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Aviation
Dornier Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9788366673618
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2021
Imprint: Kagero
Series: Connoisseur's Books
Following World War I, the need arose to renew the aging air force of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (KSHS - Kraljevina Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca) which consisted mostly of obsolete war relics. The Kingdom approached the Dornier factory having recognized its reputation for quality instead of going exclusively to its traditional ally, France. Of course, wartime reparation payments played a role in this decision, however this is not to detract from the fact that at the time airplanes which the Kingdom expressed interest in and eventually purchased from Dornier, had no equivalents. From 1926 when Do D was first introduced in the Naval Air Force (PV - Pomorsko Vazduhoplovstvo), various Dornier airplanes and floatplanes served with distinction and outlasted numerous changes in politics, names of countries, borders, flags, kings, dictators and presidents.   Three of those, Do 17K, Do 22 and Do Wal, took part in the brief 1941 April war opposing the German Reich who itself fielded Do 17 bombers in its ruthless attacks against the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade. After over 90 years of distinguished service, the retirement of Dornier Do 28D-2 brings the closure to the magnificent and without precedent Dornier Saga in the western Balkans. Even 50 years after the passing of great Claude Dornier, his brand of airplanes is still leaving a lasting mark in the world as well as Yugoslav and Serbian aviation history.
Junkers Ju 188/388 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 20
ISBN: 9788366673595
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2021
Imprint: Kagero
Series: Top Drawings
Junkers Ju 188 - German bomber during World War II, successor of the Ju 88) was flown in January 1943. In February 1943, production lines launched three Ju 188E-0 planes powered by BMW 801ML engines. The first seven serial Ju 188E-1s received the BMW 801C-2 engines. Airplanes powered by Junkers Jumo in-line engines were to be marked A, B, C and D, while those powered by BMW, F, G and H radial engines. The identification variant of the E-1 version was the Ju 188F-1, equipped with two cameras.
Ławoczkin Ła-5 Vol. I Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9788366673465
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2021
Imprint: Kagero
Series: Monographs
La-5 - Soviet single-engine single-seat fighter from World War II. The plane was developed in the S.A. design office. Lavochkin as a development version and successor of the LaGG-3, a wooden low wing with an in-line engine. It was one of the best fighter planes of the Soviet aviation and the first to compete on an equal footing with the German Messerschmitt Bf 109.
Nakajima B6N Tenzan Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 20
ISBN: 9788366673588
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2021
Imprint: Kagero
Series: Top Drawings
The Navy Carrier Torpedo Bomber Tenzan or Nakajima B6N, was codenamed Jill by the Allies. It was the replacement of the famous Nakajima B5N (Kate) torpedo bomber and although more B6N's were built than B5N’s, the plane never achieved the spectacular success of its predecessor. It entered service in the second half of 1943 but wouldn’t be used on a large scale until June, 1944 during the air and sea battles in the Philippine Sea for the Mariana Islands. Later it would be used in Taiwan, the Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa and for Kamikaze attacks. The crushing air superiority of the Allies and the loss of nearly all the Japanese aircraft carriers and their trained pilots led to many Tenzans being lost, while never having had a chance to prove their worth. In spite of the fact that the Tenzan never achieved any real successes, it was undoubtedly one of the best carrier based torpedo bombers of WWII.
The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366673571
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2021
Imprint: Kagero
Series: Top Drawings
Although the German Me 163 Komet rocket fighter was created as a remedy for the mass air raids of the Allied air force on Germany, its origins date back to 1938. Alexander Lippisch then began work at the DFS factory on a tailless rocket-propelled aircraft, designated as DFS 194. At the beginnings of 1939 the project was handed over to the Messerschmitt factory and there it developed into the Me 163A. Two prototypes of this aircraft - V4 and V5 - were completed in 1941 and flown as gliders. Then the V4 received a Walter HWK R.II rocket engine with a thrust of 7.5 kN, and on October 2, 1941 H. Dittmar achieved a speed of 1003 km/h on mentioned plane. Thirteen Me 163As were built for training.
Fairey Flycatcher Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366549401
Pub Date: 26 Aug 2021
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Scale Plans
Scale plans in 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72 of the British Fairey Flycatcher fighter.8 A3 size scale plans of British Fairey Flycatcher versions.
Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366549272
Pub Date: 26 Aug 2021
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Single
This book compiles the 4-view color profiles, scale plans, and photo details of the single variant of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 (Early). Scale plans in 1/72 and 1/48 scales plus drawings from wartime technical manuals. Also included are photos of the details in B&W and color.
