S u m m a r y
||Polski Skrzydła 1 - Polish
Wings No. 1
Spad 61C1, Spad 51C1, Wibault 70C1
By: Bartomiej Belcarz
Illustrator: Wojciech Sankowski
A4 format; 48 pages plus covers
GBP £6.50 from Mushroom Model Publications
Excellent artwork, superb collection of
photographs, detailed cockpit drawings.
||No English text or captions
Reviewed by Rob
"Polish Wings 1"
is available online from Squadron
It seems that some subjects are not meant for readers of
the English language. This lavish publication showcases one such instance.
Sadly there is not a scrap of English anywhere in the text or in the captions.
Clearly this publication is aimed at Polish speaking readers only…which is a
Nonetheless, there are 48 pages contained within its soft card covers. The A4
sized format is perfect for photographic reproduction and this allows the
inclusion of 138 black and white images.
The book is divided into four parts, with the first three being devoted to the
biplanes in question. The Polish Air force operated many types of aircraft and
this volume looks at the use of the Spad 61C1, Spad 51C1 and the Wibault 70C1.
The final chapter is committed to the Unit markings, where we find images and a
description of the different symbols used. These geometric shapes are shown in
colour and a handy set of diagrams reveal the dimensions of these items.
Taking the first section on the Spad 61C1 as an example, there are twenty three
superb colour profiles. Some of the subjects also have additional views to
highlight details on other areas of the airframe. An accompanying photograph
allows the reader to make a comparison with the artwork which is a convenient
The Spad 51C1 and Wibault 70C1 have 10 and 5 profiles respectively, all to the
same high standard seen in the earlier chapter.
Each aircraft also has an admirable cockpit drawing that is covered on a single
page. All parts of the “office” are carefully numbered with a table below
explaining their purpose.
Information on these aircraft is not easy to find and a
book like this is most welcome. The layout of the book is first class as is the
quality of the images.
Unfortunately the lack of an English language insert means that only the local
market can get maximum benefit from this book.
However, even if you don’t speak Polish, the photographs and illustrations of
these aircraft alone make this a worthwhile purchase.
References on the Polish Air Force:
Polish Air Force 1939-1945;
Dr. Jan Koniarek; Squadron Signal Publications, 1994.
Polish Aces of World War 2;
Bobert Gretzyngier & Wojtek Matusiak; Osprey Publishing, 1998.
White Eagles; Bartlomiej
Belcarz & Robert Peczkowski; Hikoki, 2001.
GC 1/145 in France 1940;
Bartlomiej Belcarz; Mushroom Model Publications, 2002
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
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