LATINO AERIAL COMBATANTS
Helion & Company’s second instalment on the air war between Ecuador and Peru is excellent reference for modelling on a theme.
The two world wars are constant influences for modelling, but if you want to take a different avenue for variety’s sake, smaller conflicts can offer a wealth of interesting choices.
Publisher Helion & Company’s softback focus in the Latin America@War series, Air Wars Between Ecuador and Peru, certainly offers inspiration and excellent reference for building the aircraft involved. This second volume, Falso Paquisha! Aerial Operations Over the Condor Mountain range, 1981, is the first authoritative account of this ‘forgotten war’, and provides a superb selection of mostly black-and-white photos, supported by high-quality colour artwork.
Overviews of both Peruvian and Ecuadorian air arms are examined in general, but more detailed study of their employment is present too, and the types are varied; aircraft featuring on the pages include the Hawker Hunter, English Electric Canberra, a variety of Mirage variants, the Mi-8 helicopter, Sukhoi Fitters, and many, many more.
The narrative is fascinating, and gives ample context to the proceedings, while the photos, colour profiles and their captions are packed with detail regarding liveries, weapons loads and structural nuances. And the main text also delves into ordnance employed on specific missions, for greater accuracy in scale portrayals.
All the aircraft types shown are available in one scale or another, and via kit/aftermarket decal sheets, spares box items and a little scratch-building or conversion work, you can amass a worthy collection of the machines involved. Standout examples are the eye-popping Peruvian Bell 212 in bright red and Day-Glo orange, A-37B Dragonflys in desert hues, Jaguars and the Su-22… but there is huge choice to keep any aircraft modeller interested and busy.
The book costs just £16.95, representing great value, and is available via: www.casematepublishing.co.uk
Air Wars Between Ecuador and Peru Volume 2: Falso Paquisha Aerial Operations Over the Condor Mountain Range, 1981
By: Amaru Tincopa
291 x 210mm