Camouflage and Decals No. 2
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/G-14
Kolejna książka z serii zawiera kalkomanie do wykonania następujacych malowań:
1. Bf 109G-10/U4 W.Nr 612769 (Diana), 101. vadaszezed MKHL
2. Bf 109G-10/U4/R2 W.Nr 770269 (9WNF), 2.NAGr 14
3. Bf 109G-14AS W.Nr 784993 (Mtt Reg.) 13./JG 53
Kalkomanie w skalach 1/72 i 1/48
Dodatkowo 3 plakaty w formacie A4 gotowe do umieszczenia w ramkach.
The next title in the “Camouflage and Decals” series. This booklet describes and illustrates the camouflage and markings of three late WWII Messerschmitt Bf 109Gs.
Also include are high quality decals for these aircraft in 1/42 and 1/72 scale, produced by Techmod.
1. Bf 109G-10/U4 W.Nr 612769 (Diana), 101. vadaszezed MKHL
2. Bf 109G-10/U4/R2 W.Nr 770269 (9WNF), 2.NAGr 14
3. Bf 109G-14AS W.Nr 784993 (Mtt Reg.) 13./JG 53
Decals in 1/72nd and 1/48th scale.
Additionally, there are three A4 posters ready to frame, printed on high quality heavyweight paper.
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By Ray Mehlberger
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is based in the UK. Their books are printed in Sandomierz Poland by their associate Stratus Publications in the English language. Stratus also does books in the Polish language too. I received this decal set in a heavily padded envelope from Stratus.
This is the second set in MMP’s decal sheet. The first set was reviewed here on Cybermodeler last year in October and can be found in the review archives. That sheet was all in 1/32nd scale and was decals for French WWII fighters: the Caudron CR-14, Morane-Saulner MS-406 and the Curtis Hawk H-75A.
This new set of decals is for three Bf-109G’s. The set comes in a pocketed folder that is shrink-wrapped. Inside is the decal sheet in a zip lock type cello bag. There are 3 full color profiles of the 3 aircraft provided for on the decal sheet. These profiles are on 8 ½” x 11” glossy stock, very suitable for framing. A forth sheet the same size has a 3-view line drawing on one side that shows where the numerous stencil marks included on the decal sheet go. The reverse side of the sheet shows 9 different rudder types that were used on Bf109G’s. Next to that are color swatches of 11 RLM colors that also give their FS equivalent numbers. MMP and Stratus’s street address are given, along with MMP’s web address.
Markings for each of the featured aircraft are given in both 1/72nd and 1/48th scale.
The first set of markings is for a Hungarian Bf109G-10/U4, werk number 612769, 101st Fighter Regiment MKHL, Neubiberg, April 1045. It is in the standard “Diana” camouflage of RLM 82/75/76 with small blotches of RLM 82 on the fuselage sides. Hungarian crosses filled with gray (possibly RLM75) on the sides. The spinner is in RLM 70, one third of it is in white. The rudder type is T3, vertical tail is in RLM 81 with small, sharp-edged blotches of RLM 82 and a few spots of light paint (possibly RLM 76). The wing undersides are partially RLM 76, and partially bare metal on the wing tips, ailerons and flaps. The underwing markings are Hungarian crosses that are black with gray fill. The fuselage number is a large blue 12 forward of the cross.
The second set of markings is for a Bf109G-14/AS, werk number 784993 (Mtt. Reg.) flown by Uffz. Herbert Maxis, 13/JG53, Nellingen, December 1945. It is in the standard RLM 82/81/84 camouflage with blotches on the engine cowling and fuselage sides, typical of machines from this production block. Black RV band assigned to JG 53 on rear fuselage. Fuselage crosses filled with RLM 70. Vertical tail RLM 75 with sharp-edged blotches of RLM 82, camouflage pattern partially painted over with light blotches. T3 type rudder without the trim tabs. The spinner is RLM 70, but one third is in white. Metal panels on wing undersurfaces on wing tips, ailerons and flaps RLM 76. Underwing crosses are black without outline. The fuselage code is a white squiggle + white 13. Swatika is black with white outline. The aircraft lacks the tail wheel cover. This aircraft was shot down by U.S. 455th AAA Battalion during Operation Bodenplatte on 1 January 1945 and force-landed near Oberfelsberg. Uffz. Maxis was shot by U.S. troops while getting out of the cockpit and posthumously stripped of his flying boots. T
he third set of markings is for a Bf109G-10/U4/R2, werk number 770269 (WNF) of the 2/NAGr 14, Furth, May 1945. The fuselage is in RLM 84, it’s spine is RLM 82/77. The cowling is RLM 76 with it’s upper surfaces RLM 82/75. Mottling on the fuselage sides is RLM 81 and 82. The fin is RLM 81 with small blotches of RLM 82. The fuselage crosses are filled with RLM 70. Spinner is RLM 70 with one third in white. The swastika on the tail is black with no outline. The wing upper surfaces are RLM 82/75. While the under surfaces are bare meta on the wingtips, ailerons and flaps RLM 76. Underwing crosses are black with white outlines. This aircraft wears the markings of Luftflotte 6 – yellow forward cowling, fuselage band painted over on the spine. Fuselage code small black 5F + large non-outlined black 12. Yellow rudder of the type T5 with 2 trim tabs.
