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NINE TONS IN TOTAL

ICM’s latest Diorama Series combination package offers superb value for money by combining its 1/35 Ford V3000S (35411), Mercedes-Benz L3000S (35420) and KHD S3000 (35451) for less than the price of two of these kits bought individually.

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EARLY-WAR ARTILLERY

First to Fight specialises in 1/72 kits of soldiers and equipment used by German and Polish forces at the start of World War Two, such as the latter’s 75mm armata wz. 1897 guns – ex-French Canon de 75 modèle 1897s.

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KURSK COMBATANT

Having already released Ausf.H and Ausf.E versions of Germany’s ubiquitous Panzer IV tank, Zvezda has now addressed the Ausf.G, providing two new runners for the differences in the track guards, drive sprockets, schürzen plate/ support configuration and hull/ turret armour plating.

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AIRBORNE ARMOUR

Vickers’ Light Tank Mk.VII hasn’t been the most popular subject – Hauler’s 1/72 offering being just the eighth kit of the type.

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KEEP ON TRUCKIN'

This is ICM’s fourth Liberty truck release, and the second to include figures – as usual, this package works out cheaper than the individual kits.

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WHEELED SCOUT

Tamiya’s lovely M8 Greyhound returns after a gap of more than 20 years, along with a bevy of extras for its ‘Combat Patrol Set’.

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OFFICIALDOM ON WHEELS

Revell’s WOT 6 is a direct re-box of ICM’s splendid kit, with the sole change being a new decal sheet.

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CLASH OF THE TITANS

ICM has combined its Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf.B (35363) and T-34/85 (35367) in a Battle of Berlin combo that’s less than 75% of the combined cost of the separate kits.

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QUICK-FIRE ARTILLERY

French artillery seems to attract less attention than other nation’s subjects, so this Mle 1897 from IBG will be popular among military kit aficionados.

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MANNED FLAK COMBO

This neat little set from Dragon combines the firm’s 2cm FlaK 38 (6288) with its superb crew figures (6368) to provide arguably the best diorama package currently available for this type of anti-aircraft gun.

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LONG-BARRELLED BRIT

The second Sherman kit from Rye Field is effectively a new tooling, as it shares just Runner B with the M4A3E8 offering (5028).

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CAPTURED RECOVERY

MiniArt’s lovely T-60 returns in the guise of a German captured machine with a field modification to convert it into a pioneer/ recovery vehicle.

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FOLDED-CANVAS CARRIER

Efforts to standardise the motorised sections of the German Wehrmacht resulted in the Leichter Gelände Einheits Personen-Kraftwagen (Light All-Terrain Personnel Carrier), replicated in 1/35 scale by this ICM offering.

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GENERAL'S FIELD GUN

Here’s an ideal introduction to model kits and Napoleonic-era history in a single package, with MisterCraft’s re-boxed Směr 1/18 wheeled artillery piece.

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WIRELESS 'ON THE DOUBLE'

ICM has sprung another ‘combo’ product on modellers as part of its Diorama Series, this time focusing on German radio trucks.

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SIMPLE STANDARD

The ubiquity of the Sherman tank during World War Two makes it a popular subject with small-scale armour modellers and wargamers alike, and this 1/72 Forces of Valor kit is ideal for both purposes thanks to its easy construction, large locating pins and pre-coloured Olive Drab styrene.

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CHARMANT HOMELAND DEFENDER

Tamiya’s new-tool 1/35 Renault R35 tank is a charming representation of this French inter-war design, combining just four styrene runners with neatly moulded detail – parts exhibit fine panel lines, delicate rivets and convincing representations of cast metal surfaces.

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AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT

Here’s a return for Airfix’s 1/76 Landing Craft, Mechanised Mk.III (LCM3) and M4A2 Sherman tank combined offering – a pairing first released in 1966.

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Command on the move

ICM’s ZiL-131 is back in its command vehicle configuration, but this time with the inclusion of two figures from its Soviet Drivers set (35641).

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Tracked Cats and Storms

It’s Airfix’s turn to re-box Academy’s 1/35 M10 Tank Destroyer, following an Italeri-branded version in 2010.

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Soft-Top Truck

This version of Polish manufacturer IBG Models’ 1/35 3Ro truck depicts the Lancia-built vehicle with a canvas-covered transport section and with markings to represent vehicles in service with the German Wehrmacht.

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Mortar Assault

Italeri’s Sturmmörser Tiger may be more than 20 years old, but still manages to surprise.

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GO-ANYWHERE CARRIER

This version of Tamiya’s 1/35 Komatsu Light Armored Vehicle retains the styrene and die-cast components from previous iterations, including a one-piece upper body, three green-toned runners and a clear frame, plus four vinyl tyres and metal screws.

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TURRETED TURTLE

Italeri’s 1/35 M1A1 Abrams returns with five crew figures to pose with the vehicle – the latter are supplied on a single grey styrene runner with convincingly rendered clothing, but flash was evident on several parts.

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DRIVING WIND

A pair of additional runners have been combined with Revell’s 1/72 Panzer III to enable modellers to produce a prototype Ostwind (East Wind) self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, fitted with a 3.7cm FlaK 43.

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KURSK 'LETTERBOXES'

Tamiya has recently tooled new components to produce this 1/48 Panther Ausf.D, although the die-cast lower hull originated with its preceding Ausf.G and Jagdpanther kits providing a substantial heft to the finished model.

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WIDE-TRACK ASSAULT GUN

Here’s a return for Dragon’s 1/35 StuG III, with this ‘Smart Kit’ version depicting the Ausf.B iteration, which features the correct broad rubber ‘tyres’ on the road wheels for this sub-type.

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MOBILE MEDICINE

ICM’s 1/35 Model T 1917 Ambulance with US Medical Personnel is another value-for-money offering, as it’s less expensive than buying kits 35661 and 35694 separately.

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POTENT COCKTAIL

This version of IBG’s 1/35 Matériel de 75mm Mle 1897 Field Gun represents one of the the 2,000 weapons supplied to the American Expeditionary Forces during World War One, where they received the designation M1897.

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INFANTRY SUPPORT TANK

Forces of Valor kits are aimed at wargamers, but are also ideal for novice modellers due to their large locating pins and pre-coloured material.