Easy Model EM36364 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-6 Fighter - Hauptmann Walter Nowotny, I./Jagdgeschwader 54 "Grunherz", 1943 (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-6 fighter was piloted by Hauptmann Walter Nowotny, who was attached to I./JG54, during 1943. Now in stock!
Wingspan: 5.25 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: March 2010
Historical Account: "The Austrian Menace" - Walter "Nowi" Nowotny (December 7th, 1920 - November 8th, 1944) was an Austrian fighter ace of World War II with 258 confirmed victories in 442 missions, 255 victories over Russian pilots.
Flying a Messerschmitt Bf 109 he shot down his first two enemy aircraft (both Polikarpov I-153 biplanes) over Saaremaa on July 19th, 1941, and was shot down the same day by Alexandr Avdeev and spent three days in a dinghy in the Gulf of Riga. At year's end he was credited with ten victories.
In 1942, Nowotny continued to increase his successes, shooting down five aircraft on a single day in July and seven on August 2nd. He was shot down again on August 11th and sustained moderate damage in a crash-landing. In September, he was awarded the Ritterkreuz, having achieved 56 victories. He was made StaffelkapitĂ¤n of 1./JG 54 on October 25th.
In January 1943, JG 54 started converting to the Focke-Wulf 190 fighter. With the new aircraft, "Nowi" scored at an unprecedented rate, often averaging more than two planes a day for weeks on end. He scored his 75th victory in March and his 100th in June - shooting down forty-one aircraft that month. In August, he was promoted to Oberleutnant, made Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 54, and shot down forty-nine aircraft. On September 1st, he scored ten victories in two sorties. He claimed his 200th victory on September 8th, which earned him Eichenlaub (Oak Leaves) added to his Knight's Cross, and a promotion to Hauptmann. The Schwertern (Swords) were added to his Knight's Cross a few weeks later.
On October 14th, 1943, Nowotny became the first pilot ever to reach 250 victories, and his Knight's Cross was augmented with Brillanten (Diamonds). He was the eighth recipient of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds, and was withdrawn from combat and given a long series of propaganda activities. He had shot down 255 enemy aircraft: 196 in 1943 alone.