by Stephen M. Fochuk
Reviewed by Brett Green
Stephen Fochuk's first book is an attractive hardback providing broad coverage of nose art on World War Two aircraft associated with Canadians.
The book is presented in 8' x 11" format on high quality, satin finished paper. More than 600 pictures are packed into 191 pages. The majority of the book is in monochrome, but eight colour pages are included.
The author has taken a broad interpretation of the term, "Nose Art". "Under the Canopy" art is also well represented.
The featured art appears on aircraft from RAF, RCAF and even RAAF Squadrons. Most operational theatres are covered too - Burma, Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. The inclusion of a Canadian crewmember is the only excuse needed to find a place in the book. This ensures a wide range of aircraft types, colour schemes and decorations.
Emphasis is very much on the photos. Captions are brief for the most part; but often contain information about the aircrew, the operating unit and, where available, the codes and serial of the subject aircraft.
Chapters are organised by aircraft type. This is a real bonus for modellers. The aircraft types covered include:
Additional chapters cover Trainers, Transports, Coastal Command and Naval Aircraft.
It would have been nice to see some of the photos reproduced in a larger format. Nevertheless, the small pictures ensure very broad coverage of the subject.
This book will provide plenty of inspiration for anyone modelling Commonwealth subjects in general, but will be an essential companion to Canadian aviation fans in particular.
Thanks to Stephen Fochuk for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 1999 by Brett