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Book Review

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G with DB 605 A Engine Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review September 2018 Title Messerschmitt Bf 109 G with DB 605 A Engine
Author Robert Peczkowski Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2018 ISBN 978-8365281685
Format 160 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £17.00


Seeking a one-stop modeler's manual on, arguably, Nazi Germany's most famous fighter – Messerschmitt's legendary "Gustav"?

Grab Messerschmitt Bf 109 G with DB 605 A Engine from MMP Books.

The lavishly illustrated, "Yellow Series" study shoehorns a complete "Gustav" variant primer into 160 copiously illustrated pages:

  • Bf 109 G-1 prototypes
  • Bf 109 G-1 & G-2
  • Bf 109 G-3
  • Bf 109 G-4
  • Bf 109 G-5, G-6
  • Bf 109 G-8
  • Bf 109 G-14
  • Bf 109 G-12

Author Robert Peczkowski covers iterations, too:

  • Tropical conversion
  • Night fighter version
  • Factory and field modifications
  • Reconnaissance versions

History. Production. Serials. Specifications. Armament. Dimensions. And details. Lots of details.

Hundreds of close-up shots, tech-manual excerpts, scale drawings, and digital art scrutinize "Gustav" minutiae – outside and in.

Want to distinguish Romanian-assembled Bf 109 G-6s from all other G-6s? This book will show you how.

Surprises, too. Did you know that Bulgaria developed its own dual-control G-6 variant? I certainly didn't. But historian Dénes Bernád confirmed it. And MMP tempts us with a preview from Bernád's pending Bulgarian Fighter Colours volumes.

I can't wait for those studies!

Camouflage & markings fans will also appreciate the 30 superb color profiles and two plan-view plates – all with explanatory captions and official paint specs. But aren't they rather darkly reproduced? And don't those Swiss cross proportions look somewhat suspect?

Still, MMP provides plenty of options. Luftwaffe, Hungarian, Finnish, Italian, Romanian, Slovak, and the aforementioned Swiss. Start planning that project!

It's a great companion to MMP's Messerschmitt Bf 109F – Yellow Series, No 6133. Make Messerschmitt Bf 109 G with DB 605 A Engine your handbook on the classic "Gustav".


I want to thank MMP for this review sample.