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Volume 2 P-38 Lightning
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USD$23.00 from Buffie's Best website
||Impressive content on
the P-38 Lightning including multi-media (eg DVD interviews with pilots); reference list;
packed with restoration photos; ideal for modellers
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Reviewed by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
The second volume
of the Buffie’s Best Restoration series is everything P-38 and more.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Buffie’s Best CDs, they
are the best collection of reference photos; both original WWII and
modern aircraft are contained in one place. Add to this model photos,
restoration photos, photos of every version are included, especially the
photo recon and experimental aircraft. This CD is THE essential
reference for the P-38 modeler and historian. The CD is broken down into
chapters, some examples include WWII propaganda posters featuring the
P-38, interviews on recovering aircraft, interviews with combat pilots
and their recollections.
Upon loading the CD into the CD drive you are treated to a wonderful
computer generated P-38 doing a mission. This is followed up with the
chapter list. There is so much stuff here there is no way you can view
it in one sitting. The amount of information is overwhelming. This is
what a reference CD is supposed to be. It is not just a walk around, but
it is everything P-38. As an example, the CD even has some photos of the
extra tank cars. That is the level of research contained on the CD. Some
of the noted features include the top pilots, their aircraft, and their
stories. A complete listing of all the surviving P-38s, flyable,
non-flyable and those still sitting in the bush to be recovered are
If you like maintenance manuals and pilots handbooks, this CD contains
loads of information, some in PDF format. There are restored instrument
panels for every version, including the prototypes.
Of course, with a restoration CD you need to have restoration photos.
There are plenty. Photos of the Planes of Fame aircraft and Glacier Girl
are included. Everything a super detailer could want or possibly need.
New to this release is an additional DVD with interviews of P-38 pilots.
This is very interesting and each pilot reveals personal stories from
WWII. The one that stands out is the pilot who logged co-pilot time in a
single seat P-38. I am familiar with a P-51 that landed on the continent
but I’ve never heard about a P-38 doing it. The interviews contain very
interesting stories and are a nice addition to this CD.
If you want a one-stop shop for anything P-38, this is the only
reference you will ever need. I can’t tell you enough good things about
this wonderful product. If you’ve read this far then you know I loved
this CD/DVD. There is so much stuff on this CD that it is almost
impossible to tell you everything, so check it out. You will not be
If you haven’t bought the Bf-109 CD, buy both! I keep the Bf-109 CD
loaded in my computer for quick reference when I have questions and now
the P-38 CD will be loaded in the other drive.
I highly recommend this CD/DVD to anyone, but it is especially great for
the modeler. Let me reiterate: This CD is THE essential reference for
the P-38 modeler and historian.
The CD/DVD can be purchased directly from Buffie’s Best at
by phoning them at 720-200-9122.
Thanks to Derek Brown of Buffie's Best
for the review sample
Review Copy provided by Derek Brown,
creator and owner of:
8716 East Frontier Place
Denver, Colorado 80237
(720) 200-9122 (phone, fax)
Review Text Copyright © 2005 by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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