AMW123, February 2021

AMW123, February 2021

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NAVAL TRAINING

Belgian firm PJ Production has released this simple but effective 1/48 Hawker Hunter conversion set, which allows modellers to transform Airfix’s new-tool F.6 offerings into GA.11 airframes – as used by the Royal Navy for weapons training.

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Most modern jets usually carry training stores more often than bombs and missiles, so it’s great to see Eduard providing the US Air Force and Navy’s standard practice bomb carrier, the SUU-20.

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HIGHWAY TONES

Here’s a great set of acrylic paints for diorama builders, with six colours matched to various road/track/building shades, from mortar to asphalt and concrete.

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LONG-RANGE REFINEMENT

Zvezda’s 1/144 Boeing 777-300ER (also re-boxed by Revell) is the subject of BOA Decals’ photo-etched metal upgrade, which appears to have been developed by now-defunct firm ExtraTech.

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‘TURKEY’ TUB TREATS

Creating realistic instrument panels can be challenging, so Eduard’s Löök series is a boon, offering pre-coloured consoles on 3D-printed resin.

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SCALE SOFT DRINKS

Perfect for a 1/35 scale modern-era unloading scene, or populating the cargo area of a commercial vehicle, Matho Models’ cardboard boxes depict crates of popular soft drinks, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Fanta and Schweppes.

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LATIN AMERICAN SCOOTERS

With the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict fast approaching, Santiago Rivas’s informative depiction of the Argentine Air Force and Navy’s A-4 Skyhawks makes for an engrossing read.

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SPRING AWAKENING

Works covering German offensives in Hungary during 1945 are scarce, but this volume from Peko examines this topic in detail.

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ADMIRAL TOM’S CAT

While there’s no shortage of references covering Grumman’s F-14 Tomcat variable-geometry interceptor, Guideline’s 126th Warpaint publication is sure to be popular.

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REGAL TONES

From a historical aspect, the Balkans is a fascinating subject, particularly the Kingdom of Yugoslavia between the two world wars, and it is this time period that’s covered in the first in a series on the Yugoslavian Air Force.

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GOD OF THE SEA

Modellers with Boeing P-8A Poseidon kits from Hasegawa or Welsh Models – plus those attempting a resin replica or conversion project – will appreciate this superb guide to the maritime patrol and anti-submarine aircraft, based on the firm’s 737 airliner.

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MEDITERRANEAN AIR POWER

The evolution of the RAF’s close air support to army units during World War Two is a complex subject, and this volume – the first in a two-part series – delves into its origins.

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EUROPEAN FIGHTBACK

Pen & Sword’s Images of War collection offers modellers a wealth of period photographs that are ideal for reference or inspiration, and this addition to the series covers the Allied liberation of much of Western Europe in the second half of 1944.

MARTIN-BAKERS AS MARKINGS

AFTERMARKET DECAL supplier Kits-World has revealed an innovative solution for adding refinement to model aircraft interiors in the form of its 3D-Relief markings.

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LONG-BARRELLED PANZERS

Fitting the KwK 40 L/43 anti-tank gun to Panzer IV Ausf. Fs resulted in the amended designation F2 (subsequently renamed Ausf. G after three months’ production), and these tanks are the subject of Star Decals’ 1/35 set.

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BALTIC BATTLERS

Modellers with an interest in World War Two-era Axis armour outside of Germany will appreciate Star Decals’ collection of Bulgaria-deployed vehicles, which features a varied mix of types.

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CROATIAN STATE MACHINES

Star Decals’ first collection of markings for World War Two vehicles based in the Balkan region is devoted to Croatian machinery, including ex-German, Italian and Polish armoured fighting vehicles.

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AFRICANS IN ITALY

Sherman tanks are popular subjects due to their ubiquity, having been operated by most Allied forces during World War Two; among these, South African (SA) machines make for an unusual project and modellers so inclined will find these Star Decals markings of interest.

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UNDER THE BONNET

Although Eduard’s 1/48 Focke-Wulf Fw 190s are well regarded, this set from the firm’s Brassin range is an eye-catching upgrade for the A-8 version, as it supplies the upper-cowling machine guns plus a wealth of engine detail visible below these armaments.

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ENEMY DEFENCE SUPPRESSOR

Eduard’s 1/48 Air Launched Anti-Radiation Missile (ALARM) set is suitable for RAF Tornado GR.1/4s and a trials EF-3 before the munition’s 2013 retirement, plus Royal Saudi Air Force machines, which still use the Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) weapons.

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SPIT 'SHOES'

Modellers seeking refinement for Tamiya’s 1/32 Spitfire Mk.IX may wish to consider these resin wheels from Eduard’s Brassin range.

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ANTI-BIRD PROTECTION

Designed to combat the American-designed MIM-23 Hawk missile, the Soviet SPS-141 electronic countermeasures pod is the subject of Eduard’s Brassin set, intended for its 1/72 MiG-21 kits.

HURRICANE GUIDE HITS!

WITH THE arrival of Valiant Wings’ new Airframe & Miniature guide to the Hawker Hurricane imminent, the publisher has unveiled a sneak preview of the contents.