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The Korean War - The First Jet vs Jet Air Battles

Valiant Wings Publishing
Airframe Extra No.2

S u m m a r y

Publisher and Title: Valiant Wings Publications – Airframe Extra No. 2
The Korean War - The First Jet vs Jet Air Battles
ISBN: 978-0-9930908-2-0
Media: Soft Cover, spiral bound, 220 x 212mm format, 120 pages, with colour images throughout
Price: Available online from Valiant Wings Publishing and Hannants for £7.95, and stockists worldwide.
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Excellent builds and reference.
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Conclusion:

Reasonably priced and well researched and presented I recommend grabbing a copy of this magazine.


Reviewed by Mark Davies



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FirstRead

 

This is the second of the Airframe Extra magazines that is currently being released quarterly by Valiant Wings from the UK. In this series of magazines the content follows either a historical or themed event. In this case it looks at the Korean War conflict and the aircraft that served during those years.

Patrick Branly opens the book with an excellent historical review of the land and air war with excellent period photos taken from the Jose Fernandez collection. I am a child of the seventies and my knowledge of the Korean War and what caused the conflict is limited. Patrick has done a great job in discussing the conflict within the fifteen pages that the article is written in.

 

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Richard Caruana has provided more than 60 aircraft profiles generally grouped into nationality and type. Many types that served in the conflict from both North Korean and allied air forces are covered.

Libor Jekl has provided two excellent 1/72 scale builds. The first is the recently released Eduard MiG-15 bis and the second is the Special Hobby Seafire FR Mk 47. In both builds Libor is more than happy to point out the pros and cons of each model and remedies where appropriate. He is also forthcoming in sharing many tips and techniques within each of his builds. Something that other publications sometimes leave wanting.

Steve Evans has supplied two builds in the 1/48 category. Firstly is the Italeri F7F-3N Tigercat that is provided with an excellent build commentary accompanied with some great images explaining some of the enhancements that he made particularly to the droop nose. His second build, again in 1/48 scale , is the Special Hobby Firefly FR.5 Steve rounds out the builds with comprehensive coverage of the Kinetic F-86 Sabre in  the larger 1/32 category.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Many magazine release nowadays are quite brief in the build descriptions and well dosed with ads to cover some of the production costs. This magazine goes against the grain and keeps the ads brief and the builds comprehensive. Choosing a specific theme for each issue will certainly keep the interest level high as plenty of historical information is provided to get the juices flowing.

Reasonably priced and well researched and presented I recommend grabbing a copy of this magazine. At the time of this review Valiant Wings had just release their third issue themed around the Battle of Britain.

Our thanks to Mark Peacock from Valiant Wings for the sample.

Thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for the sample.


Review Copyright 2015 by Mick Drover
This Page Created on 26 November, 2015
Last updated 26 November, 2015

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