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Flight Craft 7: V-Bombers - Valiant, Vulcan & Victor (Paperback)

Aviation Modern Warfare Modelling Military

By Martin W Bowman, Dave Windle
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Series: Flight Craft
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781473834248
Published: 5th August 2015



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Britain's desire to stay at the leading edge in the design and development of modern jet powered aircraft was born in the later stages of the Second World War. The Royal Air Force sent requests to the leading aircraft manufactures for a variety of specifications, amongst which was one for a long-range heavy bomber. Three designs were accepted and eventually went into production – these became the V-Bomber Force.

The Vickers Valiant, Vulcan and Victor saw prolific and varied service during the course of their careers. This book contains fabulous colour profiles (created by Dave Windle) of all three types in different operational modes, configurations and colour schemes. Martin Bowman has written detailed descriptions and photographs to create the perfect enthusiasts reference. This enhanced and revised edition (the book was initially published in 2009) comes complete with model-making content as well as a host of brand new design features, making for a lively new addition to our esteemed Flight Craft series.

This book covering the V-Bomber Force is a good offering that provides a good background on the aircraft as a whole.

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STORIA Militare, June 2019

If you need a potted history of Britain's V-Bombers, then this is the book for you.

Recommended reading.

IPMS Magazine March-April 2019

There are some great images, in this book, of these famous aitcraft that can be used to aid and inspire all modellers. I particularly like the pictures of the Victor as a fuel tanker, refuelling a Lightning which will make for an easy but impressive diorama... this book is an informative overview of the V-Bomber Force aircraft that will benefit all aircraft modellers research of these ground breaking aircraft of the Cold War.

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Vintage Airfix

Excellent small study of three large strategic bombers of the RAF that will appeal to designers!

Cocardes, June-July 2016 – Samuel Pretat –

Dave Windle and Martin Bowman do a great job bringing these three bombers to life with the lineage as well as first hand accounts with the aircraft themselves.

Overall, this will be a very useful resource when I finally get my hands on one of the three aircraft. Pen and Sword is cruising in the right direction here and it’s always nice to see books aimed towards building models.

amatuer airplanes blog

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RAF News, May 6th 2016

This book can certainly be recommended to modellers and aircraft enthusiasts as indeed is its primary aim.

Aircraft Owner & Pilot Magazine April 2016

The book from the series Flight Craft shows many images and colored side elevations of three V-Bombers and also points to the model kit of different brands.


Thirty-four gorgeous colour profiles - terrific project inspiration - by co-author Dave Windle follow. Coverage concludes with a superb section on Vulcan, Valiant and Victor plastic scale models. The build-ups are excellent!... Robustly recommended.

Cybermodeler Online

It's a pleasing book and good value... There is much for V-Force fans and the colour profiles are inspiring.

Airfix Model World

Number 7 in their Flightcraft series of soft-cover books from Pen and Sword, the authors tackle a famous trio of British post-war bombers, the V-Bombers. The Valiant, the Victor and the Vulcan were all designed to deliver nuclear weapons onto an enemy target. The first 27 pages are filled with the development and service history of all three aircraft types, with the Valiant being withdrawn in 1965 due to fatigue problems, the Victor moving to a new role of tanker for in-flight refueling and a change to conventional bomb loads and being fitted with an in-flight refuelling capability for the Vulcan. The story includes contributions from aircrew remembering what it was like to serve on the aircraft. The airframes were changed as the operational requirements changed, with the Valiant retiring early, then the Victor tankers providing invaluable support for the Vulcan raids on Port Stanley during the Falklands war, as well as playing an active role as tanker during the Gulf War. The Vulcan gained fame for appearing in the James Bond Film 'Thunderball' in particular, then for the long range raids on the Falklands (where a Cessna 172 parked beside the runway and belonging to my uncle was on the receiving end of one of the bombs!). At home in the UK it has been a star attraction at so many airshows over the years, with that distinctive roar as it goes into a climb out of the airfield. Well illustrated throughout this is an interesting read covering the service lives of each of the V-bombers.

The history is then followed by 18 pages of excellent colour profiles of all three types, and a useful illustration of the changes in look them all, from the anti-flash white overall when they came into service, and on into the assorted camouflage schemes they wore as their operational roles changed. These are followed by lists of production blocks and serials, along with the units which operated each type over the years. This leads into the final 18 pages devoted to examining what kits have been or are available of all three over the years. From injection moulded kits in 1/144 as well as vac-form kits. Old kits by Lindberg and Frog though centre stage among them are the 1/72 kits for each one, the Revell (ex-Matchbox) Victor and the Valiant and the Vulcan both by Airfix. There is even mention of the limited edition Aeroclub vac-form for the Vulcan in 1/48.

One of those books that should appeal not only to the aircraft historian but especially of course to modellers and one of the Flightcraft series that I think is bound to be popular.

Military Modelling Online

About Martin W Bowman

Martin W. Bowman is one of Britain’s best-known aviation historians and authors. 

His previous books have included works such as Legend of the Lancaster, Confounding the Reich, Duxford and the Big Wings, Clash of Eagles, Lost Wings of World War I and numerous titles in the exhaustive Air War series providing extensive coverage of operations carried out on D-Day and during the Market-Garden offensive at Arnhem. 

He lives in Norwich.

About Dave Windle

Dave Windle has gained the reputation of being Britain’s most skilful creator of aircraft profiles. He draws upon his service with the RAF to maintain complete accuracy. Lives near Aberdeen.

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