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Polish Aircraft (1939) Instrument Panels

Published: March 10th, 2017     
Polish Aircraft (1939) Instrument Panels
Author: Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Dariusz Karnas is a skilled modeller and amateur aviation historian. He lives in Przemysl, Poland. He has authored or contributed colour plates and / or scale drawings for over one hundred publications. These include MMP's Polish Wings, Scale Plans, and Inside series as well as books in the MMP Yellow series: Fieseler 156 Storch 1938-1945 (2012) and Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 (2004). You can find Dariusz Karnas on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/people/Dariusz-Karnas/100008987326348 .

This is the third volume of the "Inside" series of books featuring the instrument panels of various Polish WWII aircraft. MMP Books previously released Vol 1 which covered the Bf-109F-4, Bf-110E, Fi-156 Storch, Fw-190A-3, Hs-123, and the Ju-88A-4. Volume 2 featured the Bf-109E, Me-262A, Ju-87A, He-111, Hs-126 and the Do-17.

Black Box Canberras – British Test and Trials Canberras 1951-1994

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
Black Box Canberras – British Test and Trials Canberras 1951-1994
Author: Dave Forster
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

The English Electric Canberra needs no introduction to anyone familiar with post-World War II military aircraft. Originally entering service in the early 1950's it served with many air forces around the world (including the United States Air Force as the B-57 Canberra) for many years.

Almost from the beginning of its service with the Royal Air Force, the Canberra was used as a testbed for a wide variety of aircraft systems and weapons, ranging from airborne radar systems, to air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, airborne reconnaissance systems, and even ejection seat testing. Dave Forster has collected a wealth of information regarding the various British test programs that the Canberra participated in and presents it in a very well organized and informative way.

North American P-51D (Mustang) Book Review

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
North American P-51D (Mustang) Book Review
Author: Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: 
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

The North American P-51D requires little if any introduction, however reference material for it is always sought after. This book is intended to cover all bubbletop variants: -D, -K, CAC production and Cavalier production.

The book is broken down in a logical way, having a 2-page introduction to the type (as I said, it does not need much introduction). Then it goes into the production series, with the -D and -K series as the main versions covered while the CAC (Australian) and Cavalier production are also covered, but not as in depth as the previous versions.  You get many 1/72nd scale drawings of all the different production series.

A really interesting section is a comparison of performance with other fighters of the same time: Bf-109G, Mc.202, Fw-190, P-47 and Spitfire. Let's be clear, this is not a "how will win a dogfight", but rather a comparison on climb rates, weight, speed, ceiling and such.

Colt Single-Action Revolvers

Published: February 25th, 2017     
Colt Single-Action Revolvers
Author: Martin Pegler; Illustrator: Mark Stacey, Alan Gilliland
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Martin Pegler graduated from University College (London) with a Medieval and Modern History BA and a Museum Studies MA. Martin spent twenty years as the Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. He is an aficionado of historic firearms and thoroughly enjoys shooting them. In his spare time he runs motorcycle tours out of the Somme Historical Center of the battlefield. He has authored many books on military firearms and has been prolific in contributing to magazines and television shows. His books include: The Military Sniper Since 1914 (2001), Firearms in the American West 1700-1900 (2002), Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper (2004), The Lee-Enfield Rifle (2012), The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun (2013), Winchester Lever-Action Rifles (2015) He and his wife ran a bed and breakfast in the Somme (France) until January 1, 2017. You can see more at his website: www.martinpegler.com.

Axis Aircraft in Latin America

Published: February 22nd, 2017     
Axis Aircraft in Latin America
Author: Amaru Tincopa and Santiago Rivas
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Specialty Press

During the 1920 and 1930's most Latin American countries started developing air routes and air services; at the same time that their own armed forces started developing their air arms.That fledgling market brought intense competition from industrial countries, including Germany and Italy, which landed significant contracts for both military and civilian aircraft.

This book is organized into 16 chapters, basically one chapter per country, plus a handful of special chapters like "Visitors" (i.e aircraft not operated by Latin American countries but that made special visits to Latin America), Axis Airline Services, Survivors, etc. In this section is where the only Japanese aircraft in Latin America is found.

Most of the airframes in service were either German or Italian, with a strong presence of Focke-Wulf 44J, Junkers 52, plus a very large collection of Fiats, Capronis and Bredas. While the book covers both military and civilian service, there is limited coverage of combat actions as there were -somewhat- limited air combat activities during the 1930's in Latin America.