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Fieseler Fi 156 Storch 1938-1945 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review July 2012 Title Fieseler Fi 156 Storch 1938-1945
Author Dariusz Karnas Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2012 ISBN 978-83-61421-47-4
Format 176 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £14.99


I’ve just read the ideal modeler’s reference for TAMIYA’s superb 1:48-scale Storch.

MMP’s marvelously meticulous Fieseler Fi 156 Storch packs everything you need into one amazingly handy handbook.  Nothing tops this compact, convenient compendium for thoroughness.

Born to a 1935 Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) specification, Fiesler’s remarkable design mixed innovative lifting devices with rugged construction for sensational STOL performance.  The legendary 3-seat liaison machine could fly – and alight – almost anywhere.  And some claim it required just its length to land!

After a concise chronicle of Fi 156 design and development, MMP’s coverage turns, country-by-country to Storch users – including local production in Czechoslovakia and France.  Author Karnas highlights every variant and every epoch – including postwar service.  Aircraft details – including color photos of preserved examples and excerpts from Luftwaffe technical manuals – devour nearly half the book.

Dozens of inspirational profiles and archival shots season sections.  Tables and specifications enrich text.  And 1:72, 1:48, and 1:32 plans – including a large-scale pull-out page – distill Storch details.

This terrific little tome certainly seized pride of place among my Luftwaffe references!

Robustly recommended.

With thanks to MMP Books for the review copy.