Italian customers
Royal Mail have been advised by Poste Italiane that severe delays are being experienced in processing postal items due to serious IT problems in Italian customs. This is affecting all postal shipments from outside the EU. If you have an order currently in transit you can expect long delays. Until these IT issues can be ironed out it may be weeks before your package is processed by customs and delivered by Poste Italiane. Our apologies but this is completely out of our hands.

3rd Edition:  Airframe & Miniature No.2

The Hawker Typhoon

A Complete Guide To The RAF’s Classic
Ground-Attack Fighter

The latest title in the ever-popular Airframe & Miniature series is an updated and revised third edition of The Hawker Typhoon.
     New content includes: updated kit reviews; extra walk-around images; a 1/24 scale build of the Airfix ‘Car Door’ Typhoon kit by John Wilkes; updated Appendices listing kits, accessories, masks and decals..

EU customers
We've been notified by Royal Mail that currently there are delays to mail to some EU countries, particularly Italy and Poland, caused by customs officials getting to grips with new VAT rules affecting imports from outside the EU.
We really do strongly advise that for now, you select a tracked mailing option, NOT EU Priority, when buying our books. Your package may not get there quicker but at least you'll know where it is. In the meantime we ask anyone affected to be patient. If you have pre-ordered our P-51D/K book you may want to get in touch with us to upgrade your postage selection.

Out now:  Airframe & Miniature No.18

The NA P-51D/K Mustang

A Detailed Guide To The Cadillac Of The Skies

The P-51 Mustang is one of the most popular aircraft modelling subjects around. Our latest book will go some way towards unpicking the different variants and colourful schemes that apply to the type. This eighteenth book in our much-acclaimed series contains at least 256 pages packed with vital information that no active modeller and USAAF enthusiast should be without.
     Contents include: walk-around images and technical diagrams; camouflage and markings; modelling information; historical photographs; profiles by Richard J. Caruana; 3D isometric views by Wojciech Sankowski; kit builds by Libor Jekl & Steve A. Evans; 1/48 scale plans.

Out now:  Airframe & Miniature No.17

The Messerschmitt Bf 110

A Detailed Guide to the Luftwaffe's Famous Zerstörer

The Bf 110 has become very popular aircraft modelling subject in recent years and our latest book will go some way towards unpicking the bewildering choices of variants and schemes that apply to the type. This seventeenth book in our much-acclaimed series contains 256 pages packed with vital information that no active modeller and Luftwaffe enthusiast should be without.
     Contents include: walk-around images and technical diagrams; camouflage and markings; modelling information; historical photographs; profiles by Richard J. Caruana; 3D isometric views by Wojciech Sankowski and Juraj Jankovic; kit builds by Libor Jekl & Steve A. Evans; 1/48 scale plans.

Airframe Album No.4 Second Edition

The Westland Whirlwind

A Detailed Guide to the RAF's Twin-engine Fighter

We are delighted to announce the second edition of our fourth title in the Airframe Album series, perfectly timed for the release of the new 1/32nd scale Special Hobby kit.
    Contents include: historical photographs and detail images; period diagrams; data from flight manuals; Isometric views by W
ojciech Sankowski; colour profiles by Richard J. Caruana; camouflage and marking notes; walkaround images; Updated - lists of all Whirlwind kits, accessories and decals; New - build of the new 1/32nd scale Special Hobby kit by Steve Evans; New - 1/48th scale plans.

Airframe Album No.1 2nd Edition

The Heinkel He 219 'Uhu'

A Detailed Guide to the Luftwaffe's Ultimate Nightfighter

We return to where the Airframe Album range started back in 2012 with a second, much expanded edition of our very first title in the series, The He 219 is a popular aircraft modelling subject, confirmed by two reprints of our first edition. Much has changed regarding available knowledge and references concerning the type so it seems right to re-introduce this title in an expanded and revised format.
     The modelling map of the He 219 has changed considerably over the past nine years so this title is a new book partly-rewritten, and expanded from the first edition to contain at least 128 pages packed with vital information that no active modeller and Luftwaffe enthusiast should be without.

Airframe Detail No.1 2nd Edition

The Bv 141

A Technical Guide

Our first title in this series proved popular and sold out quite quickly. Many who missed out on it first time round have been asking to see it back. The Bv 141 is an esoteric Luftwaffe type but nonetheless one of great interest to scale model enthusiasts.
     Whether you are tackling the recently tooled Hobbyboss 1/48 scale kit or grappling with the old Airfix offering in 1/72 scale our first Airframe Detail title is essential reading.

