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Henschel Hs123
A Technical Guide

by Richard A. Franks

Valiant Wings Publishing
Airframe Detail No.7

S u m m a r y

Publisher and Title:

Henschel Hs123 - A Technical Guide

by Richard Franks

Airframe Detail No.7

Valiant Wings Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-912932-04-7
Media: Hard cover; 64 pages.
Price:


GBP£13.95 plus shipping available online from Valiant Wings

GBP£13.95 plus shipping available online from Hannants

and stockists worldwide.

Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Excellent clear layout with great images and reproductions of technical information, terrific camouflage and marking information, excellent build of a model and an extensive list of modelling bits and bobs that should delight all modellers of this aircraft.
Disadvantages: None noted.
Conclusion:

This is definitely a volume that any modeller looking to add this aircraft to their collection should have on the shelf and bench. Highly recommended.


Reviewed by Graham Carter



 

FirstRead

 

Following the usual and well-received format of this series, this volume on the Hs123 consists of 64 quality gloss pages case-bound in gloss card covers with B&W and colour images on front and back. 

The Introduction of eleven pages covers the development of the aircraft, its three versions, and history and service of the aircraft in several campaigns, from the Spanish Civil War through WWII and with Austria, China, Portugal and Spain into the 1950s as both a dive bomber and trainer.

 

 

Section 1 provides a 24 page Technical Description using contemporary images, a few modern colour images, and extensive drawings from the technical manual of the time. These are in German but come with English translations. This will be of immeasurable use to the modeller as well as the aviation technophile or historian.

 

 

Section 2 will be of even greater use to the modeller as its eighteen pages cover the different camouflage schemes carried by the aircraft in German and Spanish service, right through until the 1950s. Each scheme is covered in text, drawings and colour schemes and these are really nicely presented and reproduced from originals by Richard Caruana.

 

 

Section 3 is detailed build of the GasPatch models 1/48 kit by renowned modeller Steve Evans. Excellent close-up shots and text explain how he produced a splendid early war version and many hints and tips will be appreciated by other modellers.

 

 

The final pages are taken up with four Appendices which give exhaustive lists of

 i. kits in all scales, 

 ii. Accessories and masks in all scales,

 iii. Decals in all scales and then list of

 iv. References ; official documents, publications and periodicals.

A most useful reference for modellers and aviation historians

 

 

Conclusion

 

This is definitely a volume that any modeller looking to add this aircraft to their collection should have on the shelf and bench. Highly recommended.

Thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for the sample.


Review Copyright 2020 by Graham Carter
This Page Created on 20 October, 2020
Last updated 20 October, 2020

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