If you detect a hint of a British flavor to this book, you're right. Jim Newman, the well-accomplished author, illustrator, and cartoonist of this book was born in Great Britain and grew up during WW II surrounded by aviation. It was a foregone conclusion that airplanes would be his life's work, whether full size or model. For years after the war he flew for the Royal Air Force (RAF), then as an engineer at British Aerospace. He came to the United States to work for Carl Goldberg Models in 1971. Since then his encyclopedic knowledge of aviation, his experience as a glider pilot and instructor as well as his inimitable artistic abilities have made a considerable contribution to American modelers in his extensive writing, his illustrations, and his design ability, not to mention his excellent droll British humor. This is a book that any aviation enthusiast will savor with Jim's experienced insight into some very interesting aircraft.
North American P-51 Mustang
"John Bell's drawing illustrates the classic (in the writer's humble opinion) 'birdcage canopy' version of the P-51. As already stated in the Foreword I promised that the reader would not see a procession of Cubs and -51s, the writer begs your indulgence in this instance because, among modelers, this version of the P-51 is the Cinderella of the marque. The -51D has little variety to commend it except in markings or in what one cares to suspend beneath the wings, whereas the earlier models can readily support a game of Mix n' Match."
Supermarine Spiteful XIV
"The classic, elliptical wing of the Spitfire reached its nineteenth mark number, then bowed out of the scene. In the search for more performance and better handling, slide rule cursors whizzed back and forth, pencils smoked and miles of beautiful blue tracing linen were consumed. The resulting new wing and redesigned airframe were so radically different many strongly felt the airframe was no longer that of a Spitfire, and that a new name should be chosen. However, the name remained right up to the last of the breed... The Spitfire F.24. What followed then, with straight lines to leading and trailing edges, was so unlike a Spitfire that a new 'handle' was inevitable... Spiteful."
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