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Lublin R-XII Army Cooperation Plane (9788366148314) Monograph 71 Kagero via Company via Casemate UK The Lublin R-XII was designed in the late 1920s for the Polish Army's requirement for an Army Co-operation Aircraft. They were produced in the early 1930s. The aircraft performed close reconnaissance, observation and liaison duties with the ability to operate from unprepared airfields. The aircraft features a mixed construction (steel and wood) monoplane, conventional in layout, with braced high wings, canvas and plywood covered fuselage. A conventional fixed landing gear, with a tailskid. It had a crew of two, sitting in tandem open cockpits, with twin controls. The observer had a ring mounted machine gun. A 9-cylinder air-cooled radial engine Wright Whirlwind (locally produced) powered the aircraft. Originally built as the R-XIIIA 50 were built, followed by the R-XIIIB 49 produced or converted from the A. Then R-XIIIC with 48 produced, followed by the R-XIIID with 95 produced. Later there would be 58 XF-IIIF produced with a more powerful engine. Additionally later on a a sea plane version was also built. The book is 136 pages long and very comprehensive. As well as some history on Lublin the development of the aircraft is covered including details on all the sub variants. Over 200 photographs are used in this section. There are 10 pages of original drawings. These are followed by 27 pages of scale drawings (in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32) by Witol Szewczyk. There are then 7 pages of colour 3D CAD renders and lastly 4 pages of colour aircraft profiles. Also included in the book are three double sided A3 sized plans of the aircraft in 1/32 Scale. Conclusion This is an excellent detailed book on a little known aircraft used by the Polish Army. I think you would struggle to find a better book on the subject, it is a credit to the Author and Kagero for the information it contains and the excellent layout. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
Air Combat From WW1 to the Present Day Amber Books Ltd This is the first of three titles in this collection which were originally released in 2008, this one was originally released as Air Warfare. With all that has gone on, with the improvements to equipment and the advanced technology incorporated, not to mention the conflicts and wars that have occurred since then, this book has been updated. Even with these updates, the speed with which new platforms have been introduced means that they fall slightly short of what is available to the worlds air forces today. With that said, this is actually a very good read, and is full of useful information, some great photography; the subjects of which I have not seen before. Add to that, some nicely produced colour plates in the over three hundred pages contained in this hardback cover. This title seems to be most up to date of the three, with the addition of the B-2, F-22 and even the F-35 and the general global war on terror, and the modern day section is definitely biased to the Western allied air forces, as there is no mention of the Russian and Chinese equipment. Conclusion Whilst not quite at the forefront of historical and modern warfare publications this book does make for some interesting reading. Some of the photographs will make for useful references for modellers, particularly for those that like to incorporate their models into dioramas. But it may be too general for some readers. Review sample courtesy of