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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Mushroom Model Publications (31 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8389450658
  • ISBN-13: 978-8389450654
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Feb 2014
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The book covers all the models of the Potez 63 family, from the 630 and 631 fighters, the 633 bomber to the 637 and 63-11 reconnaissance versions, as well as the Czech, Yugoslav, Greek, Romanian, Chinese export versions and the aircraft that saw brief service in the RAF, Luftwaffe and Italy. As is customary for the series, the book comes with lots of pictorial material and colour drawings of the type and in that respect it is a full five star effort.

As for the rest, the author first introduces the type's development and intended uses, as well as which types it was supposed to replace in service. Some interesting figures - such as the comparative man hours it took to build various French fighter types - were very interesting and explain why such a large numbers of the Potez 63 series actually left the production lines and where the largest shortcomings in terms of production were.

The service is then described in both French units and abroad (with this pretty much being limited to use in Greece and Romania), with a succinct overview of the units, some of the losses incurred and some missions carried out (a first hand account of the night fighter role in defence of Paris was given, for instance). Still this part of the book is fairly compact and light, given that the type was numerically one of the most important ones in use in France during 1940. The sections on the Greek and Romanian use are even briefer and someone looking for more information in this respect will sadly not find it in this book.

Overall, though, it is probably still one of the best sources of the plane in English and is well worth getting for someone interested in French military aviation history. On top of that the large numbers of drawings and photos, together with the inserted line drawings in the end should be a solid help to modellers, even if there are no specific descriptions of colour schemes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenn T. Davis on 1 April 2009
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This is a excellent book. It covers the whole history of this aircraft.
Also includes picture in color of the wircraft interior and exterior.
It also tells what other countries used this aircraft.
Glenn Davis
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As noted by other reviewers, this book is aimed at model makers and those interested in aviation or military history.

As such this little book has a niché market (I bought it together with Peter Cornwell's 'The Battle of France Then and Now' as reference for private research into the use of the Potez 63.11 in the L'Armée de l'Air during the Fall of France), but fills it well with interesting information not just about the technical aspects of the aircraft, its use by the French and RAF - as would be expected - but also accounts of its service use in by the Greeks and Romanians on the Eastern Front.

Admittedly, these are not detailed descriptions - almost a third party of the 178 pages are taken up by colour profiles of the various subtypes - but there is enough to whet the appetite of those new to the aircraft's history.

I found the table giving the production figures, construction codes and underwing codes useful as a first step in trying to track down individual aircraft.

Hopefullly more French aircraft of the Phoney War/early war period will be added to the series in addition to the volumes on 'French Bomber and Reconnaisance Aircraft 1940' and 'Montpellier Fighter Squadron'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not the best Mushroom "Orange Series"... 24 July 2009
By Jim Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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...but still pretty good.

French aircraft from the end of WWI to the end of WWII are a huge gap in my aeronautical knowledge. This book goes some way towards filling in that gap.

The Potez 63 family seemed to be typical of that era: a too little, too late product of once proud French aviation industry that had been allowed to become dangerously rundown between the wars. Author Fernandez describes the great difficulty the French had into bringing this aircraft into service and the rough time it had once in service. A large portion of the service photographs show crashed or derelict airframes.

This book follows the now standard Mushroom format with modifications. There are no extant examples (presumably, the book doesn't say) so contemporary factory photos and service manual drawings have to substitute for the usual full color walk around photos. It doesn't quite work. The line drawings are really quite excellent. The plan views are on one side of the fold out, so make sure that you get that if buying second hand. There are also 2 cutaway drawings: a full page unannotated 631 which looks like it might be contemporary and, on the fold out, a modern 63-11 annotated cutaway by Aviagraphica which probably has appeared elsewhere. Also, the section on the 63-11 is separate from the other members of the family. Finally, there are almost 50 pages of superb color profiles and a rare color photo.

There are a few minor problems leading me to deduct a star. The description of the aircraft and its systems seemed a little on the brief side. The drawings make up for this somewhat but not completely. For example, the 63-11 has a fixed machine gun firing down to the rear at about a 45 degree angle. What was the purpose of this gun? Suppression of anti-aircraft fire after a strafing run? Also a table of French, Polish, etc ranks would have been useful. Cne., C./C., Por., Cet., etc mean nothing to me. A map or two would also have been nice.

All in all, a worthwhile purchase. Modelers might find more here than general enthusiasts (there is even an ad for MPM plastic kits enclosed) but this book is a welcome look at a neglected subject.
This is a gem of a book! 16 Jan 2013
By Mike Terre - Published on Amazon.com
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Books about French aircraft are hard to come by, especially if they are written in English. This book is a gem, it is illustrated with many pictures that are extremely sharp and clear, some taken from the flight manual and its associated maintenance manuals. The are very good scale drawings as well as cutaway drawings illustrating the interior structure and equipment.
Perhaps the best feature is the marvelous color profiles at the end of the book. There are profiles of Potez 63 variants in French, Greek, Swiss, German, Italian, Spanish and British markings. Perhaps the most interesting profile is that of a Yugoslav Potez 630 with a French civil ferry registration.
If you are interested in French aircraft, buy this book, you will not be disappointed.
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