Pen and Sword

British publisher Pen & Sword offers a wealth of transport, aircraft, military and naval-focused books, which are useful references for modellers.

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Mail by Rail

JONATHAN NEWTON

The carriage of mail by rail first began shortly after the Liverpool & Manchester Railway opened in 1830 and has continued in one form or another – along with the odd hiatus –  through to a more streamlined form today.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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BOOK REVIEW: Along Welsh lines

MARK CHIVERS

Amongst the recent book releases from Pen & Sword is this substantial picture volume of the rail network taking in South Wales and the Central Wales line in the late 20th Century.

MARK CHIVERS
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BOOK REVIEW: English Electric Class 37/4s

Marck Chivers

British Rail’s English Electric Class 37/4s have proved to be remarkably versatile locomotives, evidenced by the fact that some remain in front line service today, more than 35 years after conversion from standard class members.

Marck Chivers
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BOOK REVIEW: London’s Historic Railway Terminal Stations

If the magnificence of London’s terminus stations fascinates you, then this illustrated history from Pen and Sword is bound to be of interest.

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Book Review: Pen & Sword's Images of War M1 Abrams

Known by its crews as ‘The Beast’, the M1 Abrams as been at the forefront of US armoured warfare for more than 40 years, and this superb photo montage tracks the type from development to battlefield.

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Book Review: Pen & Sword's Images of War The Hawker Hunter

While it’s great to see Pen & Sword’s Images of War collection expand to cover subjects outside of the two world wars, the format’s black-and-white images limit the appeal when a more modern type is featured – as here with the Hawker Hunter.

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NAVAL WORKHORSES

Modellers wanting to focus on British World War Two sloops and frigates would do well to consider the 27th volume in the successful Shipcraft series, which is dedicated to these two ship types.

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THE PEOPLE'S TANK

Given its place high up in lists of the most widely produced tanks, longest serving types and vehicles most represented by model kits, it’s no surprise the T-54/55 is a popular choice for Pen & Sword’s Images of War series of references.

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PANTHERS IN ACTION

Pen & Sword’s Images of War series has become a popular photographic reference source for modellers, and this recent compilation addresses the German Panther tank.

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WAFFEN FELINES

While many Tank Craft titles seek to cover the entire history of a combat vehicle in the format’s relatively short page count, this Sd.Kfz. 171 Panther tank guide is refreshing in that it focuses on the IV. SS-Panzerkorps use of the type.