- File Size: 16107 KB
- Print Length: 128 pages
- Publisher: MMPBooks; Pck edition (March 19, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M0V5RBB
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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt "Bubbletop" (Yellow Series) Kindle Edition
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This is my second Mushroom Model Publication Yellow Series book and for the hobbyist this is a well formulated book.
The book is divided up into sections.
First section describes the various production blocks of the "bubbletop" P-47s - the late P-47D, the P-47M, and P-47N models. It has some very well done line drawings, black and white photographs, specifications, etc.
Second section deals with the technical description which is very short and to the point. Also in this section you will find production numbers and delivery to foreign countries and other data.
The last section is called general view and is divided up in subsections of fuselage, wing, canopy,armament...etc. This is the largest part of the book and the most detailed section with many well thought out diagrams taken from manuals and photos from preserved planes. For the hobbyist this will probably be the most valuable part of the book, giving very rich details.
Conclusion: This is a book designed with the hobbyist in mind and hits that market square on. My only complaint and why it does not get 5 stares is some of the pictures could have been larger. It is not the fault of the author but the publication size which I believe dictated picture size and placement. If it were possible I would give it 41/2 stars for no book to date has done such a fine job in detailing the P-47 "bubbletop"; I would love to see an addition of the P-47 "razor" back from this author and publisher.
The only other recommendation I could give for a book for detailing the P-47 is the following P-47 Thunderbolt - Walk Around No. 11 andP-47 Thunderbolt in detail & scale - D&S Vol. 54.
Final point reading from a previous review I see that this is a 2nd addition of the book, I have not seen the first addition.
Conceptually the design of the P-47 was fairly simple. First get the biggest, most powerful engine available, the Prat & Whitney R-2800 (2800 cubic inches displacement). Then turbo supercharge it, and wrap an airframe around the whole thing. Oh yes, put in a pilot, radio and eight .50 caliber machine guns. To fit all this in the smallest possible airframe, put the pilot behind the engine and the supercharger behind the pilot with ducts running under the pilot. The result was a high performance, low wing monoplane that was the heaviest, largest, most heavily armed fighter of World War II.
The P-47 was probably not quite as good as the P51 Mustang, but there were people who liked it better and indeed it continued in front line operation until the end of the war. My guess is that one reason the P-47 was so popular was that the cockpit was much larger than in the smaller planes. A pilot six feet or more in height could fit in the P-47 comfortbly while his head would hit the top of the canopy in many other planes, and in the Messerschmidt Bf (Me) 109 he probably could not even get into the cockpit.
This book is fairly standard in format for this publisher. It has a section in text that talks about the plane, including all of the different versions. Then there are drawings and photographs of the plane, some from WW II days, others more recent color photographs of preserved planes. The printing and the paper quality is high.
This is a slightly expanded version of a previous Yellow Series book (number 6118). Besides a modest expansion of 32 pages, it also has two unbound fold out sheets depicting the aircraft in 1/48th and 1/32nd scales. If buying second hand make sure these sheets are included.
As in the case of the first edition this book is not a really satisfactory history of late model P-47s but its main attraction will be to modellers of the type. The latter community will be well served by this book. If you own the previous version, the main attraction will be the bigger scale drawings. There is little reason to "upgrade" otherwise.