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CoolPix - Homebuilt: Fab Focke-Wulf FW 190 Replica At Reno 2010

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 When I was about 12, I built a 1:48 scale model of the short nose Focke-Wulf FW 190. I painted it in a really good camouflage scheme, and it was actually the only one of the many plastic models I built that I was really pleased with how it turned out. I've been pretty severely attracted to the FW 190 since those days as a kid, so I was very excited to see this one at Reno, shown here in a nice big CoolPix.

 It looks like this one was recently flown for the first time by Steve Hinton and is owned by Frasca International, the flight simulator people out of Urbana, Illinois. If I have my info correct, it's one of the FlugWerk replicas from Germany, and has a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine in it. It was raced at Reno by John Malony, but not hard and not as a serious contender. But wow, it was very cool to see it in the air!

 I was impressed with the paint job as the airplane appeared very authentic. Not a 'show plane' paint job, but one you could believe was representing the airplane just as it would have looked in the Luftwaffe. It also looked smaller than I expected by a little bit. The one or two I've seen before were in a museum, and seeing this one out in the open around other warbirds made me realize it's not as big as I had thought. Comparing dimensions to the P-51 Mustang shows that it is indeed a little smaller all the way around.

 The one thing that stirs me big-time about the FW 190 is those long, wide-stance, aggressive gear legs. It's the same thing that makes the Hughes H-1 and the F-8 Bearcat look so stinkin' hot to me. The P-51 is a very beautiful airplane, but its gear legs just don't affect me the way these other aircraft do. I know, I'm a weirdo... but I'm a very happy, aggressive-gear-leg-lovin' weirdo : )


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Great Pic. I would love to get up close to that bird. Ages ago I flew Air Warrior online (started when Kesmai was in charge). I was immediately drawn to the 190 (while virtually everyone else was in Spitfires). At least as modeled in Air Warrior, the 190 was the king of the E-fighters. Dropping down into a furball filled with Spits, popping the one that was after your "countryman" (for those that remember - A, B and C land. I flew for B with the original number of 5017, and was known as Gator) and zooming back up to set up the next pass was as sweet as it got.

Too bad AOL ended up with the franchise later - it just wasn't the same.

Anyway - I have built several 1:48 190s over time and fly an RC 190 now.

Post more 190 (and other WWII aircraft) when you have them!

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRTF Skymaster

RTF Skymaster- Thanx for the comment - Did you see my post on the prototype FW 190? Very interesting stuff... and actually quite a bit different than what it eventually became: focke-wulf-fw-190-prototype-crazy-big-spinner

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMartt (admin)

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April 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbillmiao


We need to do lunch sometime. When I read your posts it's like hearing myself think.

I had the 1/48 Monogram FW 190A. I put the underwing cannon pods on mine. I also had the Revell 1/32 FW 190D and the Hasegawa 1/48 version of the same plane. Gotta love the Butcher Bird!


April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Boze

Mike- send me an email... I eat almost everyday : )

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMartt (admin)

... is the "Frasca" name really needed on the landing gear ?

Seriously ?

Almost as guady as the caf's "wings" symbol on most of thier
restored aircraft.

November 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertrue reality

I was thrilled to see the FW represented at Reno, even if it wasn't terribly competitive. With all the regular Mustangs and Sea Furies, seeing the oddballs- The Corsairs, the Yaks, The Tigercats, and now the 190 makes it that much more of a spectacle. I'm a FW fan. I've got two RC models, one a big glow model, one an electric parkflyer, and I fly the FW regularly on Aces High II.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCplBUSMC

Is it for sale?
Are there kits foi homebuilt?
Aircraft price
Kit price

Thans for attentions.

September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSergio Macedo

I too, saw the FW190 at the Reno air races. I was so excited to see it sitting in the pits that I must have seemed like an exuberant child. I too have had a love affair with this aircraft ever since I first saw images of it.

The airplane at Reno was no homebuilt 190. I spoke with the owner of the aircraft for some time. Bear in only repeating what was told to me by the aircraft's crew...but they assured me that the aircraft was not a replica, even though it is a "new build" airplane. Flugwerk is building these aircraft to original specs...and the reason that they insist it's not a replica is that the airplanes are being built by the original company, to original specifications...and the serial numbers being issued to the new airplanes are next-in-line sequential to where original production left off in Germany in 1945. The airplane at Reno was in "shakedown" as it was still being broken in at the time. The plane dropped out in first couple of heats, as it spun one of it's main gear wheel bearings. It looked stunning...almost defiant.... sitting out there among the P51's.

The new build planes are catching on in a big way in the vintage warbird / racing circles. Planes Of Fame in Chino now has two of of which is kept in Chino on exhibit. Other collectors are picking them up as well. Flugwerk has a site that isn't terribly hard to find and there is a page (in German) dedicated to the new 190 production. They are available to the general public. All you need is the cash to buy one.

September 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPerrius Maximus

Thanks for this up-date on the new 190's. I read where Flugwerk was to commence this project I guess it was, 10 years ago but had lost track of what had become of it since. I'm glad to see it's come to pass as I am a big fan of the 190 also. Will never have the money for one so will have to fantasize about the prospect of perhaps the opportunity to fly one "round the pattern a time or two". lol Yeah I know...

November 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterB Belchr

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