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Polish Wings 12
MiG-29 Part 2

by Adam Golabek

 

S u m m a r y :

Title and Author:

Polish Wings 12: MiG-29 Part 2 by Adam Golabek – Stratus/Mushroom Models Publications

Media:

Softcover 96 Pages

ISBN:

9788361421122

Price:

MSRP: GBP 12.99 (GBP14.50 inc post in UK from MMP)

Review Type:

First Read

Advantages:

A very useful modellers reference, lots of photographs and great information on colour schemes including ex-German MiG-29Gs and MiG-29UB trainers

Disadvantages:

Limited text but sufficient to convey the point.

Conclusion:

A great book not only for those interested in the Polish Air Force or who wants to model a MiG-29 (9-12) aircraft in general thanks to the wide selection of detail walk around style photographs. The Author is on his home turf and a very useful modelling reference has resulted.


Reviewed by Ken Bowes


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FirstRead

 

Following on from Part 1 of the MiG-29 books which covered the original MiG-29 fleet as purchased direct from Russia in the late 1980s, this volume in the Polish Wings series covers more recent events including the purchase from Germany of their surplus MiG-29G fleet in the early 2000s after rejecting a Russian offer for new generation upgraded aircraft. The first three pages cover the history of this purchase before turning to the subject aircraft in detail. Like Part 1 this book is clearly intended to be a reference of value to modellers. The majority of the book compromises comprehensive photo coverage of Polish MiG-29s, with a limited number of pages of text and tabulated data.

 

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The author has taken a logical approach of looking at each airframe in turn, with some photos and four views of them in their original German markings followed by a range of photos of the aircraft in Polish squadron service. It is an easy to follow method and contrasts greatly the relatively poor material condition of the German airframes prior to regeneration by the WZL-2 aircraft works and Polish Air Force Technical Institute. The second half of the book covers the operation of the MiG-29UB trainer and covers both Polish acquired, ex-Czech and ex-German airframes.

For both subjects (the German MiG-29Gs and all the MiG-29UBs) the majority of the photos are overall shots of airframes and serve to document camouflage and markings over the period of operations. These are supported by detailed colour four view and side profiles along with close up photos and drawings of the unique markings applied to the airframe along with a table of Federal Standard colour cross references. The final three pages provide some excellent large format colour shots of the cockpit area for the super detailers.

In conjunction with Part 11 of the Polish Wings series it appears that most MiG-29 aircraft that have seen Polish Air Force Service are represented in this book along with all the variations of colour schemes applied. Whilst an extremely narrow subject, PAF MiG-29s carry some attractive schemes which alone makes the book worthwhile. Add the extra detail that can be extrapolated from the numerous photographs and this becomes an excellent reference for anyone wanting to model a MiG-29 Fulcrum. One final note for modellers, the Polish decal firm Techmod is cited inside the front cover as preparing decal sheets to cover Polish MiGs. A quick check of their website indicates they have yet to be released but it is a development worth monitoring if you want a Polish MiG-29 in your collection.

Thanks to MMP Books for the sample


Review Copyright 2011 by Ken Bowes
This Page Created on 24 May, 2011
Last updated 24 May, 2011

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