THE PUCARA' STORY
The Argentine FMA IA-58 Pucará light attack aircraft was developed in the late 1960s. The aircraft remains in active service to this day. Best known for its involvement in the South Atlantic conflict in 1982, the Pucará remains an effective and much appreciated warplane.
This book tells the full story of its development and operational use, illustrated with many photos and colour profiles.
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Reviewed by Mark Davies
The Argentine's IA-58 Pucará light attack aircraft was developed in response to a Fuerza Area Argentina (FAA) requirement formulated in the late 1960's. The design went into series production in 1974 following a lengthy development period. The Pucará is probably best known to most aviation enthusiasts and modellers as a result of its use in the Falklands war of 1982. The Pucará is still in active service with the FAA and several other air forces. Despite its age, the Pucará remains an effective light attack and counter-insurgency aircraft, filling a niche similar to that of the North American OV-10 Bronco, which a was a potential Pucará rival for the FAA's original requirement.
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The Pucará Story details the design, development and operational use of the Pucará, including the many upgrades and redesigns tested and planned at various stages. The text is based on access to Argentine air force sources and archives, as well as discussions with serving and former Pucará crew; this is the first English-language book to describe this aircraft in such detail.
The booklet has a soft cover with 152 A4 colour pages, enclosed in a square spine binding. The booklet is a very complete package with chapters covering:
Origins & Influences.
Further Developments & Initial Exports.
South Atlantic Conflict. The Pucará in Uruguay & Elsewhere.
Post-1982 Service & Developments.
Camouflage & Markings, and Notes for Modellers.
Weapons & Stores.
Preserved & Lost Relics
It also has appendices that provide:
Individual Aircraft Summaries.
1982 Conflict Daily Operational Log
Summarised external differences of the prototype.
The book is replete with and colour photos and numerous colours and markings illustrations. It has interesting sections on single-seat and torpedo carrying variants, as well as drug-busting operations and service with other South American nations. Modellers are catered for with detailed notes on colours & markings worn by aircraft in the 1982 Falklands War, and an excellent photographic walkaround. There are even several "what if?"colour profiles based on export possibilities that did not eventuate. Perhaps the only noticeable absence from a modelling standpoint is the lack of detailed scale plans.
The book is produced to high standards and is an excellent reference for Pucará enthusiasts. It also offers a wealth of information for modellers, especially those interested in the regrettable conflict of 1982.
The FMA IA 58 Pucará (Quechua: Fortress) is an Argentine ground-attack and counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft manufactured by the Fábrica Militar de Aviones. It is a low-wing two-turboprop-engined all-metal monoplane with retractable landing gear, and is capable of operating from unprepared strips when operationally required. The type saw action during the Falklands War and the Sri Lankan Civil War.
The new book release from MMP Books White weries cover one of the most popular Latin American Military airplanes of the post-war era, the FMA IA-58 Pucará. Argentinean twin engine Coin aircraft Pucará is famous by your participation on the Falklands War. We not talking about the world famous fighters, but one aircraft singular in the history, because it reflects the tentative of Argentinean Government to develop a national aircraft Industry, like Embraer in Brazil.
Reviewing the book we quickly percept the awesome quality of research, images and color profiles done by the editorial team. This characteristics turn it new book an indispensable research material both for modelers and aviation enthusiasts. The Authors made a deep research on the all points of the Pucará story.
Covering all stages of development of the IA-58 Pucará, from his origins, passing by the evolution, fire baptism on the Falklands, until the closing time to the end of your career. The book presents a very informative text, complemented by a great quantity of photos and color profiles.
A complete color walk around is present and a weaponry board is diagramed permitting the correct loudout used by Pucará’s on all kind of missions. The profiles are divided between in service and what if Pucará color schemes. You will find a great number of color profiles showing nice paint references for your models.
The Operational history table follows. And that’s where this illuminating effort really glows. Authors recap all combat missions and looses of Pucará’s on the Falkland War. This is an precious books to the lovers of the Latin American aviation history.
This book is a full technical history of this less know twin engine plane of the Argentinean built. I have the pleasure to say that this book keep the tradition of the MMP Books and give us an excellent research base for modelers interested to build an Pucará. Airfix has the aircraft on the 1/72 scale and Aconcagua Models offers a short run multimedia kit of the IA-58 Pucará on 1/48 scale. But we need a new tooled kit of this plane in 1/48 and 1/32 arrives.
This book is highly recommended.
