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SECOND-GEN V/STOL

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Harrier fans will welcome this lavishly printed monograph on Spanish Navy and US Marine Corps second-generation airframes, as it provides a wealth of data on these types.

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FLYING DUTCHMAN

With new-tool 1/48 Fokker G.1 kits available and under development from Ukrainian firm MikroMir, this Dutch Profile book is a welcome reference guide to this twin-boom jachtkruiser (heavy fighter), of which just 62 were produced.

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BALKAN FRONT LINE

In the aftermath of World War Two, Bulgaria was one of the first countries to adopt Soviet equipment and systems for its military, and this concise volume in the Europe@War series describes the transition of that nation’s air force during the 1950s.

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WHISPERING GIANT GUIDE

Guideline’s 125th Warpaint book is a comprehensive guide to the Bristol Britannia – a turboprop-powered airliner known as the ‘Whispering Giant’ for its quiet operation – plus derivatives produced by Canadair: the CP-107 Argus maritime patrol aircraft and CC-106 Yukon cargo lifter.

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SOVIET MOSQUITOES

It’s the turn of Yakovlev’s Yak-3 fighter to receive MMP’s ‘Spotlight On’ treatment, which provides a collection of 40 side-view profiles of the type.

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FLYING PENCIL

Offering more than 700 high-quality photos, accompanied by an informative narrative, this Crécy publication is arguably the go-to reference for modellers with Do 17 projects on the bench.

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HOME-GROWN FIGHTER

Continuing a recent theme of 1930s Yugoslavian aircraft types, Kagero’s 13th Monographs Special Edition is devoted to the Ikarus IK-2 – a gullwinged monoplane designed by French-trained engineers Ljubomir Ilić and Kosta Sivčev in Belgrade – then the country’s capital city.

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TUTOR TRIBUTE

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Leonardo’s M-346 (ex-Aermacchi) trainer and light-attack aircraft has been in service since 2015 with the Italian, Israeli, Polish and Singaporean air forces.

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‘DEFLATED’ REPORTS

One of the best ways to counter exaggerated claims of air-to-air victories during combat is to examine the records from both sides, and this is the second set of Pacific Theatre accounts compiled by Michael Claringbould after comparing such information.

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BALTIC BATTLES

The siege of Leningrad receives considerable attention from historians, but the campaign following its relief by Soviet forces in 1944 appears to have attracted much less attention when compared to events to the south.