S u m m a r y
||Luftwaffe Advanced Aircraft
Projects to 1945
Volume 1: Fighters & Ground-Attack Aircraft, Arado to Junkers
by Ingolf Meyer
||Hard cover, 192 pages
GBP£29.99 from Midland Counties Publishing
layout, appealing artwork, over 170 illustrations with almost as
many 3-view drawings, ideal quick reference guide.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Squadron
Midland Publishing is certainly no stranger to
the imaginative designs of the German aviation industry.
Their highly successful “Luftwaffe Secret Projects” series showed
just how diverse and innovative the thinking was during those last
years of the Third Reich.
Whilst other publications have concentrated on the developmental and
technical aspects of these designs, this book chooses a different
Essentially this is what the author calls a “picture book” and his
aim was a quick-reference guide to the various projects being put
forward. Thus the reader can look up the manufacturer’s proposed
design and instantly get a visual representation of the aircraft on
has been made possible by the countless pieces of artwork in the
book. Each design is graced with a painting of the aircraft in
flight so as to allow the viewer a true understanding of what the
proposal would have looked like.
These illustrations are excellent and it is
obvious that the artist had a lot of fun choosing the various
camouflage schemes and insignia. He has also managed to create a
sufficiently different background for each aircraft to maintain the
Complimenting this work, there is some brief selected text to give
an overview of the subject being presented. The author has kept this
to a minimum in keeping with the style of the book. This is
commendable as there are other publications that already deal with
the descriptive and technical prose in sufficient depth. Besides,
repetition here would be a diversion from the books main purpose.
Technical data is not forgotten though and a table of the relevant
information is included. Where possible, this data includes
dimensions, calculated performance, powerplant, armament and weight.
This is done in such a way that comparison between various subjects
is a breeze.
The projects contained within this collection are fighters (both day
and night), Zerstörers and ground-attack aircraft. They are arranged
alphabetically according to the manufacturers that conceived them,
with this volume covering Arado to Junkers. A companion volume will
cover the manufacturers from Lippisch to Zeppelin.
This hard cover book contains 192 pages, printed on A4 gloss stock.
Individual subjects are confined to a single page each but on
occasion a variant will spill over to an adjacent sheet.
Each proposal comes with its own 3-view drawing. Obviously there
could be no uniform standard for these as in many cases the original
factory items are incomplete. Enough is provided though to allow the
reader an excellent understanding of the proportions involved.
This book clearly succeeds in its aim.
The author has written and illustrated a quick lookup reference book
that is both uncluttered and simple to use. Its clever layout means
that the aircraft’s pertinent information can be seen at a glance
and easily compared to other designs.
The artwork is visually appealing and this is the crux of the
volume. It’s an ideal compliment to previous publications that
devote themselves to the more technical and descriptive accounts of
those “what might have been” aircraft.
Recommended to all “Luftwaffe ‘46” fans
Thanks to Simon of DLS Australia for the review
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Review Copyright © 2006 by Rob Baumgartner
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