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Designed both as a military and civil aircraft, the Dornier Do 17 ‘Flying Pencil’, so called because of its slender fuselage, was one of three twin-engined medium bombers in service with the Luftwaffe at the start of the Second World War. Its service with the Legion Condor during the Spanish Civil War, mainly in the reconnaissance role, so impressed the Luftwaffe that high priority was allocated to the aircraft as both a bomber and reconnaissance aircraft.
The Do 17 was loved by its crews. It served over Poland, France and the Low Countries, Britain, the Balkans, Greece and the Soviet Union, often without escort and against increasing and improved fighter opposition. Despite a comparatively light bomb-load and limited range, the ultimate version, Do 17Z, possessed good manoeuvrability and during the Luftwaffe’s campaign against England in 1940, it was preferred for low-level attacks on British airfields and installations, though its lack of protection made it vulnerable.
Though production ceased in October 1940, the sleek Do 17 could be found on the strength of Luftwaffe units to the end of the war operating as a glider tug, night reconnaissance platform, research aircraft and trainer.
In this book Luftwaffe historian, Chris Goss, recounts the operational history of the Do 17, perhaps the least understood and often forgotten of the Luftwaffe’s medium bombers.
Often described as 'brutal' yet 'innovative' in design, the massive 'push-pull' Dornier Do 335 all-weather heavy fighter was symbolic of late-war German aircraft design . Backed up by superb colour profile artwork and detailed line drawings, this fully updated and much expanded edition book represents the finest research on this enigmatic aircraft.
"To say this books is good is like saying Ferrari and Lamborghini make nice cars! Then again, anything by J Richard Smith and Eddie J Creek is Luftwaffe gold. The research is immense. To say I'm impressed and enthused by this series is a massive understatement. Do yourself a favour and grab one as you'll deeply regret missing out on this one (or this series)! It is a great book for any aviation enthusiast without a doubt; it is an absolute must for a Luftwaffe fan!"
- Model Art Australia Magazine
REPRINTING - AVAILABLE 1st December 2021
"If you have an interest in the Fw190, and have not yet come across this significant series of books, then this is a mistake you need to rectify fast. This volume looks at the FW 190A-6 to A-10, as well as the F and G fighter bomber development, covering the first operations by the Schlachtgeschwader until spring 1943, Fw 190A-6 and A-7 operations until the end of 1943, Fw 190 A-8 to A-10 and operations in the west until June 1944, Fw 190A operations in the east until June 1944, and ground-attack operations until June 1944.
This is a breathtaking work, and it combines with Volume 1 to form a definitive study of the type."
- Scale Aviation Modeller International
REPRINTING - AVAILABLE 1st December 2021
When it first appeared in the skies over France in late 1941, the pugnacious, radial-engine Focke Wulf Fw190 represented a formidable and ominous foe to the RAF. Despite initial technical problems with the engine, as well as with the ailerons, elevators and undercarriage on the early A-1 and A-2 variants, the FW190 soon proved itself as a dependable fighter aircraft. This stunning new volume is the third book in a magnificent multi-volume series on this iconic aircraft- arguably the finest piston-engine fighter aircraft of World War 2.
Continuing the story of the Fw190, this beautifully illustrated book has over 400 photographs including those showing factory and construction, close ups of weapons and equipment, operational units as well as numerous facsimiles of Focke-Wulf handbook drawings. Colour artwork is also included, plus an extensive selection of original manufacturer's technical drawings. This book is the product of years of study by two of the leading researchers into this complex aircraft which is creating the most complete and definitive work on the Fw190 ever written. Ideal for historians and modellers alike, this volume is a must-have for every Luftwaffe enthusiast.
REPRINTING - AVAILABLE 1st December 2021
The Heinkel He 111 was the most recognisable German bomber aircraft of World War 2. This book forms a heavyweight study of its development and operational history, exploring the many variants pf this famous and long-serving Luftwaffe bomber aircraft. The text is illustrated by several hundred rare photographs, manufacturer's handbook data, scale line drawings and specially commissioned colour artwork.
The He 111 was a mainstay of the Luftwaffe bomber force. Rugged and flexible, it first saw operational deployments in the Spanish Civil War with the Legion Condor in the late 1930s, and subsequently in World War 2. It was used on every single battle front, from the early Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939/40 through to the Mediterranean and the vast theatre that was Russia. The appeal of the He 111 as a combat aircraft -especially to modellers- is due to its widely dispersed service and as such, its variants and the wide array of armament and equipment with which they were fitted as well as their various markings and camouflage schemes are covered.
Another magnificent volume from Classic Publications, this new book represents the single most comprehensive study of the He 111 ever published.
This fine history covers the whole history of the Volksjager project, from its inception in September 1944 through to the aircraft's ultimate operational deployment with Jagdgeschwader 1, and is the most all encompassing history of this amazing aircraft ever to be published in the English language.
