PZL Lim-1 - Single 45
MMP was founded in 1996 by Roger Wallsgrove, to publish "Mushroom Model Magazine". This quarterly modelling magazine was developed from "Mushroom Monthly”, a club newsletter which ran from 1985 to 1995, achieving a world-wide reputation for quality articles, fearless and honest reviews, and a great sense of humor. From 1997 the magazine was produced in collaboration with Robert Peczkowski and Artur Juszczak (Stratus), which meant a big leap in print quality and design. MMP expanded into book publication in 1999, and since then they have built up a list of books on aircraft and aviation, naval, military vehicles, and military history. MMP Books are distributed in North America by Casemate Publications.
Dariusz Karnas is a skilled modeler and amateur aviation historian. He lives in Przemyśl, Poland. He has authored or contributed color plates and / or scale drawings for over one hundred publications. These include MMP’s Polish Wings, Scale Plans, and Inside series as well as books in the MMP Yellow series: Fieseler 156 Storch 1938-1945 (2012) and Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 (2004). You can find Dariusz Karnas on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/people/Dariusz-Karnas/100008987326348 .
Andrzej Marek Olejniczak lives in Kalisz, Poland and is an illustrator and author. He has contributed to several MMP series, including Polish Wings 31 (Avro Lancaster), Polish Wings 32 (MiG-21MF), Polish Wings 34 (MiG-15), Orange (Reggiane Re 2000, 2002, 2003), Yellow (Saab 37 Viggen), White (Finnish Trainer Colours 1930-45), Single 45 (PZL Lim-1), Single 50 (Caudron-Renault CR 714 Cyclone), and Single Vehicle 4 (Type 95 Ha-Go).
This booklet is the forty-fifth in this series, Single. This series format consists of a 4-view color profile, scale plans, and photo details of a single variant; in this case, the PZL Lim-1 in Polish markings. You won’t find an introduction or background summary, as this series dives straight into the drawings, illustrations, and photographs. The front and back covers by Andrzej M. Olejniczak features a color top view of a PZL Lim-1. Dariusz Karnas supplies four 1/72 line drawings and six 1/48 line drawings.
I counted 41 black and white photos and eleven color photographs of the cockpit and main gear. These photographs include a mix of period pics, PZL Lim-1 manual or parts catalogue pages, and museum photos. Andrzej M. Olejniczak finishes the book with the full-page width color profiles (left, right, top, and wing bottom) of PZL Lim-1 [s/n 1A11010]. Wearing Red-10 on the nose, this aircraft has been modified for target towing and carries underwing PTB-260 fuel tanks.
The PZL Lim-1 was the Polish manufactured Soviet MiG-15. The Lim-1 would be powered by a license-built RD-45F, known in Poland as the Lis-1. The Polish WSK-Mielec factory would manufacture 227 PZL Lim-1 aircraft from 1952 to 1954. The MiG-15bis would be designated PZL Lim-2. A notable visible difference is the rear fuselage air brakes where the PZL Lim-1 air brakes were triangular and the PZL Lim-2 air brakes were more rectangular.
The sections include:
- 1/72 Drawings
- 1/48 Drawings [Page 04]
- Captioned Photographs [Page 07, 19]
- Color 4-View Illustration
MMP Books’ PZL Lim-1 provides a quick reference for modelers. The drawings in 1/72 and 1/48 support the existing 1/72 and 1/48 model kits available and the captioned detailed photos provide a detailed reference. This booklet is essential if you're considering building any of the PZL Lim-1 kits, and there are many available in 1/144, 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32. This series is usually paired with a much more detailed book in MMP’s monograph series, in this case Dariusz Karnas’ MiG-15 tome that was released in MMP’s Yellow series in 20014. If you have any interest in PZL Lim-1, this is your book and it’s at a very reasonable price point.
My thanks to Casemate Publications, Mushroom Model Publications and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great book.