Kagero | Boeing/McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornets, Vol. I
Reviewed by Kevin Williams
Publishing Date: 2021
This volume from Kagero (typical of the entire Monograph series), is predominantly color photos of the venerable F/A-18 Hornet, showing various aspects of day to day operations, weaponry and maintenance scenes. While certainly not a walk around type reference, nonetheless an excellent choice for those that may be interested in adding some nice Hornet reference to the ol' book collection, as I most certainly will be doing.
The Hornets, along with their predecessors, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II and F-15 Eagle, quickly made it's mark as well, excelling at virtually every task assigned to it, a classic design that will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greats. Much like the vaunted F-4, the Hornets have themselves been purchased by many nations, such is its reputation.
The artwork that is provided, is confined to mostly technical things, and is appreciated by this author.
Obviously, kits are available in our scale, of the F/A-18, so building a representative one, as seen in this book, should prove very doable.
As is clearly evident, the photos are quite superb.
For any and all fans of the venerable legacy Hornets (and who isn't), this book is just bound to please.
This book, being Volume I, promises yet more neat coverage in the subsequent volume(s), most likely regarding the Super Hornets, and I'm really looking forward to that as well. (Being a St. Louis hometown boy, I've grown quite accustomed to regularly seeing (and hearing) F-4 Phantoms, F-15 Eagles, Legacy Hornets and now Super Hornets, and am so pleased that I've gotten to experience all of these types "first-hand".)
On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this book as a solid 10, no question about it. Topping out at over 100 pages of iconic Hornet coverage, most all of which is in great color imagery, 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 aviation enthusiast/modeler that has a passion for the much beloved and respected Hornet.
© Kevin Williams 2021
This review was published on Monday, October 18 2021; Last modified on Tuesday, May 31 2022