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The Hawker Typhoon. Valiant Wings Books

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Hawker Typhoon, a Complete Guide

Valiant Wings Airframes and Miniatures


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The Hawker Typhoon was a British single-seat fighter-bomber, produced by Hawker Aircraft. It was designed to be a medium-high altitude interceptor, as a direct replacement for the Hawker Hurricane, but several design problems were encountered, and it never completely satisfied this requirement. Its service introduction in mid-1941 was plagued with problems, and for several months the aircraft faced a doubtful future. However, when the Luftwaffe brought the formidable Focke-Wulf Fw 190 into service in 1941 the Typhoon was the only RAF fighter capable of catching it at low altitudes; as a result it secured a new role as a low-altitude interceptor. Through the support of pilots such as Roland Beamont it also established itself in roles such as night-time intruder and a long-range fighter. From late 1942 the Typhoon was equipped with bombs, and from late 1943 RP-3 ground attack rockets were added to its armoury. Using these two weapons, the Typhoon became one of the Second World War's most successful ground-attack aircraft.

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Written by Richard A. Franks, this book has been designed as a useful guide for all those modellers who have an interest in all things Typhoon but also includes lots of information on its predecessor the Tornado. The clearly defined sections cover pretty much every aspect of the Typhoons history, both in full size airframes and in miniature. The sections include:-

Airframe Chapters
• Evolution Tornado
• Evolution Typhoon
• Typhoon Production Variants
• Drawing Board Projects
• Camouflage and Markings
• Survivor
• Colour Profiles

Miniature Chapters
• Hawker Typhoon Kits
• Building a Selection
• Building a Collection
• In Detail: The Hawker Typhoon IIb

Appendices
• Tornado and Typhoon Kit List
• Tornado and Typhoon Accessory List
• Typhoon Decal List
• Tornado and Typhoon Production
• Bibliography

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The information contained in these sections will be invaluable to those who build Typhoon kits of all scales. The detailed diagrams, and colour views combined with the great selection of wartime photographs make for a superb reference point to build a super detailed model. The kit, accessory and decals lists make it easy to see what has been released and will be very useful to make a project list up just from reading one book. At the very back of the book is a pull out double sided section with six view plans of the Typhoon Ib Car Door and Bubble Top variants with profiles of the fuselage, all in 1:48 scale.

Conclusion
This is a comprehensive and well laid out book, that’s easy to read yet packed full of information. The photo selection has been well thought out and the photographs of the kit builds are well shot. Even if you don’t build a kit of the Typhoon it is still an interesting read. Recommended.

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