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FV Club seem to have taken
it upon themselves to give us
nearly the whole collection of
later F-5s and this particular
version is another in the family
tree. These particular machines have been
around since the mid 1970s, upgraded in
the 1990s by Israeli Military Industries and
used by a whole host of nations. In the
beautifully produced box you have nine
sprues of neatly moulded light grey plastic,
a separate rear fuselage half, some poly
caps, a tiny etched fret and a single sprue
of reasonably clear transparencies. You
also get a single decal sheet containing the
four versions on offer: three Chilean and
one Moroccan. The plastic is well moulded
although there is a little bit of flash on a lot
of the components. The cockpit detail is
excellent, as is the stuff in the wheel wells,
and there are a couple of options in the box
with open and closed auxiliary air ducts and
various sizes of drop tanks, as well as the
parts particular to the different nations. The
external detail wont be to some people's
taste because it is very rivety although its
not really that bad, the panel lines are all
neatly engraved and the overall shape is
pretty accurate.
Construction begins with the interior
sub-assemblies of the cockpit, and separate
8 MODEL AIRPLANE INTERNATIONAL - August 2013
SPECIFICATION:
AFV Club 1:48 Northrop F-5E Tiger III
Kit No: AR48S02
Materials: IM, PE
Availability: Pocketbond Ltd (UK Importer) and
AFV Club stockists worldwide
Price Guide 34.99
BEFORE STARTING:
Humbrol Liquid Poly
Cyanoacrylate
Tamiya masking tape
Tweezers (various types)
X-Acto Modelling knife and #11 blades
Fiskars straight edge scissors
DIMENSIONS: 1:1
Span - 26ft 8in (8.13m)
Length - 48ft 2in (14.68m)
Height - 13ft 4in (4.06m)
DIMENSIONS 1:48
Span - 169mm
Length - 306mm
Height - 85mm
AIRBRUSHES USED:
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PAINTS USED:
Alclad II lacquer:
ALC104 Pale Burnt Metal
ALC113 Jet Exhaust
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Halfords acrylic (aerosol):
Grey Plastic Primer
Humbrol super enamel:
127 US Ghost Grey
128 US Compass Grey
Daler Rowney oil paint:
304 Ivory Black
REFERENCES
F-5E & F Tiger II, Detail and Scale Vol.5 by B.
Kinzey (Aero Publishers 1982 ISBN 0-8168-501-
5-1)
F-5E/F Tiger II by C. Donnet, Lock On No.26
(Verlinden Publications 1995 ISBN 1-9306-072-
3-7)
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter, Famous
Aircraft of the World No.43 (Bunrin-do)
Northrop F-5/F-20 by J. Scutts, Modern
Combat Aircraft No.25 (Osprey Publishing 1986)
Northrop F-5/F-20/T-38 by F.A. Johnsen,
Warbird Tech Vol.44 (Speciality Press 2007
ISBN: 1-58007-094-2)
SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER
KWIK BUILD
Built & Written by Steve A. Evans from the UK
The whole amazing F-5 Tiger family has been with us for decades and with the
continuing equipment upgrades, they will be with us for decades more.
In what distant
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thine eyes?
The front and rear fuselages are made
up as entirely separate entities. This is to
facilitate the various versions and although
it could be complicated, the parts t
together very well with the minimum of
fuss and no ller whatsoever
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KWIK BUILD
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nose. All the parts have good build locations
although they are randomly strewn about
the multitude of sprues. This is an inevitable
consequence of AFV Club trying to make so
many variants from the mouldings. You also
have to deal with some large, slightly clumsy
injection gates, which can be a pain on some
of the more delicate items. The front and rear
fuselages are made up as entirely separate
entities. This is to facilitate the various versions
and although it could be complicated, the
parts t together very well with the minimum of
fuss and no ller whatsoever. The little wings
come with fully separate control surfaces of
aps, slats and ailerons, while the tail surfaces
are movable, connected by a separate cross
shaft to keep them in line. The undercarriage
is very well moulded with lots of nice detail
and all the little connecting rods for the
undercarriage doors. You even get two nose
legs, one standard and one at the extended
take off position. The location points for the
legs are good, although the tabs on the oleos
that t into the positioning slots on the wings
may need a little bit of trimming to get them to
sit correctly. Once in place the short legs are
quite sturdy. You can model the undercarriage
main doors in the open or closed position,
whichever you fancy, and you also get the
speed brakes to open if youd like. The internal
detail for all of that is very good, needing only
a simple oil wash over the aluminium paint to
look pretty good. Stores comprise two types
of drop tanks, Sidewinder missiles and an air
data pod for the training missions although this
last bit isnt mentioned in the instructions. You
also get a little ladder to attach to the cockpit
sill, which is a neat touch.
Markings for this one are three Chilean
aircraft, all in the two-tone grey scheme, which
looks very classy, and a single machine from
Morocco in a desert -colour camouage
scheme with light grey undersides, again
classy. The decals are reasonably well printed
with good colour and density although maybe
not as sharp as some. You get full stencils for
all the versions and AFV Club even provide
you with the earlier full-colour Chilean National
markings if you want to make that version
instead (although again, thats not mentioned
in the instructions). The decals work well as
they are very thin, so care is needed handling
them once wet. But they settle down very well
with only the tiniest bit of silvering on some
of the smaller stencils where they cross over
panel lines or the rivet dimples. I make no
apologies for using a little bit of poetic licence
with the weathering on mine because I wanted
it to look a bit dirty and well used. In reality the
Chilean Air Force machines are kept in very
good condition, which is more than can be
said for the Moroccan ones as Ive got some
pictures of them looking decidedly worse for
wear, so you could go to town on that one.
As you can imagine, with all the little aerials,
probes, lights and transparent parts to sort out,
nal nishing is a complicated business but
its nice when it all comes together. I havent
mentioned the photo-etched parts yet and the
main bit is a canopy frame complete with mirrors.
There are a couple of other tiny bits on there and
they are tissue paper thin but still quite springy,
so care is needed, its just a pity that there are no
seat-belts, which would have helped a lot. Final
surface nish in this case is Testors ullcote
lacquer, which is something that I havent used
before but was talked into buying by our Editor at
a recent show. Im glad to say that it worked very
nicely indeed, easy to thin and spray and the
nal sheen has ust a touch of life to it to keep it
interesting, very good.
FINAL VERDICT
onsidering the sie of the model its a little expensive but you get a lot of stuff in the box and the nal result is a very good-looking model. The decal
choices are good, the way it all ts together is very well thought out and the detail is bright and crisp, so no worries there. The only negatives are the
limited PE in the kit and the transparent parts arent perfect (the windscreen on mine was rippled) but apart from those minor niggles whats not to like,
ust look at the nished result lovely
ext up will be the two-seat -, so keep watching the skies
Plane Facts
eveloped as a low-cost aircraft to deal with the ever increasing cost of new frontline designs, the - prototype rst ew in uly
. orthrop won the competition in for an improved International ighter Aircraft IA to replace the -A and the resultant
aircraft, which was initially entitled the -A-, was later redesignated the -. sing the more powerful - engines in a lengthened
and enlarged fuselage it also carried more fuel. The wings had enlarged leading edge extensions for a larger wing area and improved
manoeuvrability, while the avionics were upgraded and included radar initially this was the merson lectric AA-. The -
retained the two M cannon of the -A and the rst one ew on the th August . fcial named Tiger II the - underwent
numerous upgrades in the next years, the most signicant being the new planar array radar merson AA- with a range of
nautical miles. orthrop built -s, while more were built under licence in various nations overseas.
The plastic is well moulded although there is a little bit of ash on a lot of the components.
The cockpit detail is excellent, as is the stuff in the wheel wells, and there are a couple of
options in the box with open and closed auxiliary air ducts and various sizes of drop tanks,
as well as the parts particular to the different nations
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T
he Zvezda kit of the F-2 comes in
their 'snap-fit' range, following on
from their Yak-3 kit. The 'snap-
fit' label usually does not bode
well because in the past similar
concepts were poor at best. Anyway, on
opening the rather fragile and floppy box all
doubts quickly disappear. Basically, what
we get is a regular plastic kit with 'snap-fit'
features like locating tabs and pins, but
most importantly, the level of detail is not
simplified or otherwise compromised. The
kit consists of more than 40 pieces located
on two sprues moulded in rather soft plastic
plus a single clear canopy. All the parts are
cleanly moulded without flash, but on some
parts there are couple of sink marks, most
noticeable being on the wing surface as
a result of their single-piece design. The
panel lines are extremely delicate; during
the build sequence I deepened them with a
scribing tool and I also added a few missing
lines on the wing upper surface. Also the
small parts look very convincing and some
12 MODEL AIRPLANE INTERNATIONAL - August 2013
SPECIFICATION:
Zvezda 1:72 Messerschmitt Bf 109F-2
Kit No: 7302
Materials: IM
Availability: The Hobby Company Ltd (UK
Importer) and Zvezda stockists worldwide
Price Guide 7.50
BEFORE STARTING:
Loctite Super Attak Precision cyanoacrylate
Gunze-Sangyo Mr Cement S
Tamiya masking tape
Gunze-Sangyo Mr Putty
Tweezers (various types)
Swann-Morton #3 scalpel and blades
Microscale Micro Set and Sol decal solutions
DIMENSIONS: 1:1
Span - 32ft 6 1/2in (9.924m)
Length - 29ft 8in (9.048m)
Height - 8ft 6 1/4in (2.6m)
DIMENSIONS: 1:72
Span - 137.8mm
Length - 125.7mm
Height - 36.1mm
AIRBRUSHES USED:
Iwata HP-BH
For UK distribution and availability visit www.
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Gabbert Triplex
For worldwide distribution and availability visit
www.gabbert-airbrush.de
PAINTS USED:
Alclad II lacquer:
ALC-115 Semi-Matt Aluminium
Gunze-Sangyo Mr Aqueous Color acrylic:
H11 Flat White
H12 Flat Black
H66 Sandy Brown
H68 RLM 74
H69 RLM 75
H70 RLM 02
H79 Sandy Yellow
H318 Radome Tan
H416 RLM 66
H417 RLM 76
H418 RLM 78
Gunze-Sangyo Mr Color lacquer:
Super Clear Gloss III GX100
182 Super Clear Matt
Vallejo Model Color acrylic:
990 Light Grey
70950 Black
70953 Flat Yellow
70957 Flat Red
Abteilung 502 oil paint:
Abt.080 Wash Brown
Abt.110 Black
MIG Productions pigments;
P027 Light Dust
REFERENCES
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-F, Makettstdi No.1 (Pta
Klad 1991)
Messerschmitt Bf 109F, Prole No.184 by M.C.
Windrow (Prole Publications 1967 & 1970)
Messerschmitt Bf 109F by M. Griehl, Luftwae Prole
No.13 (Schier ISBN: 0-7643-0912-9)
Messerschmitt Bf 109F All Variants by M. Lukasik,
Top Drawings No.9 (Kagero 2010 ISBN: 978-83-
61220-63-3)
Messerschmitt Bf 109F Vol.I by M.J. Murawski,
Monograph No.31 (Kagero 2007 ISBN: 978-83-
60445-50-1)
Messerschmitt Bf 109F Vol.II by M.J. Murawski,
Monograph No.35 (Kagero 2008 ISBN: 978-83-
60445-99-0)
Messerschmitt Bf 109F to G-4 by J. Andal (HT Model
2007 ISSN; 1335-3667)
Messerschmitt Bf 109F, G & K series: An Illustrated
History by J. Prien & P. Rodeike (Schier ISBN
0-88740-424-3)
Messerschmitt Bf 109F-K, Famous Airplanes of the
World No.56 (Bunrin-do, 1976)
Messerschmitt Bf 109F/K, Famous Aircraft of the
World No.134 (Bunrin-do 11/1982 ISSN: 65713-48)
Messerschmitt Bf 109F-K: Development, Testing,
Production by W. Radinger & W. Otto
(Schier ISBN 0-7643-1023-2)
SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER
KWIK BUILD
Built & Written by Libor Jekl from the Czech Republic
Although the Messerschmitt Bf 109F is one
of the most popular versions in the modelling
community, mainly due to the endless count
of Experten colourful markings, the type
has not been that available in 1:72. Actually,
there are only three modern kits that could be
considered: the excellent, but expensive and
not readily available Fine Molds products,
the short-run kit of average quality made by
A-Model and the Italeri kit that suffers from
serious shape issues.
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KWIK BUILD
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are really exquisite, for example the wheel
hubs are comparable with resin aftermarket
parts plus the cockpit is not simplified in
any way and it is fully satisfactory for a kit
with a closed canopy. The wheel bays are
deep enough and feature nice rib details
inside. The canopy is cleanly moulded as
a single piece with fine framing. On the
downside, the propeller and exhaust do not
look the part, especially the former which
seems to be out of shape and too thick in
the blade profile. While the fabric covered
ailerons and elevators look good, the rudder
raised fabric looks a bit rough so I sanded
it all off and left it plain. The compressor air
inlet is moulded solid so should be opened
with a drill bit, and also omitted are a few
details such as the gunsight and aileron
mass weights. The decal sheet contains
marking for Hans Phillip's machine of I./
JG54 in white distemper and a regularly
camouflaged machine of 15 (Spanish)/
JG51. The decals are not printed to the
highest standards, being very matt with a
slightly yellowish carrier film and diffused
edges. The bi-lingual instructions are easy
to follow and the colour call-outs use Model
Master paint references.
For the build of my two examples I
eventually opted for alternative markings and
the second kit was converted to a tropical
F-4Z/Trop version, which is a pretty easy
task. Prior to commencing the build I cut
off all locating tabs from the larger parts
so that they could be easily trial tted and
disassembled. The cockpits oor is moulded
integrally with the wing, on which the seat,
rear bulkhead, head armour, cannon breech
cover and other small details go on. On the
starboard side I added the prominent fuel
piping and sprayed the cockpit interior colour
(early machines were painted RLM 02, while
the later examples received RLM 66) and the
details were picked out with Vallejo acrylics.
In the case of the rst build I decided to open
the cockpit, so I also added some Eduard
etched from the set designed for Fine Molds
kits. I oined the fuselage halves, the t was
almost perfect except for the separate inserts
with gun openings, which had to be lled with
cyanoacrylate and sanded smooth. The engine
cowling features a very delicate piano hinge
at the upper centre line, but I am afraid this
detail is so fragile and sensitive to any amount
of glue, that I eventually sanded it off and
rescribed a new line instead. Some trimming
was necessary also on the vertical n oint,
where the starboard fuselage halves seems to
be too thick and thus needed some thinning.
Next I could add the wing with assembled
and painted cockpit parts that all exhibited
very precise and tight t. I experienced
trouble with the separate wing bottom (centre)
component so after removing the locating
pins and thinning down the inner surface the
t was satisfactory, although I still needed
to blend the joint lines with Mr Surfacer 500.
A little trimming was needed also on the
separate fuselage front ring, and after xing
Plane Facts
Development of the Bf 109F began in 1939 and from February 1940 an improved engine, the Daimler-Benz DB 601E, was developed
for use in it. The engineers basically took two Bf - airframes and installed the engine, the rst being the r. and the
second the V22 (W/Nr.1800). The wing shape remained the same as the E-1, but the span was reduced by 61cm (2ft) by clipping the tips,
however this smaller wing had a detrimental effect on the handling so the r. was tted with new, semi-elliptical wing tips.
The r. was the fourth prototype and ew with the clipped wings but with a modied, elbow-shaped supercharger air intake
that was eventually adopted for production, and a deeper oil cooler beneath the cowling. On all of the F-series prototypes the fuselage was
cleaned up and the engine cowling modied to improve aerodynamics.
The F-2 series introduced the 15mm MG 151 cannon with 200 rounds and this Motorkanone was supplemented by two synchronized
7.92mm MG 17s mounted on top of the engine cowl, with 500 rpg, however as the 20mm version of the MG 151 became available, a
number of -s were retrotted with this in the eld. In all about , -s were built from ctober to August by A, Arado,
rla, Messerschmitt at egensburg and . o true tropicalied version was built, although individual -s were tted with sand lters in
the eld.
The missing Revi gunsight was sourced from the Quickboost range as were the exhausts, which are
intended for the Fine Molds kits but can be used here after some trimming
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FINAL VERDICT
The new veda kit is a very welcome addition to Bf kits in and despite the snap-t nature it is surprisingly well detailed and accurate. This
concept of course brings some odd features and compromises for some parts, but still the kit is fully comparable with regular kits. onsidering the
recent high price tag and unavailability of the ine Molds kit, this several times cheaper kit offers almost an equally good product and in my opinion it
has all the potential to become one of the most popular Bf kits ever.
the horiontal tailplanes the main build stages
were practically done. The canopy was cut
into three parts for the - version, while the
- Trop received the canopy after painting
the t is really excellent and the canopy can
be ust snapped on without using any glue
indeed ust for sure, I secured it anyway. The
missing evi gunsight was sourced from the
uickboost range as were the exhausts, which
are intended for the ine Molds kits but can be
used here after some trimming. The exhaust
deectors were cut from thin plastic sheet and
xed above the exhaust with cyanoacrylate.
ith the second build I proceeded in the
same manner, ust making the necessary
conversion works for the -Trop version. This
particular machine already had the rounded
style of wheel bays, so these were lled in with
Tamiya epoxy putty and sanded to shape. The
complete compressor inlet with lter unit was
taken from a uickboost set. The shape of the
propeller was slightly modied, thinning the
blades rst and sanding them to the correct
shape. The last difference was the deeper
- type oil cooler, so I tried to reproduce this
by installing the kit part in a slightly extended
pulled out position.
After priming the kit and adding some
decent rivet detail I continued with a painting
session, usually my favourite part of the
model building. The proposed camouage
schemes did not interest me Im curious
why the manufacturer did not go for some
more interesting schemes, at least for the
second option, so after a quick raid of my
decal banks I decided on ans von ahns
machine from I. with the unique ring
type camouage using aglecals decals. The
ring decals worked beautifully once applied
on a gloss surface and over-sprayed with
gloss varnish then sanded with extremely
ne sandpaper at the edges. I repeated this
several times until the carrier lm almost
completely disappeared. or my second build
I went for udolf Sinners ellow whilst with
and all the markings were sourced from
various decal sheets, mainly Techmod and
agero supplements decals. I used une-
Sangyo Mr Aqueous olor acrylics throughout,
with the camouage colours slightly lightened
for scale effect. The -Trop machine was
weathered more due to the dusty conditions
in orth Africa, so after the nal semi-matter
varnish was dry the surface was over-sprayed
with a thinned mix of ight Tan and ight arth
along the bottom of the fuselage and at the
wings root. The wheel bays were dusted using
MI roductions ight ust pigment.
At the end I attached the landing legs that t
well in pretty massive apertures, thus ensuring
the landing gear sits at the correct angle.
nce the canopy parts were glued on I added
the aerial mast and installed the wire cut
from black shing line. Both machines wore
the external armoured glass, so the required
shape was cut from .mm thick clear plastic
and glued to the canopy with small amount of
cyanoacrylate. The missing aileron weights
I found in my spares box but I was able to
nd only one set, so still need to add them to
the second model. inally, the drop tank with
rack was added to the -Trop kit and this
was again sourced from my spares. I think it
comes from a Tamiya Bf - kit.
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In my opinion it has all the potential to become one of the most popular Bf 109 kits ever
B .indd
T
he Airx kit comes from the
late s and was of simple
construction and suffered from
serious shape issues. The Aeroclub
kit was more accurate, but due to its
multi-media nature consisting of rather crude
plastic parts coupled with white-metal and brass
components it was really only suitable for skilled
modellers. In avla Models released
decent kits of both the ..A and later
.. versions that were certainly some of
their better efforts. ecently a new ..A was
announced by A Model, and it is offered in four
different boxes labelled A AA, ver
orth urope and ver Spain. The origin
of the kit can be traced back to avla Models,
however the original patterns have been
updated and released in the new ed ine
series from A that benets from advanced
moulding technology. or the purposes of this
review I have the ver Spain version and it is
packed in tasty side-opening box with separate
tray that is very useful during the build. The
plastic parts are located on a single sprue done
in light beige-coloured plastic and it immediately
attracts the attention, as all the parts are
exceptionally cleanly moulded with highly
polished surfaces. The engraved panel lines
are delicate and the petite raised details like
ribs or inspection panels are ne too, although
a little sanding with a ne grade sanding stick
can make them even more restrained for this
scale. The small parts are perfectly moulded
being sharp and well dened and I think here
16 MODEL AIRPLANE INTERNATIONAL - August 2013
SPECIFICATION:
AZ Model 1:72 De Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth
Over Spain
Kit No: AZ7422
Materials: IM, PE
Availability: Hannants (UK Importer) and AZ
Model stockists worldwide
Price Guide 12.99
BEFORE STARTING:
Loctite Super Attak Precision cyanoacrylate
Gunze-Sangyo Mr Cement S
Tamiya masking tape
Gunze-Sangyo Mr Putty
Tweezers (various types)
Swann-Morton #3 scalpel and blades
Microscale Micro Set and Sol decal solutions
DIMENSIONS: 1:1
Span - 34ft 0in (10.36m)
Length - 34ft 9in (10.59m)
Height [Tail up] - 12ft 1in (3.683m)
DIMENSIONS: 1:72
Span - 143.9mm
Length - 147.1mm
Height - 51.2mm
AIRBRUSHES USED:
Iwata HP-BH
For UK distribution and availability visit www.
airbrushes.com
Gabbert Triplex
For worldwide distribution and availability visit
www.gabbert-airbrush.de
PAINTS USED:
Alclad II lacquer:
ALC-115 Semi-Matt Aluminium
Gunze-Sangyo Mr Aqueous Color acrylic:
H12 Black
H67 RLM 65 Light Blue
H307 Grey
H318 Radome
Gunze-Sangyo Mr Color lacquer:
Super Clear Gloss III GX100
182 Super Clear Matt
REFERENCES
Aeroplane Monthly, October 1973 & July 1985
The Aeroplane, 30 November 1945
Wings of Fame Volume 9 (Aerospace Publishing
Ltd 1997 ISBN: 1-86184-000-4/1-86184-001-2)
SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER
KWIK BUILD
Built & Written by Libor Jekl from the Czech Republic
The ever-popular Tiger Moth in which thousands of pilots earned their wings,
has not been well served in 1:72 in the past.
The Gentleman
of the Air
Plane Facts
The .. can trace its ancestry back to the ..T Moth Trainer and ..T
Tiger Moth, the latter basically being the Moth Trainer with the upper wing staggered
forward and the crew access doors enlarged to improve egress. The .. Tiger
Moth Mk I was the same as ..T Tiger Moth but with increased lower wing
dihedral and sweepback. It rst ew on the th ctober and were built.
The ..A Tiger Moth Mk II was an improved version with a hp ipsy Maor
engine and plywood rear fuselage decking, while the .. was a winterised
version with a hp ipsy Maor engine, revised, easy-access, cowling, sliding
rear canopies, cockpit heating, Bendix wheel brakes and a tailwheel in place of the
tailskid. Skis or oats could be tted and some were tted with a Menasco irate
engine, if the ipsy Maor was in short supply. The type was built in anada with
, being constructed. The T- was the anadian-built airframe of them,
similar to the .. and ordered by SAA but diverted and used by the A.
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FINAL VERDICT
This new Tiger Moth kit from A Model nally allows a respectable rendition of this famous little plane and is undoubtedly the best Tiger
kit to date. The kit remarkably benets from high quality mouldings and easy assembly at least as far as any biplane can be despite its small
dimensions, so this makes it suitable even for less experienced modellers.
the improvements thanks to the new technology
is most noticeable - the instrument panels,
control sticks, wheel hubs and struts are really
remarkably well moulded. The only area that is
a little bit on the vague side is the opening in the
chin cowl, which is moulded together with the
front section of the engine and thus does not look
that convincing. The etched fret contains parts
and these further improve detail, especially in
the cockpit areas. The instructions are also new,
and have completely new graphics, better drawn
building steps and better quality printing in colour
also included is a rigging diagram that is very
welcome. Anyway, the instructions are universal
for all versions so bear this in mind especially
with such elements as the anti-spin slats these
were introduced in so therefore the Spanish
examples could not have them tted, folding
cover for blind ying practice and the exhaust
arrangement. The camouage schemes are
printed on the rear of the box and despite being
small they are sufciently informative, having
the colour call-outs done via umbrols paint
range. The kit offers three Spanish examples a
epublican machine coded -, a ationalist
example with - fuselage code and a post-
war Tiger from the s. The decal sheet is
printed by duard and is of good quality there is
also a little errata sheet that corrects the roundel
centres for the epublican machine.
The interior of the cockpits, where the build
logically starts, looks busy once assembled as
all main components are there the oor, seats,
bulkheads, instrument panels with the framing
being moulded on the sidewalls. I reduced the
thickness of the seats a little to bring them more
into scale and some careful trimming was needed
for the rear bulkheads. I was not quite sure about
the quoted Interior rey-reen paint as I believe
this wouldnt be used in the early s so I
painted the interior in a typical interwar scheme
black framing, red fabric dope and aluminium
for the rest. n the instrument panels I added
some instrument decals because they are highly
visible. All the assembled parts were secured
into the starboard fuselage half and the whole
lot was then closed both bulkheads need a little
ller to hide their oints, the rest tted perfectly.
rom a piece of epoxy putty I created the leather
pads that were mounted under the windshields.
The separately moulded front cowl needed some
test tting too and I eventually used a little piece
of plasticard to blend the oint on the bottom.
The single-piece bottom wing was glued in the
fuselage opening and the resulting gap was
addressed with cyanoacrylate glue, as there was
no such line on the real aircraft. The tailplanes
were spot on, having been secured in place with
extra thin Mr ement S, and the struts were
replaced with brass rod because the plastic parts
were too fragile. The assembly of the landing
gear is a little bit tricky, as the inner X-shaped
part oining both main legs needs to be bent as
shown in the instructions. owever, this is mainly
due to their tiny sie and the rather fragile plastic
so very careful adustment is recommended I
eventually managed to not break the part unlike
some of the other tiny parts in this kit and set
the complete assembly with cyanoacrylate glue
based on photographs I also added two small
braces that A omitted. ow I turned my attention
to the wing struts rst a trial assembly took place,
which revealed the rear outer struts were some
mm short. I extended them using .mm copper
wire glued in the ends and applied two-part putty
around this wire then sanded it all to shape.
ext I attached the struts in the lower wing
continuously checking the geometry, but at this
stage the upper wing was only test tted without
using any glue. I drilled out the holes for the
rigging using a .mm drill bit at the same time
the upper wing was drilled through. n the upper
wing I also removed the slat hinges because they
looked too thick and replaced them with new
items cut from thin plasticard.
ow the main airframe assembly was done
and I could continue with the painting. The kit
was primed rst using Mr Surfacer . rom
the kits options I went for the catchy ationalist
machine with ight rey upper surfaces
and ight Blue underneath. According to the
instructions the latter is quoted as Aure Blue,
which seems rather odd although I suspect this
wasnt meant as reference to the A colour
of the same name so I decided on ight Blue
instead, choosing erman M . The struts
were rst sprayed in a light tan colour followed by
Burnt Sienna oil paint that was carefully brushed.
After a while this was then rubbed away with a
stiff brush to create a wood grain effect I treated
the propeller in the same manner.
nce the gloss varnish had sealed the surface
I applied the decals and these worked without
problem, being thin and responding well to the
decal solutions. I was little worried about the
excessive carried lm around each item but after
bad experiences Im reluctant to trim the decals
as they often disintegrated along the edges they
eventually followed the surface with no silvering
at all.
After the nal coat of semi-matt varnish I
attached the windshields that are supplied on
clear acetate lm but which have to be cut out
and gently pressed into the right shape. In the
pre-drilled holes in the bottom wing and fuselage
I secured all the wires cut from thin heat stretched
sprue painted black, before xing the upper
wing in place. The individual threads were pulled
through the upper wing, secured with a drop of
cyanoacrylate and after they had dried the upper
wing surface was tidied up using debonder and
any remaining small gaps were sorted out using
Mr Surfacer . Then the upper wing was
carefully painted and decalled. At the end I added
the few remaining tiny bits like the pitot on the
starboard strut that is assembled from several
etched parts, the propeller and wheels. They
do lack the typical hub covers, so these were
punched from vergreen .mm plasticard
using my punch and die set and slightly bent to
the correct concave shape.
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We continue our series of techniques used by MAI
contributors with the weathering of tyres with pigments
by Carl Robertshaw.
Background
Here is the process I use for weathering tyres. I think of this process as accentuating the form
of the wheel dramatically, adding darker low lights and highlights to the tyres in order to get the scale weight look. The
beauty of using weathering pigments is that you can adjust as you go and add light or dark to suit your taste. Ive found this technique successful
on every scale of aircraft and also on vinyl tyres.
Mounting the wheels on cocktail sticks is ideal. This provides an axle (so to speak) to turn each wheel to replicate the all-important motion of the
wheels while working on them. Here Ive used a set of 1:48 F-14D resin wheels from Tally Ho. The hubs are airbrushed white and the tyres are then
painted by hand rotating the wheels, rst letting the paint run around the edge of the hub using capillary action as you would with a pin wash then
painting the rest of the tyre. As a rule, matt black is too black for tyres, and referencing full size actual tyres, they should be a very dark grey. The
sidewalls are lighter than the contact area around the circumference and this is where the pigments are concentrated on scale tyres, applied in an
identical fashion to the drybrush technique.
Pic 1. Stage 1, paint the hubs white (in this case) and the tyres
in a dark grey. Here Ive used Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black. To
paint the tyres by hand, let the paint run around the edge of the
hub rst using capillary action (like a pin wash) then paint the
rest of the tyre. Pic 2. Stage 2, seal in the paint layers with a
gloss coat. Here Ive used Klear to protect the paint against the
up-coming layers of weathering. Pic 3. Stage 3, to accentuate
the detail in the wheel hubs and the tyre tread here Ive used
a black enamel wash, Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color Black in
this case. Once the wash has settled into the detail, remove the
remaining wash from the high spots on the detail with a cotton
bud slightly dampened with white spirit. This restores the white
adding another layer of contrast and detail. Then when the
wash has dried seal it in with a matt coat. At this stage you may
want to add paint chips with dark grey enamel. Pic 4. Stage 4,
with pastels or weathering pigments, highlight the raised outer
portion of the tyre wall. Here Ive used Light Sand and Sand
from the Tamiya Weathering Set, Master Set A. Then working
more highlights into the top of the tyre walls using Snow (white)
from the Weathering Set B to provide even more contrast.
Pic 5. Stage 5, nish the tyres by working black pigment
around the tyre where it would contact the ground. Here Ive
used Soot (black) from Weathering Set B. Also work some low
light shadow to the bottom of the tyre where it contacts the
ground. Ive sanded a at spot to the bottom of these tyres, and
therefore added a black shadow around this to create scale
weight to the tyre. Ive also added some Mud (dark brown) from
Set A to the hub. Pic 7. Stage 6, the end result with pastels, on
the left, or without, on the right. Pic 8. Summary, here is a CAD
rendering to illustrate the weathering areas in sequence:
A: Tyre walls - highlight, concentrating light at the top, and
darker at the bottom
B: Hub - accentuate detail using brown and/or dark colours
C: Circumference - accentuate tread and contact area. Add a
base/at spot and shadow to add scale weight
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SPECIFICATIONS
Cduard |.4B 5upermarlne 5pltre Mk |Xc 'Late Verslon'
klt No.. B|B|
Materla|s. |M, PC
Aval|abl|ltg. Creatlve Mode|s Ltd, Hannants B L5A
Mode|s (Uk Dlstrlbutlon) and Cduard stocklsts
mor|dmlde
Prlce Gulde. Ld7.BO
BEFORE STARTING:
Thlck Cganoacrg|ate B Acce|erator
Gunze-5anggo Mr Cement 5
Tamlga Masklng Tape
Gunze-5anggo Mr Puttg
Tmeezers
5andlng stlcks B |es
5mann-Morton #3 sca|pe| and b|ades
Johnson's Future
ACCESSORIES USED:
Brassln #G4B O9B 5pltre Whee|s - B 5poke
Prlce Gulde. L4.BO
Brassln #G4B O99 5pltre Cxhaust 5tacks
Prlce Gulde. L4.BO
Brassln #G4B |OO 5pltre Mk |X Cockplt |nterlor
Prlce Gulde. Ldd.dB
Uk Dlstrlbutlon. Creatlve Mode|s Ltd, Hannants B L5A
Mode|s
PAINTS USED:
Tamlga acrg|lc.
XF-| F|at B|ack
XF-3 F|at Ye||om
XF-d| 5kg
XF-B3 PAF Medlum 5ea Greg
Uk |mporter. The Hobbg Compang Ltd
Tamlga ename|.
X-|| - A|umlnlum
M|G Productlons
Dark Wash
Dark Carth plgment
Llght Carth plgment
Plgment Flxer
AIRBRUSHES USED:
Harder B 5teenbeck Cvo|utlon
Harder B 5teenbeck |nnltg Tmo-ln-One
Both aval|ab|e ln the Uk from Lltt|e-cars, vlslt mmm.
|ltt|e-cars.com
DIMENSIONS: 1:1
5pan - 3Gft |Oln (||.d3m)
Length - 3|ft 3.Bln (9.B4m)
Helght - ||ft Bln (3.4Bm)
DIMENSIONS: 1:48
5pan - d33.9mm
Length - |9B.Bmm
Helght - 7d.Bmm
REFERENCES
5pltres and Po|lshed Meta|. Pestorlng the C|asslc
Flghter bg G. Moss B B. Mckee (Alr|lfe Pub|lshlng |999
|5BN. |-BB3|O-7dO-4)
5pltre. Thelr Hlstorg and hom to mode| them bg P.
Cross B G. 5carborough, C|asslc Alrcraft No.| (Patrlck
5tephens Ltd |97| |5BN. O-BBOB9-OBd-B)
5pltre Mk |X bg T. 5z|agor B J. 5mlat|on, Topco|ours
No.|4 (kagero dOO9 |5BN. 97B-B3-G|ddO-B4-|)
5pltre Mk |X ln the |srae|l Alr Force |94B-|9BG bg A.
