Restorations Illustrated Vol 1
ME 109 G-10 Image copyright Derek Brown
US$23 from Buffie’s website
|Contents and Media:
1 x CD/DVD’s. Works for both Windows and
Mac’s with no software required.
Today I will be reviewing the first
in the series of restoration CD’s from Derek Brown of Buffie’s
best. This CD is covering the ME 109 G-10 whilst the second disk covers
These CD sets are the most comprehensive
collections of references pertaining to one aircraft type that I have
seen. I have had several looks at each of the CD’s and I have
still yet to see all of it as there is so much content.
On starting up the CD you are greeted
by the start up sequence of the ME 109 being played over a number
of very well made ME 109 kits. The next part is the one problem I
had with the CD, when I played the CD on my home computer it worked
no problems at all. When I tried to play it on my laptop it wouldn’t
load through to the main page, I had to navigate to the chapters by
going through the Windows Navigator and clicking on the Internet Explorer
icon for the ‘Index’. Once this little hiccup was taken
care of it worked well. The CD contains the following chapters:
a. Chapter 1: Historic
overview of the ME109; This section gives a brief overview of the
history of each type of ME 109 produced as well as some history of
Post War activities..
b. Chapter 2: History of restored airframes; This
area covers a bit of history of two restored airframes and tries to
clear up a bit of confusion relating to them.
c. Chapter 3: Restoration challenge - interview;
This chapter covers interviews with a restorer of an ME109 and the
challenges he had whilst doing it. This is all audio and could be
a bit clearer.
d. Chapter 4: List and photos of surviving ME 109s,
this chapter contains a table with all the surviving ME 109s as well
as a series of photos of some of the surviving aircraft.
e. Chapter 5: ME 109 Models, Books and Illustrations,
Once again a comprehensive list of available models and other model
related articles at the time of publication.
f. Chapter 6: Restoration photos; Well, what can
I say! There are over 1200 photos of the ME 109 in all stages of restoration
ranging from unrestored to the immaculate newly painted pieces. There
are also photos of parts of the aircraft separated from the main airframe
and laid out for photographing. This will take care of any case of
Advanced Modellers Syndrome (AMS) as it will give you every detail
you could possibly want!
g. Chapter 7: Other CD’s, an impressive list
of aircraft top be covered in the future as well as engines etc.
This is a very comprehensive collection
of photos and other material from Buffie’s Best. If you have
an interest in the ME 109 G-10 or are in need of a reference for making
a model then this is it. With over 1200 photos in the one area there
is nothing you could possible ask for to assist you in the making
of a kit. There is just those two problems I mentioned that detract
from this CD but other than that it is highly recommended.