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The Hawker Typhoon

The Hawker Typhoon Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2011 Title The Hawker Typhoon
Author Richard A Franks Publisher Valiant Wings Publishing
Published 2011 ISBN 978-0-9567198-1-2
Format 128 pages, softcover MSRP (BP) £17.95


Valiant Wings is back with their second title - the Hawker Typhoon. In their first title, the Me 262, Richard Franks pulled together all of the information useful for the modeler as well as aviation enthusiast into one book. This information ranged from the different versions of the Me 262, the visible details that distinguish each version, the camouflage used on these aircraft, versions that never left the drawing board, and then a look at the kits, details and decals available for this subject.

The Hawker Typhoon follows in the same footsteps of the Me 262 title and provides some one-stop knowledge inside one cover. Take a look at their coverage:

  • Airframe Chapters
    • Evolution: Tornado
    • Evolution: Typhoon
    • Typhoon Production Variants
    • Drawing Board Projects
    • Camouflage and Markings
    • Survivor
  • Miniature Chapters
    • Hawker Typhoon Kits
    • Building a Selection
    • Building a Collection
    • In Detail: The Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB
  • Appendices
    • Tornado and Typhoon Kit List
    • Tornado and Typhoon Accessory List
    • Typhoon Decal List
    • Tornado and Typhoon Production
    • Bibliography

They walk you through the important aspects of the aircraft from a modeler's point of view before taking you through the kits and then those all-important details you'll want to capture or highlight in your own builds. In their 'Build a Selection' section, they review several key kits in each scale that are currently available. This is followed by an innovative 'Build a Collection' concept which goes through the various prototypes, production, and drawing board projects, highlight the details/changes needed to replicate each variant, then provide recommended kits in each scale to get your started.

While you might find much of this information online or in the various titles out there on the Typhoon, getting to the information you might need quickly and efficiently may be like the optimistic child in the famous tale who is digging through the pile of poo looking for the pony. While I pride myself on having a great research library, digging through various titles to try to pull together some useful information takes time and that is time away from the hobby bench. Useful titles like this one gather all of that information useful to the scale modeler and transforms it into knowledge at your fingertips.

This title is well done and should be on your bench before you undertake your next Typhoon build. I look forward to seeing what is coming next from this team as this format is really useful.

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