Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2

Published: June 10th, 2020     
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Author: Dariusz Karnas & Karolina Holda
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney - IPMS# 8943
ISBN #: 978-83-65958-81-5
Other Publication Information: Softcover, 24pp, scale plans, color profiles, b&w + color photos
Price: $11.99
Product / Stock #: “Single” Series #15
Product provided by: Mushroom Model Publications

This edition of MMP's "Single" covers the Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2, and anyone familiar with this series will know the format. For those who are not, these are very "to the point" booklets, homing in on a particular variant of an aircraft.

Upon opening the narrow, softcover book, one is immediately presented with several pages of scale plans (in 1/72 and 1/48). No introductory history or anything like that, just right into the plans. This is followed by about 15 pages of photos that are a mix of wartime snapshots and modern museum aircraft, interspersed with snippets from the original aircraft manual. While there is no body of text, each photo has a pretty generous caption. The wartime pictures focus primarily on Finnish-used Bf109s, but there are a few other shots of German and Romanian aircraft. The museum photos, as well as the manual drawings, offer up a good mix of external and internal details. At the end of this section there are a few pages of color photos of museum aircraft. Next is a beautifully done color rendering of the instrument panel, with a smaller photo of the same panel from the technical manual. To wrap things up, there are 3 pages of color profiles. These profiles are all the same aircraft, a Finnish Bf109 circa 1943. There are left/right views, a full-view topside, and scrap views of the wingtip undersides. (including just the pilot's 'pod' without the view-blocking ending nacelle) and a full view of the topside.

This is, by design, a very succinct, almost abrupt book to look through. But there is still a lot of useful information to a modeler within these pages. It is certainly much more of a dedicated airframe reference and much less of a historical treatise. A good one-stop reference on the G-2 version of the Bf109, especially in Finnish hands. Not much history (really none!), but a lot of great modeling detail references. A reasonable price for a good addition to your library.

Thanks to Mushroom Model Publications for the review copy, and to IPMS for allowing me to review it!

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