Hawker Hurricane Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||December 2006||Title||Hawker Hurricane|
|Author||Marek Rys||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||128 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$24.95|
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:
- Fury Monoplane
- Hawker Prototype K5081
- 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.