|Richard A Franks|
|Valiant Wings Publishing|
|£19.95 MSRP at www.valiant-wings.co.uk|
146 pages, A4 Format, softcover,
ISBN: 978-1-912932184, Airframe Album #1 (Second Edition)
As you may guess from the title, this one is more about the aircraft itself than its development history. However, that has not been forgotten as the book starts with a background on the aircraft. It then immediately goes into a look at the various parts of the aircraft. We are fortunate that the lone extant complete airframe is undergoing restoration at the Smithsonian, which allows us a lot of nice photos of the parts of the plane while under restoration with quite a bit of it completed. There are also a number of period photos as well as sections from tech manuals to help us see what is what in this aircraft.
This then goes into a section that covers the aircraft's development. This includes sections on all the different variants, delineating the differences between the versions. Part of this section are drawings of the versions so you can see what, if anything has changed from type to type. It includes projected development for aircraft not built by war's end.
Then there is a section on those that survived the war, though most were eventually scrapped. Several pages on camouflage and markings are presented to us and this features several pages of full color profiles of various aircraft. As is typical of Valiant Wings books, this one also includes a section on kits, accessories and decals. Part of the increase from 64 to 146 pages is the inclusion of full build articles on the Dragon 1/72 kit, and the Tamiya 1/48 offering. There is no 1/32 full build, but a note as to where in the Valiant Wings catalogue one can find one using the Z-M kit.
In all, a most valuable reference book on the type. One that both enthusiasts and modelers alike will find useful. It is a great effort and well worth the cover price. A book I can most highly recommend to you as a reference.
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