Macchi C.205 Veltro...
... from MMP Books
Title: Macchi C.205 Veltro
Author: Przemyslaw Skulski
A new 128-page softcover book in their Orange series from MMP books, and tackling one of the most stylish Italian fighters of WW2, the Macchi C.205. It looks very similar to the earlier C.202 Folgore (Thunderbolt), but while the later C.205 Veltro (Greyhound) was powered by the improved DB 605A engine, many licence built in Italy. Production was limited for a number of reasons, and this is all explained in the book.
The book is divided across 5 sections, starting with the Development story, including details of Production, a few Reconnaissance and Long Range versions and the even rarer C.205N Orione. This is followed by lots of information about the Veltro in use, not only with the Italian Regia Aeronautica, but also with the Luftwaffe along with Croatia, Australia, Switzerland, Egypt and Syria. Then while there are only 3 surviving examples, detail of the three surviving examples held in museum collections today. Section 4 goes over the Technical Description, part by part, including Fuselage, Tail, Cockpit, Wings, Armament, Fuel System, Powerplant etc. That leaves just the smaller final element for coverage of the various colours and markings used by its' various operators.
Throughout the book, to add to the authoritative text, are plenty of archive photos (including some in colour), modern photos of remaining museum examples, 1/48 scale plans, plenty of diagrams taken from original user manuals and 18 pages of excellent colour artwork illustrating the camouflage and marking used by the various operators of the type. Another first class addition to this series of monographs. An interesting aircraft which comes under the category of good, but too little and too late. Recommended without any hesitation.
Thanks to MMP Books, who kindly provided our review copy.