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CLASSY BIPLANE

88 pages

Fokker D.VII

By: TJ Kowalski, S Grzywocz, D Majsak

ISBN: 978-83-65437-67-9

Price: €18.75 Format: A4

Web: www.shop.kagero.pl

Kagero has combined an historical volume with a modelling ‘how-to’ guide in its dual Polish/English language treatise on the Fokker D.VII, and is timed perfectly to coincide with the release of Eduard’s newly tooled 1/72 kit. The type’s development and operational history is covered briefly, including an explanation of the different sub-variants. This highlights the D.VII’s performance as a combat platform, which was such it was the only German aircraft to be named specifically in the Armistice agreement at the end of World War One. A section is devoted to Polish airframes, before attention moves to the aircraft’s colours and markings, followed by construction/structural information and specifications. There are four pages of scale drawings; the majority in 1/72, with 1/24 views of the wing structure. The remainder of the volume is devoted to two builds of Wingnut Wings’ gorgeous 1/32 kit, accompanied by generally good photos, although several suffered from poor depth of field. Lastly, there are ten pages of Kagero’s signature 3D digital imagery plus colour profiles of this formidable fighter. SF

GERMANY’S ‘PROBLEM CHILD’

172 pages

Panther Tank

By: Haynes

ISBN: 978-1-78521-214-7 Price: £25

Format: 277 x 216mm

Web: www.haynes.com

Modellers with recent Panther releases, from the likes of Dragon, Meng, Rye Field and Takom, will find Hayne’s latest Enthusiast’s Manual extremely useful, as will those with other kits of the type. The layout is immediately recognisable, with an initial section devoted to the Panther’s genesis. Each variant is then studied, starting with the main tank versions (Ausf.D, A and G), moving onto command, and proposed sub-types, before covering the tank-hunter Jagdpanther and combat support Bergepanther designs. Just over a third of the pages are devoted to the Panther’s anatomy, and this includes a collection of high-quality closeups of a preserved example at the UK’s Bovington Tank Museum. These will delight modellers, as they cover every aspect of the vehicle, including the fighting compartment and powerplant. The focus shifts to the type’s combat service, which is enlivened by a collection of frontline reports. A final section highlights how what was initially dubbed ‘Our problem child’ by Gen Heinz Guderian, became a highly effective combat platform, albeit with weaknesses in its drivetrain and side armour. SF

ILMAVOIMAT STRIKERS

224 pages

Finnish Bomber Colours 1939-1945

By: Kari Stenman, Karolina Hołda

ISBN: 978-83-65281-03-6

Price: £35 Format: 303 x 215mm

Web: www.mmpbooks.biz

The fourth in MMP’s Finnish Air Force (Ilmavoimat) collection is dedicated to colours and markings applied to its bomber aircraft during World War Two. As the nation effectively fought two separate conflicts against the Soviet Union during that period, (Winter War and Continuation War), it operated a varied mix of Dutch, British, American, German and Soviet aircraft. Nine types are covered; the Fokker C.X, Bristol Blenheim, Ilyushin DB-3, Douglas DC-2, Westland Lysander, Tupolev SB, Dornier Do 17Z, Petlyakov Pe-2/3 and Junkers 88A. Each bomber’s purchase order is stated, after which there is an operational narrative, backed by high-quality period photography, a list of serial numbers, followed by a colours and markings element, and helpfully illustrated by a series of profiles. As described in detail, the schemes applied to Finnish bombers included the ‘standard’ green/black camouflage, although there are several oddities, such as German splinter patterns on Soviet-supplied machines. This is a goldmine for those interested in Finnish subjects, and the appendices on colour specifics (and FS 595a equivalents) offer a rich seam of information. SF

HUNTING THE HUNTERS

88 pages

A Carrier at Risk

By: Mariano Sciaroni

ISBN: 978-1-911628-70-5

Price: £16.95 Format: A4

Web: www.casematepublishers.co.uk

Much has been written on the 1982 Falklands War – yet little has been published on submarine and antisubmarine operations. In part this is due to the secrecy attached to such missions, but thanks to Freedom of Information requests and interviews with serving and retired Argentine crews, the author has compiled a gripping account of this ‘silent war’. The fascinating narrative is backed by period photographs, copies of UK and Argentine tracking/mission maps/charts and a collection of colour profiles. These depict all known participants, including oddities such as the Soviet Bear-D, which flew intelligence collection sorties from Angola. Modellers will find much to savour, from close-ups of A-4 Skyhawk bomb loads, to highquality shots of Argentine surface vessels and British nuclear/dieselpowered submarines. Intriguingly, it includes reports of seemingly spurious underwater contacts, along with high-confidence sightings, and dispels a commonly held Argentinian view that a British submarine was attacked on May 5, 1982. Historians and modellers alike will find this volume of great interest. SF

