienced modeller, does offer Luftwaffe fans something unusual… especially if prototypes sit in your field of interest. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the standard recce-focused Fw 189A, as well as the Fw 189B trainer. The kit costs 18.80€ and can be bought direct from: www.cmkkits.com