1936 to 1942
Anis El Bied & Andre Jouineau
(Histoire & Collections)
This book is a "dream come
true" for the avid Messerschmitt builder. The only thing
that makes the dream better is to get volume 2 which would cover
the final years of the war. The book offers to both the novice
and advanced builder invaluable history, technical information
and numerous painting schemes for the Luftwaffe and their
allies. The book consists of 82 pages of which 90% are in color!
The paper for the book appears to be a high quality glossy paper
that allows the color to jump out at you. While the authors are
French, the book is in English.
Historically, the book begins by
introducing the reader to the development of the Messerschmitt.
This acquaints the reader to the prototype or the model V. The
Me 109B being the first massed produced airplane. The Spanish
Civil War was the testing ground for the Me109. The next section
of history covers the Me109E "Emil." A vast amount of
pages depict the various Me109E, all the way to the Me109E/7.
The final plane that is written about is the Me109F. There is a
colorful map at the beginning of the book which shows the
locations of various air groups at the time of the Poland
campaign, the Blitzkrieg into western Europe, and the Battle of
In the way of technical
information the book contains a page that shows all of the
maintenance markings that were found on the plane. There are two
colorful pages of wing and fighter group insignia (not
necessarily complete). There are two pages that shows and
explain the markings for a fighter wing and group. Tail fin
markings are covered and the proper RLM paint number from the
Condor Legion to the Me109F are given.
Lastly, there are 200 individual
profiles in color of actual known paint schemes of the various
Me109's. Each of these gives the RLM paint numbers and in a very
high number of cases the actual pilot of the plane is given. You
can hardly believe your eyes at all the different paint schemes!
The cost of this book was just
over $20.00 and is a worthwhile investment for anyone who loves
to look at beautiful planes.