Yofe (Whlte Crom Pub|lcatlons dOOG |5BN. O-9774Gd7-
O-G)
5pltre Mk |X B XV| Cnglneered bg P.H. Monforton
(Monforton Press dOOB |5BN. 97B-O-97B4OO|-O-
|) - 5uperb detal|ed 43dp book, but lt cost L9Bl (soon
reduced to about L4B bg mang)
5pltre Mk |X B XV| of Po|lsh Alrmen Vo|.| bg W.
Matuslak (Mlrage Hobbg dOO3 |5BN. B3-BB99G-OB-3)
5pltre LF Mk |X |n Detal| bg F. koran, V. Danda, J.
Martinek B M. kho|, 5pecla| Museum Llne No.dG (WWP
|Wlngs B Whee|s Pub|lcatlons| dOOd |5BN. BO-BG4|G-
dB-9)
5pltre The Hlstorg bg C.B. Morgan B C. 5hack|adg
(keg Pub|lshlng |9B7 |5BN. O-94Gd|9-4B-G)
SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER
KIT BUILD
Built & Written by Daniel Zamarbide Surez from the Canary Islands
20 MODEL AIRPLANE INTERNATIONAL - August 2013
PART 1: Eduards big new release
for 2013 is this 1:48 Spitre Mk IX, for
which they have also released a number of
upgrade parts in their Brassin range, so with
these all to hand Dani starts his build...
MARK
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pon opening the box I was struck,
as always, by the excellent
presentation and engineering of
the parts in this kit. Eduard make
the sprue layout logical, which
makes nding the components easy and thus
making the build that much faster, which is
further helped by their excellent instructions.
I have to say that the rivets are exquisite and
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KIT BUILD
22 MODEL AIRPLANE INTERNATIONAL - August 2013
Stage-by-Stage - Propeller & Spinner
The propeller and spinner components from
the box
The blades are sprayed aluminium, then the
tips with yellow
Carefully measure an equal distance at
each tip...
...then mask this area off
The rest of the propeller is then sprayed matt
black
Now a very dark grey is applied in lines to
break up the monotone of the black
The painting completed Carefully use a sharp blade to chip away at the
paint, not too hard though
The initial chips added to my satisfaction Now to unify the effect, a watercolour pencil is
used to add some lighter chips
The end result The whole unit is now sprayed with gloss
varnish, so the decals can be applied
Once the decals are dry, matt varnish is applied
the panel lines are subtle, something that the
Czech manufacturers seem especially good at.
The level of detail in parts such as the exhaust
pipes, which are hollow, is sensational and
the decal sheet includes a full set of stencils.
This is all complemented yet further by the
inclusion of die-cut self-adhesive masks for the
transparencies and a small, but high quality,
fret of pre-painted photo-etched.
When this model came onto the market
various resins sets in the Brassin series were
also released by Eduard. The level of detail
of these resin sets is spectacular and I had
the wheels and exhaust stacks as well as the
complete cockpit update.
So, with everything ready on the workbench,
I began assembling the Spitre.
Construction
Of late I have tended to start all my models with
some of the exterior parts that will be used in
the nal stages of construction, simply because
in the past I have found myself rushing these
stages in my haste to see the nished model.
So Ill start with the propeller and hub. The
propeller rst of all has a shiny aluminium
colour applied, in this case Tamiya X-11 (NB All
the paints I will use in this article, except those
noted, are from Tamiya). Once the aluminium
was dry I applied matt yellow to each tip (XF-3)
and when that was dry using a ruler, I marked
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the same distance on each of
them so that all the yellow tips
would be equal once masked.
With the propeller tips masked
matt black (XF-1) was applied
and let to dry for about an
hour. Next a very dilute mid-
grey thinned with alcohol to
a ratio of 90% alcohol and
10% of paint, was applied
from the centre of each of
the propeller blades to give a
little volume to the otherwise
at of the matt black. nce
dry, using a very sharp
blade I carefully removing
the black, thus revealing the
aluminium colour beneath
to reproduce the chips seen
in the paint in this area. Be
very careful not to push too
hard with the blade, otherwise
you will damage the metallic
paint as well, but once you
get the hang of it this is a
very simple and realistic
weathering technique. The
nal stage of the weathering
on the propeller blades was
to use a watercolour pencil in
a metallic shade to rene the
paint chips, after which the
whole area was sealed with a
coat of gloss varnish. After a
few hours, I applied the decals
to each blade root and then
sealed everything with a coat
of matt varnish. The spinner
received different treatment,
rst I applied a base coat
of grey-green (XF-21) and
once it was completely dry,
using a very sharp HB pencil I
highlighted the panel lines and
screw heads. To tone down
the stark pencil lines I mixed
some white with the base
colour and applied it along
the line of the panel. Pencil
was then used to apply some
chips to the spinner, although
this time they were not toned
down, just sealed with a coat
of clear varnish. nce dry,
tape was wrapped around the
spinner on the panel line and
with chalk grey and brown
pastel dust applied with very
ne strokes in the direction
of airow, minor uid losses
were reproduced. With all this
done, I applied a coat of gloss
Plane Facts
By 1942 there was great pressure to get
Spitres into production using the new two-stage
supercharged Merlin 61 engine because although
the Mk VII and Mk VIII were to use the new engine,
they were not ready for series production. Therefore
a compromise was reached and the Mk Vc airframe
was modied to accept a Merlin engine and the
Mk IX was born. Many early Mk IXs were converted
Mk cs and can be identied by the Type wing
with the large double blisters over the inner cannon
bays plus the light on the fuselage spine, behind
the aerial mast (Mk IXc). These machines also
retained the smaller elevators as later Mk IXs had
the larger horn balances. Production of these Mk
IXs nished at Supermarine in une thereafter
moving exclusively to the astle Bromwich factory.
Machines coming off this production line had a
number of major improvements such as the Mark
II yro unsight S and the type wing Mk
IXe. This saw the removal of the outer .in
machine guns and the movement outboard to this
position of the 20mm Hispano cannon with their
place inboard now being taken by 0.50in. Browning
machine guns. A new cylindrical drop tank was also
introduced, carried on the fuselage bomb rack it
held 45 gallons and was used by most Mk IXs of the
2nd Tactical Air Force. Late production Mk IXs had
additional internal self-sealing fuel tanks and the
cut-down rear fuselage spine and bubble canopy
was also used with this version. This nal sub-type
of the Mk IX also had clipped wings but retained
the non-retracting tail undercarriage and standard
Merlin 61 of the other Mk IXs.
The spinner is sprayed XF-21 The seam line is highlighted with an HB pencil
The base colour, lightened with white, is now
applied to dull the stark pencil
Pencil again, this time to add some wear marks
All the pencil weathering completed A tape collar is added then pastel dust is
brushed in the direction of the airow
The nished effect The whole lot is now sealed with gloss varnish
Once dry, the decals are applied MIG dark wash is used to highlight the seam
The completed
spinner, once the
matt varnish top
coat is applied
"To tone down the stark pencil lines I mixed
some white with the base colour and applied
it along the line of the panel"
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc, FUZ, No.453 Squadron, Ford, June 1944. Ocean Grey/Dark
Green/Medium Sea Grey scheme with black/white stripes around wings and fuselage; Sky
spinner, codes (those on bands thinly outlined in black) and rear fuselage band
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXc, MJ840 DUL, No.312 (Czech) Squadron,
11 June 1944. Ocean Grey/Dark Green/Medium Sea Grey scheme with Sky
spinner and codes. Night/white bands around wings and fuselage; Czech
roundel below both sides of windscreen, unit badge on port side only. Blue/
red roundels above wings
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc, EN307, MXD, 307th Fighter Squadfron, 31st Fighter Group, 12th Air Force
USAAF, North Africa, 1943. Dark Earth and Mid-Stone upper surfaces with Azure Blue undersides. Codes in
white, serial in black. National markings on fuselage sides, above port and below starboard wings
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc, EN315, ZX6, No.145 Squadron, flown by fighter ace Squadron Leader
S. Skalski (five kills). Dark Earth /Mid-Stone upper surfaces with Azure Blue undersides. Red spinner,
blue codes outlined white; note Polish flag (reversed) and five white swastikas ahead of windscreen.
Blue/red roundels above wings
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc, EN199, DV, No.1435 Squadron, Brindisi (Italy), 1944. Dark Green /Ocean Grey upper
surfaces with Medium Sea Grey undersides. Medium Sea Grey codes; red spinner with a thin white backing. No
underwing roundels; blue/red roundels above wings. This aircraft is now preserved at the Malta Aviation Museum
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc, MK227, White 16, 102 Gruppo, 5 Stormo, Orio al Serio,
early 1948. Ocean Grey and Dark Green upper sufaces with Medium Sea Grey undersides.
Blue/white spinner, black serial. 16 in white, in small digits, high on fin. Unit badge on fin
(both sides). National markings in six positions.
Above: Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc, NH238, H60 (ex-MK606), No.322
Squadron, Netherlands Air Force. Light Grey and Jungle Green upper surfaces
with Light Blue undersides; orange spinner, white codes. National markings in six
positions; Olive Drab anti-dazzle panel. Three mice marking on nose
Below & Right: Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc,
PT529, AHG, No.332 Squadron, Norwegian
Air Force, Vaernes, 1946. Ocean Grey/Dark
Green upper surfaces with Medium Sea Grey
undersides; Sky rear fuselage band and spinner,
the latter having red/white/blue bands around
it. White codes, black serials; national markings
in six positions
Above: Typical upper surfaces of
Spitfires Mk IXc showing position of
D-Day Night White bands
Above: Typical undersides of Spitfires
Mk IXc showing position of Night/white
D-Day bands
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SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER
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varnish and once that was dry the decals
were applied and the whole lot
was given a new coat
of gloss. The nal
task, once the
gloss had
dried,
was to
apply a panel wash using MIG Productions
Dark Wash, before it was all given a layer of
matt varnish, and nally the propeller was
mounted into the spinner to complete this
element.
Undercarriage
Next was the construction of the Brassin
wheels and kit undercarriage legs and doors.
Now the Brassin wheels have tread, but
the model Im going to do, own by ierre
Clostermann during the days after D-Day,
had no tread on the tyres so I had to remove
the beautiful detail with a sharp blade. Once
sanded smooth they were ready for paint,
so I applied a base coat of matt black (XF-
1) and dry pigments starting with earthy
tones from the MIG Productions range. The
interesting thing about these pigments is
that having a variety of earth tones means
that once applied you can mix in others to
provide nearly an innite number of possible
shades and colours. I used the pigments
from the container in this instance, applied
with a ne brush and then sealed in place
with a pigment xer from the same range. If I
nd the end result is not to my taste, I apply
more pigment until I achieve the results I
All the components,
painted and
weathered prior to
nal assembly
The completed
propeller and
spinner unit
The kit undercarriage components on the right, with the new
Brassin wheels on the left
As the option modelled had the plain
tyres, the moulded tread had to be
removed from the resin wheels
The now smooth tyres
Stage-by-Stage - UNDERCARRIAGE
The undercarriage legs had the brake lines
added from lead wire
Each oloe then has the mid-section sprayed
aluminium
All the undercarriage parts were now sprayed grey
(XF-83)
All the raised areas on each oleo leg were
picked out with the lightened version of the
base colour
Shadows were added using an HB pencil
The brake lines were carefully hand-painted
black
The wheels hubs were painted in the same
way as the oleo legs, and weathered with
pencil and a dark wash
The raised letters were picked out in white
on the tyres after the black had dried, just to
add some interest
Two earth pigments from MIG Production are brushed on
from the centre outwards
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The completed dirty tyres after the weathering powder was
xed with MIGs special xer
The completed wheels with the hubs added
The completed oleo legs
The wheels and oleo legs combined The doors were done in the same manner, just with dirt added
along the bottom edges
The completed
undercarriage assemblies
"The fuselage halves required putty along the joint in only two or
three places because the t of the parts was so good"
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The sidewalls are sprayed Interior Grey/Green All raised detail is then picked out with a lighter version of the
base colour
All the control boxes are then hand-painted black
Stage-by-Stage - Cockpit Interior
Next are all the electrical cables, which are hand-painted in a
red/brown
Details are added with white, grey and silver Vallejo acrylics The whole lot is then sealed with gloss varnish
A dark wash is applied using the MIG Productions enamel-
based version
The completed sidewalls once the matt varnish is applied The sidewalls and lower section, all painted and weathered
The kit interior is on the left, while the Brassin version is on the right From the box the kit interior is not bad, the Brassin one
is just that little bit extra, though
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want. The hubs were painted grey (XF-83)
and the bolts and other high details were
picked out in a lighter shade, then the same
system of pencil and Dark Wash as used on
the spinner was applied, whilst the air cap
was picked out in red. The undercarriage
legs had brake lines added from metal wire,
then they were sprayed aluminium. Once dry,
the moving sections were masked off before
being sprayed grey (XF-83) overall. The high
areas were once again highlighted with a
lighter shade of grey, then the shadows were
picked out with the HB pencil. Next the brake
lines were carefully painted matt black (XF-1),
then a Dark Wash was applied and the whole
lot sealed with varnish. Later the masking
could be removed and the legs were attached
to the wheel and hub assemblies. The doors
were done in the same manner as the oleo
legs, although the lower edge of each was
made muddy using the same MIG Pigment
treatment as used on the tyres.
Cockpit
ow that all the nal
external parts
were
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"Once sanded smooth they were ready for paint, so I applied a
base coat of matt black (XF-1) and dry pigments starting with
earthy tones from the MIG Productions range. The interesting
thing about these pigments is that having a variety of earth
tones means that once applied you can mix in others to provide
nearly an innite number of possible shades and colours"
The seat is also sprayed Interior Grey/Green The back cushion is picked out in black The seat pan is done in a red/brown colour
The composite material used for the seat had a speckled effect, so this is done
with a lighter version of the base colour, all carefully applied with a brush
The belts are picked out in a light khaki, with shadows added in
a darker shade, then all the metalwork is done with silver
Wear on the metal areas is again done with an HB pencil
The nished result of the pencil weathering Once glossed, a dark wash is applied The completed seat assembly
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completed I turned my attention to the cockpit.
I must say that the Brassin set is excellent,
the nesse of detail is impressive but this
same nesse has its disadvantage as it can
break all too easily although in this instance
the parts seemed to have enough exibility to
withstand some handling, but I did not want to
tempt fate nce all resin parts were removed
from the casting blocks and the etched from
the fret I began to bond the etched armour
plate, harness and throttle box in place
with cyanoacrylate. The whole cockpit then
received a base coat of interior green X-
then by mixing this colour with some white
I was later to apply it on the raised detail to
add depth to the otherwise monotone nish.
All the little touches of colour like the console
controls, cables and others were done with
The main instrument panel with the gunsight on the left The panel was rst sprayed with a grey primer base coat Once the black is applied and dry, certain areas are picked out
in dark gery
Stage-by-Stage - Cockpit Interior CONT.,
A steady hand allows the dial detail to be applied in white The basic painted details More detail is highlighted in grey, with a dash of red to add
some interest
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various Vallejo acrylic colours all applied with
a brush, and always done following photos
of this area in an original aircraft. Once the
cockpit was painted I applied a coat of gloss
varnish, then let it dry fully before applying
a Dark Wash to every nook and cranny to
create a shadow effect that further enhanced
the visual effect. The seat was painted and
weathered in the same fashion and although
pre-painted etched harnesses were included
I applied the same painting and weathering
techniques as I used for the whole cockpit
interior, to unify the overall effect. The
instrument panel was also done in the same
manner, and even though the panel itself
Yellow for the oil pressure gauge, then other details are picked
out in white
The completed instrument panel The instrument panel
is small, but it will be
a focal point in the
cockpit
The instrument panel and
gunsight attached to the
front bulkhead
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The fuselage half interiors were painted Interior Grey/Green for the immediate cockpit area, and black elsewhere
All of the cockpit interior components laid out ready for assembly
The resin interior ts very well indeed
The fuselage halves close up well around the resin interior, with only a couple of spots of ller needed
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comes as either resin or photo-etched, I
used the resin panel that I then hand painted
(see accompanying images for the stage-by-
stage method used for this). With the cockpit
interior nished, it only remained to combine
all the parts and insert it as a whole inside
the fuselage halves, and I found this was
achieved with very little trouble. The fuselage
halves required putty along the joint in only
two or three places because the t of the parts
was so good.
Next Month
Dani will conclude the build and go through, in
detail, the painting and weathering stages.
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Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VW807, NUT, No.240 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU), 1950. Aluminium
paint overall with all lettering in black. Note open rear fuselage end
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VW162, G, No.204 Squadron, 1952. Aluminium
paint overall with white fuselage top decking. Roundel Blue cheatline
and spinners. All lettering in black
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VW195, No.70 Squadron, Fayid,
early 1950s. Aluminium paint overall with white fuselage
top decking. Yellow cheatline outlined in black. Black
spinners and all lettering. Unit crest below cockpit
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VW202, C, No.84 Squadron,
Nicosia, 1956. Aluminium paint overall with white fuselage
top decking. Light Stone and black Suez tripes around
rear fuselage and chordwise around wings. All lettering and
spinners in black
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VX508/K, No.110 Squadron, RAF Far East
Transport Wing. Aluminium paint overall with white fuselage top
decking. Roundel Blue cheatline and spinners. All lettering in black
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Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VW844/844, No.114 Squadron,
Nicosia (Cyprus), 1956. Aluminium paint overall with
white fuselage top decking. Yellow/Black Suez stripes
around rear fuselage and wings. Green cheatline and
spinners. All lettering in black
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, WD157, Royal Air Force Flying College, 1959.
Aluminium paint overall with white fuselage top decking. Dayglo nose,
cheatline and tail section, outlined in dark blue; dayglo panels also painted
on wings. Dark blue spinners. All lettering in black. RAFFC crest aft of
cockpit
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VW146/146, NU-Z, No.242 Operational Conversion
Unit (OCU), RAF Transport Command. Aluminium paint overall with white
fuselage top decking. Dark Blue cheat line. All lettering in black. Red/yellow
diamond, outlined in white, on fin with black lettering 242-OCU. RAF Transport
Command crest aft of cockpit
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VW860/860, No.233 Squadron, RAF
Middle East, Khormasksar, early 1960s. Aluminium paint
overall with white fuselage top decking. Roundel Blue fuselage
cheatline and spinners. All lettering in black
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, WD159/Z, CNCS, 1963. Aluminium
paint overall with dayglo applied to nose, tail and wings. Blue
spinners. All lettering in black
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Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VW863/863, No.30 Squadron, RAF Transport
Command. Aluminium paint overall with white fuselage top decking. Dark
Blue cheat line. All lettering in black. Red diamond outlined in white, with
white 30 superimposed on fin. RAF Transport Command crest aft of cockpit
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VW193/193, No.52 Squadron, RAF Far East, 1964. Aluminium
paint overall with white fuselage top decking. Fabglo applied to nose, tail and wings.
Roundel Blue fuselage cheatline. All lettering in black. Red diamond, outlined in
white, with white 52 superimposed, on fin
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, XV539, RAF Malta Communications Flight, Luqa (Malta),
1965. Aluminium paint overall with white fuselage top decking. Dark Blue and white
cheatline. Fabglo patches applied to nose, rear fuselage, tail and wings. All lettering
in black
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VW197/197, RAF Air Support Command, 1968. Light Aircraft
Grey overall with white fuselage top decking. Roundel Blue fuselage cheatline.
Spinners and all lettering in black
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VX542/542, RAF Signals Command.
Aluminium paint overall with white fuselage top decking. Black/
yellow cheatline. All lettering and spinners in black
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Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VX522/522, No.52 Squadron, RAF
Far East, Gan, 1958. Aluminium paint overall with white
fuselage top decking. Dark blue cheatline. White 52 within
a dark blue diamond on fin. All lettering in black
Vickers Valetta C Mk 2, VX573, 2nd Tactical Air Force (Germany), 1968. Polished natural
metal overall with white fuselage top decking. Dark Blue cheatline with white/dark blue
edges. Serial in Black. 2nd TAF crest below cockpit, name Loreley in blue over a white
rectangle, outlined in blue. Dark Blue spinners
Vickers Valetta C Mk 2, VX574, RAF Malta Communications and
Target Towing Squadron, Luqa (Malta), 1966. Polished natural
metal overall with white fuselage top decking. Dark Blue
cheatline with white border. Serial in Black. RAF Luqa crest
below cockpit. Dark Blue spinners
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VW856, RAF Malta Communications Flight, Luqa
(Malta),1965. Aluminium paint overall with white fuselage top decking.
Dark Blue cheatline. All lettering in black, red spinners. Experimentally
fitted with the Lindholm Mk 3 ASR equipment under the fuselage
Vickers Valetta T Mk 3, WJ461, No 2 Air Navigation School,
1953. Aluminium paint overall with Trainer Yellow bands around
rear fuselage and chordwise around wings. All lettering in black;
black spinners
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Vickers Valetta T Mk 3, WG259/K, No.1 Air Navigation School, Topcliffe,
March 1960. Aluminium paint overall with white fuselage top decking.
Dayglo areas applied to nose, cheatline and tail section; dayglo wingtips and
part of flaps. Green spinner. All lettering in black. No.1 ASN badge below
cockpit
Vickers Valetta C Mk 1, VW856, Fighter Command Communications Squadron, 1963.
Aluminium paint overall with white fuselage top decking (no cheatline). Fabglo panels
applied to nose, wings, rear fuselage section, fin and tailplane. All lettering in black
Vickers Valetta T Mk 3, WJ491, Aircraft & Armament Experimental
Estabishment (A&AEE), Boscombe Down, 1972. Light Aircraft Grey overall
with white fuselage top decking; rudder is Amuninium painted. Red
cheatline, edged in blue. All lettering in black
Vickers Valetta T Mk 3, WJ461/C, CN, RAF College Cranwell, 1966. Light Aircraft grey overall with white
fuselage top decking. Fabglo applied to nose, wings and tail section. Codes and serial in black with serial
repeated below wings. Light blue spinner, light blue rear fuselage band edged in dark blue. RAF College
Cranwell crest below cockpit
Vickers Valetta T Mk 3, WJ478/T, No.2 Air Navigation School, 1966.
Aluminium paint overall with white fuselage decking and vertical tail
surfaces. Fabglo patches applied to nose, wings, fin and rear fuselage. All
lettering in black. Red spinner. No.2 ANS crest aft of cockpit (port only)
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Vickers Valetta T Mk 3, WJ484/B, NB, RAF College Cranwell, 1967. Light Aircraft Grey overall with
white fuselage top decking. Fabglo applied to nose, wings and tail section. Codes and serial in black
with serial repeated below wings. Light blue spinner, light blue rear fuselage band edged in dark blue
Top view of WJ484 (above) showing the typical
placement of Fabglo panels and dayglo painting. However
this appears to vary from aircraft to aircraft and can also
be present on the tailplane in some cases
Below: Vickers Valetta T Mk 4, WJ483/R, No.2 Air
Navigation School, 1964. Aluminium overall with
Fabglo panels applied to nose, rear fuselage section,
fin and wings. Dayglo cheatline. Red spinner. Black
code R on fin and serial , the latter repeated below
wings
Vickers Valetta T Mk 4, WJ486/E, No.2 Air Navigation School, 1966.
Aluminium paint overall with white fuselage top decking and vertical tail
surfaces. Fabglo panels applied to nose, rear fuselage section, fin and wings.
Dayglo cheatline. Red spinner. Black code C on fin and serial , the latter
repeated below wings
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REFERENCES
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The Great Wizard
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ontents of the large box
adorned with a good box
art are what we have come
to expect from the modern
Airx, being a set of four
sprues of medium hard plastic and one of
nice clear parts. Detail is a mix of raised
for strengthening plates and recessed
for panel lines, all nice and restrained
with the exception of a couple of the
panel lines on the engine covers. Any
colour as long as it is green, there are
ve choices of markings, ust variations
with one special, they are for the record
X from o. Sqn, o. light,
Afghanistan, from the
Incident esponse Team, Iraq, my
choice , o. Sqn, ,
o. Sqn Splat and the most colourful
choice, , o. Sqn specially
marked commemorating the crash of
The Great Wizard
Built & Written by John Tigger Wilkes from the UK
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Having built a 1:72 scale HM.1 for issue 1, I always wanted to
make the RAF version but never expected it as a 1:48 kit.
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Cabin oor with cockpit parts in place. In this position the
back of the instrument panel would foul the fuselage sides
later even though it was seated in the correct place, detail is
good all around
Halifax LV905 and complete with temporary
tiger stripes. Why, I hear you ask, didn't I build
this one? Well, I wanted to make a nice dirty
operational machine added to which I could
not nd many good quality images of the
colourful bird! The decals are I believe printed
by Cartograph and all look very good on the
sheet with strong colour density and being in
register. A large instruction sheet with colour
call-outs to Humbrol-only paints is included as
are two separate sheets with the decal and
markings guide, which includes a placement
guide for the inside of the cargo area as well.
Be careful when doing the individual aircraft
and do not rely upon the placement guides
as reference to what is actually on the model
in terms of role equipment as they appear to
have used two slightly different drawings for all
versions.
On with the build
From the outset I realised that most of this
kit was modular in fashion and this means
that everything has to be aligned perfectly
otherwise down the line something will be
off! Luckily you are provided with plenty of
pins and slots to get everything square and
the rst thing to make is the nose gear bay,
which then attaches to the cabin oor which on
my example had a slight bend in the middle,
however, this was not to be a problem as
there were lots of points where it attaches to
the sides to straighten it all up. Painting the
cabin oor will need some masking and this
is then followed by several decals which I
sealed with Johnson's Klear then weathered
the whole lot with pigments. Pilot's controls
are also added and care will need to be taken
removing some of the small parts from the
sprues as they have thick gates; I used a small
razor saw for this process. Unfortunately in
amongst all of the lovely decals there are none
for the instruments so these raised details
need painting. There are no representations of
seat harnesses but this just means that they
can be made from aftermarket belts. Now that
instrument facia ts nicely but you would be
better off leaving it loose until later as I found
that it fouled the fuselage walls and needed
to sand the back of it to get the walls to t in
place; the only issue with this method is that
Painted, decalled and weathered with the fuselage oor and bulkheads in
place the whole sub-assembly starts to become quite rigid
Not too many decals in there at this stage but they all
add some realism to the model and once all weathered
in they look spot on
Fuselage oor with the modular wheel bays and cross brace all add
some rigidity to the structure, and this has lots of easy-to-follow
alignment marks and items to assist in keeping it all square
Two large fuselage inner side panels with decals on. Bear in mind that there are seats to go over these yet and most of the detail
higher up will still be visible later especially if you choose to have the doors open
Lots of seats and in fact there are two different styles with the options of having each type in the stowed or down
position, the aftermarket boys will have a eld day making the lap belts for these
One side panel in and seats added it all starts to get nice and busy in there. I
attached these parts with thin superglue as this would run along the tight joint
and ll any small gaps
"The most colourful choice, ZJ126, No.78 Sqn specially marked commemorating the crash of Halifax
LV905 and complete with temporary tiger stripes. Why, I hear you ask, didn't I build this one? Well I
wanted to make a nice dirty operational machine added to which I could not nd many good quality
images of the colourful bird! "
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if you place it further back then it closes
the gap between the panel and the pilot's
control column and therefore the seats too.
Straight away after this you are onto the sub-
assembly which makes the undercarriage
cross bracing and lifting hook attachment
points, and there were no issues encountered
with this section as once again everything is
keyed to t one way. nce the nose gear leg
is attached you simply bring the cabin oor
with bulkheads and cockpit together with the
fuselage belly with main gear strut. At this
juncture you will need to be very careful that
everything is nice and square because most
of the fuselage will attach to this section. A
full rear cargo cabin is provided and there are
loads of small decals to go in there especially
on the walls and ceiling; make sure that you
place them before closing the cabin. Now
at the rear of the sidewalls there is a slot at
the bottom above the main gear bays and I
found there was a need to slightly open the
slot to get everything to t as advertised. A
full option of seats either stowed or in the
lowered conguration is given so I went with
a mix of some up and some down. Adding
the cargo ramp I found that one of the pivots
broke very soon after I had assembled it so
I replaced it with a short section of brass
inserted into a hole I drilled through the ramp
sidewall and fuselage mounting point. Now
is the rst time that you have to determine
the version you want to make as there is a
Plane Facts
riginally conceived as a consortium proect undertaken by
Industries, nine pre-production prototypes were built between
and ve by estland , , , and
and four by Agusta SpA , , . hen
Agusta and estlands merged in the type designation
was changed to A. The type has beenis offered in many
versions:
Model - Italian avy ASASu variant, eight built
powered by T--TA engines and tted with liradar AS-
radar and oneywell AS dipping sonar
Model - oyal avy ASASu variant, built
designated Merlin M., powered by TM engines and tted
with Blue estrel radar, Thomson Marconi AS dipping sonar
and range eaper SM
Model - Italian avy early warning variant built,
same as Model but with liradar - radar in large
underfuselage radome
Series - roposed military utility version with no rear-
loading ramp not built
Series eliliner - roposed civil transport with no ramp,
tested in using by British International elicopters
type not adopted
Series - roposed version of eliliner with full airline
avionics for operation from oil platforms type not adopted
Model 410 - Italian Navy transport variant with folding rotors
and tail boom built
Model - oyal Air orce transport variant, designated
Merlin . built
Model - Italian avy special forces and amphibious assault
transport with advanced avionics
Model - roposed civil utility variant with rear ramp type
not adopted
Model - ivil utility variant with rear ramp, one used for
Tokyo Metropolitan olice Agency and one used to support
US101 bid
Model - anadian orces search and rescue variant,
designated - ormorant built
Model - Merlin oint Supporter for oyal anish Air orce,
eight acquired for search and rescue and six for tactical transport.
The six transport airframes sold to A as Merlin .As and
replaced by six new-build machines
Model - ortuguese Air orce search and rescue version
built
Model - ortuguese Air orce sheries protection variant
built
Model - ortuguese Air orce combat search and rescue
variant built
Model apanese Maritime Self-efense orce mine
countermeasures and transport variant built
Model - residential Transport variant for the nited States
Marine orps designated - estrel test and production
airframes built
Merlin M. - See Model
Merlin M. - avionics retrot of M.s for the oyal avy
Merlin . - See Model
Merlin .A - See Model
Merlin .A- lanned conversion of ex-A .As for
oyal aval use
Merlin ASa. - lanned conversion of eight M.s for use
in carrier based airborne early warning role
- etrel - Ship-based anti-submarine helicopter for
anada ordered, reduced to and then cancelled in
- himo - Search and rescue helicopter for anada
ordered but later cancelled
- ormorant - See Model
ockheed-Martin - estrel. See Model
Roof and ramp all painted and decalled ready to install.
I kept the weathering down on the roof but made the
ramp very dusty
Some sanding of the cockpit oor side and bulkhead
made a big difference to the t of the side fuselage panels
which needed some judicious clamping, and I also had to
sand the back of the instrument panel to get it all to t
Overall shot of the insides which are modular being tted into the fuselage which
is also modular; this method opens all sorts of possible t issues but with patience
and knowledge from reading this article you should be able to overcome them with
minimal fuss
Most of the fuselage
together and the rst
round of paint, in this
case black, is applied to
simulate the inner canopy
frames. Also this showed
up a couple of places
where there was a need
for some rectication work
before the top colour could
be applied
Main rotors all cleaned
up and in the process of
attachment; I found that
each blade needed some
adjustment to t the hub
and this is where I tried
each blade with each hub,
and when I got the best
tting parts I numbered
them and mated them
together
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SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER
KIT BUILD
gun support bracket for a General Purpose
Machine un M and ammo box to t. I
made these sub-assemblies and left them off
until much later to avoid damage as the gun
barrels will stick out and inevitably get broken
off. Adding the roof of the cargo area is nice
and simple and there are plenty of locating
lugs to help alignment, and there is yet another
alternative part which is selected depending
upon the version you are doing. A small
forward nose gear bulkhead is added now and
this was not the best of ts although to be fair
with some persuasion it all went in.
Closing the fuselage
More choices must be made as to the type
of windows used in the cockpit, and once
done the rst side panels of the fuselage can
be added. Some heavy duty clamping was
needed to get everything at the front end lined
up, especially the lower joint, and in the end
I found that to make this oint better I sanded
the cockpit oor and bulkhead sides a little
and this made the t much better. The biggest
issue I had with this model was very apparent
at this stage and that is the instrument panel
and cover was sitting too far forward even
though I had attached it to the correct position.
I went as far as to remove it, then test the t
again. My solution to this was to sand the back
corners of the panel cover until it sat where it
should without fouling the side fuselages. A bit
drastic on a new kit but it worked. I later found
with tting the overhead instrument panel
that if I had moved the main instrument panel
back too far the window framing would not
have tted. it of the cabin windows was nice
and tight and they t ush with the outer skin
when placed correctly. nce the fuselage roof
was on I found there were some considerable
gaps at the front end and these were lled
with superglue then a smear of Mr Surfacer
. Adding the nose cover revealed a big
mismatch and I ended up adding a mm shim
of plastic at the back of the nose cone to make
the t better. I am not entirely sure if it was
my fault or not although I have heard of other
modellers having the same problem.
