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Guideline Publications No.110 Westland Scout & Wasp No.110  in the Warpaint series
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No.110 Westland Scout & Wasp
No.110 in the Warpaint series
by Adrian M Balch
the 1957 Defence Review and subsequent British aircraft industry overhaul resulted in all the smaller helicopter companies - Bristol, Fairey and Saunder-Roe being absorbed by Westland. These acquisitions brought existing models with them but in practice it was only the Saunders-Rie P531 which serviced to become a successful production model. Developed as the Scout for the Army and Wasp for the Royal Navy
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Guideline Publications No.109 Douglas C-54/R5D Skymaster & DC-4 No.109  in the Warpaint series
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No.109 Douglas C-54/R5D Skymaster & DC-4
No.109 in the Warpaint series
by Charles Stafrace
The Douglas C-54 Skymaster, a direct adaptation of the civilian DC-4 while still on the production line, became the outstanding long-range four-engined transport aircraft of the Second World War. With its origins as a civilian airliner, it served chiefly on the long-distance haul of Air Transport Command of the United States Army Air Forces on the Atlantic and Pacific routes, where it cut flight hours between the United States and the theatres of operation thousands of miles away.
The reliability of its airframe and engines was put to good use also on the India-China 'Hump' route, which was described as the most arduous of all within the responsibility of Air Transport Command. Like its smaller Douglas stable mate the C-47, the C-54 boasted legendary reliability, and was the preferred long-range transport from among its contemporaries.
A special VIP version was built for use by the President of the United States, Franklin D Roosevelt.
The Royal Air Force also used it in small numbers during the Second World War, one of which was outfitted as a VIP aircraft for use by Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The US Navy acquired it under the designation R5D.

All production having been commandeered by the USAAF on the outbreak of war, no civilian DC-4s flew during the war. After 1945, however, hundreds became available for use by civilian airlines, which converted them into airliners with passenger seating and comfort, or used them as freighters. Douglas re-opened its production line for new builds in 1946, but the cheap price of the second-hand market kept back this production to only 79 examples.
Also in 1946 Canadair ventured to build a Rolls-Royce Merlin-powered version, which it named North Star, used by both military and commercial operators. The DC-4 was a common sight in the immediate post-war period up to the 1950s flown by leading European and United States airline liveries, until it started to be replaced by Douglas's own DC-6 and DC-7.
The aircraft came in handy during the 1948-49 Berlin Airlift, during which it hauled food supplies and even coal to the beleaguered German city, and again during the Korean War, airlifting the wounded to Japan and the United States.
Dozens of variants of the C-54 were employed in a wide variety of non-combat roles such as air-sea rescue, scientific and military research and missile tracking and recovery. No fewer than 1,315 examples of Skymasters were built in the United States and Canada, flown by 35 air arms of other countries in a variety of versions and roles, and full information on serials, versions and other remarks are all included in very detailed tables in this book.

The Aviation Traders Carvair cross-Channel car ferry is not forgotten in this account, and a chapter is dedicated to this unique aircraft converted in Britain from standard C-54s.
This new 96 page Warpaint publication written by Charles Stafrace contains 200 colour and B&W photos plus eleven pages of colour artwork by Richard Caruana.
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Guideline Publications No.108 Martin Mariner & Marlin No.108  in the Warpaint series
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No.108 Martin Mariner & Marlin
No.108 in the Warpaint series
by Kev Darling
The Glenn L Martin company would produce the most successful range of seaplanes
to enter US service. The first off the blocks was the PBM Mariner that would see
extensive service with the US Navy in various roles including general patrol duties,
anti-submarine work, rescue duties and strangely enough for a purported patrol aircraft,
as a bomber. So impressed was the USN with the Mariner that they pressed Martin to
develop an improved version. The result was the Marlin that entered service in the post-war
period and supplemented its older sibling during the Korean War. The P5M Marlin's last active
service was during the Vietnam War although it was soon replaced by land based patrol
aircraft. Both types were used by non-American operators both in Latin America and Europe.
Even the Royal Air Force operated the Mariner although its sojurn in RAF colours was brief,
to say the least! This book is written by Kev Darling and is superbly illustrated by
Richard J.Caruana.
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Guideline Publications No.107 Ilyushin IL-2 'Sturmovik' No.107  in the Warpaint series
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No.107 Ilyushin IL-2 'Sturmovik'
No.107 in the Warpaint series
by Oleg Rastrenin
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Guideline Publications No.106 Sikorsky S-55/H19 Chickasaw & Westland Whirlwind No.106  in the Warpaint series
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No.106 Sikorsky S-55/H19 Chickasaw & Westland Whirlwind
No.106 in the Warpaint series
By Adrian M. Balch

