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F4F and FM Wildcat in Detail and Scale

F4F and FM Wildcat in Detail and Scale Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2018 Title F4F and FM Wildcat in Detail and Scale
Author Bert Kinzey, Rock Roszak Publisher Detail and Scale Aviation Publications
Published 2018 ISBN N/A
Format 320+ pages, electronic (iBook and Kindle)
108 pages, softbound
MSRP (USD) $12.99 electronic
$19.99 hardcopy


Detail and Scale is back with another electronic title in their growing library of digital references. This latest release takes the two titles previously released by Detail and Scale back in 1988 and 2000, adds new material, and renders this comprehensive reference for all things Wildcat. As with their previous titles, this electronic book uses the interactive features of the iPad and Kindle which you cannot replicate in printed titles. What does that mean to you?

  • You can use menu hyperlinks to jump straight to a section of interest
  • You can expand photos and drawings to full-screen
  • You can zoom in on details in photos and drawings for a closer look
  • You can search for specific text within the title
  • You can bookmark items of interest
  • You can highlight and annotate the book with your own notes

This format still provides the great insight into the subject, but there's lots more of it at your fingertips. What's more, my iPad is no heavier with 320 more pages of reference inside...

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You can see in the sample pages above how the format is familiar, but when I tap the image and use two fingers to expand it, I can see the original high-resolution image, right down to the rivet details.

Coverage includes:

  • Wildcat History
  • Wildcat Variants
  • French G-36A
  • British Martlets and Wildcats
  • Wildcat Details
  • Wildcat Paint Schemes and Colors
  • Modeler's Section

As the table of contents show, you'll see many excellent photos of the aircraft from period imagery, plus an array of nice period and contemporary color photos of the aircraft up-close as they also provide the in-depth walk-around reference.

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As usual, the title also includes a nice array of color profiles which show how the Wildcat appeared at different time periods before and during World War II, in the Pacific and Atlantic Theaters, out of the Grumman and Goodyear factories, and in service with the USN, USMC, RAF/Royal Navy, France, and others.

Head over to Amazon or the iTunes Store and order a copy. This technology is also truly instant gratification as the title will download to your tablet on completion of your purchase.

For more information about this and other titles, visit their website.

Definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Detail & Scale for this review copy.