The Bristol Beaufighter: A Detailed Guide To Bristol's Hard-hitting Twin
By Matt Bittner
Author: Richard A. Franks
Publisher: Valiant Wings Publishing
ISBN #: 978-0-9957773-8-5
Valiant Wings Publishing Airframe Albums are the books that help a modeler when dealing with a specific subject, especially if that subject is "smaller" than what would warrant the full "Airframe & Miniature" (A&M) treatment. There is still plenty to keep a modeler satiated, though: data from spare parts catalogs and flight manuals, period diagrams, walkaround images of the actual aircraft if it still exists, etc. It's just that the subjects dealt with in Airframe Albums either didn't have the production run to warrant an A&M publication or there isn't a lot of information on the type still in existance.
The book is broken up into the following chapters and appendices:
- Technical Description
- Evolution - Prototype, Production and Projected Variants
- Camouflage & Markings
- Beaufighter Kit List
- Beaufighter Accessory, Decal & Mask Lists
Libor Jekl builds the Airfix TF Mk X in 1/72 while Steve A. Evans builds the TF Mk X from Revell in 1/48. Both are superbly finished and both articles can be used to help build any Beaufighter, in any scale. Both modelers are masters at their craft.
If you are a modeler and was hoping for color plates, this title will not disappoint at all as Richard J. Caruana provides plenty of color plates and modeling inspiration.
I definitely thank Valiant Wings Publishing for sending this title to review.