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||Warbird Tech Series Volume 42 Sukhoi
|Media and Contents:
||Soft cover; 104 pages
USD$16.95 from Specialty Press
reference, section dedicated to modelling the subject.
Reviewed by Ken Bowes
Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker book will be available online from Squadron
Soviet service in 1984 in both Frontal Aviation and Troops of Air
Defence units, the Su-27 Flanker was the product of the Soviet Unionís
programme to develop a new fourth-generation tactical fighter force.
With development commencing in the 1970ís the Flanker was to become the
ďheavyĒ fighter in a new light/heavy mix alongside the MiG-29 Fulcrum.
This, of course, draws parallels to the US F-15 Eagle/F-16 Fighting
Falcon hi-lo mix that also dates from the early 1970s. Unlike its
Western equivalent, the Eagle, which has proven too expensive for most,
the Flanker has been a winner in the export stakes for Russia. As
recently as this month Venezuela signed a contract for advanced Su-30
variants, adding to a long list of recipients of the type. A quick scan
of Chapter 9 indicates that at least 13 other countries count the
Flanker in their inventories, not a bad record and one that inspires
many interesting models.
Volume 42 of the Specialty Press Warbird Tech Series sees Yefim Gordon
again working with Peter Davison to produce a useful reference work on
the type. Having 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 Su-27K (Su-33) Naval
Flanker, 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.
Amongst the final chapters are a detailed description of the operational
Flanker in comparison with its Western contemporary the F-15 Eagle, a
detailed examination of the airframe with many close-up photos and a
look at the many foreign users of the type. The Flanker has proven to be
a very versatile design, developing from long range interceptor to true
multi-role platform and Gordon addresses in this volume the many
branches in the family tree, something both modellers and enthusiasts
will find useful. Concluding the book is a short appendix which
addresses modelling the Su-27, which is of direct interest to those who
will use the book as a reference for a scale replica. Richard Marmo
looks at Flanker models from Trumpeterís 1/32 effort through Italeriís
1/72 kits to the small 1/350 Flanker D released by Trumpeter in
conjunction with their Admiral Kuznetzov kit.
Once more 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 Marie of Specialty
Press for the review sample
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