Squadron/Signal | 25069: B-26 Marauder Walk Around
Reviewed by Kevin Williams
As I've stated before, I've been purchasing the Squadron/Signal walk around books for as long as I can remember, and probably have almost every one that's ever been printed. One of the more recent that I've purchased, is this book on the Martin B-26 Marauder. Authored by David Doyle (published in 2012), this book, as the name implies, takes a look at the more significant details of this rather spiffy medium bomber from WWII. (I've long been a fan of the iconic Marauder, a real workhorse in its day, so this book is right up my alley.)
The walk around series from Squadron/Signal is well know to most by now, and this book follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, offering up a general overview of airframe components and details. The book is rounded out by some typically nice illustrations by Don Greer, who I consider to be one of the best aviation artists out there.
This volume has plenty of coverage of the cockpit areas, as well as landing gear, weapons (machine guns and turrets), engines (not too much), and various exterior details.
There are more than the usual amount of colorful profiles in this particular release, and I, for one, am happy to see that.
Having so little references on the B-26 previously, I was tickled silly to see this title released, and it is indeed a handsome and handy bit of reference too. I've grown accustomed to the Squadron/Signal approach, and accept the limitations imposed by the brevity of their publications, in this case 80 pages. Still, I consider them all to be great value, and worthwhile additions to my personal library.
This publication, like most (but not all) titles, is a nice blend of black & white and color photographs, and as the title implies, is predominantly detail oriented. All books in the series are printed on good quality glossy paper, which I also consider to be a big plus in their favor. The book is also interspersed with various component illustrations and color profiles. To me, the brilliant artwork and illustrations by Don Greer are one of the very strong points of many a Squadron/Signal publication, and add a great additional dimension to the overall appeal of the volumes.
Typical Photo Excerpts
Certainly one of the strengths of this series, are the detail photographs of various airframe elements.
As stated previously, the artwork of Don Greer is of a typically high quality, and adds wonderfully to the overall completeness and professionalism of the publication.
All things considered, I view these walk around books as not only being good value, given their (to me) reasonable cost, but also see them as making an excellent primary or supplemental reference. While there are, in certain instances, books that cover these subjects better and in more depth, the overall impact and quality of these volumes, makes them quite desirable additional references unto their own, and are therefore highly recommended.
If you have even but a passing interest in the Marauder, I'd heartily recommend this book.
Review copy compliments of my own poverty-stricken wallet.
Further Recommended Reading/Reference
Osprey Publishing: Martin B-26 Marauder
Osprey Publishing: B-26 Marauder Units of the MTO
Kagero: Martin B-26 Marauder & Douglas A-26 Invader
© Kevin Williams 2016
This review was published on Wednesday, June 22 2016; Last modified on Wednesday, June 22 2016