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Kagero TopDrawings #67 Bf 109G/K

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 11:47
Kagero TopDrawings #67 Bf 109G/K

The TopDrawings series of books are smaller books that supply line drawings in a couple of scales along with some color profiles and other drawings. This is book 67 in the series.

This book is about the Bf 109G and K. There are many 1/48 and 1/72 line drawings of the various models inside. There’s a set of masks for painting the wing and fuselage crosses for 1/72 and 1/48 kits. There are 12 crosses in each scale so you can do 2 aircraft at each scale. There are also 7 color profiles in the center of the book and the rear cover and an A3 double-sided set of 1/48 diagrams of the Bf 109K.

The book info…

  • Messerschmitt Bf 109 G/K G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, G-10, K-4
  • Maciej Noszczak
  • ISBN 978-83-66148-13-0
  • 23 pages
  • A4 drawings sheet
  • 7 color profiles
  • Masking sheet 1/48 and 1/72
  • Format (sizes): A4 (210×297 mm)

The book starts off with a short overview of the Bf 109G/K and mentions the changes to engines and armament for each sub-type. Then it gets straight into the line drawings. The book is broken down into areas for 1/48 and 1/72 and also has 7 color profiles.

The first 15 pages of the book are in 1/48 scale and go through all the different versions of the aircraft showing you all the panel lines and other features. There are profiles cross-sections of the fuselage and wings as well as views of components of the aircraft, such as wheels, propellors, armament, etc. The last 4 pages of the book are in 1/72 scale and show the various models with areas that changed from the previous version highlighted in grey and also described in the text. in the center of the book are 5 color profiles, 4 are port views and 1 is port, starboard, and above views. There are 2 more color port view profiles on the back cover.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$16.00.

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MiniArt Aug 2019 Releases

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 17:37
MiniArt Aug 2019 Releases

AVRO 671 ROTA MK.I RAF

  • HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
  • CLEAR PARTS INCLUDED
  • HATCHES CAN BE OPEN OR CLOSED
  • PHOTO-ETCHED PARTS INCLUDED
  • DECAL SHEET FOR 4 VARIANTS

FOCKE WULF TRIEBFLUGEL NACHTJAGER

  • HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
  • CLEAR PARTS INCLUDED
  • GUN BAY CAN BE OPEN OR CLOSED
  • PHOTO-ETCHED PARTS INCLUDED
  • DECALS SHEET FOR 4 VARIANTS

GERMAN ROAD SIGNS WW2 (EASTERN FRONT SET 1)
Unassembled Plastic Model Kit
Decal Sheet Included

SOVIET RAILWAY WAGON “TEPLUSHKA”

  • HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
  • DOORS & WINDOWS, CAN BE POSED OPEN OR CLOSED
  • CAN BE INSTALED ON EUROPEAN OR RUSSIAN RAILWAY GAUGE
  • WORKABLE WHEELS
  • PHOTO-ETCHED PARTS INCLUDED
  • DECAL SHEET FOR 7 VARIANTS
  • RAILWAY TRACK (RUSSIAN GAUGE) INCLUDED

TACAM T-60 ROMANIAN TANK DESTROYER. INTERIOR KIT

  • HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
  • USING CUTTING EDGE MOULDING TECHIQUES
  • PHOTOETHED PARTS INCLUDED
  • TWO AMMO BOXES w/SHELLS
  • ALL HATCHES & DOORS CAN BE POSED OPEN OR CLOSED
  • DECAL SHEET FOR 3 VARIANTS

PANZERFAUST 30/60 SET
The kit contains 192 plastic and photoetched parts for the assembling models of 16 panzerfaust 30 and 16 panzerfaust 60 and the accompanying transport crates.

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Kagero TopDrawings #69 HMS Badsworth

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 12:00
Kagero TopDrawings #69 HMS Badsworth

The TopDrawings series of books are smaller books that supply line drawings in a couple of scales along with some colour profiles and other drawings. This is book 69 in the series.

This book is about The British Hunt-class Escort Destroyer, HMS Badsworth. There are many line drawings of the ship broken up to show views of parts of the ship from bow to stern. There are also 2 pull out B2 sized double sided sheets with 1/144 and 1/200 drawings of the complete ship.

The book info…

  • The British Hunt-class Escort Destroyer HMS Badsworth
  • Waldemar Góralski
  • ISBN 978-83-66148-19-2
  • 28 pages
  • 2 B2 sized sheet drawings, double sided
  • Format (sizes): A4 (210×297 mm)

The book starts off with a short overview of the Hunt class and some specifics about HMS Badsworth. Then it gets straight into the line drawings. The ship is broken down into areas and each area is shown from different angles so you can see everything in that area. The areas covered are:

  • bow
  • fore superstructure
  • lower fore superstructure
  • first deck and bridge
  • bridge
  • first deck
  • stern superstructure
  • stern
  • midships
  • backup maneuvering station

Other parts of the ship are also shown in part diagrams, such as the depth charge throwers. On the back cover are colour profiles of the ship that are smaller versions of what you see in one of the B2 sheets.

If you want to make sure everything is in the right place in your Hunt class build then this is the perfect book for you.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$25.50.

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Review: U-Boot im Focus 17

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 16:01
U-Boot im Focus 17

As always, the issue was packed very well; wrapped in paper and then inside a cardboard envelope. The magazine is printed on 50 high-quality glossy pages and all the text is in both German and English and the quality of the English translation is perfect. The photographs are all good quality and never before published.

The magazine starts as usual with an editorial from the editor. Here Axel tells us that this issue of U-boot im Focus will concentrate on an early Type IXC submarine to coincide with Revell’s release of a 1/72 IXC (Kit number 05133). The publisher has released a decal sheet for this kit which is reviewed here and available to buy here. The next item, as usual, is the reader’s forum, where additional information is published for previous issues.

