Friday, February 7

Kagero’s new releases cruise in to dive bomb the ace of spades out of all challengers…

Or we have four different diverse books from Kagero this month for land, sea and air modellers, British modern tanks, a Japanese cruiser, the Stuka and JG 53 get the treatment this month…

Kagero's February 2014 new releases
Four new books will be published by Kagero in February 2014. The following titles will be available after 25th February:

UNITS 07 - JG 53 "Ace of Spades"
Marek J. Murawski
The book presents the history and combat operations of JG 53 "Ace of Spades" - one of the Luftwaffe's most famous fighter wings. A collection of forty archive photographs is supplemented by a list of all JG 53 commanders, details of each of the wing's squadrons and flights, and a listing of the unit's equipment used during the war. Full-page, colour aircraft profiles will serve as an excellent source of documentation and a welcome addition to a set of decals included with the book. The decal sheet was printed by Cartograf. It contains 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 individual markings of the following planes:

- Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-1; 'White 12' of 2./JG 53, Rennes airfield, France, August 1940,
- Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2; W.Nr. 5434, 'Black 3', flown by Fw. Josef Wurmheller of 5./JG 53, Korowje-Selo airfield, Russia, mid-July 1941,
- Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4/B; W.Nr. 7473, 'White 3', flown by Uffz. Felix Sauer of 10.(Jabo)/JG 53, San Pietro airfield, Sicily, March 1942,
- Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-4 trop; W.Nr. 15013, 'Black 16', flown by Lt. Ulrich Seiffert of 8./JG 53, Sciacca airfield, Sicily, late April 1943.
Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop:

MONOGRAPHS No. 54 – 3D EDITION - Junkers Ju 87 D/G vol.I

Marek J. Murawski, Marek Ryś

This monograph of the most famous dive bomber of World War II focuses on the design and combat operations of the late marks of the Stuka: the Ju 87 D dive bomber and strike aircraft and the Ju 87 G tank buster. In addition to the detailed description of the design, the book covers combat operations of the Luftwaffe units equipped with the D and G models, as well as the biographies of the most prominent aircrews who flew those aircraft in combat. The text is supplemented by archive photographs and 3D drawings showing details of the design.
A4 size, 112 pages, 110 archive photos, 77 3D renders, colour profiles, 4 A4 sheets of scale drawings.

Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop:

PHOTOSNIPER No. 9 - Challenger 1 Main Battle Tank

Robert Griffin

The Challenger 1 Main Battle Tank was Great Britain’s second purpose-designed Main Battle Tank and served as the spear point of the Royal Armoured Corps for nearly 20 years. The Challenger 1 proved to be an excellent combat vehicle in Operation Granby after a controversial early career in the British Army, and it continues to serve the Jordanian army to the present day. Robert Griffin tells the story of the Challenger 1’s development and service, in this first volume of a two part study for the Kagero Photosniper series.
A4 size, about 80 pages, 280 photos, scale drawings.

Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop:

Japanese Heavy Cruiser Takao 1937-1946
Janusz Skulski, Waldemar Góralski
The design of four-member Japanese Takao-class heavy cruisers built between 1927–1928 was based on earlier Myōkō-class heavy cruisers. The Takao-class was better armoured and equipped including the main artillery being modified to engage air targets. The Takao-class had a distinctive look thanks to the massive superstructure and the first chimney being inclined towards the second one which was set vertically. Only the lead ship of her class, i.e. Takao survived the war and was scrapped in 1946.

The latest volume of the Super Drawings in 3D series harvests many years of Janusz Skulski's work who is considered the world's best Imperial Japanese Navy expert. Takao renders by Waldemar Góralski include the majority of adjustments made by Janusz Skulski and depict Takao in the camouflage pattern form the last days of the World War II.
A4 size, 92 pages, 21 archive photos, 100 colour 3D renders, 80 drawings.

All of these books are available from the Kagero site but they are now available from their distributors Casemate Publishing and MMD Squadron as well as other retailers in various countries.