Modern Taiwanese Air Power Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781950394036
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2021
Imprint: Harpia Publishing
The sovereign status of Taiwan - or the Republic of China - has been a source of instability in the Asia-Pacific region for much of the last 70 years. While Taiwan aspires to be an independent and democratic nation, the communist-led People’s Republic of China sees it as a breakaway province. With Beijing flexing its muscles in recent years amid rising tensions between China and the US, the potential for a military flashpoint along the narrow Taiwan Strait cannot be overstated.   The strategy of the Republic of China Armed Forces is to present Beijing with a credible deterrent, and should this fail, defend against a People’s Liberation Army attack and possible invasion. The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) is charged with the defence of airspace over and around Taiwan and enabling military operations in land and sea domains. If necessary, it could also take the battle into China as part of a multi-pronged offensive effort.   While the ROCAF is relatively well-equipped and trained, attempts to modernise have been hit by political and fiscal challenges. The ROCAF has made some headway with mid-life upgrades for the majority of its more than 20-year-old fighter fleet and will receive a much-needed boost with the introduction of F-16C/D Block 70s in the coming years. However, it still lacks many force-multiplier capabilities such as aerial refuelling and electronic warfare. Amid qualitative and quantitative improvements to the PLA air combat fleets, the military balance across the Taiwan Strait continues to tip towards Mainland China.   This book provides a comprehensive study of Taiwan’s air force with in-depth analysis backed by high-quality images. It examines ROCAF combat capabilities today, its aircraft fleet, and what the future holds for the air arm.
Nemoto's Travels Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 116
ISBN: 9780648926252
Pub Date: 05 Jun 2021
Imprint: Avonmore Books
This is the illustrated diary of Imperial Japanese Navy floatplane pilot Warrant Officer Nemoto Kumesako, dating from the early months of the Pacific War. His recollections offer an intimate perspective into his life, along with insights into Japanese thinking of the times. Unusually, these memoirs are presented in a style consistent with the Japanese manga (illustrated cartoon) format.   The curious floatplanes of the time, some of which verge on the steampunk, come to life with the author’s uncanny sense of humour. Nemoto defies every stereotype of the Samurai warrior, for his diary betrays coveted romanticism. Although an exceptional character, he was certainly a man of his times. Not particularly close to his comrades, Nemoto prided himself in his worldly credentials. For example, he read Tolstoy’s War& Peace in German between missions.     Nemoto’s writing style, cultivated and matter of fact, is tinged with insight and assurance. He never envisaged it would wind up in the wrong hands, and for this reason the reader will savour its frankness and insights.   Michael Claringbould is a globally renown Pacific War author. This is his first attempt at getting away from conventional formats, instead producing an entertaining hybrid tale, garishly illustrated yet historically accurate. Its humorous format is also guaranteed to tell readers many things about this fascinating period they did not know.
Pacific Adversaries - Volume Four Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780648926221
Pub Date: 05 Jun 2021
Imprint: Avonmore Books
This Volume Four of Pacific Adversaries conveys detailed stories of aerial warfare in the Solomons theatre, chosen because both Japanese and Allied records can be matched for an accurate accounting. Often the actual outcomes are very different to the exaggerated claims made by both sides as outlined in most traditional histories. In some cases, this factual approach enables long-standing mysteries to be solved.  Further, for each chosen story photographic or other evidence enables accurate depictions of the aircraft involved.   Through these chosen snapshots, Pacific Adversaries portrays the South Pacific conflict as accurately as possible. This fourth volume focuses exclusively on confrontations between the Japanese Naval Air Force (JNAF) and Allied air power in the Solomons theatre between 1943 and 1944.   Following the bloody 1942 Guadalcanal campaign, the JNAF fought a largely defensive war in the Solomons against gathering Allied forces. Perhaps surprisingly, right through to the end of 1943, the JNAF offered significant resistance to the Allies and never ceded air superiority in the vicinity of its key base of Rabaul. Only in 1944, when units were withdrawn to the Central Pacific and the Philippines, was the JNAF presence in the South Pacific finally wound down to just a token force.   Never before have detailed accounts matched up adversaries so closely, and in doing so, shine light on key events in Pacific skies so many years ago.
Avia S-199 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366549227
Pub Date: 28 Apr 2021
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Single
This book compiles the 4-view color profiles, scale plans, and photo details of the single variant of the Avia S-199. Scale plans in 1/72 and 1/48 scales plus drawings from wartime technical manuals. Also included are photos of the details in B&W and color.
