Kagero | Messerschmitt Bf 109G/K: An Insight into Camouflage and Markings

Reviewed by Kevin Williams

Publisher: Kagero
Author: Maciej Góralczyk
Publishing date: 2010
ISBN: 978-83-61220-78-7

For me, the SMI Library series books from Kagero, represent great value for money, featuring great archive imagery from WWII regarding the chosen subject, many of which I’ve never seen before. Also included in every book, are great decals, printed by Techmod, further enhancing the value of this series, as well as several marvelous illustrations of chosen and representative subjects, along with a choice few color photos.

This particular book (No. 01 in the series), depicts the venerable and iconic workhorse Luftwaffe German WWII fighter, the Messerschmitt Bf 109G/K. Camouflage and markings are what this book focuses on, specifically the G and K models, and it’s chock full of representative material; live in air shots, as well as photos on the ground (sometimes late war wrecked all to heck discoveries by allied soldiers), as well as sustained battle damage, illustrate a nice cross section of several types of camouflage and individual personalizations, as well as unit markings. Rounding out this volume, is a rather nice collection of plan and profile drawings, highlighting changes between various versions.

Typical Photo Quality to be Found Throughout

The Lovely Decal Sheet (Cartograf of Italy)

To me, the high point of these volumes (and this one is no exception), is a tossup between the great photographs (a few in WWII color), and the splendid decal sheets, the latter being selections of specific airframes depicted within the book itself.

For me to loudly proclaim that these books are a desirable addition to the aviation library, is nothing more than an honest appraisal of what I feel is the great value these books bring to the table.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this book as a 10, no question about it. There are currently two more volumes in the series that I don’t yet have (P-40 Warhawk and F6F Hellcat), but I’ll be adding them to my personal library as soon as I’m able, I enjoy them that much.

© Kevin Williams 2014

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This review was published on Friday, April 25 2014; Last modified on Sunday, October 10 2021