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German Air Projects 1935-45 Fighters

Others • 2013
AuthorsMarek Ryś
IllustratorMarek Ryś
ISBN978-83-61421-76-4
Release date2013-07-03
SeriesOthers
CategorySold Out CategoryWyprzedana
FormatA4, 176 pages (176 in colour)
Price145.00 PLN Price29.99 GBP

The speculation about what the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) have achieved if World War II had continued into 1946 is a fascinating and rapidly growing field of interest. This book develops some of this intriguing speculation with extensive believable illustrations of aircraft that never flew, from the mid thirties until the end of W.W.II.

Second updated edtion of best selling two books set:

German Air Projects 1935-1945 vol. I; ISBN: 839163275X

German Air Projects 1935-1945 vol. II; ISBN: 8389450070

Revised text and new colour drawings.

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  • IPMS USA • 2013-10-07

    Reviewed by: Paul Markezich, IPMS# 15293

    For years, I’ve been fascinated by what has come to be known as the 1946 Luftwaffe, or Luft ’46 – the seemingly inexhaustible blizzard of drafting-table designs the German aircraft industry produced before and during the Second World War for aircraft that were never built. The what-iffyness of these proposals that could have been flying against the Allies had the war continued for one more year has always deeply intrigued the science fiction fan in me. I first became aware of the phenomenon in 1967 when I bought Aireview’s German Military Aircraft in the Second World War, which included a series of line drawings of aircraft I’d never heard of before. As the decades passed, more and more information about these fanciful designs has come to light from declassified government files. German Air Projects, written and illustrated by Marek Ryś, is the second updated edition of an earlier two-volume set from MMP Books on what-if fighters, both books now blended together in this spectacular single volume.

    Following a brief introduction, Mr. Ryś presents a concise summary of the importance of fighter aircraft to the Luftwaffe and the Reich. Then, he displays page after stunning page of information concerning the most credible speculative aircraft designs from the major aircraft manufacturers in wartime Germany – Arado, Bachem, Blohm und Voss, BMW, Daimler Benz, Dornier, Fieseler, Focke-Wulf, Gotha, Heinkel, Henschel, Horten, Junkers, Lippisch, Messerschmitt, and some smaller companies. Descriptive text for each type is accompanied by detailed line drawings and tables listing the aircrafts’ projected dimensions, weights, and performance estimates. The entry for Messerschmitt’s P.1101, which was built but never flown, runs from page 145 to 152 and includes several computer-generated illustrations. Similarly, Focke-Wulf’s Ta-183 provides the entire history of the aircraft’s development over nine pages, and includes factory drawings, a photo of a wind tunnel model, and an arrangement layout of its landing gear. All of the entries are comprehensive and easy to follow as they trace each aircraft’s development from concept to proposed finalized production version.

    But, by far, the most enjoyable aspect of the book to me is the gorgeous computer-generated paintings of these never-built aircraft, displaying their unique and unfamiliar shapes in operational status. These photo-realistic paintings display the same sharpness and lighting of actual photographs, yet are solely the product of the imagination of the artists’ digital manipulation of shapes, highlight, texture, and color. Mr. Ryś himself has for years been providing illustrations for books and magazines, and even box art for speculative Luft ’46 kits worldwide. He is joined here by fellow computer graphic artists Ronnie Olsthoorn, Gino Marcomini, Neal Sutton, Tim Cameron, and Josef Gatial, who bring to intense life the aircraft that, in reality, existed only as blueprints or rough sketches on paper.

    Modelers of Luft ’46 aircraft will both enjoy and welcome the information and paintings presented here. Luftwaffe historians should likewise appreciate Marek Ryś’ research into these little-known but important offerings from a German aircraft industry becoming desperate as the war progressed. Highly recommended.

    I would like to thank Mushroom Models Publications and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this fascinating product.

  • Aerostories.org • 2013-10-07

    Avec des appareils résolument novateurs comme les Messerschmitt Me 163 et Me 262, les Arado 234 et (plus accessoirement) les Heinkel He 162, l’Allemagne nazie avait marqué des points dans la course technologique qui l’opposait à ses ennemis. Certains de ces avions marquèrent profondément les esprits et suscitent de nos jours encore un vif intérêt, de même que le sujet des engins qui auraient pu équiper la Luftwaffe en 1946.

    C’est bien connu, les conflits armés sont à l’origine d’une accélération de certains progrès technologiques, et pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, les talents des équipes d’ingénieurs furent puissamment sollicités pour faciliter la victoire sur l’ennemi. Ce fut le cas dans le IIIe Reich, où certains personnages semblaient manifester une foi particulière en des armes "miraculeuses" d’autant plus providentielles que tout s’effondrait autour d’eux.

