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SNAKE IN A COLD CLIMATE

Ukraine’s ICM has re-released its splendid 1/32 Bell AH-1G helicopter as an ‘Arctic Cobra’ boxing.

LARGE-SCALE ‘EASY EIGHT’ SHERMAN DUE THIS YEAR

Military modellers who favour larger scales will be bowled over by the forthcoming 1/16 M4A3E8 Sherman tank from Trumpeter's sister label I LOVE KIT. The model will be available via UK importer Bachmann Europe.

‘NEW’ SUNDERLAND FROM SPECIAL HOBBY

Czech manufacturer has adapted its existing 1/72 Short Sunderland tooling to provide a Mk.I/II kit, with new decals, and cast/3D-printed resin details. It's great company for the company's same-scale Mk.V.

SUPER-SMART RAFALE SCHEME BY SYHART

Syhart continues its love affair with the Dassault Rafale, with new 1/72 and 1/48 sheets for the French Air Force 2019-20 Solo Display airframe. Masks are included.

MORE SAGE ADVICE FROM LIFECOLOR

If you were tempted by Lifecolor's first Painting Guide published earlier this year, Vol.2 has just been released and it offers even more sage advice on using the products from the acrylic range.

MODEL MUSINGS FROM CHRIS AND STU

Chris Clifford and Stu Fone from Key Model World and Airfix Model World take part in the latest instalment of Airfix's Sprue Talk video series. Learn how these guys got into modelling, what makes them tick, and what inspires them day to day.

LIFECOLOR’S NEW GERMAN AND FRENCH AIRCRAFT SHADES

If you're building German World War One aircraft, or French fighters used in World War Two, you won't want to miss the latest acrylic paint sets from Lifecolor, which have six appropriate hues in each pack. Camouflage and interior shades are provided.

NEW 1/48 MUSTANG REFRESH FROM AIRFIX

Airfix's excellent 1/48 new-tool Mustang has been re-released with fresh colour schemes, representing P-51D/K airframes of the USAAF Eight Air Force. Optional propellers and glazing are provided.

RSO: PERSONAL AND PICTORIAL

A superb historical/reference book focusing on the German Raupenschlepper Ost prime mover has been published by Hungary's PeKo. It offers a wealth of inspiration and detail if you plan to build this interesting tracked vehicle. Here we also list a selection of relevant RSO kits in different scales.

MAINPLANE UPGRADE: AIRFIX’S NEW F-86F-40 SABRE

Always wanting to get the most from its moulds - and offer more choice for modellers - Airfix has produced a new 1/48 F-86 boxing. This provides new parts and decals to portray the F-86F-40, with longer, slatted wings. Decals airframes flown by Japan and Norway are included.

NEW CARRIER-BASED PHANTOM II FROM FINE MOLDS

Fine Molds has reissued its excellent 1/72 F-4J Phantom II with decals for three US Navy aircraft, two of them MiG-killers from the Vietnam War. If you're a Phantom fan and haven't yet seen this range of F-4s, they are arguably the best on the market for US variants.

PAINTING AIDS FOR INFINITY’S HELLDIVER

If you plan to build Infinity Models' recent 1/32 Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver kit, you'll want to know more about the handy new bespoke paint masks from Dead Design Models. They apply to the cockpit glazing, undercarriage bays, flying control surfaces and national insignia.

Far East Lockdown Spitfire Contest

The pandemic did little to dampen the modelling enthusiasm of Singapore's Hobby Bounties Airfix Club, which held a successful virtual Spitfire Group Build last month.

PLUS MODEL RELEASES MARTIN T4M KITS

In an unusual move, Czech company Plus Model has released two 1/72 kits of the characterful 1920s-30s Martin T4M biplane.

ALL ABOUT POLISH ‘FISHBEDS’

Stratus's latest edition of its popular Polish Wings series highlights the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21MF, with excellent period imagery, colour profiles, unit badge and nose art illustrations. If you're modelling Eduard MiG-21s, or those from other manufacturers, this is a splendid reference.

