Mikoyan's Piston Engined
Red Star Volume 13, "Mikoyan's Piston-Engined Fighters", Yefim Gordon &
Keith Dexter. Midland/Ian Allan Publishing 2003. ISBN 1 85780 160 1. Design
concept and layout by Polygon Press (Moscow). Edited by Dmitriy Komissarov.
Line drawings by Andrey Yurgenson. Colour artwork by Valentin Vetlitskiy.
Purchased from EBay September 2006. 128 pages. Written and compiled by a
literal who's-who of Soviet Military
publishing this is one of the definitive works on Mikoyan's wartime
fighters. Remarkably there is a lot to digest here considering that it is
mostly just about one aircraft - the MiG-3. The books traces the lineage of
the MiG design from MiG-1 through to several enhanced derivative-prototypes
such as the I-220 series. Towards the end of the books there is also mention
of the MiG-5 twin engined fighter and a short-lived hybrid jet project.
Yefim's book finishes with ten pages of line drawings and a whole host of
colour profiles. Many large and detailed photo's throughout the book make it
ideal for modelmakers. Recommended.
Massimo Tessitori "Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-1/MiG-3"
Massimo Tessitori "Mikoyan Gurevich
MiG-1/MiG-3" published by Mushroom Model Publications - Yellow
Series No 6121. ISBN 83-89450-26-7. It gives me particular pleasure
to own a copy of this book as I have personally corresponded with
Massimo on several occasions through his involvement with the online
VVS Model making community at
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com where he has published photo's
of my 1/72nd scale Berkut I-4 and 1/48th scale Eduard Yak-3. Massimo
was helpful in answering some questions I had at this forum and at
is obviously a labour of love where he has bought together all of
his years of research on the MiG-3. Some of this stuff had been seen
before online but here is everything packaged up in one handy little
book for the model maker. I say 'little' as it is, sadly, physically
quite small for a model reference
although too big to fit in the
pocket. Next time I would recommend something larger! However, this
is about the only criticism as the book is quite thick with 160
pages jam-packed with excellent research material and photo's. This
book has it all - scale plans, technical tables, colour artwork,
cutaway diagrams, history, colour pictures of renovated machines -
you name it. You want for nothing. If you need to own only one book
on this topic, buy this one. Recommended highly.