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Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922

Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review July 2018 Title Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922
Author Marat Khairulin Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2017 ISBN 9788365281647
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Dozens more rare, previously unpublished aircraft photos – some from private collections – add spice to author Khairulin's spectacular survey.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.

Rabidly recommended!

I want to thank Casemate for this review sample.