ACCESSORIES

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SUCCESSOR NUKE

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Poseideon C3 SLBM By: Belcher Bits

Item no: BL-22 Price: C$34.99

Web: www.belcherbits.com

This is another great subject from Belcher Bits, in the form of the UGM- 73 Poseidon sub-launched ballistic missile; it comprises seven well-cast resin parts and a piece of strip styrene. Both first-stage pieces and the single second-stage component will need a small flat sanded for the separate cable ducts. As with other missiles in this range, the nozzle also acts as the base, and this will make for an uncommon display; perhaps the biggest challenge will be replicating the filament-wound fibrereinforced plastic casing!

DROOPED FLAPS

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BAC Lightning F.1/F.1A/F.2/F.3

By: CMK Item no: 4346 Price: €12

Web: www.cmkkits.com

Modellers seeking to deflect the control surfaces on their Airfix/ Eduard 1/48 Lightnings will find CMK’s dedicated resin product ideal. It comprises five wellcast components, and provides replacement flaps, ailerons and rudder. Clear guidance is given as to where to cut the kit styrene, after which the resin items are then added at the desired ‘angle of dangle’.

STUKA INNARDS

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Ju 87B-2/R-2 By: Eduard

Item no: 49894 Price: €22.95

Web: www.eduard.com

Designed for Airfix’s new Ju 87B-2/R- 2, this photo-etched brass and prepainted metal update adds a wealth of detail to the interior and open wing gun bay. Most attention is paid to the cockpit, with a new instrument panel, radio rack and sidewall consoles, plus map cases, magazine drum 'faces', equipment boxes and throttles. The bomb-aiming window is a clever single-piece design, and there is a new panel and spar details for the port wing gun bay.

SHIPBORNE DEFENCES

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Russia Kashtan CIWS By: Veteran Models

Item no: VTM35075 Price: £14

Web: Veteran Models (Facebook)

Veteran’s stunning resin, photo-etched and turned brass accessory will enhance any Trumpeter or Orange Hobby modern Russian/Soviet combatants greatly, offering four baseline Kashtan and one improved Kashtan-M combined gun and missile system. The resin casting is exquisite, with delicate detail and grille representations; each unit comprises 20-plus components and highlights include two-piece feed horns and individual turned brass gun barrels.

UPGRADED PATROL BOAT

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PT-109 By: Eduard

Item no: 53215 Price: €25.95

Web: www.eduard.com

Revell’s newly tooled PT-109 gets a serious makeover from Eduard’s photo-etched brass and steel package. The deck is the main focus, and this receives new torpedo mounts, cleats, open/ closed hatches, life-ring mounts and multiple structural braces, rails and window surrounds…a pre-painted steel US ensign provides the finishing touch. The interior isn’t neglected either, with a new control panel for the driver’s position and replacement chart rack.

FIGHTER MAGICIAN

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MATRA Magic 1/2 By: PJ Production

Item no: 481222 Price: €10.50

Web: www.pj-production.be

Modellers with Mirage III/5s will find this set of Magic air-to-air missiles the perfect accompaniment. There are sufficient parts for two weapons, and rear fins are supplied for either Magic 1 or 2 versions (the latter have a leading-edge notch). However, the standout item is the single-piece pylon and launch rails, with the latter cast at the correct angle; these are drop-in replacements for the styrene pylons, and it’s an easy upgrade.

MARKET SELLER

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Greengrocer Trolley By: Plus Model

Item no: 513 Price: €15.40

Web: www.plusmodel.cz

Here’s an item sure to enliven any village/market scene, and Plus Model has rendered its greengrocer’s trolley in lasercut wood and resin. There are nine components in the latter material, and all are finely cast, notably the boxes of vegetables (carrots, onions, melon and cucumbers) and flower pots. However the cart is the standout item, and comprises 13 wooden parts, plus three resin pieces for the wheels and axle.

PANZER CATERPILLARS

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Tracks for Pz.III/IV 36cm By: OKB Grigorov

Item no: S48062 Price: €15

Web: www.shop.okbgrigorov.com

While there may not be many quarter-scale Panzers, modellers seeking greater accuracy and refinement to the kit parts should appreciate OKB Grigorov’s resin replacements. They are supplied in six lengths (three per side) and feature stunning detail, notably the hollow track guide teeth and track pins, while the outer tread is rendered faithfully. As with the firm’s other track sets, these should be joined, immersed in hot water and then shaped to the running gear.

