Reviewed by Brett Green
This book is a terrific source of inspiration for aircraft modellers.
The objective of "Eagles Illustrated #1" is simple - to display and describe 38 aircraft subjects in luxurious, full colour illustrations and brief text.
Tom Tullis' aviation artwork is amongst the best in the business. Tom combines a commitment to accuracy in outline and colours with a deft feel for light and shadow, and a keen eye for detail. The result is a series of beautiful profiles that work both as fine art; and as an accurate, useful reference for scale aircraft modellers.
The layout of the book is excellent. The landscape format permits two aircraft to be depicted on each page. They run almost the full width of the page - most are around 10" long. Captions are brief but helpful. The common format for all captions comprise the aircraft type, pilot, date and unit (when known), a few sentences covering history; colour notes and references.
The subjects are all from WWII. Luftwaffe, US and British are represented, with the German subjects in the majority. Most of the artwork is in side-profile format, but I particularly enjoyed the couple of profiles that depict a top three-quarter or a front three-quarter view. These views highlight upper wing colours and details in addition to the fuselage.
The book is rounded out with a description of the illustration process. Many readers will be surprised to learn that Tom Tullis creates these beautiful illustrations totally on computer.
At US$18.95, this new book is great value and will be an excellent companion for the indecisive modeller. If you can't find inspiration here, you are probably in trouble! Tom tells me that EI#2 is currently in layout, and artwork for EI#3 has already commenced.
Eagle Illustrated books are available from Eagle Editions Website or Hobby Retailers.
Thanks to Judy at Eagle Editions for the sample.
Review Copyright © 2000 by Brett