Mi-4 in detail
S u m m a r y
|Title, Description &
||Wings and Wheels Publications
RAK, P.O. Box 35 17006, Prague 7,
||Soft cover; 72 pages; 278 photos; 10
side profiles; 12 technical drawings; brief English text
Unknown at this stage
||Hundreds of photographs of superb
quality; brief text is to the point; list of available models
Reviewed by Ian Sadler
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Once more the team from Wings and Wheels publications have surprised the
helicopter researchers with the new Title in the Blue Line Present
Aircraft Series No 11, ISBN no 80-86416-38-0. This edition is all about
the Mil Mi-4 /4A Hound in Detail. The authors are Frantisek Koran and
Published in the now familiar format and it has 72 pages crammed full
with 278 photographs, 10 side profile drawings and 12 technical drawings
all of superb quality and most importantly clarity. The text is brief
and to the point and is in English.
The book gives the history of the helicopter and plots the development
from mark to mark.
Split into the usual chapters it takes you on a magical walk around, up
and over and through the helicopter. No detail however small is omitted
and some of the line drawings help to point out parts that you would
normally skip by or not even see.
As each page is turned you marvel at the colours and sharpness of
detail, it is truly a model makerís dream, for those who think that
Military helicopters are dull drab machines, think again.
Since the majority of the photographs are taken outdoors at various
Military Museums, this does reflect in the extreme weathering that can
be seen. You have to look past this; after all this not how they look in
Like all books in this series it is the depth and wealth of detail that
they contain not only for the military researcher and model makers but
also museums and those lucky individuals who can afford to own one.
The quality of the photographs shows the insight that the authors have
not only in the selection but the detail that modellerís have come to
expect from this very prolific publisher.
On a personal note having fastened many a wire locking seal to jet
engines and when you can count the number of turns used by the fitter;
you can be certain the finest detail has not been overlooked. It
certainly took me back into my days and long hours working in cramped
conditions on jet engines.
I have to admit that I did not know if any kits of this helicopter are
made but thanks to a few postings on aircraft forums I was given the
full details of a site Heli-kit-News and they provided me with enough to
say that you can build it from 1/144 to 1/35 scale so all tastes and
scales are covered.
Under the fair review part of the copyright law I have selected one
photo to illustrate the level of detail contained in the book. It was
not an easy task and in the end I hope you will agree with me that this
It is the left hand section of the cargo bay.
Since this a review copy it is best to check with local book dealers for
price and availability they do vary country to country.
For our American readers who like a score out of ten, I give it ten all
round for originality, content and photographic quality.
Go out and buy your copy now, you will not be disappointed.
Highly recommended for those who are interested in Soviet Helicopters.
Thanks to Franti for the advance review copy
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