Polish Wings 3 Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||March 2009||Title||Polish Wings 3|
|Author||Bartlomiej Belcarz & Tomasz J. Kopanski||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications/Stratus|
|Format||56 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£9.99|
Stratus is a publishing company based in Sandomierz, Poland. They are in partnership with Mushroom Model Publications based in the UK. The books I get from both publishers are printed in Poland and in the English language.
This latest volume in the “Polish Wings” series covers three fighter designs, which equipped the Polish Air Force from the late 1920’s up to the outbreak of WWII. The Avia BH-33 was a Czech aircraft brought in to replace the unsatisfactory SPAD 51 & 61, and built under license by PWS. The same company then designed the PWS-10, which was the first indigenous Polish fighter to enter service. Finally, the PZL P.7a was the first of the classic Pulawski gull-winged monoplane fighters to see service, soldiering on right up until 1939, although it was obsolete by that time. The book is soft bound and in 11 ¾” x 8 ¼” page format, and is 56 pages in length.
The service use of all three aircraft is described, illustrated with 126 black and white photos from the 1930’s. A further 15 black and white photos show the PWS-10 during the Spanish Civil War. The front and back covers have full color illustrations of the PWS-10. The front cover shows aircraft no. 10 of the133rd Fighter Flight, 3rd Air Regiment, that was based in Poznan. The PWS-10 on the back cover is an aircraft of the Spanish Nationalist Air Force (Franco’s boys) with “Chiquita 41” marked down the sides of the fuselage and in Legion Condor camouflage. It is mentioned that his particular aircraft quite possibly was the mount of Captain Angel Sala Larrazabal, and it was based at Leon Airfield.
Techmod decals in co-operation with MMP/Stratus has produced a decal sheet of the markings shown in this book for the PZL P.7a in 1/72nd scale. It is sheet no. 72140A.
This book will be of much interest to aviation historians and modelers alike, who are interested in inter-war aircraft types. Highly recommended.