I was very excited to have the opportunity to review this title. I am very fortunate to have two of these featured Lancasters in my own back yard. I drive past the Calgary Aerospace Museum every day to and from work, I often stop in to view FM136 found on page 33. Also my inlaws live in southern Alberta and we visit them once or twice a month, highway 2 takes me thru the heart of Nanton and the Nanton Lancaster Society's FM159 (page 41) almost fully operational Lancaster MK X. As well my local club RMMC (Rocky Mountain Model Club, IPMS) holds its annual regional contest in the Nanton Lancaster Hangar usually the last weekend in May or the first Weekend in June (next contest June 4, 2011). So I have had the opportunity to climb inside and see the inside of this magnificant beast. Also during the contest the Society rolls the Lanc outside and fires up the two starboard engines (hopefully on June 4 the inner port will also be running). The sound of those merlins running is breath taking and you have to fight back the emotions.
Glenn White has collected an impressive album of the 17 surviving Lancasters from around the world (Australia:2, Canada:8, France:1, New Zealand:1, United Kingdom:4, and USA:1). The pictures show them in their wartime livery, post war livery and in their present states. Photos include details of each Lancs interior with each Lancs distinct uniqueness. Each Lanc has its own unique history including where they were made, the units they served in, and story on how they ended up in their present homes. The photos are printed on glossy paper and are very clear with loads of detail which is perfect for the super detailer out there. All in all there are 144 pages of Lancaster nervana.
So if you have a soft spot for the Lanc you will not be disappointed, I would like to thank IPMS reviewers corps and especially Mushroom Model Publications for the review sample.
Review copy courtesy of Mushroom Model Publications: www.mmpbooks.biz