AMW124, March 2021

AMW124, March 2021

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CANNON-ARMED LEGEND

This is just the second iteration of Revell’s recent 1/72 Spitfire, depicting the Mk.Vb variant as opposed to a Mk.IIa in the initial release.

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IMPROVED AEROBATICS

Released at the same time as its three-bladed ‘cousin’ (see Reviews, AMW 122 January 2021), this neat Brengun kit provides the same styrene parts on two runners, plus seven finely cast resin components for the four-bladed propeller and spinner.

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AUSSIE GROUND ATTACK

Special Hobby’s Boomerang returns for a third release, with the single runner augmented by resin wheels and a ‘hedgehog-style’ exhaust.

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EARLY 'EMIL'

Eduard’s superb 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109E has been re-issued as a styrene-only Weekend Edition, appearing as the first variant in this ‘family’ of sub-types: the machine gun-armed E-1.

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DUTCH FIGHTER

It’s a welcome return for Kinetic’s 1/48 F-5A kit and while the styrene parts, presented on seven runners, are unchanged, this latest iteration provides markings for Dutch, Norwegian and Spanish airframes.

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BEST HERC YET

Until recently there wasn’t a truly accurate 1/72 C-130 Hercules kit available – fortunately, Zvezda has now filled this gap with aplomb.

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ALLISON-ENGINED 'KITTYS'

AMT’s Curtiss P-40 returns in another Italeri re-boxing.

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DUSTY GENERAL

This re-boxing of Academy’s M3 Grant by Airfix provides the same styrene parts as previous iterations, which are presented on eight runners plus a separate one-piece lower hull and single-length vinyl tracks.

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POST 'TOTEM POLE'

Takom’s newly tooled 1/72 Chieftain tank has been awaited eagerly by fans of British Cold War armour, and the firm’s Mk.10/11 dual-boxing has now arrived.

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OPEN-TOPPED DEMAG

Arguably, Demag’s Sd.Kfz.10 was the most common half-track used by German forces during World War Two, and its popularity continues in kit form – Special Armour is the latest firm to offer this vehicle in 1/72 scale, with a re-box of the MK 72 product.

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PROTECTION CONUNDRUM

Dragon’s latest Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H offering is slightly misleading in that it depicts a late-production vehicle with Schürzen plates, so the titular Zimmerit is just for the glacis and front/rear-facing panels – the turret and rest of hull are plain.

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ROMAN ARTILLERY

Italeri has paired newly tooled components with 1973-vintage parts to produce a 1/35 Semovente da 75/18 self-propelled gun, depicting a post-1943 Carro Armarto M15/42 version.

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MOBILE DEFENDER

The latest version of IBG’s Lancia 3Ro is effectively a two-for-one offering as it combines the basic chassis of the firm’s splendid truck kit with all-new parts for a flatbed-mounted 90/53 90mm anti-aircraft gun.

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GALLIC TOWING

ICM’s 1/35 Lastkraftwagen 3.5t AHN (35416) has been paired with the firm’s German Drivers (35642) to form another value-for-money package.

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FAR-EASTERN U-BOATS

While the use of submarines during World War Two is typically associated with German forces, the Imperial Japanese Navy also operated this technology, and its Type B1 craft are the subject of this Kagero monograph

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'FAKE WAR' CLASHES

This addition to Helion’s Latin America@War series is the second in a three-part treatise on air combat between Ecuador and Peru.

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CAPITAL BLOCKADE

Kamen Nevenkin’s monograph is a true magnus opus on the siege of Budapest, which lasted for 50 days between December 1944 and February 1945.

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FORK-TAILED FIGHTER

While the introduction to this well-researched volume on Lockheed’s twin-engined fighter describes it as addressing the type’s inception, operational and post-war service, the majority of pages are devoted to its use in combat.

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REVOLUTIONARY LIVERIES

MMP has been at the forefront of an increase in books covering the camouflage and markings used by various countries’ air forces, and its treatise on Russian liveries between 1909-22 has been completed by this fourth volume.

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YAMAMOTO'S ENDGAME

The Imperial Japanese Navy Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is widely considered one of the best World War Two tacticians, and those with an interest in this figure should consider this study of the last attack he planned before his death: Operation I-Go. 

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WAR IN THE EAST AND WEST

This second of what will be a five-volume collection on World War Two has been timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of that global conflict and follows the author’s similar five-part tribute to World War One.

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AFTERMARKET TECHNIQUES

With many kits now adding resin and photo-etched metal extras as standard, skills that used to be associated with those interested in super-detailing their models are increasingly becoming mainstream, so Robin Carpenter’s book is well timed.

CROWDFUNDING SUCCESS

Following an appeal to its supporters, The Tank Museum has announced generous donations have meant £5,000 has been raised to fund the repair of the World War Two Churchill Mk.III* tank in its care.

MORE MERLIN SPITS!

Hot on the tail of its new guide to the Hawker Hurricane, Valiant Wings has announced its Airframe & Miniature reference to the Merlin-engined Supermarine Spitfire is to be re-released as an expanded second edition.