Reviewed by Ken Bowes
Gurievitch MiG-15" Book
is available online from Squadron.com
Amongst the latest books from Mushroom
Models Publications is Dariusz Karnas’ “Mikojan Gurievitch MiG-15”.
This book is a true modeller’s
reference, covering all aspects of the MiG-15 from production to service use in
a concise and accessible way. The first 48 pages provide the main text, with the
development history addressed, followed by a summary of all the developmental
and serial production variations.
text description is well supported with line diagrams and photographs to
highlight the many changes made over the production run of Russia’s first massed
produced jet fighter. Details of both Russian and licence production in Poland,
Czechoslovakia and China, where unique variations occurred, are also provided.
Amongst many tables in the book covering production lots, factories and
modifications is the table on Page 47 perhaps one of the most interesting
aspects of the whole book. In this table the author provides details of the top
Russian MiG-15 aces of the Korean war, with a breakdown of kills, awards and
where known, their fate.
The real value of this book though is
the fifty odd pages of detailed photographs and technical drawings. From
fuselage to wings, tail, cockpit and armament nothing is ignored. For anyone who
plans to build a MiG-15 in scale form, and there have been many choices released
in recent years, this book is an essential source of reference. It should be
noted however that many of the detail photos are of preserved Polish Lim
produced airframes, and while it is unlikely that there was much variation from
Russian production there is the small chance that subtle changes may be
overlooked. Completing the book is a selection of 46 colour profiles which in
itself highlights the widespread employment of the MiG-15 around the world. From
Algeria to Cuba to Tanzania, the MiG-15 has been used both by many client states
of the Former Soviet Union and a few countries which could otherwise not afford
more advanced equipment.
Overall, this book will serve the
modeller well, providing an almost complete one stop reference for the MiG-15.
Whilst the MiG-15 is best remembered for its role in the Korean War, this book
will provide inspiration for a more unusual model, perhaps an Indonesian UTI or
a Syrian MiG-15bis.
All Mushroom Model
Publications books are
available direct from
who now accept credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex, Switch)
distributors are Squadron/MMD, Australian distributors are Platypus
Publications. In Europe, the books are available from any good bookshop (via our
UK distributors, Orca). Contact MMP direct in case of difficulties.
Roger at Mushroom Model
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