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The Heinkel He 162

The Heinkel He 162 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review July 2018 Title The Heinkel He 162
Author Richard A Franks Publisher Valiant Wings Publishing
Published 2018 ISBN 978-0-9957773-4-7
Format 90 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £16.95


Santa came early this year.

The Heinkel He 162 – 13th installment in Valiant Wings' terrific "Airframe Album" series – recaps the "Luftwaffe's Volksjäger" in downright dazzling detail.

Format follows the publisher's proven prescription. After a handy glossary and history, author Richard A. Franks scrutinizes He 162:

  • technical description
  • airframe details
  • prototype, production and projected variants
  • camouflage & markings

In some instances, Franks' competent chronicle corrects errors – and challenges orthodoxy. Did you know, for instance, that those neat lineups of He 162s at Leck occurred after British forces occupied the base – not before? Franks also offers some fresh interpretations of He 162 colors – notably use of overall RLM 63 instead of RLM 02.

The profusely illustrated, 90-page monograph sports hundreds of drawings, tech-manual excerpts and color & B&W photos. Coverage contains a complete stencil suite with locations in a full-page, 1:48-scale multi-view. And Richard J. Caruana's coruscating color plates survey the all-too-brief burst of Volksjäger plumage.

Modelers enjoy attention, too: Steve Evans builds and reviews Tamiya's superb 1:48 "Salamander". And three appendices – scale model kits, accessories & decals, and selected bibliography – conclude contents.

Valiant Wings produce some of the world's finest aircraft monographs. And I loved this excellent effort. But that's "Alles Kaputt" – not "Allies Kaputt"!

Rabidly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for this review copy.