CARRIER-BORNE ‘MUD-MOVERS’ BOOK BY DETAIL & SCALE

US publisher Detail & Scale has released a splendid new softback reference – Attack Aircraft of the US Navy and Marine Corps.

CARRIER-BORNE ‘MUD-MOVERS’ BOOK BY DETAIL & SCALE

As technologies and tactics develop, military doctrines and paradigms shift – as a case in point, the US Navy’s move to ‘attack’ carrier-based aircraft is the subject of Detail & Scale’s new 113-page book, focusing on various types with ‘A’ prefixes.

The introduction explains much of the backdrop and development of these tactics, highlighting the aircraft themselves and their deployments as the narrative progresses. Those covered – including the AU-1 Corsair, AF-2 Guardian, A-1 Skyraider, A-4 Skyhawk, A-6 Intruder, A-7 Corsair II and AV-8 Harrier – receive individual chapters containing more detailed information, data tables and further study. Happily, many kits of the aforementioned aircraft are available, in different scales, so you can employ this book while flexing your creative muscles.

CARRIER-BORNE ‘MUD-MOVERS’ BOOK BY DETAIL & SCALE

Period photos are included and many are full-colour shots, acting as a visual tutorial on tonal differences, markings and weathering. Specifically targeting modelling work, elements such as wing-folds, undercarriage, launch fittings and armaments are depicted and offer valuable reference. Speaking of weaponry, myriad stores are shown being carried by the relevant aircraft, and this is highly useful as modellers often become confused in this area; many a great build slips into inaccuracy due to the incorrect fitting/selection of bombs, missiles and the like. The captions are similarly detailed and help to highlight the interesting features, markings or variances of the scene for reader benefit.

CARRIER-BORNE ‘MUD-MOVERS’ BOOK BY DETAIL & SCALE

Snazzy artwork

There are full-colour side-view profiles in several chapters – these usually depict vivid airframes or notable examples of the most popular aircraft – but not every type is subjected to this treatment and further examples would be greatly beneficial. That said, there’s no shortage of imagery throughout and all of it is of superb quality. As such, the overall package is invaluable. There’s plenty within these pages to aid modelling efforts on any of the aircraft types therein, plus vital background to light the inspirational touchpaper and entice the reader. It costs $21.99 direct from Detail & Scale and note that a digital version is also available.

CARRIER-BORNE ‘MUD-MOVERS’ BOOK BY DETAIL & SCALE

Attack Aircraft of the US Navy and Marine Corps
By: Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak
Format: 281 x 216mm
ISBN: 979-8-8020568-9-9

CARRIER-BORNE ‘MUD-MOVERS’ BOOK BY DETAIL & SCALE