Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922 Book Review
|Date of Review||July 2018||Title||Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922|
|Author||Marat Khairulin||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||168 pages, hardbound||MSRP (USD)||$68.00|
Just when I thought this series from MMP couldn't get better, the latest release proves me wrong.
Subtitled "Red Stars", the third, picture-packed volume of Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922 superbly surveys the evolution of early Bolshevik military markings.
Available in North America from Casemate, the lavishly illustrated hardbound sports hundreds of illustrations. Dozens of profiles, plan views and insets season the sumptuous study. And many artwork subjects include reference photos.
Dozens more rare, previously unpublished aircraft photos – some from private collections – add spice to author Khairulin's spectacular survey. And supporting text – competently annotated and authoritatively researched – chronicles all key developments.
Don't think, for instance, that Soviet Russia's familiar red star marking sprang fully formed from some Bolshevik commissar's cranium. The infamous insigne actually endured a surprisingly complex gestation.
As with previous volumes, literally every page proved enlightening. And I cannot wait for the pending sequel on counter-revolutionary aviation.
I want to thank Casemate for this review sample.