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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.

GRAND-SCALE MODELLING

IF POLISH FIRM IBG impressed modellers with its 1/72 PZL.11 fighters, its upscaled 1/32 version (32001) will blow them away.

MONTE CARLO FABIA

ITALIAN CAR kit manufacturer Racing43 is well known for its 1/43 kits, but its latest offering is for a 1/24 Skoda Fabia R5 rally car.

RESIN DELIGHTS

JAPANESE MANUFACTURER Ushi Models is a new company to AMW, but its latest resin releases, featuring a mix of 3D-printing and conventional casting, are absolute gems.

INTRICATE HOLDERS

MILITARY MODELLERS will find much to savour from FC Model Trend’s range of 1/35 and 1/16 3D-printed accessories, which offer alternatives to fiddly photo-etched (PE) brass fittings.

THREE-IN-ONE ‘WHAT-IF’

HAVING DELIGHTED modellers with its experimental-themed armour and anti-aircraft artillery kits, Das Werk has released its first aircraft subject: the pulse-jet/rocket-powered Junkers EF-126 Elli/EF-127 Walli.

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BUFFED TO A SHINE

ACHIEVING A showroom-quality sheen on auto models can be challenging, but UMP’s four-stage system should make this a much easier process.

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Locos and Bombers

Trumpeter and railway model specialists Bachmann have joined forces to release a newly tooled 1/144 kit and limited-edition die-casts of the Avro Vulcan.

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French and Israeli Combo

Having delighted modellers by collaborating with FRROM/ Azur for its newly tooled 1/72 Super Mystères (see Reviews, Oct and Nov 2019), Special Hobby has now released a limited-edition Duo Pack.

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All in the Shadows

Here's A great new weathering product from Spanish manufacturer AMMO-MIG, in the form of the airbrush-ready Shader range of pre-thinned acrylic paints.

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Perfect Patinas

Modellers wanting to create convincing corroded copper or iron surfaces now have a dedicated product to assist them, courtesy of US-based Flake King.

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Double the fun!

When ICM released its first 1/48 Heinkel He 111s, few modellers would have considered a Z-1 ‘Zwilling’ (German for twin) glider-tug version in this scale – yet here it is, and it’s huge.

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Test-shot Treats

It's been a busy month for Airfix’s development team, with the release of test-shot photos of two newly tooled 1/72 kits: the Bristol Beaufort Mk.I and Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc.

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Wheely good extras

AIRFIX’S 1/24 F6F-5 Hellcat has received rave reviews, but there’s room for improvement even for this magnificent kit, with Barracuda’s replacement resin mainwheels.

Shapes, slicers and smoothers

AN IMPRESSIVE range of ingenious sanding implements and engraved cutting mats has arrived from South Korean firm Infini Model.

Dog-tooth delights

MODELLERS SEEKING greater refinement for Airfix’s recent 1/48 Hawker Hunter F.6 will appreciate these upgrade sets from CMK, which offer comprehensive upgrades for the kit’s undercarriage bays, wheels and cockpit.

Easy airbrushing

IWATA’S SUPERB HP-CH airbrush has been re-packaged as a ‘Total Control’ product, in keeping with the firm’s recently introduced five-category purchasing guide.

Inside-out double gunner

MINIART’S RECENT 1/35 M3 Lee tank returns with a full interior and Australian markings to depict vehicles used for homeland defence and training during World War Two.

Next-gen acrylics

AK INTERACTIVE unveiled its latest acrylic products at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, with a whole new range of paints.

Teens and a touch of history

AIRFIX’S LATEST releases mark the return of several old favourites in starter/gift format, which are bound to be popular with beginners to the hobby.

Overlord observed

BOXSETS FROM both Airfix and Revell have been released to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.