Kurt Tank, the designer of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, wanted to create a ‘workhorse’ rather than a ‘racehorse’. He succeeded with a solid aircraft designed around the air-cooled twin-row 14-cylinder BMW radial engine. The FW 190 was an excellent addition to the Luftwaffe’s fighter force and became the second standard fighter alongside the Me 109.
Of course maxFlite had no choice to make the FW 190 to one of our Gardenfighters. The wind wheel is made from stainless steel and thus as robust as the original. The painting scheme on the upper side is realized by weather proof stickers from cars. The maxFlite FW 190 bears the markings of Unteroffizier Ernst Schröder’s “Red 19”, which has the motto of the famous Cologne carnival, “Kölle Alaaf” painted on the left side and “Edelgard” on the other—the name of the pilot’s first love. Thanks to ball bearings the propeller starts rotating already at a breeze.
Assembly of the wind wheel can be done within 5 minutes along the pictured user manual. A 70 cm pole made from aluminum is part of the delivery. It is just pushed into the ground or fixed to the balcony with cable ties.
Enjoy your maxFlite Focke Wulf 190 wind wheel “flying” over your garden at windy days. Please also have a look at our other wind wheels. Maybe you find a good wingman for your FW 190.
[wingspan: 38 cm; length: 38 cm; weight: 500 g approx.]
Facts & Figures
- Specific maxFlite model: Fw 190A-8, 172733, flown by Unteroffizier Ernst Schröder, 5./JG 300 (fifth Staffel of the 300th Fighter Wing), in November 1944.
- With 6,550 airframes produced, the A-8 is the most produced variant of the Fw 190. You can see a particularly beautifully restored Fw 190A-8 in the Aviation Museum in Hannover-Laatzen.
- The Fw 190 was designed by well-known aircraft engineer Kurt Tank at Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau GmbH in Bremen.
- Focke-Wulf staff also called the Fw 190 the “Würger” (shrike), while British pilots gave her the nickname “butcher-bird”, because her performance and armament caused the Allied fighters a good deal of trouble.