AMW136, March 2022
APPRECIATING MESSERSCHMITT’S ‘GUSTAV’
In this exclusive feature, Malcolm V Lowe details the airframe differences of the Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 throughout its existence, and touches on its combat employment...great reference for build projects, especially Border Model's recent 1/35 kit.
MODELLING FANFARE: Bugle Call 2021 Event Report
EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: Back in June 2021 – and with more than a little apprehension – Bristol’s British Model Soldier Society (BMSS) branch decided to proceed with its Bugle Call 2021, duly held in late November. Check out a full report with bonus images here!
ROTARY DISPLAY: Middle Wallop Aircraft Enthusiasts Fair and Model Show
EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: Malcolm V Lowe reports on the Middle Wallop Aircraft Enthusiast's Fair and Model Show, held at the Army Flying Museum.
Aussie Cent: 1/56 scale Centurion Mk.5/1 tank by Rubicon Models
Huw Morgan builds a Vietnam-era Centurion tank in a different scale – 1/56, usually favoured by figure painters - courtesy of Rubicon Models’ kit. Discover why this wargamer-aimed offering could be your next military build project here...
Seaborne Striker from Airfix: 1/72 Sea Harrier FRS.1 in Falklands livery
Airfix’s 1/72 Sea Harrier FRS.1 makes a return for the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict. Airfix Model World editor Stu Fone adds a few spares and tweaks to recreate a veteran airframe from the 1982 undeclared war.
Hobby 2000's Maritime Mauler: 1/72 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VIc
Chris Jones builds Hobby 2000's re-boxing of the Hasegawa-tooled 1/72 Beaufighter Mk.VIc, (almost) out of the box - employing just the kit styrene and familiar painting techniques to produce a convincing finish.
Border Model has managed to unite the aircraft and military genres by releasing a 1/35 Messerschmitt Bf 109... the first in this scale and ideal for dioramas with vehicles and figures.
VAUTOUR: SPECIAL HOBBY’S FRENCH BOMBER RETURNS
Special Hobby has re-released the original Azur 1/72 styrene tooling of the French Vautour jet bomber, with extra resin and photo-etched brass details. With a little TLC, great results can be achieved with this kit.
EARLY HURRICANE UNIT CODES AND MARKINGS
Andrew Thomas explores the markings and initial unit codes employed on pre-war Hawker Hurricanes.
UPGRADING KHAN’S RELIANT
If you love modelling Star Trek spacecraft, Greenstrawberry's new FruitPACK detail set for the AMT/ERTL USS Reliant is an unmissable product. It contains a feast of resin and photo-etched brass components...but it's not for those on a budget.
ALBION’S NEW AIR SOURCE
If you're an airbrush user in the market for a new compressor, the new Atomizer from Albion Alloys could be just what you're looking for. It's oil-free and offers easy maintenance.
Cold War 'Cossack' - building the world's biggest aircraft
Russia's invasion of Ukraine not only caused terrible loss of human life, but also brought about the destruction of the world's largest aircraft... the Antonov An-225 Mriya. Here, to mark its demise, we revisit Massimo Santarossa's original test-shot build of Revell's 1/72 kit, from the May 2019 edition of Airfix Model World.
UKRAINE DEFENDERS FROM MASTERBOX
In spite of the current situation, Ukrainian firm MasterBox is continuing work and designing a new figure series... Russian-Ukrainian war 2022. The figures will be in 1/35 and 1/24 scales.
LIFECOLOR ‘HOW-TO’ MANUAL
Ever wanted to use Lifecolor paint but been shy of taking the plunge? Fear not, as a new 36-page guide explains how to employ this brand's products on figures, and even how to emulate rusty and worn cars.
EDUARD’S NEW WEEKEND MESSERSCHMITT
Eduard's sublime 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109E parts help to form a new Weekend Edition boxing, with new decals and a sprinkling of photo-etched brass details. There's the choice of four different Bf 109E-7s to be portrayed.
1/72 BRITISH JAGUAR RETURNS
CHRIS CLIFFORD discusses the good and bad points of Italeri's re-issued 1/72 Jaguar GR.1/GR.3, which comes with new decals.
DORA’S MARCEL BLOCH REBOXED
Ukraine's Dora Wings has repackaged its 1/48 Marcel Bloch MB.151C.1 with new decals, for Hellenic Air Force and German Luftwaffe airframes. Photo-etched brass details are included.
MIRAGE F1 SCHEMES
Get to know the colours and markings of the Dassault Mirage F1 with our photo focus feature. It's useful reference if you're building Special Hobby's 1/72 kit, or older products from other manufacturers.
RE-ISSUED GREEK MIRAGE
In 2016, Special Hobby issued what was instantly the best 1/72 Mirage F1 available. It has now re-released this styrene gem, which comes with decals for three colour schemes, and resin missile rails.
FALKLANDS FRIGATES FROM ATLANTIC
Royal Navy fans, or modellers building on a Falklands conflict theme, will welcome Atlantic Models superb 1/350 HMS Yarmouth kit. It features crisply cast resin, white metal, and photo-etched brass details
THUD-TASTIC NEW F-105 REFERENCE
Few reference books offer the visual quality displayed by Double Ugly!'s new softback on the mighty F-105 Thunderchief. It's a modeller's dream in terms of camouflage, finishing and weaponry.
Jen Wright demonstrates simple building tips and upgrades on Revell's re-boxing of the 1/72 Academy OV-10A Bronco.
NORTH AMERICAN’S CARRIER FIGHTER REVISITED
Detail & Scale's second volume on the FJ Fury covers the FJ-4 and -4B variants, and it's a splendid reference if you have these aircraft on your build list... especially as it appraises available kits.
TAKOM’S ANTI-AIRCRAFT BEHEMOTH
Takom's 1/350 Berliner Zoo Flak Tower offers a fascinating and decidedly different World War Two modelling subject.
BLITZ’S 2-IN-1 STURMGESCHÜTZ
Takom sub-brand Blitz has produced a superb1/35 kit that allows you to build either a late production StuG III Ausf.G, or a StuH 42. It's great value for fans of German armour, and includes extensive photo-etched metal details and optional turned metal barrels.
SPECIAL HOBBY’S UPDATED HICKORY
Modellers interested in Japanese World War Two aircraft will be pleased to know that Special Hobby has added extra parts and decals to its Ki-54 Hickory kit, to produce the aerial gunnery trainer.
UNUSUAL ’109 SCHEMES
If you're looking for a different scheme for your 1/72 or 1/48 Bf 109E, Exotic Decals' new release with a Bulgarian flavour could be just the inspiration you need. Three individual airframes are catered for.
VOUGHT CORSAIR RE-ISSUE BY ITALERI
Italeri's 1/72 F4U-4 Corsair parts have been repacked under a Korean War theme, with new decals. Read our detailed review of the kit.
‘FIRST & LAST’: AIRFIX CLUB’S LIMITED EDITION 1/72 HAWK
The latest limited-edition kit available for Airfix Club members is this splendid themed package, with two special-scheme BAE Hawks. Learn about all the membership benefits, and the kit itself, here.
BEAUFIGHTER MK.II CONVERSION FOR AIRFIX KIT
Until now, the only route to a 1/72 Beaufighter Mk.II involved two old limited-run kits. Now though, CMK has come to the rescue with a comprehensive mixed-media conversion for Airfix's excellent styrene Mk.X.