• Warpaint Anniversary Special. Dambusters and the Lancasters

    Few military exploits have captured the public’s imagination as much as the famous ‚Dambusters‘ raid on the night of 16 – 17 May 1943. To mark the 80th anniversary of the escapade Guideline present Dambusters and the Lancaster, a comprehensive study of the raid itself, the background and planning that led up to it, and the men and machinery that took part, as well as a reasoned study of the aftershocks.
    Author Des Brennan, one of our most respected writers on military aviation history, has gathered together all the threads of this astonishing tale and woven them together to present a book that pays tribute to one of the most remarkable feats of World War 2.
    Throughout illustrated with b/w pictures as well as with 7 pages with each 5 colour profiles and 2 pages with b/w drawings in scale 1/144.

  • Warpaint No. 136: Airspeed Oxford and Consul

    With more than 8,750 built the Oxford was a well thought-out design that was based on their Airspeed Envoy, a similar shaped twin-engine executive air-craft that was used in the early 1930s but the more advanced design of the Oxford suited the military requirement for a three-seat training aircraft.
    The Oxford was a low-wing cantilever monoplane of advanced design and was produced for the training of pilots in handling modern, multi-engine bomber aircraft. Wooden construction was employed throughout making for a simpler design and easier repairs.
    Provision was made for instruction in pilot training, aerial photography, navigation and bombing training. An Armstrong-Whitworth gun turret could be installed for training in aerial gunnery.
    After the War the Consul was conceived as a small airliner, chief-ly converted from ex-military Oxfords with more than 160 rebuilt. These quickly sold to potential airline operators and were eventually used in many countries, some changing hands four or five times.
    The Oxford and the Consul were relatively safe flying machines and with thousands of bomber pilots undertaking their flying training in the type it played a major part in the RAF’s war effort, and is widely regarded as a design the manufacturers could be proud of.
    Throughout illustrated with about 150 b/w pictures, 8 pages of colour profiles as well as 2 pages with b/w drawings in scale 1/72.