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Aircraft in Detail #002
Duke Hawkins:
F-16 Fighting Falcon

Flying in Air Forces Around the World

by N. Deboeck and R. Pied

HMH Publications

S u m m a r y

Publisher and Title:

Aircraft in Detail #002
Duke Hawkins: F-16 Fighting Falcon
Flying in Air Forces Around the World

HMH Publications

ISBN: None quoted
Media:

108 pages; soft cover; square format (240 x 240)

Price:

22.00plus shipping available online from HMH Publications

USD$30.70 plus shipping available online from Hannants

GBP£22 EU/Export Price plus shipping available online from Hannants

Review Type: First Read
Advantages: An amazing array of photographs of the F-16, both in the air and on the ground. The detail is clear and will certainly be beneficial to modellers seeking detailing references.
Disadvantages: None noted
Conclusion:

This book becomes the new “must have” F-16 photographic reference book.


Reviewed by David Couche



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FirstRead



This is the second publication put out by HMH Publications and the authors, N. Deboeck & R. Pied. Like Graham Carter in his earlier review of the #001 Jaguar book, it took me a number of reads and a visit to their web site to ascertain that the ‘Duke Hawkins” tag is more like the “Yellow Series” from Mushroom Publications, despite the blurb on the back covers (inside and out) seeming to be a personal statement.

 

 

That said, however, the book is a pure symphony of crisp, clear and at times, ultra-detailed photographs of the F-16. Many of the inflight photographs show detail levels not seen before. Many of the photos presented were actually taken by F-16 pilots themselves. Brief and informative text explains each of the photos, leaving the emphasis on the photos and not the text. As a keen F-16 modeller, my go to bible, especially for earlier F-16 detail has been the venerable Verlinden Lock-On #1. Well, this has really surpassed it and set the new benchmark for the F-16 detail books.

This books provides close up access to all the F-16 variants in service today from the MLU up till the F-16 E/F block 60, in service with 23 different countries.

 

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This book opens with a general overview of the Falcon, moves on through the variants and then we hit the detailed sections.

Sections cover every detail of:

  • Airframes

  • Cockpit

  • Engines (P&W & GE)

  • Landing Gear

  • Maintenance

  • Defence and Ordinance

Action section with aircraft from many countries.

 

 

Conclusion

 

If you are looking for photographic references for that detailing project on an F-16, then this book going to provide the high quality images you required. I am impressed by this publication so much, that as a keen Jaguar modeller, I will be purchasing the #001 book in the series as review by Graham Carter and look forward to further publications from this publisher and authors…..whoever they may be!

Thanks to HMH Publications for the sample.


Review Copyright 2018 by David Couche
This Page Created on 16 March, 2018
Last updated 16 March, 2018

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