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Focke Wulf FW190 Volume 1: 1938-43
Focke Wulf FW190 Volume 1: 1938-43
by J Richard Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 32.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 25 July 2013
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The 2 volumes have been such a great disappointment. I was so eager to receive them as I was led to believe would be the definitive work on the FW190 however, I am left dissatisfied as there are so many questions left unanswered.
Now I don't wish to be to critical of Messer's Smith & Creek as I am quite sure they put an enormous effort into these 2 volumes but I can't help feeling they wasted an opportunity at producing a great work.

As a production and operational history it is quite thorough and the pictures are generally really good but where I feel the work is really let down, apart from some repetition for example the info about the ducted and non ducted spinner on Pg45 and again on Pg60, is the detail on the design and construction of this great aeroplane. Whilst some mention is made of them the points I would observe are as follows:

*No mention is made of the air induction system ,so how did the aeroplane breathe ? The pics of the high alt and trop versions show the air intakes outside the cowl but how and why did they do this in the standard versions, considering the British, Americans, Japanese etc stuck their intakes out in the breeze to minimise friction and take effect of ram air. So why did they not do this ?

*Same with the exhaust system , pics clearly show that there were 4 ejector stacks on each side which is 8 cylinders but there are 14 in the BMW where are the others and how was it arranged ? Now in 1938 individual ejector exhausts was an innovative thing as other nations generally exhausted into an exhaust ring . So why did FW and BMW do this and why wasn't a picture or at least a diagram of the set up included?

*The oil cooler appears to be in the nose ring but how did it work ? Surely some description should have been included.

*The wing tips are said to have been moulded , so why and, why were they angled and not parallel to the fuselage ?

*The pitot tube was moved to the outboard of the wing on the A-8 why ?

*The blown hood and it's internal construction in the later model FW190's are not mentioned and no pics even , so why ?

I could go on with more but this is lengthy enough. It is a pity that more effort was not put into describing what were really innovative features in this truly great aircraft . Perhaps if they left the Jumo and Benz info when they were talking about the high altitude 190A's to the 3rd volume about the FW190D where it would have been more appropriate ,they would have had the room to discuss the design and construction of the BMW FW190A,Fand G series in more detail.
However despite all this , I would still recommend the books.


The Power to Fly: The Development of the Piston Engine in Aviation
The Power to Fly: The Development of the Piston Engine in Aviation
by L.J.K. Setright
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a book on Aero Engines, 29 Jun 2010
Whilst copies of this book are now rare and expensive, I would still recommend it highly to any aviation enthusiasts library. Author Setright provides the reader with a very interesting journey through the development of the piston engine in aviation. His talent as a writer and his command of the English language transforms the potentially dry and heavy going subject matter of development history and technical information into a very colourful and entertaining narrative.
Well worth the effort of tracking down and I guarrantee that it`s the sort of book that will be read many times , I`ve read the book 3 times and enjoy the experience every time.


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