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||Warbird Tech Series Volume 45
Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed
|Media and Contents:
USD$16.95 from Specialty Press
reference, section dedicated to modelling the subject.
Reviewed by Ken Bowes
MiG-21 Fishbed is available online from Squadron
Learning from the experience of
the Korean War and with a nod to Dassault and Saunders Roe delta
designs, the MiG-21 Fishbed emerged from a 1953 operational requirement
for a new lightweight fighter for Frontal Aviation (VVS) use.
to the F-104, which emerged from what the US perceived as the lessons of
Korea, the MiG design resulted in a compact tailed delta capable of Mach
2 in level flight and equipped with simple avionics for fire control.
Entering Soviet service in 1960-1, the MiG-21 would ultimately serve
with many WARPAC and client state air forces with derivatives still in
service today in many countries.
Volume 45 of the Specialty Press
Warbird Tech Series sees Yefim Gordon and Peter Davison again teaming up
to produce a useful reference work on the subject type. This book is
broken down into the standard sections one expects from these titles.
Chapters on genesis, design, development and variants form the first
half, whilst one covering service history and exports form a substantial
bulk of the volume. As the MiG-21 went through a substantial redesign
during production a chapter is also devoted to the second generation
types. 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 is a
section on production of the MiG-21 in China, which has resulted in the
F-7 family which remains in widespread service today. “Shooting to Kill”
quite obviously details the MiG-21s extensive combat record in the
Middle East and South East Asia, where the MiG-21 gave the USAF a run
for its money due to poor weapons, tactics and ROE on the US side.
Unsurprisingly a detailed examination of the airframe with many close-up
photos is also included. The Fishbed has proven to be a very versatile
design, developing many new roles which Gordon addresses in this volume.
Major upgrades such as the IAI Lancer program and the MiG-21-93 are
detailed, although oddly not much attentions is paid to the Indian BISON
program which has seen the MiG-21 evolve into a potent BVR fighter.
Concluding the book are short appendixes which address foreign users,
modelling the MiG-21 and finally some well rendered technical drawings.
again, 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.
With the Eduard MiG-21 family
recently announced to add to the already prolific kits on the market
this volume will have wide appeal for modellers.
Thanks to Karin of
Specialty Press for the review sample
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