EDUARD’S MUSTANG GETS NEW SCHEMES AND AFTERMARKET

Eduard's superlative 1/48 P-51D has been repackaged with fresh decals, photo-etched metal details and tape paint masks. Read on to view the colour schemes and see parts photos.

DECALS FOR SPOTTERS AND SUB-HUNTERS

French Storch and Criquet observation aircraft, as well as Royal Navy Sea King HAS.5 helicopters, are all explored with Model Art's stunning new 1/72 decal sheet, offering a total of 15 schemes.

VIGGEN REFERENCE: SPLINTER, SPECIALS AND MORE!

Noted illustrator Richard J Caruana's artwork graces the pages of this new focus on the mighty SAAB Viggen, and it's a fine reference for anyone building the type. Splinter, 'old school' metal and low-visibility greys... they're all represented here.

AFTERMARKET FOR TAMIYA’S F-4B

If you want to improve/update your Tamiya 1/48 new-tool F-4B Phantom II, these accessories from Eduard will be just the ticket. Ejection seats, exhausts and alternative vertical fin tops are all available.

HARDBACK PORSCHE REFERENCE

Auto modellers, and Porsche fans in particular, will love this new book from Pen & Sword. It presents the legendary 911 and its relations in a stunning visual manner, with heaps of detail for build projects.

ARMA’S WILDCAT: RE-ISSUED WITH NEW SCHEMES

Arma Hobby has re-packaged its 1/72 F4F-4 Wildcat with new decals, catering for US Navy and Marine Corps airframes. If you haven't taken the plunge with any of Arma's Wildcats, you're in for a treat.

NEW PAINT AND SCALE SNOW FROM AMMO

Acrylic paint specialist AMMO by Mig Jimenez has released two new themed paint sets, and a useful scale snow product for dioramas and vignettes. The paint is for RAF Coastal Command types, and those flown by the modern German Luftwaffe.

DECALS FOR THE LEGENDARY ‘CHIPPIE’

Looking for alternative liveries for your 1/48 Airfix Chipmunk? Kits-World may well have the answer with its new two-sheet decal package, which offers a wealth of serials, stencilling and other decor.

BLACKBIRD IMPROVEMENTS

Eduard has released various useful new aftermarket details to help modellers embellish the recent new-tool 1/48 SR-71A Blackbird by Revell. The main focus is on the cockpit, with photo-etched metal parts and 3D decals.

Falklands 40th & Cold War Call-Up event at Newark Air Museum

Newark Air Museum has announced its Falklands 40th and Cold War Call-Up event is approaching on April 30th and May 1st, 2022.

BARRACUDA RESIN ROUND-UP

A wealth of accessories for classic World War Two fighters, in four scales, has been released by Barracuda Studios. Types include the Spitfire, Hurricane, Fw 190, Ta 152 and Fw 190

SCHEMES FOR AIRFIX’S NEW SPITFIRE SUPERKIT

Aftermarket producer Kits-World looks to be the first to offer items designed for Airfix's forthcoming 1/24 Spitfire Mk.IXc Superkit. They are decals, which have also been matched with paint masks in combined sets.

de Havilland Museum announces modelling event

Hertfordshire's de Havilland Aviation Museum has announced it is to host a brand-new model show on the site on May 29, 2022.

FORTHCOMING TAKOM RELEASES

Exciting new 1/35 kits are due from Takom this May and June. They include a V-1 'Doodlebug' with interior detail!

NEW CMK AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES

CMK's latest accessories cater for the 1/48 Academy/Accurate Miniatures A-36/P-51/P-51A, Special Hobby's 1/72 Ki-54 Hickory/Otsu and Vautour IIB, and any 1/48 Mitsubishi Zero. The detail is impressive and they're useful items, for adding refinement or helping at airbrushing time.