The newest offering in the Finnish Air Force History
series from Keri Stenman Publishing covers the Soviet fighters used by the
Finnish Air Force during the Winter and Continuation Wars. These were the
LaGG-3 and the Polikarpov trio: The I –16 (including the UTI), I-153 and the
Finland acquired these aircraft in various ways; from
rebuilding flyable aircraft from the remains of aircraft that crash landed, such
as the LaGG-3, to actually buying them from the Germans, as was the case with
the I-153. These aircraft were not merely relegated to second line
reconnaissance or training roles; many were actually used in combat. The LaGG
was used to chase down high-speed Russian bombers, and Finnish Chaikas actually
engaged Russian Chaikas in a dogfight.
This volume is well organized and presents the
information in parallel columns in Finnish and English. The authors provide a
brief background on the development and procurement of each of the aircraft.
The specifications of the aircraft in Finnish service are then given. Finally,
the use of each aircraft by various units in the FAF is presented.
As is the case with all previous publications in this
series, the high quality photographs form the core of this volume. For those
who model any of the aircraft discussed, the photos provide a veritable walk
around. There are even a few pictures of the underside of the I-153, as nosing
over was something it seemed to do quite easily.
In the case of the LaGG-3 there are pictures of each of
the four Russian aircraft that were reassembled to give the FAF three aircraft.
Finally, there are a few good cockpit photos and an
excellent picture of the gun sight used in the I-16.
There is only one shortcoming in this volume. The
“biography” of each individual aircraft is in Finnish only. I wish an English
translation had been provided.
Even with that
one minor drawback, this is an excellent book. Given the few publications there
are about the aircraft discussed in this volume, this is indeed a welcome
addition and will provide modelers with an excellent photographic reference.
A selection of pictures
and color profiles in this book may be seen on the Kari Stenman Publishing web
for the sample.
All Keri Stenman
Publishing books are available
direct from the publishers,
who now accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard).
Review Copyright © 2005 by
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Page Created 02 November, 2005
Last updated 01 November, 2005
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