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BEST EVER BRAVO?

Tamiya has been full of surprises this year, first with the announcement of a newly tooled 1/48 naval F-4B Phantom and then providing the modelling media a ‘white box’ pre-production test-shot sample with little fanfare.

AVRO’S CLASSIC ‘HEAVY’

Having treated modellers to a monster 1/32 scale Lancaster, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Hong Kong (HK) Models has downsized its efforts and released a new 1/48 version.

TORNADO COMPETITION WINNERS

Further to our December 2020 issue, we’re delighted to announce the winners of the five Italeri 1/32 Tornado GR.4 kits.

FLYING FELON

Whenever a new aircraft type is unveiled it is always interesting to see how model companies respond – Zvezda may have been one of the last to release an 1/72 kit of Sukhoi’s Su-57 (but gained the advantage of it being more accurate) and has subsequently been the first to step up to 1/48.

FRANCO-GERMAN COMBO

Tamiya's newly tooled 1/35 offering depicts the Sd.Kfz. 135 ‘Marder’ tank destroyer –a combination of France’s Lorraine 37L and Germany’s PaK 40 anti-tank gun.

AFTERMARKET TOM-‘CATNIP’

Kazan Model Dynamics has quickly established itself among competing aftermarket companies thanks to its innovative use of ‘HybridCAST’ undercarriage legs that combine metal cores with resin exteriors.

DRY APPLICATIONS

Ultimate Modelling Products has released its own range of weathering powders – commonly known as pigments – comprising ten shades, available separately or as a combined package (UMP149).

INSTRUCTION TO IMMELMANNS

It's good to see the release of subjects that haven’t previously received attention from model companies, making Special Hobby’s newly tooled 1/72 SIAI- Marchetti SF-260 trainer aircraft most welcome.

Airfix Best of British Gift Set

What happens when you combine what is arguably the most famous fighter aircraft ever, with a highly successful jet trainer? The answer is Airfix’s new 1/72 scale Best of British dual kit.

ASYMMETRICAL RETURN

Valiant Wings has announced a reshuffle of its forthcoming titles, with a return for the first Airframe Detail guide covering the Blohm & Voss Bv 141 now preceding the release of an Airframe Album book on the Henschel Hs 129.

BIRD OF PREY BONANZA

Sci-fi modellers are in for a real treat with Greenstrawberry’s latest Fruitpack release, as it combines two separate sets to upgrade AMT’s Klingon B’Relclass Bird of Prey.

ZOUKEI-MURA IN 2021/22

Following last month’s release round-up, the focus is on Japanese aircraft kit specialist Zoukei-Mura, which has announced a busy schedule for the year.

MORE FOR YOUR SPITFIRE

Aftermarket specialist Alleycat Models has just announced a series of resin accessories designed to upgrade Airfix’s newly tooled 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Vc.

NUNU RACERS

Japanese firm Hobby NuNu’s latest 1/24 auto releases include a return of its Volvo 240 Turbo and a new tooling in the shape of a BMW 320i (E46) tourer.

DECAL-FORM DETAIL

Modelling is one of those hobbies where new innovations are seized upon eagerly, and flexible 3D-printed decals are a logical step from the ways 3D-printed parts are created.

TRUCKS, BLADES AND BUGGIES

Hong Kong firm Gecko Models’ products are now available in the UK via Tiger Hobbies, with the three latest releases featuring British Army-related vehicles and figures.

MONSTER MOTOR

Airfix's latest release in its Vintage Classics range is truly deserving of the accolade, both in terms of kit heritage and the subject itself: a 1930 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged – which is perhaps better known as the Blower Bentley.

ROTOL SPITFIRE

Having delighted modellers with its newly tooled 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Ia, Eduard has now turned its attention to the Rotol propeller-fitted Mk.IIa variant.

ARGENTINA’S WINGED FORTRESS

Operated by Argentinian, Colombian, Sri Lankan and Uruguayan Air Forces, the FMA IA 58 Pucará (fortress) is the subject of Kinetic’s latest new tooling.

ARMOUR-HUNTER ALBUM

Valiant Wings has announced its 17th Airframe Album book is to be dedicated to the Henschel Hs 129 Panzerjäger (armour-hunter) ground-attack aircraft operated by German forces during World War Two.

GUNS, BOMBS AND ROCKETS

There have been many books dedicated to US Army Air Force aircraft during World War Two, yet few have focused on the weapons carried by these machines; Canfora Publishing’s latest release seeks to address that shortfall.

SCHWALBE SNEAK PEAK!

Here's a sneak preview of Valiant Wings' new Airframe & Miniature guide to the Messerschmitt Me 262 - an updated, expanded and extensively re-written second edition of the firm's first ever publication.

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!

In the first of its quarterly product announcements, Bachmann Europe has previewed a new range of classic Thunderbirds model kits to be released under the Adventures in Plastic (AiP) brand.

DARRELL BURGE 1961-2021

Modellers were saddened to hear the news that Darrell Burge, for many the public face of Airfix as its marketing brand manager, passed away suddenly on February 10, 2021.

FLYING CLASSROOM

Airfix's first major new tooling for 2021, a 1/48 de Havilland Chipmunk T.10, is sure to delight modellers, and here’s a sneak peak of the parts in advance of next month’s exclusive build – just in time for the 75th anniversary of the type’s first flight.

BACK INTO THE DANGER ZONE

With the release of movie sequel, Top Gun: Maverick delayed until the summer, Airfix gives modellers a chance to experience “the need for speed” with the release of five 1/72 aircraft kits from the original film and its follow-on.

CONTRA-ROTATING ATTACKER

The latest new tooling from Ukrainian firm Clear Prop is a gorgeously detailed 1/48 XA2D-1 Skyshark, which was intended to be the US Navy’s first turbo-prop-powered attack aircraft.

2021 RELEASES

EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: With the postponement of this year’s Nuremberg Toy Fair until July, the usual AMW round-up of announcements is being replaced by a series of separate articles, the first covering product lines from Revell, ICM and Tamiya.

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SUPERLATIVE SUKHOI

EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: Chinese newcomer Minibase’s first offering is a stunning 1/48 Su-33 Flanker-D naval fighter, with the box positively full to the brim with high-quality components.

RELICS OF ITALY

The third Panzerwrecks volume to focus on combat casualties in Italy offers yet another marvellous collection of previously unpublished photos for modellers to savour.