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IN FOCUS

This section brings together Airfix Model World's In Focus and Archive Treasures features in one place for a full experience of all our aviation archive images as well as special features from pilots who takes to the controls of the real aircraft we model today. Enjoy!

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LATE-WAR MOSQUITOES

IN FOCUS: Although the de Havilland Mosquito was a great success in RAF service from the start during World War Two, it was the two-stage supercharged Merlin engine that proved to be the game changer. Malcolm V Lowe examines why:

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HUNTING THE BISMARCK

Catalina flying boats of RAF’s Coastal Command played a major part in locating the German battleship Bismarck during May 1941. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of their epic search.

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BATTLING BLENHEIM

The RAF’s Blenheim light bombers fought a difficult air war in the Mediterranean and North Africa against often overwhelming odds, as explained by Malcolm V Lowe.

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MISAWA PANTHER

Modelling ideas can come from a variety of sources, here Kev Baxter provides the photographic inspiration behind his Fine Molds F-4EJ Kai build.

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SPLENDID SABRE | IN FOCUS

The superlative Canadair Sabre was the RAF’s first swept-wing jet fighter. Malcolm V Lowe relates the story of this important 1950s warplane.

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UPS, DOWNS AND FLYING AROUND

Sqn Ldr Roger Cruickshank describes his time flying as a frontline RAF Eurofighter Typhoon pilot and how he overcame bleak periods in his life to ultimately forge a successful career

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V Bomber Trio

This photo evocative captures air-to-air the RAF's potent Cold War trio of V-bombers - the Avro Vulcan, Vickers Valiant and Handley Page Victor respectively.

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de Havilland DH.114

The return of Airfix’s 1/72 de Havilland DH.114 Heron Mk.II as a Vintage Classics offering inspired the selection of the British four-engined airliner for this month’s Archive Treasures.

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Supermarine Spitfire

The Supermarine Spitfire’s place in British hearts and minds was cemented by its role during the Battle of Britain, operating with distinction alongside Hawker’s Hurricane.

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Prowling pershing

Modellers replicate wanting Clarence to Smoyer’s Pershing tank either on its own or as part of a diorama will find these images, useful.

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Trials of the Triple-One | In Focus

The Heinkel He 111 was one of the Luftwaffe’s most important bombers during World War Two. Malcolm V Lowe looks at the early versions in the He 111H-series of this iconic warplane.

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Tiger Moth | In Focus

The de Havilland Tiger Moth is one of the best-known British aircraft of all time. Malcolm V Lowe recounts the history and importance of this iconic biplane.