Ian Allan "Halifax"
This is the book subtitled "An Illustrated History of a Classic World War II
Bomber" by K. A. Merrick. It was written in 1980 and has 224 pages. ISBN 0
7110 0767 5 The inside covers have nice cutaway drawings although, sadly,
both drawings are of the same model - surely a missed opportunity? Slightly
heavier on the text than the "At War" series, this book does actually have
quite a few useful airframe and internal shots. The quality of the paper and
photo reproductions are quite reasonable for the time
which it was published. Photo's detailing the change in the vertical tail
shape will be of interest. The photo's are mostly of the various variants in
various actions. As such this book is typical of the era in which it was
written and published. Today's model maker will have more discerning tastes
so I am sure this is the sort of thing that you will only let onto your
shelves if it is very, very cheap on EBay (as in my case!). Not recommended
for the modeller.
Aerodata International No 7 "Handley Page Halifax"
Aerodata International Number 7 "Handley Page Halifax Merlin-Engined
Variants". Published by Vintage Aviation Publications in 1979. ISBN 0 905469
50 X. The Aerodata Series appears as if it was intended to be collected into
binders as the page numbering starts at 121. This copy, which I picked up
EBay, also has 8 extra yellow pages bound inside supplying French and
German translations. This is an A-4 sized booklet of only 20 pages but it
includes 1/72nd scale plans, colour artwork, sketches, black & white photo's
plus the usual narrative. Buy it for the plans and colour profiles but there
is very little inside this book. If they expanded it to 100 pages this would
be a winner. However, it is 28 years old so we can be charitable!
Recommended for the plans.
Squadron/Signal "Halifax In Action"
ISBN 0 89747 158 X. Written by Jerry Scutts. Illustrated by Don Greer. Line
Drawings by Kevin Wornkey. Published in 1984 by Squadron/Signal Publications
Inc. Fifty pages and if you are familiar with the "In Action" Series then
you will know what to expect. There is a center spread of colour side
profiles only. Apart from this only the front and rear covers have any
colour. There are the usual small scale plans but, to what scale, nobody
knows. There are plenty of scrap views to show the airframe differences
between the different
of the Halifax. Where it does manage to rise slightly above the common fair
is in its good use of photo's. There is a good proportion of them showing
the Halifax in the factory or undergoing maintenance. Although they are in
black and white the pictures are very clear and there are some interior
shots which is nice. Run of the mill but pick up a copy if you can. Useful.
Ian Allan "Halifax at
The review here will read the same as for the "Wellington at War" on
this web site as it was compiled into the same book. The original was
published in 1987 and was written by Brian J. Rapier. It was then
repackaged together with "Wellington at War" by the "Promotional
Reprint Company" in 1994 in a volume of lower quality - obviously
destined for the cheaper end of the Christmas Stocking 'coffee table'
book market. The book has 127 pages of black and white photo's. Being
in the late 1980's a few hand drawn side
make it into the book. However, sadly, they are then reproduced in
black and white as well! It isn't clear if this was done later by the
republishing agent or they were monochrome in the original print. As
you would expect there are no engineering drawings, no scale plans, no
colour photo's and no colour profiles whatsoever. There are plenty of
useful photo's for the modeller including shots at the factory and
various interiors. So there is some small value in this book. However,
I think I would recommend the original print rather than these cheaper
reproductions. Better still try for something published after 2000 for
a drop of colour and extra detail. Especially if you are a modeller.
Otherwise recommended if you can get them cheap off EBay.
Bruce Robertson "Halifax Special"
Bruce Robertson's "Halifax Special" published by Ian Allan Ltd in
1990. ISBN 0 7110
1920 7. Hardback with the only colour being the cover exteriors
(illustrated here left & right) - 80
pages of black & white photo's,
a few drawings and some technical tables plus written history. No
scale plans or colour profiles. This is typical late 1980's 'coffee
table' style books on the topic. The photo's are interesting but
there is not a lot here to excite the modeller. For general
reference only. A couple of interior shots are worthy but otherwise
dull. Pick it up cheap off EBay for a quick browse but not
Osprey "Halifax Squadrons of World War 2"
ISBN 84 8372 498 7. Jointly published between Osprey Aviation and
delPrado (the Spanish collectible-magazines publisher). This work
was adapted from Osprey's own "Halifax Squadrons of World War 2"
published a couple of years earlier. DelPrado joint published this
as part of a collectible set in 2001. It followed their usual
Business model - you get the first for £1.95 and then collect the
rest for £4.95 per week or month. You would then collect these from
your newsagent. The original work was written by Tony Holmes with
artwork by Iain Wyllie, Chris Davey, Mike Chappell and Mark Styling.
Since delPrado issued these they have drifted on to EBay to compete
with their original Osprey versions. It is not entirely clear what
the differences are but they may be cosmetic such as a lack of
external ISBN number and Bar Code. This suggests that this was
packaged within something else. In comparison to the Bf 110 AOTA's
book, we have, this one is very low on pages at only 60 versus the
other book's 104.
they edit it down for delPrado? The only way to find out would be to
try and grab the original off of EBay. Within your 60 pages you get
good clear black and white photo's with accompanying text. There are
twelve pages of colour artwork but these are spaced out in a
slightly suspicious manner revealing large white spaces (see
sample right). The books is a tad light and it strongly suggests
that large chunks were removed so that delPrado could target a less
demanding audience. If true then buyer beware! If buying this off
EBay try and make sure you are getting the Osprey original. Having
said that it is not a bad little book breaking down into 8 sections
featuring bombing the Reich, Pathfinders, SOE operations, 100 Group
Operations, Airborne Forces work and Costal Command. The pictures
are good and the text informative so this can be recommended if not
in this delPrado format.