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Hawker Hunter - book by AIRfile

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HAWKER HUNTER

in RAF Service

by AIRfile


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Hot on the heels of AIRfile's first 'single type' aircraft publication, the Fairey Swordfish, comes this book on the Hawker Hunter. This sleek and beautiful single engined jet has to be one of my all time favourite aircraft, ever since I first saw them in Borneo whilst on operations out there in the 1960's.

The book is produced by Neil Robinson to his practical and visually impressive style of layout; starting with the a full colour photo on the A4 card cover, depicting a Hunter FGA.9 of 54 Sqn RAF. Within the book's 88 pages are chapters on the early Marks; the F.6 version, ground attack & fighter reconnaissance versions; and a final chapter all about the Hunter twin-seaters.

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As with all AIRfile publications, the book is profusely illustrated throughout to an extremely high quality with no less than 120 full colour side profile drawings.

Each illustration, nicely produced by Jon Freeman, depicts a Hunter at a specific time and date within its airframe life. Information provided includes the version, serial & code, squadron, location plus any pertinent data such as operational theatre or tactical situation.

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The chapter on the F.6 fighter version covers fourteen pages and provides information on airframe serials plus the squadrons they were allocated; again being backed up with a whole load of colourful profile drawings.

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Another visually impressive chapter is that on the twin-seat version of the Hunter. Many of the illustrations are in full 4-view format which provides colour details on all aspects of the aircraft. This detail can be especially beneficial to anyone wishing to identify the colour demarcations when building a model kit of the Hunter.

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In additon to all the lovely colour illustrations, there are over 38 colour and 15 black & white photos of the Hunter in various theatres and locations. These provide additional visual clarity on colours and markings for the enthusiast.

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Conclusion

Another fine book from the AIRfile stables, of a very fine and good looking aircraft in its time. The illustrations are really good and covers a whole multitude of colours and markings which can benefit anyone contemplating building a model of the Hunter.

I have only had time to have a high level look through the 88 pages of impressive drawings and detail but have already found two or three 'must build' versions and I wish to thank Neil Robinson and Jon Freeman this choice of subject here.

The layout is just right, with large colourful illustrations and just enough historical data to enlighten and interest the masses without getting unduly bogged down with reams of tabulated data etc.

Review sample courtesy of

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Kindly mention Britmodeller.com to the supplier when making enquiries or orders

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