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Aircraft reviews

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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.

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SMALL CARRIER FIGHTER

Arma Hobby has again raised the bar for the level of detail in a 1/72 World War Two-era fighter kit with its newly tooled FM-2 Wildcat.

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EUROPEAN RAIDER

Having delighted modellers with its ‘strafer nose’ Invader (see Invading Striker), ICM has subsequently released the bomber variant, which featured a glazed forward section for the bomber/navigator.

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CZECH TRAINER

Having released the Si 204 initially as a newly tooled kit, Special Hobby has turned its attention to the licence-built Aero C-3A version.

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UNFENCED AIRLINER

This is the second time MisterCraft has re-boxed Heller’s 1/125 Airbus A320, with this British Airways (BA) version following a Lufthansa-labelled offering.

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TOOTHY NAVAL FIGHTER

Here’s a welcome return for Eduard’s superb 1/72 Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat as a ProfiPACK edition, containing photo-etched (PE) enhancements and pre-cut canopy mask set.

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AGEING PIRATE

Italeri has re-boxed Esci’s 1/48 A-7E Corsair with a stunning new decal sheet, but the kit has not aged well, being produced when raised lines were all the rage and fit/accuracy weren’t regarded as being vital.