|Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Reviewer:||Scott Van Aken|
152 pages, hardbound, A4
The info sheet that came with this book states that it is a second edition and revision of a previous book. The book itself is a large hardbound edition and covers the design and development of the P-51D Mustang. It does not include the earlier A/B/C versions other than in just passing and does include the P-51K and mentions the P-51H at the end of the book.
So you get a book that concentrates on the most widely produced variant, the 'bubble top' Mustang. We are provided a nice history of the development of this variation, which differs from the earlier version in its cut down rear fuselage and the slightly different wing.
One can basically divide the book into two major sections. One is history and development of the aircraft, which includes those built in Australia by CAC. this section is crammed full of great photos (many of them color), color profiles and some color art work. This includes a small section on warbirds and other survivors. It also briefly touches on those planes operated by other nations.
The second part of the book is more detailed and is on the airframe and systems of the P-51. This makes copious use of photos of both warbird and museum aircraft along with period images and illustrations from North American's tech manuals and original factory drawings.
In all, it makes for an outstanding reference for any Mustang enthusiast and some great reading and eye candy for the rest of us. It is a book that is well worth obtaining and is one that I have no trouble providing my highest recommendation.
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