Kagero's Messerschmitt Bf-109F


Maciej Góralczyk and Arkadiusz Wróbel




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Scott Van Aken

Notes: 18 pages, softbound, 10 ¾ x 8 inches,
ISBN: 978-83-61220-81-7

This is #19 in Kagero's Top Colors series and covers sixteen aircraft, all Bf-109Fs and from the look of it, all of them operating on the Eastern Front. Those of you who have paid as much as is offered for this book for a decal set will appreciate that these books are a huge bargain, both for the enthusiast and for the modeler.

The art work is superb, with the right and left side profiles filling one page. The other has upper plan view with the underside of the wings alone to show paint and markings. Each one of these subjects is based on photos and Kagero provide the references for the origin of these markings. Naturally, there is some conjecture involved, especially where the images are not complete, but they are based on the norms of the unit in question and are as accurate as they can be.

Below is a full listing of what is available in this book.

- Bf 109 F-2; 'White 1', flown by Oblt. Kurt Sochatzy, Staffelkapitän of 7./JG 3, France, May-June 1941,

- Bf 109 F-4; W.Nr. 8334, 'White 1', flown by Oblt. Wolfdieter Huy, Staffelkapitän of  7./JG 77,  Jassy, 5 July 1941,

- Bf 109 F-2; 'White 9', flown by Oblt. Hans Phillip, Staffelkapitän of 4./JG 54, Mal. Owsischtschi, 10 August 1941,

- Bf 109 F-4/Z; W.Nr. 7308, 'Black 1', flown by Oblt. Günther Rall, Staffelkapitän of 8./JG 52, Stschastliwaja, 30 August 1941, 

- Bf 109 F-2; W.Nr. 8165, 'Black chevron 4', flown by Uffz. Fritz Geissler of Stab I./JG 52, Katwijk, September 1941,

- Bf 109 F-2; W.Nr. 9588, 'Yellow 3', flown by Hptm. Franz Eckerle, Staffelkapitän of 6./JG 54, Staraja Russa, October 1941,

- Bf 109 F-4; W.Nr. 7194, 'Yellow 6', flown by Uffz. Karl Willius of 3./JG 26, St. Omer, Autumn 1941,

- Bf 109 F-2; 'Black 8', flown by Fw. Herbert Brönnle of 2./JG 54, Krasnogvardeisk, 16 March 1942,

- Bf 109 F-2; 'Black chevron', flown by Hptm. Hans Phillip, Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 54, Krasnogvardeisk, 22 March 1942,

- Bf 109 F-4/Z; W.Nr. 7391, 'Black 5', flown by Fw. Gerhard Köppen of 8./JG 52, Kharkov, Spring 1942,

- Bf 109 F-4; 'White 1', flown by Oblt. Werner Pichon-Kalau vom Hofe, Staffelkapitän of 7./JG 54, Utti, 23 or 24 June 1942,

- Bf 109 F-4; 'Black 5', flown by Oblt. Anton Hackl, Staffelkapitän of 5./JG 77, Kastornoje, 26 July 1942,

- Bf 109 F-4/Z; W.Nr. 10132, flown by Hptm. Horst Carganico, Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 5, Petsamo, July-August 1942,

- Bf 109 F-2; flown by Obfw. Franz-Josef Beerenbrock of Stab IV./JG 51, Dugino, 1 August 1942,

- Bf 109 F-2; W.Nr. 6661, ‘Black 12’, flown by Obfw. Heinz Klöpper of 11./JG 51, Dugino, late August 1942,

- Bf 109 F-4; flown by Hptm. Franz Hahn, Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 4, Mizil, Autumn 1942.

The really neat thing about all these markings options is that few of them are standard schemes. One of the neat things about doing Luftwaffe aircraft is the wide variety of interesting camouflage schemes. This set provides quite a few of these. As with other sets in this series, only the unique markings are provided with the common ones coming from the donor kit. All three major scales are represented with markings in 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scale. There are quite a few good kits out there for the builder to choose from.

In all, it is a great offering and one that Luftwaffe fans should not pass up.

February 2013

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