At several first glance, notable there absences were at this year’s Nuremberg Toy Fair, including Hasegawa, Kinetic and Takom, but these were balanced by the first-time presence of firms such as Copper State Models, SMER and Dora Wings.

IBG Models won many plaudits with its lovely 1/72 PZL.11s, and looks set to do the same with its highly detailed 1/32 offering of this early World War Two fighter.

The great news for modellers was that there were plenty of new announcements and quite a few surprises. These included the unveiling of the first 1/35 Cromwell Mk.IV test-shot from Airfix and newly tooled offerings from IBG Models and Eduard in the shape of a 1/32 PZL.11 and 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I respectively.

Italeri devoted a large amount of display space for its 1/24 Scania Streamline 143H, highlighting the various colour schemes and newly tooled parts.

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