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  1. Cessna T-37 Tweet & A-37 Dragonfly Warpaint #127 Guideline Publications Cessna have a history of creating aircraft for the US military, and responded to a request for a new US jet trainer in the early 50s with their design numbered 318, which had the crew side-by-side to assist interactions between pilot and pupil, and was simply designed with much in common in terms of instrumentation with the more technical and expensive fighters of the day that the pupils would eventually progress onto. The wide wheelbase and low wing made for easy entry and predictable flying characteristics, and the two license-built engines were re-engineered to ease the new pilots into the world of flying an aircraft without a prop. With some minor alterations to improve the airframe further, it entered into service with the US Air Force in the late 50s, and quickly gaining a reputation of being slow, noisy and unreliable, with the nickname Tweety-Bird or Tweet coined thanks to its squealing, shouty engine note. In the early 70s an improved B model was developed with more powerful engines to make up for the sloth of the previous model. Meanwhile the trainer was developed via a further redesign in the early 60s to convert the Tweet into a more aggressive type, the Dragonfly. Its wing was hardened to accept weapons pylons, and additional fuel could be fitted to the wingtips to give it longer loiter times, as well as under the wing on pylons. It entered service in Vietnam as the A-37A Dragonfly in a close support role, evolving into the B, which was a much more capable weapons platform with a huge carry weight for its size. After the dramatic pull-out of Vietnam, it continued service with the US, and was also utilised deep in the middle of COunter INsurgency (COIN) operations in South America, where its loiter time and weapons carriage capabilities were put to extensive use. The T-37 was replaced in the 90s by the Beechcraft Texan II turboprop, with the last flight as late as 2009, some 52 years since it first flew. The war-fighting Dragonfly was phased out in favour of the exceptional A-10 Thunderbolt II in the 80s and 90s as the new aircraft became available. The rest is history – as was anyone that went up against the Warthog, as it came to be known. This book is by author Kev Darling and covers the birth and development of these two long-lived types in much more detail, as well as providing tons of excellent pictures of many airframes in service in colour due to its relatively recent service, plus loose 1:32 plans of the Tweety Bird and Dragonfly (do they know something?) and a number of colour profiles throughout the book. The book is in the usual Warpaint format of portrait A4(ish) with a soft card cover but has an increased page count from the norm that necessitates a perfect binding to accommodate the total of 96 pages plus content printed on the four side of the glossy covers. A short introduction details the birth of the types and their subsequent variants and history. Cessna Goes Military XT-37/T-37 Tech Enter the T-37 Tweet Bring on the T-37B US Army – Project Long Arm Into Hell on Earth - The War in Vietnam Into the Fray – The Smallest Fighter – The Fastest Gun Arrives The First Dragonfly – The A-37A Arrives A Bit More Grunt – The A-37B Dragonfly The A-37B in Vietnam Dragonflies with the VNAF The Tweet in AETC Service Tweets and Dragonflies in Other Jobs Final Years of the Dragonfly Tweet and the Dragonfly in Latin America -El Salvador -Guatemala -Honduras -Nicaragua -Panama -Brazil -Chile -Colombia -Ecuador -Paraguay -Peru -Uraguay Europe -Greece -Portugal -Turkey -Germany Indian Sub-Continent -Bangladesh -Pakistan The Middle East -Morocco The Far East -Burma(Myanmar) -Camboddia/Kampuchea -South Korea -Thailand A-37A/B in Detail T-37A/C in Detail The pages include a lot of useful pictures with informative captions of both aircraft on the apron, on the field, in the air, during trials and even under construction with all sorts of panels missing, plus appropriate photos and drawings dotted around. The "In Detail" sections have many numbered close-up photos with matching captions providing excellent information on both types that will be a boon to modellers as well as people that just like to know what everything does. There are a smattering of kits available in 1:72 and 1:48, with a bit of a gap in 1:32 that leaves an opportunity for some company or other, but there’s nothing out there yet in injection moulded styrene. It is popular with many modellers and former US pilots and groundcrew especially, who often cut their aviation teeth on the A-37 at the beginning of their career Conclusion The Warpaint series always gets a thumbs-up due to their inability to produce a bad one. This is an excellent book that will see plenty of use by anyone interest in, or building one of this Jekyll & Hyde aircraft that is both a well-loved trainer and capable ground-attack aircraft. