A stocking-filler if ever there was one, Celebration of Flight - The Art of Roy Cross is chock full of unashamed nostalgia for any niece or nephew whose introduction to aerospace was the plastic model kits produced by Airfix. Cross, whose fabulous cutaways graced the pages of Flight among others, gained fame as the kit-maker's main illustrator. Accompanied by fascinating text by Cross and co-author Arthur Ward, the book bursts with page after page of action-packed scenes, line drawings and cutaways ranging from the Messerschmitt Bf109 to the Convair 880.

Touchdowns: Fine reproductions of some Cross masterpieces and enormous variety. Bouncers: No index, no kit and no glue. TAB rating: Top shelf (if you can find space among the models!) ISBN: 1 84037 326 1 Price: £25/$34.95

Source: Flight International