Author: Marat Khairulin, Boris Stepanov
Company: Mushroom Model Publications
On the heels of Finnish Fighter Colours 1939-1945, Romanian Fighter Colours 1941-1945, Hungarian Fighter Colours 1930-1945, and Swedish Fighter Colours 1925-1954, comes MMP’s latest tome. This book, focused on the ‘Early Years’ is planned to be followed by at least four additional volumes on the ‘Great War’ (Volume 2), ‘Red Stars’ (Volume 3), and ‘Against Soviets’ (Volume 4). The authors leaned heavily on Russian private archives, as well as archives, libraries, and museums.
The book is a nice hardbound volume, with a nice glossy cover, and 176 pages on high-quality stock with a matt finish. Mainly black and white period photos are supplemented with modern day color photos, color period posters and postcards, colour side and top views, and colour unit emblems and personal markings. The text is in English and quite readable.
The colourful introduction ‘Dream of Wings’ presents a nice summary of the history of flight in Russia up to the beginnings of the Russian Aero Clubs in 1909. The next section on the Aero Clubs provides 18 pages of photos and colour illustrations depicting foreign aircraft along with Russian designed aircraft.