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Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Vol 1

Camouflage and Markings, the Early Years

Russian Aviation Colours • 2015
AuthorsBoris Stepanov, Marat Khairulin
IllustratorA.V. Kazakov
ISBN 978-8363678487
Release date2015-02-23
SeriesRussian Aviation Colours
CategoryAvailable CategoryDostępne
FormatA4, 176 pages (176 in colour)
Price180.00 PLN Price40.00 GBP

This book describes the history of the little-known emblems and distinctive markings of Russian military aviation from its early origins up to the Russian exit from World War One. The authors have managed to collect, and in some cases partially reconstruct, the majority of emblems and signs used in Russia during this period by military aviation units. The collected material is presented in a clear and attractive form - colour plates, reconstructed logos, and original photographs from public and private archives. This profusely illustrated book covers all the aircraft used, with brief details of their service use and comprehensive details of the colours and markings they carried. Besides the many photographs, full colour profiles illustrate the markings applied. Detailed colour notes and precise descriptions and illustration of national markings over the period complete a book that will be invaluable to aircraft enthusiasts, historians and modellers.

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    Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 1 Early Years
    By Marat Khairulin and Boris Stepanov

    Publisher: MMPBooks (April 19, 2015)
    12” x 8” Hardbound: 200 pages
    Pp.200, ISBN-10: 8363678481
    Language: English

    This book is the first in a series of four that will cover Russian Aviation from 1909 until 1922. The content of this volume deals with the period from 1909-1917. Marat Khairulin and Boris Stepanov, the authors of the original Russian language book from which this translated volume is derived should be applauded for their collective efforts, not just for the quality of their original research but also for the extraordinary efforts in providing the particulars in what is a clear, concise and logical manner. The foundation of the work is from archival documents and original photographic images. From these sources they have been able to depict the various markings, signets and emblems that appeared on aircraft and dirigibles during the Czarist period in Russia. This distinctive work contains an abundance of color drawings along with a vast collection of photographs, many previously unpublished. Most importantly the book provides a solid foundation and insight into the development of aviation in Russia. It begins with aero clubs, which were first established in 1909. The book then moves into the origins and organization of the military air fleet unit by unit thereby providing a look at the structure and nature of the Imperial Russian Air Force prior to the Great War. It becomes obvious that the Russians were relying mainly on French machines while their own domestic designs were all but ignored, except in the instance of the Il’ya Muromets designed by Igor I. Sikorsky and the series of flying boats designed by Dmitry Grigorovich. The second half of the book covers the entry into WWI, the conflict that ranged from the Baltic in the north to the Black Sea in the south, nearly a 1000-mile front. The book contains the information as to who, how and why the national emblems evolved as well as the individual markings that appeared on the aircraft. The book provides a great deal of visual information and excellent resource for historians, researchers and anyone interested in early aviation. 


  • http://www.theaerodrome.com • 2015-11-19
    Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 1 Early Years
    By Marat Khairulin and Boris Stepanov
    Published by CjBobrow
    29 October 2015
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    Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 1 Early Years

    Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 1 Early Years
    By Marat Khairulin and Boris Stepanov 

    Publisher: MMPBooks (April 19, 2015) 
    12” x 8” Hardbound: 200 pages 
    $75.00 Pp.200, ISBN-10: 8363678481 
    Language: English 

    This book is the first in a series of four that will cover Russian Aviation from 1909 until 1922. The content of this volume deals with the period from 1909-1917. Marat Khairulin and Boris Stepanov, the authors of the original Russian language book from which this translated volume is derived should be applauded for their collective efforts, not just for the quality of their original research but also for the extraordinary efforts in providing the particulars in what is a clear, concise and logical manner. The foundation of the work is from archival documents and original photographic images. From these sources they have been able to depict the various markings, signets and emblems that appeared on aircraft and dirigibles during the Czarist period in Russia. This distinctive work contains an abundance of color drawings along with a vast collection of photographs, many previously unpublished. Most importantly the book provides a solid foundation and insight into the development of aviation in Russia. It begins with aero clubs, which were first established in 1909. The book then moves into the origins and organization of the military air fleet unit by unit thereby providing a look at the structure and nature of the Imperial Russian Air Force prior to the Great War. It becomes obvious that the Russians were relying mainly on French machines while their own domestic designs were all but ignored, except in the instance of the Il’ya Muromets designed by Igor I. Sikorsky and the series of flying boats designed by Dmitry Grigorovich. The second half of the book covers the entry into WWI, the conflict that ranged from the Baltic in the north to the Black Sea in the south, nearly a 1000-mile front. The book contains the information as to who, how and why the national emblems evolved as well as the individual markings that appeared on the aircraft. The book provides a great deal of visual information and excellent resource for historians, researchers and anyone interested in early aviation. 
  • Cybermodeler.com • 2015-07-22

    Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922 Book Review

    By David L. Veres

    Date of Review July 2015 Title Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922
    Author Marat Khairulin, Boris Stepanov Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
    Published 2015 ISBN 9788363678487
    Format 176 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $75.00

     

     

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    MMP illumines the riveting history of early Imperial Russian military aircraft markings in Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922 – the first of four planned volumes.

