I was helping in our Gift Shop the other day, and is my habit, invited our guests to have a look in our Museum Library.  People who venture in are amazed with the size and quality of our collection, as well as the variety of topics we have covered.  People are also intrigued by the number of model aircraft we have on display above our bookshelves; they also enjoy checking out other model aircraft in the Main Gallery and in the hallway showcase.

I recently discovered an extensive collection of books published by Squadron/Signal Publications and by Sabre Model Supplies.  These books would be a great source of information for model-builders, historically and structurally:


Bristol Blenheim in action by Ron Mackay has a close look at the development of this aircraft and chronicles its use in combat.  You’ll appreciate the black and white as well as the coloured photos; you’ll also find the detailed line drawings most helpful.




Sopwith Fighters in action is written by Peter Cooksley and illustrated by Joe Sewell.  Cooksley introduces his book, “It could be argued that the aircraft built at Thomas Sopwith’s factory at Kingston-on-Thames contributed more to the Allied cause during the First World War than those of any other aircraft company.  Of these, the Sopwith Camel is the best remembered… they made a great contribution to the development of the aircraft as a fighting machine at a time when the very science of flying was in its early stages…”


I freely admit that I was taken by the SR-71 Blackbird in action cover.  Lou Drendel wrote and illustrated this book.  His introduction includes, “…Yessir, that SR-71 is some airplane… is pure airplane…fastest airplane…it doesn’t just go fast in spurts either.  It takes off under its own power, gets up here, settles into Mach three plus, and keeps on keepin’ on at that rate!”


Jerry Scutts wrote Spitfire in action.  This book was donated by the Spitfire Hangar in 2007.  We’ve included many posts about the Spitfire, the Roseland Spitfire that had the beginnings of its refurbishment here in Comox, and its eventual trek to Vintage Wings of Canada.  



Another book by Jerry Scutts is Beaufighter in action.  Scutts dedicates the book to “…all ex-Beau crews, wherever they flew the tough old bird.”  He describes the aircraft as “…one of the RAF’s most successful and widely used twin engined fighter types… that borrowed a number of design features from its torpedo forerunner, the Bristol Beaufort.  Both aircraft were innovative and leaders in their particular class.”


Have you seen the Hawk One Canada outside our Museum or the Voodoo in our Heritage Airpark?  SMS (Sabre Models Supplies Ltd. Publishing) is responsible for the production of CF-101 Voodoo Canadian Profile.  Authored by Robert McIntyre, the book is a good example of the books I’ve already mentioned above.



The colour illustrations are stunning:

(colour illustrations credit – Graham Wragg)


Note the details in the line drawings:

(line illustrations credit – Bob Migliardi)


Other details include a close look at the engine and the ejection seat:

(illustration credit – Bob Migliardi)


(illustration – Bob Migliardi)


We have a number of other titles in this series.  We hope you’ll come in for a closer look!