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Modeller's Datafile Number 11

The British Aerospace Sea Harrier

by Andy Evans

illustrated by David Howley
 

SAM Publications

 

 

S u m m a r y

Publisher and Catalogue Details: Modeller's Datafile Number 11
The British Aerospace Sea Harrier
by Andy Evans
illustrated by David Howley
SAM Publications
ISBN: 0-9551858-2-3
Media and Contents: Soft cover, 128 pp. plus double-sided, double A3 width fold out drawings and covers.
Price: 18.00 + p&p available online from SAM Publications
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: A nice one-stop reference for the modeller; well structured; useful walkaround and operational photos; attractive profiles; high standard of modelling and analysis of available kits in 1/24 and 1/48; excellent scale and scrap drawings in 1/48 scale.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 
Modeller's Datafile Number 11 is available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstRead


SAM Publications has added the British Aerospace Sea Harrier to its Modellers Datafile series. The modeller-friendly format of the 11th book in this series will be familiar to those who have purchased earlier titles.

The book comprises 128 pages plus double-sided, double A3 width fold out drawings between its glossy green covers. Text commences with a brief Introduction followed by a handy Glossary of Terms, covering both technology and naval ranks. Chapter One describes the Sea Harrier FRS.1 (Fighter, Reconnaissance and Strike). This chapter summarises development, trials and history.

Next come Chapters on the T.4N trainer, the Falklands War, Ski Jumping and the Indian Navy version of the Sea Harrier, the FRS.51/T.60.

The following Chapter focuses on the heavily reworked Sea Harrier FRS.2 / F/A.2 (same aircraft, different designation), followed by sections on AMRAAM trials and the T.8N trainer.

The next three Chapters cover the 899 Sqn Anniversary Colour Scheme, and the history and decommissioning of nos. 800 and 801 Squadron.

Eight pages of colour profiles are followed with artwork of Sea Harrier badges and histories, then various walkaround photos and technical details across several Chapters. Airfix 1/24 scale Sea Harrier kits plus 1/48 scale FSR.1 and F/A.2 kits come next, with some very handy and well laid out suggestions for corrections and detailing.

The book is rounded out with tables summarizing available accessories and conversions, decals, Harrier histories and a bibliography

Inside the rear cover is a double-A3 width, double sided fold-out sheet of 1/48 scale drawings of the FRS.1 and F/A.2, with scrap views of the important distinguishing characteristics. Drawings include profile, top and bottom plan, and forward and rear views of both variants.

 

 

Conclusion

 

"The British Aerospace Sea Harrier" is a very helpful modeller's reference for these important jump jet naval fighters.

Its 128 pages contain a helpful blend of historical and modelling information, supported with copious in-service photos, technical drawings, colour walkarounds and inspiration via artwork and assembled models.

If you have the slightest interest in the Sea Harrier, this is one book that should be on your shelves.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to SAM Publications for the review sample.


Review Text Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 16 November, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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