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1960s in Colour No.1 - Meteor/Valiant/Beverley
by Martin Derry
laminated colour covers; 21.5cm x 28cm portrait format,
48 good quality satin-finish pages.
postage and packing available online from Dalrymple &
||Around 75 good
quality colour photographs, the majority having rarely
or never been published before. Range of subject
Reviewed by Steve Naylor
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Inevitably for many, the 1960's may seem like
a very long time ago now.
For those of us of a certain age however
(myself included), those decades feel like they were only
Viewed from this distance, of course, and
enhanced by greater personal knowledge and experience, those
years were the highwater mark in aviation history. Then, the
skies were filled with myriad aircraft types, the many
independent manufacturers still plied their trade and airshow
crowds still marvelled at the latest futuristic prototypes.
Luckily for us, some people also photographed what they saw,
leaving behind them a rich legacy of images to show us what was,
and what has now gone.
Martin Derry's introduction to this first book in a new series
from Dalrymple & Verdun, he sets out it's remit as providing,
“...a flavour of the past for enthusiasts and inspirational
images for the modeller”. To that we might also include, 'an
introduction to the past for the younger reader', for whom the
1960's are indeed 'ancient history'.
In this proposed series of six or more books,
the aim is to provide modellers and enthusiasts with access to
a collection of 35mm colour slides, of mainly British military
aviation subjects, held by the Newark Air Museum in
Nottinghamshire (UK). Most slides are from the 1960's, though a
few have been included from the 1950's, and the majority have
either rarely or never been published before.
Each book in the series follows a general
theme of including at least three aircraft, broadly classified
as fighter, bomber and transport/training. The mix of types in
each book, allows the more well known aircraft (e.g. the Meteor
and Valiant) to support a third (the Beverley) which would
probably not justify its own publication. In addition, the
publishers have also aimed to provide a mix of aircraft types,
available at a sub-£10.00 (GBP) price point, so as to appeal to
the novice and/or younger reader.
Getting to grips with the book itself then;
firstly, there are actually four chapters in this book, though
more about chapter four anon. The three main chapters cover (in
order); the Gloster and Armstrong Whitworth Meteor, the Vickers
Valiant and the Blackburn Beverley. Each chapter begins with a
couple of pages by way of an introduction, including basic
aircraft specifications, serial numbers allocated and details of
military service, though it should be noted that this is not
intended as an in-depth expose' on the type. The remainder of
each chapter is devoted to the excellent colour photographs,
each of which is briefly captioned with whatever information is
known about the aircraft and location. In some cases, full
information about the individual aircraft or location, etc. is
not known, thus the author and publishers invite the reader to
contact them with such information, for a possible future
addendum. Full of fascinating images, one of the highlights of
the first three chapters is Gloster Aircraft's own (civilian)
Meteor T.7 registered 'G-ANSO', resplendent in 'Larkspur Blue'
(see image of sample page).
Chapter four, which might be thought of as a
'bonus chapter', is entitled, 'Foreign Visitors to Britain'.
One phenomenon which is true of both amateur and professional
photographers alike, is that you go to an event to photograph
one thing and end up taking photos of any other 'oddball'
subjects that take your fancy. Inevitably, there will be images
of aircraft that do not fit into any particular category, so
what do you do with them? In this case, the publishers have
elected to include such aircraft in a supplementary chapter at
the end, allowing us to see images which might otherwise have
remained unused. Subjects include; Danish and French Air
Force's C-47's, RCAF Sabres and a Swedish SAAB J29 Tunnan, with
the highlights being the three shots of a USAF Boeing
Superfortress KB-50J tanker conversion from the 420th
Air Refuelling Squadron and a Sikorsky HRS-3 rescue helicopter,
stowed on the deck of an unidentified US warship, painted
overall in Insignia Red rather than International Orange.
Containing around 75 colour photographs, all
of very good quality, this modest book certainly does meet the
publishers remit as outlined at the beginning. Speaking to the
author at this year's Scalemodel World at Telford, I understand
that there are photos (colour slides) available for at least six
titles, possibly extending to eight, if the format proves
popular. For my own part, larger pictures would, perhaps, have
been preferable, but would almost certainly not have been
possible at this price.
All in all, an excellent little publication,
an ideal 'stocking-filler', which should suit most modeller's
pockets. With such clear images, as opposed to the 'box
brownie' photographs that most people at the time could have
afforded to have taken, I think we can all look forward to the
remainder of this series.
Thanks to Dalrymple & Verdun Publishing for the
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