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HUNTING BY NIGHT

The first in a two-part series, this Classic Colours volume describes the changes in camouflage worn by Luftwaffe night-fighters between 1939 and 1945, while also providing valuable insight into how these aircraft were designed, organised and operated.

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WONKY WING

Known for unconventional designs, German manufacturer Blohm & Voss arguably surpassed itself with the Bv 141, producing an asymmetric design in response to a reconnaissance requirement (eventually filled by the Fw 189).

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RUSSIAN CLOSE-AIR SUPPORT

The Duke Hawkins series of photo studies is now in its 17th edition, which is devoted to Sukhoi’s Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack aircraft. Packed with high-quality colour photos throughout, it showcases the type magnificently, with examples included from the Soviet Union/Russia, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Belarus and Georgia.

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MARITIME 'HOW-TO'

Written by experienced modelmaker Mike McCabe (perhaps better known as the owner of Starling Models), this is a one-stop shop for anyone interested in building maritime subjects.

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A RISING POWER

Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov have turned their attention away from their usual Soviet/Russian subjects to focus instead on China’s burgeoning air power as it has transformed from relying on types bought from Moscow with indigenous designs.

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STRINGBAGS VS BATTLESHIPS

Renowned naval historian David Hobbs examines the roles and contribution of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm to actions in the Mediterranean during World War Two.

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MEDITERRANEAN LEVIATHANS

Comparatively little has been written on Italian warships compared to those of other nations, but this Kagero volume on the Vittorio Veneto-class battleships seeks to address that shortfall.

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PINE-PRODUCED PURSUER

While it has been the subject of numerous kits over the years, few MiG-3 offerings have been tooled recently and thus feature minor inaccuracies or generic detailing.

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PENINSULA AIR BATTLES

For some reason, the Korean War tends to be overlooked by aviation historians, despite its significance of marking the transition between propeller- and jet-powered aircraft, resulting in the first jet-versus-jet combat.

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SILVER WINGS OVERSEAS

This third volume of a mini-series dedicated to charting the rise of combat air capability in the Arabic area of the Middle East charts colonial operations by France, Italy, Spain and Britain between 1918- 1936, plus the formation of homegrown forces.