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Wings over Ogaden The Ethiopian-Somali War 1978-79 ISBN : 9781909982383 Helion & Company via Casemate UK In late 1977 to early 1978 Somalia launched a military offensive over the disputed Ethiopian region of Ogaden. Following a period of internal unrest in Ethiopia the Somalia leadership throught they would take advantage and take Ogaden. While a local dispute it had all the hallmarks of a cold war dispute fueld by "aid" from East & West. Somalia was originally supported by the USSR, however they were not happy with the invasion of Ethiopia and in effect switched sides to support Ethiopia. As massive airlift of supplies and 16000 Cuban troops helped save Ethiopia from defeat. On the otherside the US ceased its support of Ethiopia and started supporting Somalia. The war ended when the US brokered a ceasefire, however parts of the region would stay in Somali hands until 1980. Airpower was heavily used in the conflict with the Ethiopians having well trained pilots flying new American hardware particularly the F-5E. This new publication from Helion & Company delas with the aerial warfare in the Ethiopian - Somali War of 1978-79. The book looks at the following areas; Geopolitical Background Military Backgrounds Military Balance & Planning Invasion Switching Alliances The Rout The book is A4 softbound and 64 pages long. It is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs. In the centre are seven pages of colour aircraft profiles, five pages of colour pictures, and 4 pages of colour maps. Conclusion If you're interested in the lesser known Air Forces, and conflicts of the war this is to be recommended. Review sample courtesy of
Figured I'd go ahead and start this thread even though the kit won't be arriving until Tuesday. I've noticed all of the resin aftermarket parts for the Il-28 are for the Italeri kit, but I had ordered the Trumpeter kit already and it was cheap enough that I'm not worried about super-detailing. The markings will be from a NOS ESCI 1/72 sheet of Sudan (pre-60s), Somalia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, and Cuba "national insignias" (roundels and flag tail markings). Now on to the other issues - every Il-28 kit in existence, from what I've read, is problematic. I think I'll be able to build it successfully, but references on this aircraft are fairly poor from what I've seen. The main discussions are about the Soviet version or the Chinese Harbin H-5, and most pictures are either Soviet or Polish. The Trumpeter kit comes with decals and a painting guide for the PLAAF, and I believe the VPAF, which is a green upper and grey lower surfaces scheme. I honestly think the only difference between the Il-28 kit and the Harbin H-5 kit is the box art. This is definitely not the scheme of the Somali Air Force in the 1970s. Every other operator seems to run either NMF or a grey scheme. This Romanian example is pretty wild - Which leads to the main issue - I have no references for how to paint this aircraft at all. I can apply the markings without much difficulty (excluding the serial number), but roundels and tail markings are pretty much universal in their placement. I have found this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftofj4wsFvY - but it's of very poor quality and does not appear to show any Il-28s. I have been unable to find a single photo of a Somali example so far. If Mr. Cooper has any input on this (I know it's not a MiG or Sukhoi, though), I would be most grateful. The only other images I found besides pictures of Soviet Bloc examples were these hand drawings of the cockpit and navigator's position. Any ideas? I'm thinking they probably flew them as they were painted on delivery, which would be the Soviet scheme (right?). I'm a little hesitant to try doing NMF on my second aircraft. I feel like I need a lot more practice before I try that. Likely to end up a neutral grey underside with a darker gloss grey upper surface. I feel like I've seen Polish examples of that. Still, painting is a long, long way off.