Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
TBM-3 Avenger is available online from Squadron.com
Topshots is yet another series in the range of book from
the Polish company, Kagero.
Kagero's Topshots series is of the photographic walk-around
genre. To date, only three others have been released with this, the TBM-3 being
the third in the series.
The photographic coverage is of four different machines,
all of them restored examples. The photos themselves have all been mixed
together so that, whilst the subject may be cowlings for example, you are
presented with shots of each of the machines.
The book has been laid out so that you get two pages of
colour followed by two pages of black and white. Layout varies between four
shots per page in the main to a maximum of seven shots per page.
Being a photographic type book, text is minimal. You are
given an initial and thumbnail history of the aircraft in English language and
the remainder of text is confined to captions to the photographs apart from a
small box that gives you technical data – weights, dimensions, armament and the
like. The captions to the photos are in both the English and the Polish
book is B5 in size – 240mm x 166mm and landscape in format. It is made up of 42
glossy pages between thin cardboard covers. You are treated to 103 colour
photographs and 70 black and white ones. All of the pics are sharp and clear.
As seems to be the custom with Kagero, you are also treated
to a set of decals with the book. The decals are for two aircraft and are in
1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale. The aircraft are:
- VC-83 from USS Sargent Bay. In tri-colour camouflage.
- VC-9 from USS Natoma Bay (not Nato Mabay as Kagero
have printed it as). In overall glossy sea blue finish.
The decals are confined to just modex numbers and geodetic
designs only and have been printed by Techmod. The back cover of the book
carries profile paintings of both machines.
All up, not a bad product and it will surely help you with
detailing you next masterpiece.
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
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