de Havilland Vampire

Warpaint No. 27
By W. A. Harrison
Hall Park Books Ltd, 2000
ISSN 1363-0369
80 Pages

Reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl

The de Havilland Vampire is probably the most recognizable British jet fighter, with its twin booms and straight wings. One of Britain's first jet fighters, it quickly found its way into the air forces of a great number of countries around the world and became a great fighter, bomber, trainer, and night fighter. This book does an excellent job of covering the varied history of this popular early jet.

The book is well illustrated throughout with ample photographs as well as hundreds of profile illustrations in full color. The text is well written and follows the development of the Vampire from its beginnings in the mid-1940s through to its usage in such foreign countries as Sweden, Venezuela and Indonesia. A complete listing of all surviving Vampires is also included, as well as a center pullout section of some nicely detailed 1/72 plans.

While there is lots written on the Vampire out there, this book has to be one of the best in terms of all around illustrations, both in profile and photos. For a single-source book on the Vampire, this can't be beat. If you're wanting to detail up the latest Czech Master Resin 1/72 Vampire T.11 or one of the Hobbycraft 1/48 Vampire kits, this book will be an excellent resource.

My thanks to Hall Park Books for the review sample. Be sure to check out their new website for information on their many other titles.


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