|Richard A Franks|
|Valiant Wings Publishing|
|£19.95 MSRP at www.valiant-wings.co.uk|
130 pages, A4 Format, softcover,
ISBN: 978-1-912932-16-0, Airframe Album #17
This latest edition of Airframe Album concentrates on the Henschel HS-129 ground attack aircraft. Of the number of entrants for the type, only this and an adaption of the FW-189 made it to prototype stage. The Focke-Wulf version was eliminated as it was not purpose built for the mission. Of course, the prototype underwent changes and the type was initially powered by inverted V-12 air cooled engines. These did not offer sufficient power and none of the few aircraft built with these motors were used outside of test units and schools.
The choice was made to use French double row radials which did offer more power, but actually, the type was still a bit underpowered. Since all the German built radials were prioritized for other types, the French engines were used. In combat it was quite successful with the pilot sitting in an armored tub like the IL-2 and today's A-10. Armament changed with subtypes and it eventually carried a 75mm main cannon, developed during the last months of production. No complete airframes have survived.
The book follows the usual script with a history of the type, the different variants, close up images using technical manuals and period images. There is a section on the differences between airframes and one on the various camouflage schemes worn by the aircraft. This series is not specifically a model building offering but there are two full build articles and one brief one with the 1/48 Hasegawa kit, 1/32 Z-M kit and a page on the Italeri 1/72 version. We also are provided with the usual listing of kits, decals and accessories near the end.
In all, a most welcome addition to what is a superb series of books and well worth the effort of picking up.
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