Single No. 01. Bell P-39Q Airacobra

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Book Author(s)
Dariusz Karnas, Artur Juszczak
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No. 01
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This is the first release in a new series by Mushroom Model Publications. I am a big fan of their products, so I looked forward to reviewing this book. It is a softcover publication of 24 pages, 6 of which are in color. The cover is a heavy card stock with a color top view of a Russian P-39Q. There are also color side and bottom views of the same aircraft in the book.

The text in the book is limited to photo captions. There are 36 black and white pictures along with 10 color pictures. The pictures are of a good size and of good quality throughout. There is a mixture of walk around style photos from restored aircraft and wartime photos of U.S. aircraft in the Pacific theater. A couple of the photos are of P-39s undergoing maintenance and show several areas of the aircraft exposed.

There are eight pages of technical drawings and plans in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale. There is a page that contains two large pictures of the Allison engine that appear to be from a technical manual. Two of the black and white pages are devoted to good pictures of the cockpit interior. The color section contains a couple of nice photos of the nose guns with the nose panels removed to show lots of detail.

In a few instances, the translation of the captions leaves a little to be desired. One caption refers the reader to compare the image to that on page 93. Not an easy task in a 24-page book.

Overall, this is a quality product at a reasonable price. The photos of the aircraft under maintenance will give some modelers inspiration for a diorama, and the color profile aircraft would make an interesting and different subject to build. If you are looking for a history of the P-39, then this book is not for you. But if you need some additional technical and walk around information for your next P-39 build, this would make a great addition to your library. Many thanks to MMP for the opportunity to review this book.


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