This is one of the best publications to date by Mushroom, in my opinion. In the new White (Rainbow) series and numbered 9111, it’s hard backed with laminated pictorial boards – the way Mushroom proposes to present future A4 sized books, I believe. Written by Teodor Liviu Morosanu and Dan Alexander Melinte, it’s profusely illustrated and for the colour profiles alone, it’s worth acquiring. Yes, I know that you know I’m a Mushroom fan. But seeing is believing and after this one, you’ll be a believer.
The aircraft covered include PZL P.11 and P.24; Hawker Hurricane Mk 1; Heinkel He 112E; IAR 80/81; Messerschmitt Bf 109E & G; Messerschmitt Bf 110 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 & F-8; plus captured aircraft MiG-3 early type; Polikarpov I-16 Type 29;. Each chapter covers a specific aircraft with its operational history and then full colour camouflage and markings. The profiles are superb and are backed by some rare colour wartime photographs and lots of black & white photos. Four appendices cover Romanian air force unit structure; aviation ranks; table of colours with RLM codes, description, FS equivalent, Gunze Aqueous/Lifecolour/Xtracrylics equivalents; and St Michael’s Cross examples along with sizes of markings and explanations and a bibliography to complete the book. Great stuff!
It’s available from Platypus Publications for $57 plus p&p. Is it good value? Is the Pope a German? Yes – on both occasions. Recommendation – get a copy, quick as this won’t last long. Many thanks to Ley Reynolds at Platypus Publications for the review copy.