by: Peter Allen [ ]
First designed in 1936 to specs for a heavy twin engined fighter that required a higher performance than single engined machines of the time, the first prototype Fw187 flew in Spring 1937 and although fitted with less powerful Jumo 210 engines (It was proposed to use DB 600 power plants) it performed admirably and earned the name Falke (Falcon) being faster than the Me Bf109. Five further developments followed culminating in the V6 which at last had the DB 600 engines giving an excellent performance boost. However, due to the idiosyncrasies of the RLM, it was passed over in favour of the Me Bf110 with a lack of rear defence armament being the main reason given. Even after excellent testing results with 13. staffel/Jg 77 in Norway during the winter of 1940/41 where all pilots loved it, further development and production declined. The few examples made were used for Fwís factory defense, saw service with training units, and took a part in the Ta 154 fightersí development.
Another design that might have made a significant difference in the field, it was overlooked for reasons that are still difficult to comprehend.
Things of Note
The kit includes an injection molded canopy.
COLOUR ERROR: Cockpit colour indicated as Humbrol 73 (Matt Wine). It should be RLM 66 Dark Grey-Black/grey.
The kit contains two sprues holding a total of 43 parts molded in soft mid-grey plastic. As for the Bv 155, the plastic is less hard and more troublesome than older Special Hobby kits. The injection lugs are much smaller and less of a problem. Detail is good but delicate, maybe too delicate, and may fill in during painting, so a little extra scibbing work may be needed. Very little flash generally. Minimal work required to clean up.
Overall it looks like it will make up into a very nice model. Good for the experienced but not too difficult for modelers trying a first time build using mixed materials. The cockpit detail is good OOB
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