Björn Karlström was a well known artist who drew scale illustrations of aircraft for nearly 60 years - since the late thirties! His work was published in many parts of the world including magazines such as Air Trails, Model Ariplane News, Flying, Aviation Age, American Aircraft Modeler and RC-modeler. He was a consulant for many newspapers, for example the New York Herald Tribune where he was an expert on Russian aircraft of the fifties. He had a remarkable aptitude for accurate drawings even from very scarce information - these drawings were almost perfect when compared with better information available later.
Björn left school in the thirties to practice as an aviation mechanic. There he took care of aircraft like Waco, Stinson, Cierva C30 and Cub. In his spare time he made models and drew comic strips. At seventeen years old, in 1938, he was discovered by the editor of the magazine Flygning. During the following years he made many drawings for scale modelers and also drew front covers for the magazine. In 1941 he got the chance to do his first comic strip.
In his long career as an artist Björn was responsible for about a dozen different comic strips, one is still published daily in Svenska Dagbladet, the second largest newspaper in Stockholm. He also illustrated a number of Biggles albums and designed covers for books in many countries.
As a constructor and designer Björn worked on industrial projects, for example trains, boats, lorries, small motor bikes and even a fancy sports car - the SAAB Sonett II. He has also designed small things like refrigerators and outboard engines.
Many people appreciated the work that Björn did during almost half a century. International FAI gave Björn the "Diplome Paul Tissander". Swedish organizations also awarded Björn medals for his work.
In a series of books we offer Björn's accumulated works. We start with primary and secondary trainers* of the Royal Swedish Air Force and continue with Swedish fighters in the next book. Later in the series are books with the rest of the Swedish military aircraft, civil aircraft and other interesting collections of Björn's drawings.
* Ö stands for secondary trainers, Sk stood for primary trainers in the beginning but was later on used for both primary and secondary trainers.
Below is a list of the series of books we offer with Björn Karlström's aircraft drawings. The drawings are in scale 1:72 and 1:50 (some are in scale 1:144). There are specifications and information regarding painting and markings in each volume. There are also more than a hundred pictures in each book, some of each type, which makes these volumes perfect for the scale modeller - R/C scale builder or plastic modeller. Many of the pictures are in full colour. Both English and Swedish text.
Click on a title below to get a full list of drawings in each volume, together with some information regarding the Swedish service of each aircraft. Here you can also order the books on-line.
Aircraft Drawings 1:Swedish Air Force Trainers 1926-96
In this volume are drawings of Tummelisa, Albatross, Bristol Fighter, Tiger Moth, Focke Wulf FW 44J, Sk16 Texan, Bücker Bestmann, Saab Safir and a lot more.
Aircraft Drawings 2: Swedish Air Force Fighters 1926-84
Phönix, Nieuport 29, Bristol Bulldog, Gloster Gladiator, Fiat CR 42, J 22, P-51 Mustang, Mosquito, Vampire, Hawker Hunter, Tunnan, Draken, Viggen and a lot more in Swedish service. (Out of print)
Aircraft Drawings 3: Swedish Air Force Bombers 1926-86
Aircraft like Phönix Dront, Hawker Hart, Junkers Ju 86, Heinkel He 115, Caproni Ca 313, SAAB B18, SAAB 21, Lansen, Viggen and a lot more.
Aircraft Drawings 4: Swedish Air Force Reconnaissance Aircraft 1926-1986
All aircraft used for reconnaissance from S1 to SH 89 CASA, including S 31 Spitfire, the old Hansa and the "Storch".
Aircraft Drawings 5: Swedish Air Force Transport Aircraft 1926-1989
Everything from the early Junkers F13 until todays huge Hercules and Caravelle.
Aircraft Drawings 6: Swedish Military Helicopters, Gliders, Test & Army Aircraft 1926-1991
In this volume you find all other aircraft and helicopters that have been used by the military service since 1926. Included is also the prototypo to JAS 39 Gripen.
Aircraft Drawings 7: Aircraft and helicopters in Swedish public service
You find aircraft like Fiat CR 42, Miles Martinet, Fairey Firefly, Gloster Meteor, Skyraider och Learjet. And also Cessna 337, Gulfstream, Siebel, Casa, RWD 13, Waco, Junkers W.33, Bell 47 and a lot more.
These books are intended for everybody interested in Scale Models and Aviation History!