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Consolidated Mess: The Illustrated Guide to Nose-turreted B-24 Production Variants in USAAF Combat Service (White Series Book 9115) Kindle Edition
This book describes the development of nose-turreted versions of the B-24 as used by the USAAF, from field modification of early variants through to the many production versions built by Consolidated, Ford, and others, up to the definitive single-tailed B-24N. All aspects of the airframe are covered, from nose to tail, and the bewildering variety of turrets, guns, windows and other areas are described and illustrated. Much of this information has never been published before, and much that has been published is incomplete or inaccurate.
Profusely illustrated with photos and detailed scale drawings, this book provides aviation enthusiasts and modelers the first complete guide to this major warplane. Future volumes will cover early versions without nose turrets, transport and anti-submarine versions, and non-USAAF variants.
“… probably one of the best, and most descriptive, titles for a modeling/aircraft reference book I have seen… an absolutely dizzying combination of nose turrets, tail turrets, waist guns, belly turrets and guns, and other modifications/design changes made to the B-24. The book goes into great detail of each step in the process, and the author makes every attempt to explain the differences clearly for each new piece of this puzzle. Crystal-clear photos many previously unpublished, as well as a huge number of line drawings (with differences highlighted in red) accompany a very clear descriptions… amount of research this author has conducted is admirable, and the results show.”
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About the Author
Griffith is Professor of Building at the School of Construction, Sheffield Hallam University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07CYX2WW6
- Publisher : MMPBooks (March 30, 2012)
- Publication date : March 30, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 41005 KB
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- Print length : 156 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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Lastly, there is a section on the B-24's final design configuration, the B-24N, with its single vertical tail and revised nose glazing, and oddities, including Allen O. Kelly's patent application, dated June 13, 1944, for a twin fuselage, six-engined B-24, zwilling that is bound to tempt the most jaded modeler. Somebody will do this one, I guarantee.
The author indicates that a second volume is currently in preparation to pick up where he left off. I can't wait.
The book proper however is a "rivet counter's" dream. The author goes through in painstaking detail the external appearance differences of the various nose turreted B-24 variants in USAAF service. All details discussed are well illustrated either photographically, with contemporary technical manual illustrations, and/or the author's own high quality profiles. The variants covered begin with the depot modified B-24Ds and continue through the G, H, J, L, M, and N. The author is not content just to point out changes but also delves into the tactical, technical, industrial, and/or political reasons for the various changes. The author makes it clear that there are numerous unanswered questions remaining and is quite clear where fact ends and speculation begins.
Throughout the book a "Volume II" covering the greenhouse variants is referred to. This is very welcome news and I look forward to reading it. Also mentioned are possible volumes on US Navy and British versions. Bring them on.
It should be mentioned that one of the profiles was accidentally omitted from the book but is available on the MMP website and can be printed out and slipped into the book.
Complaints are few and are more in the line of what I would have preferred to have than actually deficiencies. There are no plan views in the book (except for an interesting twin B-24 concept) and no color profiles for modelling subjects. These are unusual editorial choices for MMP and highlights how different this book is from their usual fare.
It can be deduced from the author's writing style that he is an American which is also a first for MMP which usually feature British or Polish authors. It would be interesting to know if MMP was the author's first choice for publisher. It seems more a Specialty Press or Midland kind of book.
All in all, the book is outstanding, and can be highly recommended to anyone with the slightest interest in the details of this aircraft. It is literally packed with information.
More B-24s were produced than any other US aircraft during WWII, and with 3 Different companies producing the aircraft (Consolidated, North American, Ford) the planes development took many twists and turns and was full of detail nuances as different manufacturers chose different ways to mass produce and modify the aircraft to meet the needs learned from bloody combat experience.
The book is dedicated to the B-24, but i understand subsequent volumes will cover the C-87 and C-109 transport/ tanker variants. A title on the Navy PB4Y-1 may be in the works; i can't remember.
Those seeking an authoritative reference on the later Navy PB4Y-2 Privateer are advised to check out Nicholas Veronico's book on the Privateer in the Steve Ginter Naval Fighters series.
Highly recommended to people who like the B-24. Excellent value for money as a modelling reference tool.
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Alan Griffith has obviously gone to great lengths in his research, and this is brought to the reader in a clear, concise, but highly detailed fashion, with the myths dissolved, and the facts presented in chronological order, with much detailed information never before revealed.
Each and every change and modification is described and illustrated, with good photographs and scale drawings for every version produced, and after just the first initial scan of this book, I was already able to identify sub-models by such things as, for example, the navigator's window, or paint pattern.
For anyone with an interest in the B-24 Liberator, and especially artists and scale modellers, this is an essential reference, and is highly recommended.
I would have preferred less discussion on the number of bolts surrounding windows and more discussion on the "throw away remark" that the 8th USAAF got rid of the B24's in 1944. Why?
In spite of being the most produced US heavy bomber of the 2ww, it has always been overshadowed by the inferior B17, and I would like to have seen more of its combat history, even most of the illustrations are drawn from the 7th USAAF in the Pacific theatre.
This is a very good modellers guide though, and the illustrations are excellent, while the attention to detail is breathtaking. However it is not an operational record of the plane.