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Hellcat vs Shiden/Shiden-Kai


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Introduction /Chronology /Design and Development /Technical Specifications/ The Strategic Situation /The Combatants /Combat /Statistics and Analysis /Aftermath /Further Reading /Index

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The last quality Japanese fighter, the Shiden/Shiden-Kai was tasked with holding the line against the massed squadrons of American aircraft in the dying days of the Pacific War.

About the Author

Osprey’s Aviation Editor since 1989, Tony Holmes is a native of Fremantle, Western Australia. Responsible for devising the Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft, Aviation Elite Units, Duel and X-Planes series, Tony has also written more than 30 books for Osprey in the past 28 years. He lives in Sevenoaks, UK. Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974–78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon. He lives in New Hampshire, USA. Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international standing as well as an aviation history enthusiast. Gareth completed the battlescene artwork and cover artwork. He lives in Perthshire, UK.


"Whether books inspire our models or our models pique our interest in their history, this book is an excellent source for either interest." --Model Ship Wrights "This excellent "Duel" effort provides an illuminating introduction to both of these classic combatants. It enjoys my strong recommendation." --Cybermodeler "This is a good read. There is a lot of information within the pages. The photos and drawings are a great enhancement for the book. This book is recommended to the aviation historian, buff and modeler alike. I don't think you will be disappointed." --IPMS / USA Reviews "The people who flew and fought these aircraft are certainly not ignored
and biographies and brief descriptions of a few of each side's representative aviators round out this book, one of the best in the long-lived Duel series. Highly recommended." --Naval Aviation News

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