Sunday 24 June 2012

FW 190 Replicas of New Zealand (3) - How Would You Like That? 1/2 Scale, 3/4 Scale or Full Size?

Following on from my earlier posts on FW 190 replicas in New Zealand, another amazing thing happened in early 2011 when a full size FW 190 replica arrived in Blenhiem from Germany.  This was the original Flug Werk replica that first flew in Germany in 2004.  Flug Werk was formed by Claus Colling and Hans Wildmoser to build what were essentially "late production models"of the Focke Wulf A8 - this was the short nose FW 190 with a BMW 801 radial engine.

For comparison I post below photos of the 3 FW 190 replicas that have flown in New Zealand to date

The 1/2 scale W.A.R Aircraft Replicas FW 190 ZK-FWI which I reckon looks quite realistic and is obviously a replica of a short nose FW 190.  Sadly this aircraft crash landed in a paddock near Levin on 22/6/12 following engine problems.  From photos the damage, while severe, seemed to me to be repairable so maybe we will see it flying again.  If anyone else wants a 1/2 scale FW 190, Gilles Kupfer has one for sale on his website (look under Projects, it is currently minus engine in Switzerland).

The 3/4 scale (Jurca MJ-8) FW 190D ZK-YKZ of Gilles Kupfer, which is also impressive.  You can see it is a replica of the long nose FW 190D model.  Thanks to Gilles Kupfer for the photo.

And finally the full size Flug Werk FW 190 A8/N replica ZK-RFR (c/n 990001) of the Chariots of Fire Collection at Omaka. This was first registered in New Zealand on 11/4/11 and first flew on 20 April 2011.  It has a Shvetsov A Sh-82T radial engine of around 1700 HP.  Very impressive!  Thanks to Blue Bus for the photo.



  1. I have heard that it ran out of fuel from a fuel leak.

  2. Yep. All the fuel "leaked" into the carburettor and was burnt by the engine.
    Lucky there was no fuel on board otherwise there might have been a post-crash fire. :-^

    1. The Shvetzow Ash-82T has no carburettor. It´s a direct injection engine.

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