Item description for Encyclopaedia of Soviet Fighters 1939-1951 by Herbert Leonard & Alan McKay...
The Soviet aircraft industry of the 1940-1950 period has been incredibly productive, while Russian manufacturers, stimulated by the huge needs stressed by World War Two, competed with each other in design and creativeness. This book offers an exhaustive coverage, by chronological order which is one of its original features every single Soviet fighter of the period, from obscure projects which did no go off the drawing table, to the best known mass-produced models.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 9.25" Height: 12.5" Weight: 3.45 lbs.
Publisher Histoire and Collections
ISBN 2915239606 ISBN13 9782915239607
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Reccomended, but not perfect Jul 12, 2008
If you like Soviet aircraft of WWII then this is a book you should buy. It offers an exhaustive review of all piston engined fighters during 1939-51. It has lots of photos, line drawings, and color side view artist rendentions. Each model is documented with text and illustrations. Models are presented by year, so sometimes it may be hard to track a single model without going throught the whole book to follow it. Maybe it would work better to list each model (like YAK-3) and list all the variations of it regardless of year. Book does not list much detail on engines or armament, other than basic designations. The reader must research those to find out more on caliber, or engine size and hp. Perhaps the worst feature is the text though. The text does not flow well sometimes and there are missing words, or the wrong word was used. At times confusing punctuation is added. It seems when the original Russian text was translated by a French company into English, it didn't work out well. Maybe a future revised edition will address these flaws. Overall though, it's still a nice addition to your library. It provides a lot of info on Russian fighters that isn't availble in other books, or is just ignored. Buy a nice used copy and you'll be satisfied!!