Mushroom Models Publications' Single #27: J8A Gloster Gladiator


Dariusz Karnas & Karolina Holda


Mushroom Model Publications


$11.99 from


Scott Van Aken

Notes: 24 pages, ISBN 978-83-66549-21-0

This next edition of MMP's Singles series is on the Gloster Gladiator. Despite developing the Hurricane and the Spitfire in the mid 1930s, the RAF still needed a plane to replace its collection of biplane fighters. They chose the Gladiator as it was a plane that could quickly be developed and while still a biplane, it provided what was considered adequate performance. As such, it was one of those pre-war types produced in fairly large numbers. It also found a lot of success with overseas sales, with aircraft being sold to Belgium, Latvia, Norway, and Sweden to name a few.

It is the Swedish offerings that are the main focus of this particular edition. Specifically those supplied to Finland and flown by Swedish volunteers during the Winter War of 1939-40 against the Soviet Union. As such, the majority of the images and the color drawings are of the Swedish planes during this period of time.

In line with the other releases, this one is in the large A4 size with several distinct sections. There is no history of the type, but there are superbly done plans in both 1/48 and 1/72 scale. The book includes a goodly number of photos showing both the entire aircraft and some details, thanks to a preserved example in the Finnish Aviation Museum.  The book finishes up with large, full page color views. 

It is another great addition to the MMP family of books that offers all that both the modeler and the enthusiast are seeking in a plans/detail book on a specific aircraft without going into a ton of detail. I found it be well done and one that I can highly recommend to you.

June 2021

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