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Aircraft news

SOVIET ‘BISON’ BOMBER GUIDE

If you have builds of the Soviet Myasischev M-4 aircraft family on the cards, Schiffer's new reference book on the type is a must.

REVELL’S LARGE-SCALE MUSTANG REWORKED

Revell's thoroughly decent and affordable 1/32 P-51D from 2017 has been updated to replicate a late version.

EDUARD’S JAPANESE DEBUT WITH ALL-NEW 1/48 ZERO

Eduard's hotly anticipated 1/49 A6M2 Zero is about to hit the shelves. Here, CHRIS CLIFFORD takes a detail look at the kit, as well as the company's bespoke aftermarket items.

TAMIYA’S ‘ALPHA’ TOMCAT ON DECK

Tomcat fans will love the fact that Tamiya has reworked its new-tool 1/48 early F-14A to 'late' format, and added carrier deck diorama items.

TWO EDUARD SPITS IN ONE BOX!

Eduard's new limited-edition Spitfire boxing offers parts for two Mk.Vb airframes, photo-etched metal details, masks and ten different colour schemes!

SPECIAL HOBBY VIGGEN RE-ISSUE

Special Hobby's excellent 1/72 SAAB Viggen has been re-released with fresh liveries for metal and camouflaged airframes.

FINE-TUNE YOUR VULCAN

Airfix's new-tool Vulcan is a great kit, but Eduard's recently released photo-etched metal details can add a whole new dimension.

SNOOPER/NUCLEAR VALIANT FROM AIRFIX

Airfix's 1/72 Vickers Valiant has been re-released, with new parts and decals, allowing the portrayal of either a camera-toting recce machine, or a nuclear bomb test aircraft.

IMMINENT RELEASES FROM RODEN

Exciting new items from Ukrainian firm Roden are due late October and November. See the box art and information here.

1/48 ACES’ MOUNTS FROM EDUARD News Premium

1/48 ACES’ MOUNTS FROM EDUARD

Two air combat legends - the Spitfire and Fw 190 - have been re-boxed by Eduard in 1/48 scale as Weekend Editions, with new colour schemes.

BRIGHT FORTRESS

The Autumn weather may be dull, but Airfix’s recent releases – notably a yellow-tailed 1/72 B-17G Flying Fortress – will brighten the view.

EX-WINGNUT 1/32 LANCASTER RESURFACES

If you were wondering what became of the 1/32 Avro Lancaster kit project started by Wingnut Wings, it now seemingly resides with Border Model and is due for release in the near future.

FULL-ON WARRIOR PACKAGE FROM SPECIAL HOBBY

If SIAI-Marchetti's feisty SF-260 Warrior floats your boat, you won't want to miss Special Hobby's new bumper 1/72 package offering two kits, a reference book, PE and resin parts, tape masks and eight cool colour schemes!

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REICH DEFENCE MESSERSCHMITT

Eduard's splendid 1/48 Bf 109 parts are now available in Weekend Edition format to represent a G-10 'Erla' aircraft, with four fresh colour schemes.

BUMPER CROP FROM ICM – INVADERS, WEAPONS AND PAINT!

ICM has released a further two 1/48 Douglas Invader kits, along with separate weapons and paint sets. Check out our news story and photos.

LATINO AERIAL COMBATANTS

Helion & Company’s second instalment on the air war between Ecuador and Peru is excellent reference for modelling on a theme.

ALL-NEW ‘HABU’

It's almost 40 years since the release of Italeri's 1/48 Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird kit, and we haven't had a modern replacement until now...courtesy of Revell.

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MORE LEATHERNECK ‘SPOOKS’

If you've bought Tamiya's new 1/48 F-4B Phantom, we're sure you've been blown away by its quality and fit. However, there are always more colour schemes to explore and Furball Aero-Design has come to the rescue with its new decal package for USMC 'Rhinos'.

SPECIAL ISSUE SNAKE

Czech kit and aftermarket manufacturer Special Hobby has teamed up with Ukrainian firm ICM to release a special hi-tech version of the latter’s splendid 1/32 AH-1G Cobra attack helicopter.

RETURN OF THE SNAKE

Despite its age, Eduard's 1/48 Airacobra is still a worthy and fun modelling venture. Its P-39Q has now been re-released as a Weekend Edition package, with new schemes.

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CHOOSE YOUR ‘CHIPPIE’

A cornucopia of de Havilland Chipmunk colour schemes are represented via Xtradecal's four new waterslide decal sets, produced with Airfix's new 1/48 kit in mind. See all the liveries listed here.

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DAZZLING TARGET

If unmanned aerial vehicles and drones interest you as modelling subjects, ICM's 1/48 Ryan Firebee will be a welcome prospect. It comes with parts for two drones and decals for three colour schemes.

YOUNGSTERS IN THE HOVER

Airfix’s Quickbuild series is splendid for introducing young kids to making models. The latest offering is the new-generation Lockheed F-35B Lightning II.

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BEASTS AND STINGING INSECTS

Builders with a naval aviation focus could find Model Art's new 1/48 decal sheet useful indeed. It caters for Royal Navy Westland Wasp helicopters and French Aeronavale Curtiss Helldivers.

KITTY’S BACKBONE

Kazan Model Dynamics has released yet another stunning detail set for Tamiya’s 1/48 Tomcats… this time for the aircraft’s spine.

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BOHEMIAN DETAILING

Czech firm Eduard has released a raft of accessories recently and here, we inspect a selection of resin and photo-etched metal parts, and decals. The recipient subjects are the Spitfire Mk.V, A-4B Skyhawk, Sabre F.4, Hind gunship, and there are standalone fast jet stores too.

FANGED FIGHTER

It may not be a creature of the night (at least in its initial boxing), but with Airfix’s newly tooled 1/48 de Havilland Vampire F.3 about to hit the shops, here’s a sneak peak at what is likely to be a popular subject.

AERITALIA’S MINI-HERC

When it comes to Aeritalia’s G.222 (or C-27 in US Air Force service) there’s only Italeri’s 1/72 kit to choose from.

MODELLING FOR A CAUSE

One consequence of the recent COVID-19 lockdowns has been a resurgence in people taking up modelling as a hobby, so what better way to give something back to all those in the British National Health Service than via Airfix’s special edition 1/72 BAE Hawk.