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‘FREE MONKEY’ CANNON FROM 16.02 Review Premium

‘FREE MONKEY’ CANNON FROM 16.02

Custom-Scale sub-brand 16.02 has released a superb ground-based version of the 3cm Bordkanone gun. It's in ground-firing format, with the choice of two different mounts, and is ripe for diorama treatment.

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Alkett Assaulter: MiniArt's new 1/35 StuG III Interior Kit

VIDEO: Announced with considerable fanfare, the first of MiniArt’s 1/35 StuG III interior kits has arrived… JOHN FULLER discovers what this highly anticipated package can promise...

DETAIL-PACKED T-55 VARIANT BY MINIART Review Premium

DETAIL-PACKED T-55 VARIANT BY MINIART

Few tank kits are as impressive as the 1/35 interior-detail products manufactured by Ukraine's MiniArt. Its T-55A MOD. 1970 kit upholds the firm's tradition of staggeringly good detail.

DRAGON’S DUAL-IDENTITY HALF-TRACK Review Premium

DRAGON’S DUAL-IDENTITY HALF-TRACK

Dragon's 1/72 German Sd.Kfz.251 half-tracks are packed with detail, and this 2 in 1 offering provides alternative parts so you can choose to build one of two different vehicles. The common factor is that of pioneer bridge sections mounted on the upper hull sides.

STUNNING QUARTER-SCALE TIGER I FROM USTAR Review Premium

STUNNING QUARTER-SCALE TIGER I FROM USTAR

Military fans who favour 1/48 scale have been envious of their 1/35-building brethren, when it comes to tanks with full interiors. But no longer though, as Asian firm USTAR has released a mind-bogglingly good quarter-scale Tiger I, on a Kursk theme, and it's festooned with detail inside and out.

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Demonstration for Display: ICM's 1/35 FCM 36 with French Tank Crew

ICM has combined its 1/35 FCM 36 French tank with the same-scale figures designed to accompany the vehicle in a package that’s cheaper than buying the two sets separately.

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Tamiya's Heavy-Hitting Rhino: 1/48 Nashorn Review

Modellers wanting a German Nashorn but who don’t have the space for a 1/35 version might prefer Tamiya’s 1/48 offering - the subject of Airfix Model World's review, here.

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Brengun adds another Teeny Tiny Tank: 1/144 A7V German WWI tank

Brengun continues to expand its range of ‘airliner-scale’ armour subjects, with the German A7V tank being one of the latest. Discover more about this tiny military kit in Airfix Model World's review.

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MiniArt releases Lanz Bulldog: D8506 tractor & Trailer with Crew

MiniArt has continued to build on its range of D8056 tractor kits – replicating the famous Lanz Bulldog vehicle – with this version containing the now-familiar trailer, German figures plus a range of grenades and mines. Discover more about the full kit here.

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Wheeled Troop Carrier from Dragon: /72 PLA ZBL-09 IFV

Arguably, convergent evolution is just as prevalent in vehicle design as nature, as evinced by China’s ZBL-09, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Piranha series of vehicles (the source of many Western 8x8 designs) – understandable given they provide similar functions.

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ICM's Gun-Toting Tourer: 1/35 G4 Partisanwagen

The latest version of ICM’s 1/35 G4 tourer/staff car depicts a less common variant (of the 57 examples built) equipped with pedestal-mounted MG 34 machine guns in the rear/passenger section. Find out more here!

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Special Armour's Personal Command: 1/35 Panzerbefehlswagen 35(t)

Here’s a surprising but very welcome return for CMK’s 1/35 Panzerbefehlswagen (armoured/ tank command vehicle) 35(t) under the label of another Special Hobby subsidiary: Special Armour. Check out AMW's review here.

EIGHTIES ISRAELI ARMOUR Review Premium

EIGHTIES ISRAELI ARMOUR

Amusing Hobby's second 1/35 Israeli Centurion kit ticks all the boxes in terms of detail, parts count and price. If you're a fan of Cold War armour, you'll love this fun-packed product.

BRITISH SHERMAN STUDY Review Premium

BRITISH SHERMAN STUDY

If you have Sherman Firefly builds on the cards, regardless of scale, Model Centrum's softback book on these machines is a superb reference. It offers myriad photos, scale drawings, colour profiles and more.

