MiG-29 Part 1 Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||August 2010||Title||MiG-29 Part 1|
|Author||Adam Gołąbek||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||96 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$24.95|
Mushroom Model Publications is based in the UK. They have their books printed in Poland by Stratus Publications in Sandomierz. In the English language. This book is by Stratus and is all in the English language.
This latest book in their “Polish Wings” series describes the acquisition and operation of the MiG-29 by the Polish Air Force. Replacing the elderly MiG-21 and the later MiG-23 in Polish service, the MiG-29 is now the only Russian-built fighter in Polish service. It has been at the front line of Poland’s defences for more than 20 years. It has proved both popular and successful in Polish service.
This aircraft was obtained from both Russia and the Czech Republic, the latter ex-Czech AF machines. The operations of the MiG-29 are described in detail, plus full details of the many color schemes used over the period in question. Details and history of all airframes are included, ant the book contains 242 color photos (including the front and back cover) and 19 color side profile paintings, 4 two-view paintings, 4 four view paintings and 6 five view paintings. The five-views include illustrations of schemes that the particular aircraft was changed into over time. There are 27 color illustrations of squadron logos and 5 photos of the instrument panels in the cockpit of the MiG-29. However, a good shot of the pilot seat and other features is not present. There are a few shots of parts of the aircraft’s anatomy, but not what could be considered walk-around shots. There is also included a data list of information.
Special markings and commemorative schemes have not been forgotten, and are described and illustrated.
Inside the book on the publisher’s staff and address listing page is a mention that Techmod Decal Co., in cooperation with Stratus, is going to issue decal sheets for the MiG-29 sporting markings shown in this book. They will be in the popular scales: 1/32nd, 1/48th and 1/72nd sold seperately. Also shown on this page are the cover arts for 4 other books in the Polish Wings series: No. 10 on the MiG-23 MF & MiG-23 UB, No. 9 on the Sukhoi Su-7 & Su-20 (previously issued) and the forthcoming No. 5 on Ex-USAAF Aircraft 1945 and No. 12 on the MiG-29 & MiG-29UB part 2.
The book is 96 pages long in soft cover 8 ¼´x 11 5/8” format. This book is a “Must” for all those interested in modern Russian warplanes, fast jets in general, or the history of the Polish Air Force and to aircraft modelers.