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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.