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Lancaster B Mk.I

Lancaster B Mk.I Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2009 Title Lancaster B Mk.I
Author Ray Rimell Publisher Linewrights Ltd
Published 1986 ISBN 0-946958-19-X
Format 32 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $12.95-$18.95


As I was rummaging through one of my Lancaster kits, I found this title that I'd stashed away years ago to help with that project. Linewrights Ltd produce an interesting array of monographs that are dedicated to a specific subject, in this case the Lancaster B.I. The title was released in 1986, but a quick check of many online stockists show that this title and others out of the series are still available.

The title has a detailed set of photos from various museums around the UK and all of the photos inside the title are black and white. While you'll find similar shots here in our photo references, the age of the internet was still a decade away and titles like these were some of the few inexpensive references for modelers.

So what do I think of this title now that I've photographed several of these same aircraft? I am keeping this one! While I have had the privilege of seeing these aircraft in various museums, the author has blended these walk around shots with a nice array of period photographs and detail diagrams that will prove VERY handy for my Lancaster builds. The shots of the turret interiors with the perspex covers removed will be very handy for adding the details missing in some of these kits.

If you're looking to build up your own reference library on subjects that you don't currently have covered, especially with photos and information oriented to the modeler, check out this and other titles out of the Linewrights series.

Definitely recommended!