Messerschmitt Bf 109 T
...TopDrawings 97, from Kagero via Casemate
Title: Messerschmitt Bf 109 T
Author: Mariusz Lukasic
Something slightly more unusual for the subject of TopDrawings 96 from Kagero. The Messerschmitt Bf 109 T was a variant of the famous 109 that was designed specifically to operate from the German Navy (Kriegsmarine) aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin. The ship was never completed, so the aircraft designed for it were built but in the end were re-purposed
The Bf 109 T had an extended wingspan, without any folding mechanism, and was fitted with an arrestor hook. This soft-cover book follows the standard format for this series, with an opening page of dual language (English & Polish) text that provides the background notes and the Technical Data table. The four-pages in the centre plus the rear cover carry 10 excellent colour profiles which will give some inspiration for modellers. The remaining 15 pages hold excellent scale plans of prototypes such as the V15 and V17, with standard wings, then the T-1 and T-2 production aircraft which were fitted with the extended wings and the arrestor hook (later removed) and these plans are provided in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales. If that wasn't enough, then tucked between the centre pages you find a larger fold-out sheet with much larger 1/32 plans.
I found this a really interesting addition to the TopDrawings range and I feel sure that there will be a lot of WW2 aviation historians and modellers who will be really keen to see these plans, all presented in the 3 most popular modelling scales.
Thanks to the Casemate UK who are the distributors for the Kagero range of books for our review copy.