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SWEDISH FIGHTER COLOURS: 1925 - 1954

White • 2012
Autor(zy)Mikael Forslund, Thierry Vallet
IlustratorThierry Vallet
ISBN978-8361421726
Data wydania2012-12-04
SeriaWhite
Nr katalogowy9117
KategoriaAvailable KategoriaDostępne
FormatA4 HB, 264 stron (264 w kolorze)
Cena145.00 PLN Cena29.99 GBP
This book describes and illustrates all the fighter aircraft used by the Swedish armed forces from the mid-‘20s until the end of the piston-engine era. These include indigenous designs, plus the various American, Italian and British fighters used at various times. Camouflage and marking schemes used on these aircraft are covered in detail, illustrated with many photos including rare wartime colour pictures.

Full colour profiles of all the aircraft types.

Essential reading for aircraft enthusiasts and modellers!

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  • Svensk Flyghistorisk Tidskrift no. 2/2013 • 2014-06-29
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  • Amazon UK customer review (2nd) • 2014-06-29

    5.0 out of 5 stars Swedish Fighter Colours

    25 April 2013 By VERNONPORTER

    a really excellent book of an interesting subject for historians and modellors alike that has not really been covered so extensively in any other form. Cant wait 4 more

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  • Amazon.com customer review (3rd) • 2014-06-29

    5.0 out of 5 stars Winning series

    2 July 2013

    By Eng Luis A. Tavares

    The MMP thematic series of the books in big format and dealing with groups of aircraft of lesser known countries is in my view one of the most brilliant in the market know: well thought themes, well written , many photos and drawings, a high quality reproduction ( I think because they have had a lot of care in the paper choice, which not always happen). Also the presentation of several colour photos usually very difficult to find ( of old aircraft) adds to the high quality of the final result.>Also the many colour profiles are very well reproduced , which again does not happens always in similar books.

    I think MMP is one of the most interesting publishers in the market now, not only for the choice of the subjects but for the quality of the final product.

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  • Hyperscale.com • 2014-06-29

    Reviewed by Brad Fallen

    F i r s t R e a d

    This volume covers the fighter aircraft used by the Flygvapnet – the Swedish Air Force –– in the 30 years after its creation in 1926. Sweden’s success in distancing itself from most European conflicts of this period saw these aircraft obtained from a wide range of sources, including countries such as Italy and Great Britain that would soon be at war with one another. Indigenous designs such as the striking Saab J21A were also operated with some success. The result was an eclectic mix of types that, adorned with colourful Swedish livery, offer considerable modeling inspiration.

    J 1 Phönix D.II

    J 2 Nieuport-Delage Ni-D 29

    J 3 Fokker C.V-D

    J 4 Heinkel HD 19

    J 5 Svenska Aero SA 11 Jakfalken

    J 6 SA 14 (ASJA) Jakfalken

    J 7 Bristol Bulldog II, IIa

    J 8, J 8A Gloster Gladiator

    J 90 Seversky EP-1-106

    J 10 Vultee Vanguard

    J 11 FIAT CR.42

    J 20 Reggiane Re 2000

    Saab J 21A

    FFVS J 22

    J 26 North American P-51 Mustang

    J 30 DH 98 Mosquito

    Each aircraft is assigned an individual chapter, where the authors use a combination of text, illustrations and statistics to provide a comprehensive overview of the type. The text, which has been translated by Jan Forsgren from the original Swedish, is highly readable and includes numerous first-hand recollections by Flygvapnet of their flying experiences. Typical is the following, rather dry, description by SAAB test pilot Claes Smith of what happened when landing the prototype J21A at the end of its maiden flight:

    “The landing procedure was normal until I applied brakes, which resulted in no braking action at all. I anticipated careening into the woods at the far side of the airfield. I recalled that a spin parachute had been installed in one of the tail booms for emergency use in the future spin test program. I released it, so I probably became the inventor of the brake chute….At the same time, the undercarriage began to collapse, but only to the point where the propeller tips touched the ground which resulted in a very efficient braking action.”

