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WELCOME TO THE LATEST ISSUE

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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STYRENE SAILPLANE

As unpowered flight is a popular hobby and an important part of many pilot-training programmes, it’s surprising there are few kits depicting gliders; however, offerings such as Brengun’s new-tool 1/48 DG Flugzeugbau DG-1000S are addressing this gap.

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LYING DOWN ON THE JOB

Released initially under the MPM label in 2013, Special Hobby’s lovely Prone Meteor is back.

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LUFTWAFFE CASUALTIES

Released to celebrate 80 years since the Battle of Britain, Italeri’s 1/72 Heinkel He 111H contains beautiful Cartograf-printed markings for five schemes, but disappointingly, the styrene contents date back to 1976.

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TECH-TWEAKED 'TONKA'

Revell’s highly regarded 1/48 Tornado returns after a brief sojourn with Eduard and this new boxing depicts the Avionics System Software Tornado in Ada (ASSTA) 3.1 variant, in service with Germany’s Luftwaffe, and a new styrene Runner U is included for associated components.

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MANNED 'SEAGULL'

While some manufacturers include crew figures in a kit, ICM’s approach is slightly different, incorporating a separate set with its aircraft offerings, as with its I-153, which is augmented with the firm’s 32102 Soviet Pilots (1939- 1942) - best of all it’s just £2 more than the baseline product (32010).

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SOVIET ANTI-SHIPPING

As with most of its offerings, MisterCraft’s 1/72 Ilyushin Il-4T torpedo-bomber is a re-boxing; in this case a 1995-tooled TOGA kit that’s also been released by Zvezda – the four styrene runners still bear the latter’s logos.

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MINISCULE FISHBEDS

If there’s a common thread to Eduard’s recent Super44 releases, it’s the generosity when it comes to the markings and its MiG-21bis includes five multinational schemes.

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EASY-BUILD ARMOUR

It has been a long time since Airfix released any small-scale military kits, and its newly tooled 1/72 Tiger I Ausf. E is an absolute gem.

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GUTTRIDGE'S GUN-CARRIER

ICM has added to its range of 1/35 Model T Ford variants with this armoured car version – built to Chief Petty Officer L Gutteridge’s design for service with the Royal Naval Air Service.

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GERMANY'S 'SPORTY' TANK

Revell’s Leopard 1A5 follows from its 1A1 variant, adding two runners to the original seven for this sub-type’s characteristic bolt-on armour, fire-control optics and mantlet shield.

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ROCKETS ON HALF-TRACK

While the original Esci kit for Italeri’s Sd.Kfz. 251 half-track might be approaching 50 years old, it’s the base for a lovely model.

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'AUSSIE' TRANSPORT

Here’s another Model T Ford variation with ICM’s 1/35 offering depicting a ‘Touring’ model used by Australia’s Mounted Division during World War One.

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PANZER NEMESIS

Academy’s M18 returns in Airfix packaging and new decals, with eight styrene runners and a choice of single-length vinyl or link-and-length styrene tracks.

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INTERIOR DELIGHTS

As with its Ausf.E model Sturmgeschütz III (see here), Dragon has modernised its Ausf.G with the addition of NEO link-and-length tracks, and bonus parts for the interior.

DARRELL BURGE 1961-2021

Modellers were saddened to hear the news that Darrell Burge, for many the public face of Airfix as its marketing brand manager, passed away suddenly on February 10, 2021.

FLYING CLASSROOM

Airfix's first major new tooling for 2021, a 1/48 de Havilland Chipmunk T.10, is sure to delight modellers, and here’s a sneak peak of the parts in advance of next month’s exclusive build – just in time for the 75th anniversary of the type’s first flight.

BACK INTO THE DANGER ZONE

With the release of movie sequel, Top Gun: Maverick delayed until the summer, Airfix gives modellers a chance to experience “the need for speed” with the release of five 1/72 aircraft kits from the original film and its follow-on.

2021 RELEASES

EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: With the postponement of this year’s Nuremberg Toy Fair until July, the usual AMW round-up of announcements is being replaced by a series of separate articles, the first covering product lines from Revell, ICM and Tamiya.

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SUPERLATIVE SUKHOI

EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: Chinese newcomer Minibase’s first offering is a stunning 1/48 Su-33 Flanker-D naval fighter, with the box positively full to the brim with high-quality components.

RELICS OF ITALY

The third Panzerwrecks volume to focus on combat casualties in Italy offers yet another marvellous collection of previously unpublished photos for modellers to savour.

DISPLAY CASE

EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: There’s a definite Airfix theme running through this month’s selection of reader-submitted projects, involving examples from the firm’s range of aircraft kits in each of the major scales.

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DISASTER SPRAYERS

Here’s another addition to ICM’s selection of packages inspired by the TV mini-series Chernobyl, in the form of its 1/35 Deactivators, clothed in protective gear and spraying areas with chemicals or water to prevent the spread of radioactive material.

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READY FOR TAKE-OFF

Ideal as an accompaniment for Eduard’s recent MiG-21PF/PFM kits, this beautifully detailed resin set comprises a standing pilot figure and a member of the groundcrew.

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LEADER OF THE PACK

The second figure in Master Box’s post-apocalypse Desert Battle Series depicts a ‘new leader’ of the Skull Clan: Hanna.

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WATER-COOLED OPERATORS

ICM has combined its 1/35 Vickers machine gun (35712) and WWI Weapon and Equipment set (35683) with newly tooled figures to form a package suitable for producing an instant World War One vignette.

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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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VOLUNTEER LIFE-SAVERS

Despite only being released in 2007, Airfix’s RNLI Severn-class lifeboat seems to have been around for much longer, and always proves popular with modellers.