The P-51 Mustang as flown by the RAF
and Commonwealth air forces is the subject of Model Alliance's second issue
in their new 'Profiles' series.
'Profile' number 2 certainly follows
Model Alliance's stated objective of complementing existing material. If
anything, it goes further as there is coverage of many aircraft that will
not be familiar to nine out of ten Mustang fans.
The book consists of 30 pages
devoted to profiles covering the aircraft as well as two pages covering the
decal sheet that Model Alliance plans on releasing at a later date.
Coverage is provided for 76 different Mustangs ranging from Mk 1s through
to Mk IVs.
is provided for machines of the Royal Air Force (including the Polish
squadrons), Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal
Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the South African Air
Force. The colour schemes span all theatres of WWII, the immediate post-war
period, the Korean War and the 1950s.
By far the lion's share of profiles
are of WWII RAF machines and there are some real surprises here as far as
the dispelling of long held beliefs as to exactly how the early Mustangs
were painted. There are some real unusual schemes amongst the Mk IVs too.
How does olive drab over ANA 602 with blue spinner and anti-glare sound or
ocean grey, dark green, medium sea grey with yellow spinner and canopy frame
with yellow-outlined squadron codes?
The layout of the book is such that,
the left hand page shows five side views with the right hand page showing
both left and right-hand side views as well as plan views of the upper and
lower surfaces of a single machine. Enlargements of squadron badges and any
pertinent markings are also included.
Detailed text accompanies each
profile. The text describes the aircraft's colour scheme using commonly
known paint names that modellers will be familiar with. Importantly, the
text also guides you through the seemingly myriad variations to RAF roundels
and fin flashes.
Readers will be familiar with some
of the aircraft depicted however; the vast majority of them are illustrated
for the first time. This comment is especially true of the latter schemes
worn by the Mk 1 Mustangs.
book is printed on good quality A-4 sized paper with stiff cardboard covers
The pages and covers are held together with staples. The back cover folds
out and the fold-out page has a colour chart of the colours used on the
illustrated aircraft. Of special note are the matches to the Du-Pont paint
range that were used on the early Mk 1s.
If a criticism can be levelled, it
would have to be that the colours used for the profiles seem to be a little
washed out. Perhaps this is peculiar to my copy as it is a pre-release
sample. I would not be surprised if this is the case as the cover
illustrations appear to be closer to the expected mark – have a look at the
accompanying scans of the pages and compare them to the scan of the cover
and you will see what I mean.
This is another excellent 'Profile'
from Model Alliance. The price is exactly right for what you are
receiving. The only downside I see to purchasing this book is the
inevitable follow-on costs of the purchase of Accurate Miniature Mustangs
and Ultracast early Mustang conversions you will be up for once you have
read it and have been motivated into building a few of the illustrated