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DUSTY GENERAL

This re-boxing of Academy’s M3 Grant by Airfix provides the same styrene parts as previous iterations, which are presented on eight runners plus a separate one-piece lower hull and single-length vinyl tracks.

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POST 'TOTEM POLE'

Takom’s newly tooled 1/72 Chieftain tank has been awaited eagerly by fans of British Cold War armour, and the firm’s Mk.10/11 dual-boxing has now arrived.

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OPEN-TOPPED DEMAG

Arguably, Demag’s Sd.Kfz.10 was the most common half-track used by German forces during World War Two, and its popularity continues in kit form – Special Armour is the latest firm to offer this vehicle in 1/72 scale, with a re-box of the MK 72 product.

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PROTECTION CONUNDRUM

Dragon’s latest Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H offering is slightly misleading in that it depicts a late-production vehicle with Schürzen plates, so the titular Zimmerit is just for the glacis and front/rear-facing panels – the turret and rest of hull are plain.

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ROMAN ARTILLERY

Italeri has paired newly tooled components with 1973-vintage parts to produce a 1/35 Semovente da 75/18 self-propelled gun, depicting a post-1943 Carro Armarto M15/42 version.

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MOBILE DEFENDER

The latest version of IBG’s Lancia 3Ro is effectively a two-for-one offering as it combines the basic chassis of the firm’s splendid truck kit with all-new parts for a flatbed-mounted 90/53 90mm anti-aircraft gun.

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GALLIC TOWING

ICM’s 1/35 Lastkraftwagen 3.5t AHN (35416) has been paired with the firm’s German Drivers (35642) to form another value-for-money package.

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PANZER NEMESIS

Comprising ten styrene runners plus separate upper and lower turret halves and hull, with single-piece vinyl tracks, a small photo-etched (PE) brass fret and a length of thread, Airfix’s M36B1 is a direct re-boxing of the Academy kit (based on that firm’s 2001 tooling of the M10), albeit with new decals.

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SAY WOT?

This is ICM’s baseline Fordson War Office Truck (WOT) 8 – the smaller predecessor to the WOT 6 (35507).

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DRY STOWAGE

There’s a seemingly never-ending flow of new Sherman tank releases, such as this tooling from Zvezda.