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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt 'Bubbletop'

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt 'Bubbletop' Vol 2 Book Review

by Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review March 2011 Title Republic P-47 Thunderbolt 'Bubbletop'
Author Robert Pęczkowski Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2011 ISBN 978-83-61421-27-6
Format 128 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £13.99 (approx $22.58 at current rate)

Review

Mushroom Model Publications is based in the UK. They have their books printed by their associate Stratus in Sandomierz, Poland in the English language. Stratus also does their own books in English and Polish. Stratus sent me this book to review.

The largest and heaviest single-seat fighter of WW2, the P-47 Thunderbolt served with distinction in all theatres of the war, and was the mount of USAAF aces. This was especially over Europe with the 8th AF. Both the RAF and the Mexican AF also used the P-47 in operations. It also flew with many air arms post war.

This revised and extended 2nd edition of MMP’s earlier book (reviewed here on Cybermodeler back in May of 2005 and in the reference reviews archives). The new book details the technical development of all the later “bubbletop” variants, P-47D to P-47N, with full technical specifications and production details of all versions. The book is soft cover in 9 ¼” x 6 ½” page format and 128 pages in length.

In addition to 79 black and white wartime photos and 5 color ones, there 14 color photos of surviving aircraft in museums. There are 169 walk around photos, the majority of them in color. The book abounds with line drawings of various marks of the P-47 in 1/72nd scale, including a line drawing of the Curtiss propeller. Included are 1/72nd drawings of seven different types of drop tanks used on P-47 and a illustration of bombs and rockets.

There are two large loose fold out sheets inserted into the book. These have 1/32nd and 1/48th scale line drawings on them.

In 1/32nd there are profile line drawings of the P-47D-30-RA/RE, P-47D-25-RE, P-47D-26-RA, two of the P-47D-30-RA, P-47D-25-RE. Included also in this scale is a line drawing of the lower wing of the P-47D-30/D-40 and the rear fuselage of a P-47D-30A.

The 1/48th scale line drawings on these sheets include a 2-view drawing of the P-47D-26-RA, a 4-view of the P-47D-25-RE, profiles of the P-47D-30/RA/RE and the P-47D-30/D-40. Also illustrations of 4 different propellers used on P-47’s.

This book is one great reference source on the P-47’s. Highly recommended. This book will prove to be an invaluable source of data for aircraft modelers and aviation enthusiasts.

I want to thank Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) and Casemate for this review sample.

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