Eduard 1/72 Fw-190A-8 (Profipack)
The Fw-190A-8 was the most-produced sub-type, refined for anti-bomber interception with heavy 13mm machine guns replacing the 7.7mm weapons in the fuselage. With that weight and the extra armor, the Fw-190A-8 was not the dog-fighter its predecessors had been. J% 5 Eismeer was formed from II/JG 77 in 1942, fought on the Arctic front in Norway and Finalnd. IV/HG 5 was based in southern Norway with Fw-190A and Bf-109G interceptors and fought the Beaufighters and Mosquitors from the Banff Wing.
I think Eduard’s 1/72 kit (which can also be built as an A-5/A-6 if you have decals, otherwise wait for the A-5 release in a month or so) is the best 1/72 Fw-190A series kit out there. Has the different open or closed canopies in both flat top and “Galland hood.” Beautiful petite detail, the profipack photo-etch gives great detail. Decals have full stenciling. I did the boxart airplane.
A real winner on all counts.
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