I just wrote this letter to the publisher, whom I know to correspond with (though we've never met). This is about P-40 Warhawk by Dana Bell, Aircraft Pictorial #5, published by Classic Warship Publishing, Steve Wiper, publisher.
To Steve Wiper: Kudos to you for publishing this, and to
Dana Bell for pulling it together and writing it. I have been all but
obsessed with the P-40-series of aircraft (especially the early
long-nose versions) for as long as I can remember, and I've bought and
devoured, usually more than once, every book I've ever been able to find
on the P-40, the P-36 and Curtiss fighters in general.
that to say this. I learned more that I never dreamed was out there
from this slim volume than from any other source, bar-none. It was
truly illuminating - not just about the wing fillets (though Dana is
probably right that nobody had ever noticed them before) but in lots of
other areas as well. A superb book, one I already cherish and one I'll
keep referring back to.
I seldom write to authors or publishers,
but I got the book earlier today in the mail, read it cover to cover
over dinner in a burger joint, and got home just in time to write you.
That ended the letter. Let me add this.
book has a remarkable collection of photos I've never seen before
(again, that's rare as I have an extensive library of books on the P-40
series of aircraft) - and the photos are both color and B&W. Each
one is carefully and fully identified, making this book remarkably
useful to historians and modelers.
Right now, I'm writing a
multi-part novel about the air war in the Pacific during the first year
of WW-II, when these early-model P-40s flew in combat, and this book
will be very helpful to me in "getting it right." But more than that,
this book was informative, illuminating and insightful - I learned a
lot. Buy it, read it, and you will too.
BTW - the novel can be
found here on Amazon - just search my name and you'll see several
titles, all eBook selections from the long novel (1,600 pages and
counting - think Web Griffith).