Reviewed by Steven Eisenman
Bulldog and Gauntlet Book
is available online from Squadron.com
Two of the Royal Air Force’s last open cockpit, biplane
fighters are given excellent treatment in this new offering in the Mushroom
Model Magazine Yellow Series.
While neither aircraft saw extensive front line action,
both achieved “kills”: the Bulldog with the Finnish Air Force and the Gauntlet
with the RAF in East Africa. The Bulldog alone is to be remembered for what it
did to the flying legend Douglas Bader.
This relatively small volume is probably not the most detailed history of either
the Bristol Bulldog or the Gloster Gauntlet. Yet, Alex Crawford has provides us
with a very well written overview of both aircraft, which will more than satisfy
most aircraft enthusiasts and modelers.
This volume follows the usual Yellow Series of being comprised of three main
sections. The first is the development and operational use of the aircraft. The
second is the “walk around” which has pictures of a restored aircraft. Finally,
the third section presents numerous profiles of the aircraft.
The author clearly and succinctly describes the development and operational use
of both aircraft with the RAF and with the air forces of other nations that
received them. There are accompanying line drawings of each Mark of these
aircraft as well as well chosen photographs of the various Marks in the service
of the various air forces.
At the end of each sub-section dealing with the operational use of the aircraft
with the various air forces, the author briefly describes the applicable
camouflage and markings. This includes a listing of each RAF squadron that used
the aircraft and the marking on the wing top unique to each squadron.
In the “walk around” section, the author has given the background of the
restored aircraft that are pictured. In the case of the Gloster Gauntlet in the
Finnish Air Force Museum, we are made aware that the original engine was not
used, thus the aircraft has a longer nose. This information adds to our
understanding, but does not diminish the pictures presented. In the case of the
Gauntlet, the pictures of the restored aircraft are supplemented with pictures
from the original technical manual.
Finally there are the profiles. These are well presented on a gray background to
give full effect to the illustrations of aluminum / aluminium doped aircraft.
The profile section also includes color illustrations of the wing-top marking of
the various RAF squadrons that used the aircraft.
This Yellow Series volume on the Bulldog and Gauntlet is
truly well done. I recommend it to every enthusiast and modeler with an interest
in the inter-war period of aviation or the RAF. It is a shame, however, that the
Bulldog and Gauntlet are not better represented in 1/48 scale mainstream
All Mushroom Model
Publications books are
available direct from
who now accept credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex, Switch)
distributors are Squadron/MMD, Australian distributors are Platypus
Publications. In Europe, the books are available from any good bookshop (via our
UK distributors, Orca). Contact MMP direct in case of difficulties.
Roger at Mushroom Model
Review Copyright © 2005 by Steven Eisenman
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