Petlyakov Pe-2 in action
By Hans-Heiri Stapfer
Color by Don Greer
Illustrated by John Lowe
& Richard Hudson
S u m m a r y
||Aircraft Number 181
||Soft cover, landscape format, 50
pages plus covers (incl. 2 pages in full colour).
||US$8.46 from Squadron.com
||Compact and useful format for
modellers; packed with helpfully captioned photos; attractive cover art -
front and back; supporting narrative text; ten colour profiles.
Petlyakov Pe-2 in
action is available online from
The last few years has seen a boom in the availability of VVS aircraft of the
Great Patriotic War.
One of the surprises has been the release of different versions of Pe-2 kits
from both HiPM and MPM in 1/48 scale. Both these models are quite nice, with the
HiPM kit in particular being of a high standard. One of the challenges has been
finding English language reference for this most abundant of all WWII Soviet
Squadron's latest "In Action" title supplies an economical primer to the
subject of this important aircraft.
In common with the other "In Action" releases, "Pe-2 in action" summarises
the development, variants and operations of the sleek bomber in 50 landscape
format pages. The text is quite succinct and informative, but the 90 captioned
photos provide plenty of inspiration for the modeller.
The last six pages of the book detail experimental versions of the Pe-2
including a ski-equipped aircraft, a Pe-2 with a pulse-jet, an ejection seat
test bed and a proposed fighter variant.
The centrefold contains ten colour profiles of Pe-2s in Soviet, Bulgarian and
Polish service. Don Greer's front cover and two profiles on the back page are as
attractive as always.
This book is an inexpensive introduction to this significant Soviet bomber.
It will be an essential reference source for any modeller building a Pe-2 in
either 1/48 or 1/72 scale.
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2002 by Brett
This Page Created on 30 June, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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