GUDERIAN’S BRAINCHILD

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Panzer IV Ausf.H

By: Eduard Item no: 36382

Price: €22.95 Web: www.eduard.com

Academy’s newly tooled Panzer IV is a big improvement over previous iterations, but lacks refinement in several areas. Eduard’s single photoetched brass fret covers most of these issues, principally the finer exterior details, such as mud guard flaps, tool and equipment clasps, spare link brackets, a replacement jack block and associated mount, spare wheels holder and engine vent covers. There are even short lengths of chain for the front and rear towing points. A separate Schürzen set (36383) is also available.

SCENERY BEGINNERS

Static Grass Starter Set

By: Gaugemaster

Item no: GM196 Price: £9.95

Web: www.gaugemaster.com

Gaugemaster’s static grass starter set novice diorama builders, providing everything necessary to replicate a field/ garden. A 50ml bottle of PVA is complemented by a bag of Summer Grass (GM171) and a Scenic Puffer bottle, into which the grass is decanted and then blown over the brush-applied adhesive. This product is ideal for 1/72 and smaller, but could easily be applied as ‘infill’ for larger scale scenes.

EXPLOSIVES CARRIERS

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B167 Ammunition Boxes By: Dan Taylor Modelworks

Item no: C-76127

Price: £3

Web: dantaylormodelworks.com

British B167 ammo boxes were a common sight during World War Two, being used to carry grenades and 2in mortar rounds. This photo-etched brass set offers sufficient parts for four containers with handles, each being a single piece item, which must then be folded into shape. The boxes are also available without handles (C-76218).

FLOGGER ‘OFFICE’

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MiG-23MF By: Yahu Models

Item no: YMA4854 Price: £4.30

Web: www.yahumodels.siemianowice.com

Modellers with Trumpeter MiG- 23s on their workbench who want a well-detailed cockpit, but don’t have the necessary skill to hand-paint the instrument panel and side consoles, will welcome Yahu’s replacements. As with the rest of its ‘Juststick’ range, the main item is pre-painted and assembled, with gloss finish on the dials to represent glass. Side consoles and wall details are supplied on a small photo-etched metal fret, and once removed should be attached to the bare plastic once any moulded detail has been removed.

TURBO TOMCATS

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F-14A P&W Exhaust Nozzle By: KA Models

Item no: MA-48022 Price: US$38

Web: www.ka-models.com

Just when you thought jet exhaust accessories couldn’t improve, KA Models raises the bar even higher. Its eightpiece drop-in replacement set for 1/48 Hasegawa/ Tamiya F-14As supplies two complete afterburner sections plus nozzles; the former has horizontally split halves, and a separate single-piece blade/fuel injector. The nozzles are similarly impressive, with wafer-thin sides and delicate engraved detail on the outer faces.

NAVAL TEMPEST

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Hawker Sea Fury Complete Cockpit By: BarracudaCast

Item no: BR48347 Price: US$17.95

Web: www.barracudacals.com

Airfix’s Sea Fury is taken to the next level by Barracuda’s purposedesigned cockpit set, which replaces the styrene items in their entirety with 25 beautifully cast resin components. Clear guidance is given as to how the kit is modified before adding the new parts, plus how additional features, such as the upper sections of the seat harness, can be scratch-built easily. There is a profusion of extra detail supplied here, with cockpit cabling, throttle levers, and side console relief all replicated faithfully.

EXHAUST PETALS

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Star Destroyer Deflector Flaps By: Green Strawberry

Item no: 05518 Price: US$21.79

Web: www.greenstrawberry.cz

Good as the Zvezda/Revell 1/2700 Star Destroyers are, they lack detail in certain areas, and while Greenstrawberry offers a complete replacement (03417), modellers on a limited budget may prefer its photo-etched brass upgrade instead. Each ‘flap’ comprises ten parts, with the angled supports attaching to a common frame, which attaches to the kit’s styrene exhaust nozzles. A helpful alignment guide is also supplied, to help replicate this conspicuous feature on the classic Imperial Fleet warship.

