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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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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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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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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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SOUTHERN TRAVELLER

After an absence of more than a decade from Airfix’s catalogue, its 1962-vintage HM Bark Endeavour sailing ship kit has been re-released to commemorate 250 years since Capt James Cook became the first European to map Australia’s eastern shoreline.

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CONVOY PROTECTOR

IBG’s collection of G-, H-and I-class destroyer subjects is popular with maritime modellers thanks to its well-designed parts breakdown and incorporation of photo-etched components for railings, davits, ladders and radar housings.

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PILGRIMS’ PASSAGE

Revell’s Mayflower kit has been released to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers’ emigration to North America.

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INDEPENDENCE SHOOTER

Rather than just reissue its Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship kits, Cyber-hobby has been updating them with each release.

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BARENTS SEA BATTLER

Polish company MisterCraft has re-boxed Heller’s 1/400 Type 1936A zerstörer (destroyer), known by the Germans as the Z23-class (after the lead vessel) and Allies as Narvik-class.

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OP CORPORATE FLAGSHIP

Released under the British Legends banner, it’s a return for Dragon’s 1/700 HMS Invincible in Revell packaging, representing the ship as it appeared during the 1982 Falklands War.