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Battle of Britain
Their Finest Hour

Valiant Wings Publishing
Airframe Extra No.3

S u m m a r y

Publisher and Title:

Airframe Extra 3
Battle of Britain, Their Finest Hour

ISBN: 978-0-9930908-6-8
Media:

Magazine style book comprising of 90 pages plus gloss front and back cover.

Price: Available online from Valiant Wings Publishing for £7.95 plus shipping
and and stockists worldwide.
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: The benefit of both excellent written historical covereage, extensive profiles of the aircraft involved and excellent build articles from respected modellers.
Disadvantages: None noted.
Conclusion:

A great quick reference book for this period with some very helpful material. Recommended


Reviewed by Mick Drover



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FirstRead

 

The fifth release in the Airframe Extra series by Valiant Wings covers the Battle of Britain in detail. This release is covered in 90 pages within an A4 style magazine.

The books covers the aerial protagonists from this period in historical prose, period photographs of subjects, colour profiles and 1/48th and 1/72nd builds by well know modellers Steve Evans and Libor Jekl. A handy reference guide for the colours used during the battle by the RAF, Luftwaffe and Reggia Aeronautica are supplied in Arcylic colours by GS Mr Acqueous, Humbrol, Lifecolor, Tamiya and Xtracrylic. Equvalent enamel colours are supplied in the Humbrol, Revell, White Ensign and Xtracrylic line.

An excellent week-by-week, day-by-day historical summary is covered in the four phases of the battle in the history section of the book. This is an excellent summary of the battle given the approximate 20 pages that it is covered in.

 

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The contents of the book are as follows:

  • Covers aerial operations by by the RAF, Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica across the phases of battle.

  • Historical narrative by Richard A. Franks

  • Numerous period images

  • 70+ colour profiles by Richard Caruana

  • Specially commissioned kit builds of six models:

      • 1/32nd Trumpeter Messerscmitt Bf-109E3 , Special Hobby Fiat G.50 and Revell Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II by Steve Evans

      • 1/48 Eduard Meserscmitt Bf-110C by Steve Evans

      • 1/72 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk I and Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant by Libor Jekl

 

 

Conclusion

 

The Battle of Britain was an important time in history for both sides of the war and this book provides excellent coverage in numerous outlets. I’ve mentioned in previous reviews for this series that these books are an excellent ‘go-to’ book for some great high level coverage of the topic. The additional profiles by Richard Caruana and models by Steve Evans and Libor Jekl really set the book off. I’m happy to have this in my library.

Recommended.

Thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for the sample.


Review Copyright 2016 by Mick Drover
This Page Created on 23 November, 2016
Last updated 23 November, 2016

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