Saab 29 ‘Flygande Tunnan' Book Review
|Date of Review||September 2017||Title||Saab 29 ‘Flygande Tunnan'|
|Author||Mikael Forslund||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||192 pages, hardbound||MSRP (BP)||$39.00|
Building Hobby Boss' 1/48 Saab J 29? Tackling Heller's ancient, 1/72 effort? Grab this vital volume.
Saab 29 'Flygande Tunnan' distills the design, development, deployment and disposition of Western Europe's first operational swept-wing jet fighter. And what a terrific tome it is.
Available in North America from Casemate, MMP's capably concise chronicle charts every major Saab 29 production variant over 192 pages:
- J 29A
- J 29B
- A 29B
- S 29C
- J 29E
- J 29F
Partially financed "through a scholarship from Veteranklubben Saab/Sivert Wards minnesfond", the lavishly illustrated effort also details every Saab 29 unit in Swedish and Austrian service - including Sweden's "Air Target Squadron". Accompanying tables include serial numbers, delivery dates, units and codes, and comments on serving aircraft. And coverage recaps the type's only international combat deployment - during fighting in the newly independent Congo, 1961-1963.
Contents include the J 29D and paper "projects", too. And technical minutiae on the aircraft and weapons neatly wrap things up.
Fact-check the Heller and Matchbox kits with MMP's superb 1/72-scale plans. Motivate your modeling muse with Thierry Vallet's coruscating color profiles and inset art. And detail your Tunnan with dozens of drawings, close-up photos and tech-manual excerpts. Tons of pretty pictures here.
What a brilliant book. I loved every pithy page. And it carries my highest recommendation.
Now maybe MMP and author Forslund will offer a similarly stunning study on Saab's legendary Draken family!
With thanks to Casemate for the review copy.