Focke-Wolf 190 A-3

Development of the FW190 series began in the Autumn of 1937, under a contract issued by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (Air Ministry) for a single seat fighter to supplement the Messerschmitt Bf109. Two proposals were submitted by Kurt Tank, the technical director of the Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau (aircraft factory). The proposal using the then new BMW 801 aircooled radial engine was chosen. This tough and powerful engine was placed in a robust airframe and provided superb handling, well balanced control, and brisk acceleration. It entered service in 1941, flying alongside the Bf 109 and it soon took control of air superiority over the English Channel. Establishing itself as a mainstay fighter of the Luftwaffe, it outperformed the contemporary Spitfire Mk.V's in almost every respect and maintained this advantage until the arrival of the Spitfire IX in July 1942. The Fw190 fighter underwent constant improvement throughout its life. The A-3 version used the improved BMW 801Dg engine that produced 1,700hp. Armament was increased from four to six guns, consisting of two rapid firing MG151's in the wing roots; two MG FF's outboard of the landing gear and two fuselage mounted MG 17 machine guns. Throughout WW2, many Luftwaffe squadrons allowed personal pilot markings and distinctive squadron insignia to be used, plus lower cowl, wing tip and rudder color additions to the original paint schemes.

Tamiya Focke-Wolf 190 A-3 Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/72 Scale #60766
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 4-3/8" (11.1cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 60766
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"Very Good"
Tamiya kits are detailed and easy to build, and this Fw-190 is just as good as any of their other kits. The instructions are clear and the pieces fit together beautifully, even the tiniest and most fiddly ones. The cockpit features an instrument panel, sidewall details, and a safety harness for the seat, so you have plenty to admire through the open canopy. The only hassle I ran into was the landing gear: one leg went on without a hitch, but the other was spongy and never quite set right. This was my mistake, as I rushed the construction instead of letting it wait for the morning. Tamiya's decals look thick, but I've always found them to work well with hot water and a touch of setting solution; the only problem with the decals in this kit is how obvious the choices are, with each of the three aircraft wearing the same mottled grey camouflage scheme. That makes it a basic kit, but a good one.

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  • Clear pieces for canopy included.
  • Recessed panel lines give authentic look.
  • Detailed cockpit and landing gear.
  • Canopy can be finished open or closed.
  • Detailed pictorial instructions.


  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 4-3/8" (11.1cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 60766


1/72 Focke-Wolf 190 A-3

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"simple but very good"
pamason (Entiat, WA)
This is a very easy plane too build The parts fit well and there good detail in the cockpit but no pilot. The plane can be build in a day and panted the next. The landing gear and canopy can be shown up or down. the decals are easy. A good plane for any modeler.


  • Decal options:
  • 1: 8./JG2, 1942, France.
  • 2: III./JG2, Commander Hptm. Hans Hahn, 1942, France.
  • 3: Stab./JG26, Hptm. Wilhelm Gath, 1943, France.

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