Author: Mariusz Kalinowski
Published by: MMP Books
Price: £12.99 (April 2012)
Format: Paperback, 96 pages (full colour throughout) A4
Review by: Geoff Coughlin
This volume is the latest in the popular “Polish Wings” series, continuing the story of the MiG-29 in Polish service that was started in Polish Wings 11.
This is the story of Mil Mi-14 (NATO reporting name “Haze”), a Soviet anti-submarine helicopter which is derived from the earlier Mi-8.
The title contains photos and drawings from technical manuals,as well as superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings, walk-around colour photographs and archive photographs.
Well, what can you say in addition to that? This really does sum this impressive book up.
It’s essential reading for aviation enthusiasts and scale aero modellers. Complete with detail walkaround-style photos of the cockpits and other areas of the airframes, the featured aircraft are covered well.
This is a very impressive guide to Polish use of these iconic Eastern helos, for aviation enthusiasts, historians and of course, us modellers. In fact, this is a very impressive volume for us modellers!
The photography in the book is beautiful, fresh and inspired and really is an excellent modelling reference.
I like the colour plates and also reference to some of the special schemes worn by this fabulous helicopter – so symbolic of the Cold War era, yet still current and relevant as much today as ever. Details and histories behind all the airframes are included and is both succinct and thorough.
You may remember that Les Venus was so impressed by Polish Wings 11 that he bought the Trumpeter 1:32nd scale model, with that book providing prime source of reference and an invaluable resource for that build. I am certain that this and all the other titles in this series will offer equally inspiring high quality information.
At £12.99, this text offers excellent value for money and I can’t recommend it highly enough.