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North American A-36A Apache

North American A-36A Apache Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review July 2012 Title North American A-36A Apache
Author Przemyslaw Skulski Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2012 ISBN 978-83-61421-45-0
Format 128 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £15.99


MMP’s absorbing account details the first P-51 Mustang version in USAAF service – the Allison-powered A-36A “Apache” fighter-bomber.

Text traverses the total tale in 128 pithy pages.  Historical notes recap design, development, and operational use over Sicily, Italy, and the CBI.  Readers meet the sole Apache ace – Lt Michael T. Russo – and a handful of borrowed 12th AF examples in RAF employ.  A-36 trainers and racers even take brief bows.

Coverage then turns meaty for modelers.  Author Skulski seasons his superb study with technical minutiae, dozens of color vintage and detail shots, period photography, drawings from Apache service manuals, and 1:48 and 1:32 plans.  A selective bibliography and 18 pages of gorgeous artwork by the matchless Juanita Franzi conclude this vital volume.

Building ACCURATE MINIATURES’ or HOBBYCRAFT’s kits?  Make MMP’s North American A-36A Apache your guide to this fascinating fighter.  I certainly have.

Rabidly recommended.

With thanks to MMP Books for the review copy.