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Title and Author
by Andy Evans
Dalrymple & Verdun Publishing 2007
laminated colour covers; 21.5cm x 28cm portrait format,
80 good quality satin-finish pages. Fifteen pages
containing 35 colour profiles by Richard J Caruana plus
over 100 reference photographs.
postage and packing available online from Dalrymple &
timely monograph, on an important UK aircraft; superb
collection of predominantly colour photographs;
excellent colour profiles by Richard J Caruana.
Reviewed by Steve Naylor
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Having begun the series with the
Shackleton, this latest title from Dalrymple & Verdun
Publishing, covers that aircraft's successor in the maritime
reconnaissance role (and much more), the Hawker Siddeley/BAe
Nimrod. This is a timely appearance coming, as it does, whilst
the present fleet of aircraft are experiencing some 'in-service
difficulties' and also just as something 'Nimrod-shaped' is
about to gladden the hearts of modellers everywhere (well, those
in 'Braille Scale' anyway). Enough 'banter' though, lets get
down to business.
book, running to 80 pages, is just under A4 in size and as
usual, has soft glossy covers. On this occasion however, the
distinctive 'Pop Art' style cover artwork of the proceeding
titles, has been replaced by a more conventional, though no less
dramatic, photograph of a Nimrod MRA.4 posed diagonally across
the front. Under the covers, the text is printed on
semi-gloss/satin pages, in the two-columns-per-page style we
have come to expect.
Apart from the very informative and detailed
text which will be described presently, it is the supporting
photographs which are again the highlight of this book. Those
included are particularly useful, given that the vast majority
of them are in colour and derived from a number of sources.
These include not only the author himself (a well known
modelling magazine editor and author of several other aviation
titles) as well as from various RAF/Nimrod units and from the
aircraft manufacturer's personnel, but also include photographs
from Trevor Snowden of Hornby Hobbies Limited. The latter's
inclusion will probably not come as a surprise to modellers,
given the imminent release of the new Airfix Nimrod
MR.1/MR.2/MR2P in 1:72 scale, as alluded to in the opening
paragraph. Good photographic references for the Nimrod are
somewhat limited, so this new book will find a ready audience
amongst prospective modellers, providing them with more than
enough detail to complete their forthcoming purchases.
To complement the photographs, 15 pages are
devoted to 35 colour side profiles and 4-view illustrations by
Richard J Caruana, covering the Nimrod MR.1, R.1, MR.2/MR.2P and
AEW.3 variants. On this occasion however, there are no cutaway
or technical illustrations from the manuals included, nor are
any scale plans provided. Whilst such omissions may be a
disappointment to some, Mr. Caruana's illustrations are
excellent and show an interesting variety of schemes, the
diversity of which, may be a surprise to many.
[Although this is not directly related to
this review, modellers can also take comfort from the news that
Model Alliance have a number of decal sheets for the forthcoming
Airfix Nimrod in the pipeline, which (from a recent magazine
preview at any rate) would seem to have been chosen in
collaboration with this book, since most (all?) of them also
seem to be subjects of some of Mr. Caruana's illustrations].
Turning to the book's text, this is, for a
seemingly slim volume, a reasonably detailed dissertation on the
Nimrod's development and service history, though by definition,
some of the aircraft's operations are/were clandestine and
therefore shrouded in some secrecy. Eschewing the need for a
conventional 'Forward', the Nimrod's story is covered in four
chapters, three appendices and a page of abbreviations and
Chapter one details the birth of the Nimrod,
caused by the need to replace the ageing Shackleton, focussing
on the early prototypes and then the MR.1 and MR.2 variants.
Chapter two looks at the changing operational needs, moving from
the historic (maritime patrol and reconnaissance) to the modern
(electronic intelligence gathering and airborne early warning).
As such, this covers the development and service of the Nimrod
R.1 (involving the RAF's 51 squadron), the abortive AEW.3
project and the Nimrod MRA.4 solution. Chapter three covers the
Nimrod's wartime record, involving the Falklands, the 1991 Gulf
War, Bosnia, the 2003 Gulf War and finally in Afghanistan.
Chapter four rounds off the book, with details of the RAF Nimrod
squadrons and overviews of their operations to date.
As previously mentioned, there are three
'Nimrod in Detail', containing six pages of colour
'walk-around' style photographs of
the salient details (this is adequate, though
by no means comprehensive), as well as photographs of some
special squadron markings and nose art. Also in this appendix,
are the aforementioned colour profile and 4-view illustrations.
'Nimrod in Conclusion', a single page devoted to the
current concerns regarding the
Nimrod's safety record and structural
'Nimrod Production', a full list of production airframes,
with notes on current/eventual
disposition, etc. and basic technical data on
the various Nimrod variants.
The book concludes with an
As confirmed by this book's title, my
dictionary alludes to the 'hunter' epithet attached to the name
'Nimrod', but as a secondary 'trait' it also mentions 'Great
Sportsman'. Well, given the Nimrod's great endurance, vision,
intelligence and offensive capability, I think we can assume
that triathlons or heptathlons are it's sporting forte', and
this book ably tells the story of a thoroughbred aircraft, born
out of the Comet, able to take on all-comers.
‘The Nimrod - Mighty Hunter’ is another
excellent title from Dalrymple & Verdun, and one which will
appeal to many, not just those with an interest in maritime
aviation. Useful photographs, coupled to an informative text
containing much technical information on the various avionic,
weapon and information gathering equipment fitted, make this an
ideal book for those wanting to know more about this enigmatic,
Thanks to Dalrymple & Verdun Publishing for the
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