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Sukhoi Su-7 and Su-20

Sukhoi Su-7 and Su-20 Book Review

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review August 2009 Title Sukhoi Su-7 and Su-20
Author Dariusz Karnas Publisher MMP/Status Publications
Published 2009 ISBN 978-83-89450-96-8
Format 56 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £9.99

Review

This new book by Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) Stratus is printed in Sandomierz, Poland by Stratus Publication. They are in partnership with MMP and the books are printed in English. MMP is based in Petersfield, Hants, UK.

This new book is about variants of the Su-7 and the Su-20. The Polish Air Force was a major user of Sukhoi’s heavyweight fighter-bombers for more than 30 years. Starting with delivery of the Su-7BM in 1964, with the –BKL variant following from 1974 to 1997. This new volume in the Polish Wings series describes and illustrates all these Polish Sukhois, with full details of all the airframes and their fates, detailed descriptions of color schemes and markings and many color photos and color profiles. The book is in soft-cover format of 56 pages in 8 ¼” x 11 5/8” page format.

It has a color illustration of a Su-7 on the front cover and a Su-20 on the rear cover. Both aircraft illustrated carry the black number 821 on their noses, are in overall bare metal with the Polish national chessboard insignia in the normal 6 positions and with red tips to the tops of their tails.

There are 6 color photos of the Su-7 variants, 51 black and white photos, 17 color profiles, 1 color top and botttom 2-view illustration and 3 data charts. The Su-7BM, BKL and 7U (two-seat trainer) are covered in this section. The profiles are displayed on the same pages with actual photos of the aircrafts being illustrated. In most cases, these are all bare metal with only different nose numbers and the red tipped tails.

The Su-20 section has 47 color photos, 25 black and white ones, 41 color profiles, 1 top and bottom 2-view illustration, 2 information charts and 3 color illustrations of Su-20 squadron badges. The Su-20 appears in both the bare metal scheme (like the Su-7’s) and 2 colors of green in a wave pattern. On this later pattern the nose numbers are yellow.

This new book will be an invaluable reference source for aircraft historians and enthusiasts, and scale modelers.

I want to thank Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) and Casemate for this review sample.

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