Lou Drendel & Don Greer
Illustrated by Andrew Probert
S u m m a r y
||Walk Around Number 28
||Soft cover, landscape format, 80
pages plus covers (incl. 40 pages in full colour).
||US$12.46 from Squadron.com
||Perfect format for modellers; full
range of US variants covered; effective
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; 12 colour profiles.
||Per the rest of the Walk Around
series, very brief introductory text; no contents/index page
F-15 Eagle Walk Around
is available online from
Squadron/Signal's F-15 Walk Around provides excellent photo coverage of
F-15 details, variants, ordnance and camouflage schemes.
This book follows the familiar Squadron Walk Around formula. Its soft
cardboard covers contain 80 pages in
landscape format. The book presents two pages in black-and-white, then two in colour, for
the whole book. It
is packed full of relevant and well captioned photographs. The 40 full-colour pages are used to good effect with
many detail and operational photos, nice colour profiles and detail
Conversely, it should be pointed out that this book does not (nor does
it claim to) provide any detailed history, operational or technical
information beyond the text of the captions. However, the captions are
very informative. This is to be expected when it is supplied by well-known
aviation author Lou Drendel.
The contents are organised in chronological order. Coverage commences
with the F-15A, to the two-seater "B", the upgraded
single-seater "C", the F-15D trainer and F-15E Strike
Eagle. The biggest percentage of the book is reserved for the F-15C. 36
pages of detail photos and line drawings leave little to the imagination.
The F-15E also receives great coverage, with 22 pages devoted to this
The author shares the credit with Don Greer for the cover art and
profiles. Despite the relentlessly grey camouflage of USAF Eagles, the
twelve profiles and two plates on the covers manage to convey variety and
interest. The profiles include top views to illustrate camouflage schemes,
and the F-15I Ra'am profile adds a little colour to the expanse of
For reasons I do not entirely understand, the single-seat F-15A/C Eagle
does not seem to grab the attention of today's modeller despite the wide
availability of the Hasegawa's very respectable kit and various accessories.
Squadron/Signal's F-15 Walk Around might provide the inspiration for
modellers to take another look at this model, not to mention the big 1/32
scale F-15C and E kits from Tamiya. The timing of this book for the F-15E Strike Eagle is especially good,
with two recent 1/48 scale boxings under release from Revell.
In fact, this book has proven
to be an expensive review sample for me. After leafing through the book I
was inspired to go out and buy the Hasegawa's 1/48 scale F-15C, the Black
Box cockpit and a set of SuperScale decals. Furthermore, I don't know if I
can hold out against the Revell Strike Eagle for much longer!
This book maintains the high standard of Squadron's Walk Around series.
Its detailed photos and expert captions will make this latest title a
useful companion to modellers of the F-15A, C and E variants in
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2001 by Brett
This Page Created on 16 November, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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