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||Yellow Series No 6119 - Yakovlev
Yak-9Y & P
by Robert Panek
||Soft cover; A5 format ; 112 pages plus covers
GBP£12.00 available online from Mushroom
distributed in the USA by MMD
||Good coverage of post-war Yak-9
family, operations, variants and structural details; excellent 1/72
scale drawings and many scrap views / line drawing side views; well presented and captioned photos;
attractive profiles; one stop reference for Yak-9U/P modellers
Reviewed by Brett Green
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The development of the excellent Soviet fighter, the Yak-9,
did not end with the close of the Great Patriotic War. With the
availability of the more powerful VK-107A engine and all-metal construction, the
Yak-9U & P remained fomidable adversaries even at the dawn of the jet age. These
ultimate piston-powered Yaks were supplied to countries of the Eastern Bloc in
Europe, and also to China and North Korea. Although these are little-known
variants, being overshadowed by the exploits of the MiG-15 during this conflict,
the Yak-9 did confront UN forces.
The latest release in Mushroom's Yellow series is a useful and detailed reference on this
successful yet undervalued fighter.
The author, Robert Panek, adopts a logical approach to the
subject. The text starts with a description of the origins of the Yak-9U and P
followed by a description and technical data. These chapters are supported by
excellent 1/72 scale drawings of each version and scrap views of the most
important variations in armament, canopy and cowling arrangements.
Following this introduction we are treated to some summary
tables and an outline of the aircraft in service. The six colour photos of
various wrecked Yaks being inspected by American troops during the Korean War
are very interesting.
The next 50 pages provide walk around photos,
including access to some of the most out of the way areas imaginable. These are
a combination of photos of restored and stored Yaks, and a number of
contemporary (but equally useful) black and white images. This
section also includes technical drawings where appropriate.
The book is rounded out with a whopping 52 side colour profiles of various
late Yak-9s, plus two plan view illustrations of upper and lower surfaces. The
quality of the artwork is very good and the schemes are varied - even including
an overall light grey example in US markings.
Mushroom's "Yakovlev Yak-9U & 9P" will be interesting to
VVS, Korean War and modern Eastern Bloc enthusiasts, but will be
especially helpful to modellers due to the ample detailed reference photos and
line drawings, plus the inspiration of the attractive artwork. It is only a
shame that we do not have a plastic kit of these interesting yet little known
variants in larger scales.
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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
Review Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
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