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French Wings No.1

French Wings 1 Book Review

by Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review January 2011 Title French Wings 1
Author Gerard Bousquet Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2011 ISBN 978-83-61421-20-7
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £12.99 ($23.00 USD)

Review

Stratus Publications is based in Sandomierz, Poland. They are in partnership with Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) in the UK and MMP has their books printed by Stratus in English. Stratus also does books in Polish too.

This new book was sent to me from Stratus, very heavily packed in cardboard to protect it.

Following on from their very successful “Polish Wings” series from Stratus, the new “French Wings” series coveres aircraft in French service over the years. No. 1 tells the story of the French Wings 1 aircraft, floatplane torpedo bombers which saw operational service during the 1930’s and 40’s.

The acquisition and operation of these aircraft by the Aeronavale (French Navy aviation) is told in detail, plus the use of the 298 by the Luftwaffe and in French service post-war. It is illustrated with 136 black and white photos, many of which are previously unpublished anywhere else. There are 30 color side profiles (2 on the back of the book cover). Included also are three color 2-views, two color 3-views, color illustrations of 10 different squadron logos and 2 information charts. The color illustrations appear on the same pages as the black and white photos of the aircrafts being illustrated…neat!

The book is 80 pages long in soft cover. Pages are 8 ½” x 11” format.

This new book will prove to be a invaluable reference for aviation enthusiasts, historians and modelers. Highly recommended.

I want to thank Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) and Casemate for this review sample.

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