Salvaged from a downed Focke Wulf Fw190 this original flush-mounted fuselage Fuel Access Hatch covered the main Fuel Cap for the Fw190. Constructed of aluminium with three rotating flange arms, it was locked in position or released by a small aluminium key inserted into a flush slotted pin at the hatches centre.
Located high up on the starboard side of the fuselage just below the Focke-Wulf's sliding 'bubble-hood' canopy, the hatch hinged upwards revealing the 'S' shaped vented fuel cap below.
The Focke Wulf's main fuel tank held 639 lts, almost a third more than its smaller cousin, the Bf109 but like most fighters, Allied and Axis alike, none had sufficient fuel capacity for long range missions such as providing continuous bomber support and protective cover.
In fact, during the early years of the war, the primary fighter support for the Luftwaffe bomber assault on Britain, the Messerschmidt Bf109, could only stay with the bombers for less than nine minutes before have to break off and head home. The same was also true for the Allied forces with only partial air-cover available for their bomber groups.
This was to later change for both sides with the introduction of disposable drop tanks with the Focke-Wulf and the Bf109 able to carry two 300lt Aluminium Drop tanks located under each wing or one in a central pod directly below the pilot.
The most successful long-range fighter of the war in Europe, the P51 Mustang carried two cellulose/mache' drop tanks which enabled it to provide air cover for the USAAF deep into enemy territory.
This is an incredible piece of Luftwaffe aviation history from a battle hardened, high performance Focke-Wulf Fw190 fighter and would make an amazing gift for any aviation enthusiast with its 100yr old Mango Wood stand, highly detailed 1/72 or 1/48 scale hand crafted and airbrushed Fw190 model perched atop it magnetic arm. Together with a highly detailed and informative printed and laminated Fact Sheet it truly is a gift to be cherished.
This Focke-Wulf Fw190 collectable comes complete with detailed 1/72 or larger 1/48 Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your Focke-Wulf Fw190 Fuel Access Hatch, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft,* or 1/72 scale Die-Cast model
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available in the hand-built and airbrushed plastic version for an additional $35 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic models are available with 'wheels & flaps up or down' and 'canopy open or closed' options with a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.
While the 1/72 scale Die-Cast Focke-Wulf model comes with a 'wheels up or down' option, the canopy is sealed and the Squadron markings and camouflage are preset.
Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 4 - 6 weeks approx.
Did you fly, crew or maintain a Focke-Wulf Fw190 or have a friend, colleague or family member who did? Check out our PERSONALISED ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTABLE OPTION here.