Sikorsky S-55/H19 Chickasaw & Westland Whirlwind.

The S-55 was deemed to be the first completely successful design for helicopter entrepreneur Igor Sikorsky, the type first entering service with all three United States services in the early 1950s Korean War years and going into mass production, seeing service with vast number of countries worldwide.
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Guideline Publications No.105 Sopwith Pup No.105  in the Warpaint series
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No.105 Sopwith Pup
No.105 in the Warpaint series
By Matthew Willis

Warpaint No. 105

Sopwith Pup
By Matthew Willis

The Sopwith Pup, as it is unofficially but universally known, was one of the first true British fighter aircraft, and one of the most significant of the First World War. It played a key part in maintaining control of the skies over the Western Front during and after the RFC's toughest period, Bloody April, 1917.

Its superb flying qualities kept it competitive as ever-faster and more powerful opposition appeared, and it played an unglamorous but important role in the defence of the UK against zeppelin and heavy bomber attacks, and was fundamental to the development of ship-based aviation.
With the very well-established categories of military aircraft that are familiar today, it is hard to comprehend the world in which the Pup was born, where these clear delineations did not exist. Certainly the idea of the fast, agile single-seat fighter was barely thought of when the Pup's outline was first chalked on the floor of the experimental workshop at Sopwith's Kingston-upon-Thames premises in 1915.
The new aircraft was known as the 'Sparrow', was powered by a 50hp Gnome rotary. Test pilot Harry Hawker took the aircraft to Brooklands and amazed trainee RFC pilots by flying it under the bridge across the Byfleet Banking.

It was fully aerobatic and capable of a speed just shy of 85mph despite the low engine power. It is unclear whether Sopwith intended the machine to form the basis of a military aircraft but in any event, its performance and handling, even on such low power, must have recommended it for that purpose. The 'Sparrow' therefore became the progenitor of the aircraft that would become the 'Pup'.
It was around the time of the prototype's first appearance that the Pup seems to have gained its popular name. Brigadier-General SeftonBrancker, then the RFC's Director of Air Organisation, is reputed to have remarked, on seeing the prototype Scout beside its larger sibling at Brooklands, 'Your 1 Strutter has had a pup!' For all its value as a front line fighting aeroplane, the Pup had a potentially even greater impact on the development of naval aviation; in particular, the sometimes tortuous path of launching aircraft from, and returning them safely to, ships at sea.

Moreover, the Pup became one of the more successful operational aircraft in this fledgling area of combat.
This is the first WWI title in the series and includes all the usual Warpaint features historical text, modellers glossary, colour artwork by Richard Caruana and a three page colour walkaround by author Matthew Willis.

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Guideline Publications No.104 General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark & EF-111A Raven No.104  in the Warpaint series
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No.104 General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark & EF-111A Raven
No.104 in the Warpaint series
By Charles Stafrace
Warpaint No. 104

General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark & EF-111A Raven - By Charles Stafrace

Controversy and competency is the best way to describe the first variable geometry combat aircraft to enter operational service anywhere in the world. This was the F-111 Aardvark, the typical Cold War 'below the radar' strike bomber.
It was born in one of the most politically-motivated and incompetent procurement processes ever, and experienced a troublesome gestation period with spiralling costs in development and production, and an unimpressive first deployment to Vietnam in 1967.

