Les Bombardiers d'eau Canadair Scoopers Book Review
|Date of Review||July 2012||Title||Les Bombardiers d'eau Canadair Scoopers|
|Author||Frédéric Marsaly and Samuel Prétat||Publisher||Editions Minimonde 76|
|Format||64 pages, softbound||MSRP (Euro)||19.90€|
This cool compendium chronicles Canadair’s CL-215, -215T, and Bombardier’s 415 flying boats – the only aircraft purpose-designed to fight wildfires.
And what a striking job Miniminde76 have done! The bilingual French-English volume sports 140 hitherto unpublished color photos, several superbly informative 3-view and interior drawings, and – most impressively – 24 gorgeous color profiles.
Note Newfoundland and Labrador’s lovely livery. Savor Saskatchewan’s sleek scheme. And tarry at Thailand’s flashy package. Only one B&W shot haunts this terrific tome!
But all is not glitz and glamour. Frédéric Marsaly and Samuel Prétat add substance to their beautiful book with a complete history. Background, design, development, production, and worldwide use – both civilian and military. Contents competently cover the whole tantalizing tale.
And what a ripping read it is. I happily and hungrily roamed back-to-front – and inside-out. This amazing account utterly encourages sampling and savoring!
Building Heller’s 1:72-scale CL-215? Seeking stunning shots of beautifully painted aircraft? File this outstanding monograph under “must have”!
With thanks to Minimonde76 Publishing for the review copy!