Miles Aircraft – The Wartime Years: The Appendices Book Review
|Date of Review||December 2013||Title||Miles Aircraft – The Wartime Years: The Appendices|
|Format||440 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||Not available separately|
Only Air-Britain Historians – in typically matchless manner – would offer a 400-page addendum of appendices alone!
But they did. And the subtitle of Miles Aircraft – The Wartime Years: The Appendices says it all: "Containing individual aircraft histories of 1939-1945 production of Magister, Master, Martinet, Monitor and Messenger I types together with additional activities and background information".
Try saying that in one breath!
Spanning 47 chunky, chapter-length appendices, Peter Amos' brilliantly comprehensive coverage wends and weaves through WWII Miles Aircraft history. His visual feast sports hundreds of photos, construction numbers, registrations, and mouth-watering minutiae – all of matchless value to modelers and historians. It's a delicious dessert of amazing enrichment.
Want serials of all South African Master Mk IIs in the Commonwealth's "Joint Air Training Plan"? They're here. How about full details of Master I production? Those, too. Or the Miles "Rammer" fighter concept? Yep. Heck, one appendix even covers the company's plans for underground bomb-proof workshops – complete with maps and schematics.
Now here's the catch: you have to buy the companion Miles Aircraft – The Wartime Years to get Amos' astonishing effort. Air-Britain members like me can snag this cool compendium for £54.45. Non-members pay more. So check AIR-BRITAIN's site for details.
What a remarkable reference! Like both companion volumes, Miles Aircraft – The Wartime Years: The Appendices is worth every penny, pence and Pfennig. You don't need Putnam's Miles Aircraft Since 1925 anymore!