    Subtitled "Camouflage and Markings, the Early Years", the sumptuous study includes all known national markings – as well as a broad range of code styles and applications. Relevant civil and naval usage also enjoys exposure.

    Hundreds of photos, color profiles, plan views and insets illustrate the evolution of every known Czarist flag, roundel and logo design. And supporting text – competently annotated and authoritatively researched from primary sources – chronologically recaps all key developments. Authors also include actual dimensions – where known.

    Comments on contemporary French, German and Austro-Hungarian markings make appropriate appearances, too. And the comparative contexts prove equally fascinating. Just look at those early IFF illustrations!

    By "mid-war", authors note, Entente ("Allied") nations chose "aviation emblems" in national colors. Central Powers, by contrast, preferred cruciform and, in Turkey's case, square designs in black and white. Photos of captured enemy aircraft pepper text.

    February 1917's revolution deposed the Czar – but not most Imperial aircraft markings. "Red flags," authors report, "peacefully coexisting with the old symbols – the national flag and coat-of-arms, although the latter lost the royal elements." Much more substantive changes lay in the future. And those MMP will doubtlessly detail in subsequent volumes.

    I, for one, cannot wait for those. If the first installment is any indication, MMP's series promises to be the definitive English-language reference on early Russian military aviation colors.

    Literally every page proved enlightening. A.V. Kazakov's color plates are superb. And many of the previously unpublished photos come from private archives. But I think that Newport IV on page 49 wears a Cyrillic letter "R" – not a "P"!

    Rabidly recommended!

    With thanks to Casemate for this review copy.

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    On the heels of Finnish Fighter Colours 1939-1945, Romanian Fighter Colours 1941-1945, Hungarian Fighter Colours 1930-1945, and Swedish Fighter Colours 1925-1954, comes MMP’s latest tome. This book, focused on the ‘Early Years’ is planned to be followed by at least four additional volumes on the ‘Great War’ (Volume 2), ‘Red Stars’ (Volume 3), and ‘Against Soviets’ (Volume 4). The authors leaned heavily on Russian private archives, as well as archives, libraries, and museums.

    The book is a nice hardbound volume, with a nice glossy cover, and 176 pages on high-quality stock with a matt finish. Mainly black and white period photos are supplemented with modern day color photos, color period posters and postcards, colour side and top views, and colour unit emblems and personal markings. The text is in English and quite readable.

    The colourful introduction ‘Dream of Wings’ presents a nice summary of the history of flight in Russia up to the beginnings of the Russian Aero Clubs in 1909. The next section on the Aero Clubs provides 18 pages of photos and colour illustrations depicting foreign aircraft along with Russian designed aircraft.

    Chapter 2 ‘On the Eve of the Great War’ details the organization of the early Russian military aviation and provides precise descriptions, illustrations, and photos of each unit on 45 pages.

    Part II ‘In the Fire of the First World War’ describes the evolution of Russian national and unit markings through the experience of battle for the next 96 pages. The evolution of Russian aviation markings is well documented through military orders as well as pilot notes. In one case, the authors use the memoirs of Vyacheslav Marveyevich Tkachev, the commander of the 20th Corps’ Aviation Otryad to illustrate just how significant the problems of markings were. Many of the Russian pilots had more to fear from their own countrymen than the enemy!

    Chapters:

    Acknowledgements

    Dream of Wings

    Part 1 - In a Peaceful Sky

    1st Chapter – Under the Wing of Aero Clubs

    Emblems of Russian Aeronautics of the Initial

    Development Period (1909 – 1914)

    Emblems and Flags of Russian Aero Clubs

    Emblems of the Department of the Air Force (OVF)

    Nicknames and Names

    2nd Chapter – On the Eve of the Great War

    The First Organization of Military Aviation and Its Markings, 1911 – 1914

    Markings of Aviation Rotas and Otryads, 1913 – 1915 d

    Part II - In the Fire of the First World War

    3rd Chapter – Crosses and Roundels, the Birth of the New Emblems

    National Markings of the Russian Empire’s Fleet

    I was extremely impressed with the coverage and quality of this title. The authors were able to incorporate a tremendous amount of information and still manage to provide a compelling and readable storyline. I cannot wait until the succeeding Volumes are published! To see a video of the book’s contents, check out:

    My thanks to Mushroom Model Publications and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great book.

    Highly recommended!

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