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on 1 July 2017
Excellent value, great drawings about some fantastic aeroplanes.

Bad points are the book analyses each drawing of the aircraft, what mistakes the artist made etc, which I feel is out of place, people buy the book to look and learn about the planes, not the artists. Other criticism is the lack of plane specifications and there's too many irrelevant British planes when they could have added more interesting German, American etc ones.

Overall though a decent book.
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on 1 May 2017
Excellent
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on 13 November 2013
I felt extremely guilty when I bought this book for such a giveaway price.

But guilt aside, I have no hesitation in saying that this book should grace the shelves of any self-respecting person (of any age) with the slightest interest in WW2 aircraft. This beautifully produced hardbound, dust-jacketed book, contains a mix of text and drawings of Allied and German aircraft and engines printed on its 152 art paper pages.

In the INTRODUCTION, Bill Gunston introduces the people who worked in the FLIGHT Studio headed by Max Miller. He then explains his own career at the magazine and the first cutaway drawing - a Whitley III bomber - appears on Page 20. Then there are 69 subjects (63 devoted to aircraft and six to engines), each on a double-page spread. The left page explains the subject and sometimes a little about the drawing(s); the right page provides the cutaway drawing. Six of the right pages fold-out to provide a total triple page spread on both sides of the paper. This special treatment is given to the following:

Sunderland 1
Hurricane 1
Stirling 1
Halifax 1
Catalina 1
Lancaster 1
Mustang 1 (6 Pages)
Albemarle 1
York 1
Tempest V
Merlin XX

The two APPENDICES list the drawings published by The Aeroplane/Aeroplane Spotter and those published by Flight including their publication dates. Finally, there is a detailed INDEX listing all the aircraft, engines, people and concepts.
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on 7 January 2013
this is an excellent book. Not only do your get informative cutaway drawings, but you get the history of the drawing, how compromises were made, any inaccuracies and interesting anecdotes about each.

Well worth a read
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on 26 May 2013
This is a first class book of aircraft cutaways. Bill Gunston has provided an excellent description of many WWII types. The cutaway drawings were previously published in magazines, but with some inaccuracies in the captions. Bill has corrected these. All in all, a great book for reading and reference.
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on 4 October 2013
The cutaways are brilliant and Bill Gunston's impeccable commentary and criticism really make this a joy to read (or even just look at the illustrations. I look forward to many hours of enjoyment from this book. Also, for a second hand book, the condition is immaculate. Apart from a couple of minor smudges on the dust-jacket and one tiny bit of damage on the spine it was in mint condition; I doubt that it had ever been opened.
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on 21 September 2013
This is a superb book, detailing so many aircraft of the era, though it doesn't feature any Japanese, Italian or Russian designs. But nonetheless an excellent book to browse through.
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on 9 August 2015
Cover 5/5 Says what is inside.

Contents

Wonderful and so much better value than "Hush Hush Locomotive by William Brown" purchased for over three times as much money at the same time.

The history of the drawings in the Aeroplane and Flight and the mass of detail gathered by the draughtsmen for each drawing, often from crash sites were most interesting.

I am always amazed at how much resource went into making aircraft which had such a limited life in war. How can one possibly justify a double banked 24 cylinder engine for such short lifespans.

One of those books to be picked up and read again and again

Well done

Alexander of the Allrighters and Ywnwab!
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on 14 June 2016
If you like 2nd world war aircraft and cutaway diagrams of the type found in Aeroplane, Flight and the Eagle then you will enjoy this book.
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on 27 February 2014
Brilliant book at amazing price. I am looking for more of this type of book for me and brother ETC
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