Engines
nce again the modular method of
construction is present and this means that
there is the opportunity to add some internal
detail boxes that are in the kit. Before all that
I constructed the intakes and made good the
seam lines by repeatedly brushing M... over
the joint several times until it all blended in
and the seams disappeared. A similar method
was used to construct the exhaust and then
everything was bought together. nce again
take your time and make sure everything is
aligned, I managed to get the construction
of the engine pods assembled and onto the
"Unfortunately in amongst all of the lovely decals there are none for
the instruments so these raised details need painting"
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Stage by Stage -
Paint & Weathering
model whilst they were slightly movable and this
aided their placement greatly, especially the top cover
with the third engine. Any seams that were present
were lled with Mr Surfacer smoothed out with
a cotton bud soaked with alcohol. losing up of the
main gear bays was no problem as everything tted
ne, it ust needed a light smear of Mr Surfacer
on the oints especially the one where it oins the
fuselage, again choices need to be made as to the
version you are building and the t of the oatation
gear or not. n the n there are sections that
didnt line up too well although with some udicious
clamping and superglue followed by light sanding
everything tted. Be careful of that horiontal wing, as
it is a prime item to get knocked off. ou know how I
know that
umps, bumps, aerials and wheels were no
dramas to t and I did like the attened tyres which
worked well, I was hunting all over the sprues to nd
the th section of a wheel half as there are together
and for some strange reason the last one is nowhere
A cheap brand of car primer was up next and this gave a nice smooth coat ready for the green, I also gave a light
sanding to this primer with some very ne green Scotchbrite to give it a slight key
I chose to mix my own colour from Gunze-Sangyo H330 and H320 until I had a shade which I thought looked right;
bear in mind also that all of the weathering will darken it up as well so going with a light shade helps later on
All glossed up and the decals applied. I had no problems with the decals apart from their thickness, which took
several coats of clear to disguise their edges
My normal Payne's Grey oil wash was left to dry for almost an hour before the excess was removed with kitchen towel
and cotton buds in the corners
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Paint & Weathering CONT.,
With a heavy coat of Vallejo Matt Varnish it all goes quite light again although this will be weathered more and darken
again with subsequent layers of dirt
Humbrol enamels, I know I dont use them much but in this case a mix of Matt 103 and Matt 121 heavily thinned was
dusted over the top surfaces from the airbrush. This mix was then streaked downwards with white spirit and a wide
at brush then left to dry thoroughly
MIG Pigments were applied dry then xed with MIG Fixer, and the effect is a nice dusty appearance just like in the
pictures of the real thing in operations in Iraq
A pair of masks were made with a compass cutter following the arc of the wiper blades and when removed gave a
pleasing result; I removed some of the dusty appearance on the clear parts with white spirit
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near, so I rst thought I had lost one but do not
panic it is there, you ust need to look for it
nce again choices of optional parts depending
upon the version you choose are needed, t of
the oatation gear was a little slack around the
edges but this was easily solved with some Mr
Surfacer. Adding the cockpit side windows was
straightforward due to the internal canopy frame
which was tted earlier, I did nd that some slight
sanding was needed on the rear face to get the
main canopy to t nice and snug. Actually the t
of the main canopy was not perfect and needed
some ller around the edge to blend it all in. More
windows on the rear of the fuselage caused me
To be honest this shot does make it look dirtier than it really is, as
in reality it is a bit subtle. Kip ne line tape was used for the canopy
wiper arc mask, I like this material as it leaves no residue and cuts
easily with a sharp blade keeping a nice tight edge
"Once the fuselage roof is on I
found there were some considerable
gaps at the front end and these
were lled with superglue then a
smear of Mr Surfacer 500"
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FINAL VERDICT
I was a little disappointed with the t of such a new kit especially after the ynx from the same company, however this does not detract from the
nished model if you know about the issues then you can easily overcome them with a little time and patience. As a nished product I am pleased
with the look and stance of the model and everything is there with lots of choices with the exception of the refuelling probe although I am not sure if
this is an operational t
hilst the decals are very good and comprehensive I was scratching my head why there were no instruments as a decal although to be fair their detail
is there, you ust need to paint it it would have been nice to have the choice, though. I can recommend this model to those who have a couple of kits
under their belt The big box is impressive but I think the price may be the killer putting it out of the pocket money range so only enthusiasts who really
want a Merlin in are going to build this one. I would now like to see a oyal avy bird to complement this one, any chance please Airx
some issues, which was of my own making as
when I was removing some other windows with
the raor saw I had accidentally cut into one of
the bubble windows. I was of the opinion that
it was ruined but spent a little while sanding it
all out then polishing it back to clarity. In the
end you would never know I messed it up
More choices are to be made with the doors
and they can be in either the open or closed
positions. I went with the small port door
removed to allow the installation of the M
with the main starboard door open.
Rotors
verything is pretty straightforward and I
did not encounter any issues. Some careful
painting and masking of the main blades is
going to be required and I simply laid down
some masking tape then followed with a new
scalpel blade the recessed line then removed
the masking one side and voila.
Paint!
ell the completed model now needs some
colour and unless there is a scheme that I do
not know about the A aircraft are overall
green, BSc to be exact. umbrol
colours are called out throughout the build
and they recommend umber from their
range. I went in my own direction and came
up with a custom mix of my favourite une-
Sangyo brand from and which
was matched by eye to colour images I found.
nce all of the clear parts were masked off a
quick blast of black was applied to represent
the inner frames of the canopy. heap car
primer followed. Then the home-brew mix was
applied all over, thinned with cellulose thinners.
This got the learlear treatment after which
the decals were applied, which went on without
fuss and all settled down ne the only thing
I nd with the decals from artograph is their
thickness which meant I needed several thick
coats of learlear to seal them and hide
the edges. Any small areas of other colours
like the black around the engine intakes was
then masked and sprayed. nce completed
everything was sealed ready for some dirty
work
ooking at images on the web of operational
machines in theatre there is an obvious layer
of dust and to replicate this I mixed up a batch
of the new umbrol enamel Matt and Matt
, which was then thinned down to a very
thin mix and dusted on to the model paying
particular attention to the upper surfaces. ow
the beauty of the enamels is that with some
white spirit they can be reactivated and being
over an acrylic base clear it will not attack the
work done so far. In essence I simply dragged
a damp wide brush down the sides of the
fuselage until quite a lot of the dust colour
was removed, which also gave the impression
of rain streaks, exactly the effect I was after.
hen completed another sealing coat was
applied before some MI pigments were
applied, which were then dry rubbed to remove
any excess and then set into place with MI
pigments xer. ne nal coat of ohnsons
lear and Tamiya lat Base X- was dusted
over the model, which gave a nice matt nish,
but not too matt. A light dusting of Tamiya X-
Smoke followed and in order to make some
grease and oil stains I opened the airbrush up
with no air going through then a quick shot of
air splattered the Tamiya smoke, which was
highly thinned, onto the model making some
nice realistic marks. All that remained was
to attach some of those small items like the
weapons and aerials on the nose and this one
could be called done.
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Above: Lysander TT Mk III, V9817, No.3 Gunnery & Tow Target Flight, 8th Air
Force (USAAF), spring 1944. Dark Earth/Dark Green uppersurfaces; Yellow/
Night striped undersides. Standard RAF type B roundels above wings, with Type
C underneath; US star insignia, outlined yellow, on fuselage sides
Lysander TT Mk III, T1445, W6-K, No.755 Squadron FAA, 1942. Dark
Earth/Dark Green uppersurfaces with Yellow/Night striped undersides.
Codes in Sky Grey; Type C roundels on fuselage, Type B above and Type C
under wings. K of code repeated on cowling and under fin flash
Upper and underside views serve both
examples illustrated on this page
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Above: Lysander TT Mk III, 2353/53, No.8 Gunner/Bombing School, Lethbridge Alberta
(Canada), 1942. Yellow/Black stripes overall with large red/white/blue fin flashes;
standard roundels in six positions. Serial, repeated under wings, is yellow over black
areas, and black over yellow areas. 53 repeated in yellow in large digits below cockpit
Above & Below: Lysander TT Mk III, V9323, No.8 Gunner/Bombing
School, Lethbridge, Alberta (Canada), 1943. Yellow/Black stripes
overall with large red/white/blue fin flashes; standard roundels in six
positions. Serial, repeated under wings, is yellow over black areas,
and black over yellow areas
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T
he basic thinking behind the
design of the pusher aircraft,
with the engine behind the
pilot, was that the problem of
firing through the arc of the
propeller was alleviated; a problem that
the Fokker E.III had solved in a different
way with devastating results. The D.H.2
was designed to redress the balance. With
this design came a different looking and
visually stimulating aircraft, and happily
for us, one that is ideal for a modelling
subject.
Up Front
With the open and proud cockpit invitingly
accessible and highly visible, any
concentrated input within this area will be
well rewarded and shown off to good effect.
The kit is thoughtfully designed to let us enjoy
a full complement of sumptuous detail that
almost just falls into place. As always, the
cockpit build begins with the reproduction
of the wood effects on the oor pan and
surrounding fuselage structural framing.
I have described this technique in more
detail in previous builds, but briey it entails
a brushed-on acrylic base coat of a sandy
shade followed by light brush streaking of a
thinned brown oil paint over this to simulate
the wood grain. At this stage it is quite
easy to add in the internal supporting wire
SPECIFICATIONS
Wingnut Wings 1:32 Airco D.H.2 from Duellist set
Kit No.: 32802
Materials: IM, PE
Availability: Manufacturer worldwide
Price Guide: $119.00
BEFORE STARTING:
Thick Cyanoacrylate & Accelerator
Gunze-Sangyo Mr Cement S
Gunze-Sangyo Mr Putty
Tamiya Masking Tape
Tweezers
5andlng stlcks B |es
Razor Saw
Swann-Morton #3 scalpel and blades
Microscale Micro Set and Sol decal solutions
Abteilung 502 Liquid Mask
C|astlc thread (fat)
C-Z Llne ne e|astlc thread (round)
PAINTS USED:
Tamiya acrylic:
X-31 Copper
XF-1 Black
XF-2 White
XF-16 Aluminium
XF-49 Khaki
XF-55 Deck Tan
XF-56 Steel
XF-62 Olive Drab
XF-66 Grey
Winsor & Newton oil paint:
Burnt Umber
Raw Sienna
MIG pigments:
Dark Earth
AIRBRUSHES USED:
SATAgraf2
For worldwide distribution and availability visit
www.sata.com
DIMENSIONS: 1:1
5pan - dBft 3ln (B.G|m)
Length - dBft d'ln (7.GBm)
Helght - 9ft G'ln (d.9dm)
DIMENSIONS: 1:32
Span - 269mm
Length - 240mm
Height - 91.3mm
REFERENCES
AIRCO- The Aircraft Manufacturing Company by Mick
Davis, Crowood Aviation Series (The Crowood Press, ISBN:
|-BG|dG-393-7)
Alrco D.H.d bg B.J. Grag, Wlndsock Data|e 4B (A|batros
Productlons |994 |5BN. O-94B4|4-G3-4)
The Anatomy of an Aeroplane; The De Havilland DH 2
Pusher Scout by B. J. Gray and members of the Cross &
Cockade DH2 Research Group, Parts 1-4 (Cross & Cockade
|nternatlona| Journa|)
Cross B Cockade |nternatlona| Vo|.dO Nos | B 3 (|9B9),
Vo| d| No.3 (|99O) and Vo|.dd No.| B 4 (|99|)
De Havilland Aircraft of World War I, Vol. 1: D.H.1 - D.H.4,
Great War Alrcraft ln Pro|e B bg Co|ln Omers (F|glng
Machlnes Press, |5BN. |-B9|dGB-|7-|)
De Havl||and D.H.d bg J.M. Bruce, Pro|e No.9| (Pro|e
Pub|lcatlons |9GG)
De Havilland DH 2 In Action No.171 by Peter Cooksley
(Squadron/Signal Publications 2000, ISBN: 0-89747-
4OB-d)
Hamker VC bg T. Hamker (Mltre Press |9GB)
The Aeroplanes of the Royal Flying Corps [Military Wing]
bg J.M. Bruce (Putnam |9Bd)
The Air Defence of Great Britain 1914-1918 by C. Cole &
C.F. Cheeseman (Putnam |9B4)
War in the Air Vols. I, II & V (Oxford University Press
|9dB, |93| B |93B)
Wings over the Somme by Wg Cdr G. H. Lewis DFC
(Wl||lam klmber |97B)
SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER
KIT BUILD
Built & Written by Andy Ieronymides from the UK
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The Duellist
Part 2: Having thoroughly enjoyed building and completing the Fokker E.III from this
Duellist Series twin pack, I was now looking forward to tackling part two of the set, the D.H.2.
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shades a yellow sheen to represent
the castor oil staining. With the engine
proudly perched on its mountings in its
exposed position behind the pilot, it can
be easily seen and admired from all
angles so any extra detail would not go
unnoticed. With this in mind, thin copper
wire was used to replicate the plug
leads running from behind the engine
to the plugs located on the sides of the
cylinders to show off the completed
engine to the full. Some early D.H.2s
had a two-blade propeller whereas the
later versions used a four-blade type,
and the latter was used for this model.
Careful painting of the wood grain in the
blades will really spark the propeller into
life and this was completed using the
same oil wash technique as used in the
cockpit wood areas. I used a relatively
light wood nish and a more diffused
laminated strip effect in contrast to
that more commonly seen on German
propeller blades which seemed to have
had very highly dened light and dark
bi-colour wood laminations.
Assemble & Paint
With the front assembled it was now
prudent to embark on the painting of the
nacelle before the rigging wires got in
the way. The kit provides decals for one
very interesting marking option but this
had been previously used in our faithful
magazine for the Roden build of the
D.H.2 (See Issue 77). Consequently I
had seen photos and a colour prole in
the indispensable indsock atale on
the D.H.2 of a machine from C Flight,
No.24 Squadron RFC, which was
very attractive and colourful
so decided to choose these
markings as a change
from the kit option.
The photos
show this
Basic tools etc. used to create the wood effect Wood effects applied
Stage-by-Stage - INTERIOR
Cockpit with internal bracing and control wires added The seat looks very effective once painted and with the fabric
belt installed
The nacelle assembly assembled
ALSO NOW AVAILABLE!
Andy used the D.H.2 from the Duellist set here,
but you can also obtain the type separately
from Wingnut Wings as follows:
Spec: Wingnut Wings 1:32 Airco D.H.2
Kit No.: 32028
Materials: IM, PE
Availability: Manufacturer worldwide
Price Guide: $65.00
The wicker seat is crisply crafted and the delicate weave can be
easily lifted and then highlighted with a dark brown oil wash over
the base coat followed by dry-brushing of the raised detail with a
lightened shade of the base coat
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Plane Facts
The experience gained by the RFC during the early air combats over the Western Front soon highlighted the need for a single-seat
ghter with forward-facing armament. owever, because no reliable interrupter gear was available in the , eoffrey de avilland
redesigned the .. into a smaller, single-seat version and this new type, the .., rst ew in uly .
The type was armed with a .in ewis machine-gun that originally could be positioned on one of three exible mountings in the
cockpit, and once pilots got used to aiming the plane and not the gun it proved an effective ghter. Moving the gun about in ight was
cumbersome, so it was soon xed in the forward-facing mount but retaining the ability to move it thanks to a clip that allowed it to be
released, which was devised by Maor .. awker. Most ..s were powered by the hp nome Monosoupape rotary engine,
although later models had the hp e hne , and a total of were built.
The type has the distinction of being the rst single-seat ghter to equip any squadron in any air force in the world when it was used by
o. Squadron, at Bertangles, rance on the th ebruary the squadrons was Ma .. awker , S. The type
equipped os., Squadrons, on the estern ront and a few were also used in alestine and Macedonia.
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KIT BUILD
aircraft with an enlarged compass fairing on
the underside of the nacelle (as opposed to
the standard small fairing used for the kit).
Luckily the kit offers both types so the large
fairing was chosen and tted to suit my new
option. The nacelle had all upper non- fabric
areas painted in Battleship Grey with the
underside in white whilst the previously clear
doped fabric areas had an overcoat of PC10
which was a colour which could have varying
hues of Olive or Khaki green. Tamiya Olive
Drab was chosen and sprayed on initially as
the darkest of the base coat shades followed
by a dry-brushing of Tamiya Khaki, which was
the lightest of the shades used, along the
stitching and fabric wrinkles to highlight and
lift the detail. With this masked off, what would
have been the metal areas were sprayed with
Tamiya XF-66 German Grey as the base with
a darker version of this used to shade and
darken up cowl and panel edges to add a
touch of depth and variation in the nish.
Wing Assembly
The very nature of the paint nish on the wings
resulted in some fabulous visual variations
partly due to the translucent nature of the
clear doping over the lower wing fabric that
was set against the more solid nish of the
upper PC.10. Quite evident in photos was that
looking upwards at the underside of the wings
revealed that the framework structure was
clearly silhouetted and upper wing cockades
were faintly discernible. This would provide
plenty of opportunity for experimentation with
trying to reproduce this. Work began on the
underside of the top wings with the spraying
of the cockades that would be faintly visible.
Using the kit decal as a template, masks were
created so that faded blue, white and red rings
were sprayed to create the cockades. Next in
line was the marking in and spraying of the
main cross spars with dark brown paint before
the blanket application of the Clear Doped
Linen (CDL) in thinned light coats over the
marked spar and cockade cocktail. I stopped
adding the CDL mix when I was happy with the
image of the underlying spraywork through the
transparency of the top nish. To nish off, the
ribs were masked with micro tape and a few
light passes of a darkened mix of CDL were
The engine and pushrods etc. were all painted with shades from
Gunze-Sangyos excellent metallic range
Spark plug leads were added from copper wire The completed and painted engine
Nacelle with the base colours added Dry-brushing Khaki highlights onto the raised detail
Stage-by-Stage - ENGINE
The underside of the upper wing needs to have a ghost of the
cockade added, so this was done not using the supplied decal,
but with paint, matched to the decal
The underside framework and underlying shadow cockades
were all sprayed on, then the ribs were masked
Thinned brown paint is dusted over the rib masking to give
shadow effects when tapes are removed
The overall effect is currently too stark, but will be toned
down later
Stage-by-Stage - PAINT & MARKINGS
Careful painting of the wood grain in the blades will really spark the propeller into life and this was
completed using the same oil wash technique as used in the cockpit wood areas
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sprayed along the length of the edges of
the tape to effectively mark out the ribs
when the tape was removed. Due to the
relatively opaque nature of the upper
wing nish the structural framework
was not really visible so only the rib
enhancing method, as was undertaken
on the lower wings, was necessary on the
upper nish. ith the upper and lower
nishes in place, a coat of acrylic lear
was used to seal in the paint and provide
a glossy base for the application of the
decals.
Decals & Markings
The decals were superb, being strong
and tough and yet very easy to use,
easily settling down with the help of a
touch of decal solution and conforming
well to all the surface nooks and
crannies. Since the serial number for my
new chosen marking (6011) was different
from the kit marking (7851) I could not
use the decal for the rudder as it had this
latter serial number incorporated in it. I
therefore sprayed in the rudder colours
and added the '6011' decal numbers from
the spares box. The indsock atale
shows '6011' with blue painted wheel
hubs and blue and white stripes on the
outer struts denoting a C Flight machine,
although other references show this as
from A Flight with red markings. I liked
the blue so trusted in indsock.
Wings and Tail Assembly
The lower wing-to-nacelle location was
perfect, allowing a tight awless oint with
the correct dihedral thrown in for good
measure. It was also now a good time
to ust open up the pre-marked rigging
points with a 0.5mm drill bit in readiness
for the threads. All the struts were
painted, including the outer struts with
their blue striped markings, and glued
into position on the lower wing locating
lugs. These lugs are cleverly shaped to
only allow the correct strut to t into its
dedicated place and, owing to their non-
angled upright stance, are quite easy to
position and align by eye followed with a
quick test t of the top-wing to check. The
underside of the top wing had to have the
rigging threads glued into their locations
before the top wing could be lowered into
position onto the glued-in struts. hen
the sturdy assembly was almost dry,
the set-up was rested on an open box
top (see build photo) to set the correct
alignment whilst the glue dried fully. This
handy tip had come from ingnut ings
website and yes, it worked! The tail
booms were very delicate and the fears
that surely they could not support the tail
assembly without collapsing had spiked
my thoughts but happily were totally
unfounded.
Rigging Fun
n rst impressions the rigging could
look daunting but with a little thought and
The rib and framework base-work complete on the undersides
of both wings and the tailplane
A light overspray of CDL (Clear Doped Linen) to blend and fade
everything out. The underside of the top wing has the shadow
cockades, while the underside of lower wing will have solid
cockades via decals
Stage-by-Stage -
PAINT & MARKINGS
The upper surfaces with the PC-10 mix applied and the ribs
masked off using Aizu micro masking tape (1mm)
Shadow effects are created around the ribs by applying a dark
shade loosely over the masking tape
The shadow effect are created in the same way over the
cockade decals under the lower wing
The wing and tailplane undersides completed
The rudder decal with code that was not used, as the rudder was sprayed and weathered before codes from the
spares box were applied
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pre- planning the little mineeld can
be safely negotiated. The instruction
booklet was a great aid in this by
providing a very comprehensive
rigging diagram coupled with some
great reference photos. I divided the
process into three stages, the rst of
which was the adding of the wing and
undercarriage bracing which would
have been A section wire. This was
replicated with at clear elastic thread
that had been stained light grey with a
permanent marker pen. As mentioned,
the wing threads had previously been
glued into the underside of the top
wing and were now stretched down
to be secured to the upper surface
locations in the lower wing with
cyanoacrylate plus a brushed dab
of accelerator for a fast bond. The
second stage covered the rigging of
the booms with round cable for which
I used ne clear - ine elastic
stained dark grey. engths of this
lovely roundish thread were carefully
fed through moulded drilled lugs along
the length of the booms and secured
at the tail. inally the control wires
were added these were a little trickier
as they needed routing around pulleys
and incorporated the inclusion of the
more prominent cable adusters on the
The rigging would be looped through these eyelets made from
twisted wire, that were secured into the wings etc. before nal
assembly/rigging commenced
Rigging threads are glued into the underside of the top wing
Stage-by-Stage - ASSEMBLY &
FINAL DETAILS
Next the lower wing and struts are secured The upper wing can be seen here glued in place and rested in
the box to set the alignment
Here we have the rigging on the wings done with at silver-
grey elastic thread
Threading the round-section elastic onto the tail booms
Routing the control wires around the pulleys and controls The wire adjusters on the control horns were made from brass
micro-tube and wire
The Lewis gun with the ammo bag made from masking tape The propeller with laminated wood effect created with acrylic
and oil paint
The tail booms were very delicate and the fears that surely they could not support the tail assembly without
collapsing had spiked my thoughts but happily were totally unfounded
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FINAL VERDICT
Although rst impressions would suggest a complex build, in reality the precision of the engineering ensures a straightforward path and,
although the rigging might seem daunting, this can also be safely negotiated with a little patience. This is another top kit from ingnut
ings academy of excellence and it is recommended on every level.
as it worth the effort Totally.
nacelle elevator levers. All of these turnbuckle
adusters were fashioned from tiny lengths of
brass micro-tube from Albion Alloys with a wire
loop inserted and glued at the ends for the ties
see build photo.
Final Touches
inal detail pieces such as the wing gravity
fuel tank were now in place and to this I added
a piece of ne fuse wire to replicate the fuel
line from tank to nacelle. The ewis swivel gun
with attached screen was very detailed and
could now be added, safe from clumsy ngers.
In reality this had a bag to catch the spent
ammunition to stop these cases from falling
into the slipstream and back into the engine.
The kit piece for the bag was a little too rigid
looking, so I replaced this with a piece of
painted masking tape crumpled to shape.
ecently reviewed here were the excellent
ings resin gures and I painted and used the
standing pilot who was fabulously crafted
and a perfect match for the kit.
The tail booms were very delicate and the fears that surely they could not support the tail assembly without
collapsing had spiked my thoughts but happily were totally unfounded
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NEW RELEASES / KITS
Heinkel He 219A-0 Uhu
Scale 1:32 / Zoukei-Mura, Japan / Materials: IM / Kit No.: SWS
No.6 / Availability: Albion Alloys (UK Importer) and Zoukei-Mura
stockists worldwide /
Price Guide: TBA (16590)
T
he first thing that strikes you about this kit is the size of the box,
sure, it is about the same size or even probably slightly smaller
than the Revell version, but boy is it crammed with parts! The
lid has some nice artwork by Jerry Boucher, and it is just that, a
lid, as once you remove it you will be facing a brown box, as the
contents are within this, its not your usual lift-off lid floppy box (or even
worse, Revells awful end-opening and easily collapsing style!). Once you
get the inner box open you will find fourteen grey-coloured sprues, three
clear ones and, separately boxed, die-cast undercarriage legs and nose
weight. In all there are 483 parts and as we found with their Ta 152 kit, the
instruction booklet is a work of art. Designed to look like an official RLM
manual, the assembly is dealt with in a logical manner, with lots of clear
diagrams and photos at the start showing you what it should look like once
that stage is completed. The best way to describe how much detail the kit
offers is to go through each of the assembly stages, so here goes.
The rst stage deals with the engines and uses parts. nce again the
cylinders include moulded inside the pistons and con rods, although there is no
crank in the crankcases, the con rods just overlap/meet up inside it (must be a
Japanese thing to include parts you will never ever see again!). The propeller
shafts are held by a backplate, so they will rotate freely and include spline detail
should you want to show them with the propellers off. All the pipework is separate,
even the spark plug lead and tube and the instructions call-out colours of each as
you go, along with notes and warnings about placement of certain parts and the
fragile nature of others. Once the engines are built you add on the front plate with
all the cowl ap links and then build up the annular radiators to put in front.
Next you move on to the cockpit interior, which uses 40 parts. Here you have
the option of seats with or without moulded belts, plus you can t the u
and u radar units with or without their hoods. Again their are lots of notes
during assembly, not just about how to build this area but about how things work
and why you have optional parts. The instrument panel comes as a grey-coloured
plastic version to which you add the separate dial decals, or as a clear plastic unit,
to which you apply decals and then paint (ZM state you add them on the front, but
from behind the clear will work better and result in glazed fronts to all the dials -
you will have to be careful painting it this way, though).
The third build stage deals with the fuselage and uses parts. irst of all
the cockpit tub is trapped between the nose halves, with the oxygen regulators
and other details as separate parts to add to the sidewalls. Because the control
line access panel in the side of the nose is detailed within the inner cockpit unit,
you have the outer access panels separate as well. The inner-nose armoured
bulkhead is moulded integrally with the radar antlers, so this should be strong but
will mean you have this element attached very early in assembly and thus prone
to damage, so probably best to leave all the nose area off until nal assembly.
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We love the fact that ZM have done the bases of the antlers as separate parts,
which you slide over the antler and secure to the side of the nose, superb! In the
rear fuselage halves you have all the electrical boxes, plus the heater unit and on
the other side you get all the ribs and control linkage. All the bulkheads are also
included and the sides of the fuselage below the wing roots includes all the cables
and control rods in that area. The Schrge Musik installation is nicely done with
the ammo boxes, feeds and each gun separate and they slide into place then are
rotated to clip into the vertical position. As seen in the images of the preserved
example in the SA, the veneer oor in the aft fuselage, along with the belts in
this area are also reproduced - if these are original or post-war additions no-one
will ever know. The fuselage is now assembled as the two halves, the lower rear
keel and the two covers along each side then the structure above the weapons
bay goes into place as you are also going to add all the guns here as well! The
rack for the guns, complete with blast tubes, has each cannon breech added
along with the ammo feed chutes. You do get the barrels for the guns, but as the
instructions point out these are to display the guns separately, because if you
attach them to the breech, the gun will no longer t into the bay As with the real
thing, the access doors in the side of the ventral tray are all separate. The neatest
touch is the weight, though, as this does not go under the cockpit or in the engine
bays, it goes inside the forward fuel tank in the fuselage, as yes, you get all three!
The nal fuselage parts are two styles of tail cone, with or without the tail bumper,
and the tailplanes and vertical ns, all of which have separate control surfaces.
The fourth stage looks at the main wings and uses 62 parts. The whole unit
is mounted on to a rib/spar unit like the real thing and the detail is superb with
the oil tanks and heater units included, all you dont get are the fuel cells in the
rear of the nacelles. The wing root armament is there, complete with ammo
bins and tracks, plus once again you have the option to depict the guns outside
the airframe with their correct barrels, instead of the blast tubes that cover this
element within the wings. Once all is assembled, the outer skins go on to the
inner (upper and lower) and outer (upper, lower and intake) sections.
ow is time to bring all the main assembles together, rst the nose is oined
to the mid/aft fuselage, then the wings go on and once in place, the wing root
fairings cover the oin. The loop antenna and its clear cover t on to the dorsal
spine before the upper skin is put in place, then nally all the gun access doors
can go in place on the inboard, upper wing surface.
ow for the landing gear, the assembly of which uses parts. irst of all you
choose between the plastic or metal nose and main undercarriage legs, then you
have the wheel with separate hubs to ease painting. The main oleo metal legs
come as one, whilst the plastic ones are multi-part. The brake pipes and retraction
arm with springs go on next, followed by the doors with their cross-linkage. At this
stage the instructions show you the angles, in relation to the ground, that things
like the wing tips and nose oleo leg should be.
ow you move on to what M call the nal outtting and this uses parts.
The ailerons go on rst, with separate mass balance weights, then the aps can
be installed up or down. The engine cowls, exhaust dampers and access hatch
to the oil tank go on next, before you have to decide if the cowl aps will be in the
open or closed position; when you go with the latter the linkage rods all have to be
shortened slightly. The instructions do kindly point out that if you go for opened or
closed, both engines have to be the same, you cant have one with the aps open
and the other with them closed. Being an A-0 you have the short style spinners,
so the backplates for these are the thinner versions. All the radar antennae are
in plastic and very effective, you also have the long radio antenna under the
fuselage in clear, although the antenna inside is not depicted, so best to paint it as
most seem to be done like this anyway. The landing light lenses are next, followed
by each tip light, all in clear plastic of course, then you add the radio altimeter T
antenna before moving on to the nal stage, the canopies. I have wondered for a
few years how long it would take for a kit manufacturer to make a canopy like the
real thing, well here it is, as ZM offer you traditional clear canopies with engraved
framework, or separate frames and clear elements, the former being in grey-
coloured plastic. The Schrge Musik gunsight and canopy release wheel are all
separate parts and you can pose each canopy section open or closed.
The kit offers two decal options r., , own by ptm. rnst-
illhelm Modrow, . r., BB, own by ptm. Manfred
Meurer, Stab I./NJG1. Both options have the basic RLM 76 overall with RLM
blotches, but the rst option also has the half-and-half undersides, with the
starboard wing excluding the leading edge and front of the nacelle in black. ZM
also depict bands of black running alongside the nacelle on the port wing, but
in truth this was probably heavy exhaust staining? The decal sheet includes
full stencils and swastikas that are split in two to get around the laws about this
symbol in some nations. A full set of self-adhesive paint masks for the canopies is
also included.
Dimensions 1:1
Span - 18.5m (60ft 8in)
Length - 15.5m (51ft)
Height - 4.4m (14ft 5in)
Dimensions 1:32
Span - 578.1mm
Length - 484.4mm
Height - 137.5mm
References
The Heinkel He 219 Uhu: A Detailed Guide to the Luftwaffes Ultimate Nightghter by Richard
A. Franks (Valiant Wings Publishing 2012 ISBN: 978-0-9567198-4-3)
Verdict: Wow, what a kit! Granted it will cost you, because even at todays
exchange rate the 16590 price tag is 109.57 (todays exchange rate
being 0.0066 to the ) so it is nearly three times the price of the Revell
kit even in Japan. However it is so much more than three times the kit, as
it dees belief in some areas and will keep the superdetailers happy for
(probably) a year and us mere mortals building it from the box busy for
two or three months at least! As a Luftwaffe modeller this is one kit you
will want and you will want to build, as it is just too good to leave in the
box. The big question is, would I spend 100 plus on a kit, as thus far my
reply has always been no, but with this one I have to say I would save up
and bite the bullet as it does not disappoint in any way whatsoever. Yes, it
is really THAT good.
Get it while you can!
For all of you intending to buy and build this beautiful kit, let us remind you that The Heinkel He 219 'Uhu': A Detailed
Guide to the Luftwaffe's Ultimate Nightghter, produced by Valiant Wings Publishing in 2012 is already nearly out of print!
As we write this in mid-June, their stock levels are below 100 copies, so if you want one better get it while you can.
Order directly from specialist book and hobby shops, ADH Books or directly from Valiant Wings by calling 01234 273434,
emailing valiant-wings@btconnect.com or visiting their website www.valiant-wings.co.uk.
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NEW RELEASES / KITS
Focke-Wulf
Fw 190D-9
Scale 1:48 / HobbyBoss, China /
Materials: IM, PE / Kit No.: 81716 /
Availability: Creative Models Ltd (UK
Importer) and HobbyBoss
stockists worldwide / Price Guide: 14.99
I
had to get hold of one of these before it ofcially
arrived in the UK as I have done a bit of research
on the D-series of late! Inside the usual format box
you will nd nine grey-coloured sprues containing
parts and a single clear sprue of ve parts.
Surface detail is via engraved lines etc. and fabric control
surfaces achieved via subtle undulations (no heavy
sloppy fabric). The cockpit is built up as a unit comprising
oorside consoles, instrument panel -part, control
column, seat (with moulded cushion) and rudder pedals.
You get decals for the instrument panels, although the
actual dial surrounds are raised moulded detail. As we
all know, the back of the engine can be seen inside the
wheel wells and HobbyBoss have done their sums here,
as they include a bulkhead and back part of the engine
to go into the nose area just like Eduard did with their
kit. The tailwheel unit is nice, as one side of the yoke is
separate, so you can paint and add the tyre later if you
so wish. Much like the old Trimaster kit, HobbyBoss
have opted for photo-etched brass for the upper decking
under the canopy. The gunsight is clear, although a
little nondescript, and you have only one type of head
armour/support. The wheel wells are inserts, just like
everyone else has done for this area, with the ribs and
cannon tubes separate. Both aps and ailerons are
separate, plus you have clear tip lights. You will need
to open up holes in the lower wing half if you are going
with the SC50-carrying version, but it is nice to have
this rarely-seen option for a D-9. The front cowl ring is
separate and you can use it with the cowl aps moulded
open or closed. Undercarriage legs and doors are nicely
detailed and the wheels feature the cross-ply tread and
nice hub detail. Underneath you get the IFF rod antenna,
FUG 16ZY mast, DF loop and access step, so nothing
forgotten there. You have only one style of propeller but
the spinner looks good in overall shape and size. A 300lt
drop tank with separate ETC carrier and sway braces
goes under the centreline, plus you also have those
SC50 bombs (2 under each wing) and their associated
racks. The nal item to add according to the instructions
is the supercharger intake, and this is well moulded and
comes with an etched screen in the intake that is trapped
in place between the main body of the intake and the
outer ring nice. An exhaust deector plate is also
included as etched.
