Easy Model EM36362 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 Fighter - Kurt Buhligen, Commander Jagdgeschwader 2, Summer 1944 (1:72 Scale)
"Guns before butter. Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."
- Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Head of the German Luftwaffe
Nicknamed the "Butcher Bird," the Fw 190 was Germany's best air-to-ground fighter. Faster and more agile than the British Spitfire, it dominated the skies over Europe as a fighter and was the Luftwaffe's most important ground-attack aircraft. Controlled by the skilled hands of aces like Oberleutnant Otto Kittel, the FW-190 gained the reputation of being one of the greatest fighters of all time. This fighter-bomber and anti-tank aircraft was almost impossible to defeat until the introduction of the long-range P-51 Mustang.
This particular 1:72 scale replica of a German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 fighter was piloted by Kurt Buhligen, Commander of Jagdgeschwader 2, during the summer of 1944. Now in stock!
Wingspan: 5.25 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: July 2011
Historical Account: "Ace Being Held" - Kurt Buhligen was born in 1917. Having an innate desire to fly he joined the Luftwaffe at its inception. Buhligen joined initially as a mechanic but his forceful character soon qualified him as Fighter pilot material. The Luftwaffe accepted his request for a transfer, and he underwent pilot training throughout 1938 - 1939. By July 1940, he was assigned to JG 2 Richthofen. Buhligen scored his first victory on the 4th of September 1940 during the Battle of Britain, one year later his score had risen to 21. In December 1942 Buhligen was transferred to Tunisia, here Buhligen showed what a true fighter pilot he was shooting down no less than forty aircraft. Transferred back to the West in defence of his Homeland in early 1943 his score had reached 96. By 1944 he had shot down his 100th victim. While flying over Soviet held territory Buhligen's engine malfunctioned and he was forced to land. He was captured by the Russians and held as a POW until 1950. Buhligen scored a total of 112 victories.