- Published on Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:01 Peter Buckingham
Bf 109 Late Versions: Camouflage & Markings
White (Rainbow) Series No 9110
By Krzysztof W. Wolowski
Published by Stratus in Poland for Mushroom Model Publications
Available directly from MMP Books for £19.99
A few months ago, I reviewed a folder of beautifully printed artwork of colour profiles in 'poster' format with a 1/48 and 1/72 Techmod decal/stencil sheet for two Bf109G-10 and one G-14 aircraft. The folder was designed to be used in conjunction with this book, but somehow the book did not arrive. Please see my review here.
At the recent Southern Expo Model Show in March, 2012, MMP had a stand ably manned by the proprietor, Dr Roger Wallsgrove, the editor in chief, who readily rectified the situation by giving me a copy of the book for this review. We are fortunate to have someone who has the pulse of what makes us modellers tick – and I think this shows in the publications that flow from MMP.
Have I said before that I am a Luftwaffe fan and Bf109 devotee as well? Well, if there are any more you out there with the same interests, then this book is an absolute 'must have' for your bookshelf as it is crammed full of photographs (some original colour pictures from WWII), excellent line drawings and those wonderful full colour profiles with the relevant colour call outs and detailed information. Superb.
Do you like statistics? How about 59 mono photographs, 16 colour photographs, 99 colour profiles and 27 line drawings. Appetite whetted? Thirst quenched? It should be if you like Bf109's.
If that wasn't enough, let me take you through the table of contents:
- Development of the DB605 engine
- Vertical Tail Unit (did you know there were 9 different versions identified through T1 to T5)
- Bf 109G-5AS
- Bf 109G-6AS
- Bf 109G-14
- Bf 109G-14AS
- Bf 109G-10
- Bf 109K-4
- Upper Camouflage Schemes
This is an excellent publication and one that should be on the bookshelves of every aircraft enthusiast, not just Luftwaffe fans, and Roger Wallsgrove is to be congratulated for his input. It almost goes without saying that the author/artist Krzysztof W. Wolowski deserves plaudits for his superb research and artwork.
So what do we think?
I think I have said it all in the foregoing paragraphs. In the view of this humble reviewer, this is a reference book par excellence and one that will certainly get well-thumbed in the vicinity of my model room. Why not peruse the range offered by MMP by visiting their website www.mmpbooks.biz where you can also purchase this book for UK£19.99 which, to my mind, is excellent value for money.
Our thanks to Roger for this sample copy. To purchase directly, click THIS link.