The Fiat G.91 was flown by Italy, Portugal and Germany, and it’s the latter air arm’s machines that are examined in AirDOC’s new book.
Fiat’s G.91 is a characterful aircraft and interesting modelling project, regardless of scale. If you fancy taking the plunge and building a Luftwaffe airframe, the new book FIAT/DORNIER G.91 “Gina” Part 1 is a superb reference. AirDOC’s tried-and-tested format of history text, excellent photos with captions and colour artwork wins again. While the text is in both English and German, this doesn’t detract from a worthy study of the aircraft affectionately known as ‘Gina’.
The introduction focuses on the conception and entry into service of the G.91, with text, images and colour profiles of Italian and Portuguese aircraft, along with the single ‘Gina’ evaluated by the Hellenic Air Force in 1961. Procurement is also described, before the narrative centres on Luftwaffe employment of the G.91/R3.
If you plan to build one or more German examples, this book is invaluable as it offers images showing a great many airframes in the standard three-toned camouflage. Modeller’s will love the detail on show here… markings, stencilling, paint tones, unit badges and even ‘zaps’ from other units are all in view. Special liveries are also present, including the aircraft 32+37 that received ‘smiley face’ artwork before its unit transitioned to the Alpha Jet. The sharkmouth-adorned jets of JaboG 41, while attending the exercise Bull’s Eye 1979, also feature (useful for anyone with Revell’s boxing with this scheme).
The text is forthright and never laboured, and explains various facets of the Luftwaffe G.91’s career. These include the type’s reconnaissance capabilities, Cold War exercise prowess, detachments abroad, emergency landing strip activity, target-towing duties and focus on each of the German user units.
The inside-front cover features a handy four-view of the Bull’s Eye ’79 jet 31+75, with RAL paint codes and colour patches provided. All-in-all, this is a lovely book on the G.91 and should inspire many builds of Luftwaffe examples. It costs just 16.95€ and is available from: shopofphantoms.com
We can’t wait for Part 2!
AirDOC ADJP 009 FIAT/DORNIER G.91 "GINA" Part 1 - The G.91/R3 in Service with the Light Attack Wings
By: Gerhard Lang