The kit offers two decal options: W/Nr.500570, Black
12 of II./JG6, Germany, 8th May 1945; W/Nr.400208,
own by .. orster, ., April . The decal
sheet includes full stencils, RVD bands for JG301 and
even swastikas, albeit split in two to get round the
banning of this symbol in certain nations
Dimensions 1:1
Span - 34ft 5 3/8in (10.50m)
Length - 33ft 5 1/4in (10.20m)
Height - 11ft 1/4in (3.35m)
References
Focke-Wulf Fw 190D & Ta 152 by Richard A. Franks (Valiant Wings
Publishing 2012 ISBN: 978-0-9567198-2-9)
Verdict: Well, do we need a new 1:48 D-9? If you look
at the overall package and then take into account the
asking price I think many will say yes. Once we get
our ofcial sample will pass it on to one of the team
to build and get their assessment, but for now this is
certainly one that all Luftwaffe modellers will want
to build at least one of, and if it builds as well as it
looks, probably a good few more besides!
Gloster Gladiator Mk I
Scale Airx, Materials IM it o. A Availability ornby obbies
Manufacturer and Airx stockists worldwide rice uide .
A
lways a good seller, it is no surprise that ornbys reuvenation of the Airx catalogue continues with
this new-tooled ladiator. In the usual style box you will nd two grey-coloured sprues containing
parts and the single clear sprue of ve parts. Surface detail is restrained fabric effect and sharp,
precise panel lines the latter far better we feel than anything of late from Airx, including their new
Typhoon. Interior detail is moulded to the cockpit sidewalls with the ejector pin marks well outside
this area. The framework for the interior is moulded with the rear decking area and there is a separate seat,
control column and compass mount. As usual, Airx include a pilot gure, plus you have the open of having
the access door open or closed, the latter requiring the removal of that area from the fuselage half. The engine
and cowl is built up in six stages, with the exhaust collector ring, engine with separate intake trumpets, front
bracing struts, lower cowling with exhaust pipes, front collector ring and separate cowls - very nice. The struts
come moulded with temporary braces in between, which seems a good idea but we suspect it will be hard
to remove them later and clean up any resulting marks on the struts? Only the rudder is separate and the
instructions make note of removing the aerial mast on the tip, as the rst decal option does not have it. There
are two styles of intake under the cowling and you have two styles of main wheel, due to the fact that the
suspension gave vertical movement to the wheel, not the oleo leg, so you have wheels with the axle pick-up at
different heights for an aircraft on the ground or in-ight. This version only comes with the xed-pitch two-blade
wooden propeller, but you do get the nice touch of the inclusion of the starter handle! The canopy is offered
in early or late styles, with different windscreen, plus you can display either open or closed. The instructions
conclude with a very clear and very welcome set of rigging diagrams, so well done for including this.
The kit offers two decal options, which is the norm for Airx kits nowadays , -AM owned by the
Shuttleworth Collection and painted in the markings of K7985, No.73 Squadron, Hendon Air Pageant, 1937;
Black 26, No.1 Fighter Squadron, Irish Air Corps, Baldonnel, Ireland, 1940. The decals are nicely printed,
although very matt, and include a full set of stencils.
Dimensions 1:1
Span - 32ft 3in (9.83m)
Length - 27ft 5in (8.36m)
Height (tail down) - 11ft 9in (3.57m)
References
Gloster Gladiator Vol.1 Development and Operational History by A. Crawford (Mushroom Model Publications 2009 ISBN: 978-83-89450-59-3)
Verdict: his is another ecellent new tooling from ir and it once again is improed on preious
ones, so shows how Hornby are learning. It is highly recommended to all, regardless of experience,
and our thanks to Hornby Hobbies Ltd for the review sample.
Dimensions 1:72
Span - 136.5mm
Length - 116.1mm
Height (tail down) - 49.6mm
Dimensions 1:48
Span - mm
Length - mm
Height - mm
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Northrop XP-79B Flying Ram
Scale 1:72nd / RS Models, Czech Republic /
Materials: IM / Kit No.: 92111 / Availability: Hannants
(UK Importer) and RS Models stockists worldwide /
Price Guide: 15.80
A
n odd choice for a kit, but the XP-79 is such an odd one-off prototype that
it has interested modellers for years. Sadly the only prototype was lost
after just 14 minutes flight and resulted in the death of test pilot Harry
Crosby, but it set the pattern for Jack Northrops fascination with the flying
wing concept. RS continue to upgrade their old catalogue of resin kits into
plastic, as the XP-79 is one they produced as a resin kit back in 1996. This new plas-
tic version comprises 32 grey-coloured plastic parts and a two-part clear canopy; the
vertical seam down the middle of this may be the kits only true problem area. With
limited parts, construction should be straightforward but the diagrams in the instruc-
tions are a little vague with regard to certain parts, so care and test assembly will be
the name of the game.
The kit offers three decal options and as only one was ever built, two of these are
spurious(*): S/No.43-52437, Muroc dry lake, September 1945; AH077, RAE Farnborough,
1946(*); S/No.43-52582, USA Home Defence, Alaska, 1946 (*)
Dimensions 1:1
Span - 28ft (8.54m)
Length - 14ft (4.27m)
Height - 7ft (2.13m)
Dimensions 1:72
Span - 118.6mm
Length - 59.3mm
Height - 29.6mm
Reference
The Flying Wings of Jack Northrop by G.R. Pape, J.M. & D. Campbell (Schiffer 1994 ISBN: 0-88740-597-5)
Verdict: This is certainly something a little different, but it should be part of any
collection of prototypes or if you have the N9M, XB-35 or YB-49 in your collection, as
it is part ef the erthrep ying wing stery. 0ur thanks te 88 MedeIs fer the review
sampIe.
Junkers Ju 88C-6 Z/N
Scale 1:72nd / Revell, Germany / Materials: IM / Kit No.: 04856 /
Availability: Revell GmbH [UK Branch] (UK Importer) and Revell stockists
worldwide / Price Guide: 16.99
T
his is a revised tooling that uses much of the airframe parts from the A-4
version first produced in late 2011 (See Issue 81). The breakdown of that kit
told you other versions were due, well this is the first to surface. It comprises
91 grey-coloured and 16 clear plastic components, the former all with engraved
detail. Optional parts for the C-6N or C-6Z versions are highlighted throughout
assembly, but only as A or B, so be careful. Much of the assembly will be as per the
A-series, so lots of sub-assemblies and associated joints to deal with. Most of the revisions
centre around the nose, with the cannon armament but you also get the single or double
rear-facing guns in the cockpit for the Z and N respectively. The radar antenna are all
injected plastic and although well moulded this type of item is best reproduced in brass,
even in this small scale.
The kit offers two decal options A, own by Maor rin u Sayn-ittenstein, Stab. I.
NJG5, Orel, USSR, spring 1943; 5K+DP, 6./KG(Z)3, Poltawa, USSR, April 1943. The decal sheet
includes a set of stencils but no swastikas.
Dimensions 1:1
Span - 65ft 7 1/2in (20.0m)
Length - 47ft 1 1/3in (14.36m) excluding aerial array
Height - 16ft 7 1/2in (5.06m)
Dimensions 1:72
Span - 277.8mm
Length - 199.4mm
Height - 70.3mm
Reference
Junkers Ju 88, Aero Detail No.20 (Dia Nippon Kaiga Co 1998 ISBN: 4-499-22679-1)
Verdict: This is an excellent product, probably made only slightly less appealing by the
cempIex breakdewn ef the parts and the Iack ef aII the markings en the decaI sheet,
hewever the Iatter is te be expected as the swastika is banned in 6ermany. ighIy
recemmended te aII Luftwaffe medeIIers, and eur thanks te 8eveII 6mb [0k 8ranch] fer
the review sampIe.
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NEW RELEASES / KITS
McDD AH-64A Gray
Camo 2009
Scale 1:48 / Academy, Korea /
Materials: IM / Kit No.: 12239 /
Availability: Pocketbond Ltd (UK
Importer) and Academy stockists
worldwide / Price Guide: 16.99
eissue with new decals of kit rst released
in 1992
grey-coloured and r clear plastic
components
Two decal options Sos. and ,
st ATB, South arolina A, Mosul, Iraq,

Verdict: Although the kit is 20+ years old


now and has raised detail, it is still a sound
model for the type in this scale. The addition
of the Cartograf decals and grey scheme
should make it a nice alternative from drab
AH-64s in your collection. Our thanks to
Pocketbond Ltd for the review sample.
Reference
McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing AH-64 Apache, Model
Detail Photo Monograph No.1 (Rossagraph 2002 83-
916229-0-8)
Grumman F6F-3
Hellcat
Scale duard, ech epublic
/ Materials: IM / Kit No.: 84135 /
Availability reative Models td,
annants SA Models
Distributors) and Eduard stockists
worldwide / Price Guide: 13.99
eissue in simplied eekend dition series
grey- and tan-coloured and clear plastic
components
ne decal option Buo., own by t .
en ildenbrandt, -, ndonga, ecember
1943
Verdict: A quick and easy way to add the
F6F-3 to your 1:48 collection, the basic kit is
sound and without photo-etched should be
within the capabilities of all. Our thanks to
Eduard for the review sample.
Reference
F6F Hellcat, Walk Around No.9 by Richard S. Dann
(Squadron/Signal Publications 1997 ISBN: 0-89747-
079-6)
Douglas P-70 Nighthawk
Scale MM, ech epublic
Materials IM, it o.
Availability annants Importer
and MPM stockists worldwide /
rice uide .
evised tooling based on their Bostonavoc
series from
grey-coloured and clear plastic
components
our decal options So.-, own by st
t . Second, th S, ew uinea, September
So.-, st ight ighter
perational Training roup, rlando, lorida, late
So.-, th S, own by st t .
eyland, written-off in a taxiing accident th une
So.-, th S, ew uinea, lost on
delivery ight from ort Moresby to oranda on
the th ctober
Verdict: It is good to see MPM continuing their
Boston/Havoc series with the P-70, one can
only hope a DB-7 is on the cards as well one
day to complete the set! Highly recommended
to all with a little experience with this type of
limited-run kit, and our thanks to MPM for the
review sample.
Reference
Douglas Havoc & Boston: The DB-7/A-20 Series by S.
Thompson (The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN: 1-86126-670-7)
McDonnell F-101B
Voodoo
Scale nd evell, ermany
Materials IM it o.
Availability evell mb Branch
Importer and evell stockists
worldwide / Price Guide: 12.99
eissue with new decals of kit rst released in
1992
grey-coloured and r clear plastic
components
Two decal options Sos. and ,
st ATB, South arolina A, Mosul, Iraq,

Verdict: This is an excellent kit, about the only


thing to watch for is tting the cockpit tub
up from under the nose, as its alignment is a
little sloppy. Highly recommended to all post-
war USAF modellers, and our thanks to Revell
GmbH [UK Branch] for the review sample.
Reference
F-101 Voodoo by B. Kinzey, Detail in Scale Vol.21
(Squadron/Signal ISBN: 978-0-8306-8131-0)
Lockheed F-4/F-4A
Lightning
Scale S Models, ech
epublic Materials IM it o.
Availability annants Importer
and MPM stockists worldwide / Price
uide .
evised tooling
grey-coloured and three clear plastic
components
ive decal options -A--, rd hoto roup,
aghouat, Algeria, April --, o. ,
AA, oomalie reek, Australia, --,
th S, ort Moresby, -, th ,
Barrackpur, India, -A, st Sqn, II,
rench A, omugliano dArco, Italy,
Verdict: RS are certainly offering every version
of the Lightning, and this one has some superb
decal options so it may be a case of how many
you have to build, not if you built one! Highly
recommended to all experienced modellers,
and our thanks to RS Models for the review
sample.
Reference
Lockheed P-38 Lightning by M. OLeary, Production Line
to Frontline No.3 (Osprey Publishing Ltd 1999 ISBN: 1-85532-
749-X)
Bell P-400 Airacobra
Scale MM, ech epublic
Materials IM, it o.
Availability annants Importer
and MPM stockists worldwide / Price
uide .
evised tooling
grey-coloured and ve clear plastic
components
Six decal options ells Bells, th S, th
, uadalcanal, autumn ellow ,
th , ew uinea, hite , th
IA, SS, B, averton, Australia,
hite , th S, th , Milne Bay,
ew uinea, anuary Air-A-utie, th
S, th , ew uinea, une
Verdict: Although there are other P-39s
out there in 1:72, this one is really nicely
moulded, with some excellent detail so for a
quality P-39 in this scale, this just has to be
worth building! Our thanks to RS Models for
the review sample.
Reference
Bell P-39 Airacobra by B. Kinzey, Detail & Scale Vol.53
(Squadron/Signal Publications 1999 ISBN: 1-888974-16-8)
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NEW RELEASES / KITS
Consolidated
PBY-5A Black Cat
Scale 1:72 / Academy, Korea /
Materials: IM / Kit No.: 12487 /
Availability: Pocketbond Ltd (UK
Importer) and Academy stockists
worldwide / Price Guide: 15.99
eissue of kit rst released in
black-coloured and clear plastic
components
ne decal options hite , which is not
identied in any other manner in the instructions
Verdict: Although the kit is now nearly 20
years old it is still the best in town in 1:72.
It represents great value for money and with
a number of updates out there already (e.g.
Quickboost engines, props and cowls, SAC
undercarriage & Eduard p/e) it is well worth
adding to your collection. Its certainly why
I bought it!
Reference
PBY Catalina by W. Scarborough, Walk Around No.5
(Squadron/Signal Publications 1995 ISBN: 0-89747-
357-4)
Messerschmitt
Bf 109B-2
Scale AM, ech epublic
Materials: IM, PE / Kit No.: AMLA72 029
/ Availability: Hannants (UK Importer)
and ALM stockists worldwide /
rice uide .
eissue, with new photo-etched and decals, of
Avis kit
grey-coloured and clear plastic and photo-
etched components two complete kits
Two decal options Black , own by ff. M.
Schmid, II., alberstad aireld at terbog,
une ellow AS, lugeuglehrschule
der uftwaffe, Bradenburg-Briest aireld, late
Verdict: OK, so the Avis kit is not that good, but
you can cross-kit it with the Tamiya E-3 to make
a very nice early-series machine (Libor shows
you how in the recent Bf 109 title from Valiant
Wings) so it is well worth investing in. Hopefully
it will not be too expensive when it reaches
the UK, as I obtained this one directly from the
manufacturer online. I have a few Tamiya kits
waiting and I have always wanted a good B or
C in 1:72, so this still looks like the best way to
achieve it.
Reference
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 Early Series (V1 to E-9 including
the T-series), Airframe & Miniature No.5 by Richard A. Franks
(Valiant Wings Publishing Ltd 2013 ISBN: 978-0-9567198-7-4)
Supermarine Spitre
Mk IXc
Scale duard, ech epublic
Materials: IM / Kit No.: 4429 / Availability:
Creative Models Ltd, Hannants & LSA
Models (UK Distributors) and Eduard
stockists worldwide / Price Guide: 10.99
evised tooling based on Mk IXc released earlier
this year
grey-coloured and two clear plastic components
ive decal options M, , own by ierre
lostermann, o. Sqn, ongues-sur-Mer aireld,
th uly M, , own by tto Smik,
o. Sqn, orth eald, late August M,
, o. Sqn, Italy, summer M,
, own by erry Billing, o. Sqn, Tangmere,
th une M, , own by erry Billing,
o. Sqn, rance, st uly
Verdict: With two complete kits in the box this is a
neat package, and the decals are superb. The kits
build well from the box and there is an etched
interior available separately should you feel it is
necessary. Our thanks to Eduard for the review
sample.
Reference
Spitre The History by E.B. Morgan & E. Shacklady (Key
Publishing 1987 ISBN: 0-946219-48-6)
DFS 39
Scale th Master-X, ech
epublic Materials , ,
it o. MX Availability
Manufacturer worldwide rice uide
TBA
eissue of kit rst released in
resin, photo-etched brass and clear
vacformed plastic components
o decals, as the original machine was
unmarked
Verdict: This is an excellent kit with lots of
detail. The main parts are well moulded and
the etched is good, about the only problem
may be cutting and tting the clear panels
accurately, but there again this is intended
for the more experienced modeller. Highly
recommended to all Luftwaffe modellers, and
our thanks to Master-X for the review sample.
Reference
Cockpit Prole No.4 - Deutsche Flugzeugcockpits und
Instrumentenbretter by P.W. Cohausz (Flugzeug Publikations
GmbH)
Lockheed F-5A
Lightning
Scale S Models, ech
epublic Materials IM it o.
Availability annants
Importer) and MPM stockists worldwide
rice uide .
evised tooling
grey-coloured and three clear plastic
components
our decal options -A, th S, th B,
andaveswar, India, -A, II based
at Alghere, Sardinia, May -A, th S,
lorennes, Belgium, ctober -A, th
S, th B, une
Verdict: Another superb kit of an unusual
Lightning variant and one that offers some
superb colour schemes. Highly recommended
to all experienced modellers, and our thanks to
RS Models for the review sample.
Reference
Lockheed P-38 Lightning by M. OLeary, Production Line
to Frontline No.3 (Osprey Publishing Ltd 1999 ISBN: 1-85532-
749-X)
Douglas B-18A
Bolo At War
Scale Special obby, ech
epublic Materials IM, , it o.
SH72228 / Availability: Hannants (UK
Importer) and MPM stockists worldwide
/ Price Guide: 29.95
evised tooling
grey-coloured and clear plastic plus
resin and photo-etched components
our decal options Black , th B, th BS,
lark ield, The hilippines, o., scola
Tcnica de Aviacao, AB Brailian A, -
Black IA, during autumn manoeuvres in
ouisiana o., th BS, th B, Benedict
ield, St. roix, S irgin Islands,
Verdict: The Bolo is a subject I cannot resist and
I have waited a long while to obtain a wartime
version like this. Overall I think the kit is well
moulded and detailed, although the resin and
etched parts put it outside the scope of the
inexperienced. Dont forget, SAC already do
metal undercarriage (#72052) and Eduard do
masks (#CX348), with the latter a must with all
the complex glazed panels on this one!
Reference
Douglas B-18 Bolo - The Ultimate Look: From Drawing
Board to U-Boat Hunter by W. Wolf (Schiffer Publishing Ltd
2007 ISBN: 1-7643-2581-6)
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NEW RELEASES / ACCESSORIES
QUICK & EASY, CZECH REPUBLIC
[www.cmkkits.com] / Available in the UK from: Hannants
1:32 Q32159
Heinkel He 111H/P Instrument Panels
Designed for: Revell kits
Material: R, PE [PP]
Price Guide: TBA
1:32 Q32160
Heinkel He 111H/P Seats with Belts
Designed for: Revell kits
Material: R, PE [PP]
Price Guide: TBA
1:32 Q32164
Heinkel He 111H-2/H-3 Exhausts
Designed for: Revell kits
Material: R
Price Guide: TBA
Verdict: These are all cleanly cast and the inclusion of the pre-painted photo-etched really makes things like the instrument panels
and seats much more effective. They will greatly enhance their intended kit and we highly recommend them to all except the complete
novice. Our thanks to CMK for the review samples.
Available from: www.cmkkits.com
PROFIMODELLER, CZECH REPUBLIC
www.promodeller.com Available in the from annants
1:32 32134
MiG-15T Target Tug conversion
Inc: New ventral chin insert with blanked-off gun ports, plus wing
turbine and cable fairlead all in resin. The etched parts include the
blades for the turbine, a template to position these at 90 to each
other, support brackets and a couple of access panels. Decals are
included for S/No.623906 of the Target Tug unit at Koscise, Czecho-
slovakia, 1966-69 in an overall silver scheme
Designed for: Trumpeter kit
Material: R, PE, DEC
Price Guide: 9.45
Verdict: Occasionally I get taken by a subject and not wanting to do a standard MiG-15 from my Trumpeter kit this one just had to
be purchased. This is the rst Promodeller product I have seen, hence the review, and I have to say the overall product is good, the
instructions concise and well thought out and, as a result, this one is certainly within the grasp of all modellers. Highly recommended to
all Warsaw Pact aviation fans and note that Promodeller do a number of other upgrade parts for the Trumpeter MiG-15 (a few of which
I will also be purchasing!)
Available from: www.promodeller.com
CMK, CZECH REPUBLIC
[www.cmkkits.com] / Available in the UK from: Hannants
1:72 7235
Liberator Bomb Bay
Note: Includes complete bomb
bay area, with roof bulkheads
and bomb doors to replace kits
parts (no bombs included)
Designed for: Hasegawa kits
Material: R
Price Guide: 18.20
1:48 4287
Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk 45/46
Note: Suitable for the Hurricane Mk
I, Seare Mks I, II & III and Spitre
PR Mk IV, F Mk Va/b/c and PR Mk VI
Designed for: Various kits
Material: R
Price Guide: 11.40
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[www.cmkkits.com] / Available in the UK from: Hannants
1:48 4288
Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk 66
Note: Suitable for the Spitre Mk VIII, LF Mk IX and T Mk 9
Designed for: Various kits
Material: R
Price Guide: 11.40
1:48 4293
A6M3/5 Zero Tail Cone Set
Note: Allows you to open this area and show the new bulkhead/tailwheel
oleo and includes separate (replacement) tail cone halves
Designed for: Tamiya kits
Material: R
Price Guide: 6.80
1:48 4294
WWII RAF HC (High Capacity) Bombs,
4,000lb Mk I Cookies (x2)
Designed for: Various kits
Material: R
Price Guide: 10.60
1:48 4295
WWII RAF MC (Medium
Capacity) Bombs, 250lb
Mk I (x4)
Designed for: Various kits
Material: R
Price Guide: 7.70
1:48 4296
Jumo 004B engine
Designed for: Various kits
Material: R, PE
Price Guide: 10.40
Verdict: These are all lovely sets, beautifully cast with ecellent detail. The release of ordnance is very welcome, although the resin n
supports on the MC250s will be a trial to release from their casting blocks! Ideal for all except the complete novice, our thanks to CMK
for the review samples.
Available from: www.cmkkits.com
SCALE AIRCRAFT CONVERSIONS, USA
[www.scaleaircraftconversions.com] / Available in the UK from: LSA Models
1:144 14412
McDD MD-80 Landing Gear
Designed for: Minicraft kit
Material: WM
Price Guide: 9.70 ($12.95)
1:144 14413
Douglas C-47/DC-3 Landing Gear
Designed for: Roden kit
Material: WM
Price Guide: 8.25 ($10.95)
1:72 72062
Lancaster B.I/II Landing Gear
Designed for: Airx kit
Material: WM
Price Guide: 12.70 ($16.95)
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NEW RELEASES / ACCESSORIES
SCALE AIRCRAFT CONVERSIONS, USA. CONT.,
[www.scaleaircraftconversions.com] / Available in the UK from: LSA Models
1:48 48226
IAI Kr C.2/C.7 Landing Gear
Designed for: Kinetic kit
Material: WM
Price Guide: 12.70 ($16.95)
1:48 48227
Spitre Mk IXc Landing Gear
Designed for: Eduard kit
Material: WM
Price Guide: 8.99 ($11.95)
1:48 48228
Grumman OV-10A Bronco Landing Gear
Inc: Improved nose leg and accurate wheels
Designed for: Testors/Italeri kit
Material: WM
Price Guide: 13.50 ($17.95)
1:48 48229
Messerschmitt Bf 110G-2/G-4 Landing Gear
Designed for: Revell-Monogram kit
Material: WM
Price Guide: 12.70 ($16.95)
Verdict: All of these sets are offered as direct replacements for the kit undercarriage, but offer more detail and, where appropriate, cor-
recting any errors. The whole range is distributed in the UK by LSA Models, and our thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review
samples.
Available from: www.scaleaircraftconversions.com
WINGS COCKPIT FIGURES, UK
wingscockpitgures.com Available in the from Manufacturer and M
LSK04 Seated
LSK Pilot for
Eindecker (E.II
or E.III)
Sculpted by
Steve Warrilow
Contains: One
gure, seated,
separate arms,
three styles of
head
Price Guide:
15.00
LSK 05A and B LSK
Albatros pilot & Mechanic
Set
Sculpted by Steve
Warrilow
Contains: Two gures,
pilot seated with separate
head, mechanic separate
arms and head
Price Guide: 27.50
Note: The pilot (#LSK
05A) is available
separately (15.00), as
is the mechanic (#LSK
05B/13.50)
LSK 05E LSK Albatros pilot
(sitting on cockpit side)
Sculpted by Steve Warrilow
Contains: One gure, seated with
three styles of head
Price Guide: 15.00
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wingscockpitgures.com Available in the from Manufacturer and M
Verdict: A|| oI these g0res are s0perb, both |o sc0|pt|og aod
cast|og aod w||| add a great dea| to aoy d|orama sett|og |o
wh|ch they are 0sed. Th|s |s j0st the rst ser|es oI re|eases,
there w||| be more to Io||ow, aod yo0 cao p0rchase w|th a cred|t
card v|a N00, or by cheg0elbaok traosIer paymeots by ema|||og
dav|d.a||eo@w|ogscockp|tg0res.com.
Ava||ab|e Irom: www.w|ogscockp|tg0res.com
LSK 07A Seated LSK pilot
for Fokker D.VII
Sculpted by Steve Warrilow
Contains: One gure, seated
with separate left hand
Price Guide: 15.00
LSK 08 LSK Hannover/LVG Pilot &
Observer
Sculpted by Steve Warrilow
Contains: Two gures, seated with
arms and heads
Price Guide: 30.00
LSK 10 LSK pilot in greatcoat
Sculpted by Steve Warrilow
Contains: One gure, standing
Price Guide: 13.50
RFC 07B The Fighting Fees, RFC FE.2b Pilot and Gunner
Sculpted by Stephen Warrilow
Contains: Two gures, pilot seated with separate left hand, gunner standing with separate
left arm, right glove and scarf - Note the latter is in an in-ight pose with coat and scarf
pillowing
Price Guide: 30.00
LSK 11 LSK pilot in
Heinicke parachute
harness
Sculpted by Steve
Warrilow
Contains: One gure,
standing
Price Guide: 13.50
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[www.eduard.com] Available in the UK from: Creative Models, Hannants and LSA Models
D72003 MiG-21bis Stencils
Complete set of stencils for the airframe, plus all pylons/adaptors and the following
ordnance: R-3R, R-13 and R-60
Price Guide: 5.60
D48012 Fw 190A Stencils
Complete set of stencils for the airframe, including drop tank
Price Guide: 5.60
D48013 Bf 109E Stencils
Complete set of stencils for the airframe, including drop tank (excludes propeller)
Price Guide: 5.60
Verdict: The MiG sheet is quite amazing, as the quality and
sheer number of stencils has to be seen to be believed. The
Bf 109 sheet offers two complete sets of stencils, whilst the
Fw 190 sheet has both black and red styles. Recommended to
all, and our thanks to Eduard M.A. for the review samples.
AlleyCat, UK
[www.a2zeemodels.co.uk] Available in the UK from: A2Zee Models
ACD72010 Tucano Display Aircraft 2012/2013
ZF239, RAF, No.72 (Reserve) Squadron, for the 2013 display season and marked to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the
squadrons operational career in North Africa during WWII (DE/MS/AB)
ZF374, No.72 (Reserve) Squadron, as the spare machine for the 2012 display season (GB)
ZF269, No.72 (Reserve) Squadron, own by Jon Bondy Bond for the 2012 display season (POR/GW/RB)
Colour Guide: DE - Dark Earth, MS - Middle Stone, AB - Azure Blue, GB - Gloss Black, POR - Post Ofce Red, GW - Gloss White, RB - Roundel
Blue
Note: The colours are matched to Xtracolor, so we presume these will match the stripes of the third option as they are supplied as decals
Price Guide: 7.50
Verdict: This is an excellent sheet that is printed by Fantasy Printshop so you can be assured of its
quality. The diverse selection of schemes will probably have you building all three, as they will look
very good indeed! Recommended to all modern RAF fans, and our thanks to A2Zee Models for the
review sample.
Wingnut Wings, NZ
[www.wingnutwings.com] Available in the UK from: Hannants
1:32 30010 Fokker D.VII F Fighting Fokkers Part 5
S/No.465/18, own by Georg von Hantelmann, Jasta 15, October 1918 (R/B/Lz)
S/No.7716/18, own by Bruno Loerzer, Jasta 26 & JG III, November 1918 and by
Herman Gring, April 1920 (Bl/W/Lz)
S/No.N/K, own by Otto Lfer, Jasta 2, late 1918 (Bl/W/Lz)
S/No.N/K, Red Z, Jasta 26, November 1918 (Bl/W/Lz)
S/No. N/K, own by Fritz Haack, Jasta 46, late 1918 (Bl/W/Lz)
Colour Guide: B - Blue, R - Red, Bl - Black, W - White, Lz - Lozenge,
Price Guide: $19.00 (19.99)
Verdict: This sheet comes with comprehensive instructions
including many period B&W images of the aircraft in question.
The painting guide is obviously linked to the kit instructions,
as the main airframe colours are not listed here, but have
code letters shown on the diagrams that must refer to those
in the kit instructions (albeit most are described in their
accompany narrative, so not that confusing). The decals
have perfect colour density and register and are highly
recommended to all WWI modellers. Our thanks to Wingnut
Wings for the review samples
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Xtradecals, UK
[www.hannants.co.uk] Available in the UK from: Hannants
1:48 X48-120 Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey Part 2
S/No.167914, MM-163 Ridge Runners, MAG 16, 3rd MAW, SMC, NAS
Miramar, 2011 (DGG/LGG)
S/No.168006, MM-363 Lucky Red Lions, MAG 16, 3rd MAW, SMC, NAS
Miramar, 2011 (DGG/LGG)
S/No.168011, MM-163 Ridge Runners, MAG 16, 3rd MAW, SMC, NAS
Miramar, 2011 (DGG/LGG)
S/No.168022, MM-561 Pale Horse, MAH 16, 3rd MAW, SMC, NAS
Miramar, 2011 (DGG/LGG)
Note: Decals include a full set of stencils
Colour Guide: DGG - Dark Ghost Grey, LGG - Light Ghost Grey
Price Guide: 10.99
1:48 X48-121 BAe Jet Provost T.5 Part 1
XW325, No.6 FTS. RAF Finningley, 1990 (RB/W/R/LAG)
XW370, No.3 FTS, RAF Leeming, 1972 (W/R/LAG)
XW370, No.3 FTS, RAF Leeming, 1973 (W/R/LAG)
XW370, The Swords, No.3 FTS, RAF Leeming, 1974 (W/R/LAG)
XW370, No.1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse, late 1980s (W/R/LAG)
XW322, RAF College Cranwell, 1971 (W/R/LAG)
XW322, RAF College Cranwell, 1984 (W/R/LAG)
XW290, Red Pelicans, CFS, RAF Little Rissington, 1970 (W/R/LAG)
XW290, Red Pelicans, CFS, RAF Little Rissington, 1972 (W/R/LAG)
XW290, No.3 FTS, RAF College Cranwell, late 70s, early 80s (W/R/LAG)
Colour Guide: RB - Roundel Blue, W - White, R - Red, LAG - Light Aircraft Grey
Price Guide: 8.50
1:48 X48-122 BAe Jet Provost T.5 Part 2
XW375, The Poachers display team, RAF College Cranwell, 1971 (W/R/LAG)
XW375, The Poachers display team, RAF College Cranwell, 1972 (W/R/LAG)
XW375, The Poachers display team, RAF College Cranwell, 1975 (W/R/LAG)
XW320, No.1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse, 1985 (W/R/LAG)
XW295, No.1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse, 1985 (W/R/LAG)
XW306, No.6 FTS, RAF Finningley, 1977 (W/R/LAG)
XW310, The Linton Blades No.1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse, 1973 (W/R/LAG)
Colour Guide: W - White, R - Red, LAG - Light Aircraft Grey
Price Guide: 8.50
1:32 X32-050 Tornado GR.4
Panavia Tornado GR.4, ZA398, 100th Anniversary of No.2 Sqn, RAF Marham
(MSG/DSG)
Panavia Tornado GR.4, ZA614, Group Capt Don Finlay, No.41 Sqn, Squadron
CO during Battle of Britain and medal winner in 110 Metre Hurdles at the 1932
and 1936 Olympics, RAF Coningsby, July 2012 (MSG/DSG)
Colour Guide: MSG - Medium Sea Grey, DSG - Dark Sea Grey
Price Guide: 9.99
Verdict: These are all excellent sheets, beautifully printed
by Microscale and all come with full colour instructions,
those for the V-22 including photos of the real aircraft.
Highly recommended to all, and our thanks to Hannants
for the review samples.
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Samples for review
Books
Please send all items for review to the following address:
Model Airplane International, Doolittle Mill, Doolittle Lane,
Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, LU6 1QX, United Kingdom.
Companies in the European Union should also add our VAT
number, which is GB 789 7020 84
German Air Projects
1935-1945 Vol.4
by M. Rys / MMP / ISBN: 978-83-89450-31-9 / Price Guide:
13.99 / 112-page, A5, laminated card cover / English
This latest volume deals with attack, multi-purpose and other
aircraft types, with each manufacturer covered in alphabetic
order, then each type within each section. The narrative
includes as much data as exists on each project, plus a
number of them have side proles or other types of line
drawings. The title is concluded with 48 pages of 3D colour
artwork depicting various machines in service.
