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SUPERLATIVE MGB Feature Premium

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.

SWEDISH GHOST Feature Premium

SWEDISH GHOST

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

PHARAOH'S REVENGE Feature Premium

PHARAOH'S REVENGE

Trumpeter’s splendid 1/144 Tu-16 Badger receives an Egyptian makeover from ace modeller Juanjo Dominguez, who adds 3D-printed air-to-surface missiles for a finishing touch.

FANTASTIC FALCON Feature Premium

FANTASTIC FALCON

Peter Fearon finds building ICM's 1/32 scale Fiat CR.42 Falco to be a real delight.

JARHEAD PLAYBOYS Feature Premium

JARHEAD PLAYBOYS: Kinetic's 1/48 scale Prowler

Richard Spreckley tackles Kinetic's re-boxed 1/48 EA-6B Prowler in a striking VMAQ-2 'Playboys' livery, adding an Aires cockpit set as part of the project.

BASKET-WEAVE BOMBER Feature Premium

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.

IN THE NIGHT SKY Feature Premium

IN THE NIGHT SKY

Huw Morgan tackles an early RAF jet night-fighter in the shape of Special Hobby's 1/72 Meteor NF.12. It's a relatively simple but classy build.

snake charmer Feature Premium

SNAKE CHARMER

Massimo Santarossa takes on a Cobra with Special Hobby's re-issued 1/72 AH-1G gunship.

OLD-SCHOOL ‘ECHO’ Feature Premium

OLD-SCHOOL ‘ECHO’

We re-visit this classic Airfix Model World build, whereby José Pires applies a convincing period metal finish to Kinetic's 1/48 Mirage III.

NIGHT PROWLER Feature Premium

NIGHT PROWLER

One of the Luftwaffe's most capable night-fighters is completed by José Pires, who builds Platz's re-issue of the original Dragon Heinkel He 219.

THUNDER GOD Feature Premium

THUNDER GOD 'VIPER'

Toby Page builds Hasegawa's seasoned 1/48 F-16C kit, producing a display aircraft with a distinctly Greek flavour.

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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.

Fire God’s Chariot Feature Premium

FIRE GOD'S CHARIOT

Academy's re-issue of its fearsome 1/35 M163 Vulcan Air Defense System is built as a NATO warrior by Huw Morgan.

PEREGRINE-POWERED STORM Feature Premium

PEREGRINE-POWERED STORM

Special Hobby's newly tooled 1/32 Whirlwind Mk.I offers much for modellers to savour, as Mike Williams discovers.

Lean Green Racing Machine Feature Premium

Lean Green Racing Machine

Few aircraft were as beautiful as de Havilland's DH.88 racer. Here, Andy Davies replicates individual airframe G-ACSR - the so-called 'Green-un' - via SBS Model's 1/72 kit.

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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.

UPCYCLED CLASSIC Feature Premium

UPCYCLED CLASSIC

Israeli military ingenuity comes to the fore with Paul Cawte's classy build of Tiger Model's 1/35 Nagmachon armoured personnel carrier.

SEABORNE SUKHOI Feature Premium

SEABORNE SUKHOI

Chinese kit manufacturer Minibase has made a stunning debut with its sea-going 1/48 Su-33 Flanker-D. Chris Jones finds it an involved but satisfying project.

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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.

CREDIBLE CRUSTY Feature Premium

CREDIBLE CRUSTY

Mike Verier finds that this 'not-really-an-airliner' 1/144 Tu-134UBL Crusty-B from Zvezda builds into a faithful rendition of the Soviet aircraft.

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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.

HOWARD IN THE CONGO Feature Premium

HOWARD IN THE CONGO

Mike Grant creates a Free French Air Force aerial ambulance with Dekno Models' 1/72 Howard DGA-15P.

OLD 'CAT, NEW TRICKS Feature Premium

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.

HOP, SKIP AND A JUMP Feature Freemium

Building Kinetic's 1/48 scale Harrier GR.3

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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THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

INTERMEDIATE BUILD
How 'friendly' is Italeri’s Fokker F27? Massimo Santarossa finds out, as he constructs this famous turboprop airliner in 1/72 scale.

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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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NIGHT DESTROYER: Building ICM's 1/48 Dornier Do 217N-1

Richard Spreckley builds ICM’s new-tool 1/48 Do 217N-1 –a Luftwaffe night-fighter converted from a medium bomber – as prototype fuselage No 7.