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Pre-Dreadnought Innovation

Modellers with Combrig’s 1/700 Brandenburg-class battleship kits will appreciate the reference provided by this Super Drawings in 3D publication from Kagero.

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Double-Ugly Tales

Featuring 20 anecdotes from 13 UK Phantom pilots and navigators, this splendid collection offers a wonderful mix of the thrilling, dangerous and humorous exploits from those RAF and Royal Navy aircrew who flew McDonald Douglas’ twin-engined fighter/ground-attack aircraft.

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Wide-ranging Desert Study

This volume in the Africa at War series is the second focusing on the conflict in the Western Sahara, specifically air warfare between 1975-91 – a period spanning the withdrawal of Spanish troops from the former Spanish Sahara to an official ceasefire.

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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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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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DAYLIGHT EVALUATION

America’s entry into World War Two was marked by initial attempts to bomb Germany ‘round the clock’, with British forces’ overnight attacks and USAAF daylight raids.

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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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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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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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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.