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Ikarus IK-2

Ikarus IK-2 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review March 2019 Title January 2021
Author Aleksandar M Ognjevic, Branislav J Mirkov Publisher Kagero
Published 2020 ISBN 9788366148628
Format 196 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $39.95

Review

As Yugoslavia’s first indigenously designed and manufactured fighter, the Ikarus IK-2 occupies pride-of-place among Balkan aviation historians and enthusiasts.

The sleek, gull-wing design exudes almost Art-Deco appeal that many modelers and markings mavens love, too.

Now Kagero offers a fascinating, lavishly illustrated history in the 13th, eponymous edition of Kagero’s “Monographs Special Edition In 3D” series – available in North America from Casemate.

Like Kagero’s companion study of Rogozarski’s IK-3, the 196-page, picture-packed hardback effectively tells the total tale in two parts.

The first 56 pages recap IK-2 design, development, production, and combat service. Coverage includes illuminating warpaint notes and technical specifics. Just 12 were built.

Contents really turn meaty for modelers in the book’s second half. That’s where you’ll find beautifully rendered:

  • 1:48- and 1:72-scale plans
  • color 3D interior minutiae
  • color 3D exterior views, and
  • color profile and plan art.

Pull-out sheets of 1:32-scale line drawings also accompanies the book.

Nose-to-tail, tip-to-tip, this magnificent monograph details every IK-2 facet: fuselage, engine, canopy, cockpit, wings, control surfaces, landing gear, weapons, and more. Authors even offer hobbyists US Federal Standard approximates for Yugoslav camouflage!

Rabidly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Casemate for this review sample!