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Flight Craft 14: Messerschmitt Bf109 (ePub)

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By Robert Jackson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Series: Flight Craft
File Size: 22.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 80
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781526710550
Published: 15th October 2018


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The famous Messerschmitt Bf 109 single-seat fighter was one of the most important warplanes of the Second World War. Originally designed during the 1930s, and a contemporary of the equally-legendary Supermarine Spitfire, it was vitally important to Germany’s Luftwaffe and was flown in combat by the highest-scoring fighter pilots in history.

It was in service throughout the Second World War and was built in a number of significant versions that proved to be worthy adversaries of the very best of the Allied warplanes that it flew against. Bf 109s operated in all the major areas of conflict where German forces were engaged in combat and, in modified form, the type even had a post-war career in several countries that extended well into the 1950s.

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Scale Modelling Now

Jackson’s work is a quality product. The large format and high-quality paper show the photographs and drawings to full advantage.

Air Power History

This is one terrific book for 109 modelers and aircraft historians alike.
Highly recommended.

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This Naturally, as a keen teenaged model maker, I had a Messerschmitt BF109 in my collection, and it was great to see pictures and to read about this iconic German fighter plane again! A worthy opponent of the British fighters that flew against it. Great photos, great history of a great aeroplane.

Books Monthly

As an overview of the aircraft and its history this book is good. The profiles I really enjoyed and will be an inspiration to the model builders. The built model section offers good advice on the kits that were available at the time. Overall it is a nice softbound book to have in your collection.



The result of their work is beautifully displayed with a lot of eye for details, for example, engines and the cockpit lay-out. Because the BF 109 is deployed on every battle field between the North Cape and the Sahara, the number of modelling variations is almost unlimited.

Literally each colour of the rainbow passes by. The photo material of the operational deploy as well as of the products of the model builders is extensive and of excellent quality.

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Aviation Book Reviews

The book does an excellent job of unraveling the complications of the 109's numerous variants and sub-variants, as well as listing its use by several nations allied to Germany.

Aviation News, May 2019

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Airfix Model World, April 2019

First-class documentation for model airplanes and historians and investigators on the air war during the Second World War.

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Miniaturas JM

The reviews are all well written and accompanied by images of some beautifully built offerings which should provide plenty of inspiration for any scale modeller.

Overall this is another great title in the Flight Craft series and if anything was going to make you want to pick up a 109 kit from the local hobby store, or dig one out from your stash, it’s this book.

KitsandBits Blog, Mark Dale

Like the Spitfire, the Bf 109 is an iconic fighter of WWII and it has encouraged many plastic and resin kits over the years. Many are no longer available, or are difficult to find. This book provides a very good set of reviews of those kits still likely to be available and of enhancement products that turn a good kit from a nice model into a competition grade replica.

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There are lots of beautifully finished models shown here, and a final section of 'Modellers' Showcase' with more very nice larger scale kits.

Add the model information to the basic history behind the fame and widespread use of the 109 which makes it an excellent basic groundwork for the modeller, a well balanced and useful addition to the FlightCraft series.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Robert Jackson

ROBERT JACKSON is the author of over eighty books on military, aviation, naval and scientific subjects. He was defence and science correspondent for a major British newspaper publishing group. Among the other books he has compiled for Pen & Sword are on the Bf-109 in the FlightCraft series, whilst he has written extensively on the T-34, the Panzer I and II, the Centurion, and Chieftain main battle tanks, as well as the Russian T54/55, for TankCraft.

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