General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark and EF-111A Raven Book Review
|Date of Review||September 2016||Title||General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark and EF-111A Raven|
|Author||Charles Stafrace||Publisher||Guideline Publications|
|Format||92 pages, softbound||MSRP (GBP)||£19.00|
Pigs. Aardvarks. And Ravens.
That menagerie monopolizes No.104 in Guideline’s perennially popular “Warpaint” series: General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark and EF-111A Raven.
Ably authored by Charles Stafrace, the 92-page monograph competently covers F-111 design, development, deployment and – eventually – demise. I especially enjoyed sections on Operations Combat Lancer and Eldorado Canyon. Notes on Royal Australian Air Force Pigs proved interesting, too.
Dozens of color and B&W photos season Stafrace’s study. Richard J. Caruana’s 1:72-scale plans confirm the aircraft’s substantial size. And eight pages his superb color art – dozens of profiles and multi-views – provide plenty of model project inspiration.
Tables recap F-111 USAF bases and operational units. Three pages of close-up shots depict Aardvark and Raven details. And final lists summarize kits, decals and accessories.
What a handy handbook! Make it your introduction to one of history’s most intriguing warplanes.
My sincere thanks to Guideline Publications for this review sample!