Colours and Markings
Vol. 1 No.1
and Piet van Schalkwyk
u m m a r y
||Published by the Authors
||40 pages, photographs,
(approximately US$15.60) plus postage
||Good (and many) colour
profiles; wide variety of schemes; interesting spread of subjects;
helpful text and supporting photographs; high quality presentation
||Limited paint matches
and no FS cross-reference; top-view Hurricane camouflage scheme (page 7)
is slightly off; limited availability.
first volume of "South African Colours and Markings" covers the Hawker
Hurricane, Mirage F1AZ and the Ratel ICV in South African service. Each volume
will be limited to a print run of 700 copies.
The book is printed in full colour on high quality glossy paper. Its 40 pages
(including covers) are in A4 format and centre-bound by staples.
The focus of the book is the colour artwork. Each subject is lavishly
illustrated with between 20 and 30 colour drawings each. The drawings have a
colour key with a description of the colours, and in some cases BSC
cross-references. The Ratel artwork is supported by a Humbrol paint reference.
It would be nice to see a cross-reference for acrylic paint too; and also to see
the paint references applied to the aircraft colour key.
There are some great schemes for the Hurricane amongst the 29 presented,
including post-war markings with wide yellow wing bands; desert birds in wartime
service; and early, two-bladed Hurricane Is with yellow codes. However, the
upper-surface camouflage demarcation lines in the drawing of the Hurricane
"A" type camouflage scheme on page 7 is slightly incorrect. Check kit
instructions for a more precise pattern.
Colour schemes for the South African Mirage F1AZ vary between colourful buff
and green camouflage, to air-superiority grey (in an interesting geometric
scheme) and even a brightly coloured avionics demonstrator.
The text for the Hurricane and the Mirage I is sparse but helpful. A little
more textual detail is supplied for the unusual Ratel Infantry Combat Vehicle.
Text and artwork is supported by many reference photos.
The Ratel section deals with many variants including anti-tank gun, standard
carrier, mortar carrier and Command versions. Unit shields, badges and other
markings are well covered in this section.
Layout of the book is very clear and attractive, with watermark images and
borders adding to the appeal of the content.
Volume Two is due out in August 2000, and covers the P-40, Vampire and SA
Reconnaissance in South African service.
There are plenty of modelling choices for the Hurricane and F1. This book
will provide lots of ideas for unique colours and markings.
South African Colours and Markings
is available by contacting the Authors
Review Copyright © 2000 by Brett
Page Created 27 July, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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