Hungarian Fighter Colours Vol. 2 Book Review
|Date of Review||April 2014||Title||Hungarian Fighter Colours Vol. 2|
|Author||Dénes Bernád and György Punka||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||208 pages, hardbound||MSRP (USD)||$69.00|
The inimitable Dénes Bernád and György Punka return with the second and final part of their superb study, Hungarian Fighter Colours 1939-1945.
And MMP's terrific tome completes their roster of wartime Hungarian subjects:
- Heinkel He 112B-1/U2 (E)
- Avia B.534-IV
- P.Z.L. P.11a
- Re.2000 Héjja/Héjja-O
- Weiss-Manfréd WM-23
- Messerschmitt Bf 109Gs
- Messerschmitt Bf 110
- Messerschmitt Me 210Ca-1
- Focke-Wulf Fw 190
Like Vol. 1, chapters comprise two parts: operational service and camouflage & markings. Appendices summarize Hungarian fighter unit structure, air aces & victories, enemy aircraft losses and combat sorties.
I suspect that, with the Bf 109's enormous popularity, many readers will focus there. Not me. Sections on the Avia B.534, Reggiane Re.2000, indigenous Weiss-Manfréd WM-23 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 "Seal" proved more appealing. Still, approximately 100 Bf 109Gs vastly improved Hungarian combat capabilities. And MMP's expert authors capably chronicle their use.
Camouflage & markings notes, like those from Volume 1, proved intensely illuminating. Now I know how Hungarian maintenance men applied the legendary "Puma" badge – and the marking's exact size! The superb color profiles also roused my modeling muse. And dozens of hitherto unpublished photos – ideal for project reference – augment MMP's authoritative account.
This spectacular study – both volumes – deserve pride of place in every East-Front enthusiast's library. I absolutely loved Bernád and Punka's brilliant book. Now perhaps MMP will consider companion titles on World War II "Axis Allies" bombers!
With thanks to MMP for the review copy.