Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
Fishbed Walk Around is available online from Squadron.com
Arguably, the Mikoyan-Gurevich (MiG)-21 would have to be the most significant
fighter aircraft of the Cold War era. Whatever it was, it was certainly one that
was one that was widely produced, distributed and used by the former Soviet
Union and members of Soviet Bloc countries seeing service with some forty odd
different nations throughout Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa since the late
Dubbed "Fishbed" in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) identification
system, the MiG-21 was conceived as a replacement for the Soviet Air Force's
MiG-17 and MiG-19 fighters. The project began in 1953 with the first flight in
1957 and deliveries of operational machines beginning in 1958.
The book is authored by Hans-Henri Stapfer with colour by Don Greer and David
Gebhardt with illustrations by Darren Glen and is part 1 of the coverage of the
machine by Squadron/signal. It concentrates on the single seat MiG-21F-13 (Fishbed
C), MiG-21F (Fishbed D), MiG-21F (Fishbed F), versions and the two-seat trainer
versions, the MiG-21U (Mongol A), and the Mig-21U (Mongol B).
It follows the established Squadron /Signal Publications Walkaround format of
extensive photographic coverage and the history of the aircraft being conveyed
in the captions to the photographs. It follows a logical sequence that commences
with the development of the MiG-21 and carries on with a description of each of
the variants covered in the scope of this volume.
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There was a time when the only photographs of these machines were grainy
black and white examples obtained using long focal-length hand-held cameras. For
the modeller, this was frustrating as building an accurate replica was nigh on
impossible. Times have changed however and this book is chock full of sharp
clear photographs in both colour and black and white that cover every nook and
cranny of these machines. The photographs seem to be a mixture of 'official"
ones from former Soviet Bloc air forces and of preserved museum pieces.
The book is in landscape format, consists of 79 glossy pages that contain 100
full colour photographs, 113 black and white photographs, 12 line drawings and
12 colour profiles between cardboard covers.
If you plan on building a scale replica of the MiG-21 then this book is a
pre-requisite for your project. It provides you with excellent clear photographs
of the entire airframe so you have no excuses for not adding all the details!
As with all of the Squadron/signal Walk Arounds I have seen, it is an excellent
reference book at a very reasonable price.
Thanks to Squadron
for the review sample
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