The Suez Crisis

Empire’s End – Airframe Extra No.7 by Steve A. Evans & Richard J. Caruana reviewed for Military Modelling Magazine by Andy Palmer

The Suez Crisis of 1956 was one of many post-WW2 conflicts that have been tucked towards the back of the average military historian’s cupboard. It was a conflict that only lasted one week and two days; the belligerents were an unusual coalition of Israeli, French and British forces against the Egyptians. While all of Britain’s armed forces were involved in this brief conflict it was the RAF that flexed its muscles the most and this issue of Airframe Extra presents that angle in historical and modelling form covering all air forces involved.

With the historical narrative presented by Steve Evans and the excellent profiles by Richard Caruana anyone interested in military aviation during the conflict will be hooked. Supported by a number of period images, this issue features several commissioned builds such as a 1/48 Classic Airframes Meteor NF.13 (RAF), Hasegawa P-51D (IAF) and Tan Model RF-84F (FAF) by Steve Evans. 1/72 builds include Xtrakits Meteor F.8, Hobby Boss Sea Hawk FGA.6 (FAA), Kovozavody Cub (IAF) by Libor Jekl and Trumpeter IL-28 (EAF) by Steve Evans.          

Thanks very much to Mark Peacock at Valiant Wings Publishing for our review copy.


ISBN: 978-0-9935345-7-7

Price: £9.95

Pages: 74

Format: softback – A4

Publisher: Valiant Wings Publishing