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December 29, 2014

Magazine review: Small Air Forces Observer Vol. 38 #2 (150)

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All my usual comments apply.  This issue contains an article on the early Dutch Air Force LVA.  The photos alone are worth the issue.  In addition, there is a great article on the HUP helicopters in Canadian service.   Finally there is another in the continuing columns on the NKAP during the Korean war.  As always, I recommend you join the SAFCH ASAP.

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February 23, 2014

Magazine review: Small Air Forces Observer Vol. 37 #3 (147)

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Another great SAFO issue.  This one features the Boeing 281 (P-26) that fought in Spain, the Fokker F.IX in Yugoslav and Croat service and B-25s in Brazilian service.  It is a great read, as always.  If you aren’t already a member of SAFCH, why not?

March 23, 2013

Magazine review: Small Air Forces Observer Vol. 36 #4 (144)

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The latest issue of SAFO is out.  As always, I immediately read it cover to cover.   While the production values are not up to current standards, the information in the magazine is always top quality.  I end up reading and enjoying articles on subjects I did not think I would have any interest in.

In this issue, there is a really good article on aircraft impressed into service in wartime Holland.  There is also an article on the development of Argentina’s first jet fighter.  I hadn’t realized the Argentina was the 9th country to develop and fly its own jet aircraft.  There is also an article on the use of the UH-1H by Lebanon as a bomber in 2008.

Subscriptions can be obtained for $24 a year from Jim Sanders, SAFCH, 27965 Berwick Dr., Carmel, CA 93923.

February 10, 2012

Magazine review: Small Air Forces Observer Vol. 35 #3 (139)

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I’ve reviewed a lot of the previous issues of SAFO over the years, so generally those same comments apply to the latest issue.  Great organization.  Good magazine with info on subjects you aren’t likely to find elsewhere.

In this issue we have the third part of the article on the North Korean People’s Air Force in the Korean war.  This is a lightly covered subject generally so it is nice to have the information supplied in this three part article.

There is a short article on the Buffaloes of ML-KNIL, which is a subject that SAFO returns to time and again.  I suspect that I have more info on that subject in my collection of SAFOs than in all my other references combined.

There is a nice article on the air fleet stationed in Spitsbergen, which are islands that are part of Norway and are above the arctic circle.  No where else but SAFO would you find info like this.

For WWI fans there is an article on all the multi-engine bombers that came down in the Netherlands in WWI.  A surprising number of these giants landed or crashed on Dutch soil during the war.

Oh, and a final note.  SAFO, which is traditionally a black and white publication, will be making a color electronic version available to subscribers for a small fee.  All the more reason to join SAFCH.

June 20, 2011

Magazine review: SAFO Vol. 34 #4 (136)

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I recently received the latest SAFO.  As usual it is filled with good information.  This one seemed a little smaller than previous issues (fewer pages) but that might have just been my imagination.   There is a nice article on the use of DH Beaver aircraft by the UN in the Congo in the early 1960s.  There is also an excellent article on DH.60 Moths in Yugoslav service before WWII.  As always, I recommend becoming a member.

January 24, 2011

Magazine review: SAFO Vol. 34 #3 (135)

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The latest Small Air Forces Observer maintains the tradition of presenting aviation information of interest to both the modeler and the small air forces historian.  This issue has the third part of an article on T-6s used in the Congo in the 60s.  It also has a reprint/summary of interviews with two Japanese pilots who flew in the Russian-Japanese skirmish in 1939.  In addition there are reviews of a number of recent aircraft books and summaries of aviation and modeling related magazines.  As always, highly recommended.

September 12, 2010

Magazine review: Small Air Forces Observer Vol. 33 #4

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This is the most current issue of this magazine.  I recently reviewed the previous issue.  Everything I said there applies here.

This issue has an excellent article about F-86s used during the UN intervention in the Congo.  There is also a nice small article on Greek Wellingtons used post-WWII.  In addition there are the usual book and decal reviews.  As always, highly recommended.

August 30, 2010

Magazine review: Small Air Forces Observer Vol. 34 #3

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:33 am
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I just received this issue of SAFO, the publication of the Small Air Forces Clearing House.  As I have said before I have a special interest in small airforce subject and as such SAFO is a must have item.  The articles have a modeling flavor to them, but most consist of historical research, most of which is original and compiled and written by the members.

This issue has an article on F-86s used on in the UN intervention in the Congo.  There is also an article on post-WWII Greek Wellingtons and the first British WWI aircraft captured by the Austro-Hungarians. 

While the production quality of SAFO is not up to modern standards, the information contained is simply to good to pass up.

February 10, 2010

Magazine review: Small Air Forces Observer Vol. 33 #3 (131)

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I love getting the Small Air Forces Observer (SAFO).  It is a dying breed of magazine, a self-published specialty magazine.  It caters to that small segment of modelers and avaition historians who focus on Small Air Forces.  I suspect that at some point the magazine will be replaced by a website, since much of what it does today would now be done on a website if you were starting from scratch.  However, since SAFO has been around 33 years, it will probably continue in its present format for some time.

This issue has several interesting articles, including part 2 of an article on Buffalo pilots with kills in the NEI theatre.  There are articles on Piper aircraft in Katanga and small air force Beech Bonanzas.  The magazine is black and white and not nearly up to modern publishing standards, however, it contains information that one doesn’t find elsewhere.  I’ll continue to get it as long as it is published.

November 1, 2009

Magazine review: Small Air Forces Observer Vol. 33 #2

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The latest isssue of the Small Air Forces Observer (SAFO) is out.  As usual it is filled with quality information.  While the production value is not up to current standards, what the magazine lacks in color, it makes up for in information.

In this issue are articles of H-21 helicopters in the Congo, H04S in Royal Canadian Navy service and a listing and brief history of Brewster Buffalo pilots in east asia who went on to achieve ace or near ace status.

Also, as always there are reviews of books and decals recently released and a review of magazine articles of interest to the small air force enthusiast.

In sum, another good issue.

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