North American P-51D (Mustang) Book Review

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
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Front Cover
Author: Robert Peczkowski
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Company: Mushroom Model Publications
ISBN #: 978-83-65281-24-3
Other Publication Information: Hardcover, 152 pages, 31 color profiles, 2 top views, 3 illustrations, B&W period photos and color photos from museum examples. 1/72 scale plans
Price: $25.00

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.

Finally the book has an exhaustive section "In Detail", which includes close-up pictures of surviving examples, drawings from maintenance manuals and some artistic depictions of the airplane interior, including a great drawing of the instrument panel.

The bibliography for the P-51 Mustang is ample so it is difficult to say if this book is "the best" of its type. However I have no doubts this book is an excellent reference book on the late mark Mustangs. Profusely illustrated with B&W and color pictures and 30+ color profiles this book is a source of inspiration for modelers

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Model Mushroom Publisher and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

  • Scale Drawing
    Scale Drawing
  • Mustang Photo Example
    Mustang Photo Example
  • Profiles
    Profiles
  • Detail Page Example
    Detail Page Example
  • Control Panel
    Control Panel
  • Fighter Comparison
    Fighter Comparison