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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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NÜRBURGRING LEGEND

Here’s another blast from the past in the shape of a re-boxed Protar Porsche 956 in Italeri packaging.

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GLOBAL CARRIER

After an absence of more than a decade, Airfix’s 1/600 HMS Victorious is back in Vintage Classics packaging.

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D-DAY BOMBARDIER

Airfix’s HMS Belfast is undergoing something of a recent renaissance, with a Vintage Classics release (A04212V, see Reviews, AMW114 May 2020) and now as a Gift Set package.

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TIN LIZZIE TOURER

ICM’s 1/24 Model T Ford has been released in various guises since its initial offering in 2014, and this value-for-money package combines the five-seat ‘Touring’ version (24002) with the company’s American Motorist figures (24013) for less than buying both sets separately.

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ULTIMATE INTERCEPTORS

Fündekals has released this set of aftermarket markings for 1/48 Convair F-106 Delta Darts, including the famous ‘Cornfield Bomber’ (58-0787), which crash-landed almost intact after Captain Gary Faust ejected from the jet.

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EARLY SCOOTER DATA

MILSPEC’s stencil set is ideal for any early-model A-4 Skyhawk in high-visibility colours, providing sufficient items for a single airframe, but also offering variations on ejection seat and intake warning labels, plus three different styles of ‘Rescue’ arrows.

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COLD WAR POLES

ToRo’s third collection of early Cold War Polish Army vehicles is an eclectic mix of tanks, self-propelled artillery, armoured personnel carriers and staff/utility cars.

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MIL'S KROKODIL

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DEUTSCHE FALKEN

Brazilian firm LPS Hobby’s range of markings for 1/72 Curtiss P-36 Hawks – otherwise known as Hawk 75s – includes this set, which caters for those aircraft in Luftwaffe markings that were captured from French forces during the early stages of World War Two.

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WARRING HOOLIGANS

Modellers wanting to build quarter-scale F-104A/C/Gs that flew in combat will find this superb collection of seven airframes from Iliad of great use, although two of these machines were shot down by enemy forces.

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LOW-COST CARRIER

While the airline itself is long gone, having shut down in 2000, Decales Global’s delightful decals will enable modellers to reproduce one of Mexican carrier TAESA’s Boeing 737-200 airframes.

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STRUCTURAL SUPPORT

Modellers with Eduard’s 1/72 Fokker D.VII in their stash will appreciate this aftermarket release from the Czech firm, as it provides blue-toned ribbing tape for all areas of the aircraft requiring this covering, which supports the underlying structure on the real aircraft.

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POSTER BOY MARKINGS

Fans of Lockheed’s P-38 Lightning will appreciate Exito Decals’ 1/48 markings, which follow the firm’s usual format of combining terrific waterslide transfers with stunning instruction ‘posters’ suitable for framing.

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FIRST REPUBLIC FLIGHT

Blue Rider Decals has produced markings for nine aircraft operated in Austria following the conclusion of World War One.

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INVERSE OPERATIONS

Modellers can replicate the unusual ‘inverted’ livery worn by the Belgian Air Force’s solo display F-16AM during the 2009 airshow season, thanks to these markings from Syhart Decal – sampled in 1/72 here, but also available in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/144 (32/48/144-082, respectively).

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SMALL-SCALE STIPPLING

Replicating the mottled or stippled finishes on small-scale models can be challenging.

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EARLY 'EMIL' DISPLAY

Although similar to its other 1/32 Bf 109 displays, this set from Yahu Models has been tweaked so it will fit offerings from Eduard and Cyber Hobby/Dragon, as well as featuring the RLM 02 Grau colour.

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NEAT CUTS

While ‘tenon-style’ razor saws are popular, they aren’t suitable for getting into smaller spaces, so ASK’s unit, which comes with two grades of teeth spacing (extra-and ultra-smooth) is ideal.

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THOROUGHBRED BOOTS

Although designed for Revell’s recent 1/32 P-51 Mustang, BarracudaCast’s replacement mainwheels are suitable for any representation of the thoroughbred fighter in this scale.

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EVO UPGRADE

Designed for NuNu’s recently tooled Peugeot 306 Maxi, this three-piece conversion set enables modellers to build the EVO II version.

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MILITARY TWIN COVERS

Thunderbird Models’ pre-cut painting masks are intended for use with Hobbycraft’s 1/72 Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor kit – depicting the military transport variant of the Twin Beech or Model 18.

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GROWLER GROWTH

While Revell’s diminutive 1/144 EA-18G Growler is regarded as well detailed and accurate, Shelf Oddity has produced a photoetched brass upgrade set for those seeking extra refinement.

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HOVERING 'HUPGRADES'

Intended for Mark I’s lovely 1/144 first-generation Harrier kits (GR.1/3 and AV-8A/S), this packed photoetched brass fret supplies sufficient parts for one model and left-over items could furnish another one to two builds, depending on the variant(s) chosen.

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'TONKA' HARNESSES

Replicating ejection seat furnishings can be challenging, and Kits-World has employed 3D-printed decals to achieve as much realism as possible.

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IN-FLIGHT SECURITY

Although Yahu is known for its type-specific instrument panels, which are usually pre-decorated, the firm has recently expanded its range to include generic interior parts, such as its 1/72 seatbelts – this set is suitable for a World War Two-era US Army Air Force or Navy airframe.

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SPY-PLANE SUPPLEMENTS

Eduard has produced this set for AFV Club’s recent 1/48 Lockheed U-2A ‘Dragon Lady’.

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EIGHT-GUN OPENINGS

Modellers wanting to pose the .303 machine gun bays open on their Eduard Spitfire Mk.Is will find the firm’s own great-value set ideal.

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FORTRESS DEFENCE

Although being the ‘downscaled’ version of Hong Kong Models’ 1/32 B-17 Flying Fortress, the firm’s 1/48 version is still an imposing model and benefits greatly from the addition of extra refinement – such as Eduard’s Brassin machine gun set.

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SMALL DIAMETER BOMB

One of the latest precision guided weapons to enter service worldwide, Boeing’s GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) is available as an accessory for F-15E, F-16, F-22 and F-35 airframes among others.

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LIGHTNING OFFICE

While Tamiya’s recently tooled P-38 lightning features lovely detail, those seeking further refinement should consider Eduard’s photo-etched (PE) metal set, which contains two frets.