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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Linden Hill note: This volume contains an incredible number of hitherto unpublished photographs taken during Su-25 deployments to Afghanistan in the 1980s.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.
'Collected History of the 32nd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment (GvIAP), Part II' (product code GVIAP32: $50)
Hardback, 224 pages. Russian text with many rare b/w photos. Sergey Isaev's book was published in a limited edition of 500 copies; we have the last nine copies. It is dedicated to the 32nd GvIAP, once commanded by Vasily Stalin, in the modern era, i.e. from 1968 until its disbanding in 1990. It covers mostly the Regiment's time spent flying the MiG-23 at Shatalovo AB, and includes its pilots' service in Afghanistan during the late 1980s.
'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.
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.
Aeroflot Liner Antonov An-10 (Product code: AN10. $18.50)
Soft cover, Russian-language text, 50 pages. Many b/w photos, pull-out section with 1/96 scale plans.
Airacobras over Kuban (product code: AVRO 002: $24.99)
LINDEN HILL EXCLUSIVE! COPIES AVAILABLE SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
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.
Mil Mi-8 (EKSP 003: $12.00)
MiG-29 frontal fighter (EKSP 002: $12.00)
MiG-27 Fighter-Bomber (EKSP 001: $12.00)
Russian language text with English photo captions. Includes 2 pages of 4-color profiles and an insert with full 1/72 scale plans for the MiG-27M.
Polygon's Russian Aircraft in Action series. Each book in this new 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
Softback, landscape format, over 50 pages illus. throughout. Russian text with English summary and photo captions. This new release contains many hitherto unpublished photos of this gargantuan biplane along with highly accurate 1/72 scale plans.
'BT Tank - Part 1' NOW OUT OF PRINT. FEW COPIES LEFT.
Softback, landscape format, 48 pages illus. throughout. Russian text with English summary and photo captions. The BT series was based on the US-designed Christie Tank. This volume charts the BT's evolution from the original M-1940 design to its twilight years at the start of World War Two. 1/35 plans of many variants of the BT tank. Russian text with English summary and photo captions.
'Ferdinand ' NOW OUT OF PRINT. FEW COPIES LEFT
Softback, landscape format, 50 pages illus. throughout. Four pages of 1/35 scale plans and color side-views. Russian text with English summary and photo captions. Incredible photographs of many of the 39 Ferdinands lost by the Wehrmacht at the Battle of Kursk from declassified Soviet state archives.
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