FURIOUS FIGHTER FAMILY DESCRIBED
If you’re considering a build of an FJ Fury up to and including the -3M sub-type, you’d be wise to buy a copy of Detail & Scale’s new reference book as a guide to accuracy.
The FJ Fury is a fascinating subject and these aircraft variants were an important part of US Navy/Marine Corps aviation history. There are various kits in 1/72 and 1/48 scales, but you’ll be much better educated on the structural nuances of these and the real aircraft with Detail & Scale’s excellent new book, FJ Fury Part 1: Prototypes Through FJ-3 Variants – this now the 12th volume in the Detail & Scale series.
After introductory and development sections, which encompass all proto/sub-types, each variant is explored in depth. A superb selection of period photographs, in colour and black and white, show every angle (and give a good account of colours and markings), while close-up shots of museum exhibits are thoroughly useful in helping to understand the intricacies of the different versions – so you can update whatever kit you’re building, and/or add features that are missing. An example of handy content is the drawing on page 23, which overlays profile and underside views of the F-86 and FJ-2, especially pertinent if you wish to tackle Italeri’s new re-boxing of ESCI’s 1/48 FJ-2/3 Fury; see: www.keymodelworld.com/article/sea-sabre-re-issue
Other supporting text/imagery includes tables listing units, bases and the like, illustrations of ejection seats used in the FJ-2/3, and drawings of Sidewinder missile pylons and launch rails.
And arguably the most important of all is the chapter on past and present model kits in 1/72 and 1/48 scales (and some aftermarket accessories). Here, each product is described in detail, the narrative covering overall quality, positive and negative aspects, and availability.
Completing the focus is a selection of well-executed colour profiles of different FJ Fury versions, to inspire and inform in your choice of colour scheme and markings. Building one aircraft sub-type often leads to thoughts of others in the series, and this book is especially useful for anyone wanting to know the details of more than just one variant. It’s an essential study of an interesting group of aircraft, and their associated scale replicas….and highly recommended. Note that the the FJ-4 and -4B Fury will be covered in a
FJ Fury Part 1: Prototypes Through FJ-3 Variants in detail & scale
By: Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak
Format: Softback, 282 x 219mm
Price: USD $19.99, digital (Apple Book and Kindle) USD $12.99