Crowood published this in 2004. ISBN 1 86126 625 1 It is written by the prolific Yefim Gordon in
partnership with Sergey Kommisarov. This appears to be normal for Yefim -
whom I assume writes in Russian then the partner translates & proof
reads... but I could be wrong as the cover states that Sergey is also a
Student of Russian Aviation who has published his own books. Anyone familiar
with Crowood's Aviation Series (I believe they publish on other
hobby-related matters such as Trains) will know what to expect. This is a
very 'worthy' book if maybe a little dull. It offers 188 pages and is packed
with technical insight. It has no scale plans on offer so the modeller is
not truly in mind here. However there are pages of glossy colour
photo's and side-profiles. There are many, many useful photo's for the
modeller and a scattering of assembly sketches thrown in. The text has some
great insights but I particularly liked the section on actual pilot
anecdotes and the part concerning current survivors and restoration
projects. I picked my copy up from EBay for £5GBP + P&P which is a fraction
of the £30GBP list price. Bargain. Hence recommended for the modeller if you
buy it from there!
WWP "Il-2 Type 3 & Il-10/Avia B-33"
Published in 1997 by Wings and Wheels Publications in the Czech Republic.
Sixty pages in both English and the Czech language. The book has about 80%
colour photo's. Some few pages have black and white photo's for no known
reason as all photo's are of a walkaround two museum examples in the Kbely
Air Museum in Prague. The
book covers both the Il-2 and the Il-10. There are a few pages of text plus
some lovely scale plans in 1/72nd scale plus cutaway diagrams. There a few
scrap line drawings of certain features plus a few colour artworks on the
final pages. This book is absolutely essential. If you are making models of
Stormoviks you will need this book. Highly recommended.
Squadron/Signal "Il-2 Stormovik In Action"
Published in 1995. Written by Hans-Heiri Stapfer with illustrations by Don
Greer and Joe Sewell. In your 50 pages you get the usual center page spread
of colour artworks with colour front and back covers. There is a good
selection of black and white photo's throughout although they are often
minimised in the favour of text. The photo's are often fuzzy, grainy and
indistinct. You get the typical selection of line-drawn three view layouts
and scrap views illustrating differences between the sub-types. Although the
photo's are below par the sketches are quite excellent. Otherwise it is
typical average fair from Squadron/Signal - better than nothing but there
few better works on this type.
War in the Air 126 "Il-2" (in Russian)
Published in 2005 by its author Ivanov S. V. Printed in Beloretsk (Russia).
Eagle-eyed readers will immediately spot that it is Don Greer's Artwork that
graces both front and rear covers. It is the same artwork from the
Squadron/Signal "In Action" publication (featured above). Unfortunately Don
is not credited in the book so I hope some money exchanged hands or he
agreed to this! Obviously these books were never meant to be exported.
Indeed the author had only 300 copies made (allegedly) for the collectors
in Russia only. It is doubtful if only 300 copies were made but, if true,
then this is very collectible! And very rare. All the more extraordinary
considering that I purchased it from EBay in September 2007 from a Shop in
Moscow. Price was reasonable but the postage was high. However, I did get
the book very quickly so there is a lesson there. This was a far better
experience than we had with the people at "Armybook" (mentioned above). It
does not appear as if any more of the "In Action" artwork was ripped off for
this publication. Despite the nod to the Squadron/Signal book the similarity
ends after the first page has turned. This is actually far superior in many
respects. You get 52 pages (including full colour covers) which includes
three pages of colour photo's in walkaround fashion. Unlike all the other
walkarounds, we have seen, this subject is sitting on a
grass field somewhere and not in a museum. Hence photo's are well lit and
include undercarriage, weapons bays and cockpit. The walkaround shots
continue onto further pages but in black and white. There are three pages of
colour artworks featuring various machines in the service of various
countries including Korea and the RAF (!). There are eight engineering
layout diagrams and four pages of scale drawings. The first half of the book
is mostly history and mostly service pictures we haven't seen before. The
second half of the books is devoted to the airframe and structure. It is an
ideal resource for modellers if you can get hold of a copy. The only thing
wrong with this is that there is not a word of English anywhere in it. A
good translation would be valuable!
"Red Army Assault
Aircraft - Severe School" Part 1
I bought this item for $30USD from Armybook.com. (I actually ordered
ten books from them over the internet but it turned into a fiasco.
Despite their advertised availability none of the other nine were in
stock and they were unable to secure copies for me. To me I would
expect the web site to have advertised them as "Special Order" or
"Limited Availability" - but no. In fact they were unable to supply
anything from 'Special Order' either. I finally got my money back, but
only after I waited a long time and had to contact them on several
occasions. They are happy to take your money but won't volunteer the
fact that they cannot supply any books to you.)
ISBN 5 94747 013 6
book is entirely in Russian. It was published in Moscow in 2003 but
its 210 pages are delivered in a rather dated and unappealing fashion.
It reminded me of books from the 1960's in my Father's collection.
Very few pictures but lots of words! Those pictures are very small &
some are better found in equivalent English sources. In its defence it
seems as if it is more focussed on general Shturmovik aircraft rather
than just the Ilyushin Il-2, plus it appears more interested in the
combat record of these aircraft with many interesting (if
uninformative) pictures of the victims of Shturmovik attacks. I have
seen few of these pictures anywhere else. There are seven pages of
scale plans at the back and a cockpit layout diagram. Not recommended
for the average punter or modeller but a 'must' for all Shturmovik
junkies and collectors.
Armada "Il-2 Armoured Attack Plane" (in Russian)
This is a slim volume of 48 pages however it has a remarkably
contemporary for anything out of Moscow. Indeed it reminds me a
little of the work of Mushroom Publications. In the center section
you get a fold-out section with
1/72nd scale plans for early and late versions of the single and twin
seater versions. There is one colour artwork page at the rear
featuring a three-view of a single airframe. The rest of the black
and white photo's are not glossy but are original, useful and
crisply printed. There are a handful of scrap sketches showing other
aircraft or some airframe structure details. A lovely little book
although entirely in the Russian language. Worth it for the scale
plans alone. Grab a copy if you can.
"Assault Aircraft Red Army Part 1" (in Russian)
According to the web site where I bought it this is subtitled as
"Severe School" what ever that means. Maybe it should translate as
'school of hard knocks'? This is entirely in Russian and published
in 2001. Typical of such 'modern' work published out of Moscow these
days it is very dated by western standards. Photo's are small and
there is a lot of text - all the worse for the fact that most
readers of this web-site won't understand a word of it. As the name
suggests this is not a monograph on the Il-2 as the book covers a
variety of ground attack aircraft serving with the VVS from well
before The Great Patriotic War. There are some basic layout sketches
but nothing looks as if it was prepared for the book - rather this
line-drawings are copied directly from factory museum drawings.
There are handful of detail shots although the photo's are not
glossy or crisp. Indeed they look a little grey and frosted -
probably a fault in the printing process. Interesting but unless you
have your own private live-in Russian-English translator (as I do of
course) then you may struggle with this. One for the completist.