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Il-2 Shturmovik

Il-2 Shturmovik Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review July 2020 Title Il-2 Shturmovik
Author Viktor Povinsky Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2020 ISBN 9788365958686
Format 44 pages, hardbound MSRP (BP) £19.00


Over 36,000 Il-2s were manufactured – the largest single warplane production run in history.

During WWII, Stalin claimed that the Red Army “needs IL-2 aircraft like the air it breathes, like the bread it eats.”

And historians everywhere consider it one of aviation’s most significant designs.

Now author/illustrator Viktor Povinsky samples the sumptuous swath of Shturmovik schemes in the latest “Spotlight ON” from MMP Books.

And what colorful compendium Ilyushin Il-2 is.

Coverage follows the publisher’s familiar format. After an illuminating, two-page “camouflage and markings” précis, contents course through 41 pages of color art – 34 of profiles and seven of plan views.

Subjects survey the full range of WWII Soviet Shturmovik warpaint – both single- and two-seat versions. How about that speculative view of a 1944 Black Seas Fleet torpedo bomber?

Artwork quality and execution are very good – but somewhat pristine in presentation. Look elsewhere for weathering details. And Povinsky’s captions offer helpful comments.

Read it in conjunction with the author’s excellent 2014 study – also from MMP.


With thanks to MMP for the review copy.