Osprey Publishing just released a new book devoted to the Escort Carriers under British Flag during World War 2. Still this book has a few paragraphs devoted to the first two Escort Carriers under Dutch Flag. They had (Dutch) Fleet Air Arm Flights detached to them, under operational control of the British, so I think they count as 'British'.
This book is relatively short at 48 pages but don't let the relatively small thickness of the book fool you. The book is packed with information. It clearly describes the need for air cover for convoys and how out of necessity many merchant ships were converted to operate as a 'proof of concept'. Once the value of the Escort Carrier was proven, the larger US industrial capacity provided the vast majority of the Escort Carriers under British Flag.
The book is broken down in the following sections.
Boeing's 737-700, -8MAX and -800 are medium sized "single aisle" jet airliners. They are easily identifiable by their single winglets, which first appeared on the -700. Later 737s have a double winglet.
I chose the 737-800 because it's the variant used by QANTAS, which I flew from Melbourne to Cairns Australia in the spring of 2019.
The Scale Aircraft Conversions Set
You get two sets of gear parts in this set. This could be useful if you decide you also want to do a -800 or even a -8MAX. The parts are all white metal, and they fit nicely in place of the kit parts.
This is the 5th of the MMP Single series. This book is for the modeler who is going to build this aircraft. There's no real text, other than the photo captions but there's a bunch of good information to help build and detail a MiG-17F.
The first 5 pages are line drawings in 1/72 and 1/48 scale. Then 4 pages of detail drawings of canopy, landing gear, instrument panel, and aircraft construction detail.
There follows 8 pages of black/white photos of aircraft details and in service. Finally, 3 pages of color photos, and a large 3-view of a Lim-5 in full color which takes up the last 3 pages.
The photos give a very good idea of what the aircraft looked like when in service, and the color photos are wonderful in that they give good color info on the cockpit interior.
This was done in conjunction with the Platz 1/144 F-5E/N kit which I also reviewed.
This set consists of a brass pitot, two 20mm guns, and a fairing which can replace one of the guns.
The upgrade is pretty simple. You get a .3mm drill. Remove the kit pitot and drill a hole there. The guns require a little more work, as there isn't a good place to start drilling. I began by using a #1 blade to dig the guns out, then drilled the .3 mm holes. Then I installed the pitot and the guns. I had to use a little filler under the guns to get them looking good.
All Phantom Fans have heard of the famous VF-154 Black Knights. This decal set from AOA provides an excellent set of four markings for the F-4J during the 1970's. This sheet covers one Navy fighter squadron - VF-154 Black Knights - when they operated the F-4J Phantom in the 1970's. From the AOA website:
Marking Options Included:
- USS Ranger [Vietnam] (1970-71) - standard scheme
- USS Ranger [Vietnam] (1972-73) - CAG & standard scheme
- NAS Miramar (1977-78) - CAG scheme
AOA states that there are markings for the centerline fuel tank for the 1972+ period. You will notice that the fuel tank is quite visible on the illustrations of the F-4J provided by AOA in the packaging.
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ENJOY THIS VIDEO giving details of the upcoming 1:72 scale Airfix Avro Vulcan B.2. This is looks to be a very exciting kit for anyone with an interest in military aviation of the Cold War era.
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