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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.

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PORSCHE'S TRUNK

While Zvezda’s initial Zvezda’s 1/35 Sd.Kfz.184 Jagdpanzer (tank destroyer) featured the Ferdinand, its second release depicts the later ‘Elefant’.

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EXQUISITE DISH

Hauler has re-boxed Extratech’s superb resin/photo-etched (PE) brass 1/72 German FuSE-65 Würzburg-Riese radar system.