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Revell embarks on a World of Tanks link-up with new Armour Kits

Revell is arguably pioneering the art of model kit and videogame linkups, as here’s a new range of armour subjects under the World of Tanks label. We examine two of these offerings: 1/72 Cromwell tank and SU-100 tank-destroyer kits.

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Unscrambling ICM's Ie.gl.Einheits-Pkw package

The latest of ICM’s current diorama sets provides one of the best value-for-money packages on the market, combining three staff vehicles (Kfz.1, 2 and 4) plus a twin MG 34 mounting for just 60% of the separate kits’ total cost. Airfix Model World's full review contains exclusive parts photos.

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MiniArt's combined T-55 and KMT-5M Mine-roller package

MiniArt has raised what modellers expect from an armour kit, such as this T-55 with mine roller, offering 91 styrene runners, plus two brass chains and a photo-etched brass fret, yet this is just a ‘basic’ offering, without a full interior.

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Dragon adds a 1/72 T-34/85 to its Armor Pro range!

Released as part of Dragon’s Armor Pro range, this is a welcome return of the firm’s late-model T-34/85; AMW lifts the lid on this re-issued kit here.

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ICM's 1/35 G7117 Truck gains drivers!

Deciding to produce a newly tooled Chevrolet G7100-series truck in 1/35 was a smart move by ICM, as there are numerous sub-types and users to depict; here, the firm has provided Soviet figures, as the Red Army utilised the vehicles.

Blitz StuH and StuG tank Review Premium

BLITZ’S 2-IN-1 STURMGESCHÜTZ

Takom sub-brand Blitz has produced a superb1/35 kit that allows you to build either a late production StuG III Ausf.G, or a StuH 42. It's great value for fans of German armour, and includes extensive photo-etched metal details and optional turned metal barrels.

AIRFIX’S CLERICAL HOWITZER: THE M7 PRIEST Review Premium

AIRFIX’S CLERICAL HOWITZER: THE M7 PRIEST

Airfix's 1/35 M7 Priest is a happy medium between the vintage Italeri offering, and more modern toolings by Dragon. Learn more about the heritage and detail of this military gem.

SPECIAL ARMOUR’S SMALL-SCALE ROCKET LAUNCHER Review Premium

SPECIAL ARMOUR’S SMALL-SCALE ROCKET LAUNCHER

Special Armour's new 1/72 Nebelwerfer 41 is a superb option for military fans who prefer smaller scales.

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MiniArt's T-34/85 Composite Turret with Full Interior!

Discover the splendour that's inside MiniArt's latest 1/35 T-34/85 kit - depicting a vehicle with Composite turret from the 112 plant - in AMW's review of the kit.

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ICM's Newly Tooled 1/35 Laffly V15T Review

Continuing a theme of 1/35 French armour subjects, ICM has released a kit of the unusual Laffly V15T light artillery tractor. Discover more concerning this strange World War Two design and its scaled-down representation here.

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Zvezda 1/72 SU-122 Snap-Fit Kit Review

Here’s another addition to Zvezda’s range of exceptionally well-engineered and detailed snap-fit starter sets, depicting a Soviet SU-122 in 1/72 scale. Find out more in our detailed kit review.

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Italeri 1/72 Italian 90/53 Gun with Crew Review

Released as part of Italeri’s wargaming range, this superbly detailed small-scale Cannone 90/53 and crew is equally suitable for modellers - learn why in Airfix Model World's full review of the kit.

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ICM 1/35 BM-13-16 on G7107 Base Review

With MiniArt having previously released the Chevrolet G7107 truck and BM-13-16 rocket launcher system, it was just a matter of time before the two were combined. Find out more about this Soviet self-propelled artillery platform in this kit review.

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Revell 1/72 Sd.Kfz. 138 Marder III Ausf.M Review

Having acquired moulds from defunct firm Toxco, Revell has set about releasing a new range of 1/72 armour kits, including this Marder III Ausf.M. Discover our verdict on the kit in AMW's review.

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MiniArt Austin Armoured Car Indian Pattern Review

This seventh version of MiniArt’s 1/35 Austin armoured car depicts use in India during the 1920s - discover what's different in this iteration in this full review.

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OPEL TRIPLE PACKAGE

ICM has released another diorama set combining several 1/35 kits: its trio of Opel saloons, 35742 Admiral, 35475 Kapitän and 35478 Kadett K38, in the guise of World War Two-era German staff transport cars.