Next, we get into the content of the magazine itself. The subjects of the various topics are

  • 50 pages with 51 photos – thereof 1 in colour, 3 coloured emblems, 1 coloured document, 2 coloured conning tower front views, 4 coloured maps, Readers Forum
  • Commanders: Kptlt. Friedrich Guggenberger, Kptlt. Helmut Rosenbaum, Kptlt. Heinrich Schonder, Kptlt. Fritz Frauenheim, Kptlt. Werner Kraus, Oblt.(Ing.) Erich Zürn
  • Reader’s Forum: The Spanish Cross for Submariners U-393 – The Experimental Boat of Testing Group Sultan Background: “Wind Strength 11 – We’re Linking up with the Convoy!”
  • Conning Towers: U-67 – An Early Type IX C Boat with an Unusual Camouflage Scheme
  • Boat in Focus: Into Combat with the Queen of Hearts – An Outline of the Operations by the Early Type IX C Boat U-126
  • Unusual: The U-Boat War Badge on an Underwear Pullover
  • Documents: An Invitation from the Commander of a Milk Cow
  • Fates: Sunk Twice for Reasons other than Enemy Action – The Fate of the Luckless Boat U-1234
  • U-Tanker: The Doctor Comes Aboard
  • As well as several photos of U-59, U-108 and further information.

Another great bunch of previously unseen photos, with excellent commentaries.

If you’re interested in the Kriegsmarine at all, then this magazine is of special interest to you and highly recommended.

The best way to get these is via the subscriptions that are available here. The publisher now offers free shipping within Germany and shipping has decreased for some other countries too.

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Kagero Monograph Special Rogozarski IK-3

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 17:17
Kagero Monograph Special Rogozarski IK-3

The Monograph Special Edition in 3D series of books are in-depth books that look at one particular aircraft or one variant of an aircraft over about 200 pages in text, images, scale drawings, and sometimes 3D renders. This is book 11 in the series and is currently the most recent.

The Rogožarski IK-3 was a 1930s Yugoslav monoplane single-seat fighter, designed by Ljubomir Ilić, Kosta Sivčev and Slobodan Zrnić as a successor to the Ikarus IK-2 fighter. Its armament consisted of a hub-firing 20 mm (0.79 in) autocannon and two fuselage-mounted synchronised machine guns. It was considered comparable to foreign aircraft such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109E and came into service in 1940. The prototype crashed during testing; twelve production aircraft had been delivered by July 1940.

Six IK-3s were serviceable when the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia began on 6 April 1941. All six were in service with the 51st Independent Fighter Group at Zemun near Belgrade. Pilots flying the IK-3 claimed 11 Axis aircraft had been shot down during the 11-day war. According to one account, to prevent them from falling into German hands, the surviving aircraft and incomplete airframes were destroyed by their crews and factory staff. Another account suggests that one aircraft survived the invasion and was later destroyed by sabotage. The IK-3 design was the basis for the post-war Yugoslav-built Ikarus S-49 fighter.

The book info…

  • Author: Nenad Miklušev, Djordje Nikolić
  • ISBN 978-83-65437-80-8
  • about 184 pages
  • 172 renders
  • 130 archival photos
  • 28 sheet with modeling plans
  • Gloss coated paper
  • double-sided A2 sheet with modeling plans

Due to the reluctance of the long term allies to supply modern equipment to renew the aging Air Force, the Yugoslav government lost precious time by failing to commit immediately to the industrial cooperation with the only other available source at the time, Germany. With well-educated engineers and a skilled workforce, the domestic industry attempted to bridge the gap. The result of this was the Rogožarski IK-3, a small, agile fighter with a closed cockpit and retractable landing gear, which proved to be just as reliable as and rather easier to handle than its two more illustrious contemporaries, the British Hawker Hurricane and the German Messerschmitt Bf 109.

The book starts off with a double-sided set of 1/32 drawings on a sheet of paper that is 4 times the size of the book. The first part of the book proper is the text section on the development. combat usage, painting schemes and post-war development of the aircraft. This section covers 74 pages and goes into a surprising amount of detail. There are contemporary black & white images throughout.

The next section is 28 pages of line drawings mostly in 1/48 but also with some 1/72 scale drawings. These cover all the versions of the aircraft that were ever planned, not just the versions that were built.

The last 79 pages of the book are the 3D renders of many versions of complete aircraft and many components of the aircraft too.

Overall, this book is a wealth of information on this aircraft and you could probably scratch build an aircraft from what is contained in this book. It shows an awful lot of information and is probably the definitive book on this subject. If you’re into Yugoslav or less well-known aircraft then this would be a good book for your shelf.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$27.00

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Eduard Aug 2019 Releases

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:03
Eduard Aug 2019 Releases

MiG-21bis 1/48
Cat.No.: 11135
Limited Edition kit of Soviet Cold War jet aircraft MiG-21bis in 1/48 scale.
plastic parts: Eduard
No. of decal options: 7
decals: Cartograf
PE parts: yes, pre-painted
painting mask: yes
resin parts: yes, undercarriage wheels, dorsal antenna

Chattanooga Choo Choo 1/48
Cat.No.: 11134
Limited Edition kit of US WWII fighter aircraft P-51D in 1/48 scale.
The kit is focused on P-51D-5s with a fin fillet.
The kit is released to coincide with the IPMS Nats Chattanooga, TN.
plastic parts: Eduard
No. of decal options: 6
decals: Cartograf
PE parts: yes, pre-painted
painting mask: yes
resin parts: no

Albatros D. V 1/48
Cat.No.: 8408
Weekend edition kit of German WWI fighter aircraft Albatros D.V in 1/48 scale.
plastic parts: Eduard
No. of decal options: 2
decals: Eduard
PE parts: no
painting mask:no
resin parts: no

A-4F 1/144
Cat.No.: 4466
Super 44 edition kit of US jet aircraft A-4F in 1/144 scale.
plastic parts: Platz
No. of decal options: 4
decals: Eduard
PE parts: no
painting mask: yes
resin parts: no

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Hasegawa Oct 2019 Releases

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 17:07
Hasegawa Oct 2019 Releases

    F-4EJ Phantom II “Flying Development Experiment Group 60th Anniversary”
    Scale … 1: 72
    Part Number ……… 02191
    Number of parts … 117
    Model Length … 265mm
    Model Width … 163mm

    A kit of “Black Phantom” that was unveiled at the Gifu Air Base Air Festival in October last year.
    The gorgeous design that compliments the gold shock wave mark on the whole body black is attractive! The vertical tail is marked with the 60th anniversary mark of the Flight Development Experiment Team.
    The part color is black. The markings of the additional tank that was released at the ceremony later will also be reproduced.

