Mushroom Models Publications' Single #20: Messerschmitt Bf-109F-4


Dariusz Karnas & Karolina Hołda


Mushroom Model Publications


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Scott Van Aken

Notes: 24 pages, ISBN 978-83-65958-94-5

One of their most releases in MMP's Single series highlights the Messerschmitt Bf-109F-4. The F series concentrated on cleaning up the design of the 109, smoothing out the fuselage and wings. It also had the latest version of the DB 601 that had powered the E model. Early operations with the F-2 variant had shown that the aircraft was a delight to handle, however, it had structural issues that caused some planes to lose the tail section during hard combat. This is not good. It was initially externally braced, but soon this bracing was added to the inside during manufacture. The F-4 was pretty much the ultimate of the variant and a plane that most who flew it and later versions thought had the best balance of all the 109s.

In line with the other releases, this one is in the large A4 size with several distinct sections. There is no history of the type, but there are superbly done plans in both 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This includes fuselage cross sections that are often missing from other plans. The book includes a goodly number of photos showing both the entire aircraft and some details. A real plus to this are a number of illustrations from the airframe manuals. The book finishes up with large, full page color views of an in-service example along with a detailed page covering the instrument panel.

It is another great addition to the MMP family of books that offers all that both the modeler and the enthusiast are seeking in a plans/detail book on a specific aircraft without going into a ton of detail. I did learn a few things from this book that I'd not known before and I consider myself fairly well versed on the aircraft. It is a book that I found to be well done and one that I can highly recommend to you.

August 2020

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