HAWKER SEA FURY
History, camouflage and markings
This is the third in the series of profiles covering Dutch aircraft
from Dutch Profiles.
The Hawker Sea Fury was the last British piston engined aircraft with
the Royal Navy carriers. After WWII the Dutch were looking for an aircraft
for their planned three aircraft carriers that would rebuild the Royal
Dutch Navy. The navy ended up with only one aicraft carrier which had
Firefly Mk 1's and needed a fighter to complement them. The Sea Fury
was chosen and a contract was signed on 21 October 1946 for ten Sea Fury
F Mk X.
This A4 sized publication is similar to the previous two book sreviewed
from Dutch Profiles in both layout, content and quality. There are 38
pages of text and images with the text in Dutch in the first half of
the book and English in the second half.
The majority of the images are black and white and cover the usual situations
of crew photos and profile shots of the aircraft. There are also the
compulsory shots of the Sea Fury on it's nose and the other popular crash
attitudes. Where some of the images are very interesting are in some
of these crash photos, on in particular of LtZV2 W.L. de Kluizneraar's
escape from a burning Sea Fury. I think he is a very lucky pilot to have
made it out! There are a number of detail images that would be useful
for not only those interested in the Dutch aircraft but also anyone interested
in detailing their model. The images include shots of the engine, wing
folds and a number of other general airframe images.
As per the previous two books there is a page covering the camouflage
schemes and the insignia. Also included is a list of all the airframes
used by the RNNAS / KML and their final end but this is all in Dutch
so I am unsure of this exactly. On the inside covers of the book are
a number of colour profiles and photos of the Sea Fury. The Sea Fury
had only a limited number of schemes and the Dutch started off with the
Extra Dark Sea Grey (EDSG) going all the way down to the wings with Sky
underneath. This eventualy changd to the standard scheme that most users
had of the EDSG only on the upper section of the fueslage and the upper
wings and tail planes.
In some reviews I have read on this publication it stated that you receive
a set of decals in 1/72 and 1/48, I didn't receive any with the review
copy so I can't amke comment on the validity of it.
In summary, this is another small reference book produced by Dutch
Profiles that is worth buying for those interested in Dutch aircraft
or for anyone that would like an extra reference to detail a Sea Fury
kit. There are a few typo's in the book but these are easily worked out
and don't detract from the overall quality of the book.
The review copy is courtesy of Dutch Profiles / Kits at War and is available
directly from the publisher or from Aeroworks or other specialty shops