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F-8 and RF-8 Crusader in Detail and Scale

F-8 and RF-8 Crusader in Detail and Scale Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2019 Title F-8 and RF-8 Crusader in Detail and Scale
Author Bert Kinzey, Rock Roszak Publisher Detail and Scale Aviation Publications
Published 2019 ISBN N/A
Format 260+ pages, electronic (iBook and Kindle)
106 pages, softbound
MSRP (USD) $12.99 electronic
$19.99 hardcopy


Detail and Scale has returned with another electronic title in their growing library of digital references. This title is another update to a previously published book and, like the previous releases, greatly expands the valuable content in both quantity and interactivity. 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

If you missed our look at the previous Detail and Scale release covering the F4F/FM Wildcat, you'll also note that they've resumed production of hardcopy versions as well. For those modelers who are not inclined to use electronic devices for viewing modeling references, the softbound hardcopy versions are also available and feature more pages and photos than their original 1988 version.

Coverage includes:

  • Crusader History
  • Crusader Variants
  • NASA Crusaders
  • Foreign Crusaders
  • The Crusader in Vietnam
  • Crusader Details
  • Modeler's Section

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. As usual, the title also includes a nice array of color profiles which show the various color schemes of the Crusader while assigned to different squadrons during its career.

You'll also have an in-depth look at the various kits produced of the aircraft in a variety of popular scales with commentary on how to bring each kit in question up to an accurate representation. Whether building Platz's 1/144 kit or Trumpeter's massive 1/32 kit, the photos, profiles, and references in this title will make your build so much easier.

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.