by Jim Mesko
Color by Don Greer
John Lowe & Richard Hudson
S u m m a r y
||Aircraft Number 182
||Soft cover, landscape format, 50
pages plus covers (incl. 2 pages in full colour).
||USD$8.46 from Squadron.com
||Compact and useful format for
modellers; summary coverage of entire Banshee family including Korean War
service and Canadian
operations; packed with helpfully captioned photos; attractive cover art -
front and back; supporting narrative text.
FH/F2H Banshee In Action is available online from
McDonnell was an aircraft company undertaking sub-assembly work from major
manufacturers during the Second World War. During this period, the company also
received funding from the US Army to develop its own twin-engine fighter, the
XP-67 Moonbat. Although this design did not receive a Government contract, a
similar airframe was mated to two Westinghouse turbojet engines to create the
With the awarding of a contract for 100 aircraft, the Phantom became the
first US Navy jet fighter.
The Phantom was the obvious immediate ancestor of the Banshee, but despite
the visual similarities between the two fighters, the Banshee was a totally new
Squadron's "FH/F2H Banshee in Action" starts with the story of the Moonbat
and the Phantom, and briefly covers the development of the XF2D-1/XF2H-1
Banshee, followed by a description of the operational US Navy Banshees - the
F2H-1. F2H-2, F2H-2B, F2H-2N and F2H-2P.
Operations in the Korean War are described, followed by the story of the
F2H-3, F2H-4 and Canadian Banshees.
As with all of Squadron's "In Action" books, this title is crammed with more
than 80 contemporary photos. Ten colour profiles whet the modeller's appetite
for a good, affordable kit of this attractive aircraft.
Don Greer's attractive artwork adorns the front and back cover of this very
This recent "In Action" title provides a low-cost primer on the
subject of the FH/F2H Banshee.
Now how long will it take until some major manufacturer actually releases a
kit of this important type in 1/48 scale?
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2002 by Brett
This Page Created on 19 November, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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