Conceived and born of a Soviet requirement for a dedicated anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter in the mid-1960's, the Mi-14 was patterned after the American S-3 Sea King helicopter and leveraged components from existing Soviet equipment, such as the Mi-8, to expedite development and delivery into service. In 1976, the Mi-14 entered service with the Soviet Navy. Three variants of the Mi-14 covered a range of missions, including ASW, Search and Rescue, and minesweeping. As with other Soviet aircraft designs, the Mi-14 was exported to Warsaw Pact and other allies, finding its way into Polish service in 1981.
Mr. Kalinowski's account of the Polish Mi-14's is a feast for the modeler's eyes, packing over 400 color photographs and descriptive captions into 96 pages. Special attention is given in each photo to call out specific details of colors, markings, or configuration - a true goldmine for modelers! All 3 Polish Mi-14 variants are addressed in significant depth and breadth of operational configurations and markings spanning their service lives, including dozens of full-color profiles and unit-specific markings. A dedicated section provides detail, full color photos of cockpits, crew stations, and mission areas of the variants as well.
I highly recommend this volume to any modeler or general fan of the Soviet helicopters - it is truly an outstanding reference piece!
Thanks to MMP Books for the review sample and to IPMS for the opportunity to review it.