MARSHES TO MOUNTAINS

72 pages

Camouflage and Markings of Axis Armor in the Balkans Campaigns 1940-1941

By: Jeffrey Plowman

ISBN: 978-83-60672-31-0

Price: £29.95 Format: A4

Web: www.casematepublishers.co.uk

The problem with black and white photos is that without corroborating information, it’s difficult to determine colours and camouflage schemes, so compilations such as this are invaluable for modellers. It comprises more than 140 highquality photographs of German, Italian and Hungarian tanks, armoured personnel carriers, selfpropelled artillery and infantry support vehicles in the Balkans, many of which have not been published previously. They are accompanied by detailed captions, highlighting unit insignia, artwork and camouflage variations – the photos also reveal the forms of vehicle stowage adopted during the Balkans Campaign, notably on German Panzers and StuGs. A short introduction sets the scene, before two sections address the invasions of Yugoslavia and Greece; each is broken down into German and Italian units, then Hungarian armour in general. It’s an excellent insight into this little-known conflict, and the photos will provide considerable modelling inspiration. Best of all, there are seven pages of colour profiles, depicting examples of Sd.Kfz.253, Sd.Kfz.221, Sd.Kfz.232, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.E, Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.B/C, M13/40 and 38M Toldi I vehicles, highlighting the standard camouflage schemes used at that time during World War Two. SF

IRONWORKS’ CAT

52 pages

Grumman F9F Panther

By: Kev Darling

ISBN: N/A Price: £15.99

Format: A4

Web: guidelinepublications.co.uk

Grumman’s F9F Panther was its first jet fighter design, and this Warpaint volume charts the type through its 24-year service history. As with other publications in this series, there are no chapters, instead the narrative is split into a series of sections. The first details the Panther’s development, from prototype through to the final F9F-5 variant, including drone director/controller and reconnaissance sub-types. This is followed by its introduction into US Navy and US Marine Corps (USMC) service, which in turn segues neatly into its role in the Korean War, where it was used on fighter, ground-attack and reconnaissance missions. A helpful table lists all US Navy F9F deployments to the Korean theatre of operations. Training and support functions, including its use as the first jet to be flown by the US Navy Blue Angels display team also receive attention. The Panther was exported to Argentina alone, which operated F9Fs from 1957 to 1971. The 52 pages are packed with excellent photographs, the majority in black and white, and 41 superb profiles by Richard J Caruna, depicting US Navy, USMC and Argentinian Navy machines in various colour schemes, plus 1/72 scale drawings on the centre spread. SF

TORPEDO RAIDERS

70 pages

Schnellboot Type S-38 and S-100

By: Carlos Cestra

ISBN: 978-83-65437-71-6

Price: €28.63

Format: A4

Web: www.kagero.pl

Arguably, the German Schnellboot or S-Boot (although known as the E-boat by Allied Forces) was the best design of torpedo-armed fast-attack craft developed during World War Two. It’s certainly a source of fascination with modellers, and one reflected by manufacturers, with large- and small-scale kits of the type released. This ‘Super Drawings’ volume addresses the S-38 and S-100 versions which were very similar in appearance and weapons fit. It follows Kagero’s familiar format, with a short history and overview of the modifications introduced on these vessels during their active service before the reader is immersed in the stunning digital images. This content is split equally between vessels S-38B and S-100 (additional references will be needed to confirm whether other vessels had the same configurations, notably armament), and the detail is incredible, covering every element of these fast-attack craft. Profile and views from above quickly give way to isometric 3D images, which provide modellers with a wealth of information, although anti-aircraft gun fits are basic (single/twin 20mm C38, twin MG 34s, single Bofors 40mm Flak 28 and single 37mm Flak 42). Finally, 1/75 scale drawings of each type are supplied on a separate fold-out sheet. SF

GERMAN FLYING GEAR

138 pages

The Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot’s Kitbag

By: Mark Hillier

ISBN: 978-1-47384-995-2

Price: £14.99

Format: 246 x 190mm

Web: www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

Many pages have been written on the aircraft and crews involved in the Battle of Britain, yet there hasn’t been much on the clothing and equipment worn by the latter. Mark Hillier’s concise volume seeks to address that shortfall from a Luftwaffe perspective, offering an excellent guide to the uniforms, safety equipment, helmets and other items. The contents are broken down by type, covering flying helmets, oxygen masks, goggles, flying clothing, lifesaving equipment and service dress, while all other items – including personal documentation – are grouped in a single chapter. Th e descriptions are accompanied by period photos of crews and individual pieces of equipment in their aircraft, plus colour shots of museum/private collection exhibits, which allows accurate determination of the various fabric/leather tones and how metallic objects weathered. Perhaps the most interesting aspect is the basic flight clothing worn by aircrew, because initially equipment was worn over service dress (just as their RAF equivalents), before the introduction of specific smocks, boots and coveralls later in the war. Figure painters will find the information indispensable but, equally, aircraft/diorama builders will find it of great use on occasions when a pilot is required. SF