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. DHC-1 Chipmunk Warpaint No.123 Guideline Publications Designed at the end of WWII by De Havilland Canada, it became the intial pilot training aircraft for the Canadian Air Force, the RAF and a number of others, with many airframes being made in the UK (some close to where I live in Hawarden) and in Portugal. It stayed in service training many pilots for many years, leaving RAF service in the 90s after the introduction of the Bulldog from Scottish Aviation. Because of its mild handling characteristics, it was much loved by the novice pilots, and when it was withdrawn many were purchased by the private sector and a lot remain in service some 70 years later. The early aircraft had a framed canopy with bulged rear panels so the instructor could see his student's efforts better, but later Canadian produced airframes had the somewhat incongruous-looking bubble canopy that afforded a better view all round, as well as looking a bit out of place on the old bird. This book by author Adrian M Balch covers the birth and development of the airframe in detail, as well as providing tons of excellent pictures of many airframes of many nations both in military and civilian service, most of which are in colour due to their being contemporary shots, plus 1:48 plans in the centre, penned by Jan Polc and colour profiles spread throughout. There are even scrap drawings showing the bubble-canopy version. There are also pictures of some of the conversions including the re-engineered Thai Chandthra with Lycoming engine, new cockpit and tail area, a single seat crop-dusting variant, and other Lycoming engine airframes. The book is in the usual Warpaint format of portrait A4(ish) with a soft card cover and 44 pages plus content printed on the four glossy pages of the covers. A short introduction details the birth of the type and its subsequent upgrades. Design and Development Production Colour Profiles In Canadian Service Canadian Colours and Markings In Royal Air Force Service RAF Colours & Markings Unit Markings Overhead Profiles Aerobatic Display Teams In Army Air Corps Service The “Grey Owls” Team 1975-97 In Royal Navy Service 1:48 Plans In Worldwide Service With Belgium Burma Ceylon/Sri Lanka Colombia Denmark Egypt Eire/Ireland Ghana India Iraq Israel Jordan Kenya Lebanon Malaysia Portugal Saudi Arabia Syria Colour Profiles Uruguay Zambia In Civilian Use Conversions Chipmunk In Detail Colour Profiles The pages include a lot of useful pictures with informative captions of aircraft on the apron, on the field and even after crashes, with appropriate photos and drawings dotted around. In the short "In Detail" section there are many close-up photos with some items numbered that will be a boon to modellers as well as people that like to know what everything does. Conclusion The Warpaint series always gets a thumbs-up due to their inability to produce a bad one. This is an excellent book that will see plenty of use by anyone interest in, or building on of these early fighters. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Martin Mariner & Marlin Warpaint 108 - Guideline Publishing The Mariner was a large two-engined flying boat, designed from the outset for maritime reconnaissance and light attack, and first flew in early 1939 and entered service soon after. In the US it was known as the PBM Mariner, but the 27 airframes that were sent to Britain for evaluation dropped the PBM, although it wasn't well known as the Mariner, as they didn't see active service because the powers-that-be felt the Sunderland was still superior. The Mariner lasted long after WWII, but was superseded by the Marlin, which eschewed the H-tail for a more conventional unit and a redesigned hull that gave better water handling characteristics, especially during take-off where porpoising had been a problem. The Marlin stayed in service until the end of the 60s with fewer than 90 produced compared the Mariner's almost 1,400. The book is the latest in the long and illustrious line of Warpaint series books, and is bound in a flexible card cover with 48 pages plus printed covers, and a set of 1:72 plans on a folded sheet of A2 glossy paper, stapled into the centre of the volume. Written by Kev Darling, it details the design, entry into service, improvements and variants of the aircraft, plus much about its service and some notable sorties. All of this is interleaved with a raft of contemporary photos, many of which are in black and white due to the era, with a number of candid action shots that would be great inspiration for a diorama. Conclusion With the recent Minicraft kit of the PBM-5 and Red Roo's British GR.1 conversion, plus two other conversion sets here, it's a good book to have. Even if you're just interested in the type, there will be plenty to read and some great photos to feast your eyes on. Review sample courtesy of
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