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Aviation Workshop
On Target Profile Plus 13

English Electric Lightning in Worldwide Service

by Andy J. Donovan
Illustrated by Peter Scott

Model Alliance
 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Aviation Workshop On Target Profile Plus 13
English Electric Lightning in Worldwide Service
by Andy J. Donovan. Illustrated by Peter Scott
Model Alliance
ISBN: 1-904643-28-0
Media: Soft cover; A4 format; 88 pages plus covers
Price: GBP £18.50 available online from The Aviation Workshop
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Packed with attractive profiles; many and varied colours and markings across all Lightning operators; logically organised; includes operational and walkaround photos; detailed and useful captions describing ops, colours, markings and unusual features; specific references cited.
Disadvantages:  
Conclusion: A great source of inspiration for modellers, and excellent timing with new kits from Trumpeter in 1/72 and 1/32 scales, and the impending re-release of the Airfix 1/48 scale kit by Eduard.

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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The Aviation Workshop has released another timely title in their excellent "On Target Profile Plus" series. The subject is the English Eectric Lightning in Worldwide Service.

The book comprises 88 pages in full colour. The structure of the book is the familiar style of earlier "On Target" titles - some descriptive text at the beginning of each Chapter followed by colour profiles and detailed useful captions.

 

 

Chapter layout is logical, and covers the prototypes, development and the single seat and dual seat Lightning in worldwide service.

The specific chapters are:

  • Lightning Prototype / Development

  • Lightning in Service with the Royal Air Force

  • Lightning in Service with the Royal Saudi Air Force

  • Lightning in Service with the Kuwaiti Air Force

The "Plus" reference in the book's title presumaby refers to the wealth of reference photos of operational Lightnings in RAF and worldwide service interspersed in each Chapter. This is especially useful to modellers, as the artwork will provide the inspiration; but a photo will identify a myriad of minutiae.

Captions accompanying the profiles and photos are detailed and useful.

The authors are to be commended for rooting out some of the most varied and colourful schemes seen on the English Electric Lightning. All major finishes are covered in profile, as are most of the special markings carried by these spectacular Mach 2 interceptors.

All schemes are well depicted in colour profiles by artist Peter Scott. The aircraft are often shown with ordnance in place, and there is a generous allowance of four-view (both sides plus top and bottom) colour illustrations supplementing the profiles every few pages.

Timing of this book is excellent with new kits from Trumpeter in 1/72 and 1/32 scales, and the impending re-release of the Airfix 1/48 scale kit by Eduard.

If you have the slightest interest in the colours and markings of the English Electric Lightning, or if you are seeking inspiration for your next modelling project, you need look no further than Aviation Workshop's On Target Profile Plus 13.

Thanks to Model Alliance  for the review sample.


Review Copyright 2008 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 9 November, 2008
Last updated 9 November, 2008

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