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The Battle of Midway: 4th to 7th June 1942

The Battle of Midway: 4th to 7th June 1942 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review September 2019 Title The Battle of Midway: 4th to 7th June 1942
Author Patrick Branly, Libor Jekl, Steve A. Evans Publisher Valiant Wings Publishing
Published 2019 ISBN 978-1-912932-05-4
Format 80 pages, softcover MSRP (BP) £11.95

Review

Commemorate the decisive U.S. victory that turned the tide of WWII against Imperial Japan with The Battle of Midway: 4th to 7th June 1942 – tenth in Valiant Wings’ lavishly illustrated “Airframe Extra” range.

Contents follow the publisher’s familiar format.

A pithy précis of the pivotal four-day clash kick-starts coverage. But that simply suggests the battle’s model-project possibilities: the book’s pretty pictures really confirm the stunning range of participating Midway aircraft.

And Valiant Wings provides plenty. These include period photos, nose-art close-ups, maps, and at least 25 color profiles by Richard J Caruana.

Seven specially commissioned kit builds also season the survey. Steve A Evans provides four:

  • 1:48 Accurate Miniatures Vought SB2U Vindicator
  • 1:48 Accurate Miniatures Grumman Avenger
  • 1:48 Hasegawa Nakajima B5N “Kate” and
  • 1:144 Sweet A6M2b Zero double kit

And Libor Jekl offers three:

  • 1:72 Nakajima B5N2 Kate
  • 1:72 Hasegawa Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless
  • 1:72 Airfix Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

But illustrations largely skip the admittedly modest, but intriguing USAAF Midway forces: torpedo-packing B-26 Marauders and colorfully camouflaged B-17Es – the latter in vivid Hawaiian Air Depot warpaint. The profile of Capt William C Humberd’s Buffalo “MF-15” also does not depict an F2A-3 machine. And for reader enrichment, at least some sources should accompany Patrick Branly’s handy “history”.

Still, seeking topics for a “Midway” group build? This slim study affords excellent inspiration!

Recommended!

With thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for this review copy.