Airfix Model World


Your complete guide to the world of scale modelling.

The Official Airfix
Modelling Magazine

Welcome to Airfix Model World (AMW). We hope you will be pleasantly surprised by the contents, not just in terms of actual builds, but also the high-quality photography (all by contributors) and explanatory text. Both have been trademarks of this magazine since its inception, with the former crucial to creating an easily understandable article – after all, model-making is a visual hobby, so we have always strived to show readers just how the end result is achieved.

While we feature Airfix products in every issue, we also cover those from other major manufacturers, such as Eduard, Hasegawa, Revell, Special Hobby, IBG Models, Italeri, Tamiya and Kinetic, as well as those from limited-run and ‘cottage industry’ firms. It means we cover every genre of the hobby, from figures and aircraft to armour, maritime and sci-fi/real space, with the aim of providing the broadest selection of content.

Furthermore, AMW has strived to include informative history/background articles with certain build features, often providing a different take on an otherwise familiar topic. These are written by renowned historians or people involved intimately with a subject. If you are seeking something more in-depth, then we occasionally publish special supplements, dedicated sections or bookazines, which focus on either a theme or a newly-tooled kit, along with valuable reference material on the real subject where feasible. No other monthly modelling magazine offers this much variety and quality.

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AMW118 September 2020 Feature Premium

Airfix Model World | September 2020 PDF reader

Welcome to the latest issue of Airfix Model World – AMW118, September 2020. This bumper Summer Special comes with an exclusive competition to win Airfix Battle of Britain related kits, a UK Model Shop Directory and a wide range of builds. Read the full issue in PDF format here or dip into our reformatted online features for KeyModelWorld at your leisure during August.

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Airfix Model World | August 2020

Welcome to Airfix Model World issue 117 - August 2020. Headlining this issue is a conversion of Airfix's 1/48 Gloster Javelin plus we have more than 70 reviews, basic, intermediate and advanced builds and much more. Read the magazine in PDF format here and look out for new posts here on KeyModelWorld during July.

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Airfix Model World | July 2020

Welcome to the July 2020 issue of Airfix Model World. Subscribers can login in to the view the full issue as PDFs in this brand-new online service. Highlights include the Airfix 1/48 Boulton Paul Defiant, a 1/72 Short Sunderland Mk.V, top tips for applying decals, the latest reviews, inspirational projects and more. Don't miss it!

Latest articles from Airfix Model World

View the latest news and features from Airfix Model World Monthly magazine below.

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UNDERWATER RESCUE

Often ferried on missions in Thunderbird 2’s cargo pod, Thunderbird 4 was one of the team’s smallest rescue vehicles, yet a fan favourite with its bright yellow livery.

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SPACE PLANE ANNIVERSARY

Its not that often a kit is arguably older than its subject, but that’s the case with Revell’s big shuttle orbiter, which was first released two years prior to Columbia’s 1981 flight.

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COLOSSAL CLASH

Released to commemorate 80 years since the Battle of the Denmark Strait in May 1941, Revell’s limited-edition two-kit package is a slightly strange proposition due to the use of two different scales to depict HMS Hood and Bismarck.

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GADFLIES AND GRIZZLIES

Modern naval weapons systems are small compared to the parent ship, making them tiny on common modelling scales, so Takom’s 1/35 weapons range is a clever idea.

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A NEW CLASS OF SHIP

Zvezda’s excellent HMS Dreadnought returns in Revell packaging and is unchanged from the initial release, with six styrene runners and a two-piece ‘seabed-type’ stand.

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FLAMING FEATHERS

While ‘1970’ indicates that Revell’s 1/24 kit depicts the second-generation Pontiac Firebird, it isn’t specified that this is the Trans Am version with performance/styling tweaks – confirmed by labelling on the decal sheet.

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BUILD-AND-PLAY FUN

The variety of subjects available as beginners’ kits is incredible, even compared to just a few years ago, with Airfix’s Bugatti Chiron a prime example.

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FARE TO THE FRONT

ICM regularly pairs its automotive kits with figure sets, but this example is slightly unusual, combining the firm’s 1/35 Renault Type AG taxi with a driver and three French infantrymen.

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CLASSIC BUS

Having started with the VW T1 Samba and subsequently released cargo and Kombi versions, Revell has come full circle with the original T1 Microbus, recognisable via its 11-window configuration.

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KATYUSHA CREW

While intended to accompany the firm’s own Katyusha multiple rocket launchers, this four-man crew is depicted in the process of loading the next batch of ready-to-fire missiles (although none are included).

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Stu Fone 

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Group Editor Modelling

Mike Wild

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