VERDI CT: THIS IS ANOTHER VERY USEFUL REFERENCE SOURCE FOR ANYONE
INTERESTED IN LUFTWAFFE 46 SUBJECTS AND A MUST IF YOU ALREADY HAVE
ANY OF THE PREVIOUS THREE VOLUMES. OUR THANKS TO MMP BOOKS FOR
THE REVIEW SAMPLE.
Thanks to/Worldwide Distribution: MMP Books
www.mmpbooks.biz
The Other Side of Airfix: Sixty
Years of Toys, Games & Crafts
by A. Ward/ Pen & Sword Books / ISBN: 978-1-848848-511
/ Price Guide: 19.99/$34.95 / 192-page, A4, hardback with
separate dust jacket / English
Most of us will have, or will have
read, Arthur Wards excellent
previous titles on the history of
Airx, well now he has completed
his coverage by looking at the
various games and craft items that
Airx produced from the s
through to the s. The title is
well written and nicely illustrated
with lots of photos and the coverage
is in chronological order. There are
lots of people who were involved
with Airx from the beginning and
throughout its career who have
contributed their memories and
comments to the narrative, so
this is not a stale account of what
happened by a third-party - again
making it very readable.

VERDI CT: AN EXCELLENT TITLE AND A MUST
FOR ALL AIRFIX FANS, OR FOR ANYONE WHO
WANTS A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE. OUR
THANKS TO PEN & SWORD BOOKS FOR THE REVIEW SAMPLE.
Thanks to/Worldwide Distribution: Pen & Sword Books
www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
Dive-Bomber and Ground-Attack
Units of the Luftwaffe 1939-45 Vol.2
by H. L. de Zeng IV & D.G. Stankey / Ian Allan Publishing / ISBN:
978-1-906537-098 / Price Guide: 55.00/$84.95 / 192-page, A4,
hardback with separate dust jacket / English
As the title states, this book offers details
on all the various Luftwaffe units involved in
dive-bombing or ground-attack during WWII.
The narrative is arranged by unit number, so
starts with S. and works through to S.,
before moving on to the night-attack units
Sr. to Sr. and concluding with a
few individual units. Within each units listing
there are details on formation and all operations
in which the unit took part, plus operating
bases and commanding ofcers. The whole
lot is illustrated with a large number of period
images, in both black and white and colour plus
some modern colour side proles. The title is
completed with a useful section covering the
various bombs and cluster bomb units carried
by Luftwaffe aircraft
VERDI CT: A GOOD TITLE THAT IS MORE GEARED TO
AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS BUT ONE WHICH HAS MUCH TO
OFFER THE MODELLER. THE MASS OF IMAGES AND OTHER DETAIL INFORMATION IN IT MAKE IT WORTH
CONSIDERING FOR YOUR LIBRARY EVEN IF THE PRICE TAG IS A BIT OF A SHOCK! RECOMMENDED, AND
OUR THANKS TO IAN ALLAN PUBLISHING FOR THE REVIEW SAMPLE.
Thanks to/Worldwide Distribution: Ian Allan Publishing
www.ianallanpublishing.com
Lockheed P-38J-L Lightning
by R. Peczkowski / MMP / ISBN: 978-83-61421-69-6 / Price Guide:
19.99 / 128-page, A4, hardback with bonded cover / English
This title gives a detail description of the J through M versions of the
-, with a combination of period images, diagrams and side proles.
The narrative looks at each main production version , , then the
various production blocks within each type and tells you how they differ
from one another. The side proles are used to highlight the various
changes and these combine with plans and lots of four-view colour
proles. All the night-ghter, pathnder and photo-reconnaissance
versions are also covered. The bulk of the cover from page onwards
then takes the form of walk-around images of preserved versions as
well as detail period images. This section also uses some photos and
diagrams from the ight manual. Also included as a separate A-sie
sheet is a set of scale plans covering the - and M in .

VERDI CT:THIS IS A USEFUL REFERENCE SOURCE, BEING A GREATLY EXPANDED REVISION OF
THEIR TITLE FROM 2003. IT IS IDEAL FOR ANY MODELLER INTERESTED IN THE P-38 AND IS
THUS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. OUR THANKS TO MMP BOOKS FOR THE REVIEW SAMPLE.
Thanks to/Worldwide Distribution: MMP Books
www.mmpbooks.biz
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Fighters Under Construction in World War Two
by G.M. Simons / Pen & Sword Books / ISBN: 978-1-781590-34-8 / Price Guide:
14.99/$29.95 / 128-page, A4, laminated card cover / English
This title offers an excellent section of wartime images of various British ghters and other types being built.
Type covered include the Spitre, Seare, urricane, Typhoon, Tempest, -, Martinet, Beaughter,
Mosquito, Master, alrus and ornet. n top of this there are sections on production of the olls-oyce
Merlin, apier Sabre, metal propeller blades and ispano mm cannon plus how wiring harnesses were
made and how complex shapes in metal were achieved. Most of the images look like they are from wartime
publications like Aircraft roduction, so they are a little soft and grainy, as they have been taken from print,
not negatives, but they still offer a superb insight into the many types covered and offer a lot of useful
information to the modeller.
VERDI CT: AN EXCELLENT TITLE FOR THE MODELLER. OUR THANKS TO PEN & SWORD BOOKS FOR THE REVIEW SAMPLE.
Thanks toorldwide istribution en Sword Books
www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
The Air Staff and AEW
by C. Gibson / Blue Envoy Press / ISBN: 978-0-9561951-3-5 / Price
Guide: 9.95 / 48-page, A4, card covers / English
Blue nvoy continues their coverage of post-war British aviation proects with this study
of various A proects. As always the detailed narrative looks at each proect and
includes what images, drawings and diagrams that still exist. A number of them are then
brought to life by the excellent colour artwork of Adrian Mann.
VERDI CT: THIS IS A SUPERB TITLE, WELL WRITTEN AND BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED IT IS CERTAINLY ONE
THAT MAY HAVE A FEW MODELLERS CONSIDERING ADDING SOME VERY UNUSUAL AEW MODELS TO THEIR
COLLECTIONS! OUR THANKS TO BLUE ENVOY PRESS FOR THE REVIEW SAMPLE.
Thanks toorldwide istribution Blue nvoy ress
blue.envoy.servicesgooglemail.com
Wings of the Black Cross 10
by M. Proulx / Eagle Editions / ISBN: 978-0-
79794035-9-0 / Price Guide: TBA / 36-page,
American-A4, card covers / English
This is the latest addition to this ever popular series of books
looking at photographs of uftwaffe aircraft. In this edition the
types covered comprise the Bf , w , Bf , Me ,
e , e , w , Ar , Ar and Ar , u ,
Me , w
, e ,
u , u ,
u and u
, plus there
is a page with
some captured
machines in
A markings
including Bf
AX, Bf
and
Me from
own
crashed in Sicily
by an American
pilot. The title
concludes with
colour side
proles by Tom
Tullis depicting
a number of the
subects seen in
the photos.
VERDI CT: A USEFUL TITLE, PRODUCED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS AND ONE
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ALL LUFTWAFFE MODELLERS. OUR THANKS TO
EAGLE EDITIONS FOR THE REVIEW SAMPLE.
Thanks toorldwide istribution agle ditions
www.eagle-editions.com
Messerschmitt Bf 109F
by R. Michuleci / MMP / ISBN: 978-86-61421-75-7 / Price Guide:
15.99 / 128-page, A4, laminated card cover / English
This is the latest addition to the ellow Series from MM and is offered in
their usual A format. As usual, the title combines historical text with period
photos and colour proles plus walkaround images of preserved examples and
diagrams from the types manual. ach sub-variant is dealt with including a
good number of period photos and this time you get some art of the various
engine cowl types plus some nice colour art of the cockpit interior for the -B.
old-out scale plans in of the - are included, with a large colour side
prole of ietrich rabaks - on the reverse. There are other scale views
throughout the title. The narrative is followed by a good number of colour side
proles and a selection of walkaround images, mainly showing the example
preserved in anada, but also using some period images as well.
VERDI CT: ANOTHER VERY USEFUL SOURCE FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE TYPE THAT IS JUST
RIGHT FOR THE MODELLER DUE TO THE VOLUME OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION IT OFFERS. OUR
THANKS TO MMP BOOKS FOR THE REVIEW SAMPLE.
Thanks toorldwide istribution MM Books
www.mmpbooks.bi
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Model and air shows for 2013
EVENTS DIARY
July 27th
DownEastCon 2013 at the
Garber UMC Ministry Center,
4201 Country Club Road,
Trent Wood, NC 28562, USA.
For more details contact
John Ratzenberger, Email:
ecpmod@yahoo.com, Tel:
+252 480 0752
July 28th
Midland Model Expo at Cocks
Moors Woods Leisure Centre
& Golf Course, Alcester
Road South, Kings Heath,
Birmingham, B14 6ER. For
more details visit: http://
midlandexpo.blogspot.co.uk/
August 11th
IPMS Avon Annual Show at
the Thornbury Leisure Centre,
Alveston Hill, Thornbury, South
Gloucestershire, BS35 3BJ -
NOTE NEW VENUE.
August 14th to 17th
2013 IPMS/USA National
Convention - The Thin-Air
Nationals at J.Q. Hammons
Conference Center, 4705
Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland,
CO 80538, USA. For more
information contact Chuck Holte,
Email: cholte@comcast.net, Tel:
+719 590 6270
August 17th & 18th
27th Plastic Model Show
and Contest at Centro Vasco,
Moreno 3440, Ciudad de Mar
del Plata, Argentina. For more
details visit www.ipms-
mardelplata.com.ar
September 1st
East Riding of Yorkshire Model
Show at Drifeld Showground,
Kellythorpe, Drifeld, East
Yorkshire, YO25 9DN. For more
details contact Kevin Dolman,
Email: modeldriffshow@
btinternet.com.
September 1st
Aero Space & Vehicle
Club Scale Model Show
& Competition at The
Leisure Centre, Church
Road, Wombourne, South
Staffordshire, WV5 9EZ. For
more details Email: asvc-
wombourne@sky.com
September 7th
West Cornwall Model Show at
St. Johns Hall, Alverton Street,
Penzance, TR18 2QR. For more
information visit www.freewebs.
com/cornishscalemodellers.
co.uk
September 8th
Model Spectacular 2103 at
Sutton Coldeld Town Hall,
Sutton Coldeld, B73 6AB.
For more information Email:
Markallistair@hotmail.co.uk
September 21st
IPMS Farnborough Modelfest
2013 at Kings International
College, Camberley, Surrey,
GU15 2PQ. For more
information visit www.ipms-
farnborough.co.uk
September 22nd
IPMS Fenland & Spalding
Model Club Wings & Things
at Spalding Girls High School,
Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11
2PJ. For more information visit
www.ipmsfenlandandspalding.
moonfruit.com
September 28th & 29
eDay at Shopping Centre
Galerie Butovice, Prague,
Czech Republic. For more
information visit eee.eday.cz.
September 29th
Brampton Scale Model Club
and IPMS Brampton St Ives
Model Show at Burgess
Civic Hall, Westwood Road,
St Ives, Cambridgeshire,
PE27 6WU. For more
information visit www.
bramptonscalemodelclub.
fsnet.co.uk
October 5th
North Surrey Military Modellers
Society, North Surrey Show
2013 at Thomas Wall Centre,
52 Benhill Avenue, Sutton,
Surrey, SM1 4DP.
October 5th 2013
Abingdon Show (provisional),
for more information visit
abingdon-ipms.blogspot.co.uk
October 12th & 13th
Irish National Model Show
(IPMS Ireland Nationals) at the
Pearse Hotel, Pearse Street,
Dublin 2. For more details
contact Philip Jones, Email:
philipprenton@eircom.net or
visit www.ipmsireland.com/
Events.html
October 12th & 13th
Euro Modell 2013 at the
Fair Ground of Messe Ried,
Austria. For more details
contact Gottfried Schachinger,
Modellbaufreunde Ried im
Innkreis, or visit
www.euro-modell.com
October 13th 2013
Lincoln & Newark Model
Clubs Expo 2013 at Southwell
Racecourse, Rolleston,
Nottinghamshire, NG25 0TS.
For more information visit
www.lincolnmodelclub.co.uk
October 19th
IPMS Glasgow Model Fest
(Provisional), venue to be
conrmed as change expected.
July 20th
Get er Done! at the First
United Methodist Church, 3101
Colusa Highway, Yuba City, CA
95993, USA. For more details
contact Bill Terbush, Email:
hillcresthobbies@yahoo.com,
Tel: +530 674 8194.
October 20th
Merseyside Scale Model Club
Model Show, venue etc. to be
conrmed.
October 20th
Letchworth Scale Modelling
Club Showcase 2013 at
Broadway Hotel, Letchworth,
Hertfordshire, SG6 3NZ.
October 26th
Feet Air Arm Museum
Autumn Model Show at RNAS
Yeovilton, Somerset, BA22 8HT.
For more details visit
www.eetairarm.com, or call
01935 840565
November 9th & 10th
Scale ModelWorld 2013
- IPMS 50th Anniversary
Show at The International
Centre, Telford, Shropshire.
TF3 4JH. For more details
contact Richard Kent, email:
scalemodelworld@ipms-uk.
co.uk or visit www.smwshow.
com
November 24th
Aircraft Enthusiasts Fair and
Model Show at the Museum
of Army Flying, Middle Wallop,
Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20
8DY. For more details visit
www.armyying.com
December 1st
Hamex 5 at Hanslope
Village Hall, Hanslope,
Buckinghamshire, MK19 7NZ.
For more information visit
www.little-cars.com
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Academy Plastic Model Co.,
Ltd.,
273-64 Suyu 2-Dong, Kangbuk-Gu,
Seoul, Korea.
Tel: 82-2-908-7000
Fax: 82-2-997-3003
Email: academy@academy.co.kr
AFV Club,
Hobby Fan Trading Co., Ltd,
No.13 Lane 136, Sec. 3,
Chung King N. Road, Taipei,
Taiwan, Republic of China.
Tel: (02) 259 21750
Fax: (02) 2594 1488
Air,
Hornby Hobbies Ltd
Westwood Industrial Estate,
Margate, Kent. CT9 4JX
Tel: +44 (0)1843 233500
Fax: +44 (0)1843 233513
www.airx.com
AlleyCat
**See A2Zee Models**
AML,
Ke Studnce 1048,
735 14, Orlov-Lutyne,
Czech Republic
AZ Model
Mendelova 542, 149 00 Praha 4 -
Hje, Czech Republic.
Tel/Fax: +420 272 940 948
Email: legato@legatokits.cz
www.legatokits.cz
A2Zee Models
48 Ambrose Rise, Dedridge,
Livingstone, West Lothian,
EH54 6JT
Tel: +44 (0)1506 461 790
Email: a2zeemodels@aol.com
www.a2zeemodels.co.uk
Blue Envoy Press
3 Ballston Close, Fateld,
Washington, Tyne and Wear,
NE38 8LT
Email: blue.envoy.services@
googlemail.com
CMK
Mezilesi 718, 193 00 Praha 9,
Czech Republic.
Tel: +420 2 8192 3909
Fax: +420 2 8192 3910
Email:cmk@mpm.cz
www.cmkkits.com
Creative Models Ltd
Unit 6/10, Honeysome Road Industrial
Estate, Honeysome Road,
Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.
PE16 6TG
Tel: +44 (0)1354 760022
Fax: +44 (0)1354 760037
Email: info@creativemodels.co.uk
www.creativemodels.co.uk
Eagle Editions Ltd.
P.O. Box 580, Hamilton,
MT 59840, USA
Tel: 406 363 5415
Fax: 406 375 9270
Email: eagle@bitterroot.net
Eduard M.A.,
170 Obrnice, Obrnice,
435 21, Czech Republic.
Tel: 420 35 6 11 81 86
Fax: 420 35 6 11 81 71
Email: info@eduard.cz
Hannants
Harbour Road, Oulton Broad,
Lowestoft, Suffolk. NR32 3LZ
Tel: 01502 517444
Fax: 01502 500521
www.hannants.co.uk
HobbyBoss
www.hobbyboss.com
UK Importer: Creative Models Ltd
The Hobby Company Limited
Garforth Place, Knowlhill,
Milton Keynes. MK5 8PH
Tel: 01908 605 686
Fax: 01908 605 666
Email: sales@hobbyco.net
or enquiries@hobbyco.net
www.hobbyco.net
Lela Presse S.A.R.L.
29, rue Paul Bert, 62230 Outreau,
France.
Tel: 03 21 33 88 96
Fax: 03 21 32 00 39
Email: info@avions-bateaux.com
www.avions-bateaux.com.
Lifelike Decals
2-8-7-202 Kameari, Katsushika,
Tokoyo 125-0061, Japan.
Fax: +81 3 5680 6733
Email: lifelike@eos.ocn.ne.jp
http://www16.ocn.ne.jp/~lifelike/
Linden Hill Decals
P.O. Box 543, Crugers,
NY 10521, USA.
Tel: (914) 734 9616
Fax: (914) 734 9617
Email: contact@lindenhillimports.com
LSA Models
151 Sackville Road, Hove,
East Sussex. BN3 3HD
Tel/Fax: 01273 705420
Email: lsamodels@mcmail.com
Master-X
Konvova 174, 130 00 Praha 3,
Czech Republic.
Email: lumir.vesely2003@volny.cz
www.master-x.cz
MPM/CMK
Mezilesi 718, Prague 9 193 00,
Czech Republic.
www.cmkkits.com
Mushroom Model
Publications
3 Gloucester Close, Peterseld,
Hants. GU32 3AX
Tel: +44 (1)1730 265014
Email: rogerw@mmpbooks.biz
www.mmpbooks.biz
Pen & Sword Books Ltd
47 Church Street, Barnsley,
South Yorkshire. S70 2AS
Tel: 01226 734555
Fax: 01226 734438
Email: enquiries@pen-and-sword.
co.uk
Pocketbond Ltd.
PO Box 80, Welwyn,
Herts. AL6 OND
Tel: 01707 391509
Fax: 01707 327466
Promodeller
www.promodeller.com
Quick & Easy
**See CMK**
Revell GmbH & Co., KG [UK
Branch]
Orchard Mews, 18C High Street,
Tring, Hertfordshire. HP23 5AH
Tel: 01442 890285
Fax: 01442 827919
Email: ukbranch@revell.de
Revell GmbH & Co., KG
Abteilung X, Henschelstr 20-30,
D-32257 Bnde, Germany.
www.revell.eu
RS Models
U Iomu 7, 795 01 Rymarov,
Czech Republic.
Tel/Fax: +420 (0) 647 211 636
Email: rsmodels@rsmodels.cz
Scale Aircraft Conversions
3795 Shady Hill Drive, Dallas,
TX 75229, USA.
Tel: (214) 477 7163
Email: sacmactexas@aol.com
www.scaleaircraftconversions.com
Special Hobby
**See MPM**
Wingnut Wings Ltd
PO Box 15-319, Miramar,
Wellington 6022, New Zealand.
www.wingnutwings.com
Wings Cockpit Figures
Bay House, Mile Path, Woking,
Surrey. GU22 0JX
Tel: 01483 351477 or 07887 943175
(mobile)
www.wingscockpitgures.com
Xtradecal
**See Hannants**
Zoukei-Mura Inc.
Japan
Tel: 0771 62 4003
Fax: 0771 68 1030
Email: info@volks.co.jp
(Japanese only)
www.zoukeimura.co.jp
Zvezda Co.
Promyshlennaya str., 2,
Lobnya, Moscow Region,
141730, Russia.
Contact details for companies featured in MAI this month...
CONTACTS

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NEWSLINE
The below lists UK kit releases since our last edition.
Manufacturer Scale Item # Type Decription Price Note
Airx 1:72 03043 IM Westland Sea King HAR.3/Mk 41 10.99 RE
Airx 1:48 50031 IM RAF Red Arrows Hawk set (inc paints, brushes & cement) 19.99 RE
Aeroplast 1:48 90035 IM Mil Mi-2 Navy version 29.99 NT
Aeroplast 1:48 90036 IM Mil Mi-2 Transport version 29.99 NT
Aeroplast 1:48 90037 IM Mil Mi-2 Attack version 29.99 NT
Aeroplast 1:48 90038 IM Mil Mi-2 Army version 29.99 NT
Aeroplast 1:48 90039 IM Mil Mi-2 50 years 29.99 NT
AML 1:72 7229 IM/PE Messerschmitt Bf 109B-2 Double Kit (ex-Avis) 16.30 RT
Brengun 1:72 72006 IM/PE Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib Car door Early production 13.99 RT
Brengun 1:72 72007 IM/PE Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib Car door Early-Mid/Mid 13.99 RT
Czech Master Resin 1:72 72-236 R/PE/VF Supermarine Spitre Prototypes - F.21 & F.23 29.99 NT
Czech Master Resin 1:72 72-237 R/PE/VF De Havilland Vampire F.2 Elephant ears 35.99 RT
Czech Master Resin 1:72 G7243 IM/VF Schleicher ASK 13 19.99 NT
Eduard 1:72 2114 IM/PE Fokker Dr.I Triplane Stripdown (Limited Edition) 27.80 RE
Eduard 1:48 1177 IM/R/PE Striking Eagles (updated ex-Academy - Limited Edition) 61.30 RE
Eduard 1:48 84166 IM Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Weekend Edition 13.99 RE
Eduard 1:48 R008 IM/R/PE Supermarine Spitre Mk IX Royal Class 69.99 RE
Italeri 1:72 074 IM Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse 11.25 RE
Italeri 1:72 1345 IM Macchi C.202/C.205 Double Set 14.99 RE
Italeri 1:48 2727 IM Supermarine Spitre Mk Vc 24.99 RE
Italeri 1:48 2728 IM Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 25.50 RE
Italeri 1:48 2732 IM Westland Wessex HAS.3 29.99 RT
Mark I Models 1:144 14408 IM MiG-19P Farmer B (Czechoslovakia) 8.80 NT
Mark I Models 1:144 14409 IM MiG-19P Farmer B (USSR, Cuba, Bulgaria & Romania) 8.80 NT
Mark I Models 1:144 14410 IM MiG-17PFPFU (USSR, Czech, Hungary & Egypt) 10.50 NT
Mark I Models 1:144 14412 IM Aero L-39C/ZO In USAF, USN & USMC Colours 10.50 NT
Pegasus 1:72 2018 IM/WM Arsenal VG-33 11.99 RE
Revell 1:144 04858 IM Sikorsky CH-53G 6.50 RE
Revell 1:144 04928 IM North-American P-51B Mustang 1.99 RE
Revell 1:144 04929 IM Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 1.99 RE
Revell 1:144 04930 IM Vought F4U-1 Corsair 1.99 RE
Revell 1:144 04931 IM Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat 1.99 RE
Revell 1:144 04932 IM Curtiss P-40E Warhawk 1.99 RE
Revell 1:144 04933 IM Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat 1.99 RE
Revell 1:144 04934 IM Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless 1.99 RE
Revell 1:144 04935 IM Bell P-39Q Airacobra 1.99 RE
Revell 1:48 04857 IM Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4 Nightghter 17.99 RE
RS Models 1:72 92122 IM Curtiss BCF-2 15.80 NT
RS Models 1:72 92146 IM Curtiss F-11C-2 Hawk 15.80 NT
RS Models 1:72 92147 IM Reggiane Re.2005 15.80 RT
Special Hobby 1:72 72267 IM/R/PE Heinkel He 100D Soviet and Japanese Test Plane 14.50 RT
Special Hobby 1:72 72265 IM/R/PE Douglas B-18 Bolo WWII Service 29.99 RE
Special Hobby 1:72 72263 IM/R/PE Messerschmitt Me 163C What-If-War 14.50 NT
Special Hobby 1:72 72258 IM/R/PE Messerschmitt Me 163C Bubble Canopy Version 14.50 NT
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Oil wash Techniques Guide
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Fading colours with oil paint
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Spitfire F Mk 22-24 by Richard J. Caruana
Italeri/Kinetic 1:48 F-84F
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Trumpeter 1:32 Bf 109G-6
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The Platz 1:72 Global Hawk
TechGuide#3 - soft-edged demarcation
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Issue 82 May 12
The basics of figure painting
Airfix 1:72 Valiant in anti-flash white
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Tornado IDS by Richard J. Caruana
The HobbyBoss 1:32 F-84E
Italeri 1:48 Kiowa
Sword 1:72 Spitfire Mk IX
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Issue 83 June 12
How to paint cockpit interiors
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Roden 1:32 Ni.24bis
Hawker Hart by Richard J. Caruana
1:72 Fly Whitley GR Mk VII
Trumpeter 1:48 Me 509
Special Hobby 1:72 Sea Balliol
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Issue 84 July 12
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AML and Special Hobby 1:72 Ki-43s
RAF Hunters Pt.2 by Richard J. Caruana
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Issue 85 August 12
Brengun 1:72 Bachem Ba 349A Natter
Tech Guide #6 Eradicating canopy seams
Airfix 1:72 Spitfire PR.XIX
Trumpeter 1:48 Su-15 updated
Hasegawa 1:72 Su-33
F-102 Delta Dagger by Richard J. Caruana
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Paint chipping and fabric effects
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Desert Bf 109s - JG27 by Richard J. Caruana
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Painting radial and inline engines
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Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A
A-26 Invader artwork
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How to remove carrier film from decals
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Quickboost accessories
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French T-6s in Africa artwork
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Pre-shading Tech Guide
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Airfix 1:48 Sea Vixen review
Airfix 1:72 A6M Zero
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Fiat BR.20 Artwork
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Kwik Build of the ICM 1:72 Po-2
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Humbrol Clear varnish bench test
Trumpeter 1:48 MiG-23M
Swiss Bf 109s artwork
Revell 1:32 Lynx
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Wingnut Wings 1:32 E.III
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Gallery Models 1:48 H-34 Choctaw
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Wingnut Wings 1:32 F.E.2b
Special Hobby 1:72 P-35A
Supermarine Walrus artwork
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Planet Models 1:72 Martin-Baker MB.2
Trumpeter 1:48 MiG-21F-13
Trumpeter 1:32 A-4F into an A-4H
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B-71B, SB-2-M-100, SB-2-M-100-A (Modied), SB-2-M-103,
SB-bis-3, PS-40, PS-41, PS-41 bis, SB-MMN, USB variants.
Operations in Poland, Finland, Russo-German War, aircraft in
foreign service. Over 100 photos, 38 line drawings, 10 color
proles; 50 pgs.
SS1194
US Liaison Aircraft in Action (SC)
Adcock. Covers L-1 thru L-5 during WW II. Includes
the Stinson L-1 (O-49) Vigilant, Taylorcraft L-2 (O-57)
Grasshopper, Aeronca L-3 (O-58) Grasshopper, Piper L-4 (O-
59) Grasshopper, and the Stinson L-5 (O-62) Sentinel. Over
90 b/w photos. 10 full-color proles; 50 pages.
SS1195
F-16 Falcon in Action (SC)
Drendel. Over 4000 F-16s have been produced since the mid
1970s. Includes the YF-16, F-16A/B, and F-16C/D variants.
Also covers weapons, and other mission attachments, as well
as experimental F-16s, and the listing of foreign operators.
100 photos, 27 line drawings, 7 color proles; 50 pages.
SS1196
Sepecat Jaguar in Action (SC)
Ashley. The Sepecat Jaguar is an Anglo-French strike aircraft,
having served with the British, French airforces, and several
export customers. Includes Jaguar A/GR.1, trainer variants,
British and French service, Naval trials, as well as service
with Oman, Ecuador, India, and Nigeria. Also covers combat
operations in Iraq, Senegal, Chad, South America, and the
Balkans. 97 photos, 26 line drawings, 10 color proles; 50
pages.
SS1197
F-102A Delta Dagger in Action (SC)
Davis. Supersonic interceptor aircraft that entered USAF
service in 1956. Includes the YF-102, F-102A, XF-92A, YF-
102A, F-102A, TF-102A, F-102B, F-102C, JF-102A, QF-102A,
and PQM-102A/B variants. Also includes operational and
Air Guard service. 100 photos, 35 line drawings, 10 color
proles; 50 pages.
SS1199
Fairey Firey in Action (SC)
Harrison. British WWII Naval Fighter that superceded the
Fairey Fulmar in the Fleet Air Arm, and remained in British
Service into the mid 1950s. Includes the F.1, F.1A, FR.1, NF.1,
T.1, TT.1, NF.2, T.2, F.3, T.3, FR.4, TT.4, NF.4, FR.5, NF.5, AS.5,
T.5, TT.5, AS.6, TT.6, AS/T.7, T.7D, U.7, T.8, U.8, and U.9
variants. Also covers Firey operations in the Pacic, Malaya,
and Korea, as well as Fireies in foreign service. 90 photos,
17 line drawings, 10 color proles; 50 pages.
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C-5 Galaxy In Action (SC)
Lippincott. This reprint includes 6 all-new pages packed with
color photos and additional information about the Galaxy.
Illustrated with 158 photos, 8 color proles and b/w line
drawings; 64 pages.
SS1201
Early MiG Fighters in Action (SC)
Stapfer. Until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the
MiG Design Bureau had a near monopoly on the supply of
ghter aircraft to the Soviet Air Force and the nations within
Moscow's sphere of inuence. Updated with 7 pages of new
material and illustrated with more than 100 photographs,
plus 10 color proles, detailed line drawings, and color
covers; 56 pages.
SS1204
P-40 Warhawk in Action (SC)
Dann. British Commonwealth air forces gave the name
Tomahawk to models equivalent to the P-40B/C and
Kittyhawk to models equivalent to the P-40E and all later
variants. The reissue features four new pages with color
photographs and locations of Still Airworthy and On Display
modern examples of the P-40. Illustrated with more than
100 photographs, 10 color proles, line drawings; 64 pgs.
SS1205
F-14 Tomcat in Action (SC)
Drendel. The Tomcat attained speeds greater than Mach 2
with its twin afterburning turbofan engines. The versatile
aircraft performed the role of eet air defense, ghter
escort, tactical air reconnaissance and air-to-surface
strike ghter. This all-color In Action book is the perfect
complement to the author's other book, "Tomcat!" This
reissue features four new pages with color photographs and
On Display locations. The book features more than 100
color photos, line drawings, color paintings and seven color
proles; 56 all-color pages.
SS1206
P-47 Thunderbolt in Action (SC)
The P-47. The P-47 was the biggest, most heavily armed, and
one of the fastest single engine ghters developed during
World War II. Indeed, several P-47 experimental aircraft
topped 507 mph, and several pilots claim to have own
the big ghter into transonic speed ranges. More than 100
photographs, line drawings and color proles. 60 pages.
SS1208
P-51 Mustang in Action (SC)
Davis. The P-51 Mustang was one of the most outstanding
aircraft developed by the Allies during World War II. Dozens
of period photographs from around the world illustrate the
production, development, and evolution of the legendary
Mustang. Illustrated with more than 130 photographs, plus
color proles and detailed line drawings; 64 pages.
SS1211
Messerschmitt Me 262 in Action (SC)
Stapfer. The Me 262 not only enjoyed superior speed, but
it also had deadly repower: a total of (4) Mk.108 30 mm
cannon were mounted in the nose of the ghter variant.
Its operational service, however, was hampered by its
temperamental engines and under-strength undercarriage.
A total of 1,433 Me 262s were built during World War II.
Covers the production and development of the Me 262 with
more than 100 photographs, color proles, and detailed line
drawings; 52 pages.
SS1212
F/A-18 Hornet Color in Action (SC)
Drendel. While the Super Hornet is a distant relation of
the A-D Hornets, they all trace their roots to the loser of
the lightweight ghter competition of the early 1970s,
the Northrop YF-17. The twin-engine YF-17 had a denite
advantage in this competition; on 2 May 1975, the Navy
announced the MDD/Northrop design as the winner. More
than 100 photographs, color proles and detailed line
drawings; 52 pages.
SS1214
C-141 Starlifter in Action (SC)
Burford. The rst C-141 rolled out of the Lockheed Plant in
Georgia on 22 August 1963 to much fanfare. From there, in
war and peace, the C-141's story has been lifted to the stars
of aviation history. Illustrated with over 150 color and 8 b/w
photographs, 3-view drawing, 3-scheme color camouage
art, and color proles; 58 pages.
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Aircraft in Action
F6F Hellcat in Action (SC)
Sullivan. The heavily-armed ghters could pack armament
including six wing-mounted .50 caliber machine guns, 20mm
cannons, wing-mounted rockets and a bomb rack. This book
takes detailed look at F6F Hellcat with 100 photographs,
color proles, detailed line drawings; 60 pages.
SS1216
US Navy UAVs in Action (SC)
Neubeck. UAV evolved extensively and saw extensive action
during Operation Desert Storm - the war against Iraq in
1991. UAVs can stay aloft 2 or 3 days and ground operators
can be rotated on a regular schedule; they also use less fuel
thus reducing operating costs. Newer roles, such as bombing,
are also being considered for UAVs, some of which will be
equipped to carry a weapon pod or bomb rack.
SS1217
A-10 Warthog in Action (SC)
Drendel. Introduced in the mid-1970s, the A-10 has seen
service in the Gulf War of 1990-1991; in the Balkans, later in
the 1990s; in Afghanistan after 2001; and in the occupation
of Iraq, beginning in the spring of 2003. Illustrated with
more than 106 photographs, 11 full color paintings, 43 detail
drawings and 2 pages of 3-view drawings; 56 pages.
SS1218
F4U Corsair In Action (SC)
Sullivan. The Corsair was rst conceived as a high-speed,
high-altitude ghter for the Navy in 1938 when Chance
Vought's design team drew up plans for a ghter with a
1,800 hp engine and a huge 13-foot propeller - the F4U's
famous inverted gull wing was introduced to allow prop
clearance. Illustrated with 169 photographs (53 in color) plus
color proles and detailed line drawings; 64 pages.
SS1220
B-25 Mitchell in Action (SC)
Doyle. The US supplied B-25s to the British Royal Air Force
and to the Soviet Union, which ew them against the Nazis
on the Eastern Front. Through period photographs and
detailed information, the career of the Mitchell is covered
from the experimental NA-40 prototype to the nal
production B-25J model. US Marine Corps PBJ versions are
also chronicled. Illustrated with nearly 200 photographs,
more than 80 of them rare period photos in original color,
plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 72 pages.
