The SAM book arrived today in the post, which was pretty quick as I only ordered it a couple of days ago. It's an 112 page softback book and features a lot of photographs and some lovely colour profiles. The conflict itself is explained and the individual aircraft types involved each have thier own description.
It's not as comprehensive as the Modellers Datafile series but it does exactly what it says on the tin. It is particularly good a s a wargaming reference and the equivalent of one of the better Osprey titles in format and content, albeit at greater length.
It's already given me some ideas about gaps in the 1/600th scale leadpile that I need to fill from the Tumbling Dice catalogue. I already have a decent small box full of Japanese and Soviet aircraft but there are one of two types that aren't in the TD range that I'll have to find proxy models for.
The Ki-10 Perry will be provided from the CR-32 model in the Italian range, for example, while the ubiquitous Ki-30 will have to be bashed from the Nakajima Kate with added undercarriage. I'm still looking for a substitute for the Polikarpov R-5 but it's not an essential and can easily be left out.
Almost everything else is already available in 1/600th scale and so its should be easy to work out a series of feasible historical scenarios for Bag The Hun based on some research and a bit of number crunching. All I have to do is prepare, undercoat, paint and decal a shed load of tiddly metal planes!