AMW124, March 2021

AMW124, March 2021

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Airbrushing Part 3 - Under Pressure

AIRBRUSHING PART 3 - Under Pressure. By far the most important and costly piece of equipment a budding airbrush artist will buy is a compressor. Here, Jay Blakemore explains why, even armed with the best of airbrushes, good results will be difficult to obtain without an appropriate source of propulsion

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A LIGHT IN THE DARK

Polish firm IBG Models’ recent 1/700 ships are a splendid way of transitioning from basic styrene kits to the use of photo-etched brass enhancements, as evidenced in its HMS Glowworm - built here by AMW's Stu Fone.

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COMMEMORATIVE VIPER ZERO

Duncan Cooke examines the extra refinement available in Hasegawa’s limited-edition 1/48 Mitsubishi F-2A ‘Detail Up Version’.

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SPITTING IMAGE

EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: A delighted Chris Jones gets stuck into Eduard’s hotly anticipated 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I, not once, but twice!

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TITCHY TANKETTE

Joe Turner tackles Bronco Models’ diminutive 1/35 Carro Armato L35/c, as fitted with the Swiss-designed Solothurn gun for North African operations.

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Return of the Fire God

After a wait of almost 38 years, Airfix has released a newly tooled 1/72 Avro Vulcan B Mk.2. Andy Davies takes a close look at what is on offer.

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D-DAY BOMBARDIER

Airfix’s HMS Belfast is undergoing something of a recent renaissance, with a Vintage Classics release (A04212V, see Reviews, AMW114 May 2020) and now as a Gift Set package.

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TIN LIZZIE TOURER

ICM’s 1/24 Model T Ford has been released in various guises since its initial offering in 2014, and this value-for-money package combines the five-seat ‘Touring’ version (24002) with the company’s American Motorist figures (24013) for less than buying both sets separately.

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A DARING AFLOAT

The Type 45, or Daring-class destroyer, was Airfix’s third 1/350 ship kit and returns after an absence of eight years: it is a straightforward re-release with unchanged parts and decals.

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HEAVY METAL HAULER

Having catered for Kiss and AC/DC fans, Revell has now re-released the Monogram Kenworth with markings for British rock legends Motörhead, and the scale is consistent with its other heavy metal-associated releases.

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IMPERIAL GLORY

The Vintage Classics range has been a boon for fans of Airfix’s sailing ship kits, and the latest to join the ‘armada’ is the 1/144 Swedish warship Wasa.

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SNAP-FIT SPORTSCAR

Here’s an offering that’s perfect for attracting a younger ‘petrolhead’ to the world of modelling, in the form of Airfix’s new-tool Quickbuild Audi TT Coupé, depicting the third (and final) generation of this German sportscar.

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NÜRBURGRING LEGEND

Here’s another blast from the past in the shape of a re-boxed Protar Porsche 956 in Italeri packaging.

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GLOBAL CARRIER

After an absence of more than a decade, Airfix’s 1/600 HMS Victorious is back in Vintage Classics packaging.

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EARLY SCOOTER DATA

MILSPEC’s stencil set is ideal for any early-model A-4 Skyhawk in high-visibility colours, providing sufficient items for a single airframe, but also offering variations on ejection seat and intake warning labels, plus three different styles of ‘Rescue’ arrows.

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ULTIMATE INTERCEPTORS

Fündekals has released this set of aftermarket markings for 1/48 Convair F-106 Delta Darts, including the famous ‘Cornfield Bomber’ (58-0787), which crash-landed almost intact after Captain Gary Faust ejected from the jet.

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COLD WAR POLES

ToRo’s third collection of early Cold War Polish Army vehicles is an eclectic mix of tanks, self-propelled artillery, armoured personnel carriers and staff/utility cars.

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INVERSE OPERATIONS

Modellers can replicate the unusual ‘inverted’ livery worn by the Belgian Air Force’s solo display F-16AM during the 2009 airshow season, thanks to these markings from Syhart Decal – sampled in 1/72 here, but also available in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/144 (32/48/144-082, respectively).

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SMALL-SCALE STIPPLING

Replicating the mottled or stippled finishes on small-scale models can be challenging.

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MIL'S KROKODIL

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DEUTSCHE FALKEN

Brazilian firm LPS Hobby’s range of markings for 1/72 Curtiss P-36 Hawks – otherwise known as Hawk 75s – includes this set, which caters for those aircraft in Luftwaffe markings that were captured from French forces during the early stages of World War Two.

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WARRING HOOLIGANS

Modellers wanting to build quarter-scale F-104A/C/Gs that flew in combat will find this superb collection of seven airframes from Iliad of great use, although two of these machines were shot down by enemy forces.

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LOW-COST CARRIER

While the airline itself is long gone, having shut down in 2000, Decales Global’s delightful decals will enable modellers to reproduce one of Mexican carrier TAESA’s Boeing 737-200 airframes.

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STRUCTURAL SUPPORT

Modellers with Eduard’s 1/72 Fokker D.VII in their stash will appreciate this aftermarket release from the Czech firm, as it provides blue-toned ribbing tape for all areas of the aircraft requiring this covering, which supports the underlying structure on the real aircraft.

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POSTER BOY MARKINGS

Fans of Lockheed’s P-38 Lightning will appreciate Exito Decals’ 1/48 markings, which follow the firm’s usual format of combining terrific waterslide transfers with stunning instruction ‘posters’ suitable for framing.

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FIRST REPUBLIC FLIGHT

Blue Rider Decals has produced markings for nine aircraft operated in Austria following the conclusion of World War One.

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EARLY 'EMIL' DISPLAY

Although similar to its other 1/32 Bf 109 displays, this set from Yahu Models has been tweaked so it will fit offerings from Eduard and Cyber Hobby/Dragon, as well as featuring the RLM 02 Grau colour.

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NEAT CUTS

While ‘tenon-style’ razor saws are popular, they aren’t suitable for getting into smaller spaces, so ASK’s unit, which comes with two grades of teeth spacing (extra-and ultra-smooth) is ideal.

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THOROUGHBRED BOOTS

Although designed for Revell’s recent 1/32 P-51 Mustang, BarracudaCast’s replacement mainwheels are suitable for any representation of the thoroughbred fighter in this scale.

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METALLIC TONES

The second set in LifeColor’s Perfect Metal range is dedicated to those hues found on aircraft, whether that’s a natural metal finish or heat-stained sections around exhausts.