NATIONAL FIGHTER HEROES

448 pages

Forgotten Heroes: Aces of the Royal Hungarian Air Force in the Second World War

By: Csaba B Stenge

ISBN: 978-1-911512-68-4

Price: £59.95 Format: 245 x 170mm

Web: www.casematepublishers.co.uk

Until recently, there was little published on the role of countries such as Hungary during World War Two. Thankfully, recent histories/ biographical collections such as Forgotten Heroes – the first to detail the exploits of Hungarian aces (five confirmed air-to-air victories) – are setting the record straight. Although not intended specifically for modellers, this is an ideal reference for those building the aircraft of a particular pilot, as every individual who reached ace status is provided here. Many photos (including rare colour shots) are previously unpublished, making this a rich source on Hungarian colours and markings. After a brief explanation about how air victories were defined (including how whole bomber crews were credited for gunner’s victories), the aces are introduced in order of success, starting with fighter pilots credited with shooting down more than 20 aircraft. Each receives the same treatment, with lists of decorations, victories and aircraft flown, followed by a biography and accounts of each air-to-air ‘kill’. The few who gained ace status while flying reconnaissance, bomber and ground-attack aircraft are also included, and their stories are equally as fascinating. SF

TRUE HUES

290 pages

Real Colors of WWII

By: M Goralczyk, GT Hogl, J Kiroff, N Millman, MV Orlov

EAN: 8435568300385

Price: €54.95

Format: 305 x 217mm

Web: www.ak-interactive.com

Produced to accompany its range of Real Color paints, this exhaustively researched book examines the camouflage and interior colours worn by German, US, British and Soviet aircraft during World War Two. A section is devoted to each nation, broken down further into common schemes (both single- and multitoned), along with specific shades and notably those that have caused debate within the historical and modelling communities, namely Azure Blue and Olive Drab. The subject is approached logically, combining period photos (mainly black and white, with the occasional colour frame), copies of original manufacturers’ colour charts and official painting directives. Elements are then merged into a series of aircraft profiles, which highlight camouflage patterns, presence of hard/soft demarcations and (within printing limits) the true colours used. There’s also discussion of terminology, such as a colour name, Olive Drab, and its official standard ANA 613 (which describe the ratios of the constituent pigments and solvents). While this book will be of interest for modellers seeking accuracy when painting, it’s also applicable for aviation fans, thanks to the almost encyclopaedic photo information. SF

MARITIME PROGENITOR

264 pages

The Royal Navy Wasp

By: Larry Jeram-Croft and Terry Martin

ISBN: 978-1-52672-114-3

Price: £25

Format: 253 x 180mm

Web: www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

It might have appeared ungainly, but Westland’s Wasp was the first helicopter designed specifically to operate from a ship. Both authors are ex-military pilots with experience on the type and their knowledge of this singleengined platform is apparent immediately. Rather than simply explaining the Wasp’s development, the narrative begins with the requirement for a dedicated ship-borne helicopter, before describing the platform and its initial entry into service. Most of the type’s operational history, which encapsulated three wars (Cod, Cold and Falklands), is presented in the form of crew accounts and stories (or ‘dits’ in Navy parlance), and they are thoroughly engrossing and entertaining. They range from close encounters with Icelandic gunboats during the Cod Wars, to a chef’s custard causing one airframe to be written off. Several chapters also incorporate a humorous cartoon by Steve George, involving a caricature of the helicopter. The second section deals with Wasps in overseas service, with Dutch, Brazilian, Indonesian, Malaysian, New Zealand and South African navies, and as privately owned machines. Each nation’s use is covered briefly and records the fate of the various airframes, one of which (ex-XT787) is now owned by one of the authors. SF

FIRST OF THE BATTERING RAMS

82 pages

Magach 3 IDF Patton M48 Part 1

By: Michael Mass, Adam O’Brien

ISBN: 978-965-7700-13-6

Price: £29.90

Format: 215 x 278mm

Web: www.aviationbookcentre.com

The Desert Eagle series of books on Israeli Defence Force armoured vehicles has established itself as the de facto ‘go to’ reference for modellers and its latest volume, on the early service of the M48 Patton, known as the Magach (Battering Ram) 3, is no exception. The authors are modellers, and this is apparent from the outset. Consequently, everything needed to build a kit of the type is included and presented as a series of highquality photo montages. After explaining the machinations behind Israel’s initial deliveries (worthy of a book in itself), readers are introduced to the M48 and the versions operated by the IDF, in order of acquisition, highlighting the differences between each and the local modifications. The type’s operational service is then address, starting with the War of Attrition, and extending into the 1973 Yom Kippur War. This culminates with the story of one particular M48, serial 109383 (Tzadi), before the subsequent modifications to the type are analysed via a series of walkround photos. The final pages are devoted to providing modellers with close-ups of almost every aspect of the vehicle’s exterior and (as far as can be accessed) interior. SF