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Heinkel He 111 Part 3

Heinkel He 111 Part 3 Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2012 Title Heinkel He 111 Part 3
Author Manfred Griehl, Andreas Klein Publisher AirDOC
Published 2011 ISBN 978-3-935687-49-2
Format 68 pages, softbound MSRP (Euro) €14.95 less 7% VAT for non-EU customers

Review

AirDOC has released Part 3 in their He 111 series with this title focused on the He 111H-6 through He 111H-20 and He 111Z Zwilling variants. The title is presented in two columns throughout, English on the left, Deutsch on the rechts.

The author starts off with the beginning of the He 111 series with a brief summary of the differences between the aircraft from He 111A to He 111H-20. The coverage goes into much greater depth with the focus of this title:

  • He 111H-6
  • He 111H-8
  • He 111H-9
  • He 111H-10
  • He 111H-11
  • He 111H-12
  • He 111H-14
  • He 111H-16
  • He 111H-20
  • He 111 Zwilling

Once the differences in these variants are discussed auf Deutsch and in English, the author covers series production and some of the challenges faced getting the aircraft through its production cycle. This coverage takes up the first 11 pages of the title. The next 57 pages are crammed with outstanding period photography of the late He 111s from production line to war's end. There are numerous photos in this reference which provide some amazing detail including the variety of weapons carried by this type, the wide variety of field-applied camouflage patterns, some of the unique sensor systems like the FuG 200 radar for detecting and attacking naval surface targets. There are also excellent shots of the weathering of the aircraft from the usual exhaust stains to the unusual combat damage and extended exposure to the elements without repainting. The post-crash images are also revealing in not only details, but also some common patterns of damage on the airframe.

This is another excellent reference which will be useful in detailing and finishing the He 111H kits from Revell-Monogram and other manufacturers. Even though the photos are in black and white, the captions will help with understanding some of the unique camouflage patterns applied to the type.

This title is available directly from AirDOC's website http://www.airdoc.eu/.

My sincere thanks to AirDOC for this review sample!

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