HMH Publications | Aircraft in Detail 020: Sukhoi Su-35S, Flanker E
Reviewed by Kevin Williams
Publisher: HMH Publications
Author(s): R. Pied, Nic Deboeck
Publishing date: 2021
Now we're talking. This particular volume covers the wonderful Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker, and I'm thrilled silly to finally get my hands on this. Everything the Flanker enthusiast could want, and gobs of it, is featured in this book. Of particular interest to me, are the numerous photos of the variable geometry exhausts, certainly one of the items that allows for its quite interesting flight gymnastics. This volume, I don't hesitate to state, will set the bar for any and all future Flanker references.
At present, I know of no available 1:32 Su-35 kit.
As with the majority of titles from this publisher, this is very much a collaborative effort, using photos from many varied sources, each with appropriate photo credits given, and there are quite a substantial number of them in this magnificent volume. Printed on good quality semi-glossy stock, the photos are nothing sort of magnificent, highlighting many areas of the air-frame, giving both modelers and aviation enthusiasts alike, a wealth of eye candy on this fascinating plane. If there's a detail of the Flanker that you'd like to see, it's more than likely in this book.
This particular book (No. 20 in the series), depicts the rather interesting Sukhoi Su-35 S Flanker E, and it’s geared toward both modelers and aviation enthusiasts alike, being very much a detailed, walk around overview of the type, and that pleases me immeasurably, as it's the major reference type that I seek these days.
Photos are broken down by section; types, forward fuselage, air intakes, fuselage, wings, cockpit (numerous pages), forward landing gear, main landing gear, vertical tails, horizontal tails, engine, brake chute, aft fuselage, pylons, and finally, Action!! Certainly enough material is presented here, to satisfy even the most ardent aviation enthusiast.
The myriad photos obviously form the backbone of this book, and for me, this is a true blessing, as I can never seem to get enough details, and this book certainly has them in great abundance.
Even if you have just a passing interest in the big Flanker (or fighter aircraft in general), you can’t go wrong with the purchase of this book. You may just become a fan.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this book as a solid 10, no question about it. Topping out at a hefty 114 pages of Flanker glory, it's just packed wall-to-wall with details, details, and more details, and is therefore highly recommended.
(Several additional volumes; F/A-18 Hornet, A-4 Skyhawk, MiG-31, EA-6B Prowler, will definitely be added to my ever growing book collection, and that can't happen soon enough, as far as I'm concerned.)
HMH continues here the wonderful tradition of high quality photo-documentation type books, setting the bar for any emulators to seek, and I heartily applaud those efforts.
Note: Book cover image directly from HMH Publications (used with permission).
My review copy compliments of Casemate Publishers. Thanks a ton to Casemate, it's truly an outstanding reference book for the wonderful Flanker, really top-notch stuff.
© Kevin Williams 2021
This review was published on Tuesday, November 30 2021; Last modified on Wednesday, March 02 2022