The Horten Ho 229, one of the Luftwaffe's so-called wonder weapons, was one of the most enigmatic aircraft designs to emerge from World War 2. in some ways a precursor of the 'stealth' concept, when viewed in relation to its contemporaries, it was clearly years ahead of tis time. The Ho 229 was planned as the first of the next generation of German jet fighters to follow on from the Messerschmitt Me 262. The intention was to create a high-speed cannon-equipped fighterbomber and reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft, which saw figures such as Goering, Galland and Lippish involved in its development, commenced flight-testing in December 1944 and it was planned to re-equip the Me 163-equpped JG 400 with the Ho 229 later in the war.
This book charts in detail the development and operational record of the Horten Ho 229. One of the prototypes, V3, survives in the USA and the book includes specially commissioned photographs of this survivor. With 250 fascinating photographs, plus the most extensive set of accurate scale drawings ever produced on this aircraft by internationally acclaimed draftsman, Arthur Bentley, and accompanied by computer-generated colour artwork and cutaways by Andrei Shepelev, this book is the most thorough technical study of the Ho 299 ever produced. now reprinted due to popular demand, this will be a brilliant addition to the growing library of definitive World War 2 aviation histories produced by our classic imprint.
This exciting book is the first in a comprehensive two-part study of the development and operational history of the Junkers Ju 88, exploring the many facets of this famous and long-serving aircraft. Its variants, including the Ju 188 and Ju288 are also covered, along with the wide array of armament and equipment with which it was fitted, and its various markings and camouflage schemes. The text is illuminated by several hundred rare photographs, manufacturer's handbook data, scale line drawings and specially commissioned colour artwork.
"Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of reviewing what are without doubt some of the finest aviation books ever published, and they keep on coming. Respected aviation expert William A. Medcalf has spent 40 years researching material for this two part 'tour de force' and in common with other titles in this 'Classic' series it is without peer. For anyone wishing to build a large scale model of the Ju 88 this volume will provide an unparalleled wealth of detailed information. For the aviation enthusiast and historian this must rank as the definitive work on this superb German bomber of WWII. I cannot wait for Volume Two."
"A superb quality title that is as much value to modellers as the pure aviation enthusiast. The mass of images and other detailed information in it will make it a must for all serious Luftwaffe modellers... Highly recommended."
- Model Airplane International
This is the second in a comprehensive study of the development and operational history of the Junkers Ju 88, exploring the many variants of this famous Luftwaffe multi-role aircraft. The text is supported by several hundred rare photographs, manufacturer's handbook data, drawings and specially commissioned colour artwork, and it represents the most detailed study of the Ju88 ever published. The second volume gives a detailed examination of its operational and service history from 1939 and covers all theatres concentrating on its main role as a bomber to the end of World War 2, including service with other nations.
The Ju 88 was probably the finest aircraft to serve in the Luftwaffe bomber force, but its design, construction and speed meant that it was adaptable as a night-fighter, heavy-fighter, torpedo-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. This high-performance aircraft entered service in limited numbers during the campaign over Poland in 1939, but subsequently flew with distinction on every battle front on which the Luftwaffe operated throughout World War 2, from the early Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939/40 though the Mediterranean and the vast theatre that was Russia. It was the very backbone of the Luftwaffe for much of World War 2.
Its appeal as a combat aircraft - especially to modellers - was due to its widely dispersed service, its variants (including the Ju 188 and Ju288, which are also covered), the wide array of armament and equipment with which it was fitted, as well as its various markings and camouflage schemes.
A detailed reference on the Ju 87 Stuka. Heavily illustrated it provides wide-ranging access to information on one of the most well known aircraft of World War 2 and is the most complete history currently on the market.
"The large amount of detail includes engine and cockpit information, 3 view scale drawings together with many authentic Squadron markings in full colour, making this essential reading for any modeller. Historians and aviation enthusiasts will find a wealth of detail not found in one volume, a book that will give years of fascinating reading and a reference source without equal."
- Aviation Modeller International
Dimensions: 303 x 226mm
Born of an idea suggested by the Japanese Navy to arm Germany’s elegant Fw 200 Condor airliner for a maritime reconnaissance role, the Luftwaffe’s long range
Condor proved it’s worth in the first years of World War II. A practical anti-shipping raider, the Condor fought a virtually private war against surface vessels in line with policy of
imposing a blockade to strangle Britain’s seaborne lifeline. Rapidly neutralised by allied escort carriers and merchant ships the Condor’s role switched to staving off the Sixth Army’s defeat
at Stalingrad. Condor crews hauled supplies in appalling winter conditions – sub-zero temperatures and low visibility and routinely serviced and refulled aircraft under the guns of the Red
For the Germans, maritime patrol duty grew ever more costly in terms of men and machines and new ‘stand-off’ weapons were introduced to beat the defences. By 1944 they had been all but eclipsed in a combat role and the survivors reverted to the transport role for which they were originally designed.
The FW200 Condor describes the development of the aircraft and its varied roles, missions and personnel including the fate of all aircraft built. Colour profiles and a wealth of photographs provide comprehensive information on this elegant aircraft.