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Review of a new book Airframe & Miniature No.17 The Messerschmitt Bf 110 – A Complete Guide To The Luftwaffes Famous Zestörer by Richard A. Franks
Airframe & Miniature No.17 The Messerschmitt Bf 110 –A Complete Guide To The Luftwaffes Famous Zestörer by Richard A. Franks
review : Milan Nes
The British publishing house Valiant brings us a completely new publication about the legendary heavy fighter Messerschmitt Bf110. It was to be replaced as early as 1941, but in the end it did not find a successor throughout World War II. In the end, a respectable 6,170 pieces were produced.
This is the 17th publication of the main series. So a really comprehensive monograph with a respectable 256 pages on quality chalk paper. As is a good habit from the beginning - the first prototypes, through notorious versions, to such rarities as the 110d-3 / U-1 with remote-controlled shooting ranges, the 110E with "Dobbas" containers and even the 110G on skis.
The publication combines both history and walkarounds, original drawings and really rare photographs with a focus on true enthusiasts and modelers. The zero chapter focuses on the history of the type, from previous models and the first prototypes to the Gs, as well as photographs of loot machines in complete camouflage of the RAF.
The first chapter introduces us to machines from the V1 type, through various test machines (eg 110d-3 / U-1 with remote-controlled shooting ranges from Arad), to the last H-6.
On 26 pages, both the notorious and really ratitative camouflage are shown. What is really valuable is that it combines painted views with period photographs. Monographs from Valiant really provide a quality basis for modelers.
Valiant is really closely focused on modelers and always analyzes in great detail all available or even those no longer produced kits in very detailed descriptions of individual kits. This includes a description of their strengths and weaknesses, or their necessary adjustments. We will certainly be pleased with the very strong and positive Czech track of Eduard.
The content also includes construction reviews of several kits: 1/72 110 G-4, C / D and G-2 from Eduard, 1/48 G-2 / R3 Revell and 1/32 Revell.
Personally, at Valiant, I really appreciate clear analyzes of the differences between the individual versions, directly on the 3D views with the changes highlighted.
Not only the modeler's heart beats when looking at the chapter "In Detail". When the individual parts of the aircraft are analyzed in both drawings and photographs. From Cockpit, cabin…
… After the tail surface.
The chapter on supplements and other publications is also extensive
And no quality monograph can ever miss rivet drawings.