Fouga Magister

White • 2015
AuthorsTine Soetaert
IllustratorChris Sandham-Bailey, Philip Avonds
Release date2015-03-15
Cat. No.9127
CategoryAvailable CategoryDostępne
FormatA4, 128 pages (128 in colour)
Price120.00 PLN Price25.00 GBP

An illustrated technical history of the Fouga Magister - the 1950s French two-seat jet trainer. The different versions of the plane are described and illustrated; all the changes in specification, equipment and performance are recorded. Drawings and data from the original technical manuals, full dimensional details and photographs of surviving examples preserved in aviation museums illustrate all aspects of the airframe, inside and out. Features a brief operational history of all export users including Israel, Finland, Belgium, Katanga, Ireland, Brazil and others. Profusely illustrated with colour photographs, including walk-around section showing all aspects of the airframe, and diagrams from official manuals. Includes 1/72nd and 1/48th scale plans, and 40 colour profiles showing many of the colourful schemes applied to the Fouga Magister by its users, including anniversary schemes.

Profiles by Chris Sandham-Bailey, based on line drawings by Philip Avonds

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  • InternetModeler.com • 2016-11-28

    Fouga Magister

    By John Miller


    Author: Tine Soetaert
    Publisher: Mushroom Model Publications
    ISBN: 978-83-63678-38-8
    Binding: Softbound
    Pages: 132

    With its distinctive V-tail and high-pitched whine the Fouga Magister is an airplane that makes an impression when first seen and heard. It's a neat airplane with an interesting history. If you're a Fouga-phile or interested in the development of one of the more out-of the ordinary airplanes to ever break ground, this new addition to the MMP White Series is for you.

    The book begins with an in-depth review of the initial single seat, V-tailed designs developed under the leadership of Gaston Fouga. He was clearly thinking "outside the box." His early designs incorporated a small jet engine with the nacelle mounted on the dorsal fuselage behind the canopy similar to the Heinkel He-162. A twin fuselage version of this airplane was produced complete with two sets of engines and V-tails and looking as though it could have fallen out of Burt Rutan's notebook.

    The next sections entitled "Technical Description" and "Variants" feature a nice melding of diagrams and schematics from the Magister maintenance/technical manuals interspersed with appropriate pictures of the airframe. Armament options are nicely detailed here as well.

    Use of the Fouga by its birth country France and the many countries that have used the type in some capacity are covered next in the "Fouga Around the World" section. Thirty-four beautiful side-view color illustrations by Chris Sandham-Bailey are provided that should spur many ideas for the adventurous scale modeler. Of note, is the Finnish Fouga (serial FM-38) with its boars-head nose art complete with tusks.

    The last section "Fouga Magister in Detail" is packed with detail-oriented photos compiled with the scale modeler in mind. The sub-sections are arranged like an aircraft "walk-around" series with the last devoted to front and rear cockpits and seats. This section provides all the detail photos required by the scale modeler: truly well done.

    The Fouga is well served in 1/48 scale with kits readily available by Kinetic, AMK, and Wingman (Kinetic kit with added resin). In 1/72 scale, both Airfix and Heller have produced Fouga kits although both are rather old with raised details. Valom has recently released a new-mold 1/72 Fouga with resin and PE goodies that looks to be a beautiful kit. With this many Fouga's needing to be built, I suspect many will be quite happy with this new offering from MMP books. Highly recommended!

  • Cybermodeler.com • 2016-01-02


    Fouga Magister Book Review


    By David L. Veres


    Date of Review December 2015 Title Fouga Magister
    Author Tine Soetaert Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
    Published 2015 ISBN 9788363678388
    Format 132 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $39.00






    With nearly 1000 produced, distinctive butterfly-tail CM-170 Fouga Magisters rank among the world’s classic combat jets. They served as trainers and light strike aircraft in at least 22 air forces. And France, Finland, Germany and Israel manufactured the machine.


    Now I just found the perfect reference for Kinetic’s new 1:48 CM-170 kit.


    Fouga Magister – number 9127 in MMP’s “White” series – includes dozens of B&W and color photos, 1:72- and 1:48-scale plans, close-up shots, interior details, technical-manual excerpts and 35 lip-smacking color profiles.


    Author Tine Soetaert also treats readers to a whirlwind tour of the aircraft’s design, development and operational service. Did you know that the design’s long, narrow-chord wing reflects its glider roots?


    Over 132 lavishly illustrated pages, readers enjoy, in short, everything needed to trick-out their favorite Magister models. But that Ugandan roundel proportion looks wrong.


    Building Airfix’s 1:72 kit? Tackling Heller’s ancient 1:50 effort? Try finding a better English-language Magister monograph.




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  • IPMSUSA.org • 2015-05-21
    Reviewed by:  Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328

    This book takes a look at one of the most famous French training aircraft of all time. There is a brief history of its development and use and then the book moves into an extreme detail photo essay.

    The book begins with the type’s development including the explanation for why all Magisters built were done with out ejection seats. We are provided with scale drawings in both 1/72 and 1/48 as well. There is a brief overview of all the variants of the design before going into the production of the aircraft and coverage of all nations that used the Magister. This section is accompanied by 40 color profiles of these various users. Want to see what a Ugandan or El Salvadorian  Magister looked like? They are here.

    The bulk of the book, approximately 70 pages gives the reader an in-depth walkaround and detail photo essay. Virtually every panel and door has been opened and the contents documented. If you would like to super-detail your model, this book is for you.

    This was a very interesting book! The photos and gorgeous color profiles are most enjoyable. They will help out modelers in any scale. The Magister is well represented in 1/48 with kits from Wingman, Kinetic as well as the very challenging offering from Fonderie Miniatures. In 1/72 there have been kits from Airfix, Heller, Special Hobby and Valom. This book is a must have if you are a fan of the Magister! The many color profiles offer so many modeling options it will keep you building for years. For the super-detailer it gives you access to every nook and cranny of the aircraft.  You can add every detail from the real aircraft using this book as a guide, I heartily can recommend this book to modelers, aviation buff and historians alike. It will not disappoint you! Our thanks to Mushroom Model Publications for the review copy and my thanks to IPMS/USA for the review opportunity!

  • Amazon.co.uk Cunstomer review (1st) • 2015-05-06

    The Whistling Turtle in detail

    By Space on 6 May 2015

    Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

    As someone who has flown the 'Whistling Turtle ' I can honestly say it is one of the most attractive aircraft I have ever seen. The only draw back being the high pitched whistle from the machines Marbore turbojets.

    This excellent volume covers this sweet little jet inside and out with illustrations from the fouga manual as well as full colour images of the aircraft . Full production runs both in France and under license abroad are covered. Also side views show the colours the Fouga has flown in.

    Prototype Fougas that could have been get some space too such as the 4 seat CM-191 and the updated Fouga 90 next gen trainer.

    With a new raft of 1/48 kits of the Fouga now available now is the time to grab yourself a copy of this volume!

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