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The IAR.80 & IAR.81

The IAR.80 & IAR.81 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review June 2012 Title The IAR.80 & IAR.81
Author Radu Brinzan Publisher SAM Publications
Published 2011 ISBN 978-1906959197
Format 128 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £14.99


Let’s cut to the core: The IAR.80 & IAR.81 by Radu Brinzan deserves a spot in every WWII aviation library.

No stone remains unturned in the author’s amazing effort.  Meticulously researched, his comprehensive compendium spans four chunky chapters and 128 pages.  From development through service to disposition, text traces the whole history of Romania’s obscure, but elegant little fighter.

Brinzan’s visual feast sports dozens of B&W and color photos – many previously unpublished.  Coverage also includes appetizingly accurate scale drawings, succulent camouflage details, and mouth-watering equipment minutiae – all of matchless value to modelers of this colorful classic.

Rivet-counters will hungrily devour this delectable dish.  In fact, this exhaustive effort reveals that I.A.R.80’s sported a total of 7,315 rivets!

I simply couldn’t put The IAR.80 & IAR.81 down.  Radu Brinzan’s brilliant book sets the world standard for aircraft modeling monographs.

Rabidly recommended.

My sincere thanks to SAM Publications for this review sample!


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