    Decal (marking)
    Air Self-Defense Force Flight Development Experiment Team 60th Anniversary Painter “336” (Gifu Base: October 2015)

    RF-4E Phantom II “501SQ Final Year 2020 (Ocean Camouflage)
    Scale … 1: 72
    Part Number ……… 02316
    Number of Parts … 125 Model
    Total Length … 265mm
    Model Full Width … 163mm

    Retired at the end of 2019. RF-4E Final Year Memorial Painting Machine!
    Designed with a film for photography unique to the Reconnaissance Air Corps.
    The silhouettes of RF-86F when the 1961 unit was launched and RF-4 when it was closed in 2020 are drawn.

    Decal (marking)
    JASDF Reconnaissance Air Corps No. 501 Squadron RF-4E Retirement Commemorative Paint Machine “905” (Mariori Base: 2019)

    F-35 Lightning II (Type A) “JASDF Temporary F-35 Squadron”
    Scale … 1: 72
    Part number ……… 02284
    Number of parts … 68
    Model total length … 217mm
    model full width … 148mm

    Reproduced the first F-35A and AX-6 (F-35A Air Self-Defense Force total 6 units: domestic production 2 units) deployed at Misawa base .
    Temporary F-35 Squadron is a unit organized on the premise of reorganization to the 302nd Squadron.
    On February 24, 2018, the F-35A deployment commemorative ceremony was held, and this machine was exhibited.

    Decal (marking)
    Air Self Defense Force temporary F-35A squadron affiliation machine “ AX-6: 706 ” (Misawa base: February 24, 2018)

    Mitsubishi T-2 “CCV”
    Scale … 1:48
    Part Number ……… 09692
    Number of Parts … 153
    Model Length … 372mm
    Model Width … 164mm

    CCV, “Control Configured Vehicle” means “aircraft with a form that prioritizes maneuverability”.
    This is a test machine developed by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Aircraft Experiment Team in pursuit of a more efficient airframe shape.

    Decal (marking)
    “103” Gifu base (first flight on August 9, 1983)

    Messerschmitt Bf109E-1 “Blitz Creek”
    Scale … 1:48
    Part Number ……… 07478
    Number of Parts … 59
    Model Total Length … 183mm
    Model Full Width … 206mm

    Reproduce the aircraft that was thrown into the blitz war in 1939 invasion of Poland.

    Etching parts
    Instrument panel parts

    Decal (marking)
    101st Battle Squadron 2nd Squadron Affiliated Machine “Red 10” (September 1939)
    77th Fighter Wing 2nd Squadron Company Commander Hannes Trauttroft Okuma Rider “Red 1” (September 1939)

    F-35 Lightning II (Type A) “Beast Mode”
    Scale … 1: 72
    Part number ……… 02315
    Model total length … 217.5mm
    model full width … 148mm

    Full armed under the wing! A type Beast mode kit.
    Includes pylon / missile launcher and armed parts.
    It is possible to reproduce the figure with AIM-9X Sidewinder x2 and GBU-12 Paveway II x4 on the lower surface of the main wing .

    Decal (marking)
    US Air Force 53rd Aircraft affiliation machine “OT” (Neris Air Force Base)
    Dutch Air Force affiliation machine “OT F-002”

    Mitsubishi F-2A “Flight Development Experiment Team” w / ASM-3
    Scale … 1:72
    Part Number … …… 02274
    Number of Parts … 148
    Model Length … 209mm
    Model Width … 156mm

    The newest ASM-3 and AAM-5 parts are newly made on a 1/72 scale!
    Air-to-ship missile ASM-3 checkered pattern set with decals.

    Additional plastic parts
    ASM-3 (× 2)
    AAM-5 (× 4)

    Decal (marking)
    Japan Air Self-Defense Force flight development experiment team F-2 prototype No. 2 “502” (Gifu base: 2017)

    IJN Destroyer Hamakaze “Midway Battle Super Detail”
    Scale … 1: 350
    Part No …. 40101
    Model Total Length … 347.5mm
    Model Full Width … 33mm

    A gorgeous version of the thrilling 13th ship “Hamakaze”, with many detail-up parts!
    Etching parts: Handrail parts, etc.

    Product Specifications
    Midway Battle (June 1942)

    Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 No.1 water reconnaissance aircraft
    Scale … 1:48
    Part No. ……… 07479
    number of parts … 116
    model full-length … 186mm
    model full width … 231mm

    Reproduce the markings of the Maya-mounted machine before the Pacific War.

    Decal (marking)
    Heavy cruiser Maya-equipped aircraft “J IV-2” “J IV-3” (1940)
    Heavy cruiser Maya-equipped aircraft “E II-1” (1940)

    Kawasaki T-4 “Blue Impulse 2019”
    Scale … 1:48
    Part Number ……… 07480
    Number of Parts … 118
    Model Total Length … 258mm
    Model Full Width … 207mm

    Decal (marking)
    JASDF Blue Impulse (Matsushima Base: 2019)

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    Kagero Super Drawings in 3D. IJN Kaga

    Wed, 08/07/2019 - 15:58
    Kagero Super Drawings in 3D. IJN Kaga

    The Super Drawings in 3D series of books are smaller books that supply 3D style views of ships from stem to stern. This is book 16 in the series. The series is currently up to 71 books.

    Japanese aircraft carrier “Kaga”. She was initially being built as a battleship, but as a result of a coincidence, she became one of the first large carriers in history. She was a part of Japanese Kidō Butai, a group of carriers that decided about the power of the Imperial Japanese Navy during the first half-year of the war in Pacific. After a daring attack on Pearl Harbor followed by a series of further victories, there was a reversal during the battle of Midway, when “Kaga” and three accompanying carriers were destroyed which ultimately buried Japan’s chances for winning the war.

