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Flying Colours of Richard J. Caruana 2

...from MMP Books, via Casemate UK

Title: Flying Colours of Richard J. Caruana 2
Author: Richard J. Caruana
Publisher: MMP Books
ISBN: 978-83-67227-56-8

The second Bookazine 48-page landscape format book from WWP, with more of the excellent colour profile artwork from the author, as he looks back over more than 20 years of creating some excellent colour aviation profile artwork.
This second collection (with more on the way I am sure) features another good section of subjects, from WW1 through to the present day, and 8 aircraft types. The aircraft featured in this one are the Morane-Saulnier Type N, Nieuport Ni.28, De Havilland DH.88 Comet, Hawker Hart, Swiss Bf.109D/Es, Kawasaki Ki 51 Hien, Hawker Siddeley Harrier, and the AMX Gibli. Each subject features multiple profiles of different individual aircraft, and a couple of examples I'll pick out. The Nieuport features the aircraft of the US Air Service 1st Pursuit Group in France, 1918, with 19 colourful variants, the De Havilland DH 88 has some other options than the well known bright red, while the Hawker Hart includes some very different looking radial engined Swedish versions as well as those used by the RAF. The Swiss e09s are different, with the bright red and white markings in stark contrast to the underlying green camouflage. The Harrier has the Kestrel, the P1127 and early variants of the GR.1A and AV8A, while the final aircraft featured, the little AMX, has a great mix of dolour and marking schemes between both the Italian and Brazilian air forces which are the prime users. Each one has a page of three of background text
Some beautiful artwork in here and plenty of great themes that I have no doubt will inspire modellers to consider as potential themes for a colourful collection to tackle. In addition to the interest for modellers, there is plenty of information for the aviation enthusiast to enjoy. A pleasure to look through.
Thanks to MMP and their distributor, Casemate UK for the review copy.

Robin

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