Messerschmitt Bf 109A-D Models Book Review
|Date of Review||April 2013||Title||Messerschmitt Bf 109A-D Models|
|Format||28 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$12.95|
Kagero's "Top Drawings" series has produced some excellent modeling references. But the twelfth really shines. Messerschmitt Bf 109 A-D Models covers the first of the legendary "Augsburg Eagles" in a handy, 28-page handbook.
Contents feature scale drawings and crisply printed CARTOGRAPH decals to 1/72, 1/48 and – surprisingly – 1/32 scales. Inset illustrations spotlight instrument panel, main wheel and engine details. And color artwork showcases Jumo-powered 109s in Condor Legion, WWII Luftwaffe and Swiss service:
- Bf 109A "Black 6-7", piloted by Fw. Norbert Pingel of 2.I/88, Condor Legion, Santander, Spain, August 1937
- Bf 109B-1 "Black 6-34", piloted by Oblt. Erich Woltke of 1.I/88 Kondor Legion, Spain, February 1938
- Bf 109D-1 W.Nr. 2302 "White J-307", Switzerland, June 1945
- Bf 109D-1 "White N+5", piloted by Lt. Joachim Bohner of 10.(N)/ZG, Germany, January 1940
- Bf 109D-1, Stab I/JG 131 Germany, Spring 1938
Having endured protracted discussions with Bf 109 experts on the subtle shapes of early Bf 109s, I don't think Kagero's front views correctly captured cowling contours – especially the slight bulges at ventral radiator sides.
But I nitpick. The decal sheet alone is worth the admission price. Add scale drawings and color schemes, and Kagero's compact compendium will certainly add luster to your Luftwaffe library.
Just pray for a 1/32-scale "Anton/Bertha/Cezar/Dora" family!
My sincere thanks to Casemate for this review sample!