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August 24, 2010

Book review: The Hawker Hunter, A Comprehensive Guide by Paul Bradley

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 6:16 am
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Reviewer’s note:  I have a causal acquaintance with the author of this volume and have met him on a couple of occasions as well as having exchanged emails in regard to modeling.  The author was also kind enough to sign my copy of the book when I bought it at the Phoenix Nationals this year.

The Hawker Hunter

Before I built my first Hawker Hunter model, I was not really a fan of the aircraft.  The Revell 72nd scale kit, Jim Bates and the author of this book, Paul Bradley, convinced me of the error of my ways.  When I built that Hunter kit, I wish I’d had this book for reference.  If I had, I wouldn’t have made the mistake of painting a rear frame on the Hunter canopy. (There is no frame at the rear of a Hunter canopy) 

This book is what all modelers would want in a reference.  It has a nice history of the aircraft with enough detail so that the modeler knows the history of the subject, but without the mind numbing detail you find in many reference books.  One nice thing the history does is to highlight and delineate the external physical differences of the different version of the Hunter.  This, among other touches, tells you that the book was written by a modeler and with the modeler in mind. 

The Hunter was used by many different air forces and the author spends a number of pages on all the different operators, the versions they used, and the combat experience, if any, they had with the Hunter. This is accompanied by a very nice colors and markings section with illustrations of the Hunter in the colors of its many different operators. 

The walkaround and detail photos and illustrations are enough to allow any modeler to obsessively detail their kit of the Hunter with no conceivable view unrepresented.  This section alone is worth the price of the book and this section and the color illustrations have me wanting to build another Hunter. (Or two.) 

Finally there is an excellent section on models, decals and aftermarket accessories for building a model of the hunter in scales ranging from 32nd to 144th

I’d be had pressed to think of a better modelers reference book on any aircraft subject.  For the $20 that this book costs, the modeler has all the information he needs to build any version of the Hunter, from any kit, in any scale.  You can’t ask for more than that.

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