Single 24: Henschel Hs 126B-1

...from MMP Books

Title: Henschel Hs 126B-1
Author: Robert Panek & Krzysztof Wolowski
Publisher: MMP Books
ISBN: 978-83-66549-16-6

Number 24 in their Single series by MMP Books, and it is hard to believe that we have already got to 24. The subject this time is a 2-seat reconnaissance/observation aircraft with a so-called Parasol type wing. It had valuable characteristics such as a short take-off and good low speed handling which made it ideal for the job. It had a relatively short career (1937-1942) before it was replaced in the role by the Fiesler Fi 156, the Storch. Removed from frontline service in 1942, they did serve on in secondary roles, which included towing Dfs 230 gliders in the mission to rescue Mussolini from the Gran Sasso in 1943.
The book starts with 2 useful sets of scale drawings of the type, presented in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales and which take up the first 5 pages of the 24-page softcover book. That's followed by 13 pages with a mix of archive photos and very detailed drawings taken from the technical manual, along with some modern photos of a BMW 132 engine. Lots of detail which is just the sort of thing that modellers love. Everything is rounded off by 5 pages of excellent colour artwork, illustrating the instrument panel in detail, and a winter camouflaged example 6K+EH, an Hs 126B-1 of 1.(H)23 in Russia during the winter of 1941/42.
Another useful little reference on the Henschel which both aviation historians and modellers will like I think.
Thanks to MMP Books for our example.

Robin