Macchi C.202 Folgore 3rd Edition Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9788365958891
Pub Date: 28 Apr 2021
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Orange Series
Third edition, revised and extended. The development of the most famous Italian WWII fighter is described and illustrated. Combining the agility and excellent flying characteristics of the earlier MC.200 with a powerful German aero-engine, the Folgore was the best Italian fighter in large-scale service. It served with the Regia Aeronautica and other forces, including the Croatian air arm. This book describes the design, development and operations of this elegant and effective fighter. This expanded 3rd edition contains: scale plans, photos and drawings from technical manuals, superb color illustrations of camouflage and markings, and rare b&w archive photographs. Color photos of the preserved aircraft illustrate all aspects of the airframe.Essential reading for aviation enthusiasts & scale aeromodelers.
RWD-14 Czapla Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366549395
Pub Date: 28 Apr 2021
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Scale Plans
Scale plans in 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72 of the Polish RWD-14 aircraft.8 A3 size scale plans of RWD-14 aircraft.
British Fighter Aircraft in WWI Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781612008813
Pub Date: 15 Apr 2021
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Series: Casemate Illustrated Special
World War I witnessed unprecedented growth and innovation in aircraft design, construction, and as the war progressed - mass production. Each country generated its own innovations sometimes in surprising ways - Albatros Fokker, Pfalz, and Junkers in Germany and Nieuport, Spad, Sopwith and Bristol in France and Britain.   This book focuses on the British approach to fighter design, construction, and mass production. Initially the French led the way in Allied fighter development with their Bleriot trainers then nimble Nieuport Scouts - culminating with the powerful, fast gun platforms as exemplified by the Spads. The Spads had a major drawback however, in that they were difficult and counter-intuitive to fix in the field. The British developed fighters in a very different way; Tommy Sopwith had a distinctive approach to fighter design that relied on lightly loaded wings and simple functional box-girder fuselages. His Camel was revolutionary as it combined all the weight well forward; enabling the Camel to turn very quickly - but also making it an unforgiving fighter for the inexperienced. The Royal Aircraft Factory's SE5a represented another leap forward with its comfortable cockpit, modern instrumentation, and inline engine - clearly influenced by both Spads and German aircraft.   Each manufacturer and design team vied for the upper hand and deftly and quickly appropriated good ideas from other companies – be they friend or foe. Developments in tactics and deployment also influenced design - from the early reconnaissance planes, to turn fighters, finally planes that relied upon formation tactics, speed, and firepower. Advances were so great that the postwar industry seemed bland by comparison.
Eagles over Darwin Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 140
ISBN: 9780648665984
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2021
Imprint: Avonmore Books
In 1942 the air defence of the northern Australian frontier town of Darwin was operated by airmen from the United States.That year was very nearly the end of Australia as a country. To those men the present nation owes a debt. A massive Japanese attack on Darwin on 19 February had left the town and its air base in ruins. An understrength squadron of USAAC P-40E Warhawks fought a gallant defence but was all but wiped out.Northern Australia was now at the mercy of Imperial Japanese Navy Betty bombers and Zero fighters whose crews were both skilled and experienced. However, help was on the way. The 49th Fighter Group was the first such group formed in the US to be sent overseas after the start of the Pacific War. Its destination was Darwin.From modest beginnings on make-shift airstrips, the 49th FG entered combat with its feared Japanese adversaries. Its P-40E Warhawks were poor interceptors but were rugged, reliable and well-armed. Unable to dogfight the highly manoeuvrable Zeros, the American pilots resorted to dive and zoom tactics more suited to their heavier fighters.Over several months the 49th FG pilots fought a brave and innovative campaign against a stronger enemy that did much to safeguard Australia in its darkest hour. Today lonely and long forgotten airfields still bear the name of American pilots who made the ultimate sacrifice.This is their story.
Israeli Vipers Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9788895011202
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2021
Imprint: RN Publishing
Series: Israel Air Force
This second title of our a new series dedicated to the most important aircraft operated by the Israel Air Force illustrates a fighter that flew in Israel from 1980 until 2016, taking part to some of the most famous action carried out by the Chel Ha’Avir. The book, which collect also unpublished photos, and information, is divided into several chapters, dedicated to the introduction in service of the aircraft, its use in peace and wartime operations with all the first line squadrons, memories of the pilots, and its participation to several real operations and international exercises. Besides 23 colour profiles, the book offers more than 500 photos, many of great interest, rare and unpublished, coming from private archives, that show all the aircraft operated. The book has been prepared by Amos Dor, a well known Israeli author, and comes after years of researches.