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Consolidated Mess

Consolidated Mess Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review September 2012 Title Consolidated Mess
Author Alan Griffith Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2012 ISBN 978-83-61421-16-0
Format 192 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £24.99

Editor Note:

The author Alan Griffith is the same person that previously owned and operated AMtech Models before he followed the calling of researching and writing historical references like this one.

Review

Don't let the title fool you: this amazing assay in aviation history hardly contains "chaos" or "confusion".

Far from it, in fact.  Consolidated Mess from MMP BOOKS distills the bewildering array of assorted armament and apertures on "turreted" Liberators into one handy, helpful tome.

Over 18,400 B-24 versions rolled from American assembly lines during World War II.  And Alan Griffith masterfully maneuvers through archival and manufacturing minutiae to produce a truly trusty spotter's guide.

Fact-check your old Liberator references with MMP's authoritative account.  This valuable volume not only reveals hitherto unpublished information, but also corrects previously incomplete or inaccurate tales of B-24 variants.

Griffith seasons his sumptuous study with over 180 B&W photos – including dozens of interior and exterior shots.  And don't let the lack of color profiles bother you: over 100 beautifully executed B&W drawings clearly and conveniently delineate B-24 detail differences in red.

Tip to tail, everything's there.  From early field modifications through all production versions.  Consolidated.  Ford.  Douglas.  Twin-tail and single-fin.  Even precise camouflage demarcations by panel lines.  Amazing!

Appendices alone justify the admission price.  And Griffith nearly gave me whiplash with the "B-24 'Zwilling'" – a genuine May 1943 design patent for 2-fuselage, 6-engine, 6-fin Liberators!  What a Crackerjack Prize!

One Gremlin haunts this otherwise outstanding account.  MMP failed to include the Ford/Willow Run factory-applied scheme in Appendix 1.  Readers can acquire the addendum here.

Get Consolidated Mess.  MMP's exhaustive effort deserves a spot on every World War II aviation enthusiast's bookshelf.

Rabidly recommended!

With thanks to MMP BOOKS for the review copy.

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