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B-36 Peacemaker in detail & scale - D&S Vol. 47 Paperback – December, 1997
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"This is the ""B-36 Peacemaker in Detail & Scale"" Book from Squadron/Signal Publications. Author: Jim Mesko FEATURES: An excellent perfect bound paperback reference. Development and operational history with detailed coverage of the cockpit
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The book is illustrated with numerous black and white photographs and diagrams, some of which are from the original manuals, and there is a color section with 25 pictures of the interior of a "Peacemaker" in actual use, showing all the instruments in place - unlike more modern images where the panels have suffered from the ravages of time. This includes details of the crew uniforms and interior color scheme, which I wish I had seen BEFORE building my own model RB-36H.
Modellers are well looked after, with a set of five-view drawings in 1/288 scale (measurements are provided for other more common scales as well), lots of detail views of the undercarriage and other components not normally shown in USAF publicity shots, and diagrams and photographs of the remote-controlled cannons (later removed from nearly all the active planes) which I had not seen in other books. Details of antennae and rigging, ECM fixtures, the color and location of the formation lights - the list goes on.
A separate section at the end of book deals with the model kits available (at the time of publishing) and critical reviews of each together with suggestions as to the modifications required to construct a more accurate replica of the selected B-36 variant. There are lots of advanced guidelines for the dedicated modeller (such as where to drill holes in the top of the bomb bay to simulate the bomb hoists - as far as I know, these are not mentioned in any other reference!).
Given the format, this is a very comprehensive treatment of what was the world's biggest bomber (and represented by the world's biggest model kit at the time - Revell 1:72 Rb-36H Peacemaker), and an excellent reference for the serious hobbyist.