SAAB J21/J21R Book Review
by Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||November 2010||Title||SAAB J21/J21R|
|Author||Mikael Forslund||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||128 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£13.99 ($22.60 USD)|
Mushroom Model Publications is based in the UK. They have all their books printed in Poland by their associate Stratus Publications in Sandomierz. Stratus also markets books in the Polish language.
This new book is in soft-cover 6 ½” x 9 “ page format and 144 pages in length.
The J-21 was the first in a long line of fighter aircraft from SAAB, and it showed early evidence of their taste for the unconventional. The J-21 was a very unusual design with a pusher engine and tricycle undercarriage.
Despite problems with both the undercarriage and engine cooling, the J-21 and it’s attack version, the A-21, were built in some numbers and served the Swedish Air Force well in the late 40’s and early 50’s.
A Jet-powered derivative, the J-21R, was also built and entered service, the very first Swedish jet fighter. The story of these innovative aircraft is told in this book.
The book is profusely illustrated with 9 color photos (including the cover), 112 black and white photos, 48 color walk-around photos of the J-21A/B Type, 5 illustrations from the tech manual for that type, 8 1/72nd scale line drawings of it, a color 4-view profile and 6 side profiles. 5 different squadron badges are illustrated in color also.
For the J-21R jet powered version there are 10 1/72nd line drawings, a mixture of 53 color and black and white walk-around photos, 15 illustrations for a tech manual, 6 color side profiles and one 4-view color illustration.
There is a fold out sheet inserted into the book that is 23” x 16 “. Printed on one side are 8 1/48th scale line drawings of the J-21A. The reverse side of the sheet has 7 1/46th scale line drawings of the J-21R. The full story of this innovative aircraft is told in this book. It will prove to be an invaluable reference for aviation enthusiasts, historians and modelers.