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Panzerwrecks volume to focus on combat casualties in Italy offers yet another marvellous collection of previously unpublished photos for modellers to savour.

STURMVOGEL REFERENCE SWELLS

Publisher Valiant Wings has provided an update on its upcoming Airframe & Miniature guide to the Messerschmitt Me 262, with its release date set to be delayed due to an increase in page count.

THE RAF’S FLASHING BLADE

With the imminent arrival of Airfix’s newly tooled 1/48 Canadair Sabre, here’s a sneak peak at the parts of what promises to be one of this year’s most popular releases.

LINER UPGRADE

If there's a common thread with most ship kits, it’s that no matter what the manufacturer packs into the box, there’s invariably room for improvement, even in Trumpeter’s imposing 1/200 RMS Titanic (see News, AMW114 May 2020).

TITANIC TREAT

No sooner had Trumpeter’s Titanic been released than news arrived of a multimedia aftermarket detailing/ upgrade set from renowned South Korean accessory company KA Models, via its MK1 Designs range.

OFTEN THE HUNTED

The Russian R-17/SS-1C Scud-B is arguably one of the best-known ballistic missiles, yet there are just two 1/72 styrene kits of the type, with Revell’s recent release being a re-boxing of the Toxso offering.

ENGINEERING DEMOLITION

While the Centurion tank has regularly been reproduced in kit form, the Royal Engineers variant has been less common, so Amusing Hobby’s Mk.5 AVRE will be welcomed by many.

A TRAINER’S TRAINER

Buses and kits arguably have much in common: there’s nothing for ages, then everything arrives at the same time.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN...

A decade after publishing its first-ever title – an Airframe & Miniature guide to the Messerschmitt Me 262 – Valiant Wings has announced it is returning to the subject with the release of an expanded and updated second edition.

CROWDFUNDING SUCCESS

Following an appeal to its supporters, The Tank Museum has announced generous donations have meant £5,000 has been raised to fund the repair of the World War Two Churchill Mk.III* tank in its care.

MORE MERLIN SPITS!

Hot on the tail of its new guide to the Hawker Hurricane, Valiant Wings has announced its Airframe & Miniature reference to the Merlin-engined Supermarine Spitfire is to be re-released as an expanded second edition.

SAFER SPRAYING

Airbrushing can be a messy business, but Sparmax’s highly regarded spray booths are superb at extracting aerosolised paint and thinners from a room.

AIRFIX 2021: DE HAVILLAND DELIGHTS!

Modelling as a hobby appears to have undergone a renaissance last year, and if Airfix’s release schedule for 2021 is anything to go by, it will continue to strengthen.

SEVENTH GEN FIREBLADE

Tamiya has been quick off the mark with its newly tooled Honda CBR1000RR-R, as it replicates the 2020 version.

HEAVY-HITTING ARTILLERY

Just as there has been a revitalisation of small-scale aircraft kits, there’s been a similar renaissance with 1/72 armour, as evidenced by Revell’s M109 self-propelled howitzer.

EAGLE-DAY ZERSTÖRER

It's a welcome return for Eduard’s splendid 1/72 Bf 110, now repackaged as a limited-edition ‘Adlertag’ (eagle day) offering to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

ALL-NEW ‘EMIL’

Special Hobby's announcement of a newly tooled 1/72 Bf 109E has delighted many aficionados and the first release features the E-4.

AZUR B-10

Martin's B-10 was the US Army Air Force’s first all-metal monoplane bomber and Azur/FRROM’s newly tooled kit captures the type’s ungainly appearance accurately.

HARRIER DUO

Having already issued naval and trainer versions of the venerable first-generation Hawker-Siddeley Harrier in 1/48 scale, Kinetic has now released the earliest sub-types, with RAF and US boxings of this revolutionary aircraft.

CZECH BUMBLEBEE

Modellers seeking something different might consider Eduard’s newly tooled 1/72 Z-37 Čmelák (bumblebee) agricultural aircraft.

HERRICK PATROLLER

The past few years have seen a resurgence in British Army kits, with this brand-new tooling of an Operation Herrick-standard FV510 Warrior from Meng just the latest.

THE PERFECT PHANTOM?

Japanese Manufacturer FineMolds has a reputation for accuracy and detail, with its kits being highly sought after – this will definitely be the case with its newly tooled 1/72 F-4EJ Phantom.

MARTIN-BAKERS AS MARKINGS

AFTERMARKET DECAL supplier Kits-World has revealed an innovative solution for adding refinement to model aircraft interiors in the form of its 3D-Relief markings.