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GULL-WING GUIDANCE

With new kits from Polish firms IBG Models and Arma Hobby drawing modellers’ attention to the type, the country’s PZL P.11 fighter is a popular subject and MMP books has capitalised with its Yellow Series publication.

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LUFTWAFFE SHOOTING STAR

Available previously as two separate volumes, this revised and updated book on the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet rocket-propelled interceptor packs a wealth of information into its 406 pages.

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STEALTHY OFFENDER

Having charted a course through Sukhoi/Mikoyan designs, this volume brings everything bang up to date by analysing and describing Russia’s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57, known in the West by its NATO nickname of Felon.

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FROM INCEPTION TO TODAY

The third part in Casemate’s Middle East@War series is devoted to the 75th anniversary of the Israeli Air Force (which actually occurs in 2023), focusing on training, combat support, special operations, maritime support and air defence platforms.

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ARMY SPOTTER

Guideline’s Warpaint Series goes from strength to strength and while many subjects can be considered mainstream, its 131st volume examines the Auster family of liaison and scout aircraft.

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FIGHTING OVER RABAUL

Certain aspects of the Pacific air campaign during World War Two seem to garner more attention than others, but operations over New Guinea, and notably the battles for/over Rabaul, seem to escape attention.

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NAVAL WORKHORSES

Modellers wanting to focus on British World War Two sloops and frigates would do well to consider the 27th volume in the successful Shipcraft series, which is dedicated to these two ship types.

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HIKOKI’S COOL BOOK ON TRAINERS

If you like building on a theme, Hikoki's new hardback book on British training aircraft is a worthy reference, and excellent value.

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LATIN AMERICAN TRANSPORTS

While it’s usually World War Two fighter and bomber types that are immediately recognisable, there’s one transport aircraft that gets an honorary inclusion in any such listings: the Douglas DC-3/C-47.

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FIVE-BANK TANK

Schiffer’s approach to the Sherman tank has been to dedicate several volumes to the type, each focusing on a different sub-type, which allows for a detailed study of each of the M4 variants.