Fieseler Fi 156 Storch 1938-1945 Book Review
|Date of Review||July 2012||Title||Fieseler Fi 156 Storch 1938-1945|
|Author||Dariusz Karnas||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||176 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£14.99|
I’ve just read the ideal modeler’s reference for TAMIYA’s superb 1:48-scale Storch.
MMP’s marvelously meticulous Fieseler Fi 156 Storch packs everything you need into one amazingly handy handbook. Nothing tops this compact, convenient compendium for thoroughness.
Born to a 1935 Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) specification, Fiesler’s remarkable design mixed innovative lifting devices with rugged construction for sensational STOL performance. The legendary 3-seat liaison machine could fly – and alight – almost anywhere. And some claim it required just its length to land!
After a concise chronicle of Fi 156 design and development, MMP’s coverage turns, country-by-country to Storch users – including local production in Czechoslovakia and France. Author Karnas highlights every variant and every epoch – including postwar service. Aircraft details – including color photos of preserved examples and excerpts from Luftwaffe technical manuals – devour nearly half the book.
Dozens of inspirational profiles and archival shots season sections. Tables and specifications enrich text. And 1:72, 1:48, and 1:32 plans – including a large-scale pull-out page – distill Storch details.
This terrific little tome certainly seized pride of place among my Luftwaffe references!
With thanks to MMP Books for the review copy.