HAWK’S CLAWS

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P-40E/K/M/N Armament By: CMK

Item no: 7287 Price: €7.80

Web: www.cmkkits.com

Special Hobby’s lovely P-40s were always intended as a baseline, to which a modeller could add detail as desired, via extras from CMK. This 18-piece resin upgrade offers two complete gun bays plus associated ammunition boxes, for which panels in the upper and lower wing halves must be removed. The detail is excellent throughout, notably on the six .50 cal gun bodies, while all external panels are commendably thin; the lower items feature accurate bulges for the breeches, plus spent shell ejection slots.

GUSTAV PEW

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Bf 109G-6 Cockpit

By: Eduard

Item no: 648405 Price: €29.95

Web: www.eduard.com

Comprising 24 resin and photoetched brass and metal components (the latter are pre-painted), this is a comprehensive cockpit upgrade for Tamiya’s quarter-scale Bf 109G- 6, replacing the styrene parts in their entirety. The benefits of the cast pieces over the kit styrene is apparent, with finer detail and the inclusion of actuator cables and small instruments and levers, and the set caters for early and late- Gustavs. Minor surgery is required on the kit before Eduard’s parts can be added, but this is indicated clearly in the instructions.

NIGHT FIGHTER ANTENNAS

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Fug-220 Lichtenstein SN2

By: Brengun

Item no: BRL48092

Price: €4.04

Web: www.brengun.cz

Brengun’s photo-etched brass fret supplies sufficient components for a single cruciform-configured Lichtenstein SN2 radar array, as used on Ju 88C/R/G, Me 110G, He 219 and Ta 154V15 night fighters. While these are delicate items, they have greater strength and finer detail than styrene equivalents and would be excellent replacements for lost/ damaged items.

MUDDY FORD BOOTS

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‘Panasport’ Minilite Wheels

By: Motobitz

Item no: MBA24006 Price: £14

Web: www.motobitz.uk

These coloured resin products are designed for Belkits’ Escort Mk.I kits and provide four examples of 13in diameter ‘Panasport’ Minilite wheels and tarmac rally tyres. The former each comprise two parts (for inner and outer rims), plus an axle stub, while the latter are supplied in black and feature convincing tread. Motobitz also supplies several decal sheets for rally event Ford Escorts in various colourful liveries.

HI-TECH GOODIES

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Cardboard boxes – Electronic Devices

By: Matho Models

Item no: 35065 Price: €6.95

Web: www.mathomodels.com

Here’s another great cargo/ stowage option from Matho Models, although given the subject matter, it’s more likely to be a Fast and Furious-type scene than military. The A5 sheet supplies cut-outs for 22 boxes in total, featuring various branded televisions (four), laptop (six) and desk-top (two) computers, cassette decks (six) and games consoles (four). Each must be removed and folded, before being stowed as required.

MITCHELL DELIGHTS

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B-25 Strafer Cockpit Detail Set

By: Profimodeller

Item no: 32093

Price: €17.43

Web: www.profimodeller.com

Hong Kong Models’ B-25s are regarded as superb kits, but modellers seeking ultimate detail levels will find Profimodeller’s multi-media cockpit very useful. Rather than replacing everything en-masse, this resin and photo-etched brass package concentrates on specific areas, including the instrument panel, central console, gunsight, overhead controls, rudder pedals and seat harnesses.

VSTOL MANOEUVERING

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Harrier GR.7A Control Surfaces

By: CMK

Item no: 7364 Price: €10.80

Web: www.cmkkits.com

This Harrier GR.7A product is identical to CMK’s GR.9A control surfaces (7372) and is intended for Airfix’s 1/72 GR.7/9 kit. It’s actually applicable to all second-generation Harriers, as the flaps, ailerons and rudder were unchanged, despite the various designation changes. Cast in grey resin, the flaps are superior to the kit items as they split the drooped section and upper panel, while the styrene ailerons and rudder must be removed before fitting the CMK replacements.

‘WHAT-IF’ INTERCEPTOR

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Blohm-Voss Bv 155B V1 Canopy Mask

By: MH Models

Item no: X72020 Price: €3

Web: www.mhmodels.cz

The glazing on Special Hobby’s Bv 155 is a typical German ‘greenhouse’, with multiple small panes, so MH Models’ self-adhesive mask set is most welcome. It’s made from a vinylbased material, so should be far less prone to tearing than Kabuki-tape versions.

