Day Interceptor & Two Seat Variants
By Ivo Pavlovsky, Michal Ovcacik, and Karel Susa
4+ Publications, ©2003
Softbound, 36 Pages
The MiG-19 marked a quantum leap in fighter aircraft for the Soviet
Union, being the first Soviet combat aircraft to break the speed of sound
in level flight. Not just a fast plane, though, the MiG-19 also was very
maneuverable with a high thrust to weight ratio. The advance over the
MiG-15 and MiG-17 was remarkable and exceeded the capabilities of Western
designs at the time. Just how good a plane the MiG-19 is can be seen in
its service record, with the first definitive plane flying in 1954 and
over 8500 were built, with many still in service today. Fifty years for
a service record is amazing for any aircraft, but in the rapidly changing
world of fighter aircraft it is nothing short of phenomenal.
This latest title from the people at 4+ details the day interceptor
and two-seat variants of the MiG-19, including those built in China. This
includes the MiG-19, S, SV, and S-105 built by Mikoyan and the J-6, F-6,
JZ-6, FT-6, J-6I, II, and III built by Shenyang in China. This is quite
a list of variants to sort through, but the text does a good job of explaining
the differences between them all. This detailed breakdown is important
when it comes time to model a MiG-19, as some countries received Soviet-built
examples and others received Chinese examples. With operators including
Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Congo, Czechoslovakia,
East Germany, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, North Vietnam,
Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Yemen, and Zambia, this clear
description of the type differences is well worth the price of the book.
Complementing the textual description of variant differences are some
very nicely rendered 1/72 scale drawings. These provide six views of the
most common types, with scrap views filling in many of the small differences
that make up the MiG-19 day fighter family. When used along with the text
description, these drawings will help the modeler build an appropriate
MiG-19 for the country they want to depict. To further help this decision
along, the book is filled with photos of Soviet and foreign MiG-19s, providing
plenty of inspiration, both in black and white and in color. For the detail
lover, there are plenty of close-up photos as well, covering every angle
of the plane.
For those interested in Soviet fighters, the 4+ series is an excellent
one to own, and this new edition on the MiG-19 exemplifies this quality.
The well-written text, ample photo coverage, and detailed scale drawings
make this a worthy addition to any reference library.