So as my last book review wasn’t really something especially for the modeller I thought that I would ensure that this next review definitely was!
For this review I am looking at the AirKraft Modelling Guide #1 which has been put together with HobbyZone and the paint manufacturer Hataka so of course their products feature heavily. This issue covers the fighters and attach aircraft of the Vietnam conflict and despite the paint manufacturers heavy presence, the builds covered offer solid advice and technique demonstrations along the way. The build articles themselves provide a very useful insight to the kits covered along with many of the aftermarket parts used too.
Whilst the title is retailed as a book I suppose it would be more accurate to describe it as a bookazine I suppose, but for the price of £10 its not too expensive for what you get with the book containing 96 pages of lovely full colour spreads. There’s also a great little introduction at the start of the book covering the history of the use of air power over Vietnam and how it was used changed the way wars were fought for decades to come. Some of the images in this section are understandably in black and white but this if anything only adds to their atmosphere.
There are a decent number of builds covered by the book and whilst there are of course multiple Phantom builds, there is a decent variety of aircraft and kit manufacturers covered in several scales, besides its not like you can ever have too many Phantoms.
The Airfames/Kits covered by the book are:
- Eduard’s 1:48 F-4J
- Hasegawa’s 1:48 F-104C Starfighter
- Eduards 1:48 F-4B
- Meng’s 1:72 F-102A Delta Dagger (Case XX)
- Rodens 1:48 JOV-1A Mowhawk
- Kinetics F-5B Freedom Fighter
- Monogram/Revell’s 1:48 F-8 Crusader
- Academy’s 1:48 Mig-21MF Fishbed
- Italeri’s 1:72 F-4C/D/J
- Tamiya’s 1:72 A-6E Intruder (Experimental Camouflage)
- Trumpeters 1:48 F-100C Super Saber
- Italeri’s 1:72 Martin B-57B Canberra
- HobbyBoss’s 1:48 MIG-17F Fresco C
- Airfix’s 1:72 Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog
- Eduard’s 1:48 A-4E/F Skyhawk
- Trumpeter’s 1:48 A-37A Dragonfly
- Fujimi’s 1:48 Grumman KA-6D Tanker
- Revell’s 1:100 AH-1G Cobra
- Airfix’s 1:48 English Electric Canberra MK.20 (RAAF)
Now I think you will agree that this is a pretty impressive list especially so you certainly get a lot of bang for your buck with this book.
Each one of the aircraft are covered by their own full colour build article, detailing the builders process from start to finish, including any aftermarket they have used, issues they have overcome, additional detailing they have scratched and the finishing techniques they have used.
Now I love the aircraft from this time period, the aircraft were all such a massive leap forward from those of the second world war and those SEA Camo schemes make them look all the more purposeful when compared to the grey schemes that many airframes sport these days, so every subject in this book is right up my street so to speak.
Personally I love this book and I look forward to looking over future issues of the series, you can get the title from SAMpublications over at http://www.sampublications.com/books/airkraft/airkraft-1-vietnam/prod_1145.html as well as other retailers.