    The book info…

    • Author: Stefan Dramiński
    • ISBN 978-83-64596-22-3
    • about 80 pages
    • 120 renders
    • 1 × double B2 sheet with scale drawings
    • Gloss coated paper
    • Format (sizes): A4 (210×297 mm)

    The book starts off with a 6-page history of the ship from her original design as a battleship to her sinking at Midway. There’s actually quite a lot of information packed into those 6 pages. From them on the book covers all the normally visible areas of the ship in good quality close up images. There are notes to go with most of the images to explain what it is you’re seeing and give you any background information you might need.

    You also get a large double-sided pull-out set of diagrams. There are side views of the ship in 1/400 along with drawings of many parts of the ship in a variety of scales.

    If you want to get your Kaga build to be historically accurate then this book is essential. You get close up views of all the ship’s rigging and all the various parts of the ship from stem to stern.

    This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$25.20.

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    Italeri Aug 2019 Releases

    Sun, 08/04/2019 - 19:29
    Italeri Aug 2019 Releases

    1/25 VESPA 125 PRIMAVERA
    Chromed parts – Color Instuctions sheet

    Vespa is an icon of design and style of the “made in Italy” and a real myth on two wheels. The first Vespa was born in the second post-war period, in 1946, and was immediately characterized by simple and elegant lines, and by a practical, functional and reliable project developed around the famous steel body-frame. The effective mix of design and functionality was the strength of the Vespa, that became, in a short time, an extraordinary commercial success worldwide. During the years Vespa was able to keep its uniqueness but improved in style and features. One of the most famous version was the Vespa Primavera 125 launched in 1968. Thanks to an improved engine, a better performance and a easiness of driving, it remained on the market throughout the 1970s. The Primavera 125 is still today one of the most preferred Vespa by collectors and fans of the famous Italian two-wheeler manufacturer.

    1/9 ZUNDAPP KS 750 with Sidecar
    SUPER DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

    The motorcycle and sidecar Zundapp KS 750 was widely used during the Second World War by the German army on numerous battlefronts. The development, based on a specific OKH need, was set up in 1937 and rnade by Zundapp and BMW. Thanks to the 751 cc boxer twin-cylinder engine capable of delivering 26 HP, the KS 750 could reach the top speed of 95 km/h. For the gearbox was adopted a “four speed” lay-out with the reverse gear. Together with the BMW R75, with which the KS750 shared many technical components to improve the easiness of maintenance and availability of spare parts, it was used to perform a wide variety of duties from transport to reconnaissance. For several duties it was substituted very soon by the Kubelwagen, more practical and easy to produce and maintain. It could be armed with a MG34 machine gun installed in the sidecar’s boot.

    1/35 Sd.Kfz.173 JAGDPANTHER with winter crew
    CONTAINS 5 FIGURES – NEW GLUEABLE RUBBER TRUCKS – SUPER DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

    In first months of 1944, started the production of the heavy tank destroyer Sd.Kfz.173 “Jagdpanther”. It was built on the excellent chassis of the Panther medium tank on which was installed, in a fixed casemate, the lethal anti-tank long-barreled gun 8.8 cm Pak 43/3 able to penetrate the armour of every type of Allied and Soviet tank and armoured vehicle. The Jagdpanther offered a good level of protection thanks to the angled frontal armour to better resist to the direct enemy hits. Despite the few number of units produced, it was used in Normandy, in the Ardennes and in the Eastern Front until the end of the war. The crew was formed by five men and, inside the combat room of the casemate, there was enough space to load 57 rounds for the 8.8 cm cannon. Due to its operational features it was extremely effective and was much feared by the enemy tank crews.

    1/24 LAND ROVER FIRE TRUCK
    COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

    The Land Rover was certainly one of the most famous symbols of “Made in England” automobile production and is a real milestone in the history of off-road vehicles. It was born immediately after the war, with the first prototypes realized on 1947. It has been characterized by the 4×4 traction system and by a robust and reliable design able to tackle the most difficult and challenging trails. The aluminium body provide lightness but, at the same time, more resistance against corrosions and more durable in time. In 1971, when the III Series was introduced, more than 1,000,000 of Land Rovers has been produced. Available in two versions: the “standard ” one and the “long wheel base”. Thanks to its extraordinary versatility was used in both military and civilian duties. Interesting the versions realized for the Fire Departments and made with the firefighting equipment.

    1/24 PORSCHE 956
    The Porsche 956 was built by the German manufacturer in 1982 to participate in the World Sport-Prototype Championship in the new Group C category. The “956” was a radical revolution compared to the previous Porsche 936 that won several competition between 1976 and 1981. Porsche to be comply with the new championship’s regulations introduced on the new “956” several technical innovations as the aerodynamic solutions and the aluminium monocoque chassis. The engine was the reliable 2,650 cm3 6 cylinders turbocharged engine able to release 635 Hp. Porsche 956 proven to be an effective and successful Sport car winning several Sport-Prototype Championships and four editions of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans the World’s oldest sport car race in endurance racing.

    1/72 HARRIER GR.1 Transatlantic Air Race 50th Ann.
    SUPER DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

    The Harrier is probably the most famous aircraft with vertical/short takeoff and landing capabilities of military History. Designed and developed by the British manufacturer Hawker Siddeley in the sixtiex. Thanks to its single Pegasus turbofan engine and the adoption of four vertical nozzles for directing the thrust generated, the Harrier immediately obtained a great success. Widely used by the British Royal Air Force, the Harrier Gr. 1 is also known to have won a race competition. It participated to the Daily Mail Trans-Atlantic Air Race between London and New York held in May 1969 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the first trans-atlantic crossing. The Harrier Gr 1 performed the distance between the Post Office Tower in London and the Empire State Building in New York scoring the best overall time.

