Nieuport-Delage Ni-D 29 and Ni-D 62 Family Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||June 2011||Title||Nieuport-Delage Ni-D 29 and Ni-D 62 Family|
|Author||Jose Fernandez||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||80 pages, softbound||MSRP (GBP)||£13.99|
Stratus in Sandomierz Poland is partnered with Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) in the UK. Stratus prints MMP’s books in English and their own books in Polish and English. This book was sent to me by Stratus. The book is soft cover in 8 ¼” x 11 5/8” page format and 80 pages in length.
This is the second volume in the new “French Wings” series. It covers the attractive biplane and sesquiplane fighters produced by Nieport-Delage Company in the 1920’s – early 30’s. The Ni-D 29 was a major constituent of the French Aeronautique Militaire during the whole of the 20’s, and also saw service in Belgium, Italy, Siam, Argentina, Spain and Sweden. Nakajima also built the type under license as the Ko 4, and it remained in Chinese service until the late 30’s.
The Ni-D 62 sesquiplane family also saw extensive service world-wide, with a variety of users. As a mainstay of the Armee de l’Air and Aeronautique Navale fighter units in the 30’s, they remained in service (albeit as trainers) even in 1940. These aircraft also saw service in Romania, Brazil, Turkey and Spain. During the Spanish Civil War, Ni-D 52’s fought on both sides of the conflict.
This book describes and illustrates these aircraft in detail, with 152 black and white photos and 64 color profiles of both types. The aircraft are illustrated in the markings of the various countries that used them (mentioned above). Many of the color illustrations are multiple views. These color illustrations appear on the same pages as the photos of the actual aircraft be illustrated. Neat!
There are several information charts and a cut-away drawing of the Ni-D 62 that spans 2 pages and has all its parts named.
This book will prove to be an invaluable reference source for aircraft historians, enthusiasts and modelers.