Messerschmitt Bf-109G


Robert Peczkowski


Mushroom Models Publications


Scott Van Aken


# 6101

From  Mushroom Model Publications comes another in a series of special books. This particular book is on probably one of the most modeled WWII aircraft: the Bf-109G. The number of permutations of the G series is mind-boggling and confusing to those who are new to the study of the 109G and this book does a lot to straighten things out.  Like the similar book on the 109E, this book has no pretext to being a history of the type or to offer 'war stories'. It concentrates on the difference between the subtypes an on that it does a superb job.

As with the previously reviewed 109E book, this one uses museum aircraft and warbirds to illustrate a number of the various bits and pieces of the plane. It also has a number of very good illustrations from the handbook of maintenance to use to show differences. There are also period photographs that are used where applicable. In addition, there are a number of super line drawings to help you note the parts of the plane that have changed from one sub-version to the next.

Unlike the 109E book, there is not a separate section of closeups. That is because of the huge number of aircraft in the G series. As a result, the book is 109G sub-types from cover to cover. It starts with the 109G-1 and continues to the G-12. A chart of the various modifications to the subtypes (Rustsatz and Umbausatz; or /R and /U as suffixes to the designations). These modifications could be made in the field (Rustsatz) or were the more involved ones done at the factory (Umbausatz). 

There is a final section devoted to the G-10. This is probably the most involved of the sub-types. All G-10s were rebuilt from G-6 airframes and included a number of changes and modifications to bring the planes up to nearly 109K standards. G-10s in many cases came off the assembly lines after the K models and were basically an effort to use up all available stocks of 109G parts and pieces.

In addition to the superb photos and drawings, there are a number of equally well done color profiles. Whether you are new to the 109G or just looking for an easy to use guide to the differences. This is a book that belongs in your library.

It is hoped that Mushroom does a guide on other semi-confusing types like the Spitfire, Fw-190, Zero, Ju-88, and Yak fighters.

In case you cannot already guess, this book is highly recommended!

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