The Blohm and Voss Bv 141 Book Review
|Date of Review||December 2014||Title||The Blohm and Voss Bv 141|
|Author||Richard A. Franks||Publisher||Valiant Wings Publishing|
|Format||66 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£11.95|
Valiant Wings kicks off its new "Airframe Detail" series with a handy handbook on Blohm und Voss' exotic Bv 141 tactical reconnaissance aircraft.
Call it Valiant's terrific "Airframe & Miniature" series on a diet.
That's because it bears all the hallmarks of the publisher's more detailed titles, but – owing to the Bv 141's modest, 20-plane pre-production run – in a more focused format.
What a ripping reference it is. The compact coverage spans just 66 pages – and divides into three parts. The first provides an excellent historical summary with copious technical minutiae. The second meticulously probes Bv 141 camouflage & markings. And the third showcases a 1:48 HobbyBoss Bv 141 model build.
Author Richard A. Franks really puts Blohm und Voss' asymmetrical oddity under the proverbial microscope – with lots of eye candy!
Valiant's richly illustrated contents sport dozens of photos and vintage technical manual excerpts. Richard J. Caruana's color plates provide superb painting guides. Extended, explanatory captions amplify all. And two appendices – one outlining kits, decals and accessories; the other recapping references – conclude contents.
One minor aside: that photo of a small, mysterious "010" – not the expected "10" – on a Bv 141 starboard nacelle might actually be a Luftwaffe intelligence ruse to disguise production totals.
What a solid study! If you're tackling HobbyBoss' new, 1:48-scale kit – or battling Airfix's ancient, 1:72-scale effort – this is the only resource you need.
More, Valiant Wings – please!
My sincere thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for this review copy.