Kagero Monograph Special Rogozarski IK-3

The Monograph Special Edition in 3D series of books are in-depth books that look at one particular aircraft or one variant of an aircraft over about 200 pages in text, images, scale drawings, and sometimes 3D renders. This is book 11 in the series and is currently the most recent.

The Rogožarski IK-3 was a 1930s Yugoslav monoplane single-seat fighter, designed by Ljubomir Ilić, Kosta Sivčev and Slobodan Zrnić as a successor to the Ikarus IK-2 fighter. Its armament consisted of a hub-firing 20 mm (0.79 in) autocannon and two fuselage-mounted synchronised machine guns. It was considered comparable to foreign aircraft such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109E and came into service in 1940. The prototype crashed during testing; twelve production aircraft had been delivered by July 1940.

Six IK-3s were serviceable when the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia began on 6 April 1941. All six were in service with the 51st Independent Fighter Group at Zemun near Belgrade. Pilots flying the IK-3 claimed 11 Axis aircraft had been shot down during the 11-day war. According to one account, to prevent them from falling into German hands, the surviving aircraft and incomplete airframes were destroyed by their crews and factory staff. Another account suggests that one aircraft survived the invasion and was later destroyed by sabotage. The IK-3 design was the basis for the post-war Yugoslav-built Ikarus S-49 fighter.

The book info…

  • Author: Nenad Miklušev, Djordje Nikolić
  • ISBN 978-83-65437-80-8
  • about 184 pages
  • 172 renders
  • 130 archival photos
  • 28 sheet with modeling plans
  • Gloss coated paper
  • double-sided A2 sheet with modeling plans

Due to the reluctance of the long term allies to supply modern equipment to renew the aging Air Force, the Yugoslav government lost precious time by failing to commit immediately to the industrial cooperation with the only other available source at the time, Germany. With well-educated engineers and a skilled workforce, the domestic industry attempted to bridge the gap. The result of this was the Rogožarski IK-3, a small, agile fighter with a closed cockpit and retractable landing gear, which proved to be just as reliable as and rather easier to handle than its two more illustrious contemporaries, the British Hawker Hurricane and the German Messerschmitt Bf 109.

The book starts off with a double-sided set of 1/32 drawings on a sheet of paper that is 4 times the size of the book. The first part of the book proper is the text section on the development. combat usage, painting schemes and post-war development of the aircraft. This section covers 74 pages and goes into a surprising amount of detail. There are contemporary black & white images throughout.

The next section is 28 pages of line drawings mostly in 1/48 but also with some 1/72 scale drawings. These cover all the versions of the aircraft that were ever planned, not just the versions that were built.

The last 79 pages of the book are the 3D renders of many versions of complete aircraft and many components of the aircraft too.

Overall, this book is a wealth of information on this aircraft and you could probably scratch build an aircraft from what is contained in this book. It shows an awful lot of information and is probably the definitive book on this subject. If you’re into Yugoslav or less well-known aircraft then this would be a good book for your shelf.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$27.00

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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.

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