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Book Review

Hawker Hurricane Book Review

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review December 2006 Title Hawker Hurricane
Author Marek Rys Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2006 ISBN 83-89450-32-1
Format 128 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $24.95

Review

The British Hurricane surely needs no introduction. It was the first modern monoplane fighter to enter service with the RAF. It was the most numerous RAF fighter during the Battle of Britain, and shot down more German aircraft in 1940 than all the other British defenses. It served with many air forces, in all theatres of WWII except the Pacific, on land and at sea.

The design and development of the Hurricane is described in detail in this new Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) book, covering all versions including those built in Canada and Yugoslavia.

The book is in MMP’s usual 9” x 6 ½” soft-cover format. It contains 184 pages. In these pages we get: 40 black and white wartime photos, 57 1/72nd scale line drawings, 3 information charts, a whopping 217 color shots of surviving aircraft in museums (most of these being of the walk-around type), 5 illustrations out of actual tech manuals and 23 full color side profile paintings (with an additional four being 4-views).

In these profiles are Hurricanes in the markings of: RAF, Yugoslavia, a captured one in Luftwaffe markings, a CAM Hurricane shown on it’s ship-board catapult, Finland, 2 in captured Japanese markings, Russia, Belgium and Norway.

Chapters in the book are:

  • Introduction
  • Fury Monoplane
  • Hawker Prototype K5081
  • Versions:
  • Mk. 1
  • Mk. 1 Late Series
  • Official and Unofficial Mk. 1 Variations
  • Mk. II Series 1
  • Mk. II Series 2
  • Mk. IIB
  • Mk. IIB “Hurribomber”
  • Mk. IIC
  • Mk. IID
  • Official and Unofficial Mk. II Variants
  • Mk. III
  • Mk. IV
  • Sea Hurricane
  • License Built Versions
  • Experimental Versions & Designs
  • Hurricane Technical Description
  • Performance Data
  • Hurricane Survivors
  • Color Photos
  • Color Profiles

This is a very detailed book at a classic WWII aircraft, and will be of interest to historians, aircraft enthusiasts and modelers.

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

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