This set is designed to provide some of the markings shown in MMP’s book “Bf109 Late Versions” reviewed here previously on Cybermodeler.
This is one great set to enhance kits of the Bf109G. Highly recommended.
Scott Van Aken
For their second decal endeavour, MMP has chosen the Bf-109. The set includes markings in both 1/48 and 1/72 for three late war aircraft, all a bit different. This set is listed as a book for inside are four heavy quality, glossy pages, printed on both sides. Each of the aircraft on the decal sheet has a framable profile on one side with a history of the aircraft, markings information, plan views and the other side profile on the back side.
The first option is a Hungarian Bf-109G-10/U4 from April 1945. This aircraft is in RLM 82/75/76 with sectionso f unpainted metal on the wing undersides. This plane has a wide wheel fairings on the upper wing and the short tail wheel. Perfect for the Revell kit, though I'm sure most will pick the Hasegawa version in 1/48.
Next is a frequently photographed Bf-109G-10/U4/R2 from May 1945. This aircraft is in a variety of colors with the fuselage, wings, fin, and cowling in different shades, including RLM 84 for the fuselage undersides. For tactical markings, there is a yellow rudder, yellow lower fuselage band and yellow forward nose section. This G-10 also has the wide wheel fairings.
The third option is a Bf-109G-14/AS of 13./JG 53 in December 1944. This one is in RLM 81/82/84. Underside of the wings save for the tips, ailerons and flaps is in unpainted metal with the other bits in RLM 76. Tall tail wheel on this with the more rounded rudder. No blanking plate for the tail wheel so that area will need to be opened up on some kits. This pilot was brought down by flak during Operation Bodenplatte and shot dead as he climbed out of his crash landed aircraft by US troops.
In addition to the painting and markings cards, there is a fourth one that has stencil placement. Stencils are provided for all of the options. The other side of the card has a color matching section as well as all the different rudders used by late war 109s. Each of the RLM colors shown includes an FS 595 equivalent. The decal sheet itself is superbly printed by Techmod.
In all, an outstanding set for late war 109s and a superb second addition to what I hope will be a growing series.
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS #8943
This is the 2nd “book” in this series. It has an ISBN number (978-83-61421-54-2), but it really is not a book. What you get is a shrink-wrapped folder (made out of glossy, stiff stock) that contains a large set of decals and 4 separate sheets approximately 8 ¼” x 11 3/4” in size (which I understand is “A4” size in Europe). Each of these sheets has glossy, high-quality printing on both sides and is of nice, thick stock.
The first sheet shows all stencil markings on a set of generic Bf109G-10 line drawings (stencils are shown in their respective colors, where appropriate). The verso of this sheet has the requisite “book” publishing information, as well as RLM color chips (printed, not painted chips) with matching FS numbers. Also on this side are 9 line drawings of Bf109 rudder variants.
The next 3 sheets are each dedicated to the specific aircraft covered on the decal sheet. Each page has a “ready to frame” side view of the aircraft, with an informational legend and solid colored border. The verso of each of these has a color side profile, as well as small color upper (and in some cases also lower) profile, to be used as a guide for the decals In each case, the main profile shows the opposite side of the aircraft to that on the backside of the sheet. In addition, there is a paragraph describing colors and some history of the specific aircraft.
The 3 aircraft covered are:
Bf109G-10/U4/R2 W.Nr. 770269 (WNF), from 2./NAGr 14, Fuerth, May 1945.
