The Hawker Typhoon Book Review
By David L. Veres
|Date of Review||July 2022||Title||The Hawker Typhoon|
|Author||Richard A Franks||Publisher||Valiant Wings Publishing|
|Format||176 pages, softcover||MSRP (BP)||£22.95|
The first edition of this handy handbook appeared over ten years ago. And the second – released in 2015 – proved so popular that it, too, quickly sold-out.
Now the third incarnation, further updated and revised, of The Hawker Typhoon – second in Valiant Wings’ terrific “Airframe & Miniature” series – joins the publisher’s welcome range of re-releases.
So get it while you can.
Billed as “A Complete Guide To The RAF’s Classic Ground-Attack Fighter”, coverage spans 176 picture-packed pages in the publisher’s familiar format.
As before, “airframe” contents commence with a handy history, segue to production & proposed versions, and move to Typhoon liveries.
Lots of eye candy tints text. And camouflage & markings mavens will appreciate the color profiles and authoritative national insignia specs.
So will modelers – especially as sections stroll into “miniature” territory. There you’ll find a thorough list of available kits and sumptuous suite of model builds to 1:72, 1:48, 1:32, and 1:24 scales. These include both “car door” and “bubble top” examples by noted modelers Libor Jekl, Steve A. Evans, Dani Zamarbide, and John Wilkes.
Valiant Wings’ meaty monograph also sports extra pages of walk-around shots, technical diagrams, archival images, isometric variant views, fold-out 1:48 scale plans, and more.
Five updated appendices survey kits, accessories, decals & masks, Tornado & Typhoon production, and references. And pull-out 1:48-scale plans complete contents.
With thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for the review copy.