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HISTORIA (FINNISH AIR FORCE HISTORY) No. 10 - Bristol
by Kalevi Keskinen & Kari Stenman
||Soft cover; B5 Format
(7 x 10 inches); 96 pages plus covers
27 Euros from Kari Stenman Publishing
with English subtitles; nine color profiles; good English
Reviewed by Steven
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great pleasure, Kari Stenman Publishing has re-issued another volume in
the Finnish Air Force History series. This time it is Volume 10, the
October, 1936, Finland became Bristol’s first foreign customer for the
Blenheim. Between outright purchases and those built under license by
the Finnish State Aircraft Factory (VL), the Finnish Air Force acquired
a total of 97 Blenheims.
Finns flew both the Blenheim Mk. I and “long nose” Mk. IV. It should be
noted that the Finns gave different designations to VL built Mk. I and
IV equivalents. But, considering they only used the two basic types, and
serial numbers are the important marking device, it is easy to keep it
previous volumes in this series, this one is filled with many excellent
photographs. There are pictures of at least 54 individual aircraft.
Many of these are shown in their different camouflage schemes: dark
green and dark earth, the simple dark green, black and green and natural
metal in the post war period.
volume has a good English language text at the back. There is a brief,
but good overview of the origins of the Blenheims. There are also
sections on the combat service, from the Winter through Lapland Wars, of
the four squadrons that were equipped with Blenheims – LLv 42, LLv 44,
LLv 46 and LLv 48. Finally, the individual history of each Blenheim is
complaint is the absence of a section, in English, on the camouflage
applications. It would have helped to understand the whys and
wherefores of the various schemes and the various underside colors. For
example, it seems that the first Blenheims to arrive from Bristol had a
single dark green top-side scheme whereas subsequent aircraft from
Bristol were in dark green and dark earth. It may have had to do with
the fact that the first group arrived prior to the outbreak of war, and
subsequent deliveries were after the war began. But I can only surmise
that this was the case.
excellent volume in the series. I highly recommend it to the usual
group of suspects - lovers of Blenheims, the FAF or small air forces.
The one thing that may result from buying this book is an uncontrollable
urge to take out and dust off that old Classic Airframes Blenheim kit
and tackle those resin wheel wells. Also, if I remember correctly the In
Scale sheet of decals for Blenheims, AC019, is actually for 1/48 scale.
A selection of pictures and color profiles in this book may be seen on
the Kari Stenman Publishing web site at