Gloster Gladiator vol. 2 Book Review
by Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||September 2011||Title||Gloster Gladiator vol. 2 The Survivors in Detail|
|Author||Alex Crawford||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||180 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£24.99|
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is based in the UK. All their books are printed in Sandomierz, Poland by their associate Stratus. Stratus also prints their own line of books in Polish and English.
I got this new book from Stratus very heavily packed in layers of cardboard. This was good, because the package suffered in the mail and was crushed on one corner. Thankfully the book was not harmed inside.
The book is soft-cover and 160 pages in 8 ¼” x 11 5/8” page format. This book was shrink-wrapped. The shrink-wrapping was done to keep a pair of 3D glasses enclosed in it from falling out.
The cover art shows a color photo of a Gladiator taking off from a grassy field.
This is the 2nd volume in MMP’s revised and extended work on the RAF’s last biplane. This volume describes and illustrates all the surviving airframes around the world, and has comprehensive coverage of the technical specifications and an extended walk-around series of detail photos.
In addition, there are some novel 3D and 3D stereo (anaglyphic) drawings showing the internal details of this iconic fighter in stunning detail. Rounding out this profusely illustrated volume are many extra color profiles, showing more of the colors and markings applied by the users of this pugnacious warplane.
There are 13 color photos of the Gladiator, including the cover and 16 black and white ones. There are also 173 color photos of the walk-around type showing surviving airframes in various museums. Two of these type photos are in black and white. There are 4 illustrations from a technical manual and one information chart. There are 53 black and white skeletal and cut-away drawings by M. Rys.
This book will prove to be essential reading for all the Gladiator enthusiasts, modelers and aviation enthusiasts in general.