Potez 63 Family Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||November 2008||Title||Potez 63 Family|
|Author||Jose Fernandez||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||176 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£14.99|
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is based in Redbourn, Herts, UK. There books are publish in Poland in cooperation with Stratus in Sandomierz. The books are in English. Their series of books are mostly on aircraft and a few on armor.
This latest book from MMP describes the design, development and operational use of the French Potez 63 family of twin-engined aircraft. The most numerous modern design available to the Armee de l’Air and Aeronavale in 1940. Produced in several versions as day and night-fighters, light bombers and reconnaissance aircraft, these aircraft played a major role in the unsuccessful fight against the Germans in the Battle of France.
Post-armistice, the Potez saw service with the Vichy Air Force, and with the Greek, Romanian and Hungarian Air Forces – and with the RAF and Luftwaffe.
The design, development and use of all versions of these aircraft are described in detail, profusely illustrated with 226 black and white photos and one rare color one. The book also contains 5 information charts, 22 illustrations out of technical manuals, 26 black and white walk around type photos of several 63 family types and a cut-away drawing of a Potez 631.
The book is 176 pages long and in MMP’s usual 9” x 6 ¾” soft-cover format for this series of aircraft books. There is a 23” x 16 ½” sheet inserted into the book as a BONUS. It has a cut-away drawing on one side (that spans the whole sheet) of a Potez 63-11. Below this drawing is a listing of the names of 142 parts in the drawing. The reverse side of the sheet has 1/72nd scale line drawings of the tops and bottoms of the aircraft of the Potez 63 family.
This book will be of great interest to aircraft historians and modelers alike. Highly recommended.