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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.

HURRICANE GUIDE HITS!

WITH THE arrival of Valiant Wings’ new Airframe & Miniature guide to the Hawker Hurricane imminent, the publisher has unveiled a sneak preview of the contents.

FESTIVE RELEASES

While Airfix's December/ January releases will see the return of several favourites, the highlights are the arrival of newly tooled 1/72 Sherman Firefly VC, Tiger I and Spitfire Mk.Vc kits.

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TRANSPORT WORKHORSE

December 2020 marks the 85th anniversary of the Douglas DC-3’s first flight – a type later synonymous with D-Day due to the military C-47 variant.

RETAILER RESURGENCE

THERE’S BEEN a boost to the scale model industry with an announcement that hobby retailer Modelzone has been relaunched as a specialist brand under the ownership of the WHSmith retail chain.

MODELLING TRIBUTE

Members of Bedford and District Scale Model Club have produced a Battle of Britain-themed diorama and are raising funds for two mental health charities as a tribute to a club member who sadly took his own life during July 2020.

REGULATIONS, RAIN AND RESOURCES

NEWARK AIR Museum has responded to COVID-19 restrictions and extreme weather conditions with work on several exhibits plus a JustGiving page to raise funds for further projects given the imminent loss of visitor revenue.

VALIANT UPSIZING

IN FURTHER good news, popular aviation and specialist modelling publisher Valiant Wings has announced it has moved to a larger warehouse space – safeguarding its survival for the future.

CELEBRATIVE STORM

WITH 2020 marking 80 years since the Battle of Britain, it’s fitting that a new reference covering the Hawker Hurricane has been announced, in the form of Valiant Wings’ latest Airframe & Miniature title.

HEADS UP!

WHILE MINIART is known for its high-quality figure sets, the firm has taken a step forward with its latest packages, as its 1/35 German Tank Crew will include resin heads to accompany the styrene bodies.

DOUBLE ROMAN REVEAL

SPECIAL HOBBY has delighted modellers by announcing newly tooled SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 kits in 1/72 and 1/48, and has now revealed a selection of parts from the upcoming small-scale release.

CITRUS SPRAYING POWER

SPARMAX HAS added a pair of strikingly finished compressors to its range, with these ‘Quantum Orange’ products featuring an innovative twin-outlet system allowing quick changeovers between airbrushes without having to disconnect.

AEROJUMBLE CANCELLATION

FOLLOWING IN-HOUSE discussions and responses to the UK Government's latest guidance following COVID-19 restrictions, Newark Air Museum has announced its planned Aeroboot sale on September 26 has been cancelled.

DELIGHTFUL DELTA

WITH ANTICIPATION for Airfix’s all-new 1/72 Avro Vulcan B.2 growing, the firm’s development team has released the first photos of the test-shot runners and a constructed model.

MID-ENGINED METRO

AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET specialist Decalcas has released a superb photographic reference guide to the MG Metro 6R4 rally car, subject of two upcoming 1/24 kits from Belkits.

ON YELLOW WINGS

UKRAINIAN MANUFACTURER ICM has stayed with a biplane theme for its latest large-scale aircraft release, with a newly tooled 1/32 Stearman PT-17/ N2S-3 Kaydet.

GOING BALLISTIC

THE SOVIET Union’s Delfin/Delta IV ballistic missile submarines served much longer than expected, even outlasting the intended successor class (the Akula/Typhoon), but Zvezda’s 1/350 offering is just the fourth kit of the type.

BEST SPITFIRE YET?

WHEN EDUARD announced it was releasing a newly tooled 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, it definitely grabbed modellers’ attention.