in Navy Service
Douglas A-4E/F in Marines Service
S u m m a r y
|Title, ISBN and
||Douglas A-4E/F in Navy Service; ISBN
Douglas A4E/F in Marine Service; ISBN 0-942612-52-3; AUD$27
||Plenty of photos; good historical
and squadron coverage; variants described
||No colour photos in body of books.
||Both Highly Recommended
Reviewed by Paul
Today I received the two new Ginter A-4E/F books. After a brief scan I
thought I best pass on my findings to my fellow Hyperscalers.
Naval Fighters Number Fifty One is titled "Douglas A-4E/F in Navy
Service" (ISBN 0-942612-51-5). Perfect bound with full colour glossy
cover, the book contains 169 pages of black and white photos, line
drawings and publication extracts. The first 61 pages give a brief
history of the development of the type and an in depth description of
the major sub assemblies of the aircraft. This section relies heavily
on, what I assume is, manufacturers/USN publication extracts. Both
cockpits and seats are well illustrated though no photos are
included. The undercarriage is covered and excellent photos accompany
the TO extracts. The weapons carried by the Scooter are also covered
and well illustrated.
The next 105 pages cover each USN squadron (active, training, test,
aggressor and display) that operated the Scooter in it's years of
service. The squadrons formation and history are briefly described
with the emphasis of the text then moving to the units Skyhawk
history. Each squadron only receives a couple of pages and in the text
combat losses are described with pilot details and aircraft tail
number listed in most instances. The text describes the squadrons
eventual fate, whether it was upgrades or retired. Several photos of
the squadrons aircraft accompany the text.
The last couple of pages list the USN Scooter driver Navy Cross
winners and provide a list of major differences between the aircraft
types, finishing up with a three view plan of and A4E.
Fighters Number Fifty Two is titled "Douglas A4E/F in Marine Service"
(ISBN 0-942612-52-3). Full cover card cover with a stapled finish,
sixty four pages cover the USMC Scooter operators in the same format
as NF51. The last five pages briefly illustrate and describe the
available A4E/F kits, including the new Hasegawa and Hobbycraft
offerings. This book is a companion to NF51.
The fact that the only colour photos in either publication are on the
cover is a little disappointing but doesn't make the books less worthy
of seeking out. The black and white images are clear and provide a
catalyst for the modeller to do a little more research into a
particular colour scheme. For any modeller keen on Scooters, both
books are a 'must have' commodity.
Steve Ginter should be congratulated on these fine references. Steven
Albright co-wrote the USMC book.
I bought my books
from Craig Chidley (email@example.com
AeroWorks, 14 Lewis Court, Montague Farm,S.A. 5095 AUSTRALIA. The
books cost AUD$50 and AUD$27, plus GST, respectively. I highly
recommend Craig to any prospective purchaser.
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