Vini Pompeo – Historian and Modeller
By Chris Banyai-Riepl
The FMA IA 58 Pucará is an indigenously designed Argentine counterinsurgency aircraft that first took to the air in 1967. Powered by a pair of turboprop engines, the Pucará was designed to fly from rough fields as well as traditional runways. A solid aircraft with good performance, the Pucará would have likely remained on the edges of aviation history except for its combat debut in 1982. The war with Britain over some small islands in the south Atlantic brought the Argentine Air Force into the limelight, and with it the Pucará. Since that war, the Pucará has gone on to serve in several nations, and continues to take part in the air forces of Argentina and Uruguay. This newest title from Mushroom Model Publications is definitely the most complete history of the Pucará available in the English language. The authors have done a thorough job of collecting information on the aircraft, from factory records to personal anecdotes, and have crafted a well written story that follows the path of the Pucará from prototype through its military operations in Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Sri Lanka, and Britain.
Complementing the written text, this book contains an incredible number of photographs showing the Pucará throughout the years, including a detailed walkaround series that will provide plenty of information for the modeler. Further adding to the value are the many color profile illustrations. In addition to the operational aircraft, these profiles also cover several what if subjects, showing what the Pucará might have looked like in the various nations that had expressed interest in the aircraft.
For those interested in aircraft outside of the mainstream, this is an excellent book to pick up. The story of the Pucará is a fascinating one, as it discusses both Argentine military development as well as the evolution of the aviation industry in Argentina.
My thanks to Mushroom Model Publications for the review copy.
IPMS USA website 2014-09-10
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo
Mushroom Model Publications released a new book in their “White Series”, devoted to the Argentinean designed and manufactured “Pucará” (“Stone Fortress” in the Quichua native-american language).
The Pucara is an indigenous design of a twin ending light attack/COIN airplane. It has seen service in Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Sri Lanka and the UK (captured). The list of countries that explored –and even placed orders- for them is much larger, but for different reasons the export orders never materialized.
The book breakdown is, as you can expect, based on the chronology of the airframe: It begins with “Origin and Development”, then moves into “Further Development”, it has a very detailed chapter of the “South Atlantic Conflict” (which includes multiple color profiles and color photos); “Pucara in Uruguayan Service and Elsewhere”, “Post 1982 developments” and it wraps up with a full color “Walk-around” section and a chapter devoted to “Weapons and Stores”. Finally there is a section with digital art, covering all the “What if”, based on cancelled export orders.
This book is the only English language reference that I am aware of and it has been so carefully researched that it took about 10-yr to write. Both authors are modelers, and wrote the book with a “modeler mindset”.
Some of the Uruguayan finishes are very interesting, as they have added “boar faces” and also “horse faces” to some of their airplanes. They are very well researched and documented in the book.
You can see a page-by-page detail of the boot at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN8kYjwGYHQ
This book is probably one of the best references on the Pucara, in any language. Highly recommended.
What is out there?: For such an unusual and obscure subject, actually there are several options when choosing to model a Pucara:
1/144 Pucara by Airalex (Resin)
1/63 Pucara by Puky (injection molded)
1/72 Pucara by Special Hobby (mixed media)
1/72 Pucara by Airfix (injection molded)
1/72 Pucara by Gran (injection molded)
1/72 Pucara by Rare-Plane (Vacuform)
1/48 Heritage Models (Resin)
1/48 Aconcagua Models (Resin)
There might be other kits out there. I’m listing those that I am aware of.
Wanna buy a vowel? How about an “A”? Or would you have known without any help that the Pucará (Fortress) comes from Argentina? You’d be quite the aviation geek (it’s a good thing!) if you did.
The maker of this 1970s COIN (counter-insurgency) and CAS (Close Air Support)—and sometimes even FAC (Forward Air Control)—aircraft is the Fábrica Militar de Aviones, and so the official type designation is FMA IA-58. So versatile was the Pucará that it could handle all these roles on the same sortie. It’s a low-wing two-turboprop all-metal monoplane with retractable tricycle landing gear with low-pressure tires. It also has wings that are bent in the middle to allow it to do steep dives. And it has a stooped nose for better ground visibility. What this means is that the Pucará can be staged out of rough, marginal locations.
Argentina . . . 1970/1980s . . . if you’re thinking “Falklands” you’d be right. But also a bunch of other South American countries and Sri Lanka.
Author Caballero is from Argentina and a commercial pilot, aeronautical engineer, and aircraft historian; Cater is a UK Ministry of Defense veteran on the logistics/business side and an aircraft modeler (they did not know each other before this project!). During the Falklands War the British captured several Pucarás—some airworthy—and took them back to the UK so you can actually see one in a museum relatively easily.
