MiG-23MF and MiG-23UB Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||April 2010||Title||MiG-23MF and MiG-23UB|
|Author||Adam Colabek, Marian Mikolajczuk, Cezary Piotrowski||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||96 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$24.95|
Stratus Publications is a partner of Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) in the UK. MMP has Stratus print a lot of their books in Poland for them in the English language.
In the mid 1970’s a new fighter aircraft was needed for the Polish Country Air Defense Forces (WOPK). The fighter had to meet several principal criteria: high ceiling, high speed and the ability to operate and engage targets in all weather conditions. Few options were available, and the Soviet MiG-23 offer had to be accepted.
The first offer was for the MS version, but problems in operations of their machines discouraged the Polish side from accepting the variant. After a large number of design faults were cured and the aircraft fitted with newer avionics, the Polish authorities decided to reconsider the offer. This time it was approved, resulting in a decision to train the first group of pilots on the new type.
This new book from Stratus covers the MiG-23MF & MiG-23UB versions.
The book is 96 pages long and in soft cover with a 11 ¾” x 8 ¼” page format. There is not a lot of text in the book. Only a one page history of the MS version and another on the UB. It is a virtual picture album otherwise. It contains 134 color photos and 36 black and white ones. There are 35 color profile illustrations (5 of these being 4-views) throughout the book. These color profiles appear on the same pages as actual photos of the aircraft being illustrated. Neat! At the back of the book, there are color illustrations of no less than 41 different Polish squadron logos and one data listing.
On the index page there is a picture of a decal sheet by Techmod Decals that is available in 1/48th scale of marking for MiG-23's shown in this book. The cover arts of 3 other books in the Polish Wings series are shown too. Number 9 on the Sukhoi Su-7 & Su-20, Number 11 on the MiG-29 and Number 12 on the MiG-29/MiG-29UB.
This book will be of great interest to aviation historian and enthusiasts and also to modelers. Highly recommended.