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New Review: Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2

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Paul Mahoney
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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