The Hawker Sea Fury
A Complete Guide to the Fleet Air Arm's Last Piston Engine Fighter
by Richard Franks
Valiant Wings Publishing
Airframe Album No.2
S u m m a r y
|Publisher and Title:
||Valiant Wings Publications – Airframe Album No.2
The Hawker Sea Fury: A Complete Guide to the Fleet Air Arm's Last Piston Engine Fighter
by Richard Franks
||Soft cover, 100 pages, A4 format.
|| £15.95 plus postage available online from Valiant Wings
||Comprehensive examination of the Sea Fury airframe and its evolution; superb illustrations; overview of Sea Fury kits in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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This is Valiant Wings Publishing second book in their new “Airframe” series which directly targets the modeller who is seeking reference to detail their latest creation.
Some brief background on the Hawker Sea Fury first. It traces its roots back to Hawker’s World War Two fighters the Typhoon and Tempest and the Sydney Camm designed Hawker Fury lightweight Tempest Mk. II replacement. The first Sea Fury flew on 21 February 1945, powered by a Bristol Centaurus XII engine. Whilst this machine sported a stinger-type tail hook for arrested carrier landings it lacked folding wings. The second prototype was built with folding wings and flew on 12 October 1945 powered by a Bristol Centaurus XV fitted with five-bladed Rotol propeller.
The aircraft entered service with the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm in 1947 and served until 1955. It was also saw service with a number of different countries including Australia, Canada, Holland, as well as other operators.
It still flies today in the hands of enthusiasts in both “stock” and highly modified air racing condition.
The book is laid out is as follows:
Fuselage – the cockpit interior, canopy, main and aft fuselage, fuel, hydraulic, oil and oxygen systems
Camouflage & Markings – 23 pages. A full written description of each “main” colour scheme and their variation/evolution worn by the Sea Fury from prototype onwards with separate coverage for versions from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Pakistan, Iraq, Burma, Cuba, Egypt, Morroco, and West Germany (TT Mk 20s as well as their only single seat FB Mk 50). This section also includes six pages of colour profiles showing the schemes worn by the various operators of the type.
The book is softbound with 98 pages of good quality glossy paper and measures 8″ x 11″.
A busy book indeed, it lives up to the Valiant Wings Publishing ethos of providing information just about every facet of the Sea Fury that a modeller could possibly want.
Definitely worthy of a place in the modellers bookshelf!
Thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for the sample.
Review Copyright © 2013 by Rodger Kelly
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