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SOVIET-SUPPLIED SWALLOW

ICM’s 1/32 Polikarpov I-16 Type 10 returns, this time representing fighters nicknamed ‘Lastochka’ (Swallow) by its Chinese Nationalist operators between 1938-39.

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SPECIAL OPS 'WOKKA-WOKKA'

Italeri’s CH-47 has been around since 1995, and this Revell re-boxing features the former’s US Army’s Special Operations MH-47E, with an option for an RAF HC.3 machine.

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LAPLAND BOMBER

ICM’s delightful Do 17 is back, this time in Finnish markings.

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TACTICAL RENAISSANCE

Many historians cite the Spanish Civil War as being the testing ground for the Luftwaffe’s tactical development in the years preceding World War Two, and Osprey’s latest Air Campaign volume examines the earlier conflict in detail.

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'EMIL' RETURNS

This styrene-only Weekend Edition of Eduard’s 1/48 Bf 109E-3 comprises three runners common to the firm’s ‘family’ of quarter-scale Bf 109Es, but Runner C represents cannon-fitted wings and Runner F the early-style canopy, replaced by a squarer design on E-4s onwards.

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EAST ANGLIA TO THE MIDLANDS

While the firm is arguably most famous for its Defiant turret-equipped fighter, this Fonthill Media volume reveals the Boulton Paul company has a far richer history than just this one somewhat unsuccessful type.

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THE PEOPLE'S FIGHTER

It may be small, but Special Hobby’s newly tooled He 162 is perfectly formed and is easily the best 1/72 offering of the type in this scale.

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MISLABELLED STEALTH

Modellers wanting a YF-22 shouldn’t be misled by the title on MisterCraft’s re-boxed Aeroplast offering – the contents are actually for a full-production F-22, which has a considerably different shape.

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IN THE BEGINNING

When building their first model, those new to the hobby can face an almost bewildering array of tools, adhesives, paints and kits, not to mention more advanced products associated with weathering methods.

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‘JUMPING’ JET ACCOUNTS

The first of two Jet Age series volumes dedicated to the Hawker Siddeley Harrier covers its introduction in 1969 to the end of the Cold War – judged to be 1990, when the first of the second-generation British Aerospace machines entered service.