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F4D/F-6 Skyray and F5D Skylancer

F4D/F-6 Skyray and F5D Skylancer Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2018 Title F4D/F-6 Skyray and F5D Skylancer
Author Tony Buttler Publisher Guideline Publications
Published 2018 ISBN n/a
Format 56 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £14.00


Among the comeliest American fighters of the 1950s and '60s was Douglas' F4D/F-6 Skyray – the only pure delta to achieve US Navy and US Marine Corps operational service.

Now Tony Buttler deftly details Douglas' daring design – and its stillborn Skylancer successor – in Warpaint's latest monograph.

Number 117 in the legendary series, the succinct, 56-page study spans the total tale –development, deployment, and disposition.

Buttler's copiously illustrated compendium sports dozens of color and B&W photos. I counted almost 150 crisp, clear images.

Richard J. Caruana's superb color profiles sample the vivid swath of Skyray camouflage & markings. And his 1:72-scale drawings will help fact-check your favorite scale "Ford".

Tables also recap Skyray production, BuNos, units, tail codes, and specifications. And a seven-page section summarizes "what might have been" – Skyray's unsuccessful scion, the F5D Skylancer.

Modelers will love the two-page "in detail" coverage. And a full page listing of Skyray and Skylancer kits, decals, and accessories nicely wrap things up.

"Skyrays," Buttler notes, "never fired a shot in anger". But for over 60 years – from Lindberg's and Hawk's early kits through Airfix's offering to Tamiya's gorgeous efforts – it's remained a modeling favorite. And this Warpaint title perfectly illustrates why.


My sincere thanks to Guideline Publications for this review sample!