Bf109G-14/AS W.Nr. 784993 (Mtt Reg.), flown by Uffz Herbert Maxis, from 13./JG53, Nellingen, December 1944 (this is printed as December 1945, but as the text then goes on to state this a/c was shot down on January 1, 1945, I’m going to go ahead and assume the date to be 1944).
Bf109G-10/U4 W.Nr. 612769 (Diana), 101 Neubiberg, April 1945 in Hungarian markings.
Art on all of the profiles looks very well done to me, and the text nicely describes the colors and markings of each Messerschmitt. Showing both sides of each aircraft is a very nice touch, and one not often seen with decal instructions. Even though this is a stand-alone publication and has all the information needed, I would imagine this is meant to accompany MMP’s “Bf109 Late Versions” book. I do not own that book, but I did notice a blurb for it on the inside of this folder, and the profile featured on the cover of that book is one of the subjects of this decal sheet.
The decal sheet itself measures approximately 10 ¼” x 7” and includes all markings and a full set of stencils for each of the 3 aircraft, in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales. On the sheet, everything looks crisp and in register, and the sheet is made by Techmod so one would imagine they will perform quite well. My past experience with Techmod decals has been that they are very thin and lie down as well or better than Microscale decals. My only reservation would be they don’t allow you much time to get them in position before they grab hold of the surface. Position them quickly and they will look great. No reason to think this sheet would be any different than those I have used in the past.
I think this is a nice way to package decals. It may be a bit pricey for just 3 sets of markings (assuming you work in only one scale). Let’s face it – most German late-war aircraft didn’t have an abundance of markings on them. These aircraft only really require a few decals each. But this does allow for full sets of stencils for each marking choice, which is often not provided by other decal manufacturers. And having the accompanying color profiles is a nice touch.
It’s hard to know if you are paying for the color profiles and marking information, and are getting the decals as a nice bonus, or if you are paying for decals that come with a very nice set of markings instructions. I know the intent is really a little of both. Either way, I like the concept. I won’t attest here to the accuracy of the markings themselves, but the quality of the content of this package is certainly first-rate.
New look’ for the number 2 of the new collection ’Camouflage & Decals’ ! Compared to Number 1, which offered set of decals for French aircraft (Caudron 714, Morane-Saulnier 406 and Curtiss H-75), No. 2 offers this time a single aircraft type, the Bf 109, aircraft, if it is still fascinating, is also flooding the market decals. Three markings end of war are here detailed, a Bf 109G-10/U4/R2 2./NAGr 14, a Bf-109G-14AS of 13./JG 53 and finally a Hungarian Bf 109G-10/U4. These markings are a kind of byproduct of the book ’Late Bf 109 Versions - Camouflage and Markings’ recently published. However, again compared to No. 1 of this series, there are no wartime photos included in the package, photos which were of great addition to this series, even if we can find them in the book above mentioned, but that means too that you will have to consider to purchase the book if it is not done yet – recommended ! What it is new, is the possibility to use the colour profiles included in the set as posters and not only as reference. For this, the colour profiles were printed on high quality paper, ready for framing. The front page shows the right profile of the aircraft, the back page, the left side and the top and bottom of the aircraft with a text giving all the relevant details about its camouflage and markings. Decals - from Techmod - are first class quality as always. Although this publication has received a ISBN, don’t see it as a book, it is really far to be, something No.1 of the series could pretend to be in another hand. The no.1 could live autonomously at a price slightly higher but if this No.2 can be bought alone, it is better to get the book in the same time to have much material in hands. But in any case, for those who like the Bf109 and who have bought the book will be fully satisfied with this set, but basically that remains a good material for the other ones as well.
1/72 and 1/48
Phil H. Listemann
The new release from MMP books is a excellent publication and decal sheet about the world classic WWII warbird BF-109.This is the second set in MMP’s decal sheet of the camouflage e markings series. The first set comprises a sheet for 1/32nd scale French WWII fighters: the Caudron CR-14, Morane-Saulner MS-406 and the Curtis Hawk H-75A.
This new decals have as the theme the “Gustav” series of the wonder Messerschimitt fighter plane. The set comes in a hard paper bag, inside we find the decals protected in a zip lock type cello bag. This sheet has 3 full color profiles of the 3 aircraft provided for on the decal sheet. The format of these profiles come in 8 ½” x 11” glossy stock format, very suitable for framing. The aircraft profiles show all details of the paint scheme and special characteristics of the every aircraft, mottles and color variations. And a complete stencil and rudder types technical drawings with details to stencils and walkways applications. This become easy to understand the variations between the variants of the “G” 109 series.
