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Atlas Editions Fighters of World War II

Atlas Editions is a DeAgostini Group Company, which was founded in 1901 near Milan, Italy. The company's origins lay in creating cartographic publications, atlases and encyclopedias. Today the group is one of the world's leading media players operating in over 40 countries with partwork publishing firms alongside TV Production houses and printers.

Several of Atlas Editions' 1:72 Scale range of Fighters of World War II series

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German Messerschmitt Me 262A-1A "Sturmvogel" Jet Fighter - Heinrich Bar, III./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen", Lechfield, Germany, 1945 German Messerschmitt Me 262A-1A "Sturmvogel" Jet Fighter - Heinrich Bar, III./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen", Lechfield, Germany, 1945 (1:72 Scale)

The jet-powered Me 262 Sturmvogel ("Stormbird") has long since gained its place in the annals of international aeronautical history. With its sleek aerodynamic design and high performance jet engines, the Me 262 radically changed the way in which air combat was waged.

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USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning Interceptor - "Down Beat," Richard Bong, 80th Fighter Squadron "Headhunters," 8th Fighter Group, 1944 USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning Interceptor - "Down Beat," Richard Bong, 80th Fighter Squadron "Headhunters," 8th Fighter Group, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

It was fast, heavily armed and extremely versatile. And many believe the Lockheed P-38 Lightning  to be the finest American fighter of WWII. Its low-drag, aerodynamic shape and heavy weight enabled this twin-engine, twin-boomed aircraft to accelerate to high speeds faster than any previous warplane, making it a potent fighter and a superb fighter-bomber.

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German Junkers Ju-87G-2 "Kanonenvogel" Dive-Bomber - Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Geschwaderkommodore Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann," 1944 German Junkers Ju-87G-2 "Kanonenvogel" Dive-Bomber - Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Geschwaderkommodore Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann," 1944 (1:72 Scale)

During the early to mid-stages of the Second World War, the Stuka (short for "sturzkampfflugzeug" or dive-bomber) struck terror in the hearts and minds of soldiers and civilians alike. The Stuka was a rugged machine, designed to swoop down and destroy its target using 500-lb bombs or tear into them using 37mm flak guns mounted underneath the wings.

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RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXb Fighter - Pierre Henri Clostermann, No.602 Squadron, 1944 RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXb Fighter - Pierre Henri Clostermann, No.602 Squadron, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The Spitfire is the most famous British aircraft of all time. Although less numerous than the Hawker Hurricane, it is remembered as the sleek, thoroughbred fighting machine that turned the tide during the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire was among the fastest and most maneuverable prop-driven fighters of World War II, serving in virtually every combat theater.

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Soviet Lavochkin La-7 Fighter -  Ivan Nikitovich Kozhedub, 240th IAP, 1945 Soviet Lavochkin La-7 Fighter - Ivan Nikitovich Kozhedub, 240th IAP, 1945 (1:72 Scale)

The Lavochkin La-7 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of World War II. It was a development and refinement of the Lavochkin La-5, and the last in a family of aircraft that had begun with the LaGG-1 in 1938. By 1943, the La-5 had become a mainstay of the Soviet Air Force, yet both its head designer, Semyon Lavochkin, as well as the engineers at TsAGI ("Central Aerohydrodynamics Institute") felt that it could be improved upon.

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German Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4/Tropical Fighter - Hans Joachim Marseille, 3./Jagdgeschwader 27 "Afrika", North Africa, 1942 German Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4/Tropical Fighter - Hans Joachim Marseille, 3./Jagdgeschwader 27 "Afrika", North Africa, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Numerically the most abundant fighter produced by either side during WWII, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 formed the backbone of the Jagdwaffe on both the eastern and western fronts, as well as in the Mediterranean and North Africa.

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German Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 Fighter - Lt. Heinz Sachsenberg, Jagdverband 44 "Papagei Staffel," Germany, 1945 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 Fighter - Lt. Heinz Sachsenberg, Jagdverband 44 "Papagei Staffel," Germany, 1945 (1:72 Scale)

Nicknamed the "Butcher Bird," the Fw 190 was Germany's best air-to-ground fighter. Faster and more agile than the British Spitfire, it dominated the skies over Europe as a fighter and was the Luftwaffe's most important ground-attack aircraft. Controlled by the skilled hands of aces like Oberleutnant Otto Kittel, the FW-190 gained the reputation of being one of the greatest fighters of all time.

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Soviet Yakovlev Yak-3 Fighter - Sergey Lugansky, 157th GvIAP, Romania, 1944 Soviet Yakovlev Yak-3 Fighter - Sergey Lugansky, 157th GvIAP, Romania, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

During the final two years of the Second World War, the Yak-3 proved itself a powerful dogfighter. Tough and agile below an altitude of 13,000 feet, the Yak-3 dominated the skies over the battlefields of the Eastern Front during the closing years of the war.

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Finnish Brewster Model 239 Buffalo Fighter - Hans Henrik Wind, 3./Lentolaivue 24, 1943 Finnish Brewster Model 239 Buffalo Fighter - Hans Henrik Wind, 3./Lentolaivue 24, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

Built by the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation in Queens, New York City, the F2A Buffalo was the first production monoplane fighter to enter service with the US Navy. The F2A was an all-metal, single-engine, single-seat, mid-wing monoplane with retractable landing gear and a tail hook for carrier operations.

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