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EXCLUSIVE BUILD: Airfix's new-tool 1/72 Gloster Meteor F.8

EXCLUSIVE FULL-BUILD FEATURE: Kev Baxter was delighted to preview the latest and arguably the greatest Airfix release in 1/72 scale to date, a newly tooled Gloster Meteor F.8.

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EXCLUSIVE: We build Airfix's all-new 1/48 Blackburn Buccaneer

EXCLUSIVE FULL-BUILD FEATURE: Richard Spreckley examines Airfix's highly anticipated 1/48 Blackburn Buccaneer S.2C/D in depth, constructing the model in full.

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Polish Perfection: SBS Model's 1/72 PZL P.1 Resin Kit full build

Mike Grant unmasks a painting challenge, as he constructs SBS Model’s 1/72 PZL P.1 resin kit with an eye-catching livery. Discover the full build here.

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Fancy Fishbed: Eduard's 1/72 MiG-21PFM full build!

If striking colour schemes catch your eye, Niklas Knutzén's build of Eduard's 1/72 MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F in Czech Air Force colours is well worth examining...

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Cypriot Sunbather: Airfix 1/72 Avro Shackleton AEW.2 aftermarket build

Jen Wright depicts an expat retiree with Airfix’s 1/72 Shackleton AEW.2 and a selection of aftermarket upgrade parts in an advanced modelling project.

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The Need... For Speed! Revell's Top Gun: Maverick F/A-18E Super Hornet

Chris Jones brings the silver screen to quarter scale with Maverick’s Super Hornet from the hotly anticipated 'Top Gun' sequel, via Revell’s 1/48 kit. Relive the high-octane movie with this fast-paced build feature!

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Bat out of Hell: new-tool 1/48 Messerschmitt Me 163 from GasPatch Models

Jay Blakemore​​​​​​​ discovers that building GasPatch Model’s new quarter-scale Komet is far from being rocket science... Discover the kit's contents and construction of this striking late-war interceptor in this full build feature.

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On the Wrong Track: RyeField Model's 1/35 Sherman Vc Firefly

Huw Morgan goes off the rails to give RyeField Model’s 1/35 Sherman Firefly a decidedly different setting... a custom diorama base featuring a length of same-scale railway track. Discover how these elements were constructed in this full-build feature.

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Aussie Cent: 1/56 scale Centurion Mk.5/1 tank by Rubicon Models

Huw Morgan builds a Vietnam-era Centurion tank in a different scale – 1/56, usually favoured by figure painters - courtesy of Rubicon Models’ kit. Discover why this wargamer-aimed offering could be your next military build project here...

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Seaborne Striker from Airfix: 1/72 Sea Harrier FRS.1 in Falklands livery

Airfix’s 1/72 Sea Harrier FRS.1 makes a return for the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict. Editor Stu Fone adds a few spares and tweaks to recreate a veteran airframe from the 1982 undeclared war.

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Hobby 2000's Maritime Mauler: 1/72 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VIc

Chris Jones builds Hobby 2000's re-boxing of the Hasegawa-tooled 1/72 Beaufighter Mk.VIc, (almost) out of the box - employing just the kit styrene and familiar painting techniques to produce a convincing finish.

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Mercurial Messerschmitt

Border Model has managed to unite the aircraft and military genres by releasing a 1/35 Messerschmitt Bf 109... the first in this scale and ideal for dioramas with vehicles and figures.

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CLOSE-SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Jen Wright demonstrates simple building tips and upgrades on Revell's re-boxing of the 1/72 Academy OV-10A Bronco.

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STORM FORCE

Dean Large completes Revell's re-boxing of the 1/32 Special Hobby Hawker Tempest Mk.V, incorporating a wealth of aftermarket detail in the process.

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EXCLUSIVE BUILD: Airfix's all-new 1/72 Hawker Tempest

Garry Tobiss has fun with this test-shot build of Airfix's new-tool 1/72 Hawker Tempest Mk.V. As you'll see, it's a wallet-friendly kit with excellent engineering - ideal for novices and more experienced modellers alike.

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FLYING ARCHER

Czech manufacturer Sword appears to have shed its limited-run status with the 1/48 Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario.

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SUPERLATIVE MGB

Aoshima's 1/24 MGB is a crisply moulded product. Here, though, its stance is improved and it receives a superb metallic paint job, courtesy of Dr James Whalen.

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SWEDISH GHOST

Niklas Knutzén adds aftermarket improvements to Hasegawa's re-released 1/72 SAAB J 35F Draken.

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BASKET-WEAVE BOMBER

We offer an early look at Airfix's third 1/72 Vickers Wellington release, which features the Merlin-powered Mk.II variant built by Huw Morgan.

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CYLON NEMESIS

Moebius Models has produced a 1/32 replica of Battlestar Galactica’s Raptor, which Steve Budd garnished with Greenstrawberry’s FruitPACK.

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PUŁAWSKI’S FIGHTER

It’s a build of discovery for Dean Large as he encounters an unusual subject in IBG’s large-scale PZL P.11c.

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THE MIGHTY MO

Well covered in the larger scales, Academy’s 1/700 World War Two-period USS Missouri is explored by Andy Davies.

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NEITHER DEAD NOR ALIVE

Following its 1/16 Night King, ICM has released another figure seemingly inspired by the Game of Thrones series: one of the reanimated minions from the frozen land beyond The Wall. Johan Augustsson introduces painting theories on this creepy fellow, a 1/16 Wight.

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CLOWNING AROUND

Jen Wright takes a break from reality with a couple of cartoon-style fighter builds from Great Wall Hobby.

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WEATHERED WORKHORSE

Joe Turner turns MiniArt’s 1/35 US Bulldozer into a weathered machine, and places the model in a period scene.

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OLD 'CAT, NEW TRICKS

Despite a challenging construction process, Mike Williams completes Italeri's re-issue of AMT's old 1/48 F7F Tigercat and adds a convincing weathered finish...peeled paint and all!

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HOW DO THEY GET IN ?

Sometimes a project can snowball if just a simple question is raised during construction – for Editor Stu Fone and Airfix’s re-issued 1/72 Beaufighter TF.X, it was wondering how the crew entered the aircraft.

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HOP, SKIP AND A JUMP

Kinetic's 1/48 Harrier has been reformated to portray the RAF's GR.1/GR.3 airframes. The moved prompted Jay Blakemore to jump for joy and produce a wonderful build.

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CIRCLES IN THE SKY

Andy Davies has fun building and modifying an oddity from the golden age of aviation in the form of the 1/72 AviS Lee-Richards Annular wing No.3.

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DESERT HAULER

Jay Blakemore settles in for the long haul when he takes on Thunder Model’s highly detailed 1/35 Scammell Pioneer SV/2S recovery tractor.