AMW125, April 2021

WELCOME TO AMW125 | APRIL 2021

The April 2021 issue of Airfix Model World (AMW125) is here and you can read the full issue in page-turning PDF format or as individual features re-edited to suit the digital world. Indulge in the latest inspirational build features, browse new releases in the News and Reviews, discover the secrets of scale modelling through our step by step guides and much more.

AMW125, April 2021

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ANYONE FOR COFFEE?

Kev Baxter tackles MikroMir’s 1/72 Canberra T.17 straight from the box and enjoys using AK Interactive’s lacquer-based paints.

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TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Björn Kågner is delighted with the simple construction of Tamiya’s recent 1/35 Valentine infantry tank, finishing the model to represent one of the thousands supplied to the Soviet Union.

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WOLF PACK WARRIOR

With a package brimming with photo-etched metal and resin extras, Eduard’s limited-edition ‘Jugs over Germany’ is a one-stop shop for creating a 1/48 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, as Richard Spreckley reveals.

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ARMOURED CAT

Cristian Lupu goes Dutch with his build of Revell’s 1/35 Leopard 2A6NL, cladding it in standard NATO camouflage.

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EYE IN THE SAUDI SKY

What happens when modellers attempt to re-create aircraft that were never actually built? Mike Grant constructs a proposed AEW project from Airfix’s 1/144 de Havilland Comet 4B and S&M Models’ resin conversion set.

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THE FLYING BRICK

New contributor Oleg Makhortov is charged with NuNu’s 1/24 replica of the Volvo 240 Turbo – winner of the 1986 European Touring Car Championship race at Hockenheim, Germany.

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THE RAF’S CUTTING EDGE

Bringing supersonic capability to match Soviet MiG-15s, the Canadair Sabre was an important aircraft for the RAF in the early Cold War period. A 1/48 representation is the latest addition to Airfix’s fleet of early jet fighters, built here by Alan Price.

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SPLENDID SABRE | IN FOCUS

The superlative Canadair Sabre was the RAF’s first swept-wing jet fighter. Malcolm V Lowe relates the story of this important 1950s warplane.

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FIGHTER PHOTO STUDY

Books containing period images can be useful reference for modelling projects, and that’s the case with this work on the Luftwaffe’s Messerschmitt Bf 109.

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WRESTLING FOR CONTROL

This is the second in a four-part series covering air combat over the South Pacific during World War Two from December 1941 to September 1942.

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FINAL OFFENSIVE

This evocatively titled hardback volume charts the Soviet offensive in western Hungary and Austria between March and May 1945, providing an almost blow-by-blow account.

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SUPERSONIC POD BOMBER

Although the title suggests a focus on the units that operated the type, Osprey’s treatise on the Convair B-58 Hustler forms a comprehensive history of this supersonic bomber.

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RUSSIA'S AERIAL HUNTER

For in-depth analysis of Soviet/ Russian aviation designs, few books can rival Crécy’s Famous Russian Aircraft series, with its latest volume providing a detailed study of the Mikoyan MiG-31 (NATO nickname Foxhound).

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OUTCLASSED ON THE STEPPES

This is the first Tank Craft publication dedicated to the German Panzer III and focuses on its role in the invasion of the Soviet Union as part of Operation Barbarossa in 1941.

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'RONSON' RESOURCE

Despite its ubiquity and popularity as a modelling subject, the M4 Sherman’s variations and modifications can be confusing.

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BUBBLETOP THOROUGHBRED

The second volume in Schiffer’s Legends of Warfare series on the P-51 Mustang, this book covers airframes from the -D series onwards.

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MIDDLE EASTERN EXPLOITS

Israel has a fine pedigree of operating the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and Strike Eagle; as such, this hefty volume dedicated to the type’s history will be of interest to many fans of this capable design.

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BUILDING AVIATION LEGENDS

Those who have read any of Crowood’s modelling manuals will find the format familiar, with opening sections outlining suitable tools and equipment (including household items) plus discussion on which kits and scale to choose before delving into the subject matter itself.

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ITALIAN GREYHOUND

MMP’s Orange Series publication is dedicated to the Macchi C.205 Veltro (greyhound) fighter aircraft – a development of the firm’s preceding C.202 Folgore.

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DEMONIC FELINES

Platz’s F6F-3 Hellcat is a neat two-kit offering, with each comprising four styrene runners.

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VIETNAM WAR DUO

The latest Dogfight Double Gift Set offers a MiG-17F and A-4B plus a two-position stand, nine pots of acrylic paint, two brushes and a tube of Poly Cement.

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THREE'S A CROWD...

Kinetic’s 1/48 Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) Nesher is truly a ‘2-in-1’ product with parts to create both an ‘S’ single-seat and ‘T’ twin-position model.

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ALL-NEW NARROWBODY

Russia’s new Ikrut MC-21-300 narrowbody airliner is the subject of this 1/144 release from compatriot firm Zvezda – albeit in the guise of the first testing/prototype airframe.

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STYRENE SAILPLANE

As unpowered flight is a popular hobby and an important part of many pilot-training programmes, it’s surprising there are few kits depicting gliders; however, offerings such as Brengun’s new-tool 1/48 DG Flugzeugbau DG-1000S are addressing this gap.

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LYING DOWN ON THE JOB

Released initially under the MPM label in 2013, Special Hobby’s lovely Prone Meteor is back.

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LUFTWAFFE CASUALTIES

Released to celebrate 80 years since the Battle of Britain, Italeri’s 1/72 Heinkel He 111H contains beautiful Cartograf-printed markings for five schemes, but disappointingly, the styrene contents date back to 1976.

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TECH-TWEAKED 'TONKA'

Revell’s highly regarded 1/48 Tornado returns after a brief sojourn with Eduard and this new boxing depicts the Avionics System Software Tornado in Ada (ASSTA) 3.1 variant, in service with Germany’s Luftwaffe, and a new styrene Runner U is included for associated components.

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MANNED 'SEAGULL'

While some manufacturers include crew figures in a kit, ICM’s approach is slightly different, incorporating a separate set with its aircraft offerings, as with its I-153, which is augmented with the firm’s 32102 Soviet Pilots (1939- 1942) - best of all it’s just £2 more than the baseline product (32010).

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SOVIET ANTI-SHIPPING

As with most of its offerings, MisterCraft’s 1/72 Ilyushin Il-4T torpedo-bomber is a re-boxing; in this case a 1995-tooled TOGA kit that’s also been released by Zvezda – the four styrene runners still bear the latter’s logos.

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MINISCULE FISHBEDS

If there’s a common thread to Eduard’s recent Super44 releases, it’s the generosity when it comes to the markings and its MiG-21bis includes five multinational schemes.