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Kamov heli family

3 Feb

Kamov heli family,boeing airplane models

As I said previously, many of the schemes are similar, but there is great variation in the style and position of codes, something the builder needs to watch.
As you can see this is a very comprehensive book, designed for the modeller, with over 300 colour images. It deserves a place on anv bookshelf. Midland Publishing’s
Red Star series, of which these two are numbers 28 and 29, continues to enlighten me on the progress of Soviet/Russian military aviation since the Great Patriotic War, one of its interesting facets being the similarities or differences in the way that problems were tackled in the East and the West. While flying boats were used by all combatants in World War II, particularly for maritime reconnaissance, only the Soviet Union persisted with them into the jet era after the Martin Seamaster was cancelled. The established design house for this type of aircraft was Beriev, formed originally in the 1930s, and after a brief scene-setting background this book starts with the R-l, with the layout of a conventional propellor-driven flying boat but with two RD-45s (Nene copies) replacing more conventional engines. The Be-10 that followed was a much bigger and more radical design with all flying surfaces swept, two big Lyulka engines and the ability to release its warload through doors in the bottom of the hull. A small number was built and paraded on ceremonial occasions, but the book tells how their use was overtaken by developments in anti-shipping weapons and tactics. The idea was revived in the mid-1970s with a specification for an ASW flying-boat for Soviet naval aviation, resulting in the now-familiar A-40 Albatros amphibian and its developments, with two turbofans mounted on pylons above the centresection trailing edge. This was followed by the Be-200 Mermaid, a smaller but visually similar aircraft for largely civil missions such as fire-fighting, search and rescue, fisheries reconnaissance and ice patrol. The origins, construction and development of both are described in detail both in words and in a considerable number of illustrations, very well reproduced, as always in this series. Those interspersed with the text are black and white, but there is a 16-page colour photograph section, and 12 pages of plans, though these are not given a scale. The final chapter is on projects past and presents, including a supersonic reconnaissance flying boat and an enormous wing in ground effect craft with a carrying capacity of 1,000 tonnes or up to 1,600 passengers! It’s a pity that none of the real aircraft have been translated into kits; even in 1:144 scale an Albatros or a Mermaid would be impressive. The story of what has become a sideline of aviation development is nonetheless fascinating, and I enjoyed this book very much, even if I’m unlikely to be able to build a Beriev design, either elegant or bizarre. The modeller is more fortunate in the subjects of the second volume. The distinctive Kamov ‘Helix’ family is available, at least in 1:72 scale, in at least two kit ranges. The vertically-stacked counter-rotating rotor layout became familiar with the Ka-25 ‘Hormone’ designs, and the Ka-27 was evolved as a response to the shortcomings of this first generation shipboard helicopter. The book’s organisation, contents and layout will be familiar to those who are already into the Red Star series, with the text, liberally sprinkled with translations and explanations of Russian titles, profusely illustrated with photographs both of details, internal and external, and of whole aircraft. There are 22 pages in the colour section, and although not a rotorhead I’m am seriously tempted by the sharkmouthed Ka-27PS on page 116. Even casual perusal of this book will show the several variations on the basic theme, and those for the emergency services are particularly colourful. And for marking alternatives, they serve with Algeria, India and the Ukraine, as well as the Russian Navy. If you’re considering this type as a model subject, then this book is very helpful indeed, perhaps even an inspiration; and even without the polystyrene dimension, it’s both an enlightening and entertaining addition to your bookshelf.

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