The decal sheet give us the possibility to build and know the history of these 3 aircrafts:
The Bf109G-10/U4, werk number 612769, 101st Fighter Regiment MKHL, Neubiberg, April 1045. It is Hungarian Air Force bird in the standard “Diana” camouflage of RLM 82/75/76 with small blotches of RLM 82 on the fuselage sides. Hungarian crosses filled with gray (possibly RLM75) on the sides. The spinner is in RLM 70, one third of it is in white. The rudder type is T3, vertical tail is in RLM 81 with small, sharp-edged blotches of RLM 82 and a few spots of light paint (possibly RLM 76). The wing undersides have a mix of RLM 76, and bare metal on the wing tips, ailerons and flaps, common on the late type Luft waffe Warbirds. The underwing markings are Hungarian crosses that are black with gray fill. The fuselage number is a large blue 12 forward of the cross.
A Bf109G-14/AS, werk number 784993 (Mtt. Reg.) flown by Uffz. Herbert Maxis, 13/JG53, Nellingen, December 1945. It is in the standard RLM 82/81/84 camouflage with blotches on the engine cowling and fuselage sides. Black RV band identified this plane as belonging to the famous JG 53. Fuselage crosses filled with RLM 70. Vertical tail RLM 75 with sharp-edged blotches of RLM 82, camouflage pattern partially painted over with light blotches. T3 type rudder without the trim tabs. The spinner is RLM 70, but one third is in white. Metal panels on wing undersurfaces on wing tips, ailerons and flaps RLM 76. Underwing crosses are black without outline. The fuselage code is a white squiggle + white 13. Swastika is black with white outline. The aircraft lacks the tail wheel cover. The history of this aircraft says that was shot down by U.S. 455th AAA Battalion during Operation Bodenplatte on 1 January 1945 and force-landed near Oberfelsberg. Uffz. Maxis was shot by U.S. troops while getting out of the cockpit and posthumously stripped of his flying boots.
Finally the third set of markings is for a Bf109G-10/U4/R2, werk number 770269 (WNF) of the 2/NAGr 14, Furth, May 1945. The fuselage is in RLM 84, it’s spine is RLM 82/77. The cowling is RLM 76 with it’s upper surfaces RLM 82/75. Mottling on the fuselage sides is RLM 81 and 82. The fin is RLM 81 with small blotches of RLM 82. The fuselage crosses are filled with RLM 70. Spinner is RLM 70 with one third in white. The swastika on the tail is black with no outline. The wing upper surfaces are RLM 82/75. While the under surfaces are bare meta on the wingtips, ailerons and flaps RLM 76. Underwing crosses are black with white outlines. This aircraft wears the markings of Luftflotte 6 – yellow forward cowling, fuselage band painted over on the spine. Fuselage code small black 5F + large non-outlined black 12. Yellow rudder of the type T5 with 2 trim tabs.
This new set of the MMP Camouflage and markings series give us new and fantastic options of decals to increase your 109 models. This markings are represented for the first time on decals and are available in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales. Ok, now is time to get your 109 kit, choose your preferred marking and start the build, the accuracy of the sheets are granted by the high experience and tradition of the MMP Books in research works.
Special thanks to MMP Books for the sample review.
Reviewed by Brad Fallen
F i r s t R e a d
This is the second title in Mushroom Model Publications’ “Camouflage and Decals” series – following last year’s release that focused on French aircraft flown by Polish pilots in 1939-40 – and showcases late model Messerschmitt Bf 109Gs.
This title highlights the diversity of 1944-45 Bf 109 camouflage, with three very different but well documented schemes provided for modelers to reproduce.
The featured aircraft are:
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14/AS, “White 13”/W.Nr.784993, of Unteroffizier Herbert Maxis, 13.JG53, based at Nellingen, Belgium, December 1944/January 1945. This aircraft was shot down by US anti-aircraft gunners during Operation Bodenplatte on 1 January 1945, with Maxis then shot dead when exiting the crash-landed plane. I found a number of excellent photographs on the internet of “White 13” lying bent but reasonably intact on the snow, surrounded by posing US soldiers. The camouflage and marking information provided by MMP corresponds very closely with these photographs, which were presumably used as a reference guide. While interpreting late war Luftwaffe colours from black-and-white photos can be fraught, MMP’s recommendations of a base RLM 81/82/“84” camouflage appear reasonable (although the use of “RLM 84” to describe the greener version of RLM 76 is old-fashioned and misleading).
