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BUSY MECHANICS

Just when it was thought there was nothing else that could be added to MiniArt’s stunning Panzer III and IV kits, the firm itself steps forward with an exquisite accessory and figure set that provides a complete Maybach HL 120 engine along with a repair team.

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BOBBY ON THE BEAT

ICM’s second 1/16 depiction of a British police officer differs from the first in that the individual is male and wears the traditional No.1 dress –a belted tunic, shirt, tie and custodian helmet.

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SLAVIC DEFENDER

When Axis forces invaded the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in April 1941, initial attacks were focused on the country’s air force –a serviceman of which is the subject of ToRo Model’s 1/48 resin figure.

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IN THE HOT SEAT

A common feature lacking in large-scale kits is that of a pilot, so this set from ICM (intended to complement the firm’s recent 1/32 Bücker Bü 131 (Germany, Japan) and CR.42 Falco (Germany, Italy) releases.

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STÜG LOADERS

Newly tooled from MiniArt is this set of four 1/35 Wehrmacht soldiers and accessories, including shells and ammunition cases to populate a scene with a self-propelled gun.

BOMBS AND FLAMETHROWER

Here’s another great modelling/wargaming cross-over from Zvezda in the form of a four-man, body armour-clad Soviet sapper team, comprising one soldier armed with a flamethrower, two wielding PPS-43 sub-machine guns (including one about to throw a grenade), while the final trooper carries a Degtyaryov machine gun.

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SOUTHEAST ASIA SCENE

Newly tooled from ICM is this set of five USAF personnel deployed to Vietnam, including a pair of pilots, two technicians and another individual appearing to brief the airmen.

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THIS LITTLE PIGGY...

Designed for Tamiya’s 1/48 German Motorcycle and Sidecar (32578), ToRo Model’s figures provide an unusual load for the BMW R75, in the form of an armed rider and bound pig.

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LONGSTANDING GUNNERY

Having catered for a 1/35 World War One-era MG 08 firing team, ICM has substituted the figures and equipment for World War Two soldiers in this diorama-friendly package.

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TAKE COVER!

When it comes to figures, few companies have adopted the approach taken by ICM, which shuns generic poses and ‘the usual’ subjects, and this is particularly true for its World War One Belgian Infantry set.