Flight Craft 14: Messerschmitt Bf-109
The Bf-109 is an iconic fighter of the Third Reich. Developed in 1935 the single engine monoplane fighter struck fear into the enemies of the Reich until the end of the war. Continuously developed throughout the war the fighter even survived the fall of Germany in the air forces of Spain, Czechoslovakia and ironically the fledgling Israel.
This softbound book contains 80 pages of high quality paper and 100 color illustrations and pictures. The book includes a variety of black and white historical images, as well as, a number of contemporary color photos not just of the Bf-109 but also its opponents. There are eight pages of color profiles that are quite nice and run the entire production from the first 109 to the last Spanish and Czech ones.
This book is geared towards the model builder with 31 pages dedicated to models in various scales. All the major manufacturers are represented up to the time of printing in a variety of scales from 1/144th to 1/24th. The models are nicely done. Some are better than others, but overall it does offer good advice on how to improve each kit. This will prove invaluable to the model builder.
I did notice some caption errors here and there, but the majority of the information and photographs are still very useful. While I didn’t notice any previously unpublished photos I did notice that some of the photos are crystal clear and some of the best copies I’ve seen.
As an overview of the aircraft and its history this book is good. The profiles I really enjoyed and will be an inspiration to the model builders. The built model section offers good advice on the kits that were available at the time. Overall it is a nice softbound book to have in your collection.
Thanks to Casemate and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain your copy by contacting Casemate athttps://www.casematepublishers.comor your local hobby shop or online retailer. It is also available on Amazon.