S u m m a r y
||Soft Cover; 297 x 210 mm, 30 pages
with 25 colour photos, 75 b/w photos and 13 colour profiles
available online from Hannants and
specialist book retailers worldwide
||Clear and interesting selection
of photographs, informative captions, excellent artwork, helpful
technical drawings; all English text; good format and content for
Reviewed by Brett Green
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The Spitfire Mk.22 and 24 represented the
ultimate development of Supermarines's famous fighter. With a new
powerplant, and completely revised fuselage and wing design, these final
Spifires held very little in common with their Battle of Britain
brethren, but the family resemblence remained.
The newest Mark I Guide from 4+
Publications deals with these ultimate Spitfire variants.
The book commences with a brief history of
the development and deployment of the Mk.22/24, followed by a production
list, Squadron allocation and technical data. Next, we are treated to
seven pages of contemporary photos of the Spitfire in action, in the
field and in storage. All the photos are well reproduced and include
helpful captions. Five pages of colour walkaround photos of the Hendon
and Duxford Spitfire 24s follow, plus three pages of attractive colour
profiles. A number of scrap drawings and four-views are included amongst
these pages. The rear cover provides another six profiles of Spitfires
in RAF and foreign service.
One page of text describing colours and
markings prefaces nine pages of detail photos and technical drawings
covering many interesting aspects for modellers, including gun bulges,
pitot tube, rudder, cockpit (in some detail), wheels, whell wells, those
deep radiator housings, exhausts, spinner, propeller, air intake,
weapons, ordnance and more.
The inside rear cover describes external
store variants and their locations.
The Mark I book on the Spitfire Mk.22/24 is a concise guide to this
ultimate Supermarine propeller fighter.
The combination of contemporary photos, walkaround images, scrap
drawings, profiles and technical information will be ideal for modellers
building a late Spitfire in any scale.
Thanks to 4+ Publications for
the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 10 July, 2006
Last updated 09 July, 2006
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