S u m m a r y
||White Series No 9102 - Mirage IIIO
Colours & Markings in RAAF Service
||Soft cover; A4 format (210mm x
295mm); 312 pages plus covers
GBP£25.00 available online from Mushroom
distributed in the USA by Wise Owl Publications
||Comprehensive coverage of Mirage
IIIO colours and markings; photographs of every Mirage delivered to the
RAAF; more than 800 large, well presented and captioned photos; very
attractive profiles and lline drawings; great value reference for this
Mirage or RAAF enthusiasts
Reviewed by Brett Green
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Images from the
book launch on 8 October, 2005 may be seen following this review.
We have become familiar with the small-format, handy
aircraft reference books that are regularly released by Mushroom Model Magazine.
With the first book in their White series, Mushroom has branched into new
territory in terms of both size and subject matter.
"Mirage IIIO Colours and Markings in RAAF Service" is a big
book - 312 pages in A4 format between cardboard covers. It is also the first
title from Mushroom to cover a modern jet.*
This book's title is perfectly descriptive. The focus is to
cover standard and special camouflage and markings applied to the Mirage IIIO
during its long career with the RAAF in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. In this aim it
Both authors have seen extensive RAAF service themselves.
Darren Mottram now works in the aviation industry with BAE Systems following
his Air Force career, and Paul Mason is still in the service. Both have a long
fascination with the Mirage. This passion, combined with their extensive
contacts and hard work, has delivered the definitive work on this subject.
The authors already had a large private horde of
photographs, and the original plan was to publish a 100 page book. However,
thanks to contributions from pilots, crew and official sources, the book grew to
312 pages and more than 800 photographs.
The cover is adorned with a flying line-up of Mirages
featuring the attractive fin art from six separate RAAF units.
The text opens with an introduction summarising the
development and introduction of the Mirage IIIO, an ATAR engined development of
the IIIC specific to Australian service. The text mentions that the designation
"O" was chosen because "A" had already been used in the prototype programme and,
whimsically, "O" was the next most appropriate letter for "Ostralia"!
The photographic section is logically laid out by
camouflage type, in roughly chronological order. We are first introduced
to the various colours and markings, starting with bare-metal Mirages, followed
Protective Measures (silver
Late service schemes
"Fancy Dress" including
ARDU, Jubilee and grey schemes
Body Paint (indentification
markings, temporary camouflage and "between colours")
Each chapter comprises brief descriptive text and copious
captioned photos. The photos are generally large and presented to a very high
standard. The vast majority of photos are in colour.
The book is rounded out with a 53 page colour walkaround, a
impressive photographic listing of every RAAF Mirage and plans.
Juanita Franzi has prepared four-view illustrations of 18
Mirages, representing the mainstream colours and some of the most interesting
special schemes. The quality of the artwork is first class. Juanita also
provided the plans of Aussie Mirage variants at the back of the book.
I thought I knew something about RAAF Mirage camouflage and markings, but
this book has revealed dozens of schemes and special markings that I had
never seen before, and literally hundred of photos that have probably
never been published previously.
Not only is there a large variety of colours and designs - metal, silver,
grey and green wraparounds, low-viz greys, blues, orange and white to
name but a few - but this era also saw many individual and humorous
markings. I get the definite impression that these pilots and crews were
having fun with their French "sports cars"!
The format of the book is ideal for modellers. The information is
sufficient to describe the subject, yet does not distract from the real
meat of the book - the magnificent collection of photos. If the images
are the meat, the artwork is a tasty dessert. Each four-view
illustration represents a wealth of information, as well as inspiration
Whether you are a fan of 1960s jets, or the Dassault Mirage, or RAAF
aircraft, "Mirage IIIO Colours and Markings in RAAF Service" will be an
essential addition to your bookshelves.
* as long as you don't
classify a MiG-15 as a modern jet!
All Mushroom Model
Publications books are
available direct from
who now accept credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex, Switch)
distributors are Wise Owl Publications, 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
Mirage IIIO Book Launch
The Mushroom publication, "Mirage IIIO Colours and markings in
RAAF Service" was launched on the evening of 8 October, 2005, at the Fighter
World Museum, thanks to the generosity of Museum staff and supporters.
Appropriately, the Museum houses two RAAF Mirages - a IIIO
single seater and a IIID trainer - and the adjacent Williamtown RAAF base was
home to Mirage Squadrons for many years.
Motty and Changa both spoke at the launch, which was also
attended by the book's illustrator, Juanita Franzi, and a variety of ex-RAAF
Mirage pilots and crew.
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Review Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 13 October, 2005
Last updated 23 October, 2005
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