Augsburg's Last Eagles
Eagle Files EF#3
S u m m a r y
||Soft cover; 8.5" x 11" format; 80
pages + covers
||Nicely written and an easy read;
Thomas Tullis profiles; Wonderfully accurate line drawings; Detailed photos,
both color and black and white; Photos never before published; Decals
available from EagleCals
||Some photos previously published in
Broken Eagles series.
Reviewed by Floyd Werner
When Brett Green mentioned that he was writing a book on late war
Messerschmitt Bf 109 colors and variants I quickly volunteered to review it.
After all, he couldn't review his own book could he? As many of HyperScale
visitors might already know, I love late war 109s. Augsburg's Last Eagles
definitely fits this idiosyncrasy perfectly.
Augsburg's Last Eagles (Eagle Files EF#3) is a softbound book
consisting of approximately 80 pages. The pages include many color photos of the
Treloar Bf 109G-6, approximately 10 Tom Tullis profiles, some beautiful line
drawings, plenty of black and white photos, many never before published as far
as I know, and some of the Evergreen Bf 109G-10 undergoing restoration.
For visitors to HyperScale, this is a culmination of various articles that
have been posted throughout the years. As Brett's first literary effort, this
book is definitely recommended reading for anyone with an interest in late war
Luftwaffe colors and especially the Bf 109. It is obvious that Brett has a
passion for this type of aircraft and shares it with us. The text and
conclusions are very informative and logical. The book is nicely written and a
breeze to read. I read it in one sitting and loved every minute of it.
One thing I found very interesting is the line drawings showing the
difference between the different type cowlings. This is the first time that this
has been covered in an English text outside the Luftwaffe Verband. Model makers
and builders will find this book a valuable addition to any library. There are
plenty of close-up photos of the Treloar and the Evergreen 109s that just lends
itself to detailed scratch building.
Thomas Tullis must be the best aviation artist for this type of book. His
interpretations are wonderfully rendered and are the most accurate looking
profiles. There are many great looking aircraft that will undoubtedly motivate
modelers to try the different types of camouflage schemes. Every type of
camouflage is depicted from overall RLM 76 to mid-war grays, to the complete
gambit of late war greens.
Tullis represents the Reichsverteidigung Bands, Tactical and Identification
Markings wonderfully in full color for all units that operated 109s. I would
love to see someone show a complete aircraft from each of these Gruppes complete
Because Brett is also a modeler, no review would be complete without a
mention of the EagleCals accompanying decal sheet. I feel that when you publish
such a great book as Augburg's Last Eagles it would be a shame to tease
the modeler by not producing the decals to replicate the aircraft shown in the
book. Eagle Editions approach of releasing a decal sheet (sometimes more than
one) is a great idea.
The decals are available in both 1/72nd and 1/48th scale. They are perfectly
in register with some very interesting stencil markings not available on other
sheets. On EagleCal #26, four aircraft are depicted. Two aircraft that have not
been available before and two have been updated. The decals are printed by
Microscale so you know they are high quality decals and will respond well to
Some might ask if we don't already have enough decals for the Bf 109 on the
market already. To them I can only say that there were over 30,000 produced (not
counting rebuilt and post war versions) there can never be enough Bf 109
anything. If you make it, I will buy it.
With that said, go out buy this book and decals then enjoy them. I look
forward to more from Brett and Eagle Editions. Thanks to Eagle Editions for the
Buy it now!
Eagle Editions for the review sample.
Augsburg's Last Eagles is
available direct from Eagle
Editions website or specialist bookstores
Eagles" is also available at Squadron.com
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