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Scimitar and other airplanes

10 Apr
2012

Scimitar and other airplanes,airplane models

Following Wyvern from the Cockpit from the same author and publisher, this is a similar treatment of another nautical heavyweight. Mixing a fine collection of photographs with a narrative history of the aircraft, from the perspective of those who had much to do with the type in service, it includes a selection of ‘pilot stories’ of a very familiar and entertaining nature (it’s not difficult to visualise the hand movements in some of them!). Given the Scimitar’s limited use it has been possible to cover many aspects of its service within a relatively small compass, and I was particularly intrigued by the descriptions of the use and the limitations of the Bullpup missile, which I don’t think I’ve seen before (and of which I have several in my spares box). With the exception of those on the cover, none of the photographs are in colour, but Roger Chesneau has provided 12 colour profiles and a four-view of XD321/104 when it was flown by the author with No. 800 NAS. It is not surprising that the Scimitar has not featured in kit lists since the Frog offering of the 1960s – apart from the excellent Dynavector 1:48 vacform. However, about a year ago I squirreled away the new Czechmaster resin, and this book strongly suggests to me that I should start looking for it. Given the apparent success of the Trumpeter Wyvern, perhaps we should have some hope? Even discounting that possibility, I strongly recommend this book as giving a real feel for what it was like to fly this very British aircraft.

Nieuport Flyers of the Lafayette 

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Undoubtedly one of the best-known French squadrons of World War I, Lafayette was primarily manned by American volunteers, before the United States began its ‘official’ involvement in the conflict.This is a ‘special’ and is larger than a Datafile, with some 40 pages. The text covers the operations of this unit with special emphasis on the pilots. This is reflected in the photographs, the majority of which include named members of Lafayette.

Mirage F1

Scimitar and other airplanes,model ships

This is the first of a new series of books from this company. Following on from the On Target publications, they offer comprehensive coverage of their subject to help with the building of the model rather than just the paintwork. This is an 80-page A4 softback, illustrated in colour throughout and divided into five chapters: Operators, Mirage F. l at War, Scale Plans, Special Schemes and lastly, In Detail. As well as being used by the coming 1:32 kits, Albatros has included a set of plans in this scale covering the Nieuport 11, 16, 17 and 21. The book itself also includes the type 23, 24 and 24bis and this is reflected in the large French this aircraft was exported to many countries, and this is reflected in the artwork and text. As well as the aforementioned, there are schemes from Morocco, Libya, number of colour profiles – 28 in all plus some multi-views. I suspect that these will be the main focus for many modellers. Like US pilots in World War II, these men liked to decorate their aircraft; this book is full of such examples. The Sioux Indian head motif is well known, but some of the others may not be. When it came to lettering, some of the artists seemed to get carried away with the style, and art nouveau was clearly in vogue. Some aircraft carried multiple-letter monograms and others single letters. The oddest must have been a Type 16 with the word ‘Bert’ on each side – at some time a certain amount of repainting also took place, after battle damage. This resulted in the starboard-side art nouveau motif being replaced with

South Africa, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Ecuador, Spain and Greece. Service with each air arm is described, the amount of text depending on the extent of the country’s use. This is all supported by a large number of colour photographs. The second section deals with military operations, again supplemented by photographs and artwork. This is followed by 1:72 plans of all the variants, plus 1:72 and 1:48 plans of ordnance. When it comes to the Special Schemes section, the artists really went to town with their subject. The inside front cover illustrates an F1C with blue and ‘ermine’ upper surfaces. Some of the other Armee de I’Air schemes use red and white to great affect. More crude letters, and to make matters worse, it was written backwards! Although many of these schemes require specialist decals, it is possible to reproduce some with the careful use of single-colour decal sheet. One such aircraft is a Type 11, the mount of Cpl McDonnell, with a white ‘footprint’ on the side; seemingly this was the motif of the ‘Hot Foot Society’ of the University of Virginia.I am sure this volume will find favour with enthusiasts of the World War I period, and once again Albatros has come up trumps with another ‘must have’ reference.

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