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French Wings 4
Loire et Oliver LeO 45

Stratus Books

 

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Catalogue Number, Description and ISBN:

French Wings 4 - Loire et Oliver LeO 45

ISBN: 978-83-61421-77-1

Contents & Media:

80 pages, soft-cover A-4 portrait format, 125 photographs, 38 colour profiles and views.

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Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Detailed development and service histories, excellent photos and illustrations, attractive layout, informative and easy to read.

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Conclusion:

This book is by far the most informative English-language publication I have read about this famous French bomber. It is valuable resource for LeO 45 fans, and is highly recommended.


Reviewed by Mark Davies


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This review deals with the fourth volume in The French Wings series, published in English by Stratus Books of Poland in conjunction with FrRom of France (the same FrRom who release kits under the Azur-FrRom brand. This soft-cover A4 portrait format booklet covers the Leo 45 and its derivatives, and covers service with the Armee de l’Air, Aeronavale, Vichy French AF, Free French AF, Luftwaffe, and even the USAAF (a captured example).

 

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It includes a detailed description of the aircraft’s design, development and derivatives. Despite its modern appearance, the narrative reveals that the design had several weaknesses, and was under-developed when it first saw service. It goes on to give a thorough account of operations, reflecting a considerable amount of research. The text is interspersed with numerous excellent photos, many apparently previously unpublished.

There is much that will appeal to the scale modeller as well; including close-up photos of key details, scale cutaway plans and other technical illustrations from period manuals, as well as very nicely rendered colour plans and profiles of various eye-catching colour schemes.

I have always had an interest in the LeO 45, and this book is by far the most informative English-language publication I have read about this famous French bomber. French aircraft of the 1930’s and 40’s are not everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who do appreciate the subject, this book is a valuable resource and is highly recommended.

Thanks to MMP Books  for the sample.


All MMP Books are available direct from the publishers, who now accept credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex, Switch)  

North American distributors are MMD, Australian distributors are Platypus Publications. In Europe, the books are available from any good bookshop (via our UK distributors, Orca). Contact MMP direct in case of difficulties. 

Thanks to Roger at MMO Books  for the sample.


Review Copyright 2015 by Mark Davies
This Page Created on 28 October, 2015
Last updated 28 October, 2015

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