The IAR.80 & IAR.81 Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2012||Title||The IAR.80 & IAR.81|
|Author||Radu Brinzan||Publisher||SAM Publications|
|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Brinzan’s visual feast sports dozens of B&W and color photos – many previously unpublished.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.
My sincere thanks to SAM Publications for this review sample!