S u m m a r y
||Yellow Series No 6109 - Lockheed
||Soft cover; B5 format; 112 pages plus covers
USD$17.97 from Squadron.com
||Sensible layout; helpful photos and
line drawings; profiles; good value reference for this aircraft.
Reviewed by Rodger
"P-38 Lightning" Book is
available online from Squadron.com
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) in their Yellow Series – No 6109 covers
the Lockheed P-38 Lightning J through L. The book is both published and
printed in Poland, the text howevwer is exclusively in the English
the title says that the book covers the J through L it actually covers the
J, L, M, the Droop Snoot, the Pathfinder and reconnaissance versions of
follows the normal MMP Yellow Series format and gives a potted coverage of
the P-38's history, production and employment as an introduction and then
launches into a comprehensive coverage of the Lightning from the J model
onwards. My bet is that MMP have another book in the pipeline and this
one will cover the earlier versions.
The text is
sensibly laid out and easy to follow. It includes a written description of
each version as well as descriptions of individual production blocks and a
list of what serials belonged to what production block. Line drawings in
1/72 scale illustrate each of the sub-types with larger drawings in 1/48
scale of the centre pod.
Major P-38 aces
are covered in a three-page section that list their victories, awards
earned, the theatre/Air Force in which they operated, their unit and
aircraft's name. 12 black and white photographs illustrate some of these
pilots and their aircraft.
description of each type there are 48 pages bearing both colour and black
and white photographs, in a “walk around” type format that cover each part
of the airframe.
The final 27 pages
are devoted colour profiles of 17 different P-38s. 12 of them are given a
two coverage that show side profile as well as a plan view of the upper
surfaces. Whilst most of these are well known, there are a couple of new
ones amongst them.
The book is B5 in
size-240x165 mm (the same size as the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series)
comprises 112 pages printed on good quality glossy paper between cardboard
As with all of the
MMP Yellow Series I've seen so far, it is good book and gives value for
money. It not only provides great reference pics to assist you in
building and detailing a model, it also gives you an understanding of the
aircraft and the differences between each sub variant.
If you want a look
at some of the pages and a selection of the colour profiles go to the MMP
web site at
All Mushroom Model Publications
books are available direct from
the publishers, who now accept credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex, Switch)
North American distributors are Squadron/MMD, Australian distributors are
Platypus Publications. In Europe, the books are available from any good bookshop
(via our UK distributors, Orca). Contact MMP direct in case of difficulties.
Thanks to Roger
at Mushroom Model Magazine for the sample.
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