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RAF Trainers Volume 2 — 1945-2012

RAF Trainers Volume 2 — 1945-2012 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review September 2013 Title RAF Trainers Volume 2 — 1945-2012
Author Peter Freeman with Tim Walsh Publisher AIRfile
Published 2013 ISBN 9780956980298
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £19.99


AIRfile completes its colorful coverage of British trainer schemes with Volume 2: RAF Trainers, 1945-2012.

And what a cool, kaleidoscopic compendium it is.  Under the able guidance of Series Editor Neil Robinson, authors Peter Freeman with Tim Walsh span the full spectrum of British trainers since World War II.

Over 160 color plates – mostly profiles – illustrate virtually every type and livery.  And all entries helpfully include descriptive captions with color notes and, for guys like me, reference.

Subjects range from positively plain to grossly gaudy.  Mosquitos and Gnats.  Jet Provosts and Jetstreams.  Tempests, Tucanos and Tornados.  Season with lots of stripes.  Dilute with some drabs.  And sweeten all with "Raspberry Ripple".  Heck, even a Gazelle and a Gripen flavor this fulsome feast.

Planning that next model project?  Seeking spectacular schemes?  You can't do better than this vivid volume.

This sequel was definitely worth the wait!

My sincere thanks to AIRfile Publications for this review sample!