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Aviation Workshop
On-Target Profiles

Number 5

Supermarine Seafire
Mk.Ib - Mk.47

by Jon Freeman

Model Alliance


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: The Aviation Workshop On-Target Profiles Number 5 - The Supermarine Seafire in Fleet Air Arm and Worldwide Service by Jon Freeman
Media: Soft cover; A4 format; 44 pages plus covers
Price: GBP9.99 available online from The Aviation Workshop
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Packed with attractive profiles; many and varied colours and markings across all Seafire variants; detailed and useful captions describing ops, colours, markings and unusual features; specific references cited; great source of inspiration for modellers.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green

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The latest release in the Aviation Workshop Profiles series is The Supermarine Seafire in Fleet Air Arm and Worldwide Service, by Jon Freeman.

In common with earlier titles in the series, this book is crammed full of profiles of the subject - in this case 94 profiles of Seafires 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.

At 44 pages (plus covers), this title is slightly bigger than the earlier releases. This is partly due to wider coverage of the subject, but also because of the inclusion of more text. Each Seafire variant receives between a few paragraphs and a few pages worth of technical description and operational information. The captions are more detailed too, 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.

The book is logically structured by Seafire variant plus separate chapters for international operators. The sequence is:

  • Seafire Mk.Ib

  • Seafire Mk.IIc

  • Seafire Mk.III

  • Seafire Mk.XV and 17

  • Seafire Mk.45,46,47

  • Canadian Seafires

  • Aeronavale Seafires

  • Burmese and Irish Seafires





In my opinion, the extra captions, reference citations and descriptions in the Seafire book make a good formula even better.

On Target Profiles 5 - Supermarine Seafire is a terrific title that will provide plenty of inspiration for modellers, and also specifically points the reader to more photos and information.

The timing is excellent too, with the Grand Phoenix 1/48 scale "Ultimate" Seafire Mk.47 due for release soon, and most other Seafire variants available via either kit or conversion.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Jon Freeman at Model Alliance  for the review sample.

Review Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 26 April, 2004
Last updated 26 April, 2004

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