    These anecdotes are scattered throughout the volume and make for enjoyable and informative reading.

    Without doubt, however, the stars of this book are its photographs. The authors have selected a marvelous range of images, mainly period but some contemporary, of Swedish fighters in the air and on the ground; the overall quality of these photos is superb. While most of the period photographs are black and white, a surprising number are also in colour.

    Backing up the photos are numerous large, well-executed colour side and top view illustrations. Most of these are based on photographs included in the book, meaning that you don’t have to rely on the illustrator’s interpretations of what the subject aircraft looked like – although from what I can see, these interpretations are accurate.

    Each chapter ends with a table of individual aircraft histories for that particular type. This includes serial numbers, dates of delivery and striking off charge, and a few brief remarks usually describing the aircraft’s fate.

    Concluding the book is a chapter entitled ‘Swedish insignia’ that includes the following appendices:

    Crowns

    Numbers and letters

    Paint colours and codes (including Federal Standard equivalents)

    Flygvapnet unit structure

    Swedish aviation ranks

    There is also a short bibliography for those wishing to conduct further research.

    Conclusion

    Before I picked up this book my knowledge of fighter aircraft used by Sweden in the period before, during and immediately after World War 2 was patchy, at best. Now I feel very well informed, and inclined to investigate what kits are available of some of the featured aircraft.

    I suspect this is a volume I will be dipping into regularly, not just for the photos and illustrations but also for the excellent text. Highly recommended if you have any interest in Scandinavian military aircraft, or like me are fascinated by familiar aircraft types in less familiar camouflage and markings.

  • http://www.mossie.org • 2014-06-29

    Andy Dawson's review of 'Swedish Fighter Colours 1925-1954' by Mikael Forslund and Thierry Vallet

    Although forming only 16 pages of the book's total, the section detailing the use of the de Havilland Mosquito in the Swedish Air Force provides a good overview of the aircraft type in service with the Swedish Air Force, including the difficulties encountered.

    A number of rare photographs are used to illustrate the aircraft's time in service with the Swedish air Force and in addition a number of high-quality side profiles are also provided, these providing excellent detail on the individual colour schemes and markings used on the aircraft.

    I was particularly pleased to see a table detailing the Swedish Air Force serials, the RAF serials (although this latter part of the list is unfortunately not complete) and the dates of delivery and when each aircraft was struck off charge.

    Unfortunately, as the authors point out, no Swedish Air Force de Havilland Mosquito was selected for preservation at the end of its service life.

    The rest of the book details the other aircraft in use with the Swedish Air Force during the time period indicated in the book's title, in each case providing the same overview of service along with rare photographs and high-quality side profiles; many of these additional chapters are of greater length than the chapter devoted to the Mosquito.

    If you are interested in the aircraft in use by the Swedish Air Force in the period 1925 to 1954, or have a particular interest in one of the specific aircraft types included, this book will provide additional interesting information.

    Book contents:

    Introduction

    J 1 Phonix D.II

    J 2 Nieuport-Delage Ni-D 29

    J 3 Fokker CV-D

    J 4 Heinkel HD 19

    J 5 Svenska Aero SA 11 Jaktfalken

    J 6 SA 14 (AJSA)) Jaktfalken

    J 7 Bristol Bulldog II, IIa

    J 8, J 8A Gloster Gladiator

    J 9 Seversky EP-1-106

    J 10 Vultee 48C Vanguard

    J 11 FIAT CR.42

    J 20 Reggiane Re 2000

    Saab J 21A

    FFVS J 22

    J 26 North American P-51 Mustang

    J 30 DH 98 Mosquito NF Mk XIX

    Swedish Insignia

    Appendix 1 - Crowns Appendix 2 - Numbers and Letters Appendix 3 - Table with the types of colours identified by codes

