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Grumman F2F/F3F And Civilian Variants

Grumman F2F/F3F And Civilian Variants Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review October 2020 Title Grumman F2F/F3F And Civilian Variants
Author Richard S. Dann Publisher Ginter Books
Published 2020 ISBN 978-1-7349727-2-6
Format 192 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $44.95

Review

Richard S. Dann recaps the terrific tale of America’s last operational biplane fighters in Grumman F2F/F3F And Civilian Variants – No. 112 in Ginter Books’ vast “Naval Fighters” range.

And what a pithy, picture-packed study it is.

Coverage follows the publisher’s proven prescription.

After introductory notes on Grumman’s pioneering retractible undercarriage, airframe construction, and initial FF series, Dann deftly dissects the F2F and F3F in striking detail – nose to tail, top to bottom, inside and out.

Hobbyists will love it. Several hundred photos, drawings and technical-manual excerpts tincture text. And Dann even provides a stencil diagram!

Commentary chronicles design, development, and deployment. Charts and diagrams further spice the story. Text comes packed with anecdotes and service notes. And Ginter’s usual model section recaps F3F kits to 1:87, 1:72, 1:48, and 1:32 scales.

This meaty monograph remains a potent project reference for Grumman’s rotund little biplanes. It also nicely complements Ginter’s recent US Navy “Golden Age” studies of Brewster’s F2A Buffalo and Vought’s S2BU Vindicator.

Now how about a comparable chronicle of Curtiss’ classic SBC Helldiver scout bombers? Pretty please, Ginter Books?

Roundly recommended!

With thanks to Ginter Books!