...in British Service, FlightCraft 16 from Pen and Sword
Title: Hawker Hunter
Author: Martin Derry and Neil Robinson
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Number 16 in their series of FlightCraft titles from Pen & Sword, a 96-page softcover book looking at the classic Hawker Hunter, specifically in British service. As the authors say in the introduction, it doesn't attempt to be a definitive history of the Hunter, that would take a much bigger book, but it provides an excellent reference for aviation enthusiasts who are interested in this classic jet, and has a lot that the aircraft modeller will thoroughly enjoy, and likely give some inspiration for some new models as well. With this in mind, it is also worth noting their suggestion in the Preface that readers should start by checking out the detail in the 6 Appendices at the back of the book.
The book is divided into 15 sections, with an Introduction, a description of the 'Early Days', then each type, for Hunter F,1 & F.2, F.4, F.5, F.6, F.6A, FGA.9, FR.10, Two Seat Hunters, Royal Navy GA.11, British Hunter Camouflage and Markings, Hawker Hunter in Colour (16 pages of first class colour artwork), Modelling the Hawker Hunter and lastly a focus on Hawker Hunter Cockpits before those final Appendices round things off.
Each section has some knowledgeable background text though the bulk of the content is made up from both black & white and colour images of the Hunter, and all with extensive and informative captioning. The long and varied career of the Hunter remains a fascinating story, and the showcase of completed models, in various scales, show some very nicely completed models. Plenty to inspire other modellers to try more of the Hunter in its' varied career. An excellent addition to the Flight Craft series.
Thanks to Pen and Sword for this review copy.