by Krzystof Barcz
S u m m a r y
TopShots 11010 Panavia Tornado
||Soft cover, 34 pages
USD$13.46 available online from Squadron.com
Clear, sharp, colour photographs; views of normally hidden
detail; bonus canopy masking sheet
||Unique size format
Reviewed by Mick Evans
Tornado book is
available online from Squadron.com
This new publication from Kagero Publishing is in a different format
and size to other books that I have seen in the past.
The book measures 24cm x 17cm and contains 34 pages. The quality of the
paper, photographs and printing is excellent. There is very little text
on the story and background of the Tornado with the publisher opting for
detail photographs with both English and Polish captions.
The introduction explains the forming of the multinational company
Panavia by BAC (British Aircraft Corporation), MBB (Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm),
Fiat Aviazone, and VFW- Fokker. The Dutch company VFW_Fokker left the
project shortly after the formation of the company to pursue purchase of
US built aircraft.
The publication contains 117 photographs all printed in colour, which is
very handy when it comes to a reference for detail painting. A few
detailed line drawings are included and many of these look like they
have come from the original manufacturers maintenance manuals.
The book mainly covers the ground attack versions with photographs of
the German Air Force and Navy aircraft and the RAF GR1 and GR4 versions.
There are some very detailed photographs of the engine nozzles and
thrust reverser buckets as well as the full range of weaponry used by
The detail photographed in the wheel wells and cockpit is excellent and
will be very useful to any modeler wishing to super detail any of the
current kits on the market. The 1/48 scale kits currently on the market
suffer from a lack of detail and such close up detail photographic
reference is essential.
Also included with the book is a bonus is a set of canopy masks in both
1/72, and 1/48. The sheet is crisply cut and looks to be very flexible.
In summary, this is a very concise and complete reference for any
modeler wanting to build and detail a tornado in any scale.
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2005 by Mick Evans
Page Created 22 November, 2005
Last updated 22 November, 2005
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