Yet, all this was forgotten when the F-111 matured and proved itself to become a devastating weapon and a formidable penetration strike aircraft in its second tour in Southeast Asia in 1972-73, helping to prove that its sophisticated attack and terrain-following radar systems enabled the delivery of a large number of ordnance with unerring accuracy at ultra-low level in a hostile environment.
Thus equipped, the F-111's long-range all weather missions on targets in Libya in 1986 and in the Gulf War of 1991 confirmed that the Aardvark had become the spearhead of Tactical Air Command and USAFE, and for many years represented the cutting edge of NATO's deep strike forces.

It is enough to say that during the Gulf War only two aircraft types were allowed to attack downtown Baghdad and avert collateral damage: the F-117 and the F-111. The longer-span FB-111 was developed with bombing avionics for undertaking the nuclear delivery role with Strategic Air Command, while later still a major re-do resulted in the EF-111A Raven in which were installed the most sophisticated and state-of-the-art electronic countermeasures and signals jamming systems available to assist in SEAD missions.
The swing-wing F-111 was a familiar sight in Britain in the 1980s and early 1990s when it equipped two USAFE wings at Lakenheath and Upper Heyford, the latter base also hosting a squadron of EF-111As during part of the same period.
The F-111 tactical strike fighter served with the RAAF as well, and was retired from service as recently as 2010. The F-111 was even ordered by the Royal Air Force in the late 1960s to replace the cancelled TSR.2 but was then itself cancelled at great expense amid nationwide controversy to which a whole chapter is dedicated in this publication.

This new Warpaint title explains the F-111's development, service history, failures and successes, in all its versions with both USAF and RAAF, with full text, specification and squadron tables and more than 180 photos, most of which are in colour.
This book is written by Charles Stafrace and is superbly illustrated by Richard J.Caruana.

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Guideline Publications No.103 Avro Manchester No.103  in the Warpaint series
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No.103 Avro Manchester
No.103 in the Warpaint series
By Tom Buttler
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Guideline Publications No 102 Convair B-36 Peacemaker No.102  in the Warpaint series
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No 102 Convair B-36 Peacemaker
No.102 in the Warpaint series
By Kev Darling
Now reprinted

To counter the possible fall of Britain to Germany the USAAF was ordered to investigate a long range bomber capable of flying to Germany and back.
The B 36 was intended to have a range of 10.000 miles and could need to be airbourne for nigh on two days to achieve this all skin and component joints were to be made as smooth as possible.
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Guideline Publications No 101 de Havilland D.H.82 TIGER MOTH No.101  in the Warpaint series
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No 101 de Havilland D.H.82 TIGER MOTH
No.101 in the Warpaint series
By Adrian Balch
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The de Havilland Tiger Moth must rank amongst the most well-known aircraft of all time, with 8, 868 built in the UK and abroad, serving with around 40 air arms worldwide and training thousands of pilots from the 1930s throughout WW2 to the early 1970s, when the last of the Fleet Air Arm Tiger Moths was retired. Even today, in civilian hands, some 250 are still flying around the world and are still seen in numbers at air shows in the UK and abroad.
Now with the recent release of good plastic kits in all the popular scales and numerous
after-market decal sheets, it is timely that this comprehensive Tiger Moth book is brought to you as an invaluable reference for your shelves.
Author Adrian Balch takes you through the type's history, with notes on each air arm's operations, and over 90 rare, top quality colour photos illustrate some of the many colourful schemes, both military and civil. Also there are detailed close-ups of the salient features and various modifications made to the type.
Renowned artist Richard Caruana enhances the book with more of his superb authentic
colourful profiles, making this a 'must have' book for the modeller, whether your interest is civil or military.
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