Focke-Wulf Fw 189
reviewed by Paul Mahoney
This volume from MBI is published in both the Czech and English languages, using a dual-column format similar to many of the Kagero publications from Poland. Overall the translation is done pretty well, with the occasional glitches that do occur with these types of books. This soft-cover book comprises 60 pages, all on nice glossy stock. There are good quality black and white photos throughout, along with many technical drawings and four pages of color profiles (plus additional profiles on the back cover).
The book is broken up into sections covering development, specifics of each variant (FW 189A-1, A-2, B, C, etc), operations with the Luftwaffe and other airforces, and finally a technical discussion of the aircraft's components. The differences between variants are discussed, which should prove quite helpful to the modeler. In addition to the 'normal' production reconnaissance models, there is decent coverage of proposed ground-attack models as well as nightfighter versions that were deployed. A comprehensive set of line drawings of the major variants is also included, showing every plan view and many cross sections. There are also some very good photos and sketches of the interior components, which will prove invaluable to the modeler.
One of the most interesting parts of the book (at least to me), is the discussion of the FW 189's operations with non-German airforces. The Hungarian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, and Slovak Air Forces all flew the FW 189. There is also some in-depth discussion of the production facilities set up in the German 'protectorate' of Czech. I'm sure this is in large part due to the origin of the book, but a large number of FW 189s were produced in Czech. Production at Focke Wulf facilities in Germany were focused primarily on the FW 190 fighters.
Bottom line: A well-done book, useful photos
and sketches, and a quick read. Definitely recommend!
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