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MEDITERRANEAN AIR POWER

The evolution of the RAF’s close air support to army units during World War Two is a complex subject, and this volume – the first in a two-part series – delves into its origins.

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EUROPEAN FIGHTBACK

Pen & Sword’s Images of War collection offers modellers a wealth of period photographs that are ideal for reference or inspiration, and this addition to the series covers the Allied liberation of much of Western Europe in the second half of 1944.

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LONG-BARRELLED PANZERS

Fitting the KwK 40 L/43 anti-tank gun to Panzer IV Ausf. Fs resulted in the amended designation F2 (subsequently renamed Ausf. G after three months’ production), and these tanks are the subject of Star Decals’ 1/35 set.

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BALTIC BATTLERS

Modellers with an interest in World War Two-era Axis armour outside of Germany will appreciate Star Decals’ collection of Bulgaria-deployed vehicles, which features a varied mix of types.

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CROATIAN STATE MACHINES

Star Decals’ first collection of markings for World War Two vehicles based in the Balkan region is devoted to Croatian machinery, including ex-German, Italian and Polish armoured fighting vehicles.

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AFRICANS IN ITALY

Sherman tanks are popular subjects due to their ubiquity, having been operated by most Allied forces during World War Two; among these, South African (SA) machines make for an unusual project and modellers so inclined will find these Star Decals markings of interest.

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UNDER THE BONNET

Although Eduard’s 1/48 Focke-Wulf Fw 190s are well regarded, this set from the firm’s Brassin range is an eye-catching upgrade for the A-8 version, as it supplies the upper-cowling machine guns plus a wealth of engine detail visible below these armaments.

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ENEMY DEFENCE SUPPRESSOR

Eduard’s 1/48 Air Launched Anti-Radiation Missile (ALARM) set is suitable for RAF Tornado GR.1/4s and a trials EF-3 before the munition’s 2013 retirement, plus Royal Saudi Air Force machines, which still use the Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) weapons.

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SPIT 'SHOES'

Modellers seeking refinement for Tamiya’s 1/32 Spitfire Mk.IX may wish to consider these resin wheels from Eduard’s Brassin range.

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ANTI-BIRD PROTECTION

Designed to combat the American-designed MIM-23 Hawk missile, the Soviet SPS-141 electronic countermeasures pod is the subject of Eduard’s Brassin set, intended for its 1/72 MiG-21 kits.