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Flight Craft: Soviet Spyplanes of the Cold War (ePub)

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By Yefim Gordon
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Series: Flight Craft
File Size: 42.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 96
Illustrations: 180 photographs - 20 full colour side-views and a range of 3-view line-drawings
ISBN: 9781473831407
Published: 4th November 2013


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'Spy in the Sky' matters have long been a source of interest and fascination for aircraft enthusiasts, historians and modellers and none more so than the elusive and secretive Soviet types of the Cold War era. Yefim Gordon presents us here with a range of such types, presenting a collection of photographs, profiles and line drawings together with supplementary text detailing the history of each craft, encompassing the various developmental milestones, successes and pitfalls experienced along the way.

The Soviet Union's two dedicated spyplane types, the Yakovlev Yak-25RV 'Mandrake' (the Soviet equivalent of the Lockheed U-2) and the MiG-25R 'Foxbat' are profiled, supplemented by details garnered from a host of original sources.

Well-illustrated histories and structural analyses are set alongside detailed descriptions of the various plastic scale model kits that have been released, along with commentary concerning their accuracy and available modifications and decals.

With an unparalleled level of visual information - paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs - it is simply the best reference for any model-maker setting out to build a variant of this iconic craft.

...the larger number of detail photos, technical drawings, and remarks about paint schemes specifically cater to modeling interests.

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Modelbouw Magazine

Informative and well-illustrated.

International Plastic Modellers Society

This first entry in a new Flightcraft series looks at two Soviet spy planes [the Yak-25RV and MiG-25R]. For each aircraft we get a development history, a look at its service record, a detailed description of the type and a review of the available models. These are supported by an excellent selection of photographs and plans, including pictures of the real aircraft and of well-built models, top, side and front line plans and side drawings showing various colour schemes.

History of War

Various interesting details about the era in which these spy planes flew, which even I had not encountered before, are in this book full of pictures.

Aviation Book Reviews

With the detail photos of the real thing from examples now in museums, this will be an excellent modellers reference. The final section has some fine colour profiles. As the first title in this new series, this is neatly done and promises well for additional titles to follow.

Military Modelling

No Soviet aircraft modeller should be without this book.

Airfix Model World

About Yefim Gordon

Yefim Gordon was born in 1950 in Vilnius, Lithuania. He has been researching Soviet and Russian aviation history for more than 40 years and has one of the world's largest photograph and document archives on the subject. A professional aviation journalist and photographer since 1989, Yefim Gordon has published hundreds of features and photographs in Soviet, Russian and foreign aviation magazines. He has also authored and co-authored well over 100 books on Soviet and Russian aviation which are published in seven countries. He is a co-owner of the Moscow-based aviation publishing house Polygon Press Ltd.

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