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svsavory03 Apr 2012 4:39 p.m. PST

I purchased this book at the NMUSAF gift shop. It's chock full of color profiles of Japanese and Allied aircraft during the first six months of the Pacific War. Chapters include Pearl Harbor; French Indo-China; Hong Kong, Malaya and Singapore; The Philippines; Guam and Wake Island; Dutch East Indies & New Guinea; China, Burma and the AVG; The Darwin Raids; The Doolittle Raid; Coral Sea.

The text provides summaries of the campaigns but the meat of the book is the color profiles. There are probably 200+ profiles; I stopped counting around 150. The IJN plates are especially nice, organized by aircraft carrier group. In addition to the major combatants, less familiar aircraft are included, such as the Thai Air Force's Curtiss Hawks and Martin 139. Several aircraft are shown in three- and four- views.

The profiles are without shading and may have been done digitally, but are all well executed. Of the more obscure aircraft illustrated, I like the Keystone B-3A with Philippine Air Corps markings, the Vickers Vildebeests, and the Swoose.

AIRfile also publishes a pair volumes on the Overlord campaign.
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Personal logo zippyfusenet Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2012 4:27 a.m. PST

Thanx for the review. I'll have to look for this one. Maybe drive up and shop. It's been a couple years since I toured the museum, I'm due.

King Monkey04 Apr 2012 5:10 a.m. PST

Here's a review of Overlord Vol.1

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Pajaro Muerto06 Apr 2012 10:12 a.m. PST

I'm sold :)

I went ahead and got all three Airfile books from Amazon and Alibris.com: the Pacific, and the RAF and USAAF Overlord books.

The fact that they include many 3-views if very important to me.

Rolando

svsavory06 Apr 2012 2:47 p.m. PST

I will probably end up going back for the Overlord books as well. I'm very pleased with the Pacific volume.

Pajaro Muerto15 Apr 2012 8:39 a.m. PST

Fellows:

I just got the Pearl Harbor to Coral Sea book and the RAF Overlord book and they are great. The illustrations are very similar to the ones in the British Model Aircraft Monthly magazine, maybe done by the same guy.

I find that they are very thorough, and have at least 4 examples of each plane mark.

I also recommend them full on :)

Rolando

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