By Rich Dann
The P-40 has become popular
with the modeling companies again lately with a number of new
variants in different scales being produced. The old P-40 In
Action was OK, but there were some inaccuracies and some of
the photos really love something to be desired.
Rich Dann has written a number
of the In Action books and this book follows the typical format
with a Don Greer painting on each cover, there are some of the
best paintings I have seen from him in quite a while. The book
is 60 pages long, one deviation from the older series is there
are four pages of color profiles.
There are concise histories
of each variant covering their history and use, also covering
some of the variants that didn't appear in the original book
under each variant, he will also give some information on the
different countries that flew that particular variant. Rich
also has a little coverage of the TP-40N trainer which is quite
a forgotten in most books. The coverage of the XP-40Q is better
than the original book.
I didn't examine the original
and new book side by side, but I didn't recognize any of the
photos as being the same. Virtually all of the photos are very
clear which is a large step up over the original book in which
a lot of them looked faded or cloudy.
Rich did all of the line drawings
and color profiles for the inside of the book, I was in contact
with him for part of the time he was writing the book, so I
know how much effort he put into making sure the color profiles
would be correct. By using four pages for the color profiles,
he has put them lengthwise on the book, three to a page, making
them larger and easier to discern some of the detail for the
markings. The profiles will be a real blessing to modelers looking
for a different scheme than what usually comes with the kits.
So, if you have the original
book, is this one worth getting. I would definitely have to
say yes. I had literally worn my original book out and it was
falling apart and I was going to replace it when I heard this
book was being made. Virtually all new photos as well as the
photos being so much clearer than the original and the excellent
variety of color profiles makes this book worth having in your