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||Yakovlev's Piston-Engined Fighters
by Yefim Gordon and Dmitry Khazanov. Published by Midland Publishing
||1 85780 140 7
|Media and Contents:
||Soft cover; 144 pages plus covers;
glossy quarto format; 83 images including 7 rare colour wartime photos; 30
colour profiles; 2 wartime colour photos
USD$29.95 online from Specialty
||Good coverage of all Yak piston-engined
fighters; excellent concentration of photos (mostly factory and official
photos); clear descriptions and diagrams of variants; plenty of colour
profiles for modelling inspiration.
||Highly Recommended for any VVS
modellers and historians
Reviewed by Brett Green
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Today's modeller can build almost any variant of the Yakovlev fighter family
in 1/48 scale using kits available from Accurate Miniatures, ICM and Eduard. All
of these kits are well detailed and offer plenty of potential for interesting
colours and markings.
There is little doubt about the historical significance of the Yakovlev
fighter lineage either. More than 35,000 Yak fighters were delivered during its
production run at six Soviet factories, and a Yak fighter (in the hands of a
skilled and motivated pilot) proved to be a worthy adversary to their Luftwaffe
Nevertheless, reference books on Yak fighters have been scarce. Indeed,
reference books about any in-line powered Soviet WWII fighters are
relatively rare. There is a good book published by Polygon dedicated to the
Yak-1, 1b and I-26 (the Yak-1 preproduction variant), but the text is entirely
in Russian. AJ Press's "Yak-1 and Yak-3" is a handy but slim title in English;
while Midland Publishing's "Soviet Combat Aircraft of the Second World War
Volume 1: Single Engined Fighters" by Yefim Gordon and Dmitry Khazanov was a
welcome introduction to the broad subject.
It is therefore very pleasing that Gordon and Khazanov have combined again to
explore the subject of Yak fighters in more detail in the Red Star Series Volume
5, "Yakovlev's Piston-Engined Fighters".
This book covers all production variants of Yak piston-engine fighters from
the I-26, to the Yak-1 and 1b, the many variations of the Yak-7 and Yak-9, and
to the final, excellent Yak-3.
The narrative includes historical background, technical description and a
brief operational summary for each variant. The text is logically organised and
does an excellent job of describing sub-variants including Yak-7R, 7M, 7B, 7V,
7D and DI (these latter two actually being prototypes for the Yak-9); Yak-9T,
Yak-9D, Yak-9M, Yak 9P and 9TK, Yak-9K, Yak-9B, Yak-9DD, Yak-9PD, Yak-9R,
Yak-9S, Yak-9V conversion, Yak-9U and more. Photographs of each variant are
More than 300 black and white photos are included. These are mostly factory
and official photos, and they have obviously been chosen for their ability to
illustrate individual characteristics of the variants.
The book is rounded out with two wartime colour photographs and 30 colour
profiles that will provide some additional inspiration for modellers.
Gordon and Khazanov's "Yakovlev's Piston-Engined Fighters" provides a wealth
of information about this great fighter dynasty.
It presents the best
description of the labyrinth of Yak-7 and Yak-9 sub-types that I have seen, and
is packed with many useful photographs and colour profiles.
This is a excellent, one-stop reference for any modeller building a WWII Yak
fighter in any scale, and for VVS history buffs in general.
Thanks to Karin of
Specialty Press for the review sample
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