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Jukka Juutinen

Title: The Merlin in Perspective 4th edition

Author: Alec Harvey-Bailey

Publisher: Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust

Pages: approx. 200 in A5 format


Price: 9.00 non-members, 6.00 members


          This small softbound volume is of great value for rivet counters like me. It describes the wartime experiences on the Merlin in great detail. It has a short section on the early development but the main focus is how the Merlin fared in service, how it was developed, what were the troubles encountered and what kind of modifications were required to cure them. Engine installations and their peculiarities are discussed as well. It is illustrated with a bunch of technical drawings and photographs. The 4th edition has numerous appendices. Especially important and useful are the facsimiles from the RR Aero Engine Data Book describing the structural and performance differences of various marks of the Merlin in a very handy and consistent form. That set of data charts is continued in the "Merlin 100 srs" volume of the series. I will review this later.

         The best way to obtain this (and others in the series) book is to join the RRHT. Current annual membership fee is the ridiculously low 6. That includes the Archive, a small A5 magazine appearing three times a year.

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