SS1221
P-38 Lightning in Action (SC)
Doyle. The Lightning saw service in Europe, and it was
after ying a P-38 to assess the progress of the Normandy
Invasion in 1944, US Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle referred to the
Lightning as "the sweetest-ying plane in the sky." Illustrated
with nearly 150 period photographs, a third of them rare
original color photos, plus color proles and detailed line
drawings; 72 pages.
SS1222
F-22 Raptor in Action (SC)
Drendel. This volume traces the history of the Raptor and
describes in detail why it is likely to be the world's best
ghter for years to come. With the onset of the Obama
Administration, Raptor production was capped at 187 units.
As challenges to US global leadership mount, however, the
Raptor's capabilities will face increasing demand. Illustrated
with 169 photographs plus color proles and detailed line
drawings; 56 pages.
SS1223
F-84 Thunderjet In Action (SC)
Davis. Thunderjets ew 86,408 missions during the conict
and took out 60 percent of the ground targets eliminated
by American forces. In addition, 8 Soviet-built MiG ghters
met their end thanks to F-84 pilots. After the Korean War,
the F-84 took part in the Suez Crisis and the Berlin Crisis
and stood alert during the rst 2 decades of the Cold War.
Illustrated with 164 photographs plus color proles and
detailed line drawings; 72 pages.
SS1224
B-52G/H Stratofortress in Action (SC)
Katz. This volume is packed with historical, and recent
photographs of the B-52. As part of his research, the author
ew on a B-52 training mission, and the ight report in this
volume is the most detailed description of a B-52 mission
ever published. Illustrated with color proles, detailed line
drawings and over 190 photographs; 88 pages.
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Aircraft Walk Around
F-117A Nighthawk Walk Around (SC)
Goodall. Losses of aircraft to radar directed missiles and anti-
aircraft guns during the Vietnam War led the USAF to develop
a strike aircraft less visible to radar. Also used in the Persian
Gulf War and more recently in Yugoslavia. Details cockpits,
engines, landing gear and weapons. 12 color proles, 40
pages color; 80 pages.
SS5526
AH-1 Cobra Walk Around (SC)
Mutza. In this title the AH-1 is presented in meticulous detail.
Includes cockpits, engines, weapons, airframe and more. Also
covers US Marine Corps version. Illustrated with 112 b/w and
96 color photos, 12 color drawings, and 9 b/w drawings; 80
pages.
SS5529
F-15 Eagle Walk Around (SC)
Drendel. The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 rst
entered service in 1974 and became the USAF's premier
ghter of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. Inside and
out coverage of all variants with emphasis on F-15C and
F-15E. Cockpits, radar, weapons, landing gear/wheel wells,
and engines, etc.. Illustrated with 92 b/w and 109 color
photos, 14 color drawings, 9 b/w drawings; 80 pages.
SS5528
Bf 109E Walk Around (SC)
Stapfer. The Messerschmitt Bf 109E was the backbone of the
Luftwaffes ghter force from the Invasion of Poland, the
Battle for France and the Low Countries, the Battle of Britain,
and the Invasion of Russia. This title gives a comprehensive
inside and out coverage of the Bf 109E and includes details
of engines, cockpits, landing gear, airframe and more.
Illustrated with over 100 b/w and over 100 color photos, 16
color drawings, 20 b/w drawings; 80 pages.
SS5534
EA-6B Prowler Walk Around (SC)
Michaels. The need for Electronic Warfare aircraft developed
after WWII with the rapid development and proliferation of
sophisticated guided weapons. This title gives inside and out
coverage of fuselage, wings, tail, cockpits, engines, landing
gear, and more. Illustrated with over 83 b/w and 118 color
photos, 12 color drawings, 5 b/w drawings; 80 pages.
SS5535
UH-1 Huey Gunships Walk Around (SC)
Mutza. Not long after the UH-1s ew their rst support roles
(medevac, etc.) in Vietnam in 1962, armed version began
to appear. This title gives inside and out coverage of the US
Army's workhorse combat helicopter during the Vietnam
War. Includes the UH-1s engines, rotors, airframe, and
cockpit and cabin plus a wide variety of weapons. Illustrated
with over 106 b/w and 97 color photos, 14 color drawings, 7
b/w drawings; 80 pages.
SS5536
MiG-21 Fishbed Walk Around Part 2 (SC)
Stapfer. The MiG-21 began production in 1959 and would
continue in production until 1985, making it not only the
most produced supersonic jet aircraft ever, but also the
longest production run of any combat aircraft. With details on
the airframes, cockpits, landing gear, engines and weapons.
Illustrated with over 123 b/w and 97 color photos, 12 color
drawings, 11 b/w drawings; 80 pages.
SS5539
MiG-21 Fishbed Walk Around Part 1 (SC)
Stapfer. The MiG-21 began production in 1959 and
would continue in production until 1985. Also the longest
production run of any combat aircraft. This title includes
inside and out coverage of the MiG-21F-13 (Fishbed C), PF
(Fishbed D), PFM Fishbed F), U (Mongol A), and UM (Mongol
B) variants. Illustrated with over 114 b/w and 100 color
photos, 12 color drawings, 11 b/w drawings; 80 pages.
SS5537
F-8 Crusader Walk Around (SC)
Barthelmes. The F-8 entered service in 1957 and was to
remain in US service until 1987, and in French service until
2000. In Vietnam the F-8s had the highest kill ratio of any
USN aircraft, which earned it the title of "MiG Master". This
title includes interior/exterior photo coverage of cockpits,
engines, landing gear, airframes and weapons. Illustrated
with over 137 b/w and 124 color photos, 12 color drawings,
8 b/w drawings; 80 pages.
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Aircraft Walk Around
Douglas A-26 Walk Around (SC)
Mesko. Only American combat aircraft to see combat
service in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Pilot and bombardier/
navigator were positioned side-by-side, while a single gunner
sat in the rear behind the bomb bay where he operated two
remote controlled twin .50-cal machine gun turrets. Over 200
photographs, color proles, line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5551
MiG-15 Walk Around (SC)
Stapfer. This title includes inside and out coverage of the
MiG-15 Fagot-A, MiG-15 Fagot-A (modied), Mig-15 Fagot-B
(Early), MiG-15bis and Fagot-B (late) variants: with details on
the airframes, cockpits, landing gear, engines and weapons.
Illustrated with over 100 b/w and 124 color photos, 12 color
drawings, and 27 b/w drawings; 80 pages.
SS5540
Me 262 Walk Around (SC)
Concise history of Messerschmitt's Schwalbe, the world's
rst operational turbojet ghter aircraft. An extensive visual
description of the airframe - inside and out from every
perspective; detail photos are of Me 262A-1 WNr 500071 as
restored at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. Illustrated with
more than 100 b/w photos, over 100 color photos, 12 full
color proles plus line drawings and scrap art; 80 pages.
SS5542
MiG-17 Walk Around (SC)
The MiG-17 'Fresco' followed the MiG-15 'Fagot' into Soviet
AF service and evolved into a highly maneuverable, reliable
and easy-to-maintain air combat ghter. Every detail of this
Cold War ghter aircraft is illustrated with over 200 color
and b/w photos, line drawings and 12 color proles; 80 pgs.
SS5546
Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker Walk Around (SC)
A supersonic all-weather counter-air ghter, the Su-27 is
equipped with a look-down/shoot-down weapons system
and beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles. Its range,
thrust-to-weight ratio and maneuverability are all signicant
improvements over earlier Soviet ghters; one of the world's
foremost combat aircraft and a potent adversary. Over 200
color and b/w photos, line drawings and 10 color proles;
80 pages.
SS5547
OV-1 Mohawk All Walk Around (SC)
The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk was the rst turboprop aircraft
to enter into US Army service to ll the role of visual, photo
and electronic reconnaissance. The Mohawk was retired from
U.S. Army service in 1996. More than 150 photographs, line
drawings, and 12 color proles; 80 pages.
SS5549
OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Walk Around (SC)
Werner. The OH-58D was Bells answer to the U.S. Armys
request for a digital platform to aid new artillery. Originally
unarmed as part of the Army Helicopter Improvement
Program, the OH-58D was based on the OH-58C. The
helicopters success led to the decision to arm it with two
hard points capable of holding either .50-caliber machine
guns, seven-shot rocket pods, Air-to-Air Stingers, or Hellre
missiles. This book takes a detailed look at the Kiowa Warrior
with more then 200 color photos, color proles, and detailed
line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5550
AH-64 Apache Walk Around (SC)
Bernstein. The AH-64 Apache, considered by many to be the
worlds premiere armed helicopter, has been in service with
the US Army for more than 2 decades. Designed principally
as an antitank helicopter to combat large Soviet armored
formations invading Western Europe, the Apache has had a
major renaissance in recent years. A detailed look illustrated
with more than 200 color photographs, color proles and
detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5552
E-2 Hawkeye Walk Around (SC)
Neubeck. The E-2 Hawkeye is the rst U.S. Navy carrier-
based aircraft designed specically to ll the all-weather
airborne early warning mission. In addition to war service,
the versatile aircraft has been used by the US Coast Guard
for patrolling the coastal areas as well as by law enforcement
agencies for drug trafc interdiction. Takes a detailed look
at the E-2 Hawkeye with more than 200 photographs, color
proles, and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
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Aircraft Walk Around
F-111 Aardvark Walk Around (SC)
Neubeck. This aircrafts original design met 2 different
mission roles for the US military. It served in Vietnam, Libya,
and Operation Desert Storm. Currently, the Royal Australian
Air Force continues to y the C-model plane, and the aircraft
has one of the best safety records in the Air Force inventory.
Features 12 color proles, 3-view illustration, line drawings,
and over 200 color and 21 b/w photos. 80 pages.
SS5557
Macchi C.205 Veltro Walk Around (SC)
Di Terlizzi. After the war, modied C.205s went on to serve
the Royal Egyptian Air Force during its 1948 war with Israel.
Close-up look at one of WWIIs most aesthetically pleasing
and innovative single-seat ghters! Illustrated with 225
photographs, color proles, detailed line drawings; 80 pags.
SS5558
F-84F Thunderstreak Walk Around (SC)
Neubeck. The F-84F remained in service with several
European air forces for decades, with Greece only retiring its
last Thunderstreak in 1984. Illustrated with more than 250
photographs, color art, and proles; 80 pages.
SS5559
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Walk Around (SC) Doyle. The US Navy began
taking deliveries of the PBY-5A in October 1941 and then
placed orders for over 600 more following Pearl Harbor. During
WWII, PBYs conducted anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing,
convoy escort, search-and-rescue operations, and cargo
transport. Some PBY-5As went to the US Army and others to US
Allies - Australia, Britain, Canada and the Free French forces.
This book presents a comprehensive view of Catalina with 170
photographs, color proles, detailed line drawings; 72 pags.
SS5560
F-89 Scorpion Walk Around (SC)
Savage. Equipped with advanced radar for its time, the
Scorpion guarded the Cold War skies over the northern
frontiers of the United States, ready to confront Soviet
circumpolar nuclear bomber attack, while earning the
distinction of being the 1st combat aircraft armed with
nuclear air-to-air weapons (Genie rockets). Illustrated with
200 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line
drawings; 60 pages.
SS5561
Saab 35 Draken Walk Around (SC)
Putnikov. Sweden's most famous ghter, hailed by some as a
'ghter pilots dream,' was developed and built by the Saab
company between 1955 and 1974. Designed with the Cold
War situation in mind, the Draken was specially tailored to
Sweden's particular needs. Illustrated with 260 photographs,
plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5562
Lancaster Bomber Walk Around (SC)
Mackay. Known for its greenhouse cockpit, turret nose,
twin tail, and 33-foot long bomb bay the Lancaster took
part in Air Marshall Harriss 'Operation Gomorrah' in July
1943, in which Germanys industrial center of Hamburg was
devastated by round-the-clock bombing raids. In the thick of
the air war, the Lancasters also paid a high price - 3,249 were
lost in action. Illustrated with 200 photographs, plus color
proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5563
F-102A Delta Dagger Walk Around (SC)
Neubeck. The Convair F-102A Delta Dagger was developed
for the US Air Force as a supersonic interceptor at the onset
of the Cold War. It featured a 60 degree swept delta wing
to lessen drag coefcient and yield stability at very high
altitudes. After retirement in the US, 152 of the planes were
converted to high-speed, unmanned drones for use as test
targets for newer ghters. More than 200 photographs, plus
color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5564
F4U Corsair Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. The F4U Corsair was arguably the best piston-engine
carrier-borne ghter ever produced. Designed in 1938 and
rst own in 1940, the Corsair remained in production
until 1953, long after many of its contemporaries had been
rendered obsolete. In addition to detailed line drawings and
color prole illustrations, this volume is packed with over
200 photographs, 80 pages.
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Aircraft Walk Around
B-17G Flying Fortress Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. The B-17 Flying Fortress is arguably the most famous
US bomber of World War II, and perhaps all time. The vast
majority of these aircraft were the G-model, accounting for
8,680 of the 12,730 Flying Fortresses built. Not surprisingly,
with more than eight thousand examples being produced by
three manufacturers, a number of changes were introduced
in the course of the production run. This new addition to
Squadrons Walk Around series takes the reader over, under,
and through the B-17G, illustrating the subtle - and not so
subtle - changes in gun mounts, turrets, crew positions, and
other details. Ten aircraft were photographed in order to
create this comprehensive look at the famed Flying Fortress -
through more than 300 photos with detailed captions;
88 pages.
SS5567
A-4 Skyhawk Walk Around (SC)
Drendel. The carrier-capable Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is one
of the most successful modern combat aircraft. During
the 25 years in which the A-4 was on the production line,
2,960 Skyhawks were built. A relatively light aircraft, with
a maximum takeoff weight of 24,500 pounds and with a
top speed exceeding 600 mph, the Skyhawk was operated
not only by the US Navy and Marines but also by the air
forces of Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Malaysia, Argentina,
Singapore, Brazil, Indonesia, and Kuwait. Introduced in
1956, Skyhawks played major roles in the Vietnam War,
the 1973 Arab-Israeli October War, and the Falklands/
Malvinas Conict in 1982. With a reputation for toughness
and agility, Skyhawks remained a part of the American
arsenal for nearly half a century - the U.S. Navy retired the
A-4 as recently as 2003. Meanwhile, the battle-tested warrior
continues to serve today other militaries around the world.
Illustrated with 205 photographs, color proles, and detailed
line drawings; 80 pages.
SS25041
B-29 Superfortress Walk Around (SC)
Savage. Equipped with pressurized cabins for high-altitude
effectiveness, with an electronic re-control system,
and remote-controlled machine gun turrets, the B-29
Superfortress was the most advanced aircraft of WWII. A
unique look at the plane that ushered in the nuclear age.
Illustrated with over 210 photographs; 80 pages.
SS25054
KC-135 Stratotanker Walk Around (SC)
Katz. Many air forces can conduct missions such as air
superiority and ground attack, but only the US Air Force
has truly global reach. This book contains the most detailed
photographic documentation of the KC-135 inside and out
that has ever been published, as well as color proles of the
KC-135R in the markings of every major USAF command that
has operated that variant. Illustrated with 240 photographs,
detailed line drawings and color proles; 88 pages.
SS25066
F9F Cougar Walk Around (SC)
Neubeck. Photographs in this volume illustrate in detail the
differences between the various Cougar models, making
use of over a dozen display aircraft located in museums
across the United States as well as one Cougar on display
in Argentina. Grounded in solid historical research, features
historical images from the photo archives of both the U.S.
Navy and Grumman, includes rare photos of F9F Cougar in
its nal days, serving as a target drone for later generations.
SS25068
B-26 Marauder Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. Exclusive photos illustrate the rarely seen inner
workings and outer features of the B-26G, with additional
coverage of the B-26, B-26B, and B-26C. The B-26 Marauder
saw service in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Pacic,
including use by the United States, the Free French, the Royal
Air Force and the South African Air Force. More than 220
photographs, plus numerous detailed line drawings and color
proles.
SS25069
Heinkel He 111 Walk Around (SC)
Mackay. This iconic warplane had its origins as a cutting-edge
civil airliner in the mid-1930s. Although produced in large
numbers and exported to many countries before and during
the war, few examples survive today. This volume features
detailed photographic images of the He 111P-1 restored
and preserved in Norway, and the He 111H-20 on display in
the RAF museum. Illustrated with 228 photos, detailed line
drawings and color proles; 88 pages.
SS25070
B-25 Mitchell Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. Profusely illustrated, enhancing color photographs,
taken both on the ground and in the air, four vintage black-
and-white images and 14 line drawings further illustrate
details, while ve color renderings of aircraft and markings
provide a glimpse at the nature of the crews. Illustrated with
more than 200 photographs; 80 pages.
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Douglas DC-9/MD-80 at the Gate
(SC) Peeler. The most successful of all the twin-jet
transports, the DC-9 brought jet travel to the general public.
The DC-9 and its descendants have transported countless
people to big cities and tiny towns, serving communities
that had never before known jet travel. Military versions
have served in the aeromedical evacuation, logistics and
VIP transport roles. Traces the development and many users
of this important aircraft in 200 color and b/w photos, line
drawings and color proles; 80 pages.
SS5801
Boeing 737 At The Gate (SC) Tidwell. Few
commercial aircraft have enjoyed a production run that spans
more than four decades and service in nearly every nation
on Earth. The Boeing 737 has such a track record. Takes the
reader on a journey through the continuing story of the 737
from the rst aircraft to roll of the production line in the
1960s, to the very latest airframes being delivered to major
airlines today. The book also offers the reader a look at some
of the most interesting 737 liveries as well as parts of the
aircraft that few people get to see. Also covered are business
jets, cargo carriers, and military versions of the 737 that are
less familiar even to the thousands of air travelers who have
own aboard this legendary Boeing liner. Illustrated with
over 220 photographs; 96 pages.
SS28002
Combat Chronicles
Combat Chronicles of the Black Widow (SC)
Thompson.
In this volume we hear
from the crews who
rode the Black Widow
into battle all over the
world. The outbreak of
war in Europe left no
room for doubt that the
United States needed
quickly to come up with
a specialized night
ghter to confront the
totally new face of air
combat. Illustrated
with 152 photographs; 112 pages.
SS6701
B-29 Superfortress Combat Chronicles (SC)
Hilton. In early 1945,
the 40th BG moved to
newly-liberated Tinian
from which they took
part in the nal chapter
of WWII - the aerial
assault on the Japanese
home islands.
Introduces you to
fellow veterans of the
40th who relate their
no-less extraordinary
experiences - ditching
in the Bay of Bengal,
lost in the Siberian Taiga, downed behind enemy lines in
China, taken prisoner after bailing out over Tokyo. Personal
accounts from the men who served on the front lines of the
air war in the Pacic, a unique primary historical source and
a truly exciting read. Illustrated with over 100 photographs;
120 pages.
SS36002
Aeroscouts in Vietnam Combat Chronicles (SC)
Mutza. The Army
developed new
tactical doctrine using
helicopters - the
airmobile concept
- which was based
largely on air cavalry
units. Such units were
descendants of the US
Cavalry, which had
operated as light,
horse-mounted
infantry. Packed with
more than 30 action
packed, often hair
raising rst-hand accounts of helicopter scout combat in
Vietnam, this latest addition takes you into the thick of
the action. Besides being exciting reading, these personal
recollections by dozens of the ghters themselves provide
invaluable, primary source historical coverage of one
of America's epic conicts as experienced by frontline
helicopter scouts. Illustrated with 160 photographs; 136 pgs
SS36003
Aircraft Specials
MiG Alley - Air to Air Combat Over Korea (SC)
Davis. A pictorial record
of the American pilots
and their aircraft who
ran up a 10 to 1 victory
ratio over the MiG-15.In
all, 976 "North Korean"
aircraft were shot down
in the three years of
the Korean War. This
title gives a history of
the Air War in Korea,
as well as the pilots
own words of what it
was like to y the F-86
Sabre (also F-82, F-51D, F9F-3, B-29, & F3D-2) against
North Korean and Soviet pilots. Illustrated with 145 photos, 7
maps, 28 drawings, 40 full color drawings; 80 pgs.
SS6020
Planes, Names & Dames Volume 2: Korea (SC)
Davis. The art of
decorating the front
section of military
aircraft goes back
to the First World War.
It was a way of
personalizing a
piece of machinery
that one depended
on every day. The
theme went from
patriotism to the latest
trend in music to
sex (girls), and this sort
of art appeared on every type of aircraft. This title covers
military aircraft nose art of the post war period including the
Korean War and the late 50s. Extensively covers the wide
variety of personal and mission markings carried by the
F-80, F-84, F-86, B-29, F- 51s and other planes in Korea.
Illustrated with 239 b/w and 47 color photos, 64 pages.
SS6058
Red Ladies in Waiting (SC)
Stapfer. This title is
considered by
the author as a
retrospective of the
early 1990s, the
ex-Soviet Union
and Eastern Bloc.
The former Soviet
Union had a number
of facilities to store
and display aircraft,
including complexes
at Khodinka,
Ramenskoye and
Tushino. Includes
coverage of facilities in
Hungary and former East Germany, as well as US aircraft
that found their way into Soviet/Eastern Bloc service.
Illustrated with 213 b/w and 56 color photos; 64 pages.
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Arab Air Forces Post WWII (SC)
Tullis. Traces the history
of the air forces of the
Arab nations through
the turbulent years after
WWII and their many
conicts with Israel as
well as many clashes
amongst themselves.
Includes Algeria,
Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq,
Jordan, Lebanon, Libya,
Mauritania, Morocco,
Oman, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia, Sudan, Syria,
Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen Arab Republic, and the
Peoples Democratic Republic of Yemen. Illustrated with 204
b/w, 28 color photos, 12 color drawings, 2 maps; 64 pgs.
SS6066
Planes, Names & Dames Volume 3 (SC)
Davis. The art of
decorating the front
section of military
aircraft goes back to
the First World War.
It was a way of
personalizing a piece of
machinery that one
depended on every
day. The theme went
from patriotism to the
latest trend in music
to sex (girls), and this
sort of art appeared on
every type of aircraft. This third volume of military aircraft
nose art covers the Vietnam period (1955-1975). Includes
aircraft types such as F-86, F-104, A-26K, UH-1, OV-1C, A-1J
Skyraider, F-4E, F-105D, F-8E, and many more. Includes
some art from foreign airforces. Illustrated with 259 b/w
and 91 color photos; 80 pages.
SS6068
And Kill MiGs (SC)
Drendel. Revised
edition. USN, USAF, and
USMC aerial combat
over North Vietnam,
1981 Sixth Fleet
shoot down of Libyan
ghters, and Operation
Desert Storm. Includes
pilots own descriptions
of engagements, with
lists of USAF and USN
MiG killers in Vietnam,
as well as section on
the North Vietnamese
Enemy with listing of the MiGs' Kills. Illustrated with 168
b/w and 19 color photos, 46 color drawings, 1 map, 1 b/w
drawing; 104 pages.
SS6072
Pride of Seattle (SC)
The story of the rst 300
Boeing B-17Fs. A
fascinating book
revealing the varied
fates of the machines
and their crews, diverse,
often tragic, sometimes
inspiring but always
interesting. Illustrated
with 120 b/w period
photos, 32 full color
proles; 64 pages.
SS6074
Aces (SC)
Patton. The exploits
of the aces , their
aircraft and tactics,
from WWI to the
Korean Conict.
Includes such notables
as Manfred von
Richthofen (Red Baron),
Gregory (Pappy)
Boyington, Francis S.
Gabreski, Herman Graf,
and the novel inclusion
of Michael Wittmann
as the "Tiger Ace",
and many more. Illustrated with 20 b/w photos, 116 color
drawings, and 48 b/w drawings; 64 pages.
SS6077
Aces 2 (SC)
Patton. The exploits of
air aces - pilots who
shot down ve or more
enemy aircraft - have
fascinated the world
since WWI. Successful
aces combined the killer
instinct, mastery of
their aircraft andof air
combat tactics, and the
ability trapidly adjust
to changes in their
situation. Chronicles 29
aces from WWI, WWII and the '67 Arab-Israeli war. 40 b/w
drawings, 30 pages color proles, 64 pages
SS6084
USN Aircraft Camouage & Markings 1940-45 (SC)
Doll. A highly detailed
and informative look
at the variations of
camouage schemes
and insignias used by
the US Navy during
WWII. Includes both
carrier and land based
aircraft. Illustrated
with 150 b/w and 6
color photos, 40 color
drawings; 64 pages.
SS6087
Aces 3 (SC)
Patton. This title gives
the exploits of the aces,
their aircraft and tactics,
from WWI to the War
in Vietnam. The stories
of 59 air aces since
WWI, plus one tank
ace of WWII. Includes
such notables as Joseph
M. McConnell, Richard
"Dick" Bong, Randy
Cunningham, and Ernst
Udet. Illustrated with 139
color drawings, and 62 b/w drawings; 64 pages.
SS6088
Worldwide F-16 Markings (SC)
The F-16 Fighting
Falcon, also known as
the 'Viper', evolved
from a 1972 USAF
lightweight ghter
prototype program to
create a small, low-cost,
air superiority day
ghter designed for
high performance and
ease of maintenance
and achieved combat-
ready status in October
1980. Since then, 21
foreign nations including Belgium, Denmark, Turkey, Egypt
and Israel have the F-16, making it the most popular ghter
in the world. The varied national insignia, squadron markings
and camouage of these international F-16s are depicted in
full color. Over 200 color photos; 64 pags.
SS6091
Tomcat! (SC)
The F-14 Tomcat is a
supersonic, twin-
engine, variable sweep
wing, two-place ghter
designed to attack and
destroy enemy aircraft
at night and in all
weather conditions.
The F-14 can track
up to 24 targets
simultaneously with
its advanced weapons
control system and
attack six with Phoenix
AIM-54A missiles while continuing to scan the airspace.
Armament also includes a mix of other air intercept missiles,
rockets, and bombs. The Grumman F-14 Tomcat has retired
after over 30 years of service. It was the nal member of a
family of Grumman cats which began almost seventy years
ago. This book presents a personal narrative of the testing
and operational use of the Tomcat. More than 150 color
photographs, color paintings, and color proles; 64 pages.
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The Aviation Art of Lou Drendel (SC)
Drendel. Lou Drendel
has been drawing and
painting airplanes since
he can remember.
Inspired by the model
airplanes his father built
for him, he took pencil
and paper and began
drawing. He hasnt
stopped yet, more than
60 years later. Lous art
has been featured in
dozens of books
published by Squadron/
Signal. Now, they are gathered together in one volume. This
book displays more than 200 of the extraordinary works of
the famed aviation artist; 64 pages.
SS6093
Vietnam Scrapbook An Army Pilot's Combat Tour (SC)
Steinbrunn. In January
1966, Robert
Steinbrunn entered the
US Army for 4
memorable years.
At Fort Rucker,
Alabama, he received
training in Bell
helicopters, including
the Huey and Iroquois
(UH-1A, B and D
models). Afterward, he
was sent to Fort Knox,
Kentucky, where he
was assigned to A Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry, the
'Ruthless Riders', ying the short-cabin Bell UH-1C gunship.
After honing their reconnaissance skills in training, the 3rd
and 7th Squadrons became the 'eyes and ears' of the 4th
Infantry Division, which was based at Camp Enari, Pleiku, in
the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Steinbrunn documented
his time ying helicopters in Vietnam and has compiled his
memories into a memorable book. Illustrated with more than
200 photographs; 80 pages.
SS6098
Operation Enduring Freedom (SC)
Drendel. Noted military
author Lou Drendel
outlines the initial Allied
military response against
the al-Queda terrorist
network and the Taliban
government in
Afghanistan that
provided them safe
haven and training
facilities. Extensively
illustrated with over 200
photos - half in full-color,
1 map; 64 pages.
SS6123
Air War Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom (SC)
Drendel. All new book
covering Allied airpower
in the war to topple
Saddam Hussein. Full
color and b/w photos
of ghters, bombers,
transports, helicopters,
and the people who
y and maintain
them. Also includes US
CENTCOM - Air Forces
and Navies Air Order of
Battles. Illustrated with
100 b/w and 117 color
photos; 64 pages.
SS6124
P-61 Black Widow Special (SC)
Thompson. During
World War II, nightly
raids by Luftwaffe
bombers over Britain
forced the United States
to develop night-
ghting abilities. The
P61 Black Widow
was created as a new
prototype with airborne
intercept radar. It also
featured four .50
caliber machine guns in
a top-mounted turret
and four 20mm
cannons underneath to handle any threats in the darkness.
The crew consisted of a pilot, a gunner and a radar observer.
This book takes a detailed look at the development and
implementation of the P-61 Black Widow night ghters with
about 200 photographs and detailed line drawings; 64 pages.
SS6126
Army Aviation in Vietnam Special (SC)
Mutza. During
Vietnam, the US Army
employed a variety of
aircraft to accomplish
combat missions.
Following turf and
budget debates with
the Air Force, the Army
settled on the use of
various helicopters and
some xed-wing
observation planes.
Using airmobility and
air assault strategies,
the Army was able to
demonstrate the ability to rapidly move signicant amounts
of men and equipment on the battleeld. Army aircraft
were further used as gunships, medevacs, air controllers
as well as surveillance and transportation. This book takes
a detailed look at the development and implementation of
Army Aviation in Vietnam with nearly 200 photographs, color
proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS6127
Air Force Colors Volume 1 (SC)
Bell. Covers the
development and
application of US Army
Air Corps camouage
markings from the post
WWI timeframe to
early WWII. Includes
Standard Insignia,
markings and colors,
unit markings, VIP
aircraft, GHQAF and
the Designator System,
Training Colors, and
Camouage. Also
covers Combat Groups
and Squadron Insignia. Illustrated with 198 b/w and 3 color
photos, 67 color aircraft proles; 96 pages.
SS6150
Air Force Colors
Vol 3 (SC)
This volume traces the history
of WWII Army Air Force colors
and marking in both the Pacic
Theater and the Zone of the
Interior (ZI). 96 pages, 16 in
color, over 200 photos.
SS6152
56th Fighter Group (SC)
Flying P-47s, the 56th FG was
one of the highest scoring USAAF
Fighter Groups in Europe. Traces
the Group from WWI I through
action in Korea and Vietna m until
today. Over 200 photos, 8 pages
of color, 64 pages.
SS6172
Fighter Squadron
14 - Tophatters (SC)
The oldest serving squadron in the
history of the USN. VF-14 can trace
its history back to September of
1919 and serve d in WWII, Vietnam
and the Persian Gulf Over 175
photos, 8 pages of color, 80 pgs
SS6173
357th Fighter Group (SC)
Formed in California in
Dec of '42 and equipped
with P-39s. More than
one year later, the Group
was thrown into combat
ying P-51 Mustangs
against th e Luftwaffe.
The history and combat
opera tions from its
formation to the end of
the war in Europe. Over
140 photos, 8 pages
color proles, 64 pages.
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31st Fighter Group USAAF WWII (SC)
The USAAF's 31st Fighter
Group had an outstanding
record, ying Spitres and
Mustangs in the 8th, 12th
and 15th Air Forces. Entering
the war as the rst American
Fighter Group to participate
in the European Theater
of Operations, the 31st FG
ended the war as the top
scoring Allied ghter group
in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations and the fth
highest overall for the USAAF with 570 1/2 conrmed aerial
victories. Approximately 200 b/w photos, line drawings and
40 color proles; 80 pages.
SS6180
4th Fighter Group in WWII (SC)
The 4th initial operated
with Spitres but changed
to P-47s and nally to
P-51s. The rst 8th AF
ghter group to penetrate
German air space and
rst to engage enemy
aircraft over Paris and
Berlin, the 4th claimed
1000 kills , the highest of
any USAAF ghter group in
WWII. Over 250b/w
photos, line drawings, 10 color proles; 80 pages.
SS6181
Hawker Hunter in Color (SC)
Robinson. The Hawker
Hunter was designed in
1948 as a RAF replacement
for the Gloster Meteor. The
Hunter served with the RAF
in the 1950s and 1960s,
and has served with nearly
twenty foreign air forces.
This title covers every RAF
Squadron to y the Hawker
Hunter. Illustrated with 54
b/w and 6 color photos, 200
color drawings; 32 pages.
SS6506
USAF Europe Volume 2 in Color (SC)
Robinson. Covers the
bombers of SAC, the ghters
of TAC, transports, the
Military
Air Lift Command and the
trainer and liaison aircraft.
Illustrated with 43 photos,
over 85 full-color drawings;
32 pages.
SS6563
Detail & Scale
EA-6B Prowler in
Detail & Scale (SC)
Kinzey. This title gives
a comprehensive look,
inside and out, of the US
Navy's primary Electronic
Countermeasures Aircraft.
Illustrated with 171 b/w
and 35 color photos, 24 b/w
drawings; 72 pages.
SS8246
P-51 Mustang in Detail
& Scale Part 1 (SC)
Kinzey. Complete development
of Allison-powered RAF
Mustang Mk I, USAAF
P-51, A-36, and P-51A and
Merlin-powered P-51B and
P-51C. Illustrated with 163
b/w and 30 color photos, and
37 b/w drawings; 72 pages.
SS8250
F-84 Thunderjet in
Detail & Scale (SC)
Kinzey. Includes complete
inside and out tour of the
different variants and a
2-page modeling summary.
Illustrated with 156 b/w
and 48 color photos, 8
color drawings, 41 b/w line
drawings; 80 pages.
SS8259
P-40 Warhawk in Detail
& Scale Part 1 (SC)
Kinzey. Extensive interior
and exterior photo coverage
of the different variants.
Includes a 2-page modeling
summary. Illustrated with 166
b/w and 51 color photos, 10
color drawings, 29 b/w line
drawings; 80 pages.
