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Big Jets Galore

Hangar No1 – Special Jet Fighters, by Jarek Rydzynski & René Joyal

Joycraft Productions

Those of us that share our hobby on the Net probably know Jarek Rydzynski who has been showing off his unique models on his website and his Facebook page.  Number of us have, no doubt, right-clicked and saved some of his pictures on our hard drives…

Recently, the very enthusiast Canadian René Joyal and Jarek have teamed up for a first book in which they describe the builds of six jets.  Three of those are the work of Jarek (Revell 1/32 Tornado ECR, Kinetic 1/48 F/A-18A Hornet and Revell 1/32 F-4F Phantom), while René is the ‘author’ of the other three (Academy 1/32 F-16D Block 52, Trumpeter 1/48 Su-24M Fencer D and Italeri 1/32 CF-104 Starfighter).

The hardbacked, landscape-format book counts no less than 140 pages.  The text is in English. The pictures are of great quality throughout and the printing is excellent.

The six builds are based on recent kits of good quality upgraded with various aftermarket sets from well-known manufacturers.  The main stages are very well illustrated and detailed, with great info about the various tools used.  Jarek’s passion for stencils (that he designs and sells), oil paints and acrylic pencils for his weathering stages is really well explained through pictures and text. A photo shoot concludes each of the six builds.

The book also features some beautiful air-to-air shots taken by polish photographer Slawek ‘Hesja’ Krainiewski, himself highly-renown on the Net.  Pictures that have greatly inspired René for his 1/32 models.   

This is the kind of publication that one needs when lacking inspiration.  It gives a clear insight on how to build modern jet in a large scale.  René hints at a second book in the series, let’s hope so!

Review by Luc Colin ; pictures by Luc Colin & Joycraft Productions.

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