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COMPREHENSIVE COMPENDIUM

Alongside its revised guide to long-nose versions, Valiant Wings has released this updated and expanded reference for radial-engined Focke-Wulf Fw 190s, including a section devoted to modelling the type.

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AVIATION ODDITIES

The final volume in the author’s five-book analysis of American aircraft development during World War Two examines the research and experimental variants of well-known types, plus varied attempts at modification as designers sought to maximise performance.

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ARTISTIC MAGIC

Mention the name Roy Cross to many modellers and there’s a misty-eyed reminiscence of his classic box-top artwork for Airfix.

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'MANNED MISSILE' STORY

At a time when aircraft designers sought the maximum possible performance, Lockheed went all-out to produce a supersonic day fighter: the F-104 Starfighter.

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ANTI-TANK HERO

This Pen and Sword book is aimed at modellers, covering the British Army’s use of the M10 tank destroyer, subsequently nicknamed ‘Achilles’. It contains a wealth of information, starting with the background to anti-tank regiments in the early stages of World War Two, their armaments and various stopgaps used to fight the increasingly capable German machinery.

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DIVE-BOMBING BIOGRAPHY

In contrast to most Battle of Midway writings, David Rigby’s book aims to draw further attention to Wade McClusky, the US Navy pilot who led the dive-bomber attacks against the Imperial Japanese Navy’s aircraft carriers Akagi and Kaga.

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SEABORNE FOX HUNT

Kagero’s 69th TopDrawings publication will be extremely useful for modellers with IBG’s 1/700 HMS Badsworth kit, as it offers a large selection of line drawings depicting this Hunt II-class ship, plus its history in English and Polish.

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'LEGACY BUG' PHOTO STUDY

Model Art’s second Aircraft Photobook is dedicated to the F/A-18A/B/C/D and D (R) Hornet, which are also known as ‘Legacy Hornets’.

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SCHNELLBOMBER SIDE-VIEWS

Junkers’ twin-engined Ju 88 is the subject of this MMP publication.

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MARITIME CLEAR MOON

Suzutsuki (Clear Moon) was one of just five Akizuki-class destroyers (out of 13 vessels) to survive World War Two and is now the subject of Kagero’s Super Drawings in 3D series.