The Fw200 started out as an airliner for Lufthansa but when WW2 started it was redesigned for military use. The Japanese has requested the Fw200 be developed into a maritime patrol aircraft but as war had broken out they were delivered to the Luftwaffe instead. The A model was the original airliner and were commandeered by the Luftwaffe as passenger transport. The B model was a dedicated transport variant, while the C models were the more well known long range maritime patrol/bomber aircraft that became known as the 'Scourge of the Atlantic'
The C models were strengthened, fitted with defensive machine guns and cannons. There was a large ventral gondola with a bomb bay and machine position front and back, there were also wing hardpoints for bombs. It could carry various combinations of bombs, or torpedoes and eventually the Hs293 guided bombs. It proved very successful spotting targets for U-boats and then as an anti ship bomber. Losses however, started to mount when the British started deploying CAM ships, carrying Hurricanes to intercept the Condors. The Allies also deployed Escort Carriers with Wildcat fighters to protect the convoys, which proved an effective measure to fight off the Condor menace.
Trumpeter are a relatively new company to us in Western Europe. They are from China and are known for producing well engineered kits with a good level of detail. This particular kit looks very well detailed and should build into a very nice model, in fact it is considered by many to be the best Fw200 to be released so far in 1/72.
There are markings provided for 1 Luftwaffe plane and 1 captured Russian plane.