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    Nuts & Bolts Vol.42 Einheitsdiesel

    Sat, 08/03/2019 - 07:41
    Nuts & Bolts Vol.42 Einheitsdiesel The standard 6×6 cross-country lorry of the Wehrmacht.

    The development of the Einheits-Lastkraftwagen – which means standard-lorry – started in 1934. It was planned to develop vehicles with 2, 3 and 4 axles with payloads of 1.5, 2.5 and 4 tons. In the end, only the model with three axles and 2.5 tons payload entered serial production. Officially, it was designated as leichter geländegängiger Lastkraftwagen, offen – which means translated light open cross-country lorry. It became famous under the name Einheits-Lkw or Einheits-Diesel – literally translated: standard-lorry or standard-diesel. If the chassis numbers and the known numbers of total production are right, more than 14,300 exemplars were made.

    Besides the standard variant with an open all steel cargo platform there were vehicles with closed superstructures and special superstructures. The Einheits-Diesel was one of the best lorries of the Wehrmacht. It had very good cross-country mobility, durability and it was extremely reliable. The care and repairs were simple – however time-consuming. But the Einheits-Diesel took it badly to be overloaded or be treated inappropriately. The payload with approx. 2.5 tons was somewhat small in relation to the dead weight of nearly 5 tons. For this reason – and also because of the complex construction – it was discontinued in1940.

    From the publisher’s website:

    208 pages A4, glue-bound, approx. 400 photos, of these 230 contemporary photos from manuals, combat and war fronts in b/w, a number of them previously unpublished; 135 colour photos of the surviving vehicles in public and private collections, 37 colour photos of the three models from Tony Greenland, Vinnie Branigan and David Nickels English / German captions, 39 pages English / German text, 6 charts, 27 pages scale drawings of all versions and details in 1:35 scale from Lieven DeConinck, 16 camouflage schemes from Laurent Lecocq, and 3 tables of organization of units (Kriegstärke-Nachweisungen KStN) having these vehicles in their arsenal, first published May 29th, 2019

    • by Holger Erdmann
    • published on May 29, 2019
    • soft cover german & English texts
    • 208 pages
    • 400 photos (230 contemporary photos and from manuals,
    • 135 colour photos of the surviving vehicles in public and private collections,
    • 37 colour photos of three models )
    • 16 camouflage schemes,
    • tactical markings,
    • 3 tables of organsisation (KStN)
    • Available from Nuts & Bolts for €29.90 (approx US$33.00)

    The texts are in English and German with the English texts on the left of the page and the German on the right. All images and photographs have captions in both languages. The English translation is excellent. Now, let’s take a look at the book to see what we get.

    The various sections of the book are:

    • Introduction page 3
    • Development, page 3
    • Official Introduction page 4
    • Technical Introduction page 6
    • Production page 16
    • Usage and K.St.N. page 19
    • Camouflage page 27
    • Markings page 30
    • Conclusion page 31
    • Modeling page 31
    • Acknowledgments page 35
    • Bibliography page 37
    • Contemporary Photos page 38
    • Drawings page 123
    • Colour Profiles page 150
    • Preserved Vehicles & Components page 158
    • Modeling page 198

    The book starts with a thorough introduction to the truck with photographs throughout the introduction. It gives as complete a list as possible of all the varying superstructures that were applied to the vehicle and also points out that a lot of modifications were made when people created their own superstructures. The vehicle was widely used throughout the German forces and was used on every front and was still seen in the last days of the war.

    The two sections on modelling cover the building of IBG models. From the text, it appears that these models are not straightforward to build and need special attention to build them and also the addition of extra parts that you would have hoped would be included in the kit. On page 34 there is a complete list of kits and accessories available including items by minor that we sell here.

    The key part of this book, for me, is the 230 contemporary photographs of the truck with all sorts of different superstructures and in all sorts of different situations; diorama ideas are endless. Everything is covered from detail shots of the engine to the truck in everyday use in a myriad of situations through to snowblowers and a prototype conversion to the amphibious truck.

    Next, we have several pages containing 1/35 scale line drawings. These will help you get things right in your kits, apparently, this will be particularly useful if you’re building the IBG kits. After the line drawings, we have the 16 colour profiles each of which is based on a black-and-white photograph from earlier in the book. Then we have the section on vehicles and components in museums. These photographs cover many areas that you would otherwise never see and show you areas that only a model builder would be interested in.

    Conclusion
    This is a definitive text on the eye nights diesel. If you’re building a kit of this vehicle or just doing research I’m pretty sure this is the only book you will need. It has very in-depth technical descriptions of the vehicles and over 400 photographs.

    Many thanks to Nuts & Bolts for the review sample.

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    Trumpeter Sep 2019 Releases

    Fri, 08/02/2019 - 13:03
    Trumpeter Sep 2019 Releases

    Airport Fire Fighting Vehicle AA-60 (MAZ-7310) 160.01
    Item No.: 01074 Scale: 1:35

    Russian URAL-4320 CHZ
    Item No.: 01071 Scale: 1:35

    Junkers Ju-87B-2 Stuka
    Item No.: 02421 Scale: 1:24

    USS John F. Kennedy CV-67
    Item No.: 06716 Scale: 1:700

    F4U-4 CORSAIR
    Item No.: 06405 Scale: 1:350

    F6F HELLCAT
    Item No.: 06406 Scale: 1:350

    SB2C HELLDIVER
    Item No.: 06407 Scale: 1:350

    TBF AVENGER
    Item No.: 06408 Scale: 1:350

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    Kagero TopDrawings #71 Macchi MC.202

    Thu, 08/01/2019 - 19:46
    Kagero TopDrawings #71 Macchi MC.202

    The TopDrawings series of books are smaller books that supply line drawings in a couple of scales along with some colour profiles and other drawings. This is book 71 in the series.

    This book is about the Macchi MC.202 and variants. There are many 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 line drawings of the various models inside. There’s a set of masks for the 1/72 Hasegawa kit that should also work for the more recent Hobby 2000 kits since they’re a reboxing of the Hasegawa kit. There are also 10 colour profiles in the centre of the book and the rear cover and 2 A2 double-sided sets of 1/24 diagrams.

