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HIGH-BACK RETURN

Here’s a welcome return for Brengun’s 1/72 early-model Yakovlev Yak-1, this time provided with markings for the ‘mounts’ of four Soviet aces.

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COLOURFUL SUPER BUGS

Modellers seeking a budget-level 1/48 F/A-18E Super Hornet may wish to consider Italeri’s re-released version.

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SPITS FROM DOWN UNDER

Modellers who missed out on Eduard’s limited edition ‘Aussie Eight’ dual-combo boxings of its 1/48 Spitfire Mk.VIII will appreciate this Weekend Edition , as it contains two of that offering's schemes.

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RECORD-BREAKER

Special Hobby appears to be working gradually through the X-15 airframes with its 1/32 releases, with this fourth boxing portraying the second machine late in the test programme with a white finish.

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REPACKAGED STEALTH

Revell has re-boxed Italeri’s 1/72 F-35A – depicting the conventional take-off and landing variant of this stealth multirole aircraft.

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UP-ENGINED GLADIATOR

The second large-scale Gladiator offering from ICM adds a new runner F to the standard components, allowing the later Mk.II variant (with its three-bladed propeller and changed instrument panel) to be built.

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GULL-WINGED EXPORT

Although a Polish design, PZL’s P.11 entered service with the Romanian Air Force before its home country’s air arm, and IBG has released a 1/72 offering representing these exported aircraft, which were designated P.11b.

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ALLISON-ENGINED PONY

Brengun has added new wings plus a resin dorsal intake to KP’s 1/72 P-51 Mustang, for an early Mk.Ia airframe.

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CENTENARY RETIREE

This is the first time Revell’s recent 1/72 Hawk T.1 hasn’t depicted a Red Arrows jet (as per the initial release and subsequent starter set); instead, it provides an all-black 208(R) Squadron livery.

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MINUTE 'JUGS'

Here’s another small-scale double package in the form of Platz’s 1/144 P-47D Thunderbolt with early-style ‘razorback’ canopy.