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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review July 2020 Title Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15
Author Nikolay Yakubovich Publisher Guideline Publications
Published 2020 ISBN n/a
Format 64 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £16.00


A Cold War legend gets full “Warpaint” treatment in the 120th edition of Guideline Publications’ popular range.

And what a handy handbook Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 is.

Author Nikolay Yakubovich concisely chronicles Faggot development, deployment, combat, colors, markings, and variants in just 64 picture-packed pages - including covers.

Lots of fascinating facts tincture text. What role did insurgent MiG-15s play in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution? See page 45. Want the official name of the distinctive Soviet cockpit blue enamel? Check page 49.

Some details, however, remain suspicious. “P-47 [sic: F-47] Thunderbolts”, for instance, never served in the Korean War. And those aren’t Guinea-Bissau markings on that MiG-15UTI profile, page 41.

Additionally, word choice sometimes borders on bizarre. And the translation occasionally sounds awkward. But most modelers, I suspect, buy “Warpaint” books for pretty pictures - not for polished prose. And this lavishly illustrated effort is no exception.

The pioneering MiG-15 remains perennially popular with scale modelers. And contents conclude with two dense pages of “Kits, Decals and Accessories” - and four more pages of close-up details.


My sincere thanks to Guideline Publications for this review sample!