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FANFARE FOR A T-TAIL

Vickers’ VC10 is one of the most easily recognisable airliner types, with its distinctive engine and tail configuration and it has been well served by kit manufacturers compared with other similar types.

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SPITFIRE REVISITED

While the first edition of this Airframe and Miniature guide was well-received by modellers, its expanded version, featuring revised and updated content makes for the perfect introduction to the Spitfire.

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YUGOSLAVIA’S ’109

Although World War Two brought about huge advances in aviation, it also curtailed many promising designs, including the Yugoslavian Rogožarski IK-3, regarded as an equal to the Bf 109E when it entered service in 1940, and the subject of this exhaustive study. 

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THE MUD OFFENSIVE

This lavishly illustrated and well-written volume covers the Soviet conquest of south-eastern Europe between March and October 1944 and is packed with information.

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LAND LEVIATHANS

Pen and Sword’s Tankcraft series’ 25th volume examines the German Tiger I and II heavy tanks, providing modellers with a combination of historical research, colour profiles, a round-up of available modelling products and a gallery of build projects.

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BATTLESHIP TARGET

Of all the German Kriegsmarine’s vessels, the Bismarck and its sister Tirpitz were the most feared by the British during World War Two, and the campaign to sink or otherwise cripple the latter is the subject of this Air Campaign volume.

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KAISERLICHE CAPITAL SHIPS

Opening a Super Drawings volume has a very familiar feel, as they all follow the same well-organised format of an introduction to the subject – in this case Germany’s Brandenburg-class battleships – covering design, armament and operational history, followed by masses of digital images.

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POLES IN SPITS

There have been many reference books on the Supermarine Spitfire, but this MMP/Stratus offering takes a refreshingly different stance by focusing on the Mk.V variant and squadrons manned by Polish nationals during World War Two.

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TRACKED GENERALS

While there may have been other books on the M3 Lee and Grant tanks, none have delved into the same level of detail as David Doyle’s encyclopaedic volume.

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BIRTH OF THE BUCHÓN

The Hispano Aviación HA-1112 may well be familiar to many readers from its appearances in films such as Battle of Britain, Memphis Belle, The Tuskegee Airmen and Dunkirk, where it acted as a stand-in for Bf 109s.