    Appendix 4 - Swedish units structure

    Appendix 5 - Swedish aviation ranks

    Bibliography

    Andy Dawson, February 2013

  • InternetModeler.com • 2014-06-29

    By Chris Banyai-Riepl

    As a long-time fan of the Swedish Air Force, when I heard this book was coming from Mushroom Model Publications I was excited to say the least. Now that it's here in hand, I can say that it lives up to the anticipation. The Swedish Air Force has had an interesting blend of indigenous designs and foreign aircraft throughout its history, and that eclectic mix is what initially attracted me to the Flygvapnet. This book covers just the fighter aircraft (denoted by the "J" prefix in the Swedish aircraft designations), and the cutoff of 1954 means that there are no jets in this title. Hopefully there will be a second volume covering the jets in the near future.

    While many books on a nation's fighter colors talk about colors in general, the wide variety of Swedish Air Force aircraft from all over the world means that the colors are not homogenous. Therefore the book takes a detailed look at each aircraft and the colors worn by those specific planes. Thus the book begins with the first fighter, the J 1, and continues on through to the J 30. This is not a continuous list, as there are gaps, but overall there are sixteen aircraft covered, with several appendices completing the book.

    J 1 Phönix D.II

    J 2 Nieuport-Delage Ni-D 29

    J 3 Fokker CV-D

    J 4 Heinkel HD 19

    J 5 Svenska Aero SA 11 Jaktfalken

    J 6 SA 14 (ASJA) Jaktfalken

    J 7 Bristol Bulldog II, IIa

    J 8 Gloster Gladiator

    J 9 Seversky EP-1-106 (P-35A)

    J 10 Vultee 48C Vanguard

    J 11 Fiat CR.42

    J 20 Reggiane Re 2000

    Saab J 21A

    FFVS J 22

    J 26 North American P-51 Mustang

    J 30 de Havilland DH98 Mosquito NF Mk XIX

    As you can see from this list, Sweden flew fighters from just about every major aircraft producing nation, including Germany, France, Britain, Italy, and the United States. Each aircraft is covered with a detailed operational history of the type in the Flygvapnet, followed by a table of individual aircraft histories (except for the J 10, which was never actually delivered). These aircraft histories are fascinating to read, especially during the wartime years, as Sweden remained neutral but routinely intercepted aircraft from both sides.

    While the text is a good read, what really set this book apart are the visuals. The book is simply packed with incredible photographs, both color and black and white. There is extensive use of personal collections here, as well as museum collections, and the result is very likely the most thorough coverage of Swedish fighters in print today. Complementing the photos are the color profile illustrations, of which there are over eighty. These show not only the highly varied color schemes worn by Swedish fighters, but also many of the interesting unit and personal markings.

    Overall, this book is excellent and I, for one, would love to see further expansion of Swedish Air Force coverage in this series. A second fighter volume covering the jets would be nice, and I would love to see one covering Swedish bombers and trainers as well. Many thanks to Mushroom Model Publications for this review copy.

  • Aerostories.org • 2014-06-29

    Swedish aviation, except for a short limited participation in 1940 in Finland, didn’t get the opportunity to fight that might attract the attention of readers eager for action. That is why Swedish military aviation has been neglected outside Sweden. Therefore, the books in English on the Swedish military aviation are rather rare, the best we had so far was bilingual books as the excellent series written by Björn Karlström - Flygplans Ritningar – where we could find beautiful photos in colour and black and white with captions in both languages. This MMP hardcover book of 264 pages is interesting because it takes partially this concept of ’Flygplans Ritningar’ and adding information published in the magazine ’Kontakt’ released in the seventies and eighties. The author, known for his very good works on the Swedish aviation aircraft highlights the whole with a synthetic text which summarizes the career of each fighter used by the Swedes between 1925 and 1954, ie piston engine. Illustrated with many black and white and color photos as well as many profiles to guide the modeler, this book is without a doubt a superb reference for this theme, although still a bit marginal. It meets the requirements of both modelers and historians. In any case it is certainly an opportunity for many to know a little more about Swedish fighter over thirty years or so.

    Highly recommended.

