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Air Power And The Arab World 1909-1955, Volume 10; The First Arab-Israeli War Begins 15-31 May 1948

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Book Author(s): David Nicolle and Air Vice Marshal Gabr Ali Gabr
Company: Helion & Company

The catchily-titled Air Power and the Arab World, 1909–1955 Volume 10 THE FIRST ARAB-ISRAELI WAR BEGINS 15-31 MAY 1948 continues the story of the men and machines of the first half-century of military aviation in the Arab world. This volume tells the story of the first two weeks of the first of the Arab-Israeli Wars in May 1948. While part of an ongoing series, this volume also stands alone as… more

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WWII British Infantry Paint Set

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Company: ICM

Another in ICM’s range of paint sets for use with their figures is this set for British WWII Infantry, indicated for use with their figure sets - #35616 ‘You are important to God’; #35617 ‘Montgomery’s Staff (Figures)’; and #35646 ‘British Vickers MG Crew’, although they can of course be used for any British WWII infantry figures.

The set contains the following 12ml paint pots; I have… more

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Challenger 1 - Britain’s Orphan Tank

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Book Author(s): Richard King
Company: Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books

The Challenger I was a British main battle tank (MBT) used by the British Army from 1983 to 2001 and was succeeded by the Challenger II. It saw action during the Gulf War and in the former Yugoslavia.

Author Richard King is a former British Army tanker and is well versed in the subject. He outlines the rather sketchy and draw-out development process for the tank, its tortured… more

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Spotlight ON #28: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX, Vol.1

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Book Author(s): Robert Grudzien
Company: Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books

The latest in MMP’s Spotlight On series, this, the 28th volume, features the Spitfire IX. Author and artist Robert Grudzien opens the book with a quick summary of the type, then it’s straight into the meat of the book, full colour profiles of 40 examples of the Spitfire IX. These have been created especially for the book and are extremely well executed, exhibiting great detail, and… more

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A Sword for Peace and Liberty, Volume 1: Force de Frappe - The French Nuclear Strike Force and the First Cold War 1945-1990

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Book Author(s): Phillipe Wodka-Gallien
Company: Helion & Company

In 1954, France took the decision to become an independent nuclear power, both to try to regain some lost international prestige following WWII, but also to challenge the French industrial base after the ruin of WWII. They succeeded in testing their first bomb, codename Gerboise Bleue in 1960, becoming the fourth nuclear power after the US, USSR, and the UK.

This catchily-… more

Kotare Spitfire Mk.1 Early

Spitfire Mk.1 (Early)

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Company: Kotare Models

Kotare are a new New Zealand-based modelling company, born from the ashes of the Wingnut Wings concern. Like their ancestor, Kotare are determined to offer high-quality 1/32 aircraft kits, but instead of concentrating solely on WWI subjects, Kotare are focusing on the more popular WWII, starting with a range of early mark Spitfires.

This ‘kitset,’ as the Kiwis call a model kit, comprises… more

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British Aircraft Carriers: Volume 1 - Hermes, Ark Royal and the Illustrious Class

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Book Author(s): Robert Brown
Company: Seaforth Publishing

The Shipcraft series will be familiar to many, but for those who aren’t, the idea behind the books is to provide concise information about a specific subject, providing heavily illustrated reference material and in-depth modelling information including line drawings and color profiles. This latest 64-page paperback volume in the series features a bevvy of British aircraft carriers from the 20s… more

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RAF Pilots in Tropical Uniforms (1941-45)

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Company: ICM

Not to be confused with RAF Pilots in Tropical Uniforms (1941-45) in 1/32, this all-new figure set depicts five RAF servicemen in tropical rig and will be suitable for dioramas and vignettes in North Africa, the Middle East, Italy and the Far East for that time period.

The standard ICM white box comes with a colour slip cover with boxart of the figures posed in front of a North Africa-… more

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Grumman FM-1 Wildcat/Martlet Mk.V

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Company: Tamiya

Strictly speaking, the name of this kit is incorrect. Grumman didn’t build the FM-1 – Eastern Aircraft did. Additionally the FAA option in this kit features Normandy Invasion special recognition markings for June 1944, by which time the type had become the Wildcat Mk.V, and not the Martlet.

Such pedantry aside, this is a nicely packaged re-issue of Tamiya’s well-received F4F-4 Wildcat… more

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The Arab-Israeli War of Attrition, 1967–1973: Volume 3

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Book Author(s): Bill Norton
Company: Helion & Company

Given the current situation in the Middle East, this is not an easy review to write; if nothing else, this publication proves that there is nothing new in the World.

The long-standing enmity between Arab and Israeli politicians has festered since the foundation of Israel in 1947. Aside from the continuing Arab terrorism during the period between the 1967 and 1973 Wars, there was a less… more