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Focke-Wulf FW190: Volume One 1938-1943 [Hardcover]

J. Richard Smith , Eddie J. Creek


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Jan. 17 2012 1906537291 978-1906537296 Reprint
This the first of a comprehensive three-volume reference book on the iconic Focke Wulf FW190-arguably the finest fighter aircraft of World War 2. The books are the product of years of research by two of the leading experts into this complex aircraft to produce the complete work on the FW190. Each volume contains some four hundred photographs including those showing factory and manufacturing, close-ups of weapons and equipment and operational units, as well as numerous facsimiles of Focke-Wulf handbook drawings. Color artwork will also be included, plus an extensive selection of original manufacturer's technical drawings. When it first appeared in the skies over France in late 1941, the pugnacious, radial-engined Focke-Wulf FW190 represented a formidable and ominous foe to the RAF. This new volume is in the large hardback Classic format, densely packed and illustrated, representing a one-stop reference work to be used by enthusiasts and modelers for easy access to information on the FW190.

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J. Richard Smith and Eddie J. Creek have been researching Luftwaffe aircraft for over forty years, publishing their first book, German Aircraft of the Second World War, in 1972. After retiring as an architect in 1991, Eddie established Classic Publications with Robert Forsyth. He again cooperated with Richard Smith in the production of an acclaimed four-volume history of the Me 262, published by Classic, and this was followed by several volumes on the Luftwaffe fighter and bomber units and their markings for Classic.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't See a Problem. Dec 25 2011
By blabride - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well up to the usual high Classic Publications standards Feb. 8 2012
By Jim Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for the book, 0 for the packaging March 22 2012
By Eric Larson - Published on Amazon.com
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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?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Reference, volume I April 5 2014
By Reinaldo L. Andujar - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read almost every published text on the Focke Wulf FW190 series from the pioneering Profiles till now. I have several other books on this aircraft but this is absolutely the best book regarding the technical details of the aircraft ever. This is the reference for working with all the 1/32d scale models of the FW190A, D, F, and G series. I highly recommend it and look forward to Volume III.

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