Combat Edge-War Fighters in Detail: US Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler

Published: May 8th, 2017     
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Author: Text and Artwork- Andy Evans
Reviewed by: 
Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: SAM Publications
ISBN #: 9780995546011
Other Publication Information: Soft bound, 84 pages in full color, 200mm x 240mm
Price: $122.93
Product / Stock #: Combat Edge #2

This second book in the new Combat Edge series from SAM Publications deals with the US Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler. The book has a beautiful cover shot in glossy relief of a Prowler coming right at you.  The book covers the history and development of the Prowler, its operational history as well as a walk around and beautiful color profiles. Lastly, there are three unbelievable builds of the Prowler. More on these later.

The chapters included in the book are:

  • EA-6B Origins
  • The EA-6A- Electronic Intruders
  • The EA-6B
  • The Prowler at War
  • Walk Around
  • Color Profiles
  • Prowler Galleries
  • The EA-6B in Scale

Each chapter is lavishly illustrated and starts with the development or the EA-6A which was a modified Intruder which led to the specifically designed EA-6B. The story and pictures then progress to the EA-6B's war record from Vietnam to Afghanistan. There is a great walk around that covers not only the plane but the jamming pods and weapons. A second walk around covers EA-6B BuNo 160437 of the VAQ-142 Grey Wolves which has a different color scheme with a dark grey mottle. A last walk around covers EA-6B BuNo 161120 from VAQ-133 Wizards in an Afghan Desert Scheme. This then moves to five pages of color profiles and a cutaway drawing. Lastly there is a gallery of wonderfully marked EA-6B's on land and at sea.

Lastly, there are three fantastic builds of Kinetics 1/48th scale EA-6B Prowler.

  • Hyun Soo Kim builds an EA-6B from VAQ-132 Scorpions as seen aboard the USS John Kennedy. The kit is fully open and Mr. Kim builds an entire aircraft carrier deck along with crew and tugs. Wow!
  • James Ashton builds an EA-6B from VAQ-133 Wizards in a brown Afghan Color Scheme
  • Florent Welter details an EA-6B from VAQ-136 based in Atsugi Japan. He added Wolfpack, Royale Resin, Steel Beach FOD's and an Aires cockpit

To me, these are master works and you can spend quite a bit of time looking at the detail.

This is a wonderful book and the including of the three builds really aims this towards modelers. Highly recommended.

My thanks to SAM Publications for the opportunity to review this excellent book.

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