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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I was quite disappointed when I received the book. I was expecting something more along the lines of the Haynes car manuals. Cutaways, assembly instructions, specifications, etc. This book has numerous photos of a restored P-51 but not to anything near original.

If you just want photos of a P-51, it's fine. If you want lots of details for building an accurate model, save your money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I've really come to love Haynes' "workshop manuals." They're great books for anyone seriously interested in learning more about the inner workings of historic vehicles, modern-day restoration, and insights into everyday maintenance and use.

That said, this entry in the series is kind of underwhelming. There's a few nice overview diagrams of the aircraft's systems, but as a whole it's lacking in detail. The book seems to take a broad look at the P-51, never really going into the same level of detail many other Haynes titles provide. The sections on the aircraft's anatomy, flying qualities, and maintenance are awfully basic, compared to the Haynes books on the F-86 and Spitfire, to give two examples. Many important aircraft systems are skimmed over in a couple paragraphs, while the section on post-war racing Mustangs goes on for eight pages.

There are plenty of nice photographs, including a nicely done photographic essay on the restoration of P-51D 44-13521 "Marinell," and the stories of wartime P-51 pilots were interesting to read. The checklists at the end, showing every step of a 25-hour and 100-hour inspection, demonstrate how much work it takes to keep a high-performance military aircraft flying. And you thought changing your car's oil was a pain! This book would makes a nice introduction to the type, but kind of falls short as a technical study. Don't go in expecting exploded views of propeller pitch mechanisms, close-ups of the undercarriage locking pins, or diagrams showing the locations of lubricating points, and you might enjoy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Jarrod Cotter and Maurice Hammond's NORTH AMERICAN P-51 MUSTANG, 1940 ONWARDS (ALL MARKS) is supposed to be part of Haynes Publications' OWNERS' WORKSHOP MANUAL series. I say 'supposedly' because it doesn't match up with other Haynes airplane manuals I've seen in the series Nor does it really merit its sub-title: AN INSIGHT INTO OWNING, RESTORING, SERVICING AND FLYING AMERICA'S CLASSIC WORLD WAR II FIGHTER.

In reality this 2010 Haynes Publishing release is more a general history of the P-51 with sections on development, combat ops, aircraft structure and systems, pilots' impressions, etc.

Cotter and Hammond's book is entertaining and informative but it's more an overview of North American's legendary fighter than a guide to owning and operating a P-51. Your call, folks.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
"Owners Workshop Manual" - Are you serious? What a joke. This basically reads like any other airplane book, with history, stories, pictures, etc. The only technical diagrams are just copies out of the real P-51 maintenance manual, which I already have. I have used Haynes manuals before to repair cars, and was expecting this kind of manual. This title falsely represents this book as such.

If you are looking to have an insight and high detail of the inner workings of the P-51, get the US Army maintenance manual, it is about 600 pages and covers most of what you need to know. This is nothing like any "shop manual" I have ever seen, and should not be titled as such.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
It's an interesting addition to my library but falls short of what a P-51 Owners' Workshop Manual could have been. When you consider that a P-51 can almost be built all new today, there could have been much more detailed technical information. The book is probably aimed at a much broader audience that just wants a broad overview.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My grandfather would have loved this. He worked on the P-51D assembly line in Inglewood, Ca. 1944/1945.(he retired from NAA in the early 1980's) Would have brought back some memories for him.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Would like to have seen the markings of the aces and their units. I like the nose art and think more could be provided.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Expected to see stories. Turns out the stories in this book were very poorly edited. Disappointed.Should have spent the money on aviation history magazines.
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