Messerschmitt Bf 109 G...
...with DB 605 A Engine, from MMP Books
Title: Messerschmitt Bf 109 G
Author: Robert Peczkowski
This 160-page softcover book from MMP in their Yellow Series. It is a very detailed look at the Bf 109 G and its' sub-variants. The first major part of the book takes up the first 68 pages. This is sub-divided into the many G variants, from the first prototypes and on through G-1, 2, 4 , 3, 5, 6, the Tropical Conversion G-8, and Night Fighter G-14 and -12 and some particular Factory & Field Modification, Reconnaissance and a Romanian assembled version. These all tell us the detail differences between the different variants, and include fine 1/48 scale drawings along with serial allocations for each variant plus a selection of excellent archive photos, most of which I don't remember seeing before.
That in turn moves on the second major element of the book (pages 69 - 144), with Technical Descriptions of each element of the airframe. These inclide Fuselage, Wings, Engine, Canopy, Cockpit, Tail, Undercarriage and armament. This holds a whole series of illustrations which include modern colour photos of various airframes around the world, in a mix of states, before, during and after restoration, along with many detailed drawings taken from original Technical Manuals.
The final section, from page 145 through to 160 which holds a series of superb colour profiles showing a wide variety of colours and markings worn by the 109 G series. These include Finnish, Bulgarian, Romanian and Italian operated examples, as well as many Luftwaffe machines of course.
This is fascinating for the aircraft enthusiast and clearly for the modeller in particular. I think this makes an excellent addition to any selection of books on the topic of Willi Messerschmitt's famous Bf 109. Certainly recommended.
Thanks to MMP Books, who kindly provided my review copy.