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Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 in Detail (Revisited)

Part 6 - Undercarriage

n Text and photos by Martin Waligorski



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The extended undercarriage on the Hendon machine exposes the wheel with its "solid" hub, introduced on later models of  the Fw 190s for added strength to support an ever-heavier aircraft. The wheels and undercarriage were identical between F-8 and A-8 models.

Main tire dimensions were 700 x 175 mm.
 

 




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Undercarriage cover in the folded position. It is not clear to the author why the small flap at the trailing edge was made as a separate piece, perhaps it had something to do with the retraction mechanism.
 

 




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Close-up of the undercarriage cover. The nine holes clearly visible in this view are bolts holding the straps attaching the cover to the undercarriage leg. These were actually puttied over to a smooth surface at the factory, so it is very seldom they could be spotted on operational aircraft.

The stencilling is a scale showing oleo depression rate on the ground.
 

 




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One immediately recognizable feature of a Focke-Wulf 190 on the ground was the inward rake of the undercarriage.
 

 




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Detail (albeit very dark) of the wheel well. Some elements are missing from this Hendon F-8: a small centre panel separating the two wheel wells, and the ammo boxes behind.
 

 

 




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Tire dimensions of the tail wheel were 350 x 135 mm. The wheel hub was cast in aluminium alloy (the casting has been damaged on this example).
 

 




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The tail wheel was partially retractable into the oval cutout in the fuselage.

Two rows of holes in front of the wheel witness about this aircraft being flown in the Mistel configuration: these were the attachment points of a rear strut joining the Fw 190 with Ju 88 beneath.
 

 

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