Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Vol 2
Camouflage and Markings. Great War
This book describes the history of the little-known emblems and distinctive markings of Russian military aviation from its early origins up to the Russian exit from World War One. The authors have managed to collect, and in some cases partially reconstruct, the majority of emblems and signs used in Russia during this period by military aviation units. The collected material is presented in a clear and attractive form - colour plates, reconstructed logos, and original photographs from public and private archives. This profusely illustrated book covers all the aircraft used, with brief details of their service use and comprehensive details of the colours and markings they carried. Besides the many photographs, full colour profiles illustrate the markings applied. Detailed colour notes and precise descriptions and illustration of national markings over the period complete a book that will be invaluable to aircraft enthusiasts, historians and modellers
Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922 Book Review
Date of Review February 2017 Title Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922 Author Marat Khairulin, Boris Stepanov Publisher Mushroom Model Publications Published 2015 ISBN 9788365281005 Format 176 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $75.00
MMP's superb survey of Imperial Russian military aviation enters the "Great War" with the second volume of Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922.
And what a sumptuous smorgasbord it is.
Sikorsky S-12s and S-16s. SPAD VIIs. Moranes. Voisins. And Nieuports. Plenty of Nieuports – 11s, 12s, 17s, 21s, 23s and 27s.
Dozens of beautiful color plates – profiles, plan views and insets – tincture text. Dozens more rare, previously unpublished aircraft photos – many from private collections – augment artwork. And all come backed by brilliantly researched, thoroughly annotated manuscript.
Modelers will go ga-ga over the project possibilities. How about that seductive Nieuport 21 mermaid on page 80? Or that amazing Nieuport 23 artistry on page 120? Or that spooky Nieuport 23 "death's head" rudder five pages later?
Text comes packed with fascinating facts. The segue on international talismans and mascots, for instance, proved surprisingly spellbinding. Imagine sculpting seven miniature elephants on the nose of your miniature Voisin?
Perhaps it's I, but I see "1 Sb" – not "4 Sb" – on that Voisin on pages 12-13. Text should read Sikorsky "S-16" – not "C-16" – on, for instance, pages 113 and 134.
The 1917 revolutions – and the 1918 Treaty of Brest-Litovsk – failed to end fighting. And authors hint at even more remarkable revelations in MMP's final two volumes of Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922.
My late mother always cautioned against "wishing your life away". But I, for one, can't wait. In the meantime, grab this terrific tome – and Volume 1.
I want to thank Casemate for this review sample.
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MMP's Russian Aviation Colors 1909-1922
Author/Artists: Boris Stepanov & Marat Khairuin
$75.005 MSRP from Casemate
Notes: 200 pages, ISBN 978-83-65281-00-5
This is the second volume covering this subject and starts with chapter 4 at the height of the Great War. In fact, the whole book seems to be chapter 4 as there is a lot of material covered.
The book is formatted in a rather different way from what we have normally come to expect from books. This one goes through all of the various otyrad's (which in this context means squadron). It covers their various aircraft as well as a their unit history during the time frame of the book.
In addition to the above, it goes into the unit markings and camouflage of the aircraft within the unit. There are side-stories in most of the various sections that delve more deeply into some of the particular aircraft and their manufacture. Each unit section is absolutely filled with superb color profiles as well as truly remarkable period photographs, none of which I have ever seen before. Face it. Imperial Russian aviation history is something that few outside the country have really researched and so little is actually known my most Western aviation enthusiasts.
Well, this book certainly takes care of that as you will find a wealth of superbly researched information on the units and some of the men who flew with them during this time.
For a more precise rundown of what is in here. There are the three independent squadrons from the Siberian Corps, then the Grenadier Corps squadron, and then the Special Combat Aviation Group of the Southwestern Front.
This became a rather unwieldy way of organizing the growing air force so it was then reorganized into four combat aviation groups, each with 3-4 different squadrons. These could be anything from bombers to recon aircraft or even a mix. There were 12 separate fighter squadrons, and while most flew the same type of aircraft, this was not always the case.
A neat section is on various charms and souvenir inscriptions, finishing up with various factory emblems. There are eight different places at this time which made aircraft and each provided their own markings on the planes, these often changing with time.
In all, we have what every enthusiast wants in a book. It is well written, superbly researched, has lots of great photos and includes a bevy of superb color profiles based on the photos in the book. It is one that I am sure you will find just as fascinating to read as did I and is most highly recommended.