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AUSTRALIAN ARMOUR

This is the fourth set in Star Decal’s collection of aftermarket markings for Australian tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles during World War Two, with this selection covering Matilda tanks operated by the country’s armed forces.

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POLISH MOSSIES

Polish firm ModelMaker Decals has represented its home country’s military history with this set of markings representing de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI aircraft operated by No. 305 (Ziemia Wielkopolska) Polish Bomber Squadron.

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BETTER BLADES

Trumpeter’s 1/32 Bearcats are impressive kits, but suffer several shortfalls, so Barracuda’s resin replacement propeller and hub will be a boon for modellers, replacing the inaccurately shaped and poorly detailed styrene item.

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DUAL-MODE SMARTS

Suitable for A-10, F-15, F-16, B-1 and Mitsubishi F-2 kits (among others), Eduard’s GBU-54 set provides enough resin and photo-etched brass components for four of these dual-mode GPS and laser-guided bombs.

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FARMER’S PEW

Designed to fit Trumpeter’s quarter-scale MiG-19 Farmer kit, this resin and photo-etched (PE) steel ensemble comprises six resin components plus a single pre-painted fret.

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DITCHING INFLATABLE

This resin set is a quick and easy upgrade for Hong Kong Models’ 1/48 B-17G, although it could be adapted to earlier offerings from Revell/Monogram and Hasegawa.

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‘TONKA’ TWEAKS

Italeri’s 1/72 Panavia Tornado GR.1 kits are the recipient of Eduard’s comprehensive photo-etched metal upgrade, which includes one pre-painted fret and two plain brass examples.

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MICRO MACHINES

Maritime specialist Black Cat Models has turned its attention to armour subjects, these incredibly minute 3D-printed 1/350 scale M4 Sherman tanks.

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FIRING FITTINGS

This is the 1/72 version of Eduard’s photo-etched Soviet/Russian ejection seat firing handles set, which provides pre-coloured representations for a variety of fittings as these can be challenging to replicate with styrene.

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NAVAL TRAINING

Belgian firm PJ Production has released this simple but effective 1/48 Hawker Hunter conversion set, which allows modellers to transform Airfix’s new-tool F.6 offerings into GA.11 airframes – as used by the Royal Navy for weapons training.