Dassault Mirage F1, Warpaint Series No. 142

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Andy Evans
Provided by: Guideline Publications - Website: Visit Site

This is the latest release in the Warpaint series of aircraft books from Guideline Publishers. The format follows the other titles in this series and includes 156 pages of color and B/W photos, color side views and line drawings in 1/72 scale. Although this volume is dominated by pictures, there is a history of the F-1s development and operational history of all the operators who used this aircraft. The book is current including a description of an F-1 flying for Draken International that crashed earlier this year right here in Las Vegas.

As a modeling reference, this book has a lot to offer. Between the photographs and color side views, you can piece together just about any paint scheme for any country that used it. There are line drawings in 1/72 scale showing most of the versions of the F-1 including the two-seater. Three aircraft are treated to an “in detail”, photo spread including close views of landing gear, canopies and airframe details. The only flaw in an otherwise good book is the absence of any cockpit or ejection seat photos.

Overall, this volume is a good addition to the reference library of any modeler or fan of this iconic French fighter. My interest in this title stemmed from the F-1B Kittyhawk kit I have in my stash. Both decal options in the kit are pictured in this book. Thanks to IPMS for sharing this sample to review and to Guideline publishing for providing a copy.


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