"Tupolev Tu2" by Jesse Russell & Ronald Cohn
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK, IT IS A CON. ISBN 978-5-5111-4267-8.
Published by Lennex Corp in 2012. Has the words "Bookvika publishing" on the
front cover as well as a small note that says "High quality content
by wikipedia articles!" That must be some kind of joke. The entire contents
is copied and pasted from Wikipedia. The information is exceptionally brief
whilst the photos are tiny black and white thumbnails from the web. Hence,
this is, without doubt, the WORST book we have ever seen. It is small in
floppy A5 size with 162 pages. Of these ONLY pages 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11
actually deal with the Tupolev Tu-2. There are a few pages more on the
history of Tupolev and the engine (some pages 12 through 29). The rest of
the book covers the Petlyakov Pe-2, the Polish Airforce, Tupolev Tu-8,
Sukhoi, the Bulgarian Air Force, Tupolev Tu-12, the Romanian Airforce,
Indonesian Air Force and Petlyakov Pe-8. EXCUSE ME BUT THESE ARE
DIFFERENT AEROPLANES AND RANDOM AIR FORCES! All the compilers did
was take random links from the Wikipedia page for the Tu-2 hoping that there
might be some contents of relevance on the linked pages. Clearly the Pe-2
and the Romanian Airforce have no relevance to the cover-topic of the book.
Yes the Pe-2 is a Russian Aeroplane, but that is all they have in common.
Yes, some of these airforces may have flown the Tu-2 but these Wikipedia
pages don't deal with the Tu-2 service in those airforces.
In short - this is utterly useless as a reference on the
Tu-2. It is utter garbage. It was so bad we complained to the online
retailer, who sold it to us, and returned it for a refund. This book has NO
value as a reference for a model maker. It cost an astonishing £18.56 from
the "Hope Book Store" (via Play.com).
EIGHTEEN POUNDS!!!???? We have bought
books for £0.50p with more information in them. We have bought books for £15
that were so heavy and packed with photos you could barely lift the damn
thing. Given that the content was lifted from the web why on earth did it
cost so much? We assumed (naturally) that a book retailing for £18 would be
a beefy-big, coffee-table-type manual on the subject. That is what you
expect to get for £18. We used the price as a guide. As such this is a
terrible rip-off. More than that; it is criminal. It is nothing short of
fraudulent. There is nothing here you couldn't download and print yourself
from Wikipedia. It is valueless. The more people who know about this con the
better. It is a fraud and the publishers need taking to task for massively
over-charging and under-delivering. This is a real shock. How can any online
retailer look at themselves in the mirror knowing that they sell such
garbage? Clearly no serious military modelling book retailer would touch
this and certainly no physical book shop would waste bookshelf space
stocking it. Shameful. Is the retailer seriously and consciously attempting
to dupe the public? If so they should be shut down. DO NOT BUY THIS
BOOK. IT IS A CON.
Update: August 2013: a review of books on the internet reveals this
same book now appears with three different cover pages. So beware. Read the
description before purchase. If it refers to a compilation of wiki-articles
Le Toupelov Tu-2 (Editions Heimdal)
ISBN: 2 84048 116 2. Album Historique by Herbert Léonard: "Le
Toupolev Tu-2" (Tus-2, Tu-6, Tu-8, Tu-10, Tu-12 les prototypes dérivés)
published by Editions Heimdal in 1998. In May 2013 I ordered three
good books on the Tu-2 from the Russian aviation print shop Aviapress
online. I had ordered from them before and my orders turned up.
Unfortunately, this time, they refused to answer any question about
the order when it never turned up. In the end I got my money back from
the USA payment agent and went off shopping on the internet. This was
one of the results I cam up with via Amazon France; a French Language
book on the Tu-2. What the heck? I happily use Russian language books
so why not? I ordered it, it wasn't expensive, and it turned up quite
quicky. It was second hand and a bit dirty but after a quick wipe down
it turned out to be quite a joy.
The format is colour and black and white
throughout. You get 112 pages jam-packed with photos and artwork.
There are some cutaway diagrams, line drawings, tables of data, a
history of the type, a history of the Tupolev bureau including details
of the designer's time in the gulag, details of post-war
developments including the jet versions of the Tu-2... Now that would
make an interesting model conversion! As the subtitle suggests you get
good coverage of all Tupolev light bombers Tu-2 through Tu-12
of the book is devoted to the Tu-2 (of course). This is a market where
beggars can't be choosers so we can't complain. This is probably the
best you can get in 2013. All we need is THIS to be published in
English and any publisher would make a killing. Why are there no
english-language books on this type?
So there you have it. The ONLY book available on the
Tu-2, in French, 2nd hand, from 1998. This sucks. It is hard to
believe that since the launch of the Xuntong kit no published has
filled this yawning gap.
Airplane part 1987: Great Aircraft of the World
All the evidence you need that we have to scrape the bottom of the
barrel to find anything in print on the Tu-2; yes, this is a magazine
article published in 1993 making it over 20 years old now. This was
one of those weekly collectibles that you would end up putting into
custom binders and then never reading again. This edition is pages
5207 through 5238 (31 pages - yes that is a funny number but I
couldn't figure it out either) of which pages 5216 through 5227
inclusive cover the Tupolex light bomber. That's 11 pages and I paid
just short of £8 on EBay. That's just over 72p/page. That's
desperation. But it is worth it!
You get 7 black & white photos, 4 original small-side
view artworks, one original cutaway diagram, a centre-fold double page
poster-sized annotated artwork and a double-page-spread original
three-view artwork. There is a full type history in the text as well
as a rundown of the different variants. It's so nice to get a potted
history too - in english! So, if you really cannot find anything else
then grab a copy of this from EBay when you can.