EARLY JET PROBES

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Su-7 (Fitter-A) Pitots and 30mm Gun Barrels

By: Master Model

Item no: AM-72-103 Price: £5.30

Web: www.master-model.pl

Modelsvit and KP early Fitters benefit from Master’s resin and turned brass barrels and pitot set, providing both fuselage and wingmounted airflow sensors and the wing-root cannon muzzles. The former is a three-piece assembly, which sandwiches the resin attitude sensor vanes between the airspeed sensor and rear tube. Assembly is simple, with the kit items then removed and a small pilot hole drilled, into which the aftermarket item is inserted and secured with Super Glue.

METAL LEGS

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Sea Fury Brass Landing Gear - Early

By: BarracudaCast

Item no: BR48345 Price: US$18.95

Web: www.barracudacals.com

One issue with adding resin conversions/upgrades to kits is the extra weight, but thankfully Barracuda has supplied cast-brass undercarriage struts (main and tailwheel) and retraction arms for Airfix’s 1/48 Sea Fury. While minor fettling may be required to ensure a snug fit, and a modicum of neatening may be required before assembly, the quality of these parts is far superior to any styrene or white metal equivalents.

BOMBER BLING

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Tu-95MS Bear-H

By: Brengun

Item no: BRL72143 Price: €10.14

Web: www.brengun.cz

Brengun’s photo-etched metal Bear-H upgrade is intended for Trumpeter’s impressive kit, and offers enhancements for the cockpit (instrument panels, side consoles and throttles), undercarriage and associated bays (brake housings/cables and door linings/hinges) and a selection of airframe antennas. There are even static-discharge rods for the wing, horizontal and vertical stabiliser tips, plus a diminutive single-piece rear light protector cage.

MOBILE OVERHAULS

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Para Lightweight Trailer ‘Electrical Repair’

By: ResiCAST

Item no: 35.1270 Price: €35.50

Web: www.resicast.com

ResiCAST has followed its machinery version of the Trailer, 10cwt, Lightweight, General Service (see February 2018, p.94) with the electrical repair variant, as used by Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers attached to airborne units during World War Two. It comprises more than 60 well-cast pieces, and these provide a wealth of equipment for the trailer, including test-benches for vehicle electrics, a standmounted drill (which can be posed raised/stowed), valve grinder, large work lamp, portable benches and several stowage boxes.

SCENE SETTER

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Rough Ground Display Base

By: adH Models

Item no: N/A Price: £7

Web: www.admmodels.co.uk

AdM’s resin bases are a boon for small-scale diorama builders. Cast in pale tan resin, this ‘Rough Ground’ example offers a surface that could easily be adapted for a multitude of environments and would be suitable for either 1/72 or 1/76 kits/figures…of even as a larger-scale vignette. Its generic form and relief means it could be used either on its own, or in conjunction with other adM bases for a bigger scene.

FIRE SUPPRESSOR

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Flightline Extinguisher

By: Plus Model

Item no: AL4067

Price: €14.90

Web: www.plusmodel.cz

Plus Model can always be relied on to supply everyday diorama items, and its Trimax 30 CAF (compressed air foam) fire extinguisher is a delight. This unit is use at many civilian airports, but also with the US military, among other operators. There are 38 finely cast resin components, lengths of copper and lead wire, and a single photo-etched brass fret and decal sheet, which build into a faithful replica of an increasingly common flight line fire extinguisher.

LASER DESIGNATOR

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ATLIS Super Etendard

By: L’Arsenal Item no: AC 48 92

Price: €5.95 Web: www.larsenal.com

L’Arsenal’s great value resin accessory is perfect for any quarter-scale Super Etendard and supplies a two-piece ATLIS laser designator pod, plus separate ADP 180 centreline pylon. Once the parts have been removed from their casting blocks, minimal neatening is required, while the level of detail is excellent, notably on the designator’s hinged cover.

NORDIC CONVERSION

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Blenheim Mk.II Finnish AF 2.Serie

By: CMK

Item no: 7345 Price: €15.80

Web: www.cmkkits.com

While Airfix’s Blenheim Mk.I is great for portraying aircraft flown by most operators, it needs work to replicate Finnish Serie.2 airframes, which had deepened bomb bay doors. CMK’s neat resin conversion addresses this shortfall with a great value 21-piece ensemble that replaces the entire styrene unit with crisply cast alternatives, including new doors, central bulkhead and Finnish-style landing lights.

DELTA UPGRADE

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F-106A

By:

Eduard

Item no:

73631 Price: €22.45

Web:

www.eduard.com