S u m m a r y
||Detail and Scale Volume
67 - AD Skyraider by Bert Kinzey
||Soft cover; 8½" x 11" in
portrait format, 79 pages plus covers
available online from
||All Skyraider versions
covered in chronological text and pictures; honest appraisal of available
models; excellent photos; close-up detail for walkaround subject; colour
||No 1/72 scale line
drawings in this volume; brittle spine
D&S Vol. 67 AD
Skyraider is available online from
There is something comforting about the Detail and Scale series. Even before
you open one you know that what you are going to get between its pages is good,
easy to understand information and sharp clear reference photos.
Volume 67 focuses on the Douglas Skyraider and it lives up to D&S's reputation.
It comprises 79 pages printed on good quality glossy paper between cardboard
The text logically follows the development of the Skyraider commencing with its
developmental history in 1945 and ending with the AD-7 (A1-J) in 1957 with side
journeys covering salient points like the Yankee Escape System and the
conversion options available for the AD-5. All versions of the Skyraider are
covered including the "wide-bodied" ones.
modeller's section at the back covers all of the Skyraider kits produced in all
scales and gives honest opinions of the kits as well as providing helpful hints
on producing the best results from the kit.
I was surprised to find that the the 1/72 scale line drawings that are normally
found in D&S publications were missing. Not a huge problem really but the line
drawings are a great help when you are trying to scratch build items to enhance
There is a fair bit of colour sprinkled throughout the book. There are eleven
pages of general photos as well as three pages of cockpit shots. There are also
two pages of colour side profiles of the type you see in the Squadron/Signal "In
Action" series of books.
The sharp, clear photographs appear to have been carefully chosen to illustrate
the differences between each version of the Skyraider, a job they do very well.
As well as general photographs there is also a walk-around of a Navy Skyraider
that gives you excellent close-ups.
A small nitpick of this and all D&S books would have to be that the binding is
very fragile. If you flatten the book on your modelling desk the pages are
likely to detach themselves from the binding. My Hellcat, Avenger and Corsair
books are living testimony to this point
All said and done though these books are great value for what you are paying.
Thanks to Squadron for
the review sample
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