    Phil Listemann

  • Amazon.co.uk customer review (1) • 2014-06-29

    5.0 out of 5 stars For specialists

    8 Jan 2013, By Jenny Semmens

    This is an excellent book, with chapter and verse on the service use, colouration and politics behind each of the piston-engined fighter aircraft used by Sweden in this period, with comprehensive archive photos and colour profiles. A rather esoteric subject for many, but of great use for the specialist.

  • hogges-modellbygge.blogspot.com • 2014-06-29

    Mikael Forslund's new book about the Swedish piston fighter era came in the mail today. And what a happy surprise it was, I thought it were to be a small paperback like the same author’s book on the J-21 fighter but it turned out to be a big A4+ size, 264 page, hardback. It is loaded with photos, some in color, and beautiful color drawings depicting various camouflage and markings for the different types of aircraft. All aircraft are described in english text and in chronological order from J-1 Phönix D.II to the J-30 DH Mosquito NF Mk XIX, all with plenty of pictures and illustrations At the end of the book there is a short summary about colors and markings (but if you want to immerse yourselves in that topic you really need the book “Kronmärkt” ISBN: 9789172430037)

    This is the book to have if you are the least interested in piston fighter aircraft in Swedish air force service and it is an Aladdin's cave for the Swedish Air Force modeler. The price for the book ranges from 28 to 40 Euro so it pays to check prices online. I bought my copy online for aprox. 28 Euro including shipping.

  • IPMSUSA.org • 2014-06-29

    Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328

    This book looks at all of the piston engine fighter aircraft used by Sweden from 1925 to 1946 and their paint schemes. Each aircraft is covered with many period pictures, some even in color. There is a section on the operational history, a listing of production numbers, as well as a chart detailing the individual aircraft history of all aircraft of each type that served Sweden. Each aircraft section ends with color notes spelling out the colors used for each. While not in FS numbers, these callout will still prove useful to the modeler. The book is more of a history of these aircraft in Swedish service with color information included than it is an in-depth analysis of the colors used on these aircraft.

    I found each aircraft’s story to be interesting and, in some cases, entertaining. The caption of photo of a crashed J-1(Phoenix D.II/III) which has come down nose-first in a forest, reads, “Pilot Ablom had an argument with the ground while flying J 1 s/n 3145.” The Swedes flew quite a conglomeration of aircraft, especially during the Second World War. Aircraft such as the P-35, P-51, and one Vultee P-66 from the USA, CR-42s andRe-2000s from Italy, Mosquitoes from the UK, and J-21s and J22s from Sweden itself, all serving side by side. It is interesting to read about the Seversky P-35 and the very similar, if not outright, copy of it – the Reggiane 2000 in Swedish service – together. The color call outs are most helpful. but when we get to WWII they are not all translated into English. Most of us are familiar with the Italian color names but not so much the Swedish colors. While “Olivgron” is easy to read as “Olive green”, “Ljust blagra” is not so obvious – but Google translates that to be “pale blue-grey”. This is the only complaint that I have about this book, and it is a very minor one.

    Of particular interest to me are the sections covering the SAAB J21 pusher engine fighter and the FFVS J22. Both of these aircraft are not as well known outside of Sweden as they should be, and this book will help to correct this.

    The highlights, in addition to the information on all these various aircraft, are the addition of wartime color photos and color photos of surviving museum birds. When coupled with all of the beautiful color profiles that MMP has become known for, this is a really excellent tome!

    I really liked this book! It is one that provides a lot of information for the aviation historian, between the war historian, WWII historian, and immediate post-war historian, in addition to the modeler! For the modeler there are a lot of interesting color schemes and aircraft that one does not see done that often to add spice to your collection and any contest. Most of the WWII and post-war aircraft are available in the two major scales of 1/72 and 1/48. I, for one, hope that Special Hobby will scale up their J-21 to 1/48, as there are a couple aircraft from this book I would like to build. I can enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone with an interest in aviation history, Swedish Air Force history, or anyone who even thinks that they may want to model any of the aircraft covered within!

