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AIRFIX ROUNDUP

HAVING BEEN forced to delay several projects due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Airfix is rapidly getting back on track with its 2020 kit releases.

ACRYLIC RELAUNCH

HUMBROL’S ACRYLIC range has been revamped and relaunched as of August, with the paint now supplied in 14ml-capacity dropper-style bottles instead of the familiar plastic pots.

NHS COMPETITION WINNER

AIRFIX DELIGHTED many when it announced its NHS Charities Together Hawk Competition, and the winning entry was designed by the Elliot family.

TOMCAT TREAT

POLISH PUBLISHER Kagero has launched a new Kit Build series, with the first issue covering Grumman’s mighty F-14 Tomcat.

MILITARY ‘PUSH-ME PULL-YOU’

CESSNA’S O-2A Skymaster was one of several military types developed from civil aircraft, and ICM’s newly tooled 1/48 kit is easily the best available.

SHORT TAKE-OFF AIRLINER

HAWKER SIDDELEY’S HS 748/Andover has received little attention from kit manufacturers, and Mark I Models’ newly tooled 1/144 product (MKM144122) is the first styrene offering of the type.

QUARTER-SCALE HIND

ZVEZDA HAS delighted fans of Cold War helicopters with a newly tooled Mi-24V/VP Hind-E/E Mod – the first in more than 40 years.

RAMJET DEFENDER

RESIN KIT specialist Kit Form Services has released an impressive 1/24 BAC Bloodhound Mk.2.

COVERT DROPPER GUIDE

FANS OF Westland’s Lysander will savour Valiant Wings’ ninth Airframe Detail book, which is dedicated to this World War Two liaison, army co-operation and special duties aircraft.

TOP-NOTCH HAULERS

WHENEVER CANFORA Publishing releases a new book, a high-quality product is guaranteed, and its second Truck Modelling raises the bar even further.

THOROUGHBRED RACER

WHEN IT comes to combining ease of build with high levels of detail there are few manufacturers to rival Tamiya, and its 1/24 Ford Mustang GT is no exception.

INDUSTRY-STANDARD HUES

MODELLERS MAY have heard of Tru-Color Paint because of its excellent railway-associated products, but it also specialises in military, auto and infrastructure shades.

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

NEOMEGA HAS an excellent reputation for its resin aftermarket accessories, and its first kit – depicting a 1957 Trans-Antarctic Expedition Tractor – is of similar quality.

EVENT RETURN!

Following a successful three-week period of COVID-19-secure opening, Newark Air Museum has announced it will host an outdoor Aeroboot sale on September 26, 2020.

SMALL-SCALE MILITARY SUBJECTS

A TRIO of new 1/72 military releases have been announced by Ukrainian company ACE Model, including World War Two-era FlaK 36-fitted Sd.Kfz.6/2 half-track and Humber Super Snipe staff car kits, plus a more modern Mercedes-Benz Unimog 4x4 truck.

SUPER-LIGHT GRAND TOURER

RESIN AUTOMOTIVE specialist Alpha Model has revealed another addition to its 1/24 supercar collection: an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera (super-light), which is now available to pre-order.

ROMANIAN-FLOWN GULLWING

The second iteration of IBG Models' splendid PZL P.11c fighter has been announced, with this new version (32002) containing markings for Romanian Air Force machines.

LATE-WAR SOVIETS

FIGURE SPECIALIST Stalingrad Miniatures has announced its latest themed collection of 1/35 resin subjects: six members of a Soviet tank crew from 1945.

DREAM CAR DELIGHTS

CHINESE FIRM Alpha Model has announced an expansion to its range of supercar kits with new 1/24 scale offerings of a Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren 720S.

RE-OPENING MANOEUVRES

With the UK government announcing heritage sites can reopen from early July, the Newark Air Museum has moved several airframes in preparation for a new one-way route around the exhibits.

RETURN OF THE AIRFIX CLUB

MODELLERS RECEIVED a welcome surprise on June 26, with the announcement that the Airfix Club was being restarted, with two levels of membership being offered.

PRIMARY PACKAGES

IWATA’S AIRBRUSHES and compressors are well-known for their quality and ease-of-use, and the firm’s Z-Model combo sets have now been expanded to contain a LifeColor Essentials paint set (ES01)

RE-OPENING PLANS

MUSEUM SHOPS are an important income source for many historical institutions, so their mid-June reopening (in line with UK government guidelines) mean there is welcome news from the Newark Air Museum.

DAS WERK DISTRIBUTOR

INCOMPLETE INFORMATION was provided in last month’s News article on the Das Werk Junkers EF-126/EF-127 entitled Three-in-One ‘What-if’

NAVAL DEVELOPMENTS

KENT-BASED S&M Models has released exclusive test-shot images of its upcoming 1/350 and 1/700 Oberon-class submarine, plus CAD drawings of its 1/48 and 1/72 Westland Wasp.

ARMOUR AND AVIATION

UK-BASED modellers have recently received the excellent news that Albion Alloys will now be acting as distributor for Dora Wings and Amusing Hobby kits.

TANKFEST MOVES ONLINE

FOLLOWING THE postponement of its annual Tankfest event, The Tank Museum has partnered with online gaming platform World of Tanks to host the show digitally, via live-streaming on its YouTube channel and Facebook page.

AIR COMBAT REFERENCES

JUNE HERALDS the arrival of a new range of aviation history books from Key Publishing, including titles specifically linked to the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

DEVILISH FELINE

VALIANT WINGS has delighted modellers with the news that its next Airframe and Miniature publication – the 15th in the series – will be dedicated to Grumman’s F6F Hellcat.

ROTARY ROAR

WITH ITS innovative ‘plug and play’ approach to motorised engines and associated sound effects, Belgian firm Magic Scale Modeling has brought electronic enhancement within the reach of any modeller.