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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media (31 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781552495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781552490
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justo Miranda is the author of books and monographs on aviation since the 1980s. A widely known historian, Miranda specialises in aviation of the 1930s and is the author of two volumes on aircraft used during the Spanish Civil War. The exciting discovery of a microfilm on secret German weapons in the early 1990s drove him to publish Secret Wonder Weapons of the Third Reich, later published by Schiffer in 1996. Since then, Miranda has published Reichdreams and Unknown!, monographs on little known airplane projects.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stellan Holgersson on 24 Oct. 2014
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Very good overview of several German WW2 projects for improved piston-engined fighters. However, with this kind of publiactions I always wonder if the author have the right focus and also includes the whole picture. What I personally miss are the Me309, the He112 and He 100. These were actually built in few numbers, so maybe thats disqualify them. Instead, I think the author diverges slightly from the subject with some ground attack aircraft projects.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ALDO CHETCUTI on 19 Jun. 2014
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I have seen the two positive reviews of this book and ordered a sample (actually three but that was a credit card problem). I am excluding the review by Ms Mercado as it would obviously be biased (co-author and so on). It's a nice book although much of it is a rehash of previous Reichdreams material. What I do not like is that it is advertised as having 1:72 scale plans and these are marked as 1:72 scale but they are not! The plans were made for an A4 format but when the publishing house reduced the size it also reduced the plans to fit. So basically, if you want to use the drawings for scratchbuilding, you will have to use editing software which means you could have extracted the 3 views from any other source. Notwithstanding I love the book except that its use to me is limited by the lost scale and the amount of new material.
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By m j garner on 21 Aug. 2014
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Never thought I would find anything new about Piston engine aircraft so this was a surprise.A number of new designs to me so it was a good buy.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paula Mercado on 8 Mar. 2014
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I’ve just read the book and here I go with my impressions

By late 1939 some air forces still operated fighter biplanes together with first generation monoplanes. A second generation of monoplanes, with more powerful piston engines, was almost ready for its first flight. That year USAAC issued its R40-C request for proposals to stimulate fighter technology development far from contemporary achievements.
But WWII pressed technology so hard that some technological dreams in 1939 were surpassed by technologies then still not considered or non existent. Some promising technology was bypassed because of misconception while another simply reached full potential and was abandoned.
Fighter aircraft evolution faced all that factors and the study of unbuilt designs is the only way to fully understand the story.

Justo Miranda’s “The Ultimate Piston Engine Fighters of the Luftwaffe” is for those who want to learn about the most advanced piston engine fighters never conceived. For those who ask about how would look like fighters if WWII never were and turbojet was never pressed so fast into operational service?.

Enthusiast familiar with Mr Miranda work will quickly recognize his style from precedent Reichdreams series, but this time, coming in form of a much durable hard cover edition and very handy dimensions. It’s a comfortable book for bed reading.

This work consists in a compilation of German’s most advanced piston engine fighter designs arranged from manufacturer with the final chapters dedicated to its weapons (guns, rockets and missiles).
Every design has a brief description with both historical and technical data. A very important data for me is to note which requirement the design was tendered for.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mgb on 20 May 2014
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This is a brilliant book for the World War Two enthusiast. Great also for the scratch model maker as the aircraft are only in the design stage.
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