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BORDER’S DESERT CRUISER Review Premium

BORDER’S DESERT CRUISER

Looking to expand your collection of British World War Two armour? Then why not plump for Border Model's excellent 1/35 Crusader Mk.III.

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GREAT VALUE KATYUSHA COMBO

ICM has made a name for itself with its ‘all-in-one’ Diorama Sets, but the WWII Red Army Rocket Artillery package elevates this to a whole new level in terms of content, presentation and value for money.

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PaK-ING A HEAVY PUNCH

Newly tooled by Special Armour is this 1/72 depiction of the German 7.5cm PaK 40 anti-tank gun.

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INVASION FILLER

IBG’s reputation as a producer of small-scale gems is only to be enhanced with this splendid new version of its 1/72 Chevrolet C60S, which features newly tooled parts for a petrol tanker.

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TAME A TIGER

In a similar vein to its Sherman Firefly starter set, Airfix has trimmed its newly tooled 1/72 Tiger tank to just three runners – forming a beginner’s package with a tube of poly cement, three acrylic paints and a brush.

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AMERICAN HEAVY

Released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, Dragon’s M26A-1 Pershing is unchanged from its original 1994 configuration.

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COLD WAR PRECURSOR

With modellers’ appetites for T-34 and T-54/55 arguably sated, MiniArt is filling the gaps in between – notably with the former’s immediate successor, the T-44.

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TROOP TRANSIT

Wargamers or modellers who favour 28mm figures will want to examine Rubicon Models’ range of 1/56 vehicle kits (the scales are aligned), which includes this Bedford QLT as part of its British World War Two selection.

TAMIYA PANZER IV FAMILY ADDITION Review Premium

TAMIYA PANZER IV FAMILY ADDITION

Tamiya's updating of it's 1/35 Panzer IV tooling, to Ausf.G early production format, is a welcome addition to the range, as CHRIS CLIFFORD discovers

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SILVER-SCREEN STARS

Two versions of the war film Sahara have been released: the original 1943 production starring Humphrey Bogart and a 1995 remake with James Belushi in the primary role: these are the basis for MiniArt’s latest 1/35 M3 Lee release.

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WHEELED UTILITY

Here’s another great 28mm (1/56 scale) wargaming product from Rubicon, which offers the choice of building either a WC51 or WC52 ¾ ton truck, with additional options for an open or covered cargo deck, plus three figures and a pintle-mounted .50 cal machine gun.

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FROM AGRICULTURE TO AIRFIELDS

Released under the Planet Models Military Vehicle banner, this delicate 1/72 resin kit has been produced by CMK and represents fellow Czech company Zetor’s 15 tractor.

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DESERT CARRIER

Dragon’s M2A3 Bradley makes a welcome return, with the original 2007-vintage parts augmented by a new frame that provides rucksacks and a rolled tarpaulin for external stowage.

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REMOTE RADIO

Military modellers who favour 1/48 – or those wishing to trial quarter-scale modelling for the first time – will find ICM’s Sd.Kfz. 260 Kleiner Panzerfunkwagen (small armoured radio car) of interest.

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WOODEN-WHEELED WEAPON

Having reworked its 1/35 Skoda Wz. 14/19 100mm howitzer to represent Polish Motorised Cavalry artillery (35060, featuring large tyre-shod wheels), the firm has tweaked the contents again to replicate the country’s horse-drawn weaponry.

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GAS-BAG TOWING

Having started with conventional Male and Female versions of the Mark IV tank, Brengun has taken a decidedly left-field approach for its latest offering, that of an airship mooring post/tug as used with either 23- or R23X-class British airships.

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MINE-PROOFED RUSSIAN

The recent innovations in mine-resistant ambush protection (MRAP) vehicles has lead to a glut of material for kit companies – Zvezda’s new tooling depicts the Russian Kamaz 63968 Typhoon-K 6x6 armoured personnel carrier.

MINIART’S NEW 1/35 ARMY HAULER Review Premium

MINIART’S NEW 1/35 LOAD HAULER

Whether displayed individually, or as part of a diorama, MiniArt's new 1/35 Chevrolet G7107 US Army Truck is a gem. Is this an instant classic?

NEW SMALL-SCALE STRYKER Review Premium

NEW SMALL-SCALE STRYKER

Dragon's 1/72 Stryker family got bigger with the new Dragoon ICV variant. Like the firm's other Strykers, it's packed with detail.

TABLE-TOP TANK KIT Review Premium

TABLE-TOP TANK KIT

Whether built for combat within Zvezda's own Art of Tactic gaming system, or purely for a small-scale display piece, the firm's 1/100 SU-122 is a little gem.

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ON THE PULL

Suitable for most 1960s Royal Navy flight deck scenes, this Tugmaster tractor would make an ideal addition to any carrier diorama, but its complexity and detail make it equally suitable as a standalone model.

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ARMOURED STARTER

Airfix has combined the two ‘basic’ runners from its newly tooled Sherman Firefly kit with three Humbrol acrylic paints, a tube of Poly Cement and a paint brush, to make a great Starter Set.

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SHOOT AND SCOOT

Modern Russian armour subjects are increasingly popular with modellers, so its encouraging to see types such as the 2S35 Koalitsiya (coalition) self-propelled howitzer in 1/72 scale – courtesy of this new tooling from Zvezda.

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GOLAN BATTLER

Fans of Soviet tanks will no doubt be delighted that MiniArt has included the classic T-34 among recent releases – this iteration depicts T-34/85s used by the Syrian Army during the 1960s/1970s and is one of the less-complex offerings.

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WEIGHTY SCOUT

Considering the complexity and vast parts counts in some of its large-scale armour kits, Dragon’s small-scale offerings can appear refreshingly simple, as with its 1/72 Schwerer Panzerspähwagen 8-Rad (heavy armoured reconnaissance vehicle, 8-wheeled).

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BELLOWING COW

Zvezda’s rocket firing Sd.Kfz.251 variant – nicknamed Heulende Kuh (bellowing cow) by German troops after the sound it made when the missiles were fired – is a recent tooling, distinct from its other Hanomags in this scale.

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FIGHTING CRICKET

Having acquired several moulds from now-defunct firm Toxso, Revell has issued the former’s newly tooled (but never-released) 1/72 Sturmpanzer 38(t) Grille (cricket) Ausf.M.

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MOBILE COMMAND CENTRE

Combining the recent 1/35 Sd.Kfz. 247 Ausf.B (35110) with its 2019-tooled German Command Vehicle Crew (35644) has allowed ICM to depict the type operating in its intended purpose as a portable operations centre.

TWICE THE PUNCH Review Premium

TWICE THE PUNCH

IBG Models has released an excellent 1/35 rendition of Poland's 7TP tank with twin turrets... and a full interior. Chris Clifford takes a look.

TABLE-TOP ARMOUR Review Premium

TABLE-TOP ARMOUR

Want a Centurion tank kit that's 'just right'? The answer could lie in Rubicon Models' 1/56 Centurion, which provides the opportunity to build Mk.3 or Mk.5 variants.