EMB-314 Super Tucano – Brazil’s turboprop success story continues

Published: December 4th, 2018     
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Author: João Paulo Zeitoun Moralez
Reviewed by: 
Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Company: Casemate Publishers
ISBN #: 978-0997309249
Other Publication Information: Paperback 80 pages
Price: $29.95

In my stash are a couple of Hobby Boss 1/48 EMB-314 Super Tucanos. These aircraft are used by several nations as the primary and advanced trainer platforms, as well as light attack and CAS roles for their Air Force pilots. Among those air forces are those from For the modeler it represents a blank canvas for a multitude of colorful camouflage and markings. For that reason, I was eager to review this excellent reference paperback offered by Casemate Publishers.

This 80-page paperback follow-up to the EMB-312 series by the same publisher provides the modeler with a fully-packed and detailed reference book on the type. The reader will learn about the conception and development of the Super Tucano and the differences from the earlier 312 series, along with a short detailing of the Tucano's run at JPATS for the US.

The second chapter explores the development, use, and tactics employed by the Forca Aerea Brasileira (Brasilian Air Force) for the Tucano and Super Tucano series.

Many photos of actual cockpit details and exterior profiles and components will provide good modeling reference.

A third chapter provides information and color profiles for worldwide operators of the Super Tucano outside of Brazil, including Afghanistan, Angola, Burkina Faso, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Indonesia, Lebanon, Republic of Mali, Mauritania, Philippines, and the USA.

A final chapter looks at EMB's efforts to push the Super replacement for the A-10 Warthog through the US's OA-X competition.

Highly recommended for modelers interested in EMB-314 Super Tucanos modern training and light attack/CAS aircraft, and reference data.

Thanks to IPMS and Casemate Publishing for the opportunity to review this publication.

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