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‘JUMPING’ JET ACCOUNTS

The first of two Jet Age series volumes dedicated to the Hawker Siddeley Harrier covers its introduction in 1969 to the end of the Cold War – judged to be 1990, when the first of the second-generation British Aerospace machines entered service.

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FRESCO IN DEPTH

The latest Warpaint volume is dedicated to the Soviet Union’s first supersonic-capable fighter, the MiG-17, NATO nickname Fresco.

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PROTECTED LOGISTICS

This dual-language (German and English) Tankograd reference guide is dedicated to the Mercedes-Benz Zetros, a Geschütztes Transport-Fahrzeug (Protected Transport Vehicle) developed by the Special Truck department of Daimler AG.

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COUNTER-INSURGENCY ‘SCREAMER’

Following the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941, local resistance forces used guerrilla tactics to foil the enemy, with the most famous group being the Partisans led by the future Yugoslavian Prime Minister and President, Josip ‘Tito’ Broz.

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AVENGING PEARL

While this Images of Aviation volume devotes most of its pages to the Doolittle Raid against Tokyo in April 1942, it also provides insight into the aftermath.

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Elliptical-Winged Legend

This Flight Craft volume describes Supermarine’s Spitfire Mk.V and its derivative, which is a challenging subject, especially when its origins are considered in depth, including Schneider Trophy designs and the type’s development.

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Look - No tail!

It’s the turn of the Horten brothers’ revolutionary flying-wing fighter to receive the Airframe Detail treatment in this busy volume.

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Digital Dimension

Advances in computer software have been a boon to graphic designers, particularly in the modelling and aviation industries, and this volume of digital artwork by Marek Ryś offers a wonderful insight into this developing field.

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'Is it a bird...'

Sitting somewhere between an aircraft, hovercraft and hydrofoil, ekranoplans utilise lift to generate a ‘cushion’ of air between their wings and a flat surface.

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Taranto Survivor

Modellers with 1/350 or 1/700 Littorio kits from Trumpeter or Pit-Road will find this Super Drawings’ volume an ideal accompaniment.