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CAPITAL CONFLICT

Although considered a secondary concern at the beginning of Operation Barbarossa, the German Wehrmacht’s attempts to take Moscow became a colossal ordeal with huge numbers of casualties suffered by both sides.

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BLOODSUCKER'S STORY

One issue with model manufacturers releasing a newly tooled kit is that some modellers could be unfamiliar with the type’s history – if that’s the case with Airfix’s upcoming 1/48 de Havilland Vampire, here’s the ideal remedy.

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LIGHTNING PLANS

While the choice of a specific production block of Lockheed-manufactured, gun-nosed P-38L Lightnings might seem a restrictive subject, the Block 5 airframes were the most common sub-variant and are the focus of MMP’s Single No. 13.

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ROTARY WORKHORSE

If ever a publication was designed to be just what a modeller needed to super-detail their UH-60 Black Hawk kit, then this is it – a 126-page photo study of the US Army’s tactical transport helicopter.

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MOUNTAINOUS STINGERS

Among the non-US operators of the McDonnell Douglas F/A- 18, Switzerland is unusual in that the country voted in a national referendum to adopt the type and, having taken delivery of it, uses the Hornet almost exclusively for air-defence.

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TANK GENERALS

Schiffer Military’s ode to the M3 Lee and Grant tanks (named after two American Civil War generals) makes for a fascinating read, covering not just the type’s development and service, but also highlighting the constraints in its design and explains how the M3’s intended form with its turreted main armament evolved into the M4 Sherman.

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SHADE STUDY AND MORE...

This second part of MMP’s White Series treatise on Yugoslavian fighter aircraft liveries between 1918-41 (the first featured in AMW123, February 2021) picks up where its predecessor left off, covering later aircraft in the country’s service.

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PROWLING PANZERKNACKER

Specialised tank-busters were a rare breed during World War Two, with requirements for heavy armour and weaponry adversely affecting performance.

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FELINE FIGHTER UNPEELED

UPDATED/EXPANDED: If you’re considering building one or more Grumman Hellcat kits, Valiant Wings’ book on the type is the mother lode in terms of reference. Check out our updated and expanded review, with page scans.

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PRUSSIAN KNIGHTS OF THE AIR

German publisher Luftfahrtverlag START has produced a stunning new book on a lesser-known World War One German fighter unit, along with accompanying decals.