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COLOURFUL CHARACTERS

Until 2018, Russia’s Air Force was separate from the country’s Air and Space Defence Force – upon their conjoining, a new style of Bort Number, registration and airframe serial font was established.

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TRAINERS AND VIPS

Modellers wanting different schemes for their Airfix 1/72 Dominie T.1s may want to consider this collection of six airframe options, of which five are for that type (four wearing the classic red/white/grey livery), while the sixth is for an HS.125 Series 400/CC.1 airframe.

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SPECIAL DELTA

The Belgian Air Force is one of several European air arms that regularly clads its aircraft in anniversary schemes, so the retirement of the Mirage 5 from service in 1993 was never going to be passed up.

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TURNING POINT ARMOUR

This is ToRo Model’s first selection of British Sherman tanks as used during the Second Battle of El Alamein, which was arguably the point on which World War Two’s Desert Campaign swung toward Allied success.

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GLOBAL GUNSHIPS

Xtradecal has been inspired by Zvezda’s recent 1/48 Hind helicopter gunship to produce an eclectic collection of markings for the type, although most of these will be suitable for Monogram’s much older offering.

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SEIZING THE CANAL

Modelling to a theme can be highly rewarding from an educational perspective, which makes Star Decals’ products – such as this first set covering the Suez Crisis – most welcome.

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ELITE DREIDECKERS

Czech firm Eduard has teamed with Chinese company Meng to produce this set of aftermarket decals for the latter’s recent 1/32 Fokker Dr.I triplane, providing typically striking schemes for four Jagdgeschwader I ‘Flying Circus’ aircraft.

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PLYING TRADE

Designed for recreating the plywood-skinned construction of World War One-era Albatros fighters, Peewit’s 1/72 wood-pattern decals are also suitable for a range of other applications, such as in buildings or other vehicles.

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GULF MEDICINE

With 30 years having passed since the First Gulf War – known to British forces as Operation Granby – kit depictions of the equipment used during the conflict are sure to be popular.

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NORTH AFRICAN AIRBUS

Established by controversial businessman Rafik Khalifa, the Algerian firm Khalifa Airlines operated cargo and passenger operations from 1999, famously sponsored football team Olympique de Marseille’s shirts between 2001-03 and was dissolved in July of the latter year. One of its Airbus A320s is the subject of Decales Global’s 1/144 decals.

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THE DEVIL'S KITTIES

While Eduard has its own 1/48 Hellcat kits in mind for this lovely decal set, they should fit most same-scale offerings, with just the tail markings for the VF-17 option potentially being an issue (although they could easily be masked and sprayed).

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THIRD GUARDS QUARTET

Iliad’s third batch of Air National Guard (ANG) P-51Ds features examples from Wyoming, California, Arizona and Ohio, all of which are clad in natural metal finishes; three airframes are equipped with Hamilton Standard ‘uncuffed’ propellers, while the fourth has a ‘cuffed’ version.

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SMALL-SCALE DEVILS

While there aren’t many 1/72 kits of the KTO Rosomak (primarily Tololoko, S&S Models, G3 Resin and Auto Loto Motiv offerings), ToRo Models has produced a set of alternative decals to provide Polish markings for such products.

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LAND OF GREATER POLAND

Modellers with large-scale Mossies from either Revell or Tamiya wanting to replicate airframes flown by Polish crews during World War Two will find Model Makers’ well-designed package ideal.

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STORMING SCHEMES

The second of DK Decals’ Hurricane collections provides markings for 15 schemes and includes examples of the Royal Navy’s Sea Hurricane Mk.I, along with the more common land-based version.

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COLOSSUS AND CASEMATE

Star Decals has mirrored two increasing military modelling trends with these decals, as they cater for 1/48 offerings and Finnish insignia.

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AUSTRALASIAN TRAINING

H-Models has produced several limited-edition decal sheets for 1/48 Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei kits, one of which provides this pair of alternative schemes to those supplied in AZ Models styrene or Sanger’s vac-form kits.

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TWIN-ENGINED EAGLE KNIGHT

Airliner modellers seeking something different for their Eastern Express, Minicraft, Welsh Models or Zvezda Boeing 757-200 kits may find Decales Global’s AeroMexico set ideal.

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SIXTIES SCHOOLING

Part of Air-Graphic’s UK Air Power Series, this superb collection of aftermarket decals covers a range of winged and rotary training types in service with the RAF during the 1960s.

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GUARD TRANSPORTS

Here’s another great collection of C-47s for those wanting a different livery for their Airfix, HobbyBoss or Italeri kits.

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BUMPER BOMBER COLLECTION

When it comes to offering choice, few manufacturers can match Begemot. For example, take this sheet dedicated to the Tupolev SB-series bombers – 40 options are provided, covering Soviet (VVS RKKA), Spanish Republican and Republic of China machines.

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AIRSHOWS AND INTELLIGENCE

Aftermarket decal company Kits- World regularly covers unusual schemes – this set of 1/48 B-17 markings is a case in point, depicting a current museum airframe and a captured Luftwaffe example.

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UPSCALED SPOOKS

Modellers interested in Euro Decals’s collection of 1/72 F-4 Phantom IIs who prefer 1/48 will find the firm’s enlarged quarter-scale markings of interest.

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STRIKING SKYTRAINS

While a popular modelling subject, military-liveried C-47 Skytrains can have something of a plain appearance – thankfully, aftermarket markings such as these ‘pin-up’ schemes from Foxbot can provide a welcome twist on the theme.

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FERRETS, FOXES AND ‘LANDIES’

The third collection of British vehicles from the 1991 Gulf War (also known as Operation Desert Storm or Granby) focuses on wheeled patrol/reconnaissance machines, with examples of Ferret armoured cars, Fuchs (fox) nuclear, bacteriological and chemical recce vehicles, plus Land Rovers.

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GOODWILL COMPANIONS

Paulus Victor has quickly established a reputation for high-quality themed releases, and this 1/144 set focuses on the goodwill trip by two Su-27 Flankers to the US in July 1990, which included their being escorted by Montana Air National Guard (ANG) F-16As on their return trip.

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CZECH CARRIERS

Designed for Zvezda’s recent 1/144 Boeing 747 MAX 8, these BOA Decals markings provide for six of the airliners operated by Czech company Smartwings.

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BARRELLING ROUND A BEAR

Euro Decals’ 1/72 markings provide for a quartet of F-4 Phantom IIs, including an example that was famously photographed performing a barrel roll around a Soviet Tu-97 Bear at the request of the bomber’s aircrew!

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ABRAMS’ TANKS

The namesake of the M1 Abrams main battle tank, Creighton Abrams had a reputation as an aggressive armour commander in World War Two - modellers can replicate the M4 Shermans he used with Star Decals’ 1/35 markings.

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EAGLE BF 109 SCHEMES

Whether this set is used as an alternative for Eduard’s 1/48 Adlerangriff Bf 109 boxing or just the firm’s standard Bf 109E- 3 and -4 offerings, the result will be five eye-catching liveries as worn by these Luftwaffe fighters during and after the Battle of Britain.