Polish Wings 2 Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||November 2007||Title||Polish Wings 2|
|Author||Bartlomiej Belcarz||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications/Stratus|
|Format||32 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£6.99|
This latest book in the Stratus series, from Mushroom Model Publications (MMP), “Polish Wings” (Polskie Skrzydla), is an updated English language version of the Polish original. It covers Polish use of three French fighter designs in 1940. Many Polish pilots, aircrew and ground staff escaped to France, and were formed into autonomous units or allocated to French operational squadrons. This book describes and illustrates the aircraft used in training units and active squadrons, with aircraft identities and codes listed, plus their final fates.
The book comes in a 8” x 11 ¾” soft-cover format of 54 pages. It is profusely illustrated with 158 black and white wartime photos. There are a few rare wartime color photos too. The color profiles have many that are new to this edition. There are 52 of these. Four of them are 3-views, six are 2-views and one is a 4-view.
The relevant French camouflage and marking schemes are also described in detail. There are 8 data lists included. What is really neat, about the color profiles, is that they appear right next to actual photos of the aircrafts being depicted. Cool!
Aircraft enthusiasts and modelers will find this an invaluable addition to their references on these French fighter aircraft.