Corgi AA34313 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A Fighter - 1./Jagdgeschwader 1, Schiphol, Holland, June 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 fighter was attached to 1./JG 1, then deployed to Schiphol, Holland, during June 1943. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5.25 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: May 2010
Historical Account: "Schachbrettmuster" - The distinctive chequerboard markings, synonymous with 1/JG 1's Defence of the Reich FW190As, first appeared in the early summer of 1943. 1/JG 1 chose this scheme, with the chequers in black/white, while 2/JG 1 had them applied in red/black and 3/JG 1 in yellow/black.
FW 190 A-4 W.Nr. 0601 from 1/JG1, 'White 4', was based in Amsterdam-Schipol airport, Holland between June 1st, 1943 and July 7th, 1943. The aircraft suffered minor damage following a taxing accident at Schipol on June 25th,1943, but returned to service soon after.
The 'Schachbrettmuster' pattern would only last a matter of months, however, as the markings resulted in confusion in the air when other Jagdwaffe fighters intercepted the Gruppe after misidentifying its aircraft for similarly marked P-47 Thunderbolts of the USAAF's 8th Air Force.