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SPEEDY BIG CAT

Following re-boxings by Revell, Testors and Heller, Italeri has reissued its 1/24 Jaguar XJ220 for the first time since the initial release in 1992.

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DRIVING ‘TOPLESS’

Having delighted many modellers with its newly tooled 1/24 E-Type Jaguar coupé in 2020, Revell has brought forth a roadster version that’s sure to be just as popular with automotive enthusiasts. 

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TWO-WHEELED DESERT PACHYDERM

Italeri’s acquisition of Protar’s moulds has been an absolute boon for motorcycle modellers, especially when it involves such large-scale classics as the 1/9 Cagiva Elephant 850, a type synonymous with the Paris-Dakar race during the 1980s and 1990s.

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SPECIAL HAULER

Italeri’s Turbostar Special is a mix of old and new – most parts date back to one of the type’s earliest offerings (kit 796 from 1991) as the Turbostar, but the original seven styrene runners are augmented by a new frame with parts for the 190.48 version.

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“EVERY DAY I GET IN THE QUEUE…”

Adding to Revell’s array of music-themed road vehicle kits, this re-issue of the Volkswagen T1 delivery van features a striking ‘The Magic Bus’ livery celebrating British band The Who.

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TO THE RESCUE!

ICM has continued to expand its range of 1/35 Model T variants with a 1914 Fire Truck – as with the other releases in this series it’s effectively a down-scaling of the larger 1/24 offering.

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CLIP-TOGETHER COUPÉ

Here’s another attractive addition to Airfix’s range of Quickbuild offerings, in the form of an orange-finished Ford Mustang GT.

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HOLLYWOOD MUSCLE CARS

Are you a film fan and car modeller? If so, check out CHRIS CLIFFORD's focus on Revell's Fast & Furious branded kits in 1/24 and 1/25 scales.

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MIXED FORTUNES AT ESTORIL

UPGRADED/EXPANDED: NuNu’s 1/20 McLaren MP4/2C is a stunning package for F1 modellers. Here, CHRIS CLIFFORD expands on our original review, with parts photos, and narrative on the kit’s bespoke Detail-Up set.

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BUILD-AND-PLAY FUN

The variety of subjects available as beginners’ kits is incredible, even compared to just a few years ago, with Airfix’s Bugatti Chiron a prime example.

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FARE TO THE FRONT

ICM regularly pairs its automotive kits with figure sets, but this example is slightly unusual, combining the firm’s 1/35 Renault Type AG taxi with a driver and three French infantrymen.

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CLASSIC BUS

Having started with the VW T1 Samba and subsequently released cargo and Kombi versions, Revell has come full circle with the original T1 Microbus, recognisable via its 11-window configuration.

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PICK-UP THE HOBBY!

Here’s another Quickbuild release aimed at drawing younger modellers to the hobby, in the form of a Ford F-150 pick-up truck with a deep blue finish and ‘Raptor’ branding, denoting this is the high-performance version.

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LOTS OF TROUBLE, USUALLY SERIOUS

EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: Tamiya’s 1/24 Lotus Europa has returned with a newly tooled runner containing RS Watanabe wheels (similar to Minilites) and optional rear wing – both were popularised in Japan by The Circuit Wolf manga.

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BOXY BEEMER

Comprising eight styrene runners, a one-piece bodyshell and four vinyl tyres, Hobby NuNu’s BMW M3 Grand Tourer returns in Auto Tech racing team livery, as it appeared at the 1991 Japanese Touring Car (JTC) and Macau Group A events.

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QUATTRO RACER

Hobby NuNu’s second boxing of its Audi R8 LMS contains the same eight styrene runners, single-piece bodyshell and four vinyl tyres as the initial offering, but complements these with markings for a grand-tourer racer at the Macau Grand Prix (#6) or a ‘factory’ machine (#7).

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Fabulous Feline

The arrival of Revell’s 1/24 new-tool E-type Jaguar fixed-head coupé coincides roughly with the 50th anniversary of the real car’s launch, although the parts are most appropriate for a 1962-produced vehicle.

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FIZZ ON WHEELS

Airfix’s Quickbuild series is a great way to introduce youngsters to the hobby, and the bright schemes adopted are sure to grab the attention.

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‘PROFESSOR’ IN PORTUGAL

Fresh to NuNu’s range of automotive kits is this 1/20 McLaren MP4/2C, with decals supplied to replicate the vehicles raced at the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix, held at the Estoril circuit.

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SPORTY TWO-SEATER

After an absence of more than three decades, Tamiya’s lovely Super 7 is back, adding a revised photo-etched (PE) metal fret plus self-adhesive vinyl seat harnesses to the existing four styrene runners.

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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.

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DRAUGHTMAN'S DRIVE

VW’s Golf GTI is one of those classic car designs, and Revell’s latest version offers a different take on the sporty three-door hatchback, in that the colour scheme is on an ‘X-ray’ theme, showing internal components in white.

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DESERT TWO-WHEELER

Italeri has continued to re-release ex-Protar kits with new packaging and decals, with the latest being a Paris-Dakar Rally BMW R80G/S 1000.

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OPEN-TOP KADETT

As was the case with its 1/35 Moskvitch 400/420 soft-top, ICM has waited seven years since reworking its 1/35 Opel Kadett K38 to depict the cabriolet ‘Spezial’.

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HEAVY HAULAGE

Here’s the perfect accompaniment for Italeri’s range of 1/24 truck kits, in the form of the firm’s same-scale 40ft container and trailer.

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HEAVY METAL HAULER

Having catered for Kiss and AC/DC fans, Revell has now re-released the Monogram Kenworth with markings for British rock legends Motörhead, and the scale is consistent with its other heavy metal-associated releases.

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SNAP-FIT SPORTSCAR

Here’s an offering that’s perfect for attracting a younger ‘petrolhead’ to the world of modelling, in the form of Airfix’s new-tool Quickbuild Audi TT Coupé, depicting the third (and final) generation of this German sportscar.