Yugoslav Fighter Colors 1918-1945
By Ken Murphy
Yugoslav Fighter Colours 1918-1941. Volume 1
Authors: Ognjan Petrovic and Djordje Nikolic
Publisher: Mushroom Models Publications
Binding: Hard bound
This fascinating book is the first in a two-volume set examining the camouflage and markings of the fighters employed by the Yugoslav Air Force from 1918 to 1941. It begins with an overview of Yugoslavia's fleet obtained as residual World War I aircraft from French, British, Austro-Hungarian, Czech, and German sources. Continuing, he describes modernization efforts during the 1930s that resulted in the development of an aviation industry, including both indigenously designed aircraft and some foreign types such as the Hawker Hurricane and Messerschmitt 109. The history concludes with the courageous defense of the homeland against the German invaders of World War II.
Volume 1 covers the era from 1918 to the mid-1930s with detailed descriptions of thirteen different aircraft ranging from the Nieuport 24 to the Potez 25. Each section includes a background history of the particular aircraft with comprehensive statistical data charts and numerous black and white period photos followed by beautifully illustrated full-page color profiles with three views showing national insignia, unit markings, and camouflage.
One can't say enough about the quality of this book. The level of detail and information is outstanding, and I assume this book represents the definitive history of the early Yugoslav Air Force. If you are a fan of unusual markings (there were a dizzying array of early national insignia designs) or of small air forces, you will find this book to be a treasure trove of great ideas and inspirations. Kits of many of these World War I aircraft are readily available, such as the Nieuport 24, Spad S.7, Albatros D.III, Aviatik D.I, and Bristol F.2b. Decals for several of these—and many other subjects—can be found at Lift Here Serbia.
If you're interested in more modern Yugoslavian aircraft, Volume 2, due out in 6 months or so depending on Covid 19, will cover aircraft of the late 30s and early 40s, including the Hawker Fury, Ikarus IK-2, Hawker Hurricane, Messerschmitt 109, Potez 631 and more. The review sample is courtesty of Mushroom Model Publications.