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Gloster Gauntlet

Gloster Gauntlet Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review October 2018 Title Gloster Gauntlet
Author Alex Crawford Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2018 ISBN 9788365281616
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £15.00

Review

MMP expertly examines a colorful biplane classic in Gloster Gauntlet – 8118 in the publisher's Orange Series.

Revised and expanded from his previous Bristol Bulldog and Gloster Gauntlet, author Alex Crawford deftly details his singular subject in 80 picture-packed pages.

Coverage follows MMP's familiar format. Contents commence with "development and production" notes. Service and color & markings summaries follow – first British, then foreign. And 14 pages of color profile, plan, and inset plates sample Gauntlet camouflage & markings.

Gloster's little warplane actually served during World War II. Most soldiered in stopgap and second-line roles. But some Commonwealth machines saw combat in Africa – where one RAF example reportedly downed a Regia Aeronautica Caproni Ca.133. Danish Gauntlets also faced the fury of Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe in April 1940. And against the Soviets during the 1939-40 Winter War – and later in Continuation War fighting – Finland employed them as operational trainers.

Modeler's will especially enjoy this effort. 1:72-scale drawings recap variants – both developmental and operational. Dozens of B&W shots and tech-manual excerpts also season the survey. And a color section features shots of the only surviving, flyable example in Finland.

Recommended!

With thanks to Casemate for the review copy.

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