Reviewed by Brett Green
is available online from Squadron.com
Kagero has turned its attention to the famous VF-17 "Jolly Rogers".
soft-cover, small A5 format book comprises 80 glossy pages covering the VF-17
from its formation by LTCDR Tom Blackburn at the beginning of 1943, to the
delivery of their first Corsairs (accompanied by experts from the Vought
factory) in February of the same year, through training and deployment; until
its final operations over Kikai in May 1945.
The book is generously illustrated with images of the men and machines of the
Text is presented in Polish and English, with the languages appearing in
different columns on the same page. This seems to work quite well.
Despite the small page format, Kagero offers eight of the total twelve colour
profiles on A4 foldout pages. The artwork is very attractive and depicts the
different camouflage and markings of the unit quite well.
Even better for modellers, all twelve subjects are supplied on a decal sheet
in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales. Only unique markings are supplied for each
aircraft - no national markings or stencils are provided.
Kagero's "VF-17 Jolly Rogers" will be a helpful and compact book for
The inclusion of
photos, background information, colour profiles and decals all in a single
makes this book a very tidy one-stop reference source.
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
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