I’ll be honest. I’ve never heard of HMH Publications or Duke Hawkins before I had the opportunity of reviewing this book. After having had the chance of reviewing the book I am very glad to have been introduced to them. This book exudes quality.
The quality evident, both in the content that is covered (i.e level of detail) and the quality of the printing. The paper quality is super, with a satin finish. All pictures are in color, with proper exposure and very sharp focus, so all details are crisp.
The pictorial book is split in the following sections: Action, Cockpit, Fuselage, Weapons, Maintenance. As you can imagine, the pictures have very descriptive and relevant captions, helping you understand what detail is being highlighted in each image. Not only are you getting all the walk-around images you need for your build, you are also learning details of the aircraft as you read along.
The maintenance section is very useful if you are thinking of having any open panels in your model, as the images are very sharp for either color detail painting or even scratchbuilding a piece or two.
I’ve found fascinating the images of the Jaguar with the Indian Air Force in the naval strike configuration, with its Agave radar and different radome.
A nice touch is that the author describes how the book series came about: He is a modeler himself and was collecting reference material for his own personal, private book on the Jaguar when a friend talked him into publishing the book and set up a whole series. What a service this friend has done to the modelling community!
I would like to thank HMH Publications, Casemate Publications and IPMS/USA for the review sample.