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/U4/R2, “Black 12”/W.Nr.770269, of 2.NAGr.14, Furth, Germany, May 1945. According to my copy of Jackiewicz and Wawrzynski’s “Captured Me 109s”, this machine was forced down intact by a USAAF P-51 pilot, and subsequently used by US pilots as a familiarisation hack. “Captured Me 109s” also contains a superb colour photograph of “Black 12” in full German markings, parked in front of a P-51D. While MMP unfortunately don’t include this great back-story in their description of “Black 12”, they have clearly drawn on the colour photograph, or one very similar, in preparing their camouflage and marking guide, which means the latter appears to be very accurate. What isn’t captured in MMP’s description is the war-weary appearance of the actual aircraft, the slightly ragged edges of the “5F” codes on the rear fuselage (which are a little too pristine on the decal sheet), or the fact that the type’s “R2” designator meant that an Rb 50/30 camera had been fitted inside the lower fuselage behind the drop tank, with associated changes to the aircraft’s appearance. While the camera fairing is depicted in MMP’s profile paintings of “Black 12”, it would have been helpful for modelers if this fitting had been specifically pointed out, as it could be overlooked (as could the fact that the undercarriage doors had been removed, which is likewise illustrated but not otherwise mentioned).
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/U4, “Blue 12”/W.Nr.612769, of 101st Fighter Regiment, Royal Hungarian Air Force, Neubiberg, Germany, April 1945. One of a bloc of G-10s produced by a satellite factory at Diana in what is now the Czech Republic, “Blue 12” is presented by MMP as having “standard early Diana camouflage of RLM 82/75/76”. However, while this interpretation is plausible, the colours and other details of this particular aircraft remain contested. For example, “Captured Me 109s” refers to it as “Red 12/W.Nr.612169”, and I have seen it described elsewhere as “Yellow 12”. As a result, I would recommend that any modelers thinking of recreating this aircraft do their research carefully, and come to their own conclusions. What is not in doubt is that MMP appears to have nailed the complex camouflage pattern and delineations on the airframe, with a number of photos in several of my references matching MMP’s information closely.
Turning to the decals themselves, these appear very good, with markings and stencils provided for each aircraft in 1/72 and 1/48 scales on a very full single A4 sheet. The decals are by Techmod and are very crisply printed, with even the 1/72 stencils clearly legible. I like that a full set of stenciling is provided for each aircraft, which means that if a modeler wished, he or she could replicate all three aircraft in both scales without having to scrounge extra stencils from the spares box – a welcome rarity in decal sheets. V Also welcome is the package’s overall deluxe presentation. Each aircraft is depicted on its own full-colour, glossy, double-sided A4 card. On one side of this is a starboard profile, upper and lower view drawing (except for “White 13”, where only an upper view is provided), and a detailed description of the aircraft; on the other side is a port profile and a basic description of the aircraft, presented in a style suitable for framing. Another card of similar quality provides detailed stencil placement information on one side, and on the other a set of RLM colour chips and line drawings of nine different late Bf 109 rudder variants. I’m not an expert on either RLM colours or Bf 109 rudders, so can’t vouch for the accuracy of the information, but its inclusion is welcome. Finally, all of these cards, along with the decal sheet, are presented in an attractive and sturdy A4 folder, which if you wish will fit neatly in your bookshelf.
Mushroom Models Publications’ “Camouflage and Decals” releases are a little hard to categorise – they are either a loose-leaf mini-book with decals, or a decal sheet with the most lavish illustrations you are ever likely to see. Either way, they are a great product, particularly when the price is taken into account. While I would like to see future releases in the series provide more detail and background on their subject aircraft, particularly in terms of the idiosyncrasies of each airframe, the Bf 109G release reviewed here provides modelers with everything they need to complete a number of stunning models.
Although this is not what most people would describe as a 'book', it does have an ISBN number. It is a full colour A4 folder with a pocket containing four A4 - glossy one side/semi -gloss on the reverse side – 'posters' and a clear A4 re-sealable plastic envelope containing a Techmod decal sheet with decals in 1/72 and 148 scales.