    Il serait erroné d’imaginer que les appareils tels que le Me 262 ou l’Ar 234, tels qu’ils furent utilisés par la Luftwaffe, étaient un aboutissement. Au contraire, ils n’étaient qu’une étape dans une évolution que stoppa la défaite de l’Allemagne. De la même manière, les bureaux d’études ne cessèrent pas de travailler aux abords de la défaite ; au contraire même, dans bien des cas leurs travaux s’intensifièrent (parfois pour simplement justifier leur existence).

    Ce sont ces projets d’avions de chasse, à différents stades d’aboutissement, que nous présente Marek Ryś, talentueux illustrateur polonais, qui donne tant dans l’aviation de la Grande Guerre que dans la science-fiction, en passant par les appareils de la Seconde Guerre mondiale..

    Cet ouvrage relié est la compilation de deux volumes brochés qui étaient parus chez Stratus/MMP en 2003 et 2004. On y trouve par ordre alphabétique, constructeur après constructeur, depuis Arado jusqu’à Messerschmitt, tous les projets de chasseurs qui ont pu être envisagés chez les avionneurs allemands. Certains sont des évolutions logiques d’appareils existant déjà, comme ces appareils dérivés de l’Ar 234, du Do 335, du Me 163 ou du Me 262. Des appareils en développement sont arrivés à un stade avancé de réalisation, comme le Me P-1101 qui fut un objet d’étude pour les Américains de chez Bell et devint le X-5. Cependant, la plupart des appareils présentés ici sont uniquement des "avions de papier", c’est-à-dire des avant-projets n’ayant pas été plus loin que la table à dessin. On notera la présence des inévitables projets d’appareils à décollage et atterrissage verticaux Focke-Wulf Triebflügel et Heinkel Wespe. De même, si très peu de ces projets sont encore mus par des moteurs à pistons et si la plupart sont équipés des turboréacteurs BMW 003 ou Jumo 004 (ou leurs dérivés), on note la présence de statoréacteurs, par exemple sur le Focke-Wulf Ta 283, ou (étonnamment) de pulsoréacteurs aux performances pourtant réputées douteuses. Dans le registre des "bestiaux" étonnants, on s’amusera à rechercher à qui attribuer la palme du "super-bizarroïde", les célèbres ailes volantes Horten semblant bien conventionnelles au regard de certains projets présentés dans German Air Projects 1935-45 - Fighters.

    Chaque chapitre, chacun dédié à un constructeur, est constitué d’un texte pertinent et documenté, très largement illustré de plans et de dessins au trait (dont l’échelle n’est pas précisée*) et de nombreuses "vues d’artiste" convaincantes. Ceci est accompagné de quelques rares copies de documents d’époque, ainsi que de tableaux des caractéristiques. Le texte en anglais s’avère abordable, même pour un piètre angliciste ayant passablement "séché" les cours.

    Philippe Ballarini

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  • Modelingmadness.com • 2013-10-07

    The book is hard bound and 176 pages in 11 1/2” x 8” page format. It has a copyright date of this year 2013.

    MMP first published a book as soft bound and less pages back in 2004 that has the same title. This new version has revised and new text and new color drawings. Also more info and more conceptual aircraft in it.

    The speculation about the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) would have achieved if WWII had continued into 1946 or beyond is a fascinating and rapidly growing field of interest. This book develops some of the intriguing speculation with extensive believable illustrations of aircraft that never flew from the mid thirties until the end of WWII.

    There are 55 color drawings (including the 2 on the cover of the book). Thirteen of these are done as 2 views, one is a 4 view, 6 are 3 views and there is a single 5 view.

    Added to this are black and white line drawings, that are to no particular scales. 101 of these are side profiles. 15 are 2 views, 55 are 3 views and 4 are 4 views.

    There are 46 data lists about the aircraft in the book.

    For the FW-189 aircraft there are 4 technical plan drawings.

    The Me-P.1101 section includes black and white of the unfinished prototype and one technical plan drawing as a 3 view. This aircraft was captured and taken to Bell Aircraft in the U.S. for evaluation. It was there until the early 50’s when it was finally scrapped.

    The book covers projects by:

    Arado, Bachem, Blohm und Voss, BMW, Daimler, Dornier, Fieseler, Gotha, Heinkel, Henschel, Horten, Junkers, Lippisch, Messerschmitt and Skoda-Kauba.

    Pictured on the back cover are the cover arts of 2 other volumes in this series. Vol. 3 on Bombers and Vol. 4 on Attack, Multi-purpose and other German air projects. All are highly recommended reading.

    This book will be of great interests to the WHAT IF group of aircraft enthusiasts and aircraft historians in general as well as modelers.

    I want to thank Dr. Roger Wallsgrove , Editor-in-chief of Mushroom Model Publications and the folks at Casemate for this review sample.

    Information on all MMP books can be found on their website at: http://www.mmpbooks.biz

    The U.S. distributor is Casemate Publications at:www.casematepublishing.com

    The Australian distributor is Platypus Publications.

    Ray Mehlberger

    October 2013

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