first volume of a brand-new series is stunning; both in
quality and content. For the book, layout and general
'feel', think Schiffer quality - and then some. Yes, it
really is THAT good, packed full of
interesting, well researched information, yet is easy to read
and superbly presented.
The book series as it
develops, tells the story of the 58 individual aircraft
types taken on-charge by what became in latter days the
Canadian Air Force, between 1920 and 1938; this volume
featuring the first 7 of them in order of acquisition.
it is one of those books that is perfect for the historian
and modeler alike featuring along with the text, clear and
where possible, large original and rare
contemporary photographs and superb multi-view colour
profile artwork - and lots of it!. These alone are scale modelers 'gems' and
surely must open up opportunities for plenty of aftermarket
decal sets. I never knew that the HS-2L flying boat carried
such highly colourful schemes!
authors have done a really first-class job in describing in
detail the history and operation of each of the 7 individual
types featured in this volume; there is something for
everyone here interested in this era of early flying and it
is particularly fascinating to see these craft in early
military, almost civilian guise as opposed to the more normal
'war-like' paint schemes.
interest in pure flying boats, I am more than pleased with
the coverage of the HS-2L flying boat in this first volume
but I have to say that I could quite easily be drawn to
modeling one of the other land-based aircraft featured as I
found it such a refreshing change and such a good read on
are at all interested in this period genre, I cannot recommend
this book highly enough. If the publishers continue at the
high quality they have set themselves then future planned
volumes should 'fly' off of the shop shelves upon
awards 10/10 for very high quality, original content,
professional layout with fine print quality and those superb
colour plates! Now all we need is a decent HS-2L model kit
in 1/72 and 1/48 scale to go with any decals that are bound
to follow! Well done Aviaeology for a first-class job.
My best book of 2011 - so far...! Well done!