SS8261
P-40 Warhawk in Detail
& Scale Part 2 (SC)
Kinzey. Includes a 2-page
modeling summary. Illustrated
with 152 b/w and 62 color
photos, 10 color drawings, 26
b/w line drawings; 80 pages.
SS8262
P-39 Airacobra in
Detail & Scale (SC)
Kinzey. Illustrated with 185
b/w and 58 color photos, 10
color drawings, 28 b/w line
drawings; 83 pages.
SS8263
B-24 Liberator in
Detail & Scale (SC)
Kinzey. Includes a 2-page
modeling summary. Illustrated
with 177 b/w and 55 color
photos, 10 color drawings, 23
b/w line drawings; 83 pages.
SS8264
F4F Wildcat in
Detail & Scale (SC)
Kinzey. Includes a 2 page
modeling summary. Illustrated
with 141 b/w and 57 color
photos, 12 color drawings, 38
b/w line drawings; 80 pages.
SS8265
F-106 Delta Dart in
Detail & Scale (SC)
Kinzey. Includes a 7-page
modeling summary.
Illustrated with 146 b/w and
30 color photos, 25 b/w line
drawings; 72 pages.
SS8269
F-100 Super Sabre
in Detail & Scale (SC)
Kinzey. Includes a 8-page
modeling summary.
Comprehensive photo-archive
showing the F-100 inside and
out. Illustrated with 154 b/w
and 40 color photos, 28 b/w
line drawings; 72 pages.
SS8270
FJ Fury in Detail & Scale (SC)
Kinzey. This title has extensive
photo coverage of the
airframes, cockpits, landing
gear, engines, and weapons.
Includes a 2-page modeling
summary.Illustrated with 170
b/w and 36 color photos, 10
color drawings, 22 b/w line
drawings; 78 pages.
SS8272
F/A-18E/F Super
Hornet in Detail &
Scale (SC)
Kinzey. Also covers Operation
Enduring Freedom and Iraqi
Freedom, as well as a 4-page
modeling summary. Illustrated
with 206 b/w and 51 color
photos, 5 color drawings, 4
b/w line drawings; 80 pages.
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Armor In Action
HMMWV In Action (SC)
Doyle. TThis book takes a detailed look at HMMWV with
more than 100 photographs, color proles and detailed line
drawings; 52 pages.
SS2043
M551 Sheridan in Action (SC)
Doyle. Beginning in 1966, the Allison Division of General
Motors built 1,562 M551s with primary armament being a
152-millimeter gun/launcher capable of ring conventional
ammunition or the Ford-built Shillelagh anti-tank missile.
Whatever the conception, this vehicle proved an asset to the
Army in Vietnam, Panama, and Operation Desert Storm.
Illustrated with 91 color photos, 8 b/w photos, 7 color
proles, 3-view drawing, vehicle development illustrations,
and 2 colorized camouage patterns; 60 pages.
SS2041
World War II Jeep In Action (SC)
Doyle. Jeeps were congured for radio gear, armed with
weapons, and bore stretchers. Large numbers of Jeeps were
also delivered to allied nations. This book takes a detailed
look at these vehicles' service during World War II with
more than 100 photographs, color proles and detailed line
drawings; 52 pages.
SS2042
M151 MUTT in Action (SC)
Doyle. 220 photographs; 80 pages.
SS12051
Italian Truck-Mounted Artillery in Action (SC)
Riccio. Italian military planners saw the need for highly
mobile artillery early in the 20th Century. Accordingly, Italy
began mounting anti-aircraft weapons on truck chassis
prior to WWI, giving birth to the autocannone, a weapon
concept which would soldier through both World Wars.
A unique and lavishly-illustrated survey of the various
weapon combinations devised by the Italian military from
the inception of the autocannone until the end of WWII.
Illustrated with more than 200 photographs, plus color
proles and detailed line drawings; 56 pages.
SS2044
M113 APC in Vietnam in Action (SC)
Doyle. Although the M113 has largely been replaced by the
Bradley Fighting Vehicle and is now only in limited use by
the US armed forces, the vehicle remains in use today in the
armed forces of other allies around the world. Illustrated
with 130 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line
drawings; 64 pages.
SS2045
M48A3 in Vietnam in Action (SC)
Doyle. Just as the Sherman tank was the quintessential
'American tank' in WWII, the M48A3 Patton tank was the
most prominent US battle tank during the Vietnam War years
of the 1960s and 1970s. Illustrated with 109 photos, plus
color proles and detailed line drawings; 48 pages.
SS2046
Tiger I in Action (SC)
Doyle. Illustrated with over 200 vintage photographs, plus
color proles and detailed line drawings; 72 pages.
SS2047
WWII US Sherman Tank in Action (SC)
Ervin and Doyle. Nearly 200 period photos, in rare original
color, line drawings, turret, weapons used, Includes color
proles; 80 pages.
SS2048
German Armored Cars in Action (SC)
Doyle. Packed with more than 220 period photographs,
chronicles development, deployment of Germany's six and
eight-wheeled armored cars before and during WWII; 80 pgs.
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Armor Walk Around
Sturmgeschutz III Walk Around (SC)
Cockle. Extensive coverage of the StuG III Ausf G variants
armed with the 75mm 40 L/48 gun. Inside and out details
of running gear, hull, ghting compartment, engine deck,
engine, and ttings. Illustrated with 118 b/w and 107 color
photos, 18 color drawings, 12 b/w drawings; 80 pages.
SS5702
US Tank Destroyers Walk Around (SC)
Mesko. This title follows the development of the M10, M36,
and M18 tank destroyers, with inside and out details of
running gear, hull, ghting compartment, engine deck,
engine, and ttings. Illustrated with 145 b/w and 147 color
photos, 12 color drawings, 8 b/w drawings; 80 pages.
SS5703
M2/M3 Half-Track Walk Around (SC)
Mesko. These halftracks saw service on every front during
WWII, and served in many countries for decades after the
end of the war. This title includes inside and out coverage of
the US Army personnel halftracks during WW II. Also covers
the M4 Mortar Carrier, M16 MGMC, and Israeli variants.
Illustrated with 130 b/w and 114 color photos, 12 color
drawings, 8 b/w drawings; 80 pages.
SS5704
M42 Duster Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. The lack of radar tracking system meant the M42
was a 'fair weather' shooter against low, slow targets; it just
could not keep pace with the new generation of Soviet jet
aircraft. As American involvement in Vietnam increased, 3
battalions of Dusters were sent to South Vietnam - initially
for anti-aircraft duties, but with clear skies over the South,
the M42 was usefully employed as convoy escort, perimeter
and base security, and direct re support. A detailed look
at the M42 Duster with more than 200 photographs, color
proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5705
M26 Pershing Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. The basic design of the M26 - the designation the
T26E3 had been given when it was classied 'standard' in
March 1945 - was to form the basis of a long line of excellent
tanks (M46, M47, M48 and M60) that would serve US armed
forces for 40 years. Illustrated with 250 photographs, color
proles, and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5706
US Military Motorcycles of WWII
Walk Around (SC) Doyle. The advent of the
Jeep took over the motorcycle's role in military service, and
the bikes were relegated to veteran vehicles of the past.
Illustrated with over 200 color photographs, 11 black-and-
white photographs and color art by Don Greer; 80 pages.
SS5707
Cadillac Gage V-100 Commando
Walk Around (SC) Doyle. The best-known American
armored car of the post-WWII era, the Cadillac Gage Commando
- a versatile, amphibious, 4x4 vehicle - still looks modern
even though it made its debut in 1962. The V-100 Commando
went through numerous changes in light of its extensive and
varied experience in reconnaissance, convoy escort, riot control,
security, and as a personnel carrier. Illustrated over 200 color
photographs plus detailed line drawings; 80 pgs.
SS5708
Sd.Kfz.251 Ausf.D Walk Around (SC)
Stapfer. Considered the German Armys most important
armored half-track in WWII, the Sd.Kfz.251 allowed the
infantry to keep up with the Heer's fast armored elements.
The vehicle came in 4 models and 23 variants, but the Ausf.D
was the most produced model. Illustrated with over 150 color
photographs, detailed line drawings, and 8 colored proles.
A must have book for the armor, modeling, history, and
military enthusiast; 80 pages.
SS5709
GPA and DUKW Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. Production of the GPA, essentially an amphibious
Jeep, ended in 1943, just as the career of the DUKW, a
virtual aquatic truck, was on its way to becoming the 'gold
standard' by which other amphibians are measured to this
day. Illustrated with 263 high quality photographs, color art,
and proles; 80 pages.
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Pre-Standardized Jeep Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. Three distinct versions of a reconnaissance car were
produced before they were standardized into the World War
II-era Jeep. This book takes a detailed look at Jeeps early
evolution with more than 250 photographs, color proles
and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5711
M3 Medium Tank Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. The M3 Medium Tank was designed as an interim
answer to European battleeld conditions at the start of
World War II. This book takes a detailed look at the M3
Medium Tank with more than 200 photographs, color proles
and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5712
Pz.Kpfw Panzer 38(t) Walk Around (SC)
Stapfer. The Panzerkampfwagen 38 (tschechisch) - Armored
Combat Vehicle 38 (Czech) was one of the most important
tanks in the Wehrmacht arsenal in the rst half of WWII.
Illustrated with over 300 photographs, color art, and proles;
80 pages.
SS5713
M24 Chaffee Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. As American-built armor came into contact with
Axis forces in WWII - rst of all in North Africa - it quickly
became clear that the 37mm cannon favored on US armor
was simply inadequate against the tough armor of their
adversaries. Packed with over 200 photos, plus color art and
proles; 80 pages.
SS5714
M113 APC Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. The M113 family of vehicles is arguably the most
successful series of armored personnel carriers of all time.
The driver was provided with four M17 periscopes, and his
hatch had provision for an M19 infrared periscope as well.
The commander's station, just aft of the driver, had a cupola
equipped with ve M17 periscopes and an M2 HB machine
gun. Illustrated with 170 photographs, plus color proles and
detailed line drawings; 72 pages.
SS5715
M88 Armored Recovery Vehicle
Walk Around (SC) Doyle. The M88 Armored
Recovery Vehicle was designed and developed in the late
1950s. The M88 had been so successful that it was taken as
the basis for the new upgraded recovery vehicle, which is still
in use today - the M88A2. Illustrated with 175 photographs,
plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5716
M7 Priest Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. Nicknamed the Priest because of its pulpit-like anti-
aircraft ring, the vehicle was intended to provide armored
units with organic, highly-mobile artillery support. Production
began in April 1942 and it rst went into combat with British
at the Second Battle of El-Alamein in the autumn of that
year, with US forces rst taking the American-built vehicle
into engagements in Tunisia somewhat later. Packed with
more than 230 photographs, plus color proles and detailed
line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5717
GMC CCKW Truck Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. This volume is packed with detailed photographs and
highlights modications through the years of its service - a
wooden truck bed to save on precious steel, an open cab to
allow for more cargo room in ship holds, 2 designs for axles,
negative electrical system and a winch that was installed
on a third of the trucks. Illustrated with more than 190
photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings;
80 pages.
SS5718
M5/M5A1 Stuart Walk Around (SC)
Mesko. Illustrated with more than 190 photographs, plus
color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
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M3A1 White Scout Car Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. The White Motor Company began serial production of
the four-wheel-drive M3A1 Scout Car in 1940. Illustrated with
more than 200 photographs, plus color proles and detailed
line drawings; 80 pages.
SS5720
M108/109 Self-Propelled Howitzer
Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. Introduced in the early 1960s, the M108/109 marked
the transition from open-topped to fully enclosed self-propelled
artillery. Illustrated with more than 315 photographs, plus
color proles and detailed line drawings; 88 pages.
SS572
Valentine Tank Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. Though not the 1st tank to go into battle against the
Axis in WWII, Valentine has distinction of having highest
production numbers of any wartime British tank, arguably
the most variations. After the war, Valentines continued to
serve several British Commonwealth armies late as 1950s.
Illustrated with 250 photos, plus color proles and detailed
line drawings; 88 pages.
SS5722
FT-17 / M1917 WWI Tanks Walk
Around (SC) Doyle. Introduced in 1917, the Renault
FT-17 and its American-built copy, the M1917, revolutionized
tank design. The vehicle's rotating turret, rear-engine, driver-
forward design are characteristics of the most advanced
tanks even today. This volume presents a careful study of
the details and variations of this innovative vehicle, inside
and out. Two-hundred thirty-seven photographs reveal
the intimacies of no fewer than 14 of the nest surviving
examples of these machines, preserved on three different
continents. Nine detailed line drawings supplement the
photos and comprehensive captions; 80 pages.
SS27023
M41 Walker Bulldog Walk Around (SC)
Hughes. The standard US light tank during the early years
of the Cold War, the M41 Bulldog was developed as a more
powerful successor to the M24 Chaffee. Illustrated with 250
photographs plus color proles and numerous detailed line
drawings; 80 pages.
SS27024
M26 Dragon Wagon Walk Around (SC)
Doyle. Examines the armored and soft-skin versions of
this massive vehicle, and its trailers, through hundreds of
color photos and some of the nest restored examples in
existence. Illustrated with over 230 photographs; 80 pages.
SS27025
M551 Sheridan Walk Around (SC)
Hughes. Illustrated by more than 240 photographs plus eight
detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS27026
Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer Walk Around (SC)
Stapfer. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, plus detailed
line drawings, and color proles; 80 pages.
SS27027
M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer Walk Around (SC)
SS27029
Diamond T 4-ton Truck Walk Around (SC)
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Detail In Action
M50A1 Ontos Detail in Action (SC)
Doyle. 'The Thing' - the meaning of the Greek word 'Ontos'
is an apt name for this ungainly vehicle. Originally developed
for the Army, which then discarded it, the Ontos was instead
adopted by the Marine Corps. Conceived as a potent,
lightweight, mobile 6-barrel tank killer to counter a feared
mass Soviet armored attack in Europe, the Ontos instead
rose to fame in the jungles of Vietnam where its six 106mm
recoilless ries proved deadly against massed infantry
attacks, as well as being well-suited for urban assault work.
This volume incorporates over 60 period photos chronicling
the development and use of the Ontos, plus a further
150 detailed walk-around photos providing an in-depth
exploration of this unique ghting machine; 72 pages.
SS5901
K5(E) Railgun Detail in Action (SC)
Doyle. The German K5(E) 280mm railgun is arguably
the most effective weapon of its type ever developed.
Boasting an 11-mile range, the 24 massive guns of this
type were deployed from Italy to the Russian Front, and
even along the English Channel Coast. Today, only two of
these fearsome artillery pieces remain. Through a collection
of 55 vintage black and white photos - many of them
previously unpublished - and more than 170 photos of the
two preserved examples in the US and France, the intricacies
of these massive weapons are explored in detail. In addition,
the book is augmented by nine illustrations; 80 pages.
SS5902
Ferdinand / Elefant Detail in Action (SC)
Doyle. In an effort to turn the proverbial lemon, in the form
of an unsuccessful Tiger design, into lemonade, Porsche
engineers at the behest of the German army, converted the
failed chassis into one of the largest and most potent tank
destroyer designs of World War II. Initially elded as the
Ferdinand, the vehicles were further modied, and ultimately
given a new - and apt - name: 'Elefant.' This new volume
explores not only the combat history of both the Ferdinand
and Elefant, but also chronicles the development of the
ill-fated Porsche Tiger design through 88 period black-and-
white photos. Further enhancing its utility to the enthusiast,
110 full-color photos of the only surviving examples of
each type illustrate the nuances of the construction and
subsequent wartime modication of these giant tank
killers. Also features 16 detailed line drawings as well as 15
masterful color proles; 80 pages.
SS39001
Detail In Action
Modeling series
US Armor Camo
& Markings of
WWII (SC)
Mesko. This book attempts
to give a broad overview
of the various schemes
and identications used on
U.S. military vehicles from
1941-1945. Illustrated with
177 b/w photos, 27 color
drawings; 64 pages.
SS6090
Converting and Detailing Plastic
Figures (SC) Chilstrom. Renowned miniaturist Bill
Chilstrom shares his tips and techniques for bringing injection
molded plastic gures to life. His award winning diorama
'In the Footsteps of the Grand Arme' is the focus of this
book. Bill detailed and converted 28 gures, three horses,
two wagons and a mule in the building of this diorama.
Many step-by-step and in-progress photos accompany the
informative text clearly illustrating what to do to really
enhance stock plastic gures. All color; 64 pages.
SS6097
Armor Specials
Tank Warfare
on Iwo Jima (SC)
Harper. A small section
devoted to Japanese
tanks is also included.133
photos (many never before
published), 14 vehicle color
plates, 12 color movie stills
and excerpts from ofcial
documents; 96 pages.
SS6096
US Infantry-Vietnam (SC)
Mesko. Includes an overview of operations in Vietnam
from the rst US involvment to US withdrawal. Also covers
weapons and equipment. 108 photos, 51 detail drawings, 4
maps, 14 full color drawings; 50 pages.
SS3006
US Airborne
in Action ( SC)
Thompson. Over 100 photos,
40 detail drawings, 16 color
drawings; 50 pages.
SS3010
LRRP's in Action
Vol.1 (SC)
Burford. These small units
penetrated deep behind
enemy lines to gather
information on enemy base
camp locations.
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Warships In Action
US Subchasers In Action (SC)
Connelly. During WWI, German U-boats took a heavy toll on
merchant and military ships. This book takes a detailed look
at US Sub Chasers with more than 100 photographs, color
proles and detailed line drawings; 52 pgs.
SS4033
US Destroyers in Action Part 2 (SC)
Adcock. This title covers the development and operational
service of the Farragut, Porter, Mahan, Fanning, and Craven
class destroyers. Illustrated with approximately 100 photos,
b/w line drawings, and 6 color proles; 50 pages.
SS4020
Japanese Light Cruisers of WWII
in Action (SC) Patton. These fast ships, carrying
seaplanes and heavy torpedo armament, generally were used
as agships for destroyer otillas and submarine squadrons.
Of these, 9 were sunk by Allied submarines, 11 were sunk by
US aircraft, 2 were sunk by US torpedo boats or destroyers,
and 3 were still aoat at the end of the war. Includes never
before published photos, 90 b/w photos, 6 color proles, line
drawings, color covers; 58 pages.
SS4025
Gato-Class Submarines in Action (SC)
Stern. More than 100 b/w photos, 6 color proles, line
drawings and color covers; 20 color photos, up-to-date
information, where the surviving vessels can be viewed.
SS4028
Warships In Action
PT Boats in Action (SC)
Doyle. American Patrol Torpedo - or PT - boat crews served
valiantly in every theater during WWII. From the Aleutians
to the Mediterranean, these men harassed enemy shipping,
launched attacks against much more formidable warships,
rescued downed air crews, and spirited General Douglas
MacArthur to safety from Corregidor Island in March of 1942.
PT boats also laid mines and smokescreens, coordinated
air-sea rescue actions, and conducted intelligence and raiding
operations. This volume chronicles the evaluation, use, and
eventual destruction of the US PT boat eet through 180
photographs, many of them color. Coverage includes ELCO,
Higgins, and Huckins boats; 64 pages.
SS4034
Ship Specials
Ship Specials
U-Boat War (SC)
The story of Hitler's U-
Boat eet operations
from 1939 to 1945.
Provides an extensive
collection of photographs
and color paintings of
the men, submarines
and insignia of the U-
boat eet. Includes
appendices, 8 pages in
color. 64 pages.
SS6078
USS Tennessee in World War II (SC)
Simmons. Commissioned
in June of 1920, the US
battleship Tennessee saw
service in some of the
most crucial and
dramatic battles in the
Pacic Theater of WWII.
Docked on Pearl Harbor's
Battleship Row on 7
December 1941, her crew
manned anti-aircraft guns
and fought back as bombs
ripped through her deck.
The year 1944 saw the
Tennessee take part in battle after battle (including Surigao
Strait, the last battleship vs battleship action in naval history)
as US forces worked their way towards the Japanese Home
Islands. In 1945 she took part in the attack on Iwo Jima.
Enriched with exclusive, eye-witness accounts from members
of her crew, chronicles the dramatic career of one of Americas
most battle-tested warships with over 200 photographs, color
proles, and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS6094
US Navy Flying Boats and Amphibians
in WWII (SC)
Adcock. Soon after
the early aviation
pioneers learned to
y, their attention
turned to water. It was
more abundant than
land and presented a
vast landing area. With
nearly 200 photographs,
color proles and
detailed line drawings,
this special Squadron/
Signal book looks at the
various ying boats and
amphibians and the contribution they made; 80 pages.
SS6095
US Navy Ships Camouage WWII, Part
I Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts (SC)
Adcock. When WWII ended in 1945, the eet was restored to
Standard Navy Gray to await the next revolution in deceptive
paintwork. Illustrated with 116 b/w photos, 2 color photos,
and over 30 color renderings/proles; 68 pages.
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USS Alabama on Deck (SC)
Adcock. Now a museum ship berthed at Mobile's Battleship
Memorial Park in her namesake state, she is a unique
oating memorial and tribute to the men who crewed her.
Additional illustrations include 73 b/w and 85 color photos,
detailed line art and color cover paintings; 80 pages.
SS5601
USS Lexington (CV-16) On Deck (SC)
Adcock. The USS Lexington joined the eet in 1943 and saw
extensive action throughout WW2. Post war modernization
allowed her to continue in service until 1991! Extensive color
and b/w photography, full color aircraft and ship paintings,
40 pages of color; 80 pages.
SS5602
Ohio-Class SSBN on Deck (SC)
Goodall. Since its inception in 1960, strategic deterrence has
been the sole mission of the eet ballistic missile submarine
(SSBN), which provides the nation's most survivable and
enduring nuclear strike capability. Unprecedented bow-to-
stern look, this critical US weapon system more than 200
color, b/w photos, line drawings and 8 color proles; 80 pgs.
SS5603
USS Pampanito On Deck (SC)
Stern. The USS Pampanito, a Balao-class eet submarine, was
commissioned in late 1943 and went into action in the Pacic
at the height of WWII. Illustrated with 265 highly detailed
photographs, color proles, and intricate line drawings; 80
pages.
SS5604
ELCO 80 PT Boat On Deck (SC)
Doyle. Say "PT Boat" and the image that comes to mind is
that of the 80-foot patrol torpedo boat built by the Electric
Launch Company (ELCO) in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Packed with over 200 photographs, plus color art and
proles; 80 pages.
SS5605
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carriers On Deck (SC)
Goodall. The largest naval vessels in the world are the
Nimitz-class super aircraft carriers. USS Carl Vinson was
the rst to launch air attacks as part of Operation Enduring
Freedom in Afghanistan. In the mid-1990s USS Theodore
Roosevelt supported NATO air strikes against Bosnian Serbs
during ghting in former Yugoslavia. USS Abraham Lincoln
backed up Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
in Afghanistan in the early 2000s. Illustrated with more
than 300 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line
drawings; 80 pages.
SS5606
Iowa-Class Battleships on Deck (SC)
Doyle. More than 270 color photos, 88 pages.
SS5607
Higgins PT Boat On Deck (SC)
Doyle. Illustrated with over 120 photographs; 80 pages.
SS26008
USS Kidd On Deck (SC)
Doyle. Illustrated with 234 photographs; 80 pages.
SS26010
USS Massachusetts On Deck (SC)
Doyle. Illustrated with 286 photographs, and color proles;
96 pages.
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Squadron At Sea
USS Arizona Squadron at Sea Series (SC)
Doyle. Packed with rare photographs unearthed from sources
throughout the country, this volume follows the history of
one of America's most iconic naval vessels. Glimpse the
life of the crews that manned her and follow her through
the maintenance and rets that dramatically changed her
appearance. Describes the horric explosion that ripped
through her hull on the dark morning of 7 December 1941,
and a series of unique photos document the years of wartime
salvage work aboard the sunken battleship. Chronicled too
is Arizonas ongoing service as a tomb and memorial to the
1,177 men who perished with her. A testament to the Arizona
and her men brought to you as you've never seen them
before. Illustrated with 288 photographs, 5 detailed line
drawings, 7 color illustrations; 120 pages.
SS34001
USS North Carolina Squadron at Sea (SC)
Doyle. Laid down in 1937 and launched on 9 April 1941, the
USS North Carolina was the rst new construction battleship
to enter service during WWII and took part in every major
naval offensive in the Pacic Theater, becoming the most
decorated US battleship of WWII. After a brief stint post war
as a training ship, the North Carolina - dubbed in the press as
the 'Showboat' - was laid up in reserve, before her eventual
movement to Wilmington, in her namesake state, and her
preservation as a war memorial. This volume traces the
history of the North Carolina, photographically documenting
the evolution of armament and electronics that elevated her
pre-Pearl Harbor design to its peak - bristling with guns to
counter the threat of kamikaze attack. Generously illustrated
with more than 330 photographs - many of them color,
detailed line drawings and 11 color proles that document
the various camouage schemes worn by both the ship and
her scouting aircraft.; 136 pages.
SS34002
USS Texas Squadron At Sea (SC)
Doyle. The USS Texas proudly saw combat in both World Wars
I and II, and since 1948 has been preserved in her namesake
state as memorial to American servicemen. Armed with 10
14-inch guns and displacing 32,000 tons, the battleship is
still a formidable sight as she enters into her second century.
This expansive volume tells the tale of the Texas and her
crew. Loaded with black-and-white and color photos not only
showcase the construction, numerous voyages, modications,
combat action, and ultimate preservation of the ship, but also
show the vessel as a home, ofce, and workshop for the men
who served as her crew. These historic images are augmented
with ve line drawings illustrating her key congurations, as
well as nine color proles depicting her aircraft, as well as
the many camouage schemes she wore. Illustrated with over
350 photographs; 152 pages.
SS34003
USS Saratoga Squadron at Sea (SC)
Doyle. Faced with the restrictions of the Washington Navy
Treaty, the US Navy had a choice: either scrap their partially
complete, battlecruiser Saratoga, which along with her sister
ship Lexington were intended to be the most powerful in
the world; or convert them into an aircraft carriers. Having
survived two torpedo hits by Japanese subs, as well as
repeated bomb and Kamikaze strikes, at war's end she took
part in the huge Magic Carpet operation that transported
thousands of US servicemen back to the mainland. Deemed
too old for the victorious Navy's postwar needs, her nal
duty was to test the survivability of an atomic blast. Still
aoat after the rst nuclear explosion, she was sent to
the bottom of Bikini Atoll by the second of the blasts, and
still rests there today, where she welcomes the occasional
scuba diver. All these exploits, as well as others, including
Saratoga's numerous rets, are presented and profusely
illustrated with 383 color and b/w photos capturing the ship,
her crew and aircraft supplemented by 11 line drawings and
25 color renderings; 160 pages.
SS34004
Non-Military Vehicle
American Fire Apparatus Volume
1: Pumpers (SC) Mutza. Organized companies
of reghters rst appeared in Colonial America and were
mobilized, like local militias, on a volunteer basis. Like military
equipment, reghting apparatus evolved in tandem with
technological advances. This volume traces the development of
the chief and best-known re-ghting apparatus 'the pumper
or re engine' from hand-drawn pumps, through horse-drawn
vehicles in the 19th Century to the advanced re trucks of
the 21st Century. Chapters introduce the early years of the
pumper, follow its motorization, and then, decade-by-decade,
meticulously review the evolution of the re truck from the
1930s until today. The books dedication to the reghters
who gave their lives on 9-11 serves as a reminder that the
nation's First Responders stand guard together with the armed
forces on the front lines of our defense. Illustrated with over
300 photographs; 96 pages.
SS6401
American Fire Apparatus: Volume 2
Aerial Equipment (SC) Mutza. As the urban
skyline rose and horse power gave way to motorization, the
need increased for better ladders and other aerial equipment
to ght res in tall buildings. Ladders grew longer and the
trucks that carried them evolved. Improved aerial ladders
were xed to truck beds and new methods were devised to
get water and reghters to building heights. The hundreds
of unique and dramatic photos that pack this volume feature
re trucks equipped with a wide spectrum of devices evolved
over more than a century, including aerial ladders, elevating
platforms, aerial ladder platforms, and water towers. The
book illustrates the evolution of the styles and function of
the vital 'hook-and-ladder trucks' that are an integral part
of re departments throughout the United States. Containing
more than 320 photographs, including rare, historic photos
and dramatic color shots; 96 pages.
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Great battles
D-Day 1944: The Allied Invasion
of Normandy (SC)
Stavropoulos, Vourliotis,
Papadopoulos, Valmas,
Kampouris and Terniotis.
The Allies launched
their invasion of
German-occupied Europe
after 18 months of
preparation - three and
one half million troops,
more than ten thousand
warplanes and an armada
of nearly ve thousand
sea-going vessels stormed 'Fortress Europe' and opened the
long awaited second front against Hitler's Reich. Includes
the Allied bid for air superiority, the landings, a photo le,
opposing commanders and forces, portable weapons and
many lesser known details of the making of the new Western
Front. Amply illustrated with more than 60 b/w and 30 color
photos, 6 maps, 21 equipment proles, 13 uniform plates and
additional specially commissioned art; 136 pages.
SS7008
Thermopylae
480 BC: The Most
Unequal Battle in
History (SC)
Belezos and Kotoulas.
The denitive history of
the fabled battle at the
pass of Thermopylae. For
2 and 1/2 days Spartan
King Leonidas lead his 300
along with a contingent
of Thespians against the
massive Persian army of
Xerxes I. Amply illustrated with photos, maps and color
plates to create a panorama of the men, equipment and
the world they fought in. Written in Greece and expertly
translated into English, includes glossary; 100 pages.
SS7001
Marathon 490 BC: Athens Crushes Persian
Might (SC)
Belezos, Giannopoulos,
Kotoulas and
Grigoropoulos. The
Battle of Marathon is
a landmark in world
history. Through their
victory, the Athenian
and Plataean hoplites
did not merely saved their
cities from destruction, but
they also destroyed the
myth of the 'invincibility'
of the Persians and
proved the superiority of their armor, weaponry and tactics.
Reveals the causes of the Persian invasion, follows the
unknown Marathon runner in his run to announce the victory
and relates the captivating myths created by the historical
battle that still remain a part of the oral tradition of this epic.
Enriched with photographs, maps of the area and tactical
battle movements and color illustrations of uniforms. Written
in Greece and expertly translated into English. 104 pages.
SS7002
The Battle of Salamis 480 BC: The
'Wooden Walls' that Saved Greece (SC)
Includes the historical
elements of the battle,
a brief biography of the
father of the great
victory, Themistocles, and
chapters from the Persian
point of view as well. Also
addresses the lesser-
known details of the
battle to assist in
understanding the
overwhelmingly difcult
conditions under which
the Greek eet prevailed.
Enriched with color and b/w photos, maps and tactical
movements and color uniform plates; 96 pages. English Text.
SS7004
The Battle of Berlin: The Collapse of
the 'Thousand-Year' Reich 1945 (SC)
Stavropoulos, Vourliotis,
Terniotis, Kotoulas, Valmas,
and Zouridis. By the dawn
of 1945, the Western Allies
had driven back Hitlers
last, desperate effort in the
Ardennes. However, the
Allies' insistence on
Germany's unconditional
surrender deterred the
Germans from making any
concession over ending the
war - Hitler and the Nazi
faithful saw their only option to be a fanatical Wagnerian
stand leaving only Germany's ruins to commemorate the
tragedy. Further, it was already clear that another kind of war
was right around the corner. Illustrated with color and b/w
photographs, color maps, 8 aircraft and 9 armor proles, and
14 color uniform plates; 128 pages. English text.
SS7005
El Alamein 1942: The Axis Major
Defeat in Africa (SC)
After a bloody 12-day
battle, the Africakorps
was forced to retreat. The
soon-to-be-legendary
8th Army had smashed
German dreams of
dominating North Africa.
Enriched with color
and b/w photographs,
color maps, aircraft and
tank proles and color
illustrations of uniforms;
120 pages. English text.
SS7003
Kursk 1943: The Greatest Tank
Battle in History (SC)
Great Battles of the
World; Kampouris,
Zouridis, Theodoratos,
Stavropoulos, Varsamis,
Vourliotis, Gedeon,
Valmas. In the summer
of 1943, after two years
of total war on the Eastern
Front, the Germans were
ready to meet the Soviets
on the decisive battleeld.
The greatest tank battle of
all time proved to be the
beginning of the end for
the Third Reich. The elite panzer formations were decimated
and would never again regain their former strength. Nothing
could turn the fortunes of the war for the Axis and their Soviet
ood was not to be stopped until the ruins of Berlin. Illustrated
with color and b/w photographs, color maps, 12 aircraft and
18 armor proles, and 12 color uniform plates; 136 pages.
SS7006
Britain 1940: The RAF Fights a Desperate
Battle Against the Luftwaffe (SC)
Stavropoulos, Terniotis,
Valmas, Varsamis, and
Vourliotis. The
confrontation between
Britain's Royal Air Force
and Germany's Luftwaffe
was the rst large scale
success against Hitler's
aggression, and it is one
of the dening episodes in
the long history of the
British nation. Enriched
with color and b/w
photographs (including 10
page Photographic Tribute to the Battle of Britain), color maps,
50 aircraft proles and 9 color uniform illustrations. A tting
tribute and record of "their nest hour"; 160 pages.
SS7007
Military Essays
Byzantine Armies 325 AD-1453 AD (SC)
Military Essays; Belezos.
Reveals the checkered
historical course of the
empire and its military
organization, which was
compelled to defend its
territories and culture
against a horde of
belligerent enemies from
without and from the
state's own bureaucracy
within. Illustrated with
75 photos, maps and
additional graphics plus 13 full color plates. Also includes a
glossary of Greek and Latin terms; 136 pages. English text.
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Aircraft In Action
S-3 Viking In Action (HB)
Elward. The Lockheed S-3 Viking was developed in the late
1960s to serve as a dedicated carrier-based anti-submarine
aircraft. . It also provides an overview of some of the more
signicant variants that were studied, but never fully pursued,
such as the Carrier On-Board Delivery (COD) and dedicated
(KS) refueling variants. It also discusses the aircrafts role in
Operation Desert Storm and how the lessons learned from that
conict impacted the Vikings' mission during the latter part of
the 1990s and early 2000s. Illustrated with 186 photographs,
line drawings, and numerous color proles; 80 pages.
