Spotlight On NAA P-51 Mustang

Published on
December 18, 2023
Review Author(s)
Book Author(s)
Tomasz Kaca
Other Publication Information
Hardbound, 48 pages, all pictures in color.
Provided by: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site

This book is the 28th in MMP’s Spotlight On series, and consists of 23 full-color plates showing 23 different famous P-51 Mustang fighters, splendidly depicted by Polish aviation artist, Tomasz Kaca. Each plate shows the aircraft in question in the air above a variety of landscapes and featuring various WWII theatres. Each plate is accompanied by a short caption naming the aircraft and its identity, the pilot and his unit. There are no other words in the book, not even an introduction.

While the plates are splendidly rendered, I have two issues with the book. Firstly, the plates are split across the spine of the book and while it is easy enough to ‘break’ the spine so it lays flat, it does rather spoil the effect. Perhaps this type of book is better served by a landscape format rather than portrait.

Secondly, and this is a personal stylistic issue, is that all the plates show the aircraft from the port front quarter – there is very little variety in the ‘poses’ of the subject aircraft. Having some starboard side or tail-on views would have added a bit of variety and perhaps dynamism to the plates. Of course, these are subjective issues; YMMV.

It is not really a modelling book, but will nevertheless provide some inspiration for those wishing to model a P-51. My thanks to Casemate and MMP for the review sample.


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