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The Messerschmitt Bf 109 Late Series

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 Late Series Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review October 2022 Title The Messerschmitt Bf 109 Late Series
Author Richard A Franks Publisher Valiant Wings Publishing
Published 2022 ISBN 978-0-912932-26-9
Format 256 pages, softcover MSRP (BP) £25.95


Valiant Wings resumes its robust rerelease program with the second edition of The Messerschmitt Bf 109: Late Series – eleventh in the publisher’s acclaimed “Airframe & Miniature” range.

Like the 2017 entry, this volume covers the “F to K including the Z Series” – arguably World War II’s most studied and debated fighter. And it shoehorns stunning measures of minutiae into 256 amazingly compact, lavishly illustrated, wholly informative pages – 16 more than the first edition offered.

Coverage follows Valiant Wings’ familiar “Airframe & Miniature” format.

Including handy camouflage and markings remarks, “airframe” sections scrutinize Bf 109F, Bf 109G, and Bf 109H, K and Z variants.

The “updated & expanded” “miniature” commentary adds new kit releases since 2017, new model builds, and a Bf 109G-12 conversion.

Again, details decidedly dominate this handy handbook. Cockpit. Fuselage. Cowling. Wing. Stabilizers. Armament. Landing gear. Even aerial connection points – and many, many other nits and picks.

The sumptuous study sports hundreds of B&W & color photos, drawings, isometric views, and tech-manual excerpts. Richard J. Caruana’s superb artwork surveys the sumptuous sweep of late-model 109 schemes. And the kit builds will certainly rouse your modeling muse.

Four ample appendices list kits, accessories, decals, and references. And a glossary and pullout 1:48-scale plans complete contents.

Valiant Wings has forged robust repute for terrific titles like this. Grab this book – before it goes out-of-print again!

My sincere thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for this review copy.