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Camouflage and Decals: Focke Wulf FW-190A, Vol. 1

Published: October 3, 2021
Book Author(s): Damien Majsak
Company: Kagero Publishing

Historical Background

The Focke Wulf FW-190 was produced in very large numbers during World War II, and was used by Luftwaffe and other German allies until the end of the war. Since the aircraft probably exhibited a wider variety of camouflage schemes and markings than any other World War II fighter, it has become a favorite of modelers throughout the world, and over 100 kits have… more

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The Wildcat in World War II

Published: October 2, 2021
Book Author(s): Barrett Tillman
Company: Nautical and Aviation Publishing Company of America

Background

During the last part of the nineteen thirties, the U.S. Navy was in the process of replacing its biplanes with higher performing monoplanes.  The Curtiss SBC “Helldiver” dive bomber was being replaced by the Vought Sikorsky SB2U “Vindicator”, and the Martin T4M’s were being replaced by the Douglas TBD-1 “Devastator” monoplanes.  Grumman’s last biplane, the F3F-2, was just… more

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Spitfire Ace of Aces, The Album: The Photographs of Johnnie Johnson

Published: October 1, 2021
Book Author(s): Dilip Sarkar, MBE
Company: Pen & Sword

Historical Background

Air Vice-Marshal Johnnie Johnson, CB,CBE, DSO & Two Bars, DFC & Bar, DL, the highest scoring Royal Air Force pilot of World War II, had a diverse and very interesting background, as he was able to infiltrate the ranks of the RAF, which tended to favor the admission of the upper classes. Johnson was very middle class, and achieved his position through his… more

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WINGS OF EMPIRE: THE FORGOTTEN WARS OF THE R.A.F., 1919-1938

Published: September 8, 2021
Book Author(s): Barry Renfrew
Company: The History Press

Historical Background

At the end of World War I, the British Empire had to expand to take over some of the territories in the Middle East and Africa, most of which had been under the control of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Turkey had sided with the Central Powers, and the British took the regions almost by default. The big question, in both the Middle East and Africa, was how to… more

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Henschel HS-126 Details

Published: September 8, 2021
Company: Brengun

The Product

This product consists of a small metal photo-etch stamping which includes detail parts for a 1/72 scale model of a Henschel HS-126, along with some resin parts, including a bomb, smoke generator, and a few other components for the cockpit interior. When I requested this item for review, I assumed that it was the new Brengun 1/72 scale model of the HS-126, but it actually… more

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Yakolev UT-3 (3rd Version)

Published: July 25, 2021
Company: Croco Models

History

The Yakovlev UT-3 was designed as a training aircraft to offer instruction to pilots of multi-engined aircraft, gunners, bombardiers, and radio operators. Construction was mainly of wood, with fabric covering and some steel tubing. Imported French Renault 6Q engines were used on the prototypes, but production models probably had a Voronezh MV-6, a Russian copy of the French… more

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Latvian Insignia - 1/72 and 1/48 scales

Published: July 14, 2021
Company: Croco Models

Historical Background

Latvia, a small Baltic republic, developed an air force in the twenties, and adopted a striking insignia of a red swastika ( no relation to the German version) on a white circular background. Aircraft operated with this insignia in place up until the outbreak of World War II, Many of their aircraft were imported from Britain, including Hawker Hinds, Bristol… more

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Images of War: US Naval Aviation, 1898-1945 "The Pioneering Years to the Second World War"

Published: July 8, 2021
Book Author(s): Leo Marriott
Company: Pen and Sword Aviation

Background

This book, part of Pen and Sword’s “Images of War” series, traces the development of naval aviation in the United States from the late 1890’s through the end of World War II. Starting with balloon development, which became a military issue during the American War Between the States, the Navy’s leaders became interested in this field towards the end of the 19th century.… more

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J8A Gloster Gladiator

Published: July 8, 2021
Book Author(s): Dariusz Karnas & Karolina Holda
Company: MMP Books

Background

The Gloster Gladiator was the last biplane fighter to be used in large numbers by the Royal Air Force before the arrival of monoplane fighters, such as the Hurricane and Spitfire. In addition, Gladiators served the Royal Navy as the Sea Gladiator, and were exported to other countries, including Latvia, Lithuania, China, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Iraq, Erie,… more

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Ronny Bar Profiles: British Two Seaters of the Great War

Published: June 15, 2021
Book Author(s): Ronny Bar
Company: Casemate UK

Historical Background

Most of the information published on the subject of World War I aviation deals with the development of single seat fighter types, and it is refreshing to see a book dealing exclusively with the less publicized two seaters. At the beginning of the war, airplanes were seen primarily as a means of observing the enemy to see what they were doing, or were capable of… more