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Messerschmitt Me 262A Schwalbe

Messerschmitt Me 262A Schwalbe Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review July 2014 Title Messerschmitt Me 262A Schwalbe
Author Robert Peczkowski Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2014 ISBN 9788363678173
Format 112 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £13.99


Seeking a handy handbook on Nazi German's iconic jet fighter?  Look no further than Messerschmitt Me 262 A Schwalbe from Stratus/MMP Books – available in North America from Casemate.

After an obligatory "technical description", contents immediately shift to capsule entries on every subtype – including Schnellbomber/Sturmvogel attack variants.  Thirty pages of beautifully rendered color plates – including examples in captured Allied use – follow.

Coverage then continues with airframe and interior details – including cockpit, instrumentation, armament and engine specifics.  And a list of selected primary and secondary sources satisfactorily suggests this amazing aircraft's bibliography.

The variant drawings alone are worth the price of admission.  Dozens of Me 262 photos – color and B&W; historical and preserved machines – also season this succinct study.  In citing postwar Czech developments, Stratus/MMP even thoughtfully tout their pending Mezek & Turbina: Messerschmitts in Czechoslovakia.

I'm certainly licking my eyebrows for that!

What a cool, convenient, compact compendium!  Confused about Me 262 variants?  Looking for model project inspiration?  Get Messerschmitt Me 262 A Schwalbe from Stratus/MMP Books.

Roundly recommended!

With thanks to MMP for the review copy.