    The book info…

    • Authors: Alessandro Cardasco, Camillo Cardasco
    • format A4
    • pages 28
    • 2 A2 inserts
    • masking sheet included

    The book starts off with a short overview of the development of the aircraft. Then it gets straight into the 1/32 drawings with the original design of the prototype. It goes through the different variants and outlines the changes to each version. Then we get eight colour plates fo a variety of aircraft. Next up are non-scale drawings of various external and internal parts of the aircraft.

    Towards the back of the book, we move to the 1/72 views and each view has grey shaded areas that show the changes from the previous version. These changes are also described in the text.

    The colour profiles are nice and large and the descriptions are informative. They are of interesting aircraft too.

    If you want to do something a bit different with your Macchi MC.202 then this is a perfect book for you to get your external details just right. The 1/32 scale drawings give lots of extra detail down to individual rivets.

    This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$25.50.

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    HobbyBoss Sep 2019 Releases

    Wed, 07/31/2019 - 16:43
    HobbyBoss Sep 2019 Releases

    1:48 P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter ITEM No.: 85811

    1:35 PLA 59 Medium Tank ITEM No.: 84539

    1:35 Russian KrAZ-260B Tracktor with CHMZAP-9990 ITEM No.: 85523

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    Iliad Design 1/72 Naval T-Birds Decal Sheet

    Sun, 07/28/2019 - 17:30
    Iliad Design 1/72 Naval T-Birds Decal Sheet

    This decal sheet is numbered 72012 and arrived from Iliad decals in a stout cardboard envelope. This decal sheet is a reprint and was originally released in 2014. They obviously sold well and are still in demand. The subjects of this sheet are:

    • TV-2 NAS Glenview
    • TV-2 drone controller, GMGRU-1, 1959
    • TV-2, Marine Air Squadron 32
    • TV-2, Naval Air Training Unit, NAS Glynco, Georgia
    • TV-2 US Marines, MCAS El Toro, 1961

    The set contains just the aircraft specific decals and one set of stencils that can be used on aircraft 2, 4 and 5. Other than that you will have to use the stencils from the kit you’re using. You have all the stars and bars etc to make all 5 aircraft though – if you have 5 kits available!

    The contents of this set are:

    • 1 double-sided colour sheet of instructions
    • 1 21 cm x 14 cm decal sheet

    The instructions are clear and simple and give all the extra details you’re going to need to get your build right. The port side views of each aircraft have details against each of them letting you know details about the painting scheme used and any idiosyncrasies of the individual aircraft. All the colours used on the aircraft are named. On the reverse side of the sheet are top views of the 5 aircraft showing decal placement on the top and bottom of the aircraft.

    The decal sheet, as you can see in the photographs and the video, are perfectly in register, well detailed and the colours look good too. The backing film is minimal to non-existent except in places where it is needed to line text up. Iliad has chosen a diverse range of aircraft to build with many colourful options.

    If you want to build one of these then the T-33 from Platz, reviewed here, would be a good choice.

    This set is available for $12.00 from Iliad Design’s site.

    Conclusion:
    This is a very nice decal set with some attractive options for any 1/72 Naval T-Birds.

    Many thanks to Iliad Design for the review sample.

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    Kagero Famous Airplanes #10 Albatross D.III/D.V

    Sun, 07/28/2019 - 14:29
    Kagero Famous Airplanes #10 Albatross D.III/D.V

    History of the Fokker D.VII

    The Albatros D.III was a biplane fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. A modified licence model was built by Oeffag for the Austro-Hungarian Air Service (Luftfahrtruppen). The D.III was flown by many top German aces, including Wilhelm Frankl, Erich Löwenhardt, Manfred von Richthofen, Karl Emil Schäfer, Ernst Udet, and Kurt Wolff, and Austro-Hungarian ones, like Godwin von Brumowski. It was the preeminent fighter during the period of German aerial dominance known as “Bloody April” 1917.

    The Albatros D.V was a fighter aircraft built by the Albatros Flugzeugwerke and used by the Luftstreitkräfte (Imperial German Air Service) during World War I. The D.V was the final development of the Albatros D.I family and the last Albatros fighter to see operational service. Despite its well-known shortcomings and general obsolescence, approximately 900 D.V and 1,612 D.Va aircraft were built before production halted in April 1918. The D.Va continued in operational service until the end of the war.

    The contents list to this book shows 4 parts, but I could actually describe it in more parts.

    • p4 History & Development
    • p15 Albatorss D.III Construction
    • p19 Albatross in combat
    • p21 In the Polish Air Force
    • p25 COlours & Designation
    • p32 Build #1 of Eduard 1/48 Albatros D.III
    • p44 Build #2 of WIngnut Wings’ 1/32 Albatros D.V
    • p66 Build #3 of WIngnut Wings’ 1/32 Albatros D.Va
    • p82 Colour Profiles

    From the publisher’s website:

    • Albatros D.III/D.V Aces’ fighter
    • Tomasz J. Kowalski, Wojciech Fajga, Vitor Costa, Damian Majsak
    • ISBN: 978-83-65437-95-2
    • A4 format
    • pages 92
    • 54 archival photos
    • about 180 colorful photos
    • 2 sheets of archival drawings
    • 11 color profiles

    The Albatros D.III, often called „De-drei”, is a neat single-seat biplane fighter armed with two guns firing through the propeller. It goes up like a balloon and at full throttle it reaches 170 kilometers per hour.

    This book is a perfect book for a modeler. There are 3 complete in-depth build articles written in English and Polish with a lot more info than you would find in a modeling magazine or online article. The articles are well written and in depth with very good photographs. On top of that, you get a pretty complete history of the aircraft including details of how it was constructed and the colours used on the production line. Then it’s finally wrapped up with some colour profiles. The only downside is that the English translation is a little odd in places throughout the book. You can still understand what thjey’re saying but the grammar is someitimes a little odd. Everything you might need to build the Albatros or any other biplane, is here!

