Intermediate Builds

INTERMEDIATE BUILDS

Step up to the next level of scale modelling and learn new skills from experts in their field. The Intermediate Builds section brings together the latest and past features from Airfix Model World in one place - and it's fully searchable too using the drop-down menus below. Discover how to get the best from aircraft, military, maritime and auto kits right here.

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EXCLUSIVE: We build Airfix's all-new 1/48 Blackburn Buccaneer

EXCLUSIVE FULL-BUILD FEATURE: Richard Spreckley examines Airfix's highly anticipated 1/48 Blackburn Buccaneer S.2C/D in depth, constructing the model in full.

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Polish Perfection: SBS Model's 1/72 PZL P.1 Resin Kit full build

Mike Grant unmasks a painting challenge, as he constructs SBS Model’s 1/72 PZL P.1 resin kit with an eye-catching livery. Discover the full build here.

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LIFESAVING KATY

Airfix's eargerly awaited 1/35 new-tool Austin K2/Y Ambulance will be available soon. Here, the test-shot is built out of the box by Huw Morgan.

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The Need... For Speed! Revell's Top Gun: Maverick F/A-18E Super Hornet

Chris Jones brings the silver screen to quarter scale with Maverick’s Super Hornet from the hotly anticipated 'Top Gun' sequel, via Revell’s 1/48 kit. Relive the high-octane movie with this fast-paced build feature!

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On the Wrong Track: RyeField Model's 1/35 Sherman Vc Firefly

Huw Morgan goes off the rails to give RyeField Model’s 1/35 Sherman Firefly a decidedly different setting... a custom diorama base featuring a length of same-scale railway track. Discover how these elements were constructed in this full-build feature.

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Seaborne Striker from Airfix: 1/72 Sea Harrier FRS.1 in Falklands livery

Airfix’s 1/72 Sea Harrier FRS.1 makes a return for the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict. Editor Stu Fone adds a few spares and tweaks to recreate a veteran airframe from the 1982 undeclared war.

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Mercurial Messerschmitt

Border Model has managed to unite the aircraft and military genres by releasing a 1/35 Messerschmitt Bf 109... the first in this scale and ideal for dioramas with vehicles and figures.

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CLOSE-SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Jen Wright demonstrates simple building tips and upgrades on Revell's re-boxing of the 1/72 Academy OV-10A Bronco.

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Book Review: Guideline Warpaint Ilyushin Il-28

There may not be many kit representations of the Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle, but as Guideline’s Warpaint title reveals, the type remained popular with users around the globe – even after its scheduled retirement.

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FLYING ARCHER

Czech manufacturer Sword appears to have shed its limited-run status with the 1/48 Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario.

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SUPERLATIVE MGB

Aoshima's 1/24 MGB is a crisply moulded product. Here, though, its stance is improved and it receives a superb metallic paint job, courtesy of Dr James Whalen.

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SWEDISH GHOST

Niklas Knutzén adds aftermarket improvements to Hasegawa's re-released 1/72 SAAB J 35F Draken.

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BASKET-WEAVE BOMBER

We offer an early look at Airfix's third 1/72 Vickers Wellington release, which features the Merlin-powered Mk.II variant built by Huw Morgan.

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CYLON NEMESIS

Moebius Models has produced a 1/32 replica of Battlestar Galactica’s Raptor, which Steve Budd garnished with Greenstrawberry’s FruitPACK.

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PUŁAWSKI’S FIGHTER

It’s a build of discovery for Dean Large as he encounters an unusual subject in IBG’s large-scale PZL P.11c.

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MORALE-BOOSTING TAXICAB

Dr James Whalen leaves his comfort zone, scaling his car modelling down to 1/35 for ICM's detailed Renault Type AG Taxi.

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OLD 'CAT, NEW TRICKS

Despite a challenging construction process, Mike Williams completes Italeri's re-issue of AMT's old 1/48 F7F Tigercat and adds a convincing weathered finish...peeled paint and all!

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HOP, SKIP AND A JUMP

Kinetic's 1/48 Harrier has been reformated to portray the RAF's GR.1/GR.3 airframes. The moved prompted Jay Blakemore to jump for joy and produce a wonderful build.

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CIRCLES IN THE SKY

Andy Davies has fun building and modifying an oddity from the golden age of aviation in the form of the 1/72 AviS Lee-Richards Annular wing No.3.

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SUPERCAR, SUPER KIT!

Usually more at home building flying machines, Alan Price tackles Tamiya’s 1/24 McLaren Senna hypercar – whose wings are meant to keep it firmly on the ground!

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CATALINA CONSPIRACY

Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the sinking of the Bismarck, Kev Baxter builds Academy’s 1/72 PBY-5 as the Catalina Mk I responsible for re-sighting this formidable threat to Allied Atlantic convoys.

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GLOVER’S CHARIOT

Inspired by the film BAT*21 plus a childhood spent in and around Cessna-built aeroplanes, Chris Jones builds ICM’s newly tooled 1/48 O-2A Skymaster.

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ON THE CASE

Airfix has re-boxed Thunder Models’ 1/35 US Military Tractor, and Steve Budd makes the Case for this diminutive model.

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SOVIET MENACE

Joe Turner upgrades Takom’s T-55AM with a wealth of aftermarket accessories.

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LIGHTNING STRIKES WITH ACCURACY

David Holmes builds Italeri’s detailed new-tool 1/72 F-35B Lightning II, representing an aircraft from the Royal Navy’s Lightning Force aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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PERFECT PREDATOR

Jay Blakemore discovers that you don’t have to go on safari to experience big cats at close hand, especially with AMK’s stunning 1/48 scale F-14D Super Tomcat.

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COMBAT TO COMPETITION

Dean Large bedecks the 'Civilian Scheme' edition of Airfix's recent 1/48 Spitfire Mk.XIV with a smart and shiny Canadian air-racing livery.

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BALKANS SCOURGE!

Airfix's excellent 1/72 Stuka makes a welcome return, with this Balkans-theatre version built by Huw Morgan.

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INTO BATTLE!

Tamiya’s newly tooled 1/35 Soviet KV-1 Heavy Tank is placed into a suburban Leningrad setting by Johan Augustsson, with the help of MiniArt figures and Reality in Scale accessories.

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THUD RIDGE RUNNER

Matthew Porter readies his Hobby Boss 1/48 F-105D Thunderchief for a Vietnam sortie with the aid of aftermarket munitions and markings.