Over on the Flory forum I'm known to have a bit of a thing for WWII French bombers, and frequently bemoan the fact that there is such a paucity of them available in kit form. Apart from a few by Azur, there are only some old kits by Heller in 1/72 to be had.
So, earlier this year, when I saw that this book was going to become available on the first of April I was determined to obtain a copy as soon as it was published. And so, here it is.
I have to start by saying this is a large, heavy, hard-back book, printed in very high quality. It is jam-packed with photographs of each subject, most of which I daresay have never been seen before. Each subject is discussed in great detail, with numerous colour artworks, showing various squadron markings, and also showing foreign or captured service. Technical specifications, line art and production runs are also provided, and it also lists non-domestic aircraft used by the Armée de l'Air.
Even if you have no interest in French aircraft in particular, if you have any passion for aviation in general, then this book deserves a place in your library. It is a tad expensive, but it is worth every penny.
Farman F.221 & 222. A four-engined heavy long before we British had the Lancaster.
Looking like a packing crate with wings, the Amiot 143.
Think of the fun you could have detailing that cabin!
Pop quiz. What was the first allied aircraft to bomb Berlin on the night of 6th/7th June, 1940? No, not a Lancaster, or a Wellington, or Blenheim. It was this guy, the SNCAC NC.223.4. Surely, that claim to fame alone means it deserves it’s place in kit form?
My personal favourite, the LeO 451. A gorgeous looking plane that saw service with the French Armée de l'Air in the battle for France, served with the Vichy French, was used by the Luftwaffe as a trainer, and even the Americans used some in North Africa, along with the Free French.
The after-market companies could really go to town coming up with schemes like these.
Another handsome aircraft, the Breguet Bre.691/693.
Under development at the time of the armistice, the Bloch MB.162.
I'm on a mission to coerce as many kit companies as possible to start thinking about bringing out more French subjects, instead of just regurgitating the same old Spitfires, Mustangs and Tomcats. Who's with me?