  • Amazon.jp customer review (1) • 2014-06-29

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    5つ星のうち 5.0 スウェーデンのレシプロエンジン戦闘機史も兼ねた塗装図集

    2013/1/14 By HB VINE™ メンバー

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     本書はスウェーデン初の戦闘機J1からJ30に至るレシプロエンジン戦闘機を機体毎に、

     その取得の経緯(其々が変わった経緯で取得されたものが多いです)、運用歴、運用中の事故や問題、塗装要領と最後に個別の機体のシリアル・納入日・除籍日・特記事項を纏めた表、仕様表という形で纏めた文章とカラー塗装図(側面図が主体で必要に応じて上下面図が)、写真多数(第二次大戦近くになるとカラー写真も登場します)の視覚情報でまとめています。 そして機体毎の記述が終わった最後は国籍マーク・字体等の規定・塗装に使用された塗料等の表、スウェーデン空軍の部隊編成や階級の英空軍との比較対照表が用意されています。

     収録機は

    J1(オーストリア-ハンガリー帝国製フェニックスD2)、J2(フランス製ニューポール-ドラージュ Ni-D29)、J3(オランダ製フォッカーCV-D複座機)、J4(ドイツ製ハインケルHD-19複座水上戦闘機)、J5(国産SA11ヤクトファルケン)、J6(国産SA14ヤクトファルケン)、J7(英国製ブリストル ブルドッグ)

    J8、J8A(英国製グロスターグラディエター)、J9(米国製セヴァスキーEP-1-106)、J10(米国製ヴァルティ ヴァンガード)、J11(イタリア製フィアットCR42)、J20(イタリア製レッジアーネRe2000)、J21(国産、唯一の実用推進式レシプロ戦闘機)、J22(国産FFVS製)、J26(米国製ノースアメリカン ムスタング)、J30(英国製デ ハヴィランド モスキート)

    で前述した通り入手の経緯は興味深いものが多く、余り多くを紹介するとネタばれになりますが、第二次大戦時の本国の中立政策に関わるエピソードだけ紹介しておこうと思います。

     第二次大戦開戦に伴いスウェーデンは広く戦闘機の購入を打診し、その中には米国、英国(ホーカーハリケーン購入)との交渉を行っていたそうで、その結果J9とJ10の商談は成立したのですが、1940年4月のドイツ軍によるノルウェー侵攻作戦時にドイツ軍の一部の領内通過を認めた為(この辺の話は中立国の戦い―スイス、スウェーデン、スペインの苦難の道標 (光人社NF文庫)に紹介されています)にドイツ寄りの国と見なされ、J9は第二バッチ分が禁輸(禁輸分は米戦闘機P-35Aとしてフィリピン防衛に使用)、J10は1機が輸入されたのみで残りは没収(その運命は世界の駄っ作機〈3〉を参照下さい)、そして当時スウェーデン代表としてヴァルティ社で作業していた(社員では無いようです)ボー ルンドベリー(後にJ22の設計主務社者)ともう一人のスウェーデン人が事務所に入ろうとすると鍵がかけられ入室できないようになっていたそうです。  一方、J26ですがドイツに対する戦略爆撃開始以来中立国のスウェーデンには連合軍の爆撃機が侵入、抑留されるケースが発生、その乗員の帰還と引き換えに米国機を購入させてもらうよう交渉し、米国側の提案は当時第一線を離れつつあったP-39とF-5(P-38の非武装写真偵察型)だったものをスウェーデン人が試乗して一度はP-47D購入に落ち着いたものの政府の考えで(単価が安いので調達費用が抑えられる為?)P-51に落ち着いた(この時のスウェーデンの政治的な気配りぶりを示すエピソードの数々も紹介されています) というものでした。

