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Focke-Wulf FW190: Volume One 1938-1943 Hardcover – Jan 17 2012


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing; Reprint edition (Jan. 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906537291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906537296
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 23.5 x 32.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Well up to the usual high Classic Publications standards Feb. 8 2012
By Jim Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It is nice to see a real Luftwaffe mainstay getting the Classic Publications treatment instead of the more usual esoteric types. Of course, one volume can not do justice to the Fw 190. This is the first of three definite volumes with a fourth possible "if our readers demonstrate enough interest in making its production economically viable." The current volume covers the background, design, development, construction, and operations of the Fw 190 through the A-6, F-3, and G-3 variants with the experimental B and C subtypes also covered. The operations end about mid-1943.

The book was a surprisingly fast read considering its 336 pages. This is due to the lavish photographic coverage, some in color, of the aircraft with many full page reproductions. The authors have also reproduced many manufacturer documents. Reproduction is superb. New artwork is confined to about two dozen color profiles scattered throughout the book. All in all, a feast for the eyes but the text is quite informative and complete also.

The biggest complaint I have is the poor editing/proofreading. There are numerous instances of words being left out and sentences not quite making sense. This was annoying but does not detract from the value of the book. Also being the first volume there is no index and only one appendix. A comprehensive index is promised for volume three but of course that doesn't help now.

Highly recommended. I can't wait for the next volume and am really hoping we get that possible fourth volume with "a very large number of detailed drawings". This aircraft deserves the best.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Don't See a Problem. Dec 25 2011
By blabride - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just received this book for Xmas and I can't seem to find a problem with my copy. It is very typical of this series of books as I have the one on the Bf110 and the Condor. Pictures are excellently done and many I have not seen before and those I have are reproduced a half page in stunning detail. If you are a modeler, the pictures in this series are going to be very useful. The line art and side profiles are very nice too. The only problem I can think of is that it is not sealed and it has been very rainy in central Texas lately so the pages as a whole were slightly wavy as a group. But after sitting flat here in the house it has flattened back out to normal. It is not damaged in any way. Amazon might want to start sealing these books in shrink wrap because if it had actually sat in the rain, well I would have had another problem. The only other problem I see is that the book only goes from the development of the prototypes up to the first combat type. These could get expensive, but I like this series from Ian Allen Publishing better than anything out there on Luftwaffe aircraft. If you can't afford anything else on the FW 190 A types get these. They would supplement the D series from Eagle Publishing well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Going to be the definitive history April 14 2012
By Copyzombie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the first volume of a three- or four-part history of the second-best-known German fighter of the WWII.

As far as I can tell, nothing is missing. The volume is picture-heavy as can be expected, but still packs a lot of facts, both technical and operational. Reading the operational summaries gets a bit repetitive after a while, but it didn't really bother me. The occasional first-person narrative enlivens the text rather well.

However, the book could have benefited of some last-minute editing. Early in the book one can find some redundancies that should really have been edited out (the part about Kurt Tank's early life is the most blatant example) and there are slightly more typos than one would expect. Also I would have wished for a table showing the differences between all the models and sub-models mentioned in the book - now one has to look throughout the book to check these facts. Perhaps a comprehensive table will be included in the last volume?

Despite these minor gripes, this is an excellent book, a must have for anyone interested in the air war the Luftwaffe waged!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5 Stars for the book, 0 for the packaging March 22 2012
By Eric Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having just received my copy, I've not had a chance to read through it but as a modeller and Fw 190 fan, I can easily give this book 5 stars for the pictorial references alone. I look forward to the next two volumes. That said, the poor packaging gets a zero. Mine too was lying loose in the bottom of the box with no protective wrapping at all, just a couple of air bags tossed on top. The result, just as happened to another reviewer, the corners of my book are damaged from flopping around in the box. Why is it that some Amazon shipments are poorly packed like this while others are neatly and securely shrink wrapped to a cardboard sheet?
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Perfect Example - not a single issue or complaint Dec 26 2011
By Rammjager - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After hearing the concerns regarding this publication I sat down VERY carefully and went page by page looking for the complaints some have noted. I could not find a single issue with my copy. I look forward to Amazon carrying each subsequent volume in this Fw-190 series.


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