Azzurra gunning for three in a row at Copa del Rey MAPFRE


When the 52 SUPER SERIES fleet of 11 TP52s gather for next week’s Mediterranean summer showcase regatta, the 34th Copa del Rey MAPFRE, series leaders Azzurra will be bidding to win their third regatta in a row and the fleet will welcome new American owners to compete on the world’s leading grand prix multihull circuit for the first time.

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Rolls-Royce Merlin, 1933-50 (all engine models), Owners’ Workshop Manual


The Rolls-Royce Merlin is almost certainly the best known aero engine around the world. There are some challengers of which the closest is probably the revolutionary Rolls-Royce Pegasus VSTOL jet engine. The Pegasus has been used only for the Harrier and Sea Harrier jump-jets, but the Merlin has powered a range of aircraft since its debut in 1933. It will forever be associated with the Hurricane and Spitfire of the Battle of Britain and publication of this new manual in the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain is particularly appropriate. However, the Merlin powered British and US combat aircraft, including the Halifax and Lancaster heavy bombers and the incredible multi-role Mosquito. It also turned the P-51 Mustang from a potentially mediocre fighter to an outstanding escort fighter and ground attack fighter. Coupling the Mustang airframe to the license-built Packard Merlin provided the vital escort of 8th Air Force heavy bombers as they raided Germany in daylight. The Mustang had the range to stay with the bombers deep into Germany. It was also a potent interdiction fighter striking targets of opportunity across Occupied Europe. The author has produced very descriptive text and the manual follows the traditional Haynes format with lavish illustration in photographs, drawings and sketches. This is an excellent way to learn about the war-winning Merlin that went on to power Spanish-built versions of the Me-109 and He-111 in particular irony.

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Voices in Flight: RAF Escapers and Evaders in WWII


Another book from a well-established author of WWII RAF actions and activities that benefits from a strong and developing knowledge of his favoured topics. There are two excellent photo plate sections to support a well-researched text. There is good pace and the story is of the covert elements of war. This is a story of considerable bravery, both of the aircrew, evaders and escapers, but also of ordinary men and women in Occupied Europe who were prepared to risk their lives to help downed airmen and POWs who were trying to return to Britain to carry on the fight. This is a must-read book and should appeal to a wide readership. It contains inspiring stories that need to be recounted.

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Bombing Germany: The Final Phase, The Destruction of Pforzheim and the Closing Months of Bomber Command’s War


The text flows smoothly and the illustrations are spread through the body of the book. The illustrations are many and this is a book where text and images support each other. The final stage of the bombing of Germany saw some relief for bomber crews as the German Air Force collapsed, but devastation for German cities and industrial areas. German propaganda continued to be effective and planted some false seeds in relation to the bombing of Dresden and other cities. The last phase of bombing was also the most complex, particularly in its political dimensions. This is a very good account of the last phase and every air war enthusiast will want a copy.

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from Colonial Warrior to Western Front Flyer, The Five Wars of Sydney Herbert Bywater Harris


This is a rewarding read and it debunks a few myths in the process. The subject was an adventurer, not uncommon in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. One of the great misconceptions of the air war on the Western Front during the Great War is that pilots were all spotty youths, fresh from school and unlikely to survive more than a few days. This book reads more like a 39 Steps era novel. Excellent account of an extraordinary individual.

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Rigging, Period Fore-and-aft craft


There is very little text in this book, which is a collection of beautifully drawn images of period fore-and-aft craft. The text which is included is adequate to support the drawings. The drawings are impeccable. This is a very reasonably priced book, aimed at the model maker and particularly the scratch-build modeller who is either producing a model on the basis of a commercial kit that is greatly enhanced, or building from scratch to produce a unique model of high impact. For such modellers, a rigging book of this quality is a considerable aid, but it should also be considered by those readers who are building knowledge of period sailing craft and need to understand the finer points of period rigging. This book received a very favourable review from best selling author Julian Stockwin who is something of a perfectionist in his research for each of his Kydd and Renzi tales with a well-developed knowledge of naval craft of the Napoleonic War period.

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Flight Craft 3, Hawker Hurricane and Sea Hurricane


A deceptively thin A4 format book with colour, black & white photographs with full colour drawings. The Flight Craft series is an interesting family of publications. It is aimed primarily at the model makers and model engineers, but it is in two parts. The first part is a very well written history of the subject with some fine photographs in illustration. The second part of the book provides some outstanding full colour drawings and reviews of plastic kits, some of which are now out of general sale and have become collectors items. The amount of information packed into the book is surprising and of very high quality. The author and his illustrators have provided model makers with many options to enhance standard plastic kits of the subject and modify them to replicate some interesting variations of the subject. An excellent publication which will satisfy serious model makers, but a first class book for the novice of all ages and for those who are enthusiasts of a remarkable aeroplane.

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German Naval Camouflage, Volume Two, 1942-1945


This is a specialist book for the professional and the serious enthusiast. The quality of illustration is consistently high throughout the book. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative work ever to be published on the colour schemes of the Kriegsmarine, containing the coverage of Volume 1 which took coverage to 1941. This second volume covers from 1942 to 1945. To those wishing to increase their knowledge of WWII naval activity, this is an excellent book, if perhaps at the upper end of the price range for those not yet serious enthusiasts. The publisher has a long tradition of running promotional campaigns with significant price reductions, so all is not lost for those who may struggle to justify the recommended price. The work cannot be too highly commended.

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Hyundai Heavy to put ships on “Internet of Things”; Aker Philly to change name, sell shipping assets

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Hyundai Heavy to put ships on “Internet of Things”
July 16, 2015—Your refrigerator and home heating system can be linked to the “Internet of Things,” so why not a ship? South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries, and global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company Accenture are collaborating to design a “connected smart ship” that will enable ship owners to better manage their fleets and achieve potential operational savings through the application of digital technologies.

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Warships of the Great War Era, a History in Ship Models


The author followed an RN career as a pilot, then with a period as Curator of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, before becoming a successful author of many highly regarded books. Naturally, he started with books covering aspects of naval aviation, but this new book provides a valuable review of warships of the Great War Era. Surprisingly, there have been very few books published on the same topic and those that have appeared have tended towards a narrow selection of classes and relied on drawings and photographs. This book follows a different path and features the history of warships through professional models. It is incredible that Britain has failed so spectacularly to preserve vintage warships that have not only been important to the Royal Navy, but marked a new standard in warship design. It is necessary to travel to the US to see a preserved battleship of the Great War Era. In Britain there is no Dreadnought or pre-Dreadnought or post-Dreadnought to view. The revolutionary early aircraft carriers all died in the breakers yard. Cruisers, destroyers and submarines have faired equally badly. There are many photographs and drawings, but these do not convey all of the character of warships that broke boundaries and took naval warfare to a new level. So strange when Britain literally led the World. However, there are many surviving models that all too often lurk in the recesses of museums or in the rarely viewed reserve collections that are hidden away because the museum lacks space to present them to visitors. This book is therefore not only very informative but it reminds us that these highly detailed models exist and provide a presentation of the character of the real warships that have sadly passed to scrap. An enjoyable and recommended book.

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