Airfix Model World | April 2022

AMW137, April 2022

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Bat out of Hell: new-tool 1/48 Messerschmitt Me 163 from GasPatch Models

Jay Blakemore​​​​​​​ discovers that building GasPatch Model’s new quarter-scale Komet is far from being rocket science... Discover the kit's contents and construction of this striking late-war interceptor in this full build feature.

CLASSIC AIRFIX WARSHIPS RE-RELEASED Review Premium

CLASSIC AIRFIX WARSHIPS RE-RELEASED

Airfix's original 1/600 HMS Repulse and King George V from 1982 have been re-released under the FROG label, by Singapore's Hobby Bounties... the latter vessel being packaged as HMS Prince of Wales. Despite the age of these products, the detail is reasonable and great replicas can be built, with or without aftermarket help.

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On the Wrong Track: RyeField Model's 1/35 Sherman Vc Firefly

Huw Morgan goes off the rails to give RyeField Model’s 1/35 Sherman Firefly a decidedly different setting... a custom diorama base featuring a length of same-scale railway track. Discover how these elements were constructed in this full-build feature.

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Hidden Treasures: RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre Model Show

EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: Stu Fone visits the RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre in Fakenham, Norfolk, to discover more about the museum and sample the delights on show at its annual model show.

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Airfix Model World's Latest Accessories Reviews!

Check out the latest batch of 31 accessory reviews from the team at Airfix Model World, including photo-etched upgrade sets, lead wire for adding cable detail, 3D-printed maritime accessories and even diorama material...

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Decal Review: Eduard supplies myriad markings for 1/48 F-4Bs

Modellers wanting to replace lost items from Tamiya’s new F-4B or just looking for stencils to enhance their F-4Bs by Hasegawa, Academy or Esci/Ertl will find Eduard’s two-sheet set very useful.

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Decal Review: Kits-World's Icelandic Beauties - 1/32 B-17Gs

Kits-World has produced several aftermarket decal sheets suitable for large-scale B-17 Flying Fortresses including Hong Kong Models’ 1/32 offering – its RAF-themed sets include this pair of meteorological reconnaissance airframes.

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Decal Review: French and Brazilian P-36s by LPS Hobby

Perfect for early-model P-36 kits in 1/72 – such as those by AML, AZ, Aoshima, Monogram and Heller – these LPS Hobby markings cater for an early-war French airframe and a Brazilian aircraft later in World War Two.

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BYE BYE BUCKEYE

An air-to-air photoshoot in Greece inspired Kev Baxter's cool build of Wolfpack Design's 1/72 North American T-2E Buckeye. The project pitched a few curve balls, but the results were excellent.

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Decal Review: H-Models caters for Czechoslovakian Willys Jeeps in 1/35

Modellers seeking a slightly different appearance for their 1/35 Willys Jeeps may wish to consider H-Models’ limited-edition Czechoslovakian decals, which provide for four vehicles - read a full review of these markings here.

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Decal Review: Azur-FRROM provides for its own 1/72 Potez 25 kits

Intended for its own Potez 25 kits, Azur-FRROM’s decals provide for a wealth of airframes - including those used by famed 20th century aviators, as AMW's review reveals...

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AHEAD OF THE LEGION

Ukrainian firm ICM has released several 1/16 historical and fictional figures of late. Here, Johan Augustsson 'splashes some paint' on Roman Centurion.

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Decal Review: Air-Graphic's Bumper Operation Telic Selection in 1/72

This bumper offering from Air-Graphics includes two A5-sized decal sheets and supplies sufficient markings for more than 50 RAF airframes either involved or placed on standby for Operation Telic during 2003. Check out the full selection and the sheets themselves in this full-length review.

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Master Box's Hopeful Dystopian: 1/24 Nadezhda figure

​​​​​​​Ukrainian figure specialist Master Box’s ‘Post-apocalyptic’ series comprises a five-kit storyline set in a 1/24-scale dystopian world, with the final figure in this group subject of AMW's full review.

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CMK releases 1/72 Heinkel He 162A mechanic figures

Here’s a great addition for an airfield diorama involving Special Hobby’s 1/72 He 162A –a pair of Luftwaffe mechanics, reviewed in full by Airfix Model World.

EXCLUSIVE: AMUSING HOBBY’S NEW ME 262 HG III

'What-if' modellers can expect heaps of fun with Amusing Hobby's forthcoming 1/48 Messerschmitt Me 262 HG III, which oozes fine detail. It's a great option for a notional Luftwaffe jet fighter.

ALLIED AND AXIS AIRCREW

Pilot figures are great way to enliven any aircraft diorama or vignette. PlusModel's two new items are certainly worth considering, if you're building 1/32 Luftwaffe fighters, or RAF Spitfires/Hurricanes in 1/48.

GLOSTER TWIN-JET OPERATIONS EXAMINED

The new Combat Meteors book from MMP/Stratus offers a wealth of reference for anyone building Gloster's classic twin-jet fighter. Insightful text and great imagery are highlights.

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ICM's impressive 1/16 Royal Marines Officer Figure

ICM has added to its ceremonial figures with a splendid rendering of a Royal Marines officer standing at Slope Swords - read a full review of this kit here.

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AMERICAN EAGLE

Ben Davies tackles Airfix's re-released 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Vb in this out-of-the-box build, which replicates an airframe flown by US ace Don Gentile.

THIRD STUDY OF THE TOMCAT

If you have the first two instalments of the Detail & Scale F-14 Tomcat books, you won't want to miss Part 3, which looks at Prototypes, Test, Evaluation and Adversary Aircraft. It's packed with great reference, to help get your kit builds on another level in terms of accuracy.

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EIGHTIES ISRAELI ARMOUR

Amusing Hobby's second 1/35 Israeli Centurion kit ticks all the boxes in terms of detail, parts count and price. If you're a fan of Cold War armour, you'll love this fun-packed product.

MORE UKRAINIAN TROOPS

MasterBox continues to design new themed figure sets based on the current Russia-Ukraine War. This latest product has four Ukrainian troops posing with a captured Russian tank.

AVIAN DIORAMA DELIGHT

Plus Model's new Park Fountain with Swans is a splendid scenic modelling item, which will enliven many a 1/35 diorama or vignette. It comes with well-detailed plaster and resin parts.

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Heller's 1/24 Renault Estafette Police Van clocks in!

Heller’s Gendarmerie van was released at the same time as its Renault Estafette and shares many of the same parts - discover the additions and tweaks as Airfix Model World lifts the lid on this model kit.

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ICM creates a Scene with its 1/35 Model T Fire Engine

ICM has continued its scaled-down Model T kits with the arrival of a 1/35 1914 fire truck – subject to Airfix Model World's in-depth review.

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BRITISH SHERMAN STUDY

If you have Sherman Firefly builds on the cards, regardless of scale, Model Centrum's softback book on these machines is a superb reference. It offers myriad photos, scale drawings, colour profiles and more.

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SCI-FI AGGRESSOR BY MPC

A real gem for sci-fi modellers lies in MPC's new 1/48 Space:1999 Hawk Mk IX. It's packed with detail and comes with its own display base.

UNUSUAL WORLD WAR TWO TRIO FROM TAKOM

Three new items from the Takom stable will delight any modeller looking for a different World War Two build project.

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Reviewing Revell's Constructable Camper: 1/24 VW T2

Following its 1/24 easy-click VW Type 2 Microbus, Revell’s newly tooled parts form an enticing campervan package - but is this beginner-aimed kit as simple as it appears?