Convair B-36 ‘Peacemaker’ Book Review
|Date of Review||September 2015||Title||Convair B-36 ‘Peacemaker’|
|Author||Kev Darling||Publisher||Guideline Publications|
|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.
My sincere thanks to Guideline Publications for this review sample!