Book Review
Salmson a/c of World War I
The geneology of a radial wonder
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by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]

Publisher's History
Paladin Press came into existence in September 1970 when Peder Lund joined Robert K. Brown as a partner in a book-publishing venture previously known as Panther Publications. They changed the name to avoid misidentification with the then-active and highly publicized Black Panther movement. The word “paladin” comes from the knights who served in Charlemagne’s court in eighth-century France. It was with some irony that Brown and Lund named the company after knights dispatched by the king to redress wrongs in the land.

Flying Machines Press publisher
128 pages
9" x 12"
photos, illust.

Subject History
The Salmson 2A2 was one of the most important aircraft of the First World War. It was flown extensively by the French and Americans during the war and by many other countries after the war. This book is the first to cover this classic French reconnaissance and observation plane and is packed with more than 200 photos and many little-known details of its design and combat history. The book also features chapters on all other WWI Salmson aircraft before and after the 2A2. It includes 23 all-new color illustrations showing unit and camouflage markings, as well as all-new five-view drawings to standard modelers' scales of 1/48 and 1/72 covering the S.M.1 and Salmsons 3, 4, and 7, in addition to the 2A2.

Flying Machines Press is a subsidiary of Paladin Press and here we go back to them to reconnect with their fine line of aviation publications. It is with some pride that I note that I was a listed source for some of the research in their fine book on Pfalz aircraft. But here we look at another wonderful publication on a an usual early aviation machine. Number 3 in their series of Great war aircraft it covers the Salmson Company's designs. They built some landmark airframes and its is their aircraft this book covers. Even though I could apply the term "monograph" it simply does not do justice to the impressive body of materials it contains. The authors are well known names it the field of early aviation research and are readily identified as some of the brightest minds in their arenas of study.

Their list of acknowledgements cites other spendid fellows of the genre. This has makings of a 1st class research tool and reference. It does not disappoint in any measure. This reference takes you from the design board to the operational units in the field. American, French, Japanese, Polish markings and factory stenciling are explored as well from the fine art work of Jaunita Franzi. Who's wonderful work is widely known from many early aviation profiles in print today.

First published in 2001 and containing 128 pages of information not seen in any other publication. Everything you would want or need to know on the Salmson Company's airframes can be found here. Multiple sets of fold out drawings and full page plan drawings in 1:72 & 1:48 will impress even the most stout hearted research fiend, enthusiast or devotee.

Notes from Jack Herris of FMP
". . .Interestingly, there is an error in the great color plates; Juanita is so used to illustrating British aircraft that the cockades on the S.M.1 are British instead of French as they should be! That embarrassing goof got by all of us until after the book was in print!"

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Highs: Quality publication. Great format, fine artwork and prime sources. Most images are high res 1st - 2nd generation.
Lows: There are a few images that are 3-4 generation. Not really the publication's fault.
Verdict: This book is a handsome and reliable addition to the library of any enthusiast.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:1
  Mfg. ID: ISBN 1-891268-16-3
  Suggested Retail: $49.95
  Related Link: website
  PUBLISHED: Aug 09, 2010

About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

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The easiest way to pick this book up now is direct contact with Paladin Press or Amazon.
DEC 27, 2013 - 05:38 PM
Hi Stephen I found a copy via Amazon, but remaining supplies do seem to be running thin and some sellers are already asking high prices. I couldn't see any sign of the book on Paladin's site - very few aircraft titles, in fact. All the best Rowan
DEC 27, 2013 - 07:27 PM
They are located in Boulder CO. I have their contact numbers.
DEC 27, 2013 - 07:40 PM
Hi again The book arrived this morning from Anita Books - just a day after I ordered it! It was the cheapest offer on Amazon UK, so full marks for great service! All the best Rowan
DEC 28, 2013 - 09:59 AM
What is their contact info?
DEC 28, 2013 - 07:10 PM
Hi Stephen As I say, I ordered via Amazon, but here's their website: It looks like they have some very interesting items. All the best Rowan
DEC 29, 2013 - 06:41 AM

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