Bristol Bulldog & Gloster Gauntlet Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2015||Title||Bristol Bulldog & Gloster Gauntlet|
|Author||Alex Crawford||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||144 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$34.95|
MMP is reprinting older, long-unavailable titles – like Bristol Bulldog and Gloster Gauntlet – 6116 in the publisher's Yellow Series.
Last printed in 2005, it recaps these two British biplane classics in 144 copiously illustrated pages. And it's available in North America from Casemate.
Beginning with the Bulldog, format follows MMP's proven prescription. Contents commence with "development and production" notes. Service and color & markings summaries follow – first British, then foreign. And appendices cover survivors and references for both designs.
Bulldogs and Gauntlets actually saw combat during World War II. Finnish Bulldogs, for instance, scored victories against the Soviets during the 1939-40 Winter War. And Commonwealth Gauntlets saw brief service in Africa – where one RAF example reportedly downed a Caproni Ca.133. By WWII, however, most survivors soldiered in stopgap and second-line roles.
Modeler's will especially enjoy this effort. 1:72-scale drawings recap variants. Dozens of B&W shots and tech-manual excerpts season the study. And concluding color selections feature dozens more detail photos – and 50 lip-smacking profiles.
If you missed this handy handbook the first time around, grab it – now. Who wants to pay exorbitant eBay prices???
With thanks to Casemate for this review copy.