June 1942: Airframe Extra No.10

The Battle of Midway

Many active scale modellers like to build subjects based on a theme or historical event. This series looks at specific areas and events in the history of aerial warfare.
     Covers the historical aspects of the battles in the air and at sea over Midway between the 4th and 7th June 1942. The historical narrative is by Patrick Branly with numerous period images and colour profiles by Richard J Caruana.
     Six specially commissioned kit builds: 1/72nd Airfix Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat, Nakajima B5N2 ‘Kate’ and Hasegawa Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless by Libor Jekl, plus the 1/144th Sweet A6M2b Zero, 1/48th Academy Vought SB2U Vindicator, Italeri TBF/TBM Avenger and Hasegawa Nakajima B5N ‘Kate’ by Steve Evans.

Customers in the USA and Rest Of World countries

Owing to ongoing delays with mail going overseas we are looking at sending some high value/heavier weight packages over 2kg by courier. When placing your order please provide a contact telephone number. Customers in Canada, please note that there is a Royal Mail weight limit of 2kg for mail handled by them so please provide a contact number in any case.
     We still strongly advise ALL overseas customers to purchase tracked or signed postage options appropriate to your country while mail services remain under pressure. You can check which service is applicable to your country at Royal Mail.

Customers in the European Union - what has changed?
It is business as usual for our custmers in the European Union:

  • We are currently not making any changes to mailing prices to the EU.
  • Our mailing systems have been in place since October 2018, so are compliant with international mailing requirements. Your books will be mailed as normal.
  • The only difference that you will see is a UK customs sticker on your book package.
    We have been mailing books all over the world for over ten years, so it's just an extension of what we do already.
  • The agreement between the UK and EU provides for a tariff-free trading environment so there are no extra levies on goods from the UK
  • You may be liable for VAT and customs charges on goods sent from the UK. The current threshold is €22. This is being scrapped in July 2021. At present there is no consistency being applied by individual EU countries. Generally our books do not seem to be attracting much attention from the authorities
  • We already supply a number of book outlets in the EU. Feel free to check them as an alternative source of supply out under the 'Useful Links' tab at the top of our home page

Keep watching for our new titles during 2022.

Paints & Materials
We can send Mr Hobby paint and materials by UPS to UK addresses only. As each shipment is subject to a Hazardous Goods surcharge we recommend that you buy in bulk for cost efficiency. This may be useful for clubs or modelling groups wanting to share costs. Unfortunately we cannot supply outside the UK. Please note that paint and materials classified as Hazardous Goods must be ordered separately from books, kits and other accessories.
     Paints and materials are also available at shows and to callers at our warehouse. Personal visitors to the warehouse are welcome - please call in advance to check that we have your preferred colours or materials in stock.


It is still business as usual at Valiant Wings Publishing. However, we are taking appropriate measures to minimise risk to recipients of our books and other products. Our warehouse is now open to personal callers on a collect and pay by card basis on Monday and Thursday afternoons and at other times on request. Please call 07963 956221 in advance, 
     So far mail continues to be collected, transported and delivered in the UK. The good news is that Royal Mail have resumed deliveries to most of the countries previously on suspension. However customers may still experience  delays, the length of these being down to air cargo capacity and how well local services are operating It is worth checking your own country’s postal service website to check on status for your postcode area.

Royal Mail Posting Updates

Thank you very much for continuing to buy our books. Please stay safe and healthy.

Payment by Card
Owing to the increased usage of Klarna and Paypal we have removed our Barclaycard epdq payment gateway. You will still be able to pay for goods by card using Klarna or Paypal. Simply select the payment method that you prefer and follow the prompts.

Attention all customers from Brazil. Customs regulations in your country state that every address label must have a unique CPF code. Please provide this in your address information when placing your order.’

Online Payments 
All purchases by EU customers will require two-step authentication. The aim is to reduce fraud and make online payments more secure. More details to follow. 

Klarna payment method available 

Klarna Checkout is a complete integrated payment solution, and a simple alternative if you don’t want to use or are unable to use Paypal. You can use Visa, Mastercard or direct bank transfer. There’s no registration needed and no login or passwords. Klarna works with mobile devices and there is a 14 day deferred payment option.
     Please note that we have now removed telephone payment from the list of options but if you prefer to pay by card over the ‘phone, just call us on +44 (0) 1234 273434.

Tracked or Signed options available 
for most European and International deliveries
- to make use of these services just select the required option during checkout.