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Modellers who favour Luftwaffe aircraft – and like their cockpits to be detailed and accurate – will find MMP’s new book highly useful.

AIRSPEED, ALTITUDE AND MORE

If you’re building aircraft in larger scales, say 1/48, 1/32 or 1/24, and you have a leaning towards Luftwaffe subjects, plenty of reference lies in the new softback German Instrument Panels from Mushroom Model Publishing’s Inside series.

AIRSPEED, ALTITUDE AND MORE

In larger scales it’s even more important to focus on this area, especially when some kit decals aren’t always up to the mark. This book will help with that aspect no end, and features artwork, photos and factory drawings relating to 12 aircraft:

•    Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a
•    Heinkel He 111P-1
•    Junkers Ju 87B-1
•    Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4
•    Henschel Hs 126B
•    Dornier Do 17Z
•    Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4
•    Fieseler Fi 156 ‘Storch’
•    Henschel Hs 123
•    Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-3
•    Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6
•    Messerschmitt Bf 109G-12

The artwork itself is superb, showing all the little details you’d see on real instruments, along with the colour-coding system employed. For each aircraft, the full panel features in landscape form on one page, and a corresponding legend diagram faces it, listing all the instruments.

There’s a paragraph giving general details about each type, and the factory drawings and period images provide a depth of view missing from the flat colour illustrations. In some cases it’s not just the instrument panels that are explored; for example, the section on the BF 109G-6 also offers reference on the Revi gunsight via photos, pages from manuals, and a 3D colour rendering.

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All this is handy indeed. You can check the accuracy of kit panel moulding, and decals if provided… and if what you have fails to hit the mark, companies such as Airscale can provide very good aftermarket replacement dials and the like in decal form. And even modellers who build in 1/72 scale can make use of this book if they wish. At 44 pages it’s not a weighty tome, but it is a worthy reference for anyone wanting their German aircraft ‘offices’ to be as authentic as possible. It costs £15 from: www.mmpbooks.biz

Inside
German Instrument Panels

By: Dariusz Karnas
Format: A4
ISBN: 978-83-66549-68-5

AIRSPEED, ALTITUDE AND MORE