Color by Lou Drendel, Don Greer
and Richard Hudson
S u m m a r y
||Walk Around Number 25
||Soft cover, landscape format, 80
pages plus covers (incl. 40 pages in full colour).
||Perfect format for modellers; extravagant
use of colour; packed with images; useful captions; excellent mix of
wartime and present-day photos; scrap-views and line drawings support
the subject well; nice range of colours and markings in 12 colour
||Highly Recommended as a one-stop
reference for anyone building an Avenger
Squadron/Signal's "Walk Around" series might just be the perfect
format for scale modellers. As a breed, we are hungry for detail, often skimming
many books in search of the perfect photograph for a particular aspect of our
The "Walk Around" series addresses this hunger with a lavish
feast of photographs in a concise package. "TBF/TBM Avenger Walk
Around" is no exception.
TBF/TBM Avenger Walk Around is presented in landscape format with 80
semi-gloss pages between its soft cardboard covers. Half of these pages
are in full colour.
The book wastes little time on words, permitting the photos and
captions to carry the narrative. A half page of close-typed text covers
the history of the aircraft from its design in 1939, to its post-war
Several pages of overall shots make way for the detail. We are
presented with multiple views on different aircraft, wartime and present
day. The book is arranged logically by sections of the aircraft. The
detail commences with the engine and cowl, moving in through the canopy to
the cockpit (which is very well covered), to the rear turret, the fuselage
interior, bomb bay and ordnance, wings, hard-points, flaps, wing folds,
wing guns, landing gear, wheel wells, empennage, tail surfaces and tail
wheel. Between one and four photos appear on each page. The photos are
generally quite large, with fine detail clearly visible.
Lou Drendel's captions reflect his long experience as a pilot and an
author, providing insights into the operation of the aircraft and drawing
attention to subtle points of interest. They add genuine value to the
The Walk Around section is followed by eight pages of colour profiles
and "in-service" operational photos.
This book will be an essential aid to the modeller planning to build Accurate
Miniatures' Avenger in 1/48 scale, or the Hasegawa or Academy kits in
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Avenger Walk Around is available online from
Review Copyright © 2001 by Brett
This Page Created on 28 April, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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