Reviewed by Brett Green
Messerschmitt Bf 110 Vol. I is available online from Squadron.com
Kagero commences coverage of one of the most maligned, yet operationally
versatile and long serving, types in Luftwaffe service, the Messerschmitt Bf 110. This
first volume covers a description of development and variants, and also provides a bonanza for modellers with a
comprehensive section of plans for the Bf 110A through D.
The book is presented in typical Kagero style. This A4 sized title has 100 pages
printed on glossy paper between cardboard covers, plus a single A3 fold out page
with 1/48 scale plans. The left hand column of each page in the text section is printed
in Polish and the right hand column in English. The captions and colour artwork
receive a similar approach with the Polish language first followed by the
The book starts with a first hand story of two early night fighter operations,
but he bulk of the first 72 pages is a description of the development and
variants of the Bf 110 series from prototype to Bf 110G. Wartime photos of all
variants are interspersed with the text. Camouflage and markings are also
discussed in this section.
27 pages of the book are devoted to technical drawings of the Bf 110A, B, C and
D. There are 1/48 and 1/72 scale
drawings supplemented with scrap views detailing specific parts of interest of
the airframe plus ordnance. These are
all very well done. In addition to these, though, Kagero includes a series of
drawings that point out the incremental differences between Bf 110 variants. The
distinguishing factors are illustrated with shading and also described in
accompanying text. Kagero has been employing this feature for a while now, and I
think that it is one of the real benefits of the "Monographs" series..
More profiles on
the inside front and both sides of the back cover, round out this publication.
A decal sheet is also included with the book. The decals are in 1/72
and 1/48 scales and are printed by Techmod.
Markings are offered for two different aircraft in both scales, "3U + KS" in
desert colours, and "G9 + DC>", a Bf 110G..
The decal sheet is thoughtfully packed into a sealed plastic bag.
In addition to the decals, Kagero also provides a canopy mask - almost an
essential item considering the large glasshouse canopy with its complex framing.
This is an excellent reference on the Bf 110 that will be particularly useful
for modellers building the early variants (Fujimi in 1/72 and 1/48
scales). Presumably the next volume will cover operational history plus diagrams
for the E, F and G. .