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A 129 Mangusta Italian Attack Helicopter
by Marco Mattioli


IBN Editore


S u m m a r y

ISBN: 88-7565-005-5
Media: Soft cover, 62 pages of text. Six profiles.
Price: 15,90 Euros from Instituto Bibliografico Napoleone
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Italian and English text. Concise combination of history, modeling and camouflage.
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

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New from the Italian publisher IBN, Aviolibri Special No 8 covers the A 129 Mangusta (Mongoose) attack helicopter. 

This is a book written for the modeller.  It is in dual text of Italian and English with the left hand column of each page in Italian.   

The book covers:

  • The development, operational record (to date).
  • Projected future of the A129.
  • Training of Mangusta pilots.
  • Colours and markings.
  • Technical description.

The modelling aspect of the book covers just two kits, the Cunarmodel and the Italeri offering, both in 1/72 scale.  Thankfully, the lion's share of coverage is for the readily available Italeri kit.  It gives you a blow-by-blow description on how to construct, detail and paint the kit. 

The book is 20 x 28 cm and comprises 64 glossy pages between cardboard covers.  It contains 70 photographs, 26 of them in colour.   The rear cover carries three colour profiles illustrating the three different camouflage styles worn by the Mangusta. 

Aviolibri Special No.8 is a great reference book for fans of rotary wing aircraft. 


Thanks to I.B.N. Instituto Bibliografico Napoleone for the review copy.

Review Copyright 2004 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 23 August, 2004
Last updated 22 August, 2004

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