S u m m a r y
||Aviatik Camouflage File
No.1: USAAC Camouflage & Markings 1926–1941
by Seweryn M. Fleischer
||83 89532 00 8
||Soft cover in
portrait format, 100 pages plus covers
||Good coverage of a
broad, colourful and interesting subject in text, photos and profiles;
HyperScale is proudly supported by
Aviatik Production is a Polish company based in Bytom,
Poland and, as can be expected from a company based in Poland, the text of
this book is in both the English and Polish languages.
This publication differs somewhat from what we have
seen from books of this sort in the past. Whilst the captions of the
photographs are in both languages, the first 77 pages of the text are in
English only with the final 23 in Polish which makes for much easier
reading as far as I'm concerned.
book is divided into nine chapters:
- Basic Colour Schemes of USAAC Aircraft.
- Camouflage and Experimental Painting.
- 'Export' Colours.
- Painting of the Aircraft Interior Surfaces.
- National Aircraft Insignia.
- Service Markings.
- Tactical Marking.
- Special Marking and Colour Schemes.
- Unit Insignias.
As can be expected, there were a lot of changes in
both the aircraft and the colours and markings that they wore in the 15
years that the book covers but it manages to capture the period well and
provides this in an easy to understand format. The Polish/English
language translations are a little quirky but once you are aware of it you
get used to them – not a criticism just an observation.
The text is illustrated with black and white
photographs, many that I have not seen published before. Colour is
limited to side profile paintings and the artwork of the covers. The only
colour photographs are those on the back cover.
Especially welcome are the four appendices which
assist the reader in deciphering the system of aircraft markings according
to their types and assignments, modern day FS 595B matches to the paints
used during the period covered and the production codes assigned to
All up, a well presented book that provides good
'meat and potatoes' information at a reasonable price.
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