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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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EASY GROUNDWORK

Producing realistic diorama settings can be time-consuming and messy, but Reality in Scale’s Landscape mats offer a quick and easy solution for a realistic groundwork.

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LATIN INTERIOR HUES

AMMO-MIG has added Regia Aeronautica colours to its range of acrylic paint aircraft cockpit sets, supplying four common tones in its standard 17ml dropper-style bottles.

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STARFIGHTER 'BANG' SEAT

Here’s an extensive upgrade for Kinetic’s 1/48 Lockheed F-104 Starfighter kits in the form of Eduard’s Martin-Baker Mk.7 ejection seat.

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FULCRUM FITTINGS

Zvezda’s 1/72 MiG-29SMT is the recipient of this photoetched metal set from Eduard.

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MARITIME PATROL VOLCANO

Developed under the codename ‘Hohentwiel’, an extinct volcano in south Germany, the FuG 200 radar was used on several Luftwaffe aircraft types as a maritime patrol system.

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AIRPORT REFUELLER

Here’s another great idea from accessory and diorama specialist Plus Model – a 100 US gal fuel cart. Its thoroughness is evidenced by the inclusion of two thicknesses of wire for the axle and fuel lines, plus a photo-etched brass fret for handles and protective covers.

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METAL STORAGE

This two-fret offering from Hauler provides for two pressed steel open-topped storage containers, with all components supplied as photo-etched (PE) brass items.

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DRIEDECKER SUPPORT

Metal undercarriage components can give strength and rigidity to models, so these Scale Aircraft Conversions items, designed for Meng’s recent 1/32 Fokker Dr.I, will be a boon. 

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SWING-WING SPLENDOUR

While Academy’s newly tooled F-14A may strike an ideal balance between cost and complexity, those seeking extra refinement will find CMK’s resin and photo-etched (PE) brass cockpit set a real bonus.

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FIRST SHOTS

Intended for Trumpeter’s 1/350 kit of SMS Schleswig-Holstein as it appeared in 1935, this set of turned brass barrels provides for the battleship’s 28cm primary (four), 15cm secondary (ten) and 8.8cm anti-aircraft (four) armaments. 

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CIRCULAR SMOKERS

Here’s a neat upgrade for any Eduard Spitfire Mk.I in the shape of resin exhaust stack units with circular nozzles (later versions had a fishtail-shaped orifice).

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BUSTLING HUSTLER

While Italeri’s 1/72 Convair B-58 Hustler is surprisingly refined for its age (having first been released in 1984), the basic kit can be improved with this neat package from Eduard.

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REALISTIC RUBBER

Hauler has produced this photoetched (PE) metal set to replace the integrally moulded representations of the rubber skirts on Tamiya’s recent 1/48 Japanese Ground Self-Defense Type 10 main battle tank.

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TROPICAL VEGETATION

This second set of jungle flora from Reality in Scale provides for four different (albeit un-named) plant types, with a mix of broad-leaf and fern-like vegetation.

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CIVIL WAR MATERIEL

The newly tooled components for tools and weaponry first released in ICM’s 1/35 American Civil War figure sets have now been repackaged as a standalone release.

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'BEAMER BLING'

Hobby NuNu’s newly tooled BMW 320i has much to offer, but modellers seeking extra refinement should consider the firm’s dedicated detail set.

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TAIL-DRAGGERS

The standard Mk.82 bomb can be prepared for low-level deployment as the High-Drag General Purpose variant by fitting the Mk.15 Snakeye tail unit: this opens into a cross shape for increased air resistance.

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Airfix Model World April 2021

Welcome to Airfix Model World April 2021 featuring full coverage of Airfix's new 1/48 Sabre F.4 a new tool 1/32 Junkers EF-126 from Das Werks, NuNu's 1/24 Volvo 240 Turbo, the latest product reviews, exclusive model builds, scale modelling news and more. Read the full issue in PDF format here or dip into our reformatted online features for KeyModelWorld at your leisure.

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CANNON-TOTING STORM

Special Hobby’s big-scale Tempest is back, albeit in Revell packaging with new decals.

STURMVOGEL REFERENCE SWELLS

Publisher Valiant Wings has provided an update on its upcoming Airframe & Miniature guide to the Messerschmitt Me 262, with its release date set to be delayed due to an increase in page count.

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A LIGHT IN THE DARK

Polish firm IBG Models’ recent 1/700 ships are a splendid way of transitioning from basic styrene kits to the use of photo-etched brass enhancements, as evidenced in its HMS Glowworm - built here by AMW's Stu Fone.

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COMMEMORATIVE VIPER ZERO

Duncan Cooke examines the extra refinement available in Hasegawa’s limited-edition 1/48 Mitsubishi F-2A ‘Detail Up Version’.

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SPITTING IMAGE

EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: A delighted Chris Jones gets stuck into Eduard’s hotly anticipated 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I, not once, but twice!

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TITCHY TANKETTE

Joe Turner tackles Bronco Models’ diminutive 1/35 Carro Armato L35/c, as fitted with the Swiss-designed Solothurn gun for North African operations.

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Return of the Fire God

After a wait of almost 38 years, Airfix has released a newly tooled 1/72 Avro Vulcan B Mk.2. Andy Davies takes a close look at what is on offer.

BEDSTEAD BUILD-OFF!

COMPETITION: Based on the former Rolls-Royce Flight Test Establishment in Nottinghamshire, the Hucknall Flight Test Museum has announced a new competition for modellers to depict the Thrust Measuring Rig built at the site.

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A DARING AFLOAT

The Type 45, or Daring-class destroyer, was Airfix’s third 1/350 ship kit and returns after an absence of eight years: it is a straightforward re-release with unchanged parts and decals.

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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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IMPERIAL GLORY

The Vintage Classics range has been a boon for fans of Airfix’s sailing ship kits, and the latest to join the ‘armada’ is the 1/144 Swedish warship Wasa.

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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.