    This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$12.50.

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    MiniArt July 2018 Releases

    Fri, 07/26/2019 - 15:39
    MiniArt July 2018 Releases

    M3 LEE LATE PROD.
    35214
    Scale: 1:35
    HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
    WORKABLE T41 TRACKS INCLUDED
    ALL HATCHES CAN BE POSED OPEN & CLOSED
    PHOTO-ETCHED PARTS INCLUDED
    CLEAR PARTS INCLUDED
    DECAL SHEET FOR 8 VARIANTS

    GRANT Mk.I
    35276
    Scale: 1:35
    HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
    WORKABLE WE210 TRACKS INCLUDED
    ALL HATCHES CAN BE POSED OPEN & CLOSED
    PHOTO-ETCHED PARTS INCLUDED
    CLEAR PARTS INCLUDED
    DECAL SHEET FOR 8 VARIANTS

    GERMAN ROCKETS 28cm WK Spr & 32cm WK FLAMM
    35316
    Scale: 1:35
    UNASSEMBLED PLASTIC MODEL KIT
    BOX CONTAINS GERMAN ROCKET GRENADES WITH WOODEN CRATES AND DECALS

    U.S. FUEL DRUMS 55 GALS.
    35592
    Scale: 1:35
    Box contains 6x U.S. 55 gal. fuel drums plus decals

    GERMAN GAS STATION 1930-40s
    35598
    Scale: 1:35
    Unassembled Plastic Model Kit
    Car & Building Not Included
    Kit contains PE Parts, Decals & Paper Posters

    T-34/85 SEA STAR WHEELS SET
    37033
    Scale: 1:35
    Unassembled Plastic Model Kit
    The Kit Contains Road Wheels, Sprockets and Idler Wheels.

    KMT-7 MID TYPE MINE-ROLLER
    37045
    Scale: 1:35
    HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
    CHAIN INCLUDED
    COMPATIBLE WITH TANKS SERIES:
    T-55, T-62, T-64, T-72, T-80, T-90, BMR-1, BMR-2, BMR-3.

    ACCESSORIES FOR BUILDINGS (re-released)
    35585
    Scale: 1:35
    This kit contains unassembled and unpainted house accessories.

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    Hasegawa Sept 2019 Releases

    Mon, 07/22/2019 - 15:46
    Hasegawa Sept 2019 Releases

      Mitsubishi A6M1
      Scale … 1: 48
      part number … … 09840
      part number … 83
      model total length … 178.5 mm
      model full width … 250 mm

      Decal (marking)
      Prototype No. 1 “Co-AM-1” 1939
      Prototype No. 2 “CO-AM-2” 1939

      Focke Wolf Ta154V-3 Mosquito
      Scale … 1: 72
      part number … … CP15

      F-111G Aard Burk “Australian Air Force”
      Scale … 1: 72
      part number … … 02314
      part number … 155
      model total length … 320 mm
      model full width … 296 mm

      Decal (marking)
      The 82nd Attack Air Force Sixth Flight Squadron “272” (Ambley base: 2002)
      The 82nd Attack Air Force Sixth Flight Squadron 60th Anniversary Painting Machine “274” (1999)

      F-86D Saber Dog “US Air Force”
      Scale … one seventy-two
      part number ……… BP5

      F-15J Eagle “305SQ 40th Anniversary” w / High Detail Nozzle Parts
      Scale … 1: 72
      part number … … 02312
      number of parts … 80
      model full length … 267 mm
      model full width … 179 mm

      With super high detail 3D printing nozzle parts! (Closed state) × 2

      Decal (marking)
      JASDF 5th Air Corps 305th Squadron Unit 40th Anniversary Painting Machine “876” (Nittahara Base: March 2019)

      F / A-18E Super Hornet “VFA-14 Top Hatter’s CAG
      Scale … 1: 72
      part number … … 02309
      number of parts  … 118
      model total length … 255mm
      model full width … 184 mm

      Decal (marking)
      14th Battle Attack Squadron “Top Hatters” CAG aircraft “NG200” (2019), equipped with USN aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis

      Space Shuttle Orbiter & Boeing 747
      Scale … 1: 200
      part number … … 10680
      part number … 92

      In 2011, the Space Shuttle Orbiter, a major contributor to human space development, was retired and the Space Shuttle, unable to fly on its own, was mainly from the landed regional base to
      the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the upper part of the B747. It was transported in a fixed state.
      The B747 is a special aircraft belonging to NASA, and was also used to support gliding tests in the atmosphere during space shuttle development.
      The kit includes a connector for fixing, a stabilizer added to the horizontal tail end of the B747, and a nozzle protection cover for the space shuttle.
      It is a selective expression at the time of the transporter and glide test.

      Additional plastic parts
      Shuttle mounting post attached to upper part of B747 fuselage
      Horizontal tail stabilizer
      Shuttle booster nozzle cover
      Pitot tube for enterprise

      Decal (marking)
      [Space Shuttle Orbiter] Discovery / Enterprise (Aircraft for Glide Flight Test) / Colombia / Challenger / Atlantis / Endeavor
      [Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier] NASA New Logo “N911NA” “N905NA” / NASA Old Logo “905” (Former American Airlines Color) / NASA Old Logo “911”

      Kawanishi H8 K1 2 type large flying boat 11 type “second Pearl Harbor attack”
      Scale … 1: 72
      part number … … 02311
      number of parts … 299
      model full length … 407mm
      model full width … 528 mm

      Reproduce the figure of the second attack on Pearl Harbor (Operation K: March 4-5, 1942). “Y-71” “Y-72” of the Yokohama Naval Air Corps carried out the second Pearl Harbor attack operation by
      receiving refueling by submarines at the relay point taking advantage of the range of the aircraft.  The two units reached their targets, dropped bombs and returned safely.

