Hobby Master HA7421 – 1/48 Scale Fw 190A-4 Diecast Model
Hobby Master HA7421 diecast model replicates in 1/48 scale the Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-4 Würger (Shrike), “White 8”. Flown by Leutnant Walter Nowotny, the first pilot in history to pass 250 victories, Staffelkapitän 1/JG 54, Luftwaffe, Eastern Front, early 1943.
Hobby Master 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-4 diecast model details
|Length||18.8 cm||7.40 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||22.9 cm||9.01 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Canopy is displayable opened or closed
- The undercarriage is displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
Walter “Nowi” Nowotny (1920 – 1944), born in Ceske Velenice, Austrian, joined the Luftwaffe in October 1939, sent to 9./JG 54, Eastern Front in February 1941. His first victory occurred in July 1941, however, he, in turn, was shot down. Transferred to 3./JG 54 on March 11, 1942, and appointed Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 54 on October 25, 1942.
Appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 54 on August 10, 1943, and on September 8, shot down six enemy aircraft including his 200th. During Nowotny’s last ten days on the Eastern Front, he downed 32 Russian planes, becoming the first pilot in history to pass 250 victories. After a stint as Kommodore of JG 101, a training unit, he took charge of Kommando Nowotny, with the Me 262 in September 1944. Nowotny died on November 8, 1944, under questionable circumstances but most likely shot down by 1st Lt Edward “Buddy” Haydon, 357th FG and Capt Ernest “Feeb” Fiebelkorn, 20th FG USAAF.
Nowotny attained the rank of Major, credited with 258 aerial victories, 255 on the Eastern front, three while flying the Me 262 jet. He received the Honor Goblet of the Luftwaffe, German Cross in Gold, Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, swords and diamonds.
Focke-Wulf Fw 190
The Focke-Wulf 190 Würger (Shrike) is a German single-engine, single-seat fighter. Designed by Kurt Tank, the type first flew on June 1, 1939, entering service in August 1941. The numerous variants could conduct a range of missions, including day fighter, fighter-bomber, ground-attack and night fighter. When introduced into service, it outperformed the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V in service at that time, which it maintained until the introduction of the Spitfire Mk IX in July 1942.
Features of the Fw 190 included bubble canopy. A strong wide tracked landing gear, able to withstand high sink rates, gave the aircraft excellent ground handling and allowed the use of substandard runways. Flight controls used rigid pushrods instead of the usual cables and pulleys. Electrically powered equipment was extensively used, including the undercarriage.
The Fw 190A series was an excellent fighter and ground attack platform, but performance suffered at altitudes above 6,000 m (20,000 ft). The Fw 190 D “Dora” series powered by the Jumo 213 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine had the high-altitude performance needed to attack American heavy bombers, it entered service in September 1944. The fuselage required lengthening both in front and behind the wing to accommodate the new power plant and maintain balance, adding nearly 1.52 m (4.99 ft) to the length. The Dora lacked the high roll rate of the Fw 190A but had a superior level, climb and dive speeds and turned more rapidly.
In May 1942, Focke-Wulf began testing an attack version. These became the Fw 190F and extended range Fw 190G series. Changes from previous variants included increased armour under the fuselage, protecting fuel tanks, pilot, engine and landing gear, bomb racks under fuselage centre-line and wings.
- Crew: pilot
- Length: 9.00 m (29 ft 5 in)
- Wingspan: 10.51 m (34 ft 5 in)
- Height: 3.95 m (12 ft 12 in)
- Empty weight: 3,470 kg (7,650 lb)
- Engine: single BMW 801 D-2, 14 cylinder air cooled radial engine.
- Guns: two 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17s mounted in engine cowling, one 20 mm MG 151/20 E cannon in each wing root, all synchronised to fire through the propeller arc. One 20mm cannon mid-span of each wing.
- Maximum speed: 657 km/h (408 mph) at 19,420 ft (5,920 m)
- MTOW: 4,900 kg (10,800 lb)
- Range: 850 km (528 mi)
- Service ceiling: 10,300 m (33,792 ft).