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IRON MEN

This Tankograd Special focuses on equipment of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th (US) Infantry Division (one of several US Army units to bear the moniker ‘Iron Brigade’) during its 2017 deployment to Germany.

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AMERICANS OVER AFRICA

Pen & Sword’s Images of War publications will be familiar to many modellers thanks to the range of reference imagery they contain, but this volume covering USAAF operations over North Africa is arguably one of the most varied.

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BOOTY COLLECTION

This is the second volume of Abteilung 502’s treatise on materiel captured from Iraqi forces during January and February 1991 (commonly known as the First Gulf War).

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LONG-LIVED BATTLECRUISERS

While many pre-World War One dreadnoughts were upgraded significantly in the inter-war period, few were changed as much as the four Japanese Kongō-class battlecruisers (Kongō, Hiei, Kirishima and Haruna), which were reconstructed extensively.

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MUSTANG UPDATED

Intended initially as an updated and expanded edition of an earlier volume, MMP’s Mustang Rediscovered evolved into a much more comprehensive study of later P-51 variants, and includes the photo-reconnaissance F-6D/K.

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CURRENT STATUS STUDY

Known officially as the Republic of China, Taiwan has a fascinating military history, with war with the People’s Republic of China and continuing tensions between the states. Its Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) is the subject of Harpia’s new book, which having been published in summer 2021, is the most up-to-date study of the subject available.

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FRIEDRICH PLANS

Modellers with Messerschmitt Bf 109F kits will appreciate Kagero’s TopDrawings publication, which provides a selection of scale plans, colour profiles and detail diagrams for this sub-type.

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WACKY WEAPONS

“Necessity is the mother of invention”, as the saying goes, and this is particularly true during wartime, when operational needs drive massive changes.

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SLICKS, SNAKES AND LOACHES

Modellers seeking inspiration for Vietnam War US Army helicopters need look no further, thanks to this stunning photo archive (the second on this subject) documenting the colourful artwork worn by those rotary assets in Southeast Asia.

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PEKE AT THE ZEKE

Mitsubishi’s A6M fighter was among the best carrier-deployed fighters of World War Two, and the subject of this Pen & Sword Flight Craft volume.