Item description for Corsair: 1940 - 1970 by Bruno Pautigny...
A complete illustrated history of one of the most successful aircraft types to emerge from World War 2.The Vought F4U-Corsair, a real monster of a plane, was used throughout the war and was still in service at the time of the Korean War.Bruno Pautigny is an expert aircraft illustrator and one of the key figures behind Histoire and Collections' highly successful magazine, Wingmasters.This will be a dream book for anyone with an interest in this aircraft.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 9.5" Height: 12.75" Weight: 2.36 lbs.
Publisher Histoire and Collections
ISBN 2913903282 ISBN13 9782913903289
Reviews - What do customers think about Corsair: 1940 - 1970?
Review of the Corsair Book Sep 21, 2007
This is a 127 page book, mostly in color. It contains a lot of pictures, but not much text. It covers the whole breadth of the Corsair but with little depth. There are 138 side view drawings including all of the variants painted in the various colors used by the Corsair. There are maps, paintings, and tables and several reproduction of advertisements for the Corsair during the war years. It includes sections of foreign users of the Corsairs and Corsairs used in air races.
Nice paintings Feb 5, 2007
The author has obviously done considerable research however an innacuracy here and there cause one to wonder about the document as a whole. The most famous Corsair pilot was of course Boyington, and the most knowledgeable person concerning his exploits is probably Bruce Gamble who was his autobiographys ghost writer as well as the author of two other books about Boyington and VMF-214. Gamble states that Boyington did not have a "personal" aircraft and the one credited to him in the book was doctored with kill flags for the photo shoot. The claim of 28 Corsair kills is inaccurate as some of the kills Boyington claimed occurred while he was flying with the AVG. Many of his claims were unconfirmed, were not wittnessed and were based on his word alone. Further he stated that he was a "liar" and an alcoholic. One can not be a successful alcoholic without becoming a successful liar. The U.S. needed heroes and there is no doubt that Bouington was one of many. The book also implies that "The Flying Nightmares" operated out of Kimpo, however they also opersted out of Kunsan.
Great illustrations, awful text Jan 9, 2007
You can tell what is wrong with this book simply by the subtitle. The subtitle on the front of the book (not shown in the cover art on this site) is "Thirty Years of Filibustering." Does anybody know what the heck that means? The most common use of the word filibustering in the U.S. is to use obstructionist tactics--i.e. talking constantly--to prevent legislation from being passed in Congress. Obviously that is not the use that the author intended. The other use of the word is "an irregular military adventurer, esp. one who engages in an unauthorized military expedition into a foreign country to foment or support a revolution." I've never heard this use before--ever--and if it is what the author intended, it is still a lousy word. The Corsair did not see thirty years of use for irregular military adventures.
The clear problem with this book is the text. It is terrible, filled with obscure words that do not mean what the author intends them to mean. I do not know the author's nationality, but it is clear that English is not his first language. As a result, many of the sentences in the book make little sense.
The strength of the book is its illustrations, both the photographs and especially the drawings. The latter are fantastic and the book is beautiful to look at. But this is not a good book for learning about the Corsair. You will have a hard time understanding what the author has written. It is too bad, because the book addresses many of the different variants of the Corsair as well as the countries that used it. I was disappointed that a book with such great promise was just so frustrating to read.
Great modeling inspiration Dec 8, 2006
The F4U Corsair is well documented and covered with modeling publications, but most of them lack good color profiles to get the juices flowing and one motivated to build a particular bird. Well this book solves that problem. A real treat visually with excellent artwork, the author & artist Bruno Pautigny cronicles the story of the development of the various versions with excellent and plentiful side profiles - mostly in full color with some nice sepia monotoned artwork to show the various differences between the marks. One note, if you like your models clean you might not be that thrilled. The artwork inside depicts these planes as seen in combat and tend to show heavy weathering - fine with me because I like to paint my models that way. The only minor critique I have is not enough 4-view drawings to show rest of the airframe and the limited coverage of British FAA/Commonwealth use and of the very interesting "Soccer War" Corsairs with their distinct camo schemes could have been expanded upon, however the bonus race plane coverage makes up for this - but that is very minor point indeed.
Highly recommended for the modeler looking for painting/weathering inspiration and the reprinted wartime ads featuring the Corsair are a nice touch. If you are just an aircraft buff or enthusiast this is still a great overall look at the "Bent-Wing Bird" with good accompanying text and war photos to support the artwork.