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WEHRMACHT WEDGE

ICM’s newly tooled offering depicts a Schwerer geländegängiger gepanzerter Personenkraftwagen (heavy off-road armoured passenger motor vehicle) – also known as Sd.Kfz. 247 Ausf.B. 

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NORMANDY DEFENDERS

It’s great to see Dragon’s 1/72 re-releases, such as its mid-production Panzer IV Ausf. H with schürzen armour plating.

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'PLAY' OR DISPLAY

Italeri has been a pioneer of wargaming/modelling crossovers and its ZIS 3 with ‘servants’ (gun crew) is typical, with a low parts count and ‘snap-together’ construction, yet providing well-moulded components, making it ideal for builders of all skill levels.

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BRITISH ARMY WORKHORSE

Despite the Leyland Retriever being a common 6x4 truck in British service during World War Two, ICM’s kit is the first 1/35 styrene offering of the type.

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BASTOGNE THUNDERBOLT

Released as part of Dragon’s Battle of the Bulge series, its up-gunned ‘wet-stowage’ Sherman has returned with new markings to depict vehicles operated by American units involved in countering the German Ardennes offensive of 1944/45.

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ARMED HAULAGE

This is the first time IBG’s 1/72 Diamond T 968 has appeared as a standard cargo lorry since the initial release in 2014, and adds a Browning M2 machine gun to the cab roof.

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TANK CARRIER

A common sight behind Sd.Kfz 7 or Sd.Kfz. 9 half-tracks, the Sonderanhänger 115 trailer could carry vehicles of up to 10,000kg, yet this is the first styrene kit of the type in 1/72.

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LUFTWAFFE EXPERTEN

Intended as an accessory for Special Hobby’s recent 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109E kits, but equally applicable to iterations of this sub-type by other manufacturers, CMK’s two-figure set depicts Luftwaffe pilot Adolf Galland and a mechanic standing by the former’s aircraft.

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A PROUD FRENCH TANK CREW

The title of this lovely five-figure set from ICM is slightly misleading, as it comprises what appears to be three military figures (two of which seem to be tank crew – an FCM 36 is depicted on the box artwork) and two children who want to look at the tank.

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’TASHED 'JOCK'

The third in ToRo’s splendid military caricature series features an ‘archetypal’ Scottish officer as part of the British Eight Army ‘Desert Rats’ during World War Two.