T-33A/RT-33A Shooting Star

Published: August 12th, 2020     
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Author: Federico Anselmino
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328
Company: Aviation Collectibles
ISBN #: 978-88-90523151
Other Publication Information: Softcover 64 pages, 143 B&W and color photos and 7 color drawings
Price: $24.95
Product provided by: Casemate Publishers

This book is from the Italian Aviation Series and covers the T-33A/RT-33A mostly in Italian service. Like several other Italian aircraft book series this one too provides text and captions in both Italian and English.

Chapter one is an introduction to the design, where chapter two covers its design and beginnings with the USAF. Chapter three by far the book's largest at 45 pages covers the Shooting Star's (better known in the USA as T-bird) service to the Italian AF. The first T-33 was received in July of 1952 and the type served the IAF until March of 1982 a career of almost 30 years of uninterrupted service. Chapter four covers the use of Canadian built CT-133 in a hail preventing operation. Chapter five is a modeler's note section with building the 1/72 Heller kit of this aircraft. The book concludes with technical data and acknowledgements.

The text is well written and provides a very interesting story of T-33 service in Italy. The real treasure of this book is the many photographs, mostly in color that illustrate the wide range of liveries worn by these birds in Italian service. The 8 color profiles also provide some very colorful schemes for the modeler to be inspired by. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the T-33 or its service in Italy. If you like the T-33, you will find something of interest in this book at a very reasonable price!

My thanks to Casemate for the review copy and my thanks to IPMS/USA for the review opportunity

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