Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15, Second Edition. By Dariusz Karnas. Petersfield UK: Mushroom Model Publications, 2014. Tables. Diagrams. Illustrations. Photo graphs. Pp. 152. $30.00 paperback ISBN: 978-83-63678-15-9
Whether you're just interested in the heavily used MiG-15 or you're a modeler--especially the latter--this is the book to have. Karnas' work is part of a series of books primarily designed for the model builder. If one can't build a great model from the information contained in this book, it is not the fault of the information!
One thing needs to be pointed out up front. The author's name is Polish. In fact, the book was printed in Poland; and, except for a couple of people, the staff appears to be all Polish. So, your first thought is that this is one of those great paperbacks, like to Japanese Koku-Fan series, that is printed entirely in the native language. Great pictures--not much communication! Or, at best, there is one column in Polish and another in English. This is not the case. All of the text and captions are in English--and very good English at that.
From the start, everything is high-quality. The first illustration is a family tree of the design from the prototype to the last production models. The text runs through only the first forty-four pages, but even those are filled with pictures and such. Although this is hardly War and Peace in scope, the text gives a fine history of the development of the aircraft, the many different models and producers, and a limited amount on operations. For those looking for "there I was" stories about the MiG-15 in combat, look elsewhere.
The book's primary delivery is pictures, drawings, and tables depicting the aircraft, its capabilities, and characteristics. Because the MiG-15 is a relatively small...