Beginning with the start of the program in 1966 the book follows the Fortress to, well, today—it is still in service. FMA and other vendors’ employees were interviewed and flight and ground personnel contributed insights, making this a well-rounded survey of an all too little known airplane.
There are an enormous number of illustrations and the book’s size lends itself well to getting the most out of them. This publisher’s books are always written with the modeler in mind but this book—which also includes an entire chapter with tips for them—has a special treat. A former FMA tech, Luis Murúa, has scratch-built several FMA projects that never went beyond the drawing board stage and two of his Pucará variants are shown here, a jet-powered IA-60 and a twin-boom IA-67. (Well, it helps to have access to the original blueprints!)
From wind tunnel tests to detail shots of practice bombs to ejection seat schematics, it’s all here. The color profiles (89!) are by a number of artists (including Caballero, who’s list of skills is simply shamefully long); they are in at least two different scales and include three-views. Emblems and insignia are also shown in detail. Appended are specifics about aircraft by serial number and a 1982 timeline of a Pucará squadron that was practically decimated. Small Bibliography; no Index.
The last words in the book are Misión cumplida. Indeed. Copyright 2013, Sabu Advani (speedreaders.info).
Air Modeller 52 2014-09-10
Also Pucara Story, Caballero and Cater launched at Telford by its joint authors "The Pucara Story" is as you would expect a one-type volume, on an aircraft that probably wouldn't have become widely known outside its native South America had it not been for the Falklands conflict. It originated in 1966, with a specification from the Argentine air force for a counter-insurgency type; there was for a while considerable interest in designs for this category, notably in the USA as a result of their experience in Vietnam. The USAF competition was won by the North American Bronco, these two aircraft being the only two specialised designs in this field to reach service, and both are currently being considered for upgrading!
The story is told by Riccardo Caballero and Phil Cater, both with many years' experience in aviation research and in modelling, and this second aspect is prominent in the make-up and emphasis of the book; they were both at the IPMS ScaleModelWorld at Telford to mark the book's launch under the aegis of Mushroom Model Publications. There is a substantial number of photos, with colour profiles not only of actual aircraft but also some in the colours of potential customers. The aircraft's first flying form was as a glider, originally with as a single seater - a SAAB/Folland ejection seat, possibly the only one in an unpowered aircraft! - but which was later developed in to the two-seat configuration with which we've become familiar. A major part of the Pucara's history is of course its involvement in the Falklands conflict, but there is much more to its story; its early operational employment was in counter-insurgent sorties in Argentina. The photo coverage, both accompanying the text and in dedicated photo sections, is substantial and well-reproduced, including detail photos in a walk-around and a chapter on weapons. The afterword reveals that the origin of much of the contents was the research by Phil Cater in to background notes for the Heritage Aviation resin kit, and I can't think that the modeller will be asking many questions if this book is used to accompany a model build. There is, as the book says, much more to the Pucara than just its involvement in the events of 1982, and its story is well worth reading. 20.11.13
SAM 02/2014 2014-09-10
By David L. Veres
Only one warplane of indigenous Latin American design saw major combat against a European power. And that was Argentina's IA 58 Pucará.
Now it's the subject of a superb study from MMP Books.
The Pucará Story – available in North America from Casemate – recaps the whole terrific tale in 152 lavishly illustrated pages. Contents chronologically course from design and development through manufacture and service to combat and variants. Just skimming the "what-if" section prompts plenty of cool, counterfactual musings.
Authors Ricardo Caballero and Phil Cater capably cover their pugnacious protagonist in eleven informative chapters:
Origins and influences
Further development & initial exports
South Atlantic Conflict
The Pucará in Uruguay & elsewhere
Post 1982 service and developments
Camouflage & Markings and Notes for Modellers
Weapons & stores
Preserved and lost relics
"And now, the end is near ... (?)"
Most readers, I suspect, will immediately target Pucará operations during 1982's South Atlantic war with Britain. And I certainly did. But I also enjoyed MMP's illuminating notes on early Pucará concepts, camouflage, ordinance and exports.
Some gremlins, however, haunt this otherwise useful effort. Personal markings on combat Pucarás receive scant attention. Profiles inaccurately depict the masked fuselage serials of camouflaged A-502 and A-528. The upper 7.62mm machine guns – not 20mm canon – were removed from IA 58C "AX-06". And those aren't Egyptian markings on page 132.
But none of this irretrievably harms MMP's instructive effort. Tables, charts and FS 595 matches admirably amplify the account. And dozens of color plates, color & B&W photos, drawings, and detail shots add valuable visual reference.
Building Special Hobby's 1:72-scale kit? Tackling Heritage Aviation's 1:48-scale resin? Grab this helpful handbook.
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