volume in the Finnish Air Force History series provides a very good overview of
two great British aircraft in the service of the FAF. Finland bought 12
Hurricanes, with only 10 making it into service. As for the Gladiator, the
Finns received 30 Gladiators, ten of which were gifts, the rest were purchased.
The book covers
both aircraft in the same well organized manner. Each section begins with a
description of the development of the aircraft, its manner of procurement, a
description of the camouflage and its specifications in FAF service.
The volume then
goes on to give a brief chronological narrative of each aircraft in FAF
service. In the section on the Gladiator, the authors include a description of
the service of Flygflottilj 19 (F 19) in Northern Finland during the Winter
War. This was a unit of Swedish volunteers who flew their J8 Gladiators and
Harts in support of the Finns.
As with all the
other volumes in this series, this one is full of excellent photographs. There
are a few that deserve particular attention. First there are two very good
photos of a VVS Hurricane IIb, BM 959 White (Silver?) 60. This is the well
known aircraft with the wolf on the fin and rudder. But even with that picture,
I am unable to determine whether the wolf and number are white or silver or
whether the letters over the red star are yellow, white or silver.
pictures of note are of the Swedish J8 Gladiators of F 19 just prior to their
departure from Finland, when they had their Finnish markings painted over.
These are some of the clearest, most sharply focused pictures of these aircraft
I have ever seen.
are a series of 1/72 scale line drawings of the Hurricane and Gladiator.
For the aircraft
modeler, this volume may provide a few surprises, particularly with regard to
the Hawker Hurricane.
surprise is that it appears that not many of the Mk. I Hurricanes purchased by
the Finnish Air Force had fabric wings. Of the ten Hurricanes that made it into
service, out of the twelve purchased, only three had fabric wings: HU (later
HC/HC-) 451,455 and 456. HU462 had fabric wings, but never made it to Finland.
surprise was that the Hurricanes in the Dark Green and Dark Earth RAF scheme did
not have all aluminum undersides. Rather, the Hurricanes arrived in Finland in
the factory applied RAF scheme that included black and white wings in a certain
pattern. Sorry, Iím not going to give away the details of the plot. The all
aluminum undersides apparently were applied after the Hurricanes received their
FAF warpaint of Olive Green and Black. Hurricanes repainted after May 1942
received the DN Light Blue underside.
I must admit,
the Hurricanes in the RAF scheme with yellow under-wing tips and fuselage band
(but not a yellow nose) are quite colorful, and different.
For fans of
either the Gladiator or Hurricane or the FAF (or all of them) this newest volume
will make an excellent addition to your library. For the Hurricane modelers, in
1/48, no matter whether you go with the Classic Airframes fabric wing or
Hasegawa metal wing Mk. I, or both, this book will be an excellent resource in
painting your model. If you have a Roden Gladiator and are into a bit of
scratch building, this volume will provide some great inspiration and detail if
you decide to open the gun bays.
A selection of pictures and color profiles in this book may be seen
on the Kari Stenman Publishing web site.
for the sample.
All Keri Stenman
Publishing books are available
direct from the publishers,
who now accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard).
Review Copyright © 2005 by
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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