Color by Don Greer
Illustrated by Richard Hudson & Ernesto Cumpian
S u m m a r y
||Walk Around Number 26
||Soft cover, landscape format, 80
pages plus covers (incl. 40 pages in full colour).
||US$11.96 from Squadron.com
||Perfect format for modellers; extravagant
use of colour; packed with images; useful captions; excellent coverage
of cockpit and pilot's seat; helpful scrap-view drawings to illustrate
ordnance and particular features; 9 colour profiles (including 3
||Highly Recommended as a one-stop
reference for anyone building a Nighthawk
The F-117A Nighthawk was kept secret until its unveiling in the 1990
Gulf War, where it met considerable success in its role as a precision
bomber. Even today, the US Air Force maintains a 20 foot barrier between
the aircraft and any unauthorised personnel.
Despite this challenge, author Richard Hudson has compiled a very
comprehensive picture of this famous yet still somewhat mysterious bird.
This book follows the Squadron Walk Around formula. In other words, it
is packed full of relevant and well captioned photographs. The book is in
landscape format, with 80 pages between its soft cardboard covers. Inside,
the book presents two pages in black-and-white, then two in colour, for
the whole 80 pages. The 40 full-colour pages are used to good effect with
many detail and operational photos, nice colour profiles (although three
of them do depict black aircraft), unit badges and detail
All the major (and most minor) details of the Nighthawk are well
documented in high quality photographs. The book starts with a description
of the officially non-existent Area 51 and a brief photo journey through
the "Have Blue" project and YF-117A before moving onto the
operational F-117A on page 10. The photo coverage of the Nighthawk starts
at the nose-mounted pitot tubes, moving back to the FLIR/DLIR turrets,
nose gear and forward gear bay, canopy, detailed photos of the cockpit
(including the instrument panel and seat), mid-fuselage, bomb-bay and
ordnance, main landing gear legs and bay, control surfaces, powerplant,
braking parachute and tail surfaces. Various operational scenes are also
included toward the back of the book.
Squadron/Signal's F-117A Walkaround will be a terrific one-stop
reference for anyone planning to build any of the various Nighthawk's in
1/72, 1/48 or 1/32 scale.
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Nighthawk Walk Around is available online from
Review Copyright © 2001 by Brett
This Page Created on 23 May, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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