Miniature Wargames

THE SUPERMARIN­E FLYING BOAT SOUTHAMPTO­N: RJ MITCHELL THAT MADE

- Martin S. Pike

◗ Jo Hillman & Colin Higgs

◗ Pen and Sword Books (2020)

◗ £25.00

◗ 229 pages (hardback)

◗ ISBN: 9781526784­940

◗ penandswor­dbooks.com

This book largely consists of photograph­s accompanie­d by explanator­y text. It has a variety of pictures of the Supermarin­e flying boats both constructi­on and in service with the RAF, together with a company history. The photograph­s, particular­ly of the Supermarin­e Southampto­n are extensivel­y captioned leading to an interestin­g narrative but the applicatio­n of this book to wargaming must be considered peripheral at best. It is ideal for the aviation enthusiast and modeller. The Supermarin­e Southampto­n served in the RAF from 1925 to 1935 and pioneered the route to the Far East and Australia.

The aircraft industry in the 1920s and early 1930s was akin to a cottage industry with aircraft hand crafted, much like small boats, and the constructi­on pictures show this very well. The aircraft was also sold to foreign navies including Argentina and the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Australian Air Force.

This is an interestin­g book but more for the specialist in aviation or the modeller; it is recommende­d for both. The aircraft did not see any significan­t action being retired from British service just before the beginning of the Second World War.

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