Mi-14PL/PS/PLR Book Review
by Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||October 2011||Title||Mi-14PL/PS/PLR|
|Author||Mariusz Kalinowski||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||96 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£12.99|
Stratus is based in Sandomierz, Poland. They are partners with Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) based in the UK, and they print MMP’s books and their own in English and Polish. This book was sent to me directly from Stratus in a heavily padded envelope.
The Mi-8-derived Mi-14 amphibious helicopter (NATO reporting name Haze) served with the Polish military in both the anti-submarine and ASR roles. This new book in the acclaimed Polish Wings series describes the acquisition and operations of this helicopter in Poland.
The many color schemes and the delightful and varied individual markings carried on these aircraft are described and illustrated, with 198 color photos and 38 black and white ones. There are 71 squadron logos illustrated in color (some of variants of the same mark). Throughout the book, on the same page as the actual helicopter being illustrated are color profile paintings. There are 38 of these for theMi-14PL version, (3 of these are 2-views) one for the Mi-14PL/R version, one of the Mi-14PX version and 12 for the Mi-14PS version. Also included are 36 photos showing the cockpit and fuselage interiors. There are 3 information charts.
This book will prove to be essential reading for aviation enthusiasts with an interest in helicopters and Polish aviation, and an invaluable resource for modelers.