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BAE Systems Harrier II

BAE Systems Harrier II Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2012 Title BAE Systems Harrier II
Author Andy Donovan and Nick Greenall Publisher AirDOC
Published 2015 ISBN 978-3935687188
Format 240 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $56.00 (39.95€)


AirDOC has released the second installment in their Fox Two series covering the BAE Systems Harrier GR.9 and T.12. This title will provide you an intimate look at the RAF's final Harrier variants. Note that this does not cover the earlier RAF variants like the GR.5 nor are any of the colonial AV-8B variants included. The title is printed in A4 format and is 240 pages - you won't be squinting to see these photos!

The first 14 pages provide a brief background on the aircraft both in English and German. The next 49 pages are full-color shots of the Harrier GR.9 and T.12 in RAF service includng combat operations in Operation Herrick. Most of the remaining pages go into an extensive up-close full-color walk around of the Harrier G.9 and Harrier T.12 variants. The camera takes you into just about every bay and cavity in the airframe plus looks at the ejection seats removed from the aircraft as well as at the array of pods and weapons carried on these aircraft.

The title concludes with five four-view color profiles of the common paint schemes complete with British Standard Color (BSC) paint numbers. Inserted at the end of the title is a set of 1/48 scale plans of the Harrier so you can have a good reference for your Trumpeter or Hasegawa project.

This new Fox Two series promises to be the ultimate modeler's reference and has raised the bar over similar titles currently on the market. I can't wait to see what comes next!

This title is available directly from AirDOC's website

My sincere thanks to AirDOC for this review sample!