      Decal (marking)
      The second prototype Yokohama Navy Airline Corps belonging model “Y-71” Hitoshi Hashizuge
      The 4th increase trial manufacture Yokohama Navy Air Corps belonging machine “Y-72”

      Kawasaki Ki 45 Kai Double-seat Double-seat fighter Butcher Dragon D-type “Flight 53 squadron”
      Scale … 1: 72
      part number … … 02310
      part number … 77
      model total length … 150mm
      model full width … 209 mm

      Reproduce the aircraft of the slaughtering dragon unit that shot down B-29 many in the night air defense battle!

      Decal (marking)
      Flight 53rd squadron 3rd squadron belonging aircraft “65” (Matsudo Airfield: February, 1945)
      Flight 53rd Squadron 3rd Squadron Affiliation aircraft “59” (Matsudo Airfield: February, 1945)

      P-2H (P2V-7) Neptune “Marine Self Defense Force”
      Scale … 1: 72
      part number … … 01902
      part number … 117
      model total length … 392 mm
      model full width … 410 mm

      Decal (marking)
      Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 3rd Air Corps belonging aircraft “4660” “4658” Atsugi base
      Maritime Self-Defense Force 4th Air Corps belonging aircraft “4655” Hachinohe base

      Japanese Navy Destroyer Hayami (Yukumo Type) Full Hull Special
      Scale … 1: 700
      part number … … CH124
      model total length … 170.5 mm

      Newly developed ship bottom parts, reproduce the full-hull. A luxurious edition that comes with etching + wooden base + aluminum name plate!
      Wooden parts
      Display stand

      Aluminum parts
      Nameplate

      Additional plastic parts
      Ship bottom parts etc

      Etching parts
      Bridge roof with window frame, chimney rain protection grid, ventilation net, handrail etc

      Product Specifications
      The 32nd Destroyer Sqn (1943/1944)

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      Nuts & Bolts Vol.27 2 cm Flakvierling 38

      Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:34
      Nuts & Bolts Vol.27 2 cm Flakvierling 38

      Even as the Flak 30 was entering service, the Luftwaffe and Heer (army) branches of the Wehrmacht had doubts about its effectiveness, given the ever-increasing speeds of low-altitude fighter-bombers and attack aircraft.

      The 20 mm weapons had always had weak development perspectives, often being reconfigured or redesigned just enough to allow the weapons to find use. Indeed, it came as a surprise when Rheinmetall introduced the 2 cm Flakvierling 38, which improved the weapon just enough to make it competitive once again. The term Vierling literally translates to “quadruplet” and refers to the four 20 mm autocannon constituting the design.

      The Flakvierling weapon consisted of quad-mounted 2 cm Flak 38 AA guns with collapsing seats, folding handles, and ammunition racks. The mount had a triangular base with a jack at each leg for leveling the gun. The tracker traversed and elevated the mount manually using two handwheels. When raised, the weapon measured 307 cm (10 feet 1 inch) high.

      Each of the four mounted guns had a separate magazine that held only 20 rounds. This meant that a maximum combined rate of fire of 1,400 rounds per minute was reduced practically to 800 rounds per minute for combat use – which would still require that an emptied magazine be replaced every six seconds, on each of the four guns. This is the attainable rate of fire; the sustained rate of fire is significantly lower due to rapid heat buildup and barrel erosion.

      The gun was fired by a set of two pedals — each of which fired two diametrically opposite barrels — in either semi-automatic or fully automatic mode. The effective vertical range was 2,200 metres. It was also used just as effectively against ground targets as it was against low-flying aircraft.

      From the publisher’s website:

      In Nuts & Bolts Vol. 25 (Flakpanzer IV) we only provided a brief summary of the 2 cm Flakvierling 38 as the armament of the Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind. During research, we were surprised by the technical complexity of this weapon, and therefore, from our initial studies, it was apparent that this important weapons system deserved its own in-depth Nuts & Bolts. For the first time in recorded literature, an extensive technical description of the gun is given with highlights on the sights used with the gun, as most of the constructional changes of the gun are directly related to the sights. Also, the service history of the Flakvierling is described with organizational schemes and historical photos showing the gun from 1940 to the War’s end, together with a comprehensive review and example of the models available at this time:

      • by Detlev Terlisten
      • published on May 15, 2011
      • softcover
      • german & English texts
      • 160 pages
      • 336 photos (169 historic, 18 models, 149 modern)
      • 65 blueprints
      • 12 camouflage schemes, tactical markings, table of organization (KStN)
      • Available for €29.90 from the Nuts & Bolts website.

      The texts are in English and German with the English texts on the left of the page and the German on the right. All images and photographs have captions in both languages. The English translation is excellent. Now, let’s take a look at the book to see what we get.

      The various sections of the book are:

      • Development, page 2
      • technical description page 5
      • Technical data page 14
      • trailers page 17
      • camouflage page 20
      • in service page 22
      • modeling page 27
      • acknowledgments page 32
      • bibliography page 33
      • contemporary photos page 34
      • drawings page 74
      • color profiles page 93
      • preserved guns and components, page 97
      • modeling page 157

      The book starts with the reasons for the development of the weapon form the single barrel Flak 38. There’s a good overview of the development of the weapon and the changes made as production progressed during the war. The different sights used are also covered in depth and the differences between them. Ammunition and the carrying trailers are also covered.

      The crew and what each member did is described along with the weapon’s organization in the Army and Luftwaffe units.

      There’s a complete list of all the kits and aftermarket parts available for the Flakvierling, along with notes on each kit giving which gunsight is included and other details.

      Then after the bibliography, there are the 169 contemporary photos that cover all the different variants of the flakvierling from the early versions to the end of the war. Then follows the 65 1/35 scale line drawings of every variant, including trailers and some larger-scale close-ups of the gunsights. Next follows the 12 color camouflage scheme profiles based on black and white images from the contemporary photos section of the book. Lastly, we come to 149 modern color photos of weapons in museums. These photos show all the parts of the weapon you never normally get to see.

      Conclusion
      Overall this is a definitive reference for the Flakvierling and its variations. There is a wealth of information and photographs that will cover all your modeling needs and it will most likely be the only book you will ever need on this topic.

      I have bought several books direct from the publisher at Nuts & Bolts.

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