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Finnish Jet Colours

Finnish Jet Colours Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review March 2019 Title Finnish Jet Colours
Author Kyösti Partonen Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2019 ISBN 9788365281357
Format 216 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $62.00


Precariously balanced between East and West, Finland's post-WWII military equipment mix reflected their geo-strategic reality.

Now Kyösti Partonen details their warplane heraldry in Finnish Jet Colours from MMP/Stratus.

Available in North America from Casemate, the lavishly illustrated hardback vividly details the topic in 216 pages and twelve chunky chapters:

  • dH Vampire Mk 52 and Vampire Trainer Mk 55
  • Folland Gnat Mk 1
  • Potez-Air Fouga CM 170 Magister
  • Ilyushin Il-28 and Il-28R
  • Mikoyan-Gurevitsh MiG-15UTI
  • Mikoyan-Gurevitsh MiG-21F13 & MiG-21U
  • Mikoyan-Gurevitsh MiG-21UM
  • Mikoyan-Gurevitsh MiG-21bis
  • SAAB 35BS, 35CS, 35FS and 35S Draken
  • BAE Hawk Mk 51, Mk 51A and Mk 66
  • Gates Learjet 35A/S
  • McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F-18C/D and F/A-18C/D Hornet

Sections feature capsule historical commentary, authoritative color & markings notes, extensive photo coverage, color profile & plan views, and extended, explanatory captions. Tables list all aircraft serials, construction numbers, delivery dates, final flights, and notes.

Nor must you sequentially tackle this terrific title. I happily and hungrily roamed from personal favorites SAAB 35 Draken and MiG-21s through the Folland Gnat and CM 170 Magister to everything else.

Modelers will love it. Hundreds of illustrations season text. Call-outs cite official colors. Close-ups record key aircraft nuances. And detailed comments and reference shots accompany artwork.

But detail enthusiasts will go positively gaga over the brilliant book's seven, fact-packed appendices. There you'll conveniently find massive measures of color & markings minutiae – notably official dimensions and accurate FS matches.

Building a Finnish MiG-21bis? Check Appendix 7's handy color table for actual Soviet equivalents of Finnish camouflage.

Partonen's excellent effort will certainly enrich your knowledge of Finnish aviation warpaint. I never knew, for instance, that Finns call the characteristic upward sweeps of ventral camouflage on fuselage sides "clouds".

But the possessive of "it" is "its" – not "it's". By "sticker roundel" does Partonen mean an adhesive-backed appliqué? And did national insignia on initial MiG-21bis fighters really sport "thin white outlines"?

Roundly recommended!

With thanks to Casemate for the review copy.