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Convair B-36 ‘Peacemaker’

Convair B-36 ‘Peacemaker’ Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review September 2015 Title Convair B-36 ‘Peacemaker’
Author Kev Darling Publisher Guideline Publications
Published 2015 ISBN n/a
Format 50 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £15.00


Tackling Hobbycraft's 1:144 B-36? Modeling Monogram's massive 1:72 "Peacemaker"?

Grab this handy handbook.

Kev Darling deftly details the colorful career of SAC's incomparable "Big Stick" in Convair B-36 'Peacemaker' – 102nd installment in the celebrated "Warplanes" series.

Having cut my teeth at age 5 on Revell's "box-scale" B-36, I candidly confess special fondness for the subject. And author Darling wonderfully recaps the fascinating development, service and variants of, arguably, America's most recognizable Cold-War deterrent.

At least 90 B&W, color and detail shots – most sourced from renowned B-36 historian Dennis R Jenkins – grace this succinct, 50-page study. And nine pages of color plates by Richard J. Caruana provide plenty of inspiration for modelers of Monogram's and Hobbycraft's respective releases.

Tables include B-36 specifications, operational units and production by serial numbers. Sections also cover stillborn FICON, YB-60 and XC-99 derivatives. And a final list summarizes kits, decals and accessories.

I thoroughly enjoyed this terrific little tome. Make it your introduction to one of history's most intriguing warplanes.

Robustly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Guideline Publications for this review sample!