Mushroom Models Publications' Single #23: P-51B Mustang


Dariusz Karnas & Karolina Hołda


Mushroom Model Publications


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Scott Van Aken

Notes: 24 pages, ISBN 978-83-66549-15-9

One of their most releases in MMP's Single series highlights the P-51B Mustang. This was the first Merlin engine variant of the plane and gave it the ability to operate at high altitudes thanks to the engine. Oddly, this is an airplane that the brass of the USAAF did not want as it wasn't initially designed for the US, but for the British. The British outfitted several prototypes using the Allison powered versions and swapping out the engines. When several USAAF pilots were given the opportunity to fly these planes, it was discovered that this was the long range escort fighter they were looking for. After convincing the brass in theater about how good the plane was, these generals went back to the US and put forward their case for this plane. Sense leaked into the heads of those in charge back home and North American was directed to start producing the aircraft. The P-51B was the result and it literally changed the course of the US bombing campaign from early 1944 until the end of the war.

In line with the other releases, this one is in the large A4 size with several distinct sections. There is no history of the type, but there are superbly done plans in both 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This includes fuselage cross sections that are often missing from other plans. The book includes a goodly number of photos showing both the entire aircraft and some details. A real plus to this are a number of illustrations from the airframe manuals. The book finishes up with large, full page color views of an in-service example along with a detailed page covering the instrument panel.

It is another great addition to the MMP family of books that offers all that both the modeler and the enthusiast are seeking in a plans/detail book on a specific aircraft without going into a ton of detail. I found it be well done and one that I can highly recommend to you.

December 2020

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