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TRANSPORTER TRIMMINGS

Airliner-scale specialist Shelf Oddity has produced a comprehensive four-fret photo-etched brass upgrade for MikroMir’s 1/144 Blackburn Beverley.

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FIRE AND FORGET

MBDA’s advanced short range air-to-air missile (ASRAAM, also known as the AIM-132) is used on various British, Australian and Indian aircraft, replacing AIM-9 Sidewinders and Matra R.550 Magic weapons, respectively.

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SOVIET AIRSPEED PIPE

Replicating fine items such as pitot tubes in styrene can be challenging for manufacturers, but especially so in 1/144 scale, so Master’s turned brass and photoetched (PE) metal alternative will add a quality touch to any MiG-29 Fulcrum model.

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'EZ' EJ UPGRADES

As our build feature Retired Rhino shows, FineMolds’ 1/72 F-4EJ Phantom builds into a splendid model straight from the box, but those seeking refinement will appreciate Eduard’s photo-etched metal upgrade.

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SEALED YAK GLAZING

While Special Hobby’s Yak-3 kit has much to offer, those wanting a more scale-thickness canopy can utilise MH Models’ vac-form replacement, although the kit item is arguably just as clear.

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LASER PRECISION

Laser-guided bombs are now de rigueur on many western combat aircraft, yet the provision of this type of ordnance in kits is erratic.

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HAIRY STICKS

While packaged as a set intended specifically for chipping work, AMMO-MIG’s fine brushes are equally suitable for fine weathering or detail painting.

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CLIPPED-WING MISSILE

Eduard’s range of aftermarket munitions sets includes this set of AIM-120C AMRAAM with ‘clipped’ wings, allowing for internal carriage.

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MOOSE DISPLAY

Mirage Hobby’s 1/48 PZL.37 Łoś (Moose) originated in 1999 and hasn’t been available for several years, but those with the kit in their stash will appreciate this photo-etched instrument display from Yahu’s ‘JustStick’ range.

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CHAINED DOWN

Comprising 217 photo-etched brass ‘cross-type’ tie-down points for US Navy carrier ‘pad-eye’ deck recesses, this is a great set for those wanting to portray aircraft secured via chains on either Kitty Hawk or Forrestal-class vessels (Nimitz-and Ford-classes use a ‘star-type’, available as BRL72102).