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NEW TOOL: Bedford QL Tanker in 1/72 from IBG Models

Polish manufacturer IBG Models has issued a brand-new 1/72 Bedford QL Tanker packed with fine detail, as CHRIS CLIFFORD reveals.

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New-Tool Biplane from Kovozávody Prostějov: 1/72 Salmson 2 A.2 and Kawasaki Otsu-1

Czech firm Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) has added an unusual biplane type to its roster of 1/72 model kits, depicting the Salmson 2 A.2 and licence-built Kawasaki Otsu-1 variant.

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Airfix Model World's latest Accessory Reviews!

Check out the latest batch of accessory reviews from the team at Airfix Model World, with options for upgrading models and enhancing detail.

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Decal Review: On Target 1/72 USCG HH-65 Dolphin & MH-68A Stingray

Air Graphic’s second batch of search and rescue helicopter schemes concentrates on two types operated by the US Coast Guard – the MH-68A Stingray (based on the Augusta A-109) and HH-65 Dolphin (Eurocopter/Airbus Helicopters AS365) – and offers 24 schemes.

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Decal Review: Syhart 1/48 Mirage 2000-5F ‘70 ans EC3/11’ and ‘100 ans SPA88’

Fans of Mirage 2000s and anniversary schemes are in for a real treat thanks to this sheet from Syhart, which provides decals for two specially marked aircraft.

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Decal Review: Decales Global TWA 727-100 Twin Globe

Suitable for any 1/144 kit of the type, Decales Global’s markings supply the livery for Trans World Airlines (TWA) Boeing 727-100s with small logos behind the fore entry door.

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Decal Review: Decalpool Ford Chip Ganassi Team GT #67 Le Mans GTLM ’19

Modellers with Revell’s 1/24 Ford GT Le Mans racing car can apply an alternative livery with these Decalpool markings – that of the #67 car raced at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 2019.

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Going MAD: Special Hobby’s 1/48 AF-3S Guardian ‘MAD Boom’

Czech firm Special Hobby has re-issued its 1/48 scale Grumman AF-3S Guardian kit, complete with the distinctive MAD boom. Check out exclusive parts photos in AMW’s review here.

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Decal Review: MILSPEC A-4E Skyhawk VA-152 'Wild Aces'

While later A-4s from VA-152 (nicknamed variously as Friendlies, Mavericks and Fighting Aces) are served poorly by kit manufacturers – just Fujimi’s 1/72 A-4B has markings for this squadron – there’s a thriving aftermarket scene, such as this example from MILSPEC for an A-4E assigned to the USS Shangri-La during the unit’s last operational cruise from March-December 1970.

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Decal Review: Star Decals M4A1 Shermans coming ashore

Released to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, this sheet is focused on the 75mm main gun-equipped M4A1 Sherman, including snorkel-fitted and Duplex Drive ‘Donald Duck’ variants.

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Decal Review: H-Models Mitsubishi Zero over Saipan

H-Models’ 1/48 Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Model 52 decals are perhaps named somewhat misleadingly, as the set provides for a quartet of airframes captured on the ground at Saipan.

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Decal Review: SBS Model Curtiss Hawk 75 in Finnish Service

Options for Curtiss P-36 Hawk liveries in 1/48 aren’t plentiful, so its great to see aftermarket supplier SBS step forward with these Finnish-operated Hawk 75A schemes.

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Decal Review: Euro Decals 1/32 Bf 109Gs of the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblica

Messerschmitt Bf 109Gs of the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana...

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Decal Review: Star Decals M47 Patton Middle East War & Peace

This evocatively titled Star Decals set provides for a varied array of M47 Patton tank liveries, suitable for kits by Italeri, Revell, Tamiya and Takom, among others.

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Decal Review: Decales Global 1/144 Airlift International F27

Airliner aficionados looking for an unusual scheme for their 1/144 Doyusha, Eastern Express, F-RSIN or Welsh Models Fokker F27 Friendships may wish to consider this Decales Global product for defunct carrier Airlift International.

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Rescue Aids from CMK: 1/72 US and German Liferaft sets

CMK's 1/72 resin life rafts - for Revell's S-100 and Elco 80ft boat kits - are neat upgrade accessories, as our review reveals.

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Uncommon Spitfires from Eduard: 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Ia

One of the big plus points with Eduard’s approach to kits is that once the signature special boxings are released, there’s the chance to feature lesser-known aircraft, and such is the case with the Spitfire Mk.Ia, reviewed here.

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Eduard's Gustav Aces: 1/48 Bf 109G-6 Review

As AMW's review reveals, Modellers looking for a great value-for-money Bf 109G-6 should look no further than this lovely Weekend offering from Eduard.

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Special Hobby's 1/72 Curtiss P-40M Warhawk/Kitthawk Mk.III Reviewed!

Special Hobby’s P-40 returns as a P-40M variant, combining common Runners A and B with a new Frame C for the fuselage, plus relevant glazing from P-40E and P-40N releases. AMW Reviews these contents here.

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Spinal Swelling: What's inside Eduard's 1/48 MiG-21SMT

Having most recently been available in Revell packaging, Eduard has restored the 1/48 MiG-21SMT to its range as a Weekend Edition kit. AMW lifts the lid on this offering here.

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Parasol Predator: Eduard's 1/48 Fokker D.VIII Review

First released in 2006, Eduard’s D.VIII features delicate surface detail and a well-appointed interior, notably the cockpit. Discover AMW's verdict on the kit here.

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Airfix releases Classic Soviet Armour - its 1/72 Josef Stalin JS-3!

First released in 1962, Airfix’s JS-3 returns in Vintage Classics packaging - check out Airfix Model World's review here.

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MiniArt's Chevrolet Hauler: 1/35 G7107 Military Truck

Ukrainian firm MiniArt has repackaged its G7107 with a set of figures posed as if carrying out repairs - read AMW's review of the kit now!

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Late-War Panzer from Dragon: 1/72 Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf.J Early Production

Often viewed as a backwards step in Panzer IV development, the last subtype – the Ausf.J – is the subject of Dragon’s small-scale kit, reviewed here by AMW.

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World of Tanks Gaming Assault Gun - Revell 1/72 Sturmgeschütz IV

Those opening this re-boxed Matchbox kit as part of Revell’s link with World of Tanks are in for a pleasant surprise, as it was one of the former firm’s last products. Read AMW's verdict here.

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Ubiquitous Celebration: Italeri's 1/35 Willys Jeep MB 80th Anniversary

Italeri’s 1/24 Willys Jeep has been re-released to celebrate 80 years since the type was first produced. Discover more in AMW's review.

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Top-Quality Armour from MiniArt: 1/35 Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf.H Nibelungenwerk Mid Prod

MiniArt’s high standards are again on view with its ‘baseline’ offering of the Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf.H, reviewed here by AMW.

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ICM's General Purpose Hauler - 1/35 G7117 truck review

Modellers wanting to build US World War Two logistics vehicles are spoilt for choice with two manufacturers releasing several kits: ICM's G7117 is reviewed here.

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MiniArt's Medical Delivery: Tempo A400 Lieferwagen

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Those who thought a 1/35 Tempo E400 was such an unusual type that there could be no further development of such a kit will be fascinated to find out what MiniArt’s second such offering contains…

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Alkett Assaulter: MiniArt's new 1/35 StuG III Interior Kit

VIDEO: Announced with considerable fanfare, the first of MiniArt’s 1/35 StuG III interior kits has arrived… JOHN FULLER discovers what this highly anticipated package can promise...