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In Canadian Service Aircraft No.1 


Freedom Fighter

by Anthony L Stachiw
with Anthony Tattersall


Vanwell Publishing Canada


S u m m a r y

Title, Author and Publisher: In Canadian Service Aircraft No1
Canadair CF-5 Freedom Fighter
by Anthony L Stachiw with Anthony Tattersall
Vanwell Publishing Canada
Media: Soft Cover;
Price: USD$22.00 / CAN$30.00
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: High quality photos; attractive profiles; helpful summary of history and the fate of each airframe; includes modelling summary; great format for modellers
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by
Mick Evans

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This new publication from Vanwell Publishing is in a format similar to Osprey Publishing. The quality of paper, photographs and printing is excellent.

The story starts with the Northrop YF-5A and the transition to the CF-5A. The first chapter in this publication is dedicated to the development by Northrop, for YF-5A and finishes with the definitive F-5E.

The publication contains 89 photographs with the majority being printed in colour, which is very handy when viewing the aggressor aircraft in their multi colour schemes.

Many detailed line drawings are included and many of these look like they have come from the original manufacturers maintenance manuals. 6 colour side profiles displaying different schemes worn by various aircraft of the CAF is also included. A very eye catching scheme is that of the aggressor aircraft in its 3 tone grey lizard, grey and ghost camouflage schemes. A detailed breakdown lists the history and final fate of all of the aircraft delivered to the CAF.

At the back of the publication is a section on models available in 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scales. This chapter describes the accuracy of the kits and decals available at the time of publishing. A short list of aftermarket parts is also included for the modeler who wants to add the extra parts.

In summary, this is a very concise and complete reference for any modeler wanting to build a Canadian CF-5A or D.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to Vanwell Publishing for the review sample

Review Copyright 2005 by Mick Evans
This Page Created on 01 April, 2005
Last updated 31 March, 2005

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