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|Publisher and Catalogue
||Aircraft Number 194 - Tupolev SB in
|Media and Contents:
||Soft cover, landscape format, 50
pages plus covers (incl. 2 pages and front and back in full color).
USD$10.46 from Squadron.com
||A broad overview of the Tupolev SB
giving a good introduction to this bomber.
Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Tupolev SB in action
is available online from Squadron.com
is not often that spending less money can still bring you great value, but this
“in action” seems to prove other wise. A while back I did a review of a book on
Tupolev SB Bomber from Icarus Aviation Press. The Icarus publication is
perhaps the finest book on the subject, and a benchmark for aircraft books in
general. But not everyone has an interest in the Tupolev bomber that would
require the purchase such a book.
Where does that leave those who are still interested, but less so, in this
aircraft and its use by various air forces during WW-2? Well, I’m glad to say
that this “in action” volume will provide excellent information.
While it looks like the typical “in action”, the organization is quite
interesting. The author covers the development of the Tupolev SB in a very
concise and detailed manner. However, rather than making the Tupolev’s
operational use a separate section, the author integrates operational use in
with the development of the various sub-types.
course, pictures are an important component of any “in action” book, and this
one is no exception. There are excellent picture of the Tupolev SB in its major
variants and with various air forces. There are also a few pictures of the
interior, armament and, of special interest, the bomb bay and bomb cells.
There are also 13, nicely done, color profiles and artwork of the Tupolev SB
bomber. But, due to publication requirements, not all air forces using the
Tupolev are fully represented.
Color profiles, being interpretations of black and white images and other
information, are not without a bit of controversy. For those who love color
debates, it is interesting to note that the “in action” shows the colors of the
Czech camouflage (also used on some Luftwaffe and Slovak aircraft) as brown with
two greens. The profiles in the Icarus publication show the camouflage as brown
with green and a color that resembles RLM 02.
Now you are saying to yourself: “Why is he worrying about colors, when there is
not even a good model (let alone any model) of this aircraft?” You would be
correct. We now have two excellent books, at different levels of detail, on
this bomber. So why don’t we have a mainstream model?
Anyone who picks up this Squadron/Signal “in action” will see that it is not
only a fine inspiration for modeling this historically important aircraft, but
also an excellent introduction to and overview of the Tupolev SB bomber. I
highly recommend it to any one who has an interest in an aircraft that saw
action from Spain all the way to China. Hopefully, interest in this book will
induce a company to issue a model.
Squadron for the review sample.
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