North American P-51D Mustang Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||July 2009||Title||North American P-51D Mustang|
|Author||Robert Peczkowski||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||152 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£13.99|
Mushroom Model Publications is a company that until recently was based in Redbourn, Herts UK. They just moved to Petersfield, Hants UK. Their books on aircraft, and few armor subjects are all printed by Stratus in Sandomierz Poland in the English language. The book is in MMP’s usual 9” x 6 ½” page format for their series of aircraft books, and is 152 pages long.
This latest Yellow Series book from Mushroom Models Publications (MMP) describes the design and development of the P-51D Mustang, the most iconic and successful American fighter of WWII. Details of the –K variant and the CAC versions built in Australia are also included. The extensive operational history of the Mustang in WWII, Korea and elsewhere has been told many times, so this book concentrates on the technical details. Differences between production blocks are described, backed up by 1/72nd scale plans, of which there are 5 side profiles and three 2-views.
A very extensive walk-around section in color covers all aspects of the airframe, combining wartime photos and 31 excerpts from technical manuals and color photos of many restored Mustangs. Midwest Aero Restoration’s P-51D-30-NA, serial no. 44-74452, N74190 “Jack’s Go Buggy” is extensively pictured. It is reckoned by many to be the most authentic P-51D current flying. Mike VanBoncour of Midwest lent a lot of assistance to the making of this book Steve Atkin also provided photos of the detail work being carried out on Peter Teichmans “Jumping Jaques” (P-51D-20-NA, G-SIJJ) to a similar standard.
The book contains 52 black and white photos, 3 data charts and 31 illustrations out of P-51 tech manuals. There are several color shots of the inside of cockpits of the P-51D that will also prove to be valuable to modelers. The Mustang has always been one of my favorite aircrafts. This is truly one whale of a book.