HMH Publications | Aircraft in Detail 012+ Mirage III
Reviewed by Kevin Williams
Publisher: HMH Publications
Author(s): R. Pied, Nic Deboeck
Publishing date: 2020
Now we're talking. This particular volume covers the sleek Dassault Mirage III (as well as the Mirage 5 and Mirage 50), and I'm thrilled silly to finally get my hands on this. Having been a longtime fan of anything Delta, this book just seemed a natural for me. I've been searching long and hard for better references than I already have on this machine, and now here it is. Everything the Mirage enthusiast could want, and gobs of it, is featured in this book. This volume, I don't hesitate to state, will set the bar for any and all future Mirage III references.
(Not a new volume by any means, but I'm fortunate to have access to periodic older publications, with great thanks to Casemate.)
Large scale aircraft modelers are definitively in luck here, with at least three kits being available in 1:32 that I'm presently aware of.
As with all of the 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, especially in this wonderful 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 you're looking for detail shots of this version of the Mirage, it's more than likely in this book.
This particular book, No. 012+ in the series (no. 012 was actually on the Mikoyan MiG-31), depicts the rather interesting Dassault Mirage III, and it’s geared toward any aviation enthusiast, 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, fuselage, air intakes, fuselage (again), wings, cockpit (numerous pages), front landing gear, main landing gear, vertical tail, maintenance (quite a lot, but certainly not all of the detail photos, are located in this section), engine, pylons, Action!!, followed by Mirage 5, and Mirage 50, Certainly enough material is presented here, to satisfy even the most ardent Mirage fan.
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 Mirage III (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 solid 114 pages of Mirage goodness, it's just packed wall-to-wall with details, details, and more details, and is therefore highly recommended. Another great volume "knocked out of the park" by HMH, not that I'm surprised by now, as the overall level of quality has definitely been maintained in this volume, and I hope it continues for many more years to come.
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 this particular Mirage variant, really top-notch stuff.
© Kevin Williams 2022
This review was published on Tuesday, October 11 2022; Last modified on Saturday, October 15 2022