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Grumman JF/J2F Duck, Naval Fighters Number 84

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Grumman JF/J2F Duck, Naval Fighters Number 84
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton - IPMS# 21985
Company: Ginter Books

There were many different types of aircraft needed to win World War II. The Grumman Duck was certainly one of them!! Designed and built before the war, these biplanes performed many specialized missions. Rescuing downed aircrew, and spotting for those huge guns on the battleships were only a few of the many jobs it did, and it seemed every squadron had a Duck hanging around as a hack. Unglamorous to a fault, and tough and rugged, the perfect combination!!

This is the latest book by prolific aviation author Steve Ginter. The softbound book is printed on heavy paper, and contains 128 pages of text and photographs. The front and back cover contain the only color plate photos, the rest of the pictures are in black and white. All are very clear and combine to provide a nice photo essay of this aircraft. There are two interesting cut away photos that show the interior framing, complete with crewmen. Many of the remainder depict the Duck in operational poses, such as loading out on a carrier, picking up downed airmen, or just sitting on a ramp somewhere.

The book also contains plenty of information on the aircrafts infrastructure.

Vought F8U-3, Crusader III/Super Crusader

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Vought F8U-3, Crusader III/Super Crusader
Reviewed by: Perry Downen - IPMS# 44000
Company: Ginter Books

Crusader III (Naval Fighters # 87) is a paperback book measuring 8-1/2" X 11" and consists of 92 pages. The cover and pages are printed on polished paper. The book is full of sharp black and white photographs only with accompanying text. Also included are 3-view drawings, comparison tables, line drawings and performance charts.

The author begins by setting the stage for one of the closest aircraft selection competitions the Navy ever experienced. It began in 1953 when Vought's F8U-1 Crusader beat out McDonnell's entry for a high-performance day fighter. When the Navy went looking for an all-weather (night) fighter, the competition began.

Thompson states, "The Navy also preferred to deploy two different carrier-based fighters with complementary attributes..." In addition, having different fighters with different engines in a carrier group ensured a degree of safety in case one engine or aircraft type had a problem.

HISPANO 20mm CANNON & .50cal IN FAIRINGS

Published: October 17th, 2010     
HISPANO 20mm CANNON & .50cal IN FAIRINGS
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano - IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

It seems that Master Model has raised the bar a little more with their Air Master Series. These awesome little pieces are designed and produced in Poland, and run the gambit with accessories from aircraft to ships in scales from 1/72 to 1/350. You have to visit their website to see it all, and more than likely you will be ordering something from them.

In this case I happen to be reviewing the Air Master Series of the 1/32 early Spitfire E-Wing which contains two Hispano 20mm cannons and two .50 cal machine guns in fairings. According to Master Models, these are turned brass pieces which are made to exact scale specs.

BAC TSR.2-Lost Tomorrows of an Eagle

Published: October 17th, 2010     
BAC TSR.2-Lost Tomorrows of an Eagle
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328

This book is not so much a "what-if", but more of a "what might have been" story. Everything is based on surviving tech orders, ads, and other papers that show what the RAF wanted to use the TSR.2 for, as well as the schemes it would have worn and weapons that would have been carried. Like its Canadian cousin the Avro Arrow, it has become the stuff of myth and legend.

The book is profusely illustrated with artwork, showing various markings and paint jobs that will give the modeler looking for something other than the prototype's white paint scheme a lot to ponder. Like wise, the various weapons load outs will spark the modeler's imagination.

I found this to be a well-researched and laid out book. The author has done his best to cover all possibilities of the what, where, and how of aircraft assignments. Also included are operations had the TSR.2 entered service.

F-5E Nellis Gomers

Published: October 17th, 2010     
F-5E Nellis Gomers
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol - IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48

Background

Twobob's latest releases showcase markings for US Air Force "Aggressor" F-5E Tiger II's seeing service from the early-1970's through the late 1980's. This review showcases markings from Nellis-based "Gomers" assigned to the 64th and 65th Aggressor Squadrons.

The squadrons deployed throughout US and overseas to teach adversarial tactics and provide dissimilar air combat training to US Air Force flying units from October 1972 to June 1990. The units currently operate F-16C and F-15C aircraft in similar roles, as part of the regular Red Flag cadre at Nellis AFB, NV.

US Air Force F-5E's saw "Gomer" duty from 1975 until 1990 as noted at Nellis, and also with the 527th Aggressor Squadron at Alconbury RAF in the UK and the 26th Aggressor Squadron at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. Upon USAF upgrading its Aggressor units to F-16's in 1989, some of the USAF F-5E's found their way to the US Marine Corps to replace their F-21s. The U.S. Navy used the F-5E extensively at the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and with other active and reserve squadrons providing for Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT).

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