S u m m a r y
||The Aviation Workshop
On-Target Profiles Number 8 - Photo-Reconnaissance Spitfires in
Worldwide Service by Jon Freeman
||Soft cover; A4 format;
48 pages plus covers
Price TBA -
available online from The Aviation Workshop
||Packed with attractive
profiles; many and varied colours and markings across all Spitfire PR variants;
logically organised by variant; detailed and useful captions describing ops, colours, markings and
unusual features; specific references cited; great source of inspiration for modellers.
Reviewed by Brett Green
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The latest release in the Aviation Workshop Profiles series is
"Photo-Reconnaissance Spitfires in Worldwide Service", by Jon
In common with earlier titles in the series, this 48 page soft-cover book is crammed
full of artwork of the subject - in this case 94 profiles of PR
in all marks and in worldwide service. 22 of the aircraft are depicted
in four-view diagrams on a full page. Jon Freeman's artwork will already
be familiar to many of HyperScale's visitors, and his work here is
clean, clear and very attractive.
Captions accompanying the profiles are excellent, covering colours, markings, operations and references to photos.
This is especially useful to modellers, as the artwork will provide the
inspiration; but a photo will identify a myriad of minutiae.
Three pages of reference photos include several nice wartime colour
The book is logically structured by PR Spitfire variants including
aircraft serving in the ETO, MTO, FAA and SEAC; plus post-war and
If you ever thought Spitfire camouflage was a bit boring, this book
might just change your mind. Whether your preference is pastel pinks,
greens or blues; or if your taste runs to PRU Blue by itself or in
combination with greys or white; Ocean Grey and Dark Green; or Dark
Blue, then you'll find an attractive finish to dress your Spitfire
Indeed, there are many other colour combinations covered in addition
to those mentioned in this paragraph. When theatre markings, various
styles of national markings (many featuring non-standard colours, sizes
and locations) and nose art are thrown into the mix, we are presented
with a fascinating camouflage case study.
If you want to see some of these schemes in three dimensions, there
is no shortage of available models on the marketplace. Between Tamiya,
Hasegawa, ICM, Academy and Airfix; in combination with commonly
available conversions and after-market canopies from Falcon, you should
be able to build virtually any of the aircraft depicted between the
Even better news for modellers is that Model Alliance will be
releasing three decal sheets in the near future covering subjects in
The "On Target Profiles" series has demonstrated a proven formula for
delivering a wide selection of interesting camouflage information in an
attractive and compact format.
On Target Profiles 8 - "Photo-Reconnaissance Spitfires in Worldwide
Service" is a terrific title that
will provide plenty of inspiration for modellers, and also specifically
points the reader to more photos and information.
Jon Freeman at
Model Alliance for the review sample.
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