Manuals and Photos
Self Published by the Author
S u m m a r y
|Media and Contents:
||Published as a CD in HTML format by
Jack Parker. Available via the Author's website.
CD ROM; including full maintenance manual, Merlin overhaul manual; 181
detail photos of restored Mustangs; two videos; 33 detail pictures of
helmet and goggles; helmet instriction manual
||USD$30 including postage in the USA
(USD$5 postage elsewhere)
||Comprehensive technical and
specification information via original wartime manuals; helpful detail
photos; videos are a nice touch; covers D, K and Mustang IV variants.
||CD viewing not fully transportable;
no search function; manual pages are very large on-screen (and may cause
||Recommended to modellers who really
want to know the minutiae of P-51D, P-51K and Mustang IV aircraft!
Multimedia publishing is starting to emerge as a legitimate reference area.
This is the fourth CD title to cross the HyperScale review desk in the last
year. Reference CDs have a lot going for them. There are no practical space
limitations (ie, number of "pages"), no cost implications for large numbers of
colour photos, the ability to provide video and audio and the choice of small
production runs for niche interest areas.
The P-51D/K can hardly be described as a niche interest. The Mustang must
rank as one of the most recognised and admired aircraft in history. However,
Jack Parker has taken a very specific look at this broad subject in his new CD
publication, "P-51 Mustang - Manuals and Photos".
The title accurately summarises the contents of the disk. Variants covered on
the CD are the P-51D, P-51K and the British Mustang IV.
The core of the publication is the original wartime 500 page maintenance
manual and the 800 page manual for the Packard Merlin. Each page has been
scanned as a high resolution image. Navigation is by way of a frame to the left
of the screen that permits each section to be selected, then the individual page
can be enlarged from the main window. There can be no doubt about the quality
and detail of the reproduction of the pages. The main problem is that the images
are very large on screen. I have a 17" screen with resolution set at 1028 x 768
pixels, and I still only see around a quarter of each page at a time. This means
that I have to scroll to read the whole page. Printing will be complicated due
to this size too.
However, the content of these manuals will satisfy the curiosity of the most
pedantic modeller about almost any dimensional, technical or maintenance aspect
of this famous aircraft.
Also included are over 180 close-up photos of two Mustangs under restoration.
There are plenty of details on display that are usually hidden behind panels,
including the engine, radios and structural details.
The content is rounded out with two short videos of a restored Mustang
starting up and taxing, 33 terrific detail photos of the typical Mustang pilot's
flight helmet and goggles, and even the manual for the helmet!
The CD auto-plays on its own browser when it is placed in the CD drive of
your computer. Navigation is fairly straightforward, and the style of
presentation is appropriately simple - no fancy bells and whistles to distract
the reader. There is no text search facility on the CD, but this would be of
limited value anyway as each page of the manual is presented as an image file.
However, the manuals themselves do have an index section, so this will assist in
the location of any specific information.
Jack Parker's "P-51D Mustang Manuals and Photos" CD will be an ideal
companion to the Mustang fanatic who just has to know where every nut and
bolt is located, and the torque pressure that needs to be applied to each!
Recommended to real Mustang fanatics.
Thanks to Jack Parker for the review sample.
This CD is available from
the Author's webpage
Review Copyright © 2000 by Brett
This Page Created on 08 December, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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