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AMW129, August 2021 Feature Premium

Airfix Model World August 2021

Welcome to Airfix Model World August 2021 featuring full coverage of Airfix's newly tooled 1/72 Mosquito B/XVI, Tamiya's 1/24 McLaren Senna, Zoukei-Mura's new 1/48 F-4E Phantom II, exclusive model builds, scale modelling news, reviews and more. Read the full issue in PDF format here or dip into our reformatted online features for KeyModelWorld at your leisure.

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CIRCLES IN THE SKY

Andy Davies has fun building and modifying an oddity from the golden age of aviation in the form of the 1/72 AviS Lee-Richards Annular wing No.3.

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NIGHT DESTROYER

Richard Spreckley builds ICM’s new-tool 1/48 Do 217N-1 –a Luftwaffe night-fighter converted from a medium bomber – as prototype fuselage No 7.

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ENGLISHMAN IN THE DESERT

Sometimes, the pleasure of modelling comes from tackling a build in a slightly different manner than usual, as Juanjo Dominguez Calvo discovered with Trumpeter’s recently tooled 1/144 Vulcan B.2.

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DESERT HAULER

Jay Blakemore settles in for the long haul when he takes on Thunder Model’s highly detailed 1/35 Scammell Pioneer SV/2S recovery tractor.

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NIGHT RAIDER

David Holmes builds Airfix’s newly tooled 1/72 Mosquito B.XVI out of the box to represent an aircraft from RAF Bomber Command’s Light Night Strike Force.

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LATE-WAR MOSQUITOES

IN FOCUS: Although the de Havilland Mosquito was a great success in RAF service from the start during World War Two, it was the two-stage supercharged Merlin engine that proved to be the game changer. Malcolm V Lowe examines why:

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SUPERCAR, SUPER KIT!

Usually more at home building flying machines, Alan Price tackles Tamiya’s 1/24 McLaren Senna hypercar – whose wings are meant to keep it firmly on the ground!

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CONTEMPTOR CRUSHER

Ian Grainger ‘brushes up’ his painting skills on Forge World’s Blood Angels Contemptor Dreadnought ‘walking tomb’ from the 41st Millennium

RAF CARGO KING Review Premium

RAF CARGO KING

If the S&M Models Handley Page Hastings is too big a proposition for you in 1/72 scale, why not plump for the delightful 1/144 version by Ukrainian firm MikroMir? CHRIS CLIFFORD reviews the latter kit of this classic RAF transport.

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MARITIME MENACE

QUICK CONVERSION: Garry Tobiss converts Airfix’s superb 1/72 B-25C/D to a 75mm gun-toting -G version, adding upgrades at the same time.

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TWIN TANKS

It just goes to show that the release of one kit can lead to another, as Nick Shuttleworth discovered with Amusing Hobby’s recently released 1/35 Centurion Mk.5 and Mk.5 AVRE

EXQUISITE TRANSPORT

There’s a terrific amount of detail on offer with Gecko Models’ new 1/35 Bedford MWD 15-cwt truck. If you're traditionally an armour modeller, this kit is an ideal, well-detailed entry point into 'soft-skin' vehicles.

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VINTAGE SCENIC MILITARY

Long-in-the-tooth modellers will recognise Matchbox’s old 1/76 toolings in these new Revell First Diorama products. That’s no bad thing, says CHRIS CLIFFORD.

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DIORAMA IN THE MAKING

Ukrainian manufacturer ICM has packaged two of its Spitfire kits with a set of RAF figures and equipment, providing the basis of a neat 1/48 scene.

HIGH ALTITUDE SPECIALIST

Eduard has added another 1/48 Weekend Edition kit to its range by offering the bare styrene parts from its previous Bf 109G-6/AS ProfiPACK.

HERKY BIRD BOOTS

It was never going to be long before aftermarket upgrades for Zvezda’s new-tool C-130H Hercules started to appear… and these bespoke resin wheels from Eduard will certainly add refinement.

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TOP TEN SPECIALS

Key Model World’s editor at large, CHRIS CLIFFORD, highlights some of his favourite special aircraft schemes from years gone by, and notes which decals allow their reproduction in scale form.

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BUDGET TANK-HUNTER

Italeri has re-released its venerable 1/35 Panzerjäger kit and, despite its age, it’s a viable and wallet-friendly option says CHRIS CLIFFORD.

RUSSIAN BATTLE TAXI

Zvezda’s 1/72 T-15 Armata is a stunning kit for any modeller who prefers modern armour in a small scale, as CHRIS CLIFFORD discovers.

MIG MASTER RETURNS

Italeri has steadily been re-releasing 1980s ESCI kits in recent years. Now it’s the turn of the 1/72 F-8E Crusader, as CHRIS CLIFFORD explains

TINY LUFTWAFFE PROJECT

If you’re a modeller who likes small scales and German subjects, Brengun’s new 1/144 Messerschmitt Me 309 could be your next project. Don't miss our review!

JET AND PROP AIRCRAFT UPGRADES

Aftermarket brand CMK has released exciting and useful extras for classic types in 1/72 and 1/48 scales… the Meteor, Hurricane and Ju 88. Learn how they can transform your builds!

NIPPONESE HAULER

Kits of more esoteric Japanese aircraft aren’t released too often – so Special Hobby’s new Ki-54Hei transport is most welcome. CHRIS CLIFFORD reviews the contents.

SALUTE TO THE FEW

If you’re a fan of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – or you simply love the Spitfire and Lancaster – you won’t want to miss Airfix’s recent 1/72 Gift Set.

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WIDOWMAKER OFFICE

ESCI’s original 1/12 F-104 Starfighter cockpit has received a second outing via Italeri. CHRIS CLIFFORD explores this refreshingly different classic kit, which allows fans of the type to extend their modelling devotion beyond builds of the whole aircraft.

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TURKISH TIGER

EXPANDED CONTENT: Having appeared in numerous guises since its 2000 release, this is the first of Revell’s 1/72 F-16s to depict the -D two-seat variant and continues a rich theme of the firm’s Tigermeet-liveried jets. We've now updated this review with parts photos and a decal sheet image.

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BATTLE OF FRANCE FIGHTER

EXPANDED CONTENT: Having delighted modellers with its lovely Bf 109E-4, Special Hobby has been quick to follow this with its immediate predecessor, the E-3, which lacked pilot armour and the engine-mounted cannon. We've now updated our original review with parts photos and colour scheme sheets.

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Beutepanzer Boxing

Ukraine’s ICM is adept at extending its original releases to offer something different – and that’s certainly the case with its new 1/35 Marder I on FCM 36 base. CHRIS CLIFFORD reviews this fascinating package.

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EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: This month’s reader showcase features superb work on a pair of classic maritime kits joined by a simply stunning recreation of a jet that never reached operational service - plus bonus online-exclusive entries.