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TINY TRACKS

Comprising just four styrene runners, Airfix’s returning 1/72 Universal Carrier and 6-pounder gun illustrates the diminutive size of the Vickers-Armstrong design, often referred to as a ‘Bren Gun Carrier’ due to the armament carried.

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CLASSIC CAT

Here’s a real blast from the past from Airfix’s Vintage Classics range, with its 1/76 Panzerkampfwagen V Panther tank, which is a staggering 59 years old.

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INTELLIGENCE DOUBLE

Airfix’s 1/76 German reconnaissance set includes parts for a Sd.Kfz. 222 armoured car as configured for intelligence-gathering operations plus a Type 82 Kübelwagen – a design produced by Dr Ferdinand Porsche from the Volkswagen Beetle.

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WHEELED WEAPONRY

Developed from the 8-rad (eight-wheeled) Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (heavy armoured reconnaissance vehicle), the Sd.Kfz.234 armoured car is the subject of Airfix’s 1/76 Vintage Classics offering, appearing as a late-war 234/4 variant with PaK 40 gun.

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NON-FLYING DUCK

Fitting the GMC 2½ ton 6x6 truck with an amphibious body resulted in the DUKW during 1942, and a 1/76 depiction of this versatile vehicle was added to Airfix's range in 1966, now returning under the Vintage Classics banner.

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MACHINE-GUNNING 'CONSORT'

Here's a return for Airfix's 1/76 'Female' tank with sponson-mounted machine guns - a reworked version of its 1967-vintage mixed-armament 'Male' vehicle that first appeared during 2009 - the latter is available as another Vintage Classics product: A02325V.

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FLAIL-FITTED 'FUNNY'

One of the most distinctive of the specialised tanks produced for the D-Day landings (nicknamed Hobart's Funnies after the general tasked with developing them and their bizarre appearances) was the Sherman Crab: an M4 fitted with a rotating flail for mine-clearing operations.

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LONG OR SHORT?

The Panzer IV was the most produced German tank during World War Two, and Airfix's 1/76 replica has now been re-released under the Vintage Classics banner.

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MINISTERIAL ARMOUR

With the 'Crocodile' flame-throwing (A02321V) and bridge-laying (A04301V) variants added to the Vintage Classics range, it's no surprise that Airfix's basic 1/76 Churchill Mk.VII tank has been re-released as a standalone offering.

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INFANTRY SUPPORT

Here's a real modelling nostalgia trip with the return of Airfix's Vintage Classics 1962-tooled 1/76 Sturmgeschütz (StuG) III Ausf.G assault gun.