Casemate Publishers | British Fighter Aircraft in World War I (Design, Construction, and Innovation)
Reviewed by Kevin Williams
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Author(s): Mark C. Wilkins
Publishing date: 2021
My experience thus far with Casemate books, has been somewhat limited to the Men/Battles/Weapons series, all of which have a lot going to recommend them, and this volume on British WWI aircraft, promises to be of just as high a quality. Printed on good quality paper, this particular volume (hardbound), is just brimming with photos, utilizing both wartime images, as well as photos of restored and new build machines.
Obviously, kits exist in our scale, of many of the aircraft highlighted in this book.
Worthy of note, is the inclusion of several profile illustrations from well known aviation artist Ronny Bar; a very nice plus indeed, and one that recommends this book even more.
Photos are broken down by section, those being:
- The British Aircraft Industry
- The British and Colonial Aeroplane Company (B&CAC)/Bristol
- The Royal Aircraft Factory
- Aircraft Manufacturing Company (Airco)
- A.V. Roe & Company (Avro)
- Sopwith Aviation Company
- Engines & Props
There are also two appendices, as well as Notes, Bibliography and an Index.
The numerous photos & illustrations obviously form the backbone of this book, and for me, this is a true blessing, as I can never seem to get enough great photos, and this book certainly has them aplenty.
For any and all fans of WWI British fighter aircraft/designs, this book is bound to please.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this book as a solid 10, no question about it. Topping out at almost 200 pages of iconic WWI British fighter aircraft, facts, anecdotes and history, it is highly recommended.
My review copy compliments of Casemate Publishers. Thanks a ton to Casemate, it's a truly awesome piece of reference work, and one that will surely fill the bill for any WWI aviation enthusiast/modeler that has a passion for British fighters from the Great War time-frame.
© Kevin Williams 2021
This review was published on Friday, July 16 2021; Last modified on Wednesday, October 26 2022