Undoubtedly one of the most recognizable fighter aircraft in history alongside the Supermarine Spitfire and the P-51 Mustang, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 is as popular in plastic as in real life. There are almost certainly more kits and accessories of the Bf 109 across the full range of popular scales than any other modeling subject.
This second Bf 109 title in the Osprey Modeling series focuses on the Messerschmitt Bf 109F and early G models, the workhorses of the German Luftwaffe during mid World War II.
The Bf 109 F, Friedrich, was introduced in late 1940 to counter the increasing dominance of the Spitfire, and formed the backbone of the Luftwaffe during the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. The Bf 109G, Gustav, was introduced in early 1942, and became the most numerous of all the 109 variants, as well as arguably the most streamlined.
Detailing six different builds across the scales from 1/44 to 1/24, and featuring aircraft in camouflage schemes and markings from the Western Desert to the Russian Steppes, this book is an excellent source of reference for both the beginner and expert modeler, on one of the most effective killing machines of World War II.
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Brett Green is the editor of HyperScale (www.HyperScale.com), an online model magazine established in 1998, and a highly respected aviation modeller. He has published two books on the colors and markings of the Luftwaffe aircraft: Augsburg's Last Eagles, on the late-war Messerschmitt Bf 109, and Stormbird Colors, on the Me 262. For Osprey Publishing he has written Modelling 2: Modelling the Messerschmitt Bf 110 and Modelling 11: Modelling the P-47 Thunderbolt, and has co-written World War 2 US Army Fighter Modeling in the Masterclass series. Brett lives in Sydney, Australia. The author lives in Sydney, Australia.Review:
“Osprey's Modelling series shows how advanced modelers use their knowledge, skills and expertise to create incredibly and correctly detailed models of all sorts... Each book discusses how a variety of model kits are used to make authentic looking WWII vehicles... If you are looking for books that provide the high detailing to take your miniatures to the next level, you should check these books out.” ―Michael Koznarsky, Historical Miniature Gamer (Issue 11)
“Mr. Green and contributors have created a beautifully illustrated how-to for fans of Willy Messerschmitt's iconic aerial predator. Recommended.” ―Fred Boucher, Aeroscale
“If you are looking for [a book] with full color photos describing construction and the painting process, [this book] is exactly what you need... Full color photographs detailing each part of the particular process and finished figures. There are no black and white photos to be found... [Comes] with an extensive reference and bibliography for those who wish to learn more. For wargamers who like their Osprey books full of pictures and easy to understand 'how to' instructions, the Modelling Series may have exactly the books you need!” ―HMG Reviewing Stand
“... this is an excellent book on the subject. The build articles are first rate and quite well done. 109 fans will want this one on their shelves to use as a reference for their next projects.” ―Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com
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