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TopShots 11004 Bf 109G-6
||Soft cover, 42 pages
USD$16.96 available online from Squadron.com
Clear, sharp, colour photographs, views of normally hidden
detail, decals in perfect register.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
Bf 109G-6 is
available online from Squadron.com
It was an exciting day in 1999 when Bf 109 G-6 W.Nr. 163306 was
finally recovered from the bottom of Lake Trzebun.
Fifty five years earlier, Feldwebel Ernst Pleiness’s aircraft stalled on
take off. The unlucky pilot was unable to regain control and it crashed,
killing him instantly. Divers recovered his body two weeks later and he
was buried in a cemetery in Jaworze.
To restore W.Nr. 163306 to its present status was an expensive exercise.
Thankfully the dedicated efforts of enthusiasts and the support of the
Polish Eagles Foundation, made it possible. The aircraft can be viewed
alternately in Gόraszka or at the Krakow Aviation Museum.
This book is a photograph record of that aircraft and as a consequence,
most readers would not have seen these shots before. There are over 100
photographs and each is reproduced to an excellent standard. Despite the
fact that there can be as many as five images per page, this in no way
detracts from the detail being shown.
Click the thumbnail below to view larger images:
Fortunately, many photographs were taken during the restoration
stage. This reveals many aspects of the fighter which is not normally
seen. These include areas such as the rudder, wing, and even tailplane
There is very little text in the publication, and what there is, comes
with the captions. These are informative and give brief descriptions of
the items being presented.
Also within the 36 pages are a set of 1/72 scale three view drawings. In
this case, they specifically depict Bf 109 G-6 W.Nr 163306.
Naturally there will be modelers that will want to reproduce this
aircraft in miniature. To cater for this, Kagero supply decals in three
of the popular scales…1/72, 1/48 and 1/32. Not only are the markings
supplied for the subject machine, but another three aircraft are
provided as a bonus. Two are illustrated on the rear cover with the
others being generic numbers in a different style. Obviously stencil
data and National markings will have to be sourced elsewhere.
The decal sheet is printed by Techmod, and as usual, were in perfect
register. Colour density looked good and the carrier film was very thin
and kept to a minimum.
This is not a publication that sets out show images of an airframe
from every conceivable angle; others have done that already. This
“walkaround” style book is designed to compliment those other books.
By photographing an aircraft during its restoration stage the reader
gets to see construction details that are normally obscured. These
revealing aspects give the enthusiast a better understanding of the
aircraft in question.
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2005 by Rob Baumgartner
Page Created 9 August, 2005
Last updated 9 August, 2005
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