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The May 2021 issue of Airfix Model World (AMW126) is here and you can read the full issue in page-turning PDF format or as individual features re-edited to suit the digital world. Indulge in the latest inspirational build features, browse new releases in the News and Reviews, discover the secrets of scale modelling through our step by step guides and much more.

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AIR BRIDGE SKYTRAINS

Iliad’s superb collection of Berlin Airlift C-47 Skytrains is ideal for those with Airfix’s recent 1/72 offerings as it provides markings for four machines, giving a mix of military- and civilian-registered aircraft.

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SEVEN-SHOT QUAD PACK

Primarily used by the US Air Force, the LAU-131 seven-round rocket launcher is the subject of Brengun’s 1/48 resin accessory.

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A MATTER OF CURVES

Designed for use by ship modellers, this simple, yet effective, tool is for bending lengths of wooden strip (such as for deck/hull planking).

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IT’S A DRAG

Here’s a neat upgrade for large-scale models of late Messerschmitt Bf 109 variants in the form of BarracudaCast’s brass and resin tailwheel combination.

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EIGHT-GUN WING

It’s the turn of Eduard’s own Spitfire Mk.IIa tooling to get the firm’s ‘open gun-bay treatment’ and the parts appear identical to those in its earlier Mk.I set (648581).

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AVENGER ASSEMBLED

This simple, yet effective upgrade is designed for Hasegawa’s TBF/TBM Avenger (and recent Hobby 2000 re-boxings) and focuses on the cockpit, with new seats for the pilot and bombardier/radio man – the latter also receives interior framework detail, plus a new equipment rack and radio boxes, all of which will be visible through the type’s capacious canopy.

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REFINED 3-SERIES

While Hobby NuNu’s BMW M3 racer builds into a splendid replica straight from the box, modellers wanting extra refinement should look no further than the firm’s dedicated upgrade.

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MIRAGE RACKS

Intended for Kinetic’s recent Mirage 2000 kits, this set of four fuselage-mounted pylons allows for a full air-to-ground or air-to-air munitions fit.

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AVRO ADD-ONS

Revell’s recent Lancaster B.I/III is the subject of this two-fret photo-etched metal upgrade package, which offers a mix of plain and pre-painted components for the kit’s interior.

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RUNNING GEAR TONES

All-in-one weathering packs are becoming increasingly common, and this set provides a one-stop shop for modellers wanting to paint and dirty a model’s wheels and/or tracks and includes a step-by-step guide to achieving the best effects.

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PILOT ACCESS

This superbly cast set comprises two accurately detailed Spitfire pilot hatches, complete with a separate crowbar for each, suitable for any airframe from the Mk.V through to the F Mk.24.

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COLT DIALS

Designed to fit the Hobby Boss AN-2 Colt kit, Yahu’s pre-assembled and painted instrument panel is a two-piece affair and is a drop-in replacement for the styrene component.

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BULLION STORE

Modellers wanting to build a small-scale Kelly’s Heroes-style scene just got a helping hand from Hauler with its 1/72 resin and photo-etched brass safe, which comes complete with interior compartments, and gold bullion in the shape of a stack of 12 bars and four individual items – ideal for that ‘opening the door’ moment.

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WOODLAND BASE

Creating a convincing diorama base can be challenging, but Reality in Scale’s pre-formed 20 x 30cm Landscape Mats, such as the Forest Floor, will reduce the work greatly.

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HEINKEL GREENHOUSE

This is one of five Eduard photoetched brass sets designed for ICM’s 1/48 Heinkel He 111 and is focused on the extensively glazed nose section, including components for the pilot and navigator/bomb-aimer positions.

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FIRST VANGUARD

​​​​Modellers wanting to backdate their AZ Model or Sword Vanguard to the first prototype airframe need look no further than this splendid resin conversion set from Arctic Decals, produced in association with Dekno Models.

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HOVERING FOR TWO

In the absence of a dedicated two-seat Harrier II kit, there have been several attempts to produce conversion sets for either Monogram’s or Hasegawa’s single-seater offerings.

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PHANTOM LASER

Here’s a handy accessory for modellers wanting to build a 1970s/1980s-era laser-designating US Air Force F-4D Phantom, in the shape of a four-part PAVE Tack pod and associated adapter ‘shoe’ for the type’s centreline pylon.

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DISCO-ERA ‘CONNIE’

Having caused a stir in the Season 1 finale of Star Trek: Discovery, the restyled Constitution-class USS Enterprise is now available as a 1/2500 Polar Lights kit, for which Greenstrawberry has produced a photo-etched metal upgrade.

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TORP-TWIN TRIMMINGS

Accessories Beaufort Mk.IBy: Eduard Scale: 1/72Item...

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TORNADO JAMMER

Eduard’s resin 1/48 Skyshadow pod is ideal for any RAF Tornado GR, replacing kit components with a far superior alternative that’s also good value for money.

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AIRACOBRA BOOTS

Eduards’ own 1/48 P-39 is the intended recipient for these replacement resin wheels; the nose unit is a single-piece drop in for the kit’s styrene alternative and the mainwheels are two-part items, with a separate outer hub, which should ease painting.

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ANTI-SUBMARINE SHOOTER

Squid anti-submarine launchers were a common sight on Royal Navy destroyers from late World War Two to the 1960s, and Black Cat’s new 3D-printed set provides two of these triple-barrelled units.

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ALL IN A CLUSTER

Eduard has recently expanded its range of Brassin accessories to cover a variety of large-scale munitions, and one of its latest additions is this set of six 1/32 Mk.20 Rockeye fittings.

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EXCELSIOR UPGRADES

It’s the turn of AMT’s 1994-vintage Excelsior-class USS Enterprise-B to receive an aftermarket refit, courtesy of this comprehensive photo-etched brass and resin set.

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RE-USEABLE COVERINGS

While kabuki-style tape masking is more popular than vinyl, the latter does have advantages when it comes to multiple usage, being far more robust.

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TUBE WITH A FIN

It’s a common misconception that pitot tubes are all just hollow pipes; those fitted to many US aircraft during World War Two (including P-36, P-39, P-40, P-47, A-3, B-239, T-6 and B-25) were fitted with a ‘shark-fin’ probe tip –a detail missed in almost every kit.

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TOMCAT THRUST

Modellers wishing to add further detail to Academy’s recent 1/72 F-14A Tomcat should consider CMK’s range of resin enhancements, which includes this representation of the type’s portside Pratt & Whitney TF-30-P-14 turbofan.

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LEGACY BUG EXHAUSTS

Designed to fit Kinetic’s ‘legacy’ F/A-18 Hornet kits, this neat resin and photo-etched (PE) brass set provides new jet pipes and exhaust nozzles for the jet’s General Electric F404 powerplants and comes with a choice of open or closed configuration.

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VIXEN INTAKES

Creating seamless inner surfaces on intakes can be challenging, especially ones to be finished in white, so this resin set from Alleycat is ideal for those with Airfix’s 1/48 Sea Vixen.