This is the second in the new MMP 'Camouflage and Decals' series, and this set is for the following late series Messerschmitt Bf 109G aircraft:
Bf 109G-10/U4 W.Nr 612769 (Diana) 101st Fighter Regiment MKHL, Neubiberg, April, 1945
Bf 109G-10/U4/R2 W.Nr. 770269 (9WNF), 2./NAGr 14, Fürth, May, 1945
Bf109G-14/AS W.Nr. 784993 (Mtt Reg.), flown by Uffz. Herbert Maxis, 13./JG 53, Nellingen, December, 1945
As an ex publisher, and now a reviewer of model related material, I see many publications which, and I am being kind here, leave much to be desired in terms of presentation and quality.
No such problems with MMP and this folder of goodies! Unfortunately, my photography will not do justice to the sheer quality of what MMP describe as 'posters'. They are top quality reproductions and beautifully printed on a light/medium weight card. Each 'poster' has, on one side, a full side colour profile of the depicted Bf 109 on a white background which is superimposed over a contrasting colour with a centralised description of the aircraft in black type at the base. This view is complemented by a wonderful gloss varnish finish – a credit to the printers.
On the reverse side, this time in a semi-gloss finish, is the opposite full length colour profile together with a smaller top view and a much fuller description of the aircraft, its history , RLM colour references and individual nuances such 'bare metal wing tips' and even the style of rudder fitted.
On that point, the fourth sheet is of great interest, again glossy one side and semi –gloss on the reverse. The glossy side has line drawing profiles showing stencil locations and, on the reverse, along with 11 RLM 'pantones' with their respective FS references, are no less than nine line drawings of rudder variants for the T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5 rudders. I will have to show my ignorance here and say that I didn't realise the Germans, at this late stage, were still fine tuning the handling characteristics of the Bf 109 to that extent. I shall certainly be looking at the rudder area with great interest on any reference photographs for models I am building in the future.
The A4 Techmod decal sheet is divided into three separate marking sets and two sections – 1/72 and 1/48. There are some interesting markings on show as well, especially the Hungarian 'Balkenkreuz' in a square black background with the cross filled in with, what was believed to be, RLM 75. That would certainly make for something different on the show circuit.
The decals themselves are suitably thin and have passed my magnifying glass test with flying colours. Everything is in perfect register and which Techmod have printed to a very sharp standard with the smallest typeface in the 1/72 scale being able to be identified.
So, with a re-cap of the contents, what do you get for your hard-earned? Four excellently printed A4 'exhibition' quality 'posters' with superb reference material plus the A4 Techmod decal sheet, and for £9.99 (compare that to some other decal offerings). With the whole package contained in a pocketed folder for safe keeping, this has to be excellent value for money and a 'snip' in my view. Well done MMP/Stratus.
So what do we think?
Go for it!! And while you are at it, why not treat yourself to 'Bf 109 Late Versions Camouflage & Markings' - a new book by Kryzstof W. Wolowski which covers the late G and K variants – also from MMP.
An excellent release
By Chris Banyai-Riepl
This is an interesting release from Mushroom Model Publications, as it's not technically a book but more of an enhanced aftermarket decal sheet. Still, it's been given an ISBN, so I suppose technically it's a book. What you get in the package is a large folder that contains a decal sheet and three high-quality prints of the subject aircraft, with one additional page that provides some useful generic information.
Starting with that generic page, this provides a complete stenciling diagram on one side. This includes both side views and a top view. These stenciling marks are common to the Bf 109G-10 and G-14 options that are provided in the decal sheet, and the diagram also denotes the variations for the different production facilities. Flip this page over and you get nine rudder drawings identifying the different variants employed by these tall-tail 109s, as well as eleven color chips with both RLM and FS numbers.
For the individual aircraft pages, one side has a large side profile attractively framed with a title block. The opposite side provides the alternate side view and upper/lower view drawings (except for White 13, which only has the upper view). There is also a text block describing the aircraft. The three planes covered are White 13, a Bf 109G-14/AS W.Nr 784993 (Mtt Reg), flown by Uffz. Herbert Maxis of 13./JG 53; Black 5F+12, a Bf 109G-10/U4/R2 W.Nr 770269 (WNF), of 2./NAGr 14; and Blue 12, a Bf 109G-10/U4 W.Nr 612769, from the Hungarian 101. vadászezred MKHL. The decals are nicely printed in both 1/72 and 1/48 and include national insignia and stenciling in addition to the specific aircraft markings.
This is a very nice decal sheet set and its thoroughness will make it quite popular with Bf 109 modelers. Even better, when you're done with the decals you can frame the prints and hang them on the wall for an added bonus.