"Bf 110" vol. 2 (114)
ISBN 83 7219 078 X Published in 2000 this 68 page Modeller's reference
is typical of a new breed of material emerging from Eastern Europe
that stands head and shoulders above the old "In Action" series
discussed opposite on this page. I am mystified as to why this is
called "vol. 2" as this seems quite complete to me. The book is in
Polish but all the photo captions are also in English. The text seems
to describe each variant in detail. There is a brief early section
with black and white photo's on good glossy paper but this is just a
taster of what this book is about. Past page 25 the contents turn into
page after page of line sketches of various aircraft systems.
page 39 there is page after page of scale drawings of every possible
variant culminating in two large fold-out sheets of scale drawings. As
if this wasn't enough what follows are 8 pages of colour profiles (not
counting the 3 further pages on the covers) followed by 4 pages of
colour photo's of a Bf 110 at the Hendon Air Museum in London. Still
it isn't finished. After you have feasted your eyes on that little lot
there are still 4 pages of coloured sketches at the back of various
features such engines, cockpits and Unit Markings. A beautiful and
remarkable reference book that I picked up cheaply on EBay in August
2006. I couldn't recommend this more highly. Get a copy now.
Janusz Ledwoch "Messerschmitt Bf 110" 16
Published by AJ-Press in 1994. This originates from Gdansk and is
entirely in the Polish Language. I obtained my slightly battered
copy from EBay in early 2007. This is a fine Monograph considering
it is now over 13 years old. If you own any similar Monographs
("Monografie Lotnicze") then you will know what you are getting
here. (See another example on the He-111 page
here.) You get 60 pages if you include both front and back
covers that include full colour artworks and a lovely cutaway.
you get another four pages of colour artwork and then there are a
further 18 pages of scale plans and line-drawn illustrations. The
rest of the pages are liberally scattered with good quality black
and white photographs distributed 50/50 with the text. Many
photographs are close ups of various airframe features such as
armament and undercarriage. Certainly recommended if you can't get a
copy of Wydawnictwo Militaria book shown above.
Ron Mackay's book was published in 2000 and this is typical of the
quality of the Crowood Aviation Series. ISBN 1 86126 313 9 The 190
pages are packed with large black and white photo's and lots and lots
of text. A very worthy but dull effort as there are no scale plans, no
colour pictures, no colour profiles, no line drawings and no
engineering sketches of any kind. This is pretty much the sort of
material that filled all aircraft text books in the post war period.
However, we are in the 2000's now.
presented in a modern style this unexciting content makes this one of
the worst Crowood Aviation Series books I have had the misfortune to
review. Thankfully the Crowood series can be snapped up really cheaply
on EBay these days for one fifth of its cover price - which makes it
good value for money. But this is essentially thrill-free. Buy it for
your coffee table or bookshelf but don't expect it to get well thumbed.
Not recommended for the model maker but there are a few good photo's
in here that may prove useful. I got mine for about £5GBP off EBay in
Osprey "Bf 110 Zerstörer Aces of WWII"
ISBN 1 85532 753 8. Number 25 in Osprey's "Aircraft of the Aces"
series. Written by John Weal and published in 1999. Warning: you will
see copies of this book under a later repackaging with
the AOTA number 34. This is the same book jointly published with
delPrado in 2001 with some minor changes to
the covering artwork. DelPrado published the same books in a joint
venture to be collected by subscribers weekly through their local
Newsagent. Evidence from our 'Halifax Squadrons' book suggests the
del-Prado version is edited down and smaller than the original with
many of the fine artworks missing. Yet they appear side by side on
EBay with slightly different numbers. This can be confusing. Do not accidentally buy
both off of EBay like I did! For your money (only about £4 off EBay)
you get 104 pages of text and good quality photo's all in black and
white. There are two pages of 1/96th scale drawings (!) and 10 pages
of colour artwork (two of which only depict the crew - although this
is of partial use to the modeller but this is not designed to be
a monograph for the modeller. Instead it is an easily digestible,
bite-sized, book covering the exploits of various Bf 110 aces. The
books takes us through the action in Poland, the Battle of Britain,
the Balkans, Mediterranean. North Africa, Eastern Front, Western
Front, from success to failure and the final defence of the Reich.
The text appears lively, interesting and authoritative rather than a
dull retelling of battles by statistics. Probably an enjoyable read
as background material if you are researching a specific topic.