OK - it's been a while since I've added another airplane to my "hangar." I've put a few in storage, and "retired" (i.e. salvaged) one or two - but most of this past year I was grounded due to health issues.
But - all is hopefully on the mend now and I splurged and bought this plane the other day. In the past, I've mostly bought only Allied models when it comes to WWII aircraft, but this time I bought an Axis one - a German Focke-Wulf 190. I know my dad saw these in combat more than once. He never talked much about the details of his combat missions, but he did tell me about encountering both the FW-190 and the ME-109.
Anyway, here's a FW-190 airplane, 44" wingspan. A full 6-channel airplane. I added a 4-second rate reducer to the flaps - to slow them down to be more realistic looking. And the landing gear has metal "trunnions" (working, stress bearing parts) as well as a metal mounting plate. Hopefully it'll be stout enough for my rough landings... hee hee. It's another "step up" in power level than I've flown before. This one is a 4-cell power system - or 14.8 volts. I've always flown 3-cell mostly, 11.1 volts. So I had to buy a 4-cell battery, and it's bigger and heavier.
OK, OK - for the true scale "Nazis" out there - the real FW-190 had split flaps - where only the bottom portion of the wing would extend down for flaps. This model has flaps like a P-51, cut all the way through the wing - ease and cost of modeling, I'm sure. Also the real FW-190 had slightly longer landing gear. This model is a bit "stubbier" - probably for us amateur RC guys trying to fly it off of grass. ;-)
The bottom line is it's just a stouter, heavier, and more powerful model airplane than I'm used to. It comes in at about 55 ounces all-up flight ready. Or approaching 3.5 pounds. And I know I'll have to stick a camera or two on it later - so there's another few ounces. ha ha....
Anyway, even if it was an "enemy" plane, I think it's a beautiful design. Those Germans always knew (and know) how to build quality stuff.