Hip in Detail
Frantisek Koran, Jaroslav Spacek, et al
Wings and Wheels
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by Frantisek Koran, Jaroslav Spacek, et al
Wings and Wheels Publishing
detailed walkaround of interesting aircraft; large photo
reproduction; no page format limitations; includes
photos in a maintenance setting.
Reviewed by Saúl García
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& Wheels Publications made a name for itself many years ago by
releasing incredibly detailed walk around photo series. Over the
years, the books have grown in size but are not to a set limit
of pages. This is a major selling feature as some other walk
around photo series have set page limits.
This Wings & Wheels publication, from their Blue Present
Aircraft line, is the perfect companion to anyone building Mi-8
Hip kits. Note that this book only covers the Hips with TV-2-117
engines such as the Mi-8 and Mi-9. The others, such as the
Mi-17, will be covered in a future volume. Inside the softcover,
we find 132 pages full of in focus photos. Four hundred forty
seven (yes, 447) color photos cover every detail of the
helicopter in seven variants listed below.
The book measures 9 by 9.5 inches in a landscape format with
heavy card stock covers. The heavy pages have a semi matte
finish which reproduces details well.
The first twelve pages of the book begin with a simplified
history of the helicopter and proceed to introduce each of the
versions it will cover. Then the book goes into a walk around of
Mi-8/8T Hip pp. 4-35 with 50
photos for the Mi-8 and 13 for the mi-8T
Mi-8TBK pp. 36-42 with 25
Mi-8/9 Hip interior,
exterior, engines, etc. pp. 43-83 with 62 interior photos,
74 exterior photos, and 18 color illustrations
Mi-8PPA Hip pp. 84-101 with
74 photos (perfect for those converting the 72nd scale Hip
with Ciro Models set)
Mi-8S Hip pp. 102-122 with 78
Mi-9 Hip pp. 123-132 with 40
The hangar workshop photos go into great detail of the
various systems of the helicopter including in depth looks at
the weapons and how they are mounted. The various photos in the
hangar are also inspirational for those daring enough to pull
off a maintenance setting and some good information is gleaned
from the text. While it is not perfect English, the gist of the
information is there.
For those interested in foreign use of the helicopter; Czech,
Indian, Polish, and Slovak guises are included.
This book represents and excellent value for hard to find large
format photos of the Hip, especially the armament mount details
for the Mi-8TBK.
More images can be found on Wings & Wheels web site:
Thanks to Wings and Wheels Publishing for the
This book is available from the North American exclusive
distributor; 4+ Publications North America.
Author Frantisek Koran, Jaroslav Spacek, et al.
Editor Frantisek Koran
Artwork Dusan Simek
Format Landscape format softcover.
Pub. year 2005
Price ??.?? USD
Availability In print
Review Copyright © 2007 by Saúl García
This Page Created on 16 April, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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