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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Harpia’s Air Power studies have rapidly become a key reference for modellers and aircraft enthusiasts alike, but its latest volume on the modern US Marine Corps aviation force has gone one step further.

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Readers familiar with Canfora’s Wingspan series, which showcases features of large-scale kit builds, are in for a treat with this offshoot special edition – devoted to just a single subject, a project by renowned modeller Jan Kopecký using Tamiya’s 1/32 F-16C Fighting Falcon.

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This addition to Schiffer’s Legends of Warfare series covers two machines intended to fill the German Wehrmacht’s selfpropelled artillery needs: the Sd.Kfz. 165 Hummel (bumblebee) howitzer and Panzerjäger Hornisse (tank-hunter hornet), later known as the Nashorn (rhinoceros).

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Pen & Sword’s Tank Craft titles often form an ideal introduction to a subject as the page count is relatively short – as a case in point, this guide to the Sturmgeschütz (assault gun) III and IV skips the types’ origins.

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Released to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this collection of full-colour profiles provides multiple examples of the two primary Royal Air Force fighters, the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, along with two depictions of the Boulton Paul Defiant.

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Available separately from NuNu’s 1/20 McLaren MP4/2C (see p94), the firm’s dedicated Detail-Up parts comprise injection-moulded (and chrome-finished) hose ends, two photo-etched metal frets, metallic self-adhesive stickers, a ribbon seatbelt plus no fewer than six decal sheets.

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The complex glazing on Fw 189 kits is challenging to mask, so Special Hobby’s bespoke product for its recent Fw 189B trainer will simplify the task greatly.

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Older kits are often neglected by aftermarket suppliers, but Czech firm Hauler bucks this trend by addressing such subjects – this upgrade package is designed for Italeri’s 2004-tooled 1/72 M8 Greyhound armoured car.

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Eduard has scaled down its 1000lb JDAM in this set of eight munitions with smooth uncoated bomb bodies, making them appropriate for non-maritime aircraft worldwide, including Tornado IDS, F-16, F-22 and F-35.

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Even with modern moulding technology, reproducing chains is difficult in styrene, so this 50cm length of fine (2.1 x 1.7 x 0.4mm) links will be a boon for modellers building 1/35 armour kits and even large-scale maritime subjects.

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