AMW126, May 2021

WELCOME TO AMW126 | MAY 2021

The May 2021 issue of Airfix Model World (AMW126) 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.

AMW126, May 2021

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EXCELSIOR UPGRADES

It’s the turn of AMT’s 1994-vintage Excelsior-class USS Enterprise-B to receive an aftermarket refit, courtesy of this comprehensive photo-etched brass and resin set.

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RE-USEABLE COVERINGS

While kabuki-style tape masking is more popular than vinyl, the latter does have advantages when it comes to multiple usage, being far more robust.

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FANFARE FOR A T-TAIL

Vickers’ VC10 is one of the most easily recognisable airliner types, with its distinctive engine and tail configuration and it has been well served by kit manufacturers compared with other similar types.

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SPITFIRE REVISITED

While the first edition of this Airframe and Miniature guide was well-received by modellers, its expanded version, featuring revised and updated content makes for the perfect introduction to the Spitfire.

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YUGOSLAVIA’S ’109

Although World War Two brought about huge advances in aviation, it also curtailed many promising designs, including the Yugoslavian Rogožarski IK-3, regarded as an equal to the Bf 109E when it entered service in 1940, and the subject of this exhaustive study. 

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LAND LEVIATHANS

Pen and Sword’s Tankcraft series’ 25th volume examines the German Tiger I and II heavy tanks, providing modellers with a combination of historical research, colour profiles, a round-up of available modelling products and a gallery of build projects.

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THE MUD OFFENSIVE

This lavishly illustrated and well-written volume covers the Soviet conquest of south-eastern Europe between March and October 1944 and is packed with information.

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TRACKED GENERALS

While there may have been other books on the M3 Lee and Grant tanks, none have delved into the same level of detail as David Doyle’s encyclopaedic volume.

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POLES IN SPITS

There have been many reference books on the Supermarine Spitfire, but this MMP/Stratus offering takes a refreshingly different stance by focusing on the Mk.V variant and squadrons manned by Polish nationals during World War Two.

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BATTLESHIP TARGET

Of all the German Kriegsmarine’s vessels, the Bismarck and its sister Tirpitz were the most feared by the British during World War Two, and the campaign to sink or otherwise cripple the latter is the subject of this Air Campaign volume.

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BIRTH OF THE BUCHÓN

The Hispano Aviación HA-1112 may well be familiar to many readers from its appearances in films such as Battle of Britain, Memphis Belle, The Tuskegee Airmen and Dunkirk, where it acted as a stand-in for Bf 109s.

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KAISERLICHE CAPITAL SHIPS

Opening a Super Drawings volume has a very familiar feel, as they all follow the same well-organised format of an introduction to the subject – in this case Germany’s Brandenburg-class battleships – covering design, armament and operational history, followed by masses of digital images.

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INTERCONTINENTAL PIONEER

Many aircraft can be declared revolutionary, but if any type was more deserving of that sobriquet than others it is Boeing’s massive B-29 Superfortress, which ushered in truly intercontinental range and the atomic age.

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ARMY FIGHTER COLOURS

The author has set himself a daunting challenge with this first of the Pacific Profiles series – to document the colours and markings of Japanese Army aircraft based in New Guinea.

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BEHIND THE WHEEL

Modellers needing figures for their ANZAC Model T LCP/Utility vehicles will find ICM’s driver set ideal.

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‘RUPERT’ TANKER

Inspired by wartime artist WJP Jones’ satirical cartoons, White Whiskers No.1 is the first in a fourpiece series of caricature-type figures.

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GERMAN GROUNDCREW

Builders of German airfield dioramas will find this three-piece resin mechanic figure very useful – it is posed as if walking to/from an aircraft while carrying an open-topped wooden toolbox.

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ESSENTIAL BUSINESS

Czech kit and accessory manufacturer AB&K has released a neat instant vignette, in the form of a resin pit-type outhouse and a German soldier who is undertaking ‘essential business’ – both items are available separately (as 35002 and 35003 respectively), the latter with a rather colourful title!

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AGEING RAIDER

The first of Master Box’s post-apocalypse Desert Battle Series figures portrays a long-lived member of the Skull Clan named Vadim.

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MOVING TO POSITION

ICM’s third SWAT Team figure is posed as if moving forward with an M4 rifle in the ready position, alert to any potential threat.

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AFRICAN RACER

Italeri has re-released ESCI’s 1/24 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC as raced in the 1979 Rallye Bandama, an event infamous for its arduous conditions.

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SLEEK COUPÉ

Here’s the return of Airfix’s 1/32 Maserati Indy, first released in 1973, when the real vehicle (which was named for the company’s 1939 and 1940 Indy 500 wins) was still in production.

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MAKING A SPLASH

With 11 styrene runners, separate bodyshell and floorpan, vinyl mesh and four hollow tyres, Hobby NuNu’s Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo makes a colourful splash in its Team Ralliart 1982 Rally of 1000 Lakes livery.

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EUROPEAN HAULER

Italeri’s latest IVECO Hi-Way truck has an established pedigree, being based on the Stralis chassis/body.

BIRD OF PREY BONANZA

Sci-fi modellers are in for a real treat with Greenstrawberry’s latest Fruitpack release, as it combines two separate sets to upgrade AMT’s Klingon B’Relclass Bird of Prey.

ZOUKEI-MURA IN 2021/22

Following last month’s release round-up, the focus is on Japanese aircraft kit specialist Zoukei-Mura, which has announced a busy schedule for the year.

MORE FOR YOUR SPITFIRE

Aftermarket specialist Alleycat Models has just announced a series of resin accessories designed to upgrade Airfix’s newly tooled 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Vc.

NUNU RACERS

Japanese firm Hobby NuNu’s latest 1/24 auto releases include a return of its Volvo 240 Turbo and a new tooling in the shape of a BMW 320i (E46) tourer.

DECAL-FORM DETAIL

Modelling is one of those hobbies where new innovations are seized upon eagerly, and flexible 3D-printed decals are a logical step from the ways 3D-printed parts are created.

TRUCKS, BLADES AND BUGGIES

Hong Kong firm Gecko Models’ products are now available in the UK via Tiger Hobbies, with the three latest releases featuring British Army-related vehicles and figures.