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Antonov AN-2
in Details and Yugoslav Service


Air Serbia
Serbian Aviation Information Network

S u m m a r y

Details: Antonov AN-2 in Details and Yugoslav Service
Published by Air Serbia – Serbian Aviation Information Network
Media: 1 CD-ROM (requires Windows 98SE and above or Macintosh OS 10.2.4 or later and Acrobat 7.0, included on the disk)
Price: US$19.90 online from Air Serbia
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Well thought out and useful reference for the modeller.
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Ken Bowes

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There have been several attempts in the recent past to master the art of computer based publications for modellers and aviation enthusiasts. Unfortunately most have promised much and been somewhat disappointing in both content and delivery. AirSerbia’s CD package “Antonov AN-2 in Details and Yugoslav Service” is in my opinion a breakthrough in this format. AirSerbia is the Serbian Aeronautical Information Network, and like their Western equivalents have devoted much time to documenting the aviation history of their homeland. This disk is their first multi-media product, although they have produced an online Magazine for several years. Using the latest version of Acrobat (Version 7.0 which is usefully provided on the CD for installation by the user) and PDF 1.5 features the package is a fully interactive and comprehensive multi-media reference on the An-2 Colt. 


The CD covers all the usual bases that one would expect from an aviation historical group. A detailed history, technical analysis, walkaround photos, model reviews etc. Then the real benefit of the CD ROM delivery becomes apparent. AirSerbia have provided facsimiles of several technical manuals in both English and Russian, littered with useful technical drawings to support the detailing of a model. Further when reading the section on the engine for example, a click on hot-links will take the reader to close up photos of fine details, all useful to the modeller. Also included is some neat Artwork for a decal sheet covering a number of Yugoslav An-2s. As the artwork is provided as a PDF file, sizing is locked in and one only needs the appropriate bubblejet or laser printer compatible decal film to produce a unique set of markings for the Italeri, Trumpeter or Bilek An-2 kits. 

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I freely admit that I was dubious about this product when I first saw it given some past experiences with similar products, but having spent some time exploring AirSerbia's AN-2 reference CD, I have become a convert.

It is also worth following the link on the entry page to AirSerbia’s website, which has an English option, as it contains a veritable treasure trove on both Balkan and global aviation. If you want good photos of Federal Yugoslav MiG-29 Fulcrums for example, you will find them on this website.

AirSerbia is to be congratulated for this product and I only hope they produce a few more.


Many thanks to AirSerbia for the review sample.

Review Copyright © 2005 by Ken Bowes
This Page Created on 11 April, 2005
Last updated 11 April, 2005

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