     またJ9とJ20は形状が非常に良く似ていましたが、J9の方が信頼性は遥かに高く、共に主翼内にインテグラルタンクを採用したもののJ20は良く燃料漏れを起こしまた、エンジンのピアッジオ PXI RC40の信頼性の低さは問題になった(同じ機体のユーザーであるハンガリーではエンジン換装等のハンガリー独自の改良型生産にまで問題が拡大しました)エピソードや木製のJ30は経年劣化(経年劣化とは異なりますが鼠の巣が発見された機体もあった)が激しく死亡事故率が非常に多かったエピソードなど興味深い話も多いです。

     カラー塗装図にも色々興味深いものがあり、フィンランドの冬戦争で義勇軍として参加したF19部隊のグラデイエターはスウェーデン帰国時に機体毎別々に派手なマークを記入し、その中でコードFを記入した機体のドクロと羽のマークを付けた機体は色々なグラディターの本で紹介されていますが、コードGの機体がガンジー(スペインの某教会の修復画ではありませんがキャプションを読むまでは猿の絵と思っていました、それ程残念な出来栄えです)の絵を書いていた写真とカラー塗装図は珍しいものです。

     また機体の左側の写真の多いJ22の右側には巨大な集合排気管があり、結構不細工な印象です。それで左側の写真が多いことが理解できました。

     この本は英語というかろうじて私にも理解可能な言語で書かれており、スウェーデンのレシプロ戦闘機を知るには良い本だと思います。

     尚241頁のJ26ムスタングの仕様表で武装が2×12.7mmとなっているのは6×12.7mmの間違いです。

  • Amazon.com customer review (1) • 2014-06-29

    5.0 out of 5 stars simply great book on swedish aviation.

    February 2, 2013 By aviation fan

    a super book on swedish aviation.even after 50 years of collecting aviation books you think you have arrived at the end of the line.this book is an excellent summary on this country's aviation.Many pictures in colors.the information is great.you must have this book in your collection.in 3 years from now it will worth 15 times the investment. i have seen it with some of my books.this one is a winner...for sure.thank you Gary B

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  • Cybermodeler.com • 2014-06-29

    By David L. Veres

    Review

    Let's cut to the chase: I adored this book. I want to marry it. I want to bear its children.

    Seriously.

    The matchless Mikael Forslund and inimitable Thierry Vallet illumine Swedish piston-engine warplanes in a visually stunning study from MMP. And text transcends mere "color" coverage.

    Chapters feature notes on aircraft development, production, acquisition and service. Subject sections also sport absorbing anecdotes, "incidents and accidents", technical details, and – of course – camouflage & markings comments.

    Thierry Vallet's striking color profiles – all authenticated with adjacent reference shots – season this cool, copiously illustrated compendium. Hundreds of vintage B&W and color photos further augment the account. And detail images offer superb modeling reference.

    Charts also summarize "individual aircraft histories" – including serial and construction numbers, delivery and retirement dates, miscellaneous remarks and, where known, hours flown. Concluding data blocks distill production, performance and dimensional details.

    I immediately targeted the book's middle chapters – the World War II era. That's where you'll find colorful classics like Gloster's Gladiator, Seversky's EP-1-106, FIAT's CR.42, Reggiane's Re.2000 and – yes – Vultee's Model 48 "Vanguard".

    Surprises abound. One guy stopped his spinning J 6 Jaktfalken by simply standing up. Another successfully parachuted from a Seversky J 9 baggage compartment. Rats caused several aircraft accidents. Reggiane designed J 20s (Re.2000s) for an absurd "7.5-hour life expectancy". And Afghanistan almost bought SAAB J 21s. So look past those pretty pictures!

    Appendices detail Swedish national insignia variants, code styles, and camouflage colors – with federal standard equivalents. A summary of Swedish aviation ranks and selected bibliography complete contents.

    Gremlins occasionally intrude. The chart on page 252 should, I think, list 20 Reggiane J 20 "write-offs". And the profile of J 26 Mustang s/n 26021 should sport a bulged "Dallas" hood – as the photo shows.

    But I quibble. Get this terrific tome. I absolutely loved it.

    Rabidly recommended.

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