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Welcome to our new-look 'Books' page! Since we have taken on so many publishers from various countries over the last year, we decided to split the selections up into national categories (relating to where the publisher is based rather than subject matter).
We will now use this page to alert you to new and forthcoming publications available from Linden Hill Imports.
Now in stock is an excellent new two volume series on the operational and combat history of the Su-25 'Frogfoot' from 1991 through 2012. These are highly detailed and profusely illustrated Russian-language hardback volumes, available in very limited quantities. It took an age to get them out of Russia, they are expensive and heavy, but they're worth it...
'Su-25 Thirty Years in Service, Part 1 - Soviet Air Force 1981-91' (SU251 - $105)
To quote the author:
"Military service of the aircraft Su-25 (which known by callsigns "Frogfoot" and "Rook") is described in the book. In April of 2011 was celebration of the 30th anniversary since the moment when the first batch production aircraft were delivered to the Soviet Army. Much attention is paid to the operations of "rook" in Afghanistan and aspects of the technical development of the aircraft. The book contains many unique photos, relevant chronology of events. In the book are 400 pages of text and tables and 667 images (all main photos with description in English). Tables are given to the structure of combat divisions and lists of Su-25 aircraft (totally about 600 serial numbers), also the list of accidents and combat losses in Afghanistan. In the appendix are given full and authentic camouflage paint schemes (only combat aircraft of the Soviet period) in three projections for scale modeling. In total there are 29 kinds with history of the origin and significance of the emblems on the fuselages of the Su-25."
Linden Hill note: This volume contains an incredible number of hitherto unpublished photographs taken during Su-25 deployments to Afghanistan in the 1980s. Here's an idea of what part 1 contains:
'Su-25 Thirty Years in Service, Part 2 - Russian and CIS Air Forces 1992-2011' (SU252 - $105)
Again, to quote the author:
'Military service in of the aircraft Su-25 is described in the book. Much attention paid to the operations of "rook" in Abkhazia, Tajikistan, Chechnya and South Ossetia, also to aspects of the technical development of aircraft. Written in Russian. The book is contains many unique photos, relevant chronology of events. Totally 416 pages and more than 1000 pics. In the tables are given structure of combat divisions and lists of Su-25 aircrafts. In the appendix are given 12 full and authentic camouflage paint schemes (past Soviet period).'
Linden Hill note: this second volume covers so much of interest to Linden Hill Decals! We're delighted that the authors have agreed to assist us with the preparation of our forthcoming Su-25UB decal sheets. Part 2 covers the Su-25's role in the withdrawal of former Soviet forces in Germany, through both Chechen wars and the conflict with Georgia in 2008, up to the end of 2011. Although Part 2 does not include English-language captions, the photographic contents are an absolute treasure trove for historians and modelers alike.
BUY BOTH VOLUMES FOR $200 (Product code: SU25COMBI). Offer good while limited stocks last.
'Strizhi - Swifts' by Anton Pavlov (Product code: Strizhi: $12.99)
A great new booklet from the author of the ultimate Russian-language book on the MiG-29 9-12. 40 pages of dual Russian/English text on the famous VVS aerobatics team, featuring many color photos, team biographies, and detailed diagrams of team maneuvers. The book also features a short biography of the late commander of the 237th Aircraft Demonstration Center at Kubinka AB, Colonel Igor Tkachenko, who tragically was killed on August 16, 2009, while rehearsing with the Russian Knights team for the MAKS air show.
Our Linden Hill Decals 'Strizhi' decal sets are still available in 1/48 and 1/72 scales.
Flying Legend - An-2 and An-3 (Product code: AN23. $45)
Hardback, Russian-language text, 200 pages, many b/w and 4c photos, 3 pages of 4c profiles, 7 pages of scale profiles. An excellent illustrated history of the An-2 family, published in Ukraine to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the An-2. Limited quantities available.
AEROLIT 006 'Wall Flyers - The Berlin Air Corridor and Tempelhof Airport' (US$22)
German-language photo-album documenting the history of the Corridor from 1945 to 1990. Another 'must-have' book from Lutz Freundt for students of the Cold War and modelers alike. 168 pages, 300 photos.
Airacobras over Kuban (product code: AVRO 002: $24.99)
The new book from our good friend Valery Romanenko. This 96-page volume features many newly discovered photos of Soviet P-39K, L and M variants, along with some interesting pictures from the archives of the Niagara Aerospace Museum regarding the Lend-Lease delivery of P-39s to the USSR. Includes two pages of 4c profiles, a four-page section of 4c photos and an A3 sheet of 1/48 scale plans, taken from Soviet archives. You can find a review here:
Text is in Russian with English-language photo captions. We're hoping to persuade Valery to include an English-language precis with his next book!
This lavishly illustrated 150-page volume charts the history of the VVS's 812th Fighter Air Regiment from its inception in March 1942, through to the liberation of the Crimea in May 1944. A second volume will chart the 812th's role in the liberation of Europe in the final year of the war. In addition to be the first VVS air regimental combat history published fully in English, the book contains 30 full color maps and diagrams, 26 large color scale profiles and 12 pages of deeply researched scale plans of the Yak fighter variants flown by the 812th IAP during the time period covered by the book. In short, it is a must-have volume for anyone interested in the air war on the Eastern Front.
TSR3 'Zlins...' $19.50
German-language photo-album on Zlin series of trainers. 50 pages in 4-color. Includes many unpublished photos and lots of profiles of Zlins in international. An essential reference book when building the excellent little Toga Z-42M kit.
Mil Mi-8 (EKSP 003: $12.00)
MiG-29 frontal fighter (EKSP 002: $12.00)
Aircraft of the GDR - Vol. 4. Photos and Documents (Product code: DDR 4. Price: $33.50)
This final installment is in effect a 180-page photo album featuring over 300 photos (200 in color) of all types of aircraft in service in the GDR. These photos were submitted to the publishers following the publication of the first three volumes in the series. There are numerous gems to be found within the covers, including very rare shots of the NVA's sole Il-28U in flight and an early MiG-23S in Soviet markings acquired by the NVA . Such photos were taken at great personal risk to the cameraman! This volume cannot be recommended highly enough.
Polygon's Russian Aircraft in Action series. Each book in this English-language series contains roughly 80 pages packed with large format photographs (in b/w and 4 c), profiles and plans. A bargain at $17.95 per issue!
POLYR 002 Su-24 $17.95
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