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FLAT IRON SPECIAL

Richard Spreckley converts Airfix’s 1/48 Gloster Javelin FAW.9 to represent XH897, the last of the type to fly in RAF service.

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CENTURION TYPHOON

Using Revell’s 1/48 Eurofighter kit, Chris Jones builds Typhoon ZK340 – the aircraft in which Roger Cruickshank won the Distinguished Flying Cross on Operation Shader.

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LEATHERNECK SABRES

This is the first of two Fury kits from Kitty Hawk and represents the FJ-2 variant, as used by the US Marine Corps and several Naval Reserve units.

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KAMIKAZE TRAINER

Brengun has continued its fascinating range of quarter-scale Ohka flying bombs with the two-seat Kai variant, which was used as a trainer.

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HIGH-FLIER

This excellent four-piece resin figure depicts a US pilot fitted with a pressure suit, making it suitable for high-altitude capable platforms such as the SR-71/A-12/YF-12 Blackbird and U-2.

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IMPORTED FULCRUMS

The Polish Air Force has operated Mikoyan MiG-29s (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) since 1989.

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'LAWN DART' LIVERIES

Several of the schemes depicted in Xtradecal’s 1/48 Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Collection Part Two are ‘upscaled’ versions of those included in its 1/72 version (see April 2020, p.89), but this also means the superb quality is retained.

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STORMING WELLS

Those unsatisfied with the refinement in Airfix’s Sea Fury will find plenty to savour in Barracuda’s gorgeous resin upgrades, notably those for the undercarriage bays.

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GALLIC WIZARDRY

Designed in competition with US-made AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, Matra’s R.550 Magic (Missile Auto-Guidé Interception et Combat) weapons are the subject of this Eduard Brassin set.

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TOMCAT TWEAKS

While much praise has been heaped on Tamiya’s F-14D, there are certain aspects that are challenging to render convincingly in styrene, so Eduard’s photo-etched brass set is most welcome.