SS50230
Aces & Wingmen II Volume 1 (HB)
Morris. Includes chapters
covering thirteen different
Fighter Squadrons, and
histories of the 353rd and
354th Fighter Groups.
Also lists Aces with the
355th Fighter Group.
Over 600 b/w and 31 color
photos, with 56 color
drawings; 256 pages.
SS0001
B-52G/H Stratofortress in Action (HB)
Katz. More than any other weapon system, the legendary
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is the embodiment of American
military power in the popular imagination. Boeing delivered
the last B-52 in 1962. Five decades later, the B-52 remains
in front-line service, most recently taking part in combat over
Afghanistan and Iraq. Even more amazingly, current plans
are for the B-52 to remain in service until 2040. This volume
is packed with historical and recent photographs of the B-52,
including some that were released by the US Air Force and its
contractors just for use in the book. As part of his research,
the author ew on a B-52 training mission, and the ight
report in this volume is the most detailed description of a
B-52 mission ever published. Illustrated with color proles,
detailed line drawings and over 190 photographs; 88 pages.
SS50207
B-17 Flying Fortress in Action (HB)
Doyle. The B-17 Flying Fortress dropped more bombs
than any other US aircraft in WWII and is arguably the
iconic bomber of that epic conict. First own in 1935, the
aircraft was repeatedly modied, upgraded, and perfected
in response to combat experience. Also highlights the roles
played by individual aircraft and their crews, such as the
'Memphis Belle', which completed 25 missions over enemy
territory; 'Stage Door Canteen', christened by Winston
Churchill's daughter; and 'All American', which demonstrated
the incredible toughness of the Flying Fortress by returning
safely to base despite having its tail nearly sheared off by
a Messerschmitt. An unmatched, lavishly illustrated account
of one of the greatest warplanes of all time, a must have!
Perfect binding. Illustrated with 200 vintage photographs,
plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS50219
TBF/TBM Avenger In Action (HB)
Doyle. Designed by Grumman as a replacement for the
Douglas TBD Devastator, Avenger production began prior
to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and it remained in
US Navy service until October 1954. This all-new edition is
lled with 212 vintage photos, 29 of them in color, these
are augmented by ve color proles and a like number of
detailed line drawings; 80 pgs.
SS50225
B-29 Superfortress In Action (HB)
Doyle. While most often remembered as the type of aircraft
that dropped the rst atomic bomb, and for its extensive use
in bombing Japan during the latter stages of WWII, the B-29
also saw plenty of combat during the Korean War. Individual
sections of the book explore the interior and armament of
these bombers, as well as their production by Boeing, Martin,
and Bell. Illustrated with 248 photographs, 90 of them in full
color; 88 pages.
SS50227
B-24 Liberator in Action (HB)
Doyle. Lavishly illustrated with almost 250 authentic wartime
photos, including over 80 in vintage color, with supplemental
drawings and color proles. Experimental versions, classic
bombers, freighters, tankers, reconnaissance birds - even the
rare gunship version - are shown; 88 pages.
SS50228
F3D Skyknight in Action (HB)
Carey. The US Navy's rst all-weather jet ghter, the Douglas
F3D Skyknight, traces its origins to 1945, when the Navy
began studies for a jet-powered, carrier-based night ghter.
This book chronicles the development and operational history
of the Navy ghter from conception to duty in the Korean
War, to service as a night interceptor in Vietnam, where it was
an ECM/ELINT platform, jamming North Vietnamese missile
and anti-aircraft sites. Illustrated with more than 196 photos
and 10 line drawings; 80 pages.
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Heinkel He 111 Walk Around (HB)
Mackay. Although produced in large numbers and exported
to many countries before and during the war, few examples
survive today. This volume features detailed photographic
images of the He 111P-1 restored and preserved in Norway,
and the He 111H-20 on display in the RAF museum.
Illustrated with 228 photos, detailed line drawings and color
proles; 88 pages.
SS65070
A-4 Skyhawk Walk Around (HB)
Drendel. The carrier-capable Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is one
of the most successful modern combat aircraft. During
the 25 years in which the A-4 was on the production line,
2,960 Skyhawks were built. A relatively light aircraft, with
a maximum takeoff weight of 24,500 pounds and with a
top speed exceeding 600 mph, the Skyhawk was operated
not only by the US Navy and Marines but also by the air
forces of Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Malaysia, Argentina,
Singapore, Brazil, Indonesia, and Kuwait. Introduced in 1956,
Skyhawks played major roles in the Vietnam War, the 1973
Arab-Israeli October War, and the Falklands/Malvinas Conict
in 1982. Navy retired the A-4 as recently as 2003. Meanwhile,
the battle-tested warrior continues to serve today other
militaries around the world. Illustrated with 205 photographs,
color proles, and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS65041
B-29 Superfortress Walk Around (HB)
Savage. Equipped with pressurized cabins for high-altitude
effectiveness, with an electronic re-control system,
and remote-controlled machine gun turrets, the B-29
Superfortress was the most advanced aircraft of WWII. Two
of those planes, the Superfortresses Enola Gay and Bockscar,
dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in
1945. Yet over all, the B-29 received less notoriety than its
storied elder siblings, the B-17 and B-24, perhaps because
its service areas - the China, Burma, and India Theater and
the Western Pacic - were less publicized than was the war in
Europe. Designed by Boeing, nearly 4,000 B-29s had been
turned out by the time production ended in 1946. A unique
look at the plane that ushered in the nuclear age. Illustrated
with over 210 photographs; 80 pages.
SS65054
KC-135 Stratotanker Walk Around (HB)
Katz. Many air forces can conduct missions such as air
superiority and ground attack, but only the US Air Force
has truly global reach. For more than ve decades, the
essential enabler of this global reach has been the KC-135
Stratotanker. Unarmed and unglamorous, the KC-135 has
been one of the most successful and enduring aircraft in US
Air Force history. Primarily based on the author's extensive
access to operational KC-135 aircraft on the ground and in
ight, this book contains the most detailed photographic
documentation of the KC-135 inside and out that has ever
been published, as well as color proles of the KC-135R
in the markings of every major USAF command that has
operated that variant. Illustrated with 240 photographs,
detailed line drawings and color proles; 88 pages.
SS65066
F9F Cougar Walk Around (HB)
Neubeck. The rst swept-wing carrier-based ghter aircraft
built for the USN, the F9F Cougar marked a major leap
forward in the area of naval aircraft design from its
predecessor, the straight-wing Grumman F9F Panther. The
prototype of the rst version of the Cougar, the F9F-6, rst
took to the air in September of 1951, six months after
contract award. There were several different models of the
Cougar. The F9F-6 was followed by the F9F-7 and F9F-8.
addition there were also two reconnaissance models - the
F9F-6P and the F9F-8P - as well as a two-seater trainer
version, the F9F-8T. The contemporary photographs in this
volume illustrate in detail the differences between the various
Cougar models, making use of over a dozen display aircraft
located in museums across the United States as well as one
Cougar on display in Argentina. Grounded in solid historical
research, the book also features historical images from the
photo archives of both the U.S. Navy and Grumman, and also
includes rare photos of F9F Cougar in its nal days, serving
as a target drone for later generations of ghters. Illustrated
with over 230 photographs; 80 pages.
SS65068
B-26 Marauder Walk Around (HB)
Doyle. Exclusive photos illustrate the rarely seen inner
workings and outer features of the B-26G, with additional
coverage of the B-26, B-26B, and B-26C. Initially dubbed
"the Widowmaker" due to its high wing loading and high
landing speeds. More than 220 photographs, plus numerous
detailed line drawings and color proles.
SS65069
B-25 Mitchell Walk Around (HB)
Doyle. Soaring into the pages of history with Jimmy
Doolittle's famed Tokyo Raiders, the North American B-25
Mitchell was the most-produced American medium bomber
of World War II. Profusely illustrated, this volume examines
the nuances of the external features and explores the
inner workings. Enhancing color photographs, taken on the
ground and air, 4 vintage blk/wht images, 14 line drawings.
Illustrated with more than 200 photographs; 80 pages.
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At The Gate Series
Boeing 737 At The Gate (HB)
Tidwell. Few commercial aircraft have enjoyed a production
run that spans more than four decades and service in
nearly every nation on Earth. The Boeing 737 has such a
track record. Takes the reader on a journey through the
continuing story of the 737 from the rst aircraft to roll of
the production line in the 1960s, to the very latest airframes
being delivered to major airlines today. The book also
offers the reader a look at some of the most interesting
737 liveries as well as parts of the aircraft that few people
get to see. Also covered are business jets, cargo carriers,
and military versions of the 737 that are less familiar even
to the thousands of air travelers who have own aboard
this legendary Boeing liner. Illustrated with over 220
photographs; 96 pages.
SS68002
Combat Chronicles
Combat Chronicles
Combat Chronicles of
the Black Widow (HB)
Thompson. Dramatic rst-
hand accounts by the pilots,
radar observers, and
gunners who saw combat
aboard the rst dedicated
US night ghter in WWII ll
this unique volume, the rst
in Squadron/Signal's new
Combat Chronicles series
that brings you action-
packed, eye-witness war
stories, interviews, and rst-
hand reminiscences from the
front lines. In this volume
we hear from the crews who rode the Black Widow into battle
all over the world. The outbreak of war in Europe left no room
for doubt that the United States needed quickly to come up
with a specialized night ghter to confront the totally new face
of air combat. Northrop was able to come up with designs for
a new, specially designated night ghter and a contract for
what was to become the P-61 Black Widow was signed on 11
January 1941. After the rst production aircraft rolled off the
assembly line in October 1943, the P-61 went on to operate in
the European, Pacic, China-Burma-India, and Mediterranean
Theaters of the war. Experience WWII as it was seen by the
men in the cockpit of this history-making radar-equipped night
interceptor. Illustrated with 152 photographs; 112 pages.
SS7701
B-29 Superfortress Combat
Chronicles (HB)
Hilton. With its pressurized
cabins for high-altitude
operation, its long
range, large bomb
capacity, and turbo-
supercharged engines,
the B-29 Superfortress
was the epitome of cutting
edge American air power
during WWII. The author,
a photographer with the
40th Bomb Group and a
veteran of 83 Superfortress
missions, offers a rst-hand, eye-witness account and shares
his experiences on reconnaissance and bombing missions,
ying the 'Hump' and taking off from an advanced base
in Sichuan, China, to pummel Japanese occupation forces
throughout Asia. Then in early 1945, the 40th BG moved to
newly-liberated Tinian from which they took part in the nal
chapter of WWII - the aerial assault on the Japanese home
islands. Introduces you to fellow veterans of the 40th who
relate their no-less extraordinary experiences - ditching in
the Bay of Bengal, lost in the Siberian Taiga, downed behind
enemy lines in China, taken prisoner after bailing out over
Tokyo. Personal accounts from the men who served on the
front lines of the air war in the Pacic, a unique primary
historical source and a truly exciting read. Illustrated with
over 100 photographs; 120 pages.
SS76002
Aeroscouts in Vietnam
Combat Chronicles (HB)
Mutza. During the late
1950s and early 1960s,
U.S. Army planners sought
to increase the Army?s
helicopter force. The Army
developed new tactical
doctrine using helicopters
- the airmobile concept -
which was based largely on
air cavalry units. Such units
were descendants of the US
Cavalry, which had
operated as light,
horse-mounted infantry.
Air cavalry troopers were, in essence, horse soldiers, and
helicopters were their steed. True to their proud and colorful
heritage, the Air Cavalry not only employed tactics used by
their forefathers of the Indian wars, they embraced their
culture as they deployed in the grueling conict in Indochina.
Packed with more than 30 action packed, often hair raising
rst-hand accounts of helicopter scout combat in Vietnam,
this latest addition takes you into the thick of the action.
Besides being exciting reading, these personal recollections
by dozens of the ghters themselves provide invaluable,
primary source historical coverage of one of America's
epic conicts as experienced by frontline helicopter scouts.
Illustrated with over 160 photographs; 136 pages.
SS76003
German Armored Cars in Action (HB)
Doyle. Germany began developing its heavy armored cars
well before the outbreak of World War II. Germany's early
six-wheel armored cars were based on 6x4 truck chassis, and
their off-road mobility was limited. These vehicles soon gave
way to an expanding series of eight-wheel drive/eight-wheel
steer vehicles tted with a variety of armament. In time
these too were supplanted by even larger armored cars
incorporating renements based on lessons learned from the
vehicles' eld experience, such as heavier armor, armament,
and an air-cooled engine. Packed with more than 220 period
photographs, this book chronicles the development and
deployment of Germany's six and eight-wheeled armored
cars before and during WWII; 80 pages.
SS52050
M151 MUTT in Action (HB)
Doyle. The M151 was intended to be a lightweight, high-
mobility replacement for the M38A1, itself a successor to the
famed World War II jeep. Dubbed the Military Utility Tactical
Truck or "MUTT" by the military - GIs almost universally
referred to the vehicle as a "jeep." The series' service life
spanned more than 40 years and four manufacturers,
and the vehicles saw service everywhere the US GI was
deployed. This volume chronicles the development and eld
use of the M151 series in Europe, the Middle East and, of
course, there is extensive coverage of the vehicles' service
in Vietnam. The photos, many previously unpublished, are
augmented by seven line drawings. Illustrated with 220
photographs; 80 pages.
SS52051
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Ferdinand / Elefant Detail in Action (HB)
Doyle. In an effort to turn the proverbial lemon, in the form
of an unsuccessful Tiger design, into lemonade, Porsche
engineers at the behest of the German army, converted the
failed chassis into one of the largest and most potent tank
destroyer designs of World War II. Initially elded as the
Ferdinand, the vehicles were further modied, and ultimately
given a new - and apt - name: 'Elefant.' This new volume
explores not only the combat history of both the Ferdinand
and Elefant, but also chronicles the development of the ill-
fated Porsche Tiger design through 88 period black-and-white
photos. Further enhancing its utility to the enthusiast, 110
full-color photos of the only surviving examples of each type
illustrate the nuances of the construction and subsequent
wartime modication of these giant tank killers. Also features
16 detailed line drawings as well as 15 masterful color
proles; 80 pages.
SS79001
Detail In Action
FT-17 / M1917 WWI Tanks Walk
Around (HB) Doyle. This volume presents a careful
study of the details and variations of this innovative vehicle,
inside and out. Two-hundred thirty-seven photographs reveal
the intimacies of no fewer than 14 of the nest surviving
examples of these machines, preserved on three different
continents. Nine detailed line drawings supplement the
photos and comprehensive captions; 80 pages.
SS67023
Diamond T 4-ton Truck Walk Around (HB)
Doyle. As it became increasingly apparent that the United
States could not avoid getting involved in World War II,
the US Army stepped up its efforts at modernization and
industrial mobilization. Toward this end, the Quartermaster
Corps ordered a series of 4-ton 6x6 trucks from Chicago-
based Diamond T Motor Car Company. The chassis of the
artillery prime mover was adapted for use a dump truck, a
long-wheelbase truck to transport bridging equipment, and
what would become the US Army's standard medium wrecker
during WWII. The design of the Diamond T was so successful
that it is widely recognized as the forerunner of the Army's
post-WWII M-series trucks, which were utilized for 50 years.
For this book, the nest preserved examples of the classic
Diamond T were sought out and extensively photographed,
resulting in a volume packed with color photographs
augmented by ve period black-and-white photos. Illustrated
with 232 photographs; 80 pages.
SS67031
M41 Walker Bulldog Walk Around (HB)
Hughes. The standard US light tank during the early years
of the Cold War, the M41 Bulldog was developed as a more
powerful successor to the M24 Chaffee. Illustrated with 250
photographs plus color proles and numerous detailed line
drawings; 80 pages.
SS67024
M26 Dragon Wagon Walk Around (HB)
Doyle. This volume examines armored and soft-skin versions
of this massive vehicle, and its trailers, through hundreds
of color photos and some of the nest restored examples in
existence. Illustrated with over 230 photographs; 80 pages.
SS67025
M551 Sheridan Walk Around (HB)
Hughes. First deployed in combat in Vietnam, the M551
Sheridan is the rst US tank to be fully amphibious and also
airborne capable. Photos of the sub-variants of the M551
Sheridan, such as the 'Product Improvement Program,' A1,
and VISMODs round out this prole of the versatile historic
tank. Illustrated by more than 240 photographs plus eight
detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
SS67026
Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer Walk Around (HB)
Stapfer. Pictures of Jagdpanzer 38 vehicles in Bulgarian and
Swiss service appear here for the rst time, and the SK-23
steam-powered recovery vehicle based on the Hetzer is also
documented along with extensive coverage of the G 13,
including the rst-ever color photographs of that variant's
interior. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, plus detailed
line drawings, and color proles; 80 pages.
SS67027
M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer Walk
Around (HB) Doyle. Engine and drive train, driver's
compartment, weapons and sighting systems, and stowage
- both interior and exterior - are all carefully presented.
Illustrated with 230 color photographs, 5 black and white
photographs, 5 line drawings, and 4 proles; 80 pages.
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Squadron At Sea
On Deck Series
USS Arizona Squadron at Sea Series (HB)
Doyle. Packed with rare photographs unearthed from sources
throughout the country, this volume follows the history of
one of America's most iconic naval vessels. Glimpse the
life of the crews that manned her and follow her through
the maintenance and rets that dramatically changed her
appearance. Describes the horric explosion that ripped
through her hull on the dark morning of 7 December 1941,
and a series of unique photos document the years of wartime
salvage work aboard the sunken battleship. Chronicled too
is Arizonas ongoing service as a tomb and memorial to
the 1,177 men who perished with her. A testament to the
Arizona and her men brought to you as you've never seen
them before. Illustrated with 288 photographs, 5 detailed
line drawings, 7 color illustrations; 120 pages.
SS74001
USS North Carolina Squadron at Sea (HB)
Doyle. Laid down in 1937 and launched on 9 April 1941, the
USS North Carolina was the rst new construction battleship
to enter service during WWII and took part in every major
naval offensive in the Pacic Theater, becoming the most
decorated US battleship of WWII. This volume traces the
history of the North Carolina, photographically documenting
the evolution of armament and electronics that elevated her
pre-Pearl Harbor design to its peak - bristling with guns to
counter the threat of kamikaze attack. Records not only the
ship's wartime operations that earned her 12 battlestars,
but also her crew and their work and recreation. Generously
illustrated with more than 330 photographs - many of
them color, detailed line drawings and 11 color proles that
document the various camouage schemes worn by both the
ship and her scouting aircraft.; 136 pages.
SS74002
Squadron At Sea
USS Texas Squadron At Sea (HB)
Doyle. Armed with 10 14-inch guns and displacing 32,000
tons, the battleship is still a formidable sight as she enters
into her second century. This expansive volume tells the tale
of the Texas and her crew. Loaded with black-and-white
and color photos not only showcase the construction,
numerous voyages, modications, combat action, and
ultimate preservation of the ship, but also show the vessel
as a home, ofce, and workshop for the men who served
as her crew. These historic images are augmented with ve
line drawings illustrating her key congurations, as well as
nine color proles depicting her aircraft, as well as the many
camouage schemes she wore. Illustrated with over 350
photographs; 152 pages.
SS74003
USS Saratoga Squadron at Sea (HB)
Doyle. When commissioned in 1927, Saratoga's decks
teamed with fabric-covered biplanes, and the ship and her
crew projected US military power far beyond the nation's
shores. So impressive was Saratoga that she and her crew
served as a backdrop for two major Hollywood motion
pictures. In 1941 she was called to do what she was built for,
and for the next four years plied the Pacic, her biplanes
replaced by the famed Wildcats, Hellcats, Dauntlesses and
Avengers that prosecuted the war against Japan. Having
survived two torpedo hits by Japanese subs, as well as
repeated bomb and Kamikaze strikes, at war's end she took
part in the huge Magic Carpet operation that transported
thousands of US servicemen back to the mainland. Still aoat
after the rst nuclear explosion, she was sent to the bottom
of Bikini Atoll by the second of the blasts, and still rests
there today, where she welcomes the occasional scuba diver.
Profusely illustrated with 383 color and b/w photos capturing
the ship, her crew and aircraft supplemented by 11 line
drawings and 25 color renderings; 160 pages.
SS74004
Higgins PT Boat On Deck (HB)
Doyle. This illustrated volume showcases details of Higgins
PTs preserved in Massachusetts, Texas, even an operational
example in Oregon - the sole operational WWII PT . More
than 80 color photographs, these preserved vessels are
augmented by nearly 40 vintage photos illustrating rarely
seen ne details of the wooden shipbuilders' craft. Illustrated
with over 120 photographs; 80 pages.
SS66008
USS Kidd On Deck (HB)
Doyle. Documented in color close-up photos are the details of
the exterior of the ship, as well as her interior spaces, where
destroyer sailors lived, fought, and some died, painstakingly
restored and preserved today in Baton Rouge by the
Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission. Illustrated with
234 photographs; 80 pages.
SS66010
USS Massachusetts On Deck (HB)
Doyle. This book documents the warship through an
impressive collection of images and data tables revealing the
ship the ship and how it functioned as a ghting machine as
well as a home to her almost 1,800-man crew. Illustrated with
286 photographs, and color proles; 96 pages.
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Viking Summer:
5.SS-Panzer-Division in Poland
Our rst title, Viking
Summer: 5.SS-Panzer-
Division in Poland, 1944,
includes:
A general history of
the period and detailed
accounts of the Kovel
and Warsaw battles. 13
pages of colour artwork
by Dennis Oliver depicting
over 40 different vehicles
including Sdkfz 251
half-tracks, Pzkw IV and Pzkw V Panther tanks and
others. Many never before published black and white
photographs. Detailed tables showing vehicle types
and allocations. Comprehensive explanation of vehicle
markings and numbering systems.
ADH027
STUG:
Assault Gun Units In The East
The second title in this
series, STUG: Assault
Gun Units In The East,
Bagration To Berlin, is the
rst volume in a two part
set and includes:
Histories of the German
Armys assault gun units,
volume two will contain
Waffen SS, Luftwaffe and
obscure units. Colour
artwork by Dennis
Oliver depicting over 40 different vehicles with details
of unit markings and insignia. Explanation of vehicle
characteristics and production and eld modications.
Campaign maps and diagrams
ADH028
Fortress: German Armour In
The Defence Of Sicily
A detailed history of
the units involved and
their actions in Sicily by
well known author and
researcher Claude Gillono
13 pages of colour
artwork by Dennis
Oliver depicting over 30
different vehicles and
guns including half-tracks,
assault guns, Pzkw III,
Pzkw IV, Pzkw VI Tiger
tanks and the deadly 88mm Flak gun. Black and white
archive photographs, many never before reproduced
Campaign map. Detailed tables showing vehicle types
and allocations. Illustrations of unit insignia and vehicle
markings.
ADH029
Project LTVs Amtanks: LVTA1,
LVT(A)4, LVT(A)5 (SC) Information from
factory blueprints, tech manuals and bulletins, photos,
personal narratives and exhisting vehicles. Tips on building,
detailing and weathering are provided throughout. Figure
sculpting and painting pointers provided by Bill Chilstrom.
LPP008
Project LTVs Amtracks: LVT2 and
LVT(A)2 (SC) Models, photos and layout with tips
on building, detailing, painting and weathering.
LPP009
Model Tech Manual LVT2 and LVT(A)2 (SC)
LPP010
Model Tech Manual LVT(A)1, LVT(A)4, LVT(A)5 (SC)
LPP011
LVT Line Drawings: LVTA1, LVT2, LVTA2, LVTA4 (SC)
LPP012
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Thunderbolts of the Hell Hawks
By Don Barnes, John Crump & Roy Sutherland
Ninth Air Force P-47 units have been long overlooked,
despite their signicant contribution to victory in WWII.
Their war was close to the ground, dive-bombing and
strang in support of the US Army at the Normandy
landings, and in the race across France, Belgium and
Germany. "Thunderbolts of the Hell Hawks" is a new book
offering a personal view of one of the most decorated and
effective P-47 units in the Ninth Air Force. This rich visual
account of the 365th Fighter-Bomber Group, the "Hell
Hawks", is presented in 320 pages with over 500 photos,
most published for the rst time. The book also features 98
thoroughly researched and detailed colour proles of their Thunderbolts, illustrated by Don Barnes. All but three of
the aircraft proled have languished in obscurity for the past 65 years, brought to light for the rst time here.
Published with full cooperation of the 365th FG Association, and with the kind help of the men and families who
shared memories and personal photo albums, this book is a testament to their strength, courage and sacrice helping
bring an end to the war in Europe. Don Barnes, John Crump and Roy Sutherland interviewed and befriended over 20
surviving pilots from the 365th FG. Maps, charts and photos of surviving artifacts illustrate the very detailed, almost
day-to-day record of the Hell Hawks missions. Additionally, more than 100 sidebars, many written by the men of
the 365th, themselves, give life and humanity to the story. This unique book offers an extraordinarily personal and
illustrative portrait of the lives of P-47 pilots.
Inspired by the excellent book "Hell Hawks" by Bob Dorr and Tom Jones, this book is a companion piece, providing
much additional information and a rich visual picture of the 365th during the last year of the war in Europe.
ADH025
The Messerschmitt Me 262
Airframe & Miniature
Series: Under the expert
guidance of series editor
Richard Franks, this
exhaustively researched
book covering the popular
Messerschmitt Me 262 for
the avid enthusiast.
116 pages of technical
information, full colour
proles, walkaround
images, diagrams,
camouage and marking details, a wealth of
photographic resource plus comprehensive model
builds and information on kits both past and present.
Every active aviation modeller should have this series
by their workbench. This is the rst in the series, The
Messerschmitt Me 262 by Richard Franks, available now.
By Richard A. Franks
116 pages packed with vital information that no active
modeller of aviation subjects should be without
Over 40 pages of technical information
Over 10 pages of full colour profles
Over 20 pages of walkaround images and technical
diagrams
Over 5 pages of camoufage and markings
Over 25 pages of model builds and modelling
information
Over 200 photographs including wartime images
Colour side views and four-views by Richard Caruana
3D isometric views of all variants by Jacek Jakiewicz
1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale full kit builds by Steve
Evans and Richard Franks
ADH013
Airframe &
Miniature No 2:
The Hawker
Typhoon inc. The
Hawker Tornado
by Richard A. Franks.
128 pages packed with vital
information that no active
aviation modeller should be
without.
40+ pages of technical information
20+ pages of walkaround images and technical
diagrams
5+ pages of camoufage and markings
25+ pages of model builds and modelling information
200+ photographs including wartime images
Colour side views and four-views by Richard Caruana
3D isometric views of all variants by Jacek Jackiewicz
1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale full kit builds
A full set of fold-out 1/48 scale plans
ADH015
Airframe &
Miniature No.3
The Focke-Wulf
Fw 190D and Ta
152
by Richard A. Franks.
160 pages packed with vital
information that no active
aviation modeller should be
without.
60+ pages of technical information
20+ pages of walkaround images and technical
diagrams
5+ pages of camoufage and markings
20+ pages of model builds and modelling information
200+ photographs including wartime images
Colour side views and four-views by Richard Caruana
3D isometric views of all variants by Jacek Jackiewicz
1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale full kit builds
A full set of fold-out 1/48 scale plans
ADH017
Airframe &
Miniature No 4:
The Hawker
Tempest
This fourth book in our much
acclaimed series contains a
massive 128 pages packed
with vital information that no
active modeller and Tempest
enthusiast should be without.
Over 40 pages of technical information
Over 20 pages of walkaround images and technical
diagrams
Over 5 pages of camoufage and markings
Over 25 pages of model builds and modelling information
Over 200 photographs including wartime images
Colour side views and four-views by Richard Caruana
3D isometric views of all variants by Jacek Jackiewicz
1/72 and 1/48 scale full kit builds by Libor Jekl and
Steve Evans
A full set of fold-out 1/48 scale plans is included
ADH026
Captured
Butcherbirds Vol.1
J.Jackiewicz & R.Bock
English text, soft cover, 128
pages, 329 photos, 28 multi-
views painting schemes and
127 side proles. Entire book is
published in colour
ADH021
Hacks Utility Planes
of the Mighty Eighth
J. Jackiewicz
Continuation and sequel for
the 'Assembly Ships'. English
text, soft cover, 132 pages, 267
photos, 195 colour proles. Entire
book is published in colour.
ADH022
FW-190 In Foreign
Service (Captured
Butcherbirds Vol. 2)
J.Jackiewicz, S.Fleischer, R.Bock
English text, soft cover, 100
pages, 215 photos, 112 side
proles. Entire book is published
in colour.
ADH023
Japanese Aircraft
in Foreign Service
J.Jackiewicz & S.Fleischer
English text, soft cover, 128
pages, over 300 photos, 187
side proles and colour plates.
Entire book is published in
colour.
ADH024
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Airframe
Album No 1:
The Heinkel He
219 Uhu
This new series of books
will offer everything that
modern modellers want
when they are tackling a
specic subject and will
include:
Period diagrams
Data from fight manuals
Data from spare parts catalogues
Walkaround images of preserved examples
Fully detailed 3D isometric views of prototype and
production machines
Full colour profles and concise camoufage and
marking notes
A wealth of pictures of the recently restored NASM
example
Pictures before, during and after restoration
Isometric views by Jacek Jackiewicz
Colour profles and camoufage detail by Richard
J. Caruana
100 pages in total
Publication well in advance of the Revell and
Zoukei-Mura 1/32 scale kit releases.
by Richard A. Franks
ADH030
Airframe
Album No.2:
The Hawker
Sea Fury
A Detailed
Guide to The
Fleet Air Arms
Last Piston-
engine Fighter
by Richard A. Franks
Our second title in the Airframe Album series will
cover the Hawker Sea Fury, and follows on neatly
from our Airframe and Miniature titles on The
Hawker Typhoon and recently published Hawker
Tempest.
Period diagrams
Data from fight manuals and spare parts
catalogue
Walkaround images of preserved examples
Pictures before and during restoration of the
restored TFC and airworthy FAA examples
Fully detailed 3D isometric views of prototype and
production machines by Jacek Jackiewicz
Colour profles and concise camoufage detail by
Richard Caruana
100 pages
An overview of all Hawker Sea Fury kits available
in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales
ADH031
Attack on Pearl Harbor
Covering all of the major aspects of the Japanese attack
on Pearl Harbor, this book is written so that it will
appeal to both the layman, seeking an understanding
of what happened on the Day of Infamy, and to the
enthusiast who wishes to learn much more information
than is usually found in a book of this size. Photos with
detailed captions, extensive artwork, charts, tables,
maps, and text combine to make this a comprehensive
yet very affordable reference on one of the most
important dates in world history. By Bert Kinzey.
More than 145 Photographs
46 Art Illustrations
6 Maps
8 Tables
Illustrations showing all types of Japanese aircraft
used in the attack with markings applied to the
aircraft own by many of the group commanders and
other pilots
Illustrations of American Army and Navy aircraft that
were in the air over Oahu during the attack including
those own by pilots who shot down Japanese aircraft
Information and data on each of the six aircraft
carriers used by the Japanese as well as illustrations
of the markings carried by their aircraft
Complete information on the composition of both
attack waves including numbers and types of aircraft
own, armament carried, carrier assignments, unit
assignments, targets assigned, and the names of
group leaders
Maps showing the routes of the attack waves and how
the torpedo, dive bombing, and horizontal bombing
attacks were carried out in the Pearl Harbor area
List and map of American ships present in or near
Pearl Harbor during the attack
Table of ships of the Pacifc Fleet not at Pearl Harbor
during the attack and indicating their locations
Offcial U. S. Navy damage report and information as
to when all but three of the sunk and damaged ships
were returned to action with the eet
Photographs showing the ships listed on the Navy
damage report before, during, and after the attack
Japanese mistakes and the eventual fates of each of
the Japanese ships that took part in the attack
A look at the Special Attack Unit of fve midget
submarines and the U. S. Navy ships that engaged
them
ADH014
How to build the Tamiya
Steel Wheeled Tiger I
The Tiger I is one of the most popular
modelling subjects in 1:35 scale. In
this book, world-renowned modeller
Angus Creighton concentrates on the
Steel Wheeled version of the famous
German WW2 Tank. With ve
versions of the Tiger portrayed in great detail, particular
attention is paid to subtle production differences, as well
as focusing on the rare command version and Borgward
BIV control vehicle. With step-by-step guides covering and
painting, applying zimmerit and adding markings.
ADH001
How to build the Tamiya
Fairey Swordsh A full
colour, high quality guide describing
in great detail the building, detailing
and painting of Tamiyas stunning
1:48 Fairey Swordsh. Inside youll
nd over fty pages of clear, easy
to follow photographs of the model
being constructed plus shots of the real thing. TMMIs
Geoff Coughlin has built two complete models, one in
grey with wings extended and a camouaged machine
with wings folded back for carrier stowage.
ADH002
How to build the
Tamiya P-51D Mustang
The complete guide to bulding
Tamiya's amazing 1:32 P-51D
written by Brett Green.
Exhaustive step-by-step guide to
construction plus models, by Brett,
Mark Glidden and Roy Sutherland.
Hundreds of images, reference photos and how to get the
very best from your model. Also features lists of after
market parts and decals.
ADH016
How to build the
Tamiya Spitre
Mk.IXc and Mk.VIII
Revised edition with extra pages
covering the Spitre Mk.VIII.
The complete guide to bulding
Tamiya's amazing 1:32 Spitre
Mk.IXc written by Brett Green. The
book now features 4 models, by Brett and Marcus Nicholls,
Roy Sutherland and now Chris Wauchop. Hundreds of
images, reference photos and how to get the very best from
the model. Also features lists of after market parts...
ADH011
How to build the Tamiya
Bristol Beaughter
The 60 page book includes
information on:
Building the basic model;
The six detailed versions of the
Beaughter;
Details of production variations;
Weathering;
and many other handy hints and tips!
ADH003

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