The early FW-190As have been overlooked in large scale, that is until Pacific Coast Models released theirs. Now the modeler can build any one of the early short-nosed 190As. Eagle Editions is well known for Luftwaffe reference material, excellent resin and decals. This release is no different.
Designed for the Pacific Coast early Focke Wulfs, these decals are printed in perfect register by Cartograf. I’ve come to regard Cartograf as THE best decals in the world; certainly the best I’ve used. They are thin and react well with all known setting solutions.
There are two decal sheets; one that contains the individual markings for the aircraft, and one sheet of stencils and ‘common’ decals such as the crosses.
The instructions are printed on double sided 11 x 17 heavy gloss paper, and profile views of all four aircraft are included. One side consists of a diagram of the stencils. There is a page of color call outs which also include references, so you can look up the actual aircraft. Don’t have those references? Well Eagle Editions includes a single-sided 8x10 page with black and white reference photos of two of the aircraft
Three of the aircraft presented are painted in RLM71 and 02. These will make a significant difference in the look of your Focke Wulf. My personal favorite is the Eagle motif on Kurt Nowak’s FW-190A-2 from JG2. “Blue 6”, also from JG2, is a FW-190A-1 and has unique markings that are quite colorful. The RLM70/71 camouflaged A-3 from JG51 is also very colorful and will definitely be different than most 190s you’ve seen. The final Focke Wulf is an A-2 with, what I’ve come to associate with Assi Hahn, a rooster on the cowling. These aircraft are quite colorful.
Overall this is a great sheet. It is also available in 1/48th scale. Eagle Editions has done it again with a well researched and executed decal sheet.
Thanks to Eagle Editions for the review copy. Let them know IPMS/USA sent you. While you are there, check out the other great Luftwaffe items they have like the resin and books.