Kagero | North American P-51D/K Mustang and Cavalier F-51D conversion

Reviewed by Kevin Williams

Publisher: Kagero
Author: Paweł Matysiak
Publishing date: 2011
ISBN: 978-83-61220-87-9

For me, the SMI Library series books from Kagero, represent great value for money, featuring great archive imagery from WWII regarding the chosen subject, many of which I’ve never seen before. Also included in every book, are great decals, printed by Cartograf of Italy, further enhancing the value of this series, as well as several marvelous illustrations of chosen and representative subjects, along with a choice few color photos.

This particular book (No. 03 in the series), depicts the venerable and iconic North American P-51D/K Mustang, and it’s chock full of representative material; live in air shots, as well as many photos on the ground (sometimes wrecked all to heck), and as a bonus, has a nice color shot of one of my all-time favorite Mustangs, “Sherman was Right”, from the 78th FG, serial number 44-63209. Rounding out this volume, is a rather nice collection of plan and profile color illustrations.

Typical Photo Quality to be Found Throughout

The Lovely Decal Sheet (Cartograf of Italy)

To me, the high point of these volumes (and this one is no exception), is a tossup between the great photographs (a few in WWII color), and the splendid decal sheets, the latter being selections of specific airframes depicted within the book itself.

For me to loudly proclaim that these books are a desirable addition to the aviation library, is nothing more than an honest appraisal of what I feel is the great value these books bring to the table.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this book as a 10, no question about it. There are currently two more volumes in the series that I don’t yet have (P-40 Warhawk and F6F Hellcat), but I’ll be adding them to my personal library as soon as I’m able, I enjoy them that much.

© Kevin Williams 2014

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This review was published on Friday, April 25 2014; Last modified on Wednesday, February 24 2016