Focke-Wulf Fw 190D
camouflage & markings Part II
by Mark Deboeck, Eric Larger & Tomáš Poruba
Title, Description & Publisher
Focke-Wulf Fw 190D – camouflage & markings Part II
Authors: Mark Deboeck, Eric Larger & Tomáš Poruba
Artists: Tomáš Poruba, Jaroslav Farkaš, Mark Debroek & Eric
Publisher: JaPo, Hradecc Králové, Czech Republic
Media and Contents:
pages, hard cover; portrait format (22 x 30 cm), loose sheet
with full colour aircraft profile.
available from 4+ N.A.
essential guide that documents the development of the
camouflage by the different manufacturers and the production
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The Focke Wulf 190D-9 was one of the finest aircraft of the Second
World War. JaPo has produced the second volume in what appears to be a
three volume set. A 475 page hardbound book which follows the production
of the Dora, this book documents the development of the camouflage by
the different manufacturers and the production batches. Following the
production of aircraft by the camouflage patterns and work numbers, this
book is an essential guide.
The color drawings, of which there are numerous, are first rate. They
are inspirational and generously provided throughout the book. There are
many previously unpublished photos. Where they keep finding them is
The book is set up to follow individual aircraft through its use. Some
aircraft are covered on two sides and some include all four sides. This
is an impressive study and very in depth. One of the things that I found
interesting is the use of RLM 76 as an upper surface camouflage color.
Color photos are used to illustrate aircraft when they are available.
There is no expense spared and you can tell that this is a labor of love
for the authors. There are contemporary photos of aircraft components
that illustrate the points being made on certain aircraft. This type of
in depth review is essential for the historian and the Luftwaffe
enthusiast. The discussion of the dreaded “RLM 84” is included due to
its wide spread use on the Dora.
Not only is the D-9 covered but also the D-11, D-13 and the D-15
prototype. A complete breakdown of the D-13 “Yellow 10” is included.
Interestingly, the spinner is not discussed and the green color is not
illustrated. This typifies the late war Luftwaffe paints and the
interesting conclusions that have been or can be reached. The difference
in production batches and the variety of colors makes for a lot of
interesting schemes. This book has one of the most comprehensive
coverage of the D-11s used by the Verbandsfuhrerschule.
Drawings and test data for the D-14 and the D-15 are included. The D-15
prototype is actually shown in three previously unpublished photos.
Some of the more notable aircraft belonged to JG301 with their colorful
RVD bands. Also included is the yellow tailed D-9 of JG26. The two
Ta-152 tailed D-9s are included and discussed. JV44’s aircraft are
covered in depth and include a couple of previously unpublished photos.
The Air Force Museum D-9 is covered in color photos and is a wealth of
knowledge, including the upper cowling being camouflaged with dots of
RLM 82, instead of RLM 02 as previously thought. This is really exciting
as this is new information and the reason we still study German
camouflage. Also exciting is the evaluation of “Blue 12” from JG6,
including four view drawings. Great stuff, especially for the modeler.
A list of the work centers and individual aircraft are included
including the history of each aircraft. Very concise and well
OK so I’ve talked about the excellent pictures and drawings, but what
about the text? Well it is easy enough to read and the English is
perfect. Because of the scope of the book the text is more textbook but
it is still very easy to read and informative. You will learn more from
this book about the camouflage and finishing centers than you thought
possible. Excellent work, very informative and very in depth.
The end of the book is excellent. There is a discussion of each unit
that utilized the Dora. There are no less than four side profiles per
unit. This is a nice synopsis of the camouflage. If this isn’t enough to
motivate you to build a D-9 then nothing will. It is a veritable
cornucopia of the colors and markings of the late war Luftwaffe.
A nice touch is a separate painting of a D-9 suitable for framing. I
don’t know if they are different from book to book but mine was “Red 11”
Invariably comparisons between Eagle Editions recent book and this
volume will be made. They should not be seen as the same other than
covering a basic airframe. Eagle Editions is more oriented to the
personal side and the JaPo books are more about the aircraft and the
camouflage. I think they both compliment each other and together make
for a complete picture of the FW-190D-9. Both are exceptional books and
both are worthy of your money.
To say that I highly recommend this book would be an understatement.
This book is an ESSENTIAL reference document. The authors are to be
commended for their excellent work. If you are worried about the cost,
don’t. It is worth the price of admission. Buy it. You won’t be sorry.
The cost of the book will be nothing compared to the Focke-Wulf kits
that you will build. It really is an excellent value for the money. I
look forward to the next book. The next book is coming from JaPo with
some information including supposed original Luftwaffe color chips from
a recently discovered paint stock from WWII. Now that is exciting.
Thanks to Ron Boocks from 4+ N.A. for the review
copy. You can order your book from him directly at
email@example.com or by
writing him at 855 Bebout Road, Venetia PA 15367, also you can call him
at tel/fax: 724-941-8755. If you tell him you read about it from me and
this review you will get $10 off the cost.
Review Copyright © 2008 by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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