Basic Builds

BASIC BUILDS

Airfix Model World encompasses a wide range of skill levels and we do the same here on KeyModelWorld. In this section you will find a growing collection of Basic Builds features from the latest and past issues of the magazine, all fully searchable and covering a wide range of subjects. Each build has been reformatted to suit the site so you can get the most from it.

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DE HAVILLAND'S 'DRACULA'

Dean Large sinks his teeth into the latest tooling from Airfix: a 1/48 scale de Havilland Vampire.

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NEITHER DEAD NOR ALIVE

Following its 1/16 Night King, ICM has released another figure seemingly inspired by the Game of Thrones series: one of the reanimated minions from the frozen land beyond The Wall. Johan Augustsson introduces painting theories on this creepy fellow, a 1/16 Wight.

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CLOWNING AROUND

Jen Wright takes a break from reality with a couple of cartoon-style fighter builds from Great Wall Hobby.

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WEATHERED WORKHORSE

Joe Turner turns MiniArt’s 1/35 US Bulldozer into a weathered machine, and places the model in a period scene.

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NIGHT RAIDER

David Holmes builds Airfix’s newly tooled 1/72 Mosquito B.XVI out of the box to represent an aircraft from RAF Bomber Command’s Light Night Strike Force.

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MINIATURE MESSERSCHMITT MASTERPIECE

What can a newly tooled depiction of a classic and popular aircraft type bring to a market full of competitors’ takes on the subject? Mike Williams finds out with Special Hobby’s brand-new 1/72 Bf 109E-4.

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GIANT OF THE SKY

Paul Cawte builds Mark I Models’ 1/720 R33 Airship –a craft that evolved from a weapon of war and marked the golden era of inter-war aviation, when such vessels appeared to be the future for commercial travel.

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RETIRED RHINO

Kev Baxter snaps up the latest offering from FineMolds in the form of its outstanding 1/72 F-4EJ Kai Phantom and builds this state-of-the-art release to represent a museum airframe.

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CHEERFUL ‘CHIPPIE’

Chris Jones gives Airfix’s brand-new 1/48 de Havilland Chipmunk a thorough examination.

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ANYONE FOR COFFEE?

Kev Baxter tackles MikroMir’s 1/72 Canberra T.17 straight from the box and enjoys using AK Interactive’s lacquer-based paints.

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TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Björn Kågner is delighted with the simple construction of Tamiya’s recent 1/35 Valentine infantry tank, finishing the model to represent one of the thousands supplied to the Soviet Union.

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THE RAF’S CUTTING EDGE

Bringing supersonic capability to match Soviet MiG-15s, the Canadair Sabre was an important aircraft for the RAF in the early Cold War period. A 1/48 representation is the latest addition to Airfix’s fleet of early jet fighters, built here by Alan Price.

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Return of the Fire God

After a wait of almost 38 years, Airfix has released a newly tooled 1/72 Avro Vulcan B.2. Andy Davies takes a close look at what is on offer.

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OLIVER'S ARMOUR

Airfix’s return to the large-scale military kit market has been marked by a delightful newly tooled 1/35 Cromwell tank offering, according to Nick Shuttleworth.

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TORPEDO TWIN

Airfix takes another dip into the Bristol Aeroplane Company’s history with a newly tooled 1/72 Bristol Beaufort Mk.I, as Stu Fone discovers.

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‘FRIGHTNING’ DUO

Mike Grant finds a flash of inspiration building a pair of Platz 1/144 BAC Lightnings.

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SUPER-SIZE DRAGONSLAYER

Zoukei-Mura’s large-scale 1/32 Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu is examined in depth by Dean Large.

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GHOST PIRATE

Hasegawa’s splendid 1/72 F-4N Phantom II receives VF-84 ‘Jolly Rogers’ colourful markings in this ‘out of the box’ build by Huw Morgan.

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CZECH-MATE

Out of the box isn’t Toni Canfora’s normal way of building models, but with Tamiya’s recent 1/35 Panzerkampfwagen 38(t), it meant more time for painting and weathering.

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KNIGHT OF THE AUTOBAHN

Nick Shuttleworth replicates a continental load-carrier with Revell’s superb 1/24 Büssing 8000 S13 truck.

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BAD TO THE B-ONE!

Academy’s all-new 1/144 B-1B Lancer does not disappoint, as Massimo Santarossa discovers.