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Warbird Tech Series Vol. 41

MiG-29 Fulcrum


Yefim Gordon & Peter Davison



S u m m a r y

Title: Warbird Tech Series Volume 41 MiG-29 Fulcrum
ISBN: 158007085X
Media and Contents: Soft cover; 104 pages
Price: USD$16.95 from Specialty Press
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Comprehensive reference, section dedicated to modelling the subject.
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Ken Bowes

Warbird Tech's MiG-21 Fulcrum book is available online from Squadron

F i r s t   L o o k


First entering service in the early 1980’s, the MiG-29 Fulcrum was the product of the Soviet Union’s programme to develop a new fourth-generation tactical fighter. Given the go-ahead in the late 1970’s the Fulcrum became the “light” fighter in a new light/heavy mix alongside the Su-27 Flanker, drawing parallels to the US F-15 Eagle/F-16 Fighting Falcon hi-lo mix that had also arisen in the early 1970s. Whilst taking an early head-start in the export stakes for both the Soviet Union and Russia, in recent years it has been overshadowed by developments of its heavy rival, the Su-27, and greater access to the F-16 in export markets. Today only a handful of advanced SMT variants continue to be delivered whilst India awaits its carrier-borne MiG-29Ks in the next few years.

Volume 41 of the Specialty Press Warbird Tech Series sees Yefim Gordon, again working with Peter Davison, produce a useful reference work on the type, given the recent release of the Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-29M and foreshadowed MiG-29K. With Gordon, who is a regular contributor to the Red Star Series and Aerofax imprints of Midland Counties, as one of the authors, it comes as no surprise to find the chapters broken down in a similar way to these series. Chapters on genesis, design, development and variants form the first half, whilst ones on the MiG-29K, service history and exports form a substantial bulk of the volume. As always Gordon includes contemporary photographs of the type in service and often comments on the camouflage and markings development of the respective users.

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The final three chapters detail the MiG-29 in comparison with its Western contemporaries the F-16 and F/A-18, a detailed examination of the airframe with many close-up photos and a look a at the future of the type. It is interesting to read this chapter as for a while the future of the MiG-29 and Mikoyan Gurevich as a going concern seemed in doubt in the late 1990s. Now however it looks like India will save the day, not only with 60 odd MiG-29K carrier aircraft but also possibly upgrading around 150 MiG-29 Fulcrum As to SMT standard. Concluding the book is a useful look at modelling the MiG-29, which is of direct interest to those who will use the book as a reference for a scale replica. Richard Marmo looks at the history of MiG-29 models from Revell’s 1/32 effort through to Academy’s 1/48 kits commenting on accuracy and buildability. Unfortunately it was written before the new Trumpeter 1/32 kits arrived so it does not address them.

Yet again this Warbird Tech volume is of very high quality and a worthy investment for modelling reference. The book will serve both history buffs and modellers well.


Thanks to Karin of Specialty Press for the review sample.

Ken has supplied a few relevant images from his personal collection below:



Review Copyright © 2006 by Ken Bowes
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Last updated 28 February, 2006

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