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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G/K [Paperback]

Maciej Goralczyk

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15 Mar 2011
This is an invaluable modeller's guide to the Bf 109 G and K variations. When the Bf 109 was first designed in 1934, by a team led by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser, its primary role was that of a high-speed, short range bomber interceptor. The Bf 109 was also designed to take advantage of the most advanced aerodynamics of the time and embodied structural techniques which were an advance on its contemporaries. In the years of the Blitzkrieg, the Bf 109 was the only single engined fighter operated by the Luftwaffe, until the appearance of the Fw 190. The G series, or Gustav 34, was introduced in mid-1942; its initial variants (G-1 through G-4) differed only in minor details from the Bf 109F, most notably in being powered by the more powerful 1475 PS DB 605 engine. The final production version of the Bf 109 was the K series, or Kurfürst34, powered by the DB 605D engine with up to 2,000 PS output, and introduced in the autumn of 1944. Though externally akin to the late production Bf 109G series, a large number of detail internal and aerodynamic improvements were incorporated to the design that improved its effectiveness and remedied existing flaws, keeping the fighter competitive with the latest Allied and Soviet fighters. This book provides an illustrated guide to modelling these impressive variants of one of the greatest aircraft of World War II.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly for the modeller, some recycling 1 Dec 2010
By Jim Davis - Published on Amazon.com
This is the first volume (number 19001) of a new series entitled "SMI Library" by the Polish publisher Kagero. It's an 8" x 10-3/4", 90 page, card cover. There is a decal sheet with decals for 6 aircraft in 1/72nd, 1/48th, and 1/32nd scale. If buying second hand make sure the sheet is included if that is important to you.

The book is almost entirely visual as one might expect. There are 60 odd pages of black and white photos with detailed captions. There is one page with 2 color photos. There are 10 pages of line drawings calling out differences in the various subtypes. These have been recycled from the Bf 109G/K "Monographs" volumes from a few years back which is why I'm deducting a star. Finally, there are 16 pages of high quality color profiles. There are 2 pages for each of 8 aircraft and include views of both sides, a top view, and the undersides of the wings.

This is more for the modeller than the general enthusiast like me so I can't really heartily recommend it for the latter group.
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