HMH Publications | Classic Aircraft in Detail #002: T-6 Harvard/Texan
Reviewed by Kevin Williams
Publisher: HMH Publications
Author(s): R. Pied, Nic Deboeck
Publishing date: 2022
ISBN: 978-2-931083-15-4 (Softcover)
This is the second book of what I hope will continue to be a trend with HMH, the "Classic Aircraft in Detail" series. I can only hope some more of my British (and other) favorite types are also looked at "sometime down the road"; the Hawker Typhoon (naturally), De Havilland Mosquito, Hawker Hurricane, etc., as that would indeed be splendid.
This particular volume covers the classic North AmericanT-6 Harvard/Texan trainer. Everything the T-6 enthusiast could want, and gobs of it, is featured in this book. If it isn't presented in this volume, it probably doesn't exist!
HMH originally set the bar pretty darned high, and seem to delight in raising it ever further. Such is the case with this volume, and I wholeheartedly approve.
As with the majority of titles from this publisher, this is very much a collaborative effort, using photos from many varied sources, each with appropriate photo credits given, and there are quite a substantial number of them in this magnificent volume. Printed on good quality semi-glossy stock, the photos are nothing sort of magnificent, highlighting many areas of the air-frame, giving both modelers and aviation enthusiasts alike, a wealth of eye candy on this fascinating plane. If there's a detail of the Texan that you'd like to see, it's more than likely in this book.
While I certainly should be used to it by now, flipping through the pages of an HMH title, still fills me with awe. The quality and variety of images, is truly mesmerizing.
This particular book (No. 002 in this relatively new series), depicts the classic T-6, and it’s geared toward both modelers and aviation enthusiasts alike, being very much a detailed, walk around overview of the type, and that pleases me immeasurably, as it's the major reference type that I seek these days. Many details that one might hope for, are gloriously covered in this volume, exploring a pretty wide variety of extant machines.
Photos are broken down by section; types, forward fuselage, propeller, forward fuselage again, fuselage, wings, cockpit, canopy, fuselage again, main landing gear, tail wheel, vertical tail, aft fuselage, horizontal tail, FAST (Flying Aces Services & Training), maintenance, engine, and finally, Action!! Certainly enough material is presented here, to satisfy even the most ardent Texan enthusiast, with gobs of beautiful, crystal clear, sharp colorful imagery.
The myriad photos obviously form the backbone of this book, and for me, this is a true blessing, as I can never seem to get enough details, and this book certainly has them in great abundance. Generally, text is very informative as well. Photos are razor sharp, revealing incredibly nice color details.
For those with a liking for trainer types, I can highly recommend this volume. Buy a copy, you will not be disappointed.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this book as a solid 10, no question about it. Topping out at a hefty 114 pages of T-6 goodness, it's just packed wall-to-wall with details, details, and more details, and is therefore highly recommended.
Note: Book cover image directly from HMH Publications (used with permission).
My review copy compliments of Casemate Publishers. Thanks a ton to Casemate, it's truly an outstanding reference book for the Texan, really top-notch stuff.
© Kevin Williams 2023
This review was published on Friday, June 09 2023; Last modified on Sunday, June 11 2023