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TopShots 11012

A-10 Thunderbolt II

by Tom Zmuda 



S u m m a r y

Publisher and Catalogue Details: TopShots 11012 A-10 Thunderbolt II by Tom Zmuda
Media and Contents: Soft cover, 42 pages
Price: USD$13.96 available online from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Clear, sharp, colour photographs, views of normally hidden detail, decals well printed.
Disadvantages: Unique size format
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Mick Evans

Kagero's TopShots A-10 Thunderbolt II is available online from Squadron.com



This new title from Kagero Publishing is in a different format and size to other releases from this publisher that I have seen in the past. The book measures 24cm x 17cm and contains 42 pages.

The quality of the paper, photographs and printing is excellent. There is very little text on the story and background of the A10 with the publisher opting for detail photographs with both English and Polish captions.

The publication contains 124 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. 1 colour side profile displaying two tone grey scheme worn in the Gulf War in 2003 is included on the back cover. There are some very detailed photographs of the 30mm tank buster cannon and the ammunition feed as well as the other weaponry carried by this unique aircraft. The detail photographed in the wheel wells and cockpit will be very useful to any modeler wishing to super detail any of the current kits on the market.


Also included is a set of decals printed by Techmod in 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scales depicting 80-0258 BC from the 172 FS 110 FW MI ANGB which was hit by an Iraqi SAM missile over Bagdad on April 8 2003. The sheet is crisply printed and looks to have good colour saturation.

This is a very concise and helpful reference for any modeler wanting to build and detail an A10 Thunderbolt.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to Squadron for the review sample

Review Copyright 2005 by Mick Evans
Page Created 9 August, 2005
Last updated 9 August, 2005

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