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Airfix Model World May 2021

Welcome to Airfix Model World May 2021 featuring full coverage of Airfix's new 1/48 Chipmunk T.10, a new tool 1/24 Bloodhound, Revell's 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet, Tamiya's 1/35 AMX-13/90 tank, exclusive model builds, scale modelling news and more. Read the full issue in PDF format here or dip into our reformatted online features for KeyModelWorld at your leisure.

Win Zoukei-Mura’s all-new 1/48 F-4EJ Phantom II (Standard)!

Three lucky readers have the chance to win one of Zoukei-Mura’s brand-new 1/48 F-4EJ Phantom II (SWS12) kits, courtesy of Volks Inc (Japan). The closing date for entries is Friday, June 11, 2021.

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LATE-WAR LAVOCHKIN

This late version of Clear Prop’s newly tooled 1/72 Lavochkin La-5 includes a slightly reworked runner compared with the early iteration (CP72014), though the remaining six frames and photo-etched (PE) brass fret are unchanged.

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FRENCH TUTOR

Esci’s 1980-vintage Alpha Jet returns in Italeri packaging, with unchanged parts and new decals.

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CONVOY HUNTER

Special Hobby’s He 115 is the only 1/48 kit of the type, so its return will be welcomed by fans of Luftwaffe floatplanes.

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RJ MITCHELL’S LEGEND

Modellers who missed out on Eduard’s limited-edition 1/48 ‘Spitfire Story: The Few’ package, fear not, for the Czech firm’s ProfiPACK edition has now arrived.

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ARMY/MARINE SPOTTER

Unmanned aerial vehicles come in all shapes and sizes; the RQ-7B Shadow is one of the smaller types and is the subject of this lovely resin and photo-etched (PE) brass combination from Brengun.

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VIOLET LIGHTNING

Here’s another double delight from Platz, in the form of its two-kit 1/144 Kawanishi N1K-J Shinden-Kai (violet lightning – modified) package, also known by the Allied callsign ‘George’.

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SOVIET SCENE

ICM’s approach to figures with aircraft kits is arguably among the best, with this 1/48 Polikarpov U-2 set including the base kit, plus pilots and ground crew for no extra cost.

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FLAK SUPPRESSOR

The third iteration of Airfix’s lovely 1/72 Beaufighter TF.X provides parts for a snub- or thimble-nosed airframe, matching this with markings for Royal Canadian Air Force and Portuguese Naval Aviation machines.

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ROSATELLI’S FALCON

The second in ICM’s CR.42 series has been released and it’s likely to be a firm favourite with modellers, being the original Italian airframe.

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MINI SPY-COPTER

Crew-less aircraft, such as Schiebel’s S-100 camcopter, are gaining in popularity – the type has recently been accepted into UK Coastguard service – so it’s no surprise to see kit representations follow.

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NEW ENGINE OPTION

Having first tooled a 1/144 Airbus A321 in 1999, Revell has followed the type’s development with a completely re-tooled A321neo – featuring two New Engine Options (hence the acronym) plus wingtip ‘sharklets’ to improve fuel efficiency.

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EAST-GERMAN MINE CLEARANCE

This version of Revell’s recent 1/72 T-55A/AM contains new runners E and F for the KMT-6 and EMT-5 mine-clearance systems used by the East German Army.

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AIRFIELD HOT STUFF

Derived from the six-wheeled Saladin/Saracen armoured cars, the Salamander fire tender was a common sight on RAF and RCAF airfields, yet this is the first kit of the type in 1/72.

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IMPROVED HOWITZER

IBG’s 1/35 Skoda houfnice vz 14/19 gun has been reworked to depict modernised artillery used by Polish forces during World War Two, notably featuring large tyre-shod wheels.

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STALIN’S ORGAN

This is another great set from ICM, combining its WOT 8-mounted BM-13-16 Katyusha rocket launcher (35591) with a four-man reloading team (also available separately as 35648).

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GAMING GUNNERY

Although produced and released by Italeri, this 1/56 scale Sturmgeschütz is a collaboration with UK-based wargaming company Warlord Games for use with the latter’s 28mm Bolt Action system.

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LAST-GASP DEFENDER

Comprising 11 styrene runners and a photo-etched brass fret, Academy’s King Tiger has been repackaged by Airfix with new markings.

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BIG-SHOT SHERMAN

The Sherman Firefly Vc is Airfix’s first foray into 1/72 armour in many years and is aimed at all modellers, offering a choice of simplified running gear for beginners or separate suspension, road wheels and link-and-length tracks for those with a few builds under their belt.

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OVER A BARREL

Dragon’s 1/35 JSU-122 tank destroyer is back, with parts for a baseline assault gun, semiautomatic breech-equipped JSU-122S or up-gunned JSU-152, plus German Panzerjäger figures.

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ROCKET MARKINGS

While stencils for aircraft and helicopters are increasingly common, this isn’t necessarily true for the weapons they carry, but Ze-Ro decals has stepped into this gap with a lovely set of markings for the ubiquitous UB-32-57 rocket pods carried by Croatian Air Force assets between 1994 and 2013.

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GALLIC THUNDERBOLTS

The second batch of French P-47D Thunderbolts from LPS Hobby offers a pair of late-production P-47D-30 airframes, which both had a tail fillet (fitted as standard to -40 aircraft).

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PACIFIC SHERMANS

ToRo’s first collection of Pacific Theater Shermans provides markings for seven overall Olive Drab machines, with examples of M4, M4A1, M4 (Composite) and M4A2 tanks.

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FEATHERED GUARDIAN

Aftermarket specialist Euro Decals has scaled down its stunning Oregon Air National Guard 2016 commemorative markings so those that prefer 1/72 can build this strikingly painted airframe.

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HIND AIRFRAME DATA

Sometimes, adding refinement to a model doesn’t involve resin, photo-etched brass or scratch-building – it relies on aircraft stencilling and this comprehensive product from Eduard provides a complete set of such markings for Zvezda’s recent Mi-24V Hind-E in Russian and English.

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JORDANIAN CARRIER

Fans of airline models wanting an unusual subject may find this set from Decales Global of interest, as it provides markings for Aqaba Airlines’ sole Boeing 737-300 airframe, JY-JAB.

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OVERSEAS FALCONS

ICM has been quick to follow up the release of its lovely CR.42 kits with its own markings for foreign operated machines.

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AIR BRIDGE SKYTRAINS

Iliad’s superb collection of Berlin Airlift C-47 Skytrains is ideal for those with Airfix’s recent 1/72 offerings as it provides markings for four machines, giving a mix of military- and civilian-registered aircraft.

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UKRAINIAN FROGFOOT

Foxbot’s latest Ukrainian Warriors of Light collection features 15 Su-25 Frogfoot airframes, all clad in the current digital-style four-tone camouflage.