Spotlight on Mirage III & Mirage 5

Published: May 10th, 2020     
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Author: JP Vieira
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Company: MMP Books
ISBN #: 9788365958365
Other Publication Information: Hardbound, 44 pages, 42 color profiles
Price: $24.95
Product / Stock #: ON 18
Product provided by: Mushroom Model Publications

The Spotlight ON series specializes in color profiles of a given subject. In this case it is the Mirage III and Mirage 5 series of aircraft.

The book starts with a two pages description (landscape format) the characteristics of the aircraft and operational history of it. It is not meant to be exhaustive; it is just a primer as the real reason for this book are the fantastic 42 color profiles of the Mirage in service with different air forces.

With an aircraft that has seen such an extensive service -and combat- it is not possible to cover every single camouflage scheme worn by them. As such the book selects a representative sample of mainstream and one-off schemes, like retirement schemes and such.

Among the profiles you will find the liveries of France, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Gabon, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia (delivery scheme only, those airframes were operated by Egypt), Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela and Zaire.

Each profile includes a short description of the airframe plus the location of the airplane and, if applicable, a description of the ordinance being carried.

I would say that the quality of the printing is superb. The artwork is amazing and inspiring. I feel like I want to start building and painting Mirages in each one of the profiles in this book.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Stratus MMP and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

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