Reviews: On the shelf

ON THE SHELF

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MIDDLE EASTERN MACHINERY

Israeli armour subjects garner significant interest with modellers, so it’s no surprise aftermarket marking specialist Star Decals has catered for such vehicles, with this set covering M48 Magach and AMX-13 tanks.

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FELINE MACHINERY

Modellers with 1/35 kits depicting early-model Tiger tanks may wish to consider this selection of unusual markings options from Star Decals.

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D-DAY MARINES

While small-scale kits depicting the Sherman M4A4 variant with the Chrysler A57 ‘cloverleaf’ engine housed in an extended rear hull and widely spaced bogies are unusual, those seeking an alternative scheme for such offerings will enjoy this Star Decals’ product.

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MEDICAL TRANSPORT

Food Machinery Corp’s M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) has been adapted to provide a wide array of specialist vehicles and its ambulance variants are the subject of Star Decals’ 13th collection of Israel Defense Force (IDF) Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs).

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ANTI-TANK MUNITIONS

Although they appear similar to conventional explosive munitions, Eduard’s 1/72 Brassin fittings depict the BL755 cluster bombs developed by Hunting Aircraft and used by the RAF between 1972-2008.

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AUXILIARY ADDITIONS

Intended to replace the styrene representations of the external fuel tanks supplied with its 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109G kits, Eduard has released this Brassin set, containing two distinct fittings.

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ELECTRONIC WARFARE PROTECTION

Eduard’s 1/72 AN/ALQ-184 Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pod is suitable for a range of US Air Force types and is a simple addition, comprising just a single cast component.

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'PONY' PIPES

Here’s a simple but effective upgrade for Revell’s recent 1/32 P-51D Mustang, in the form of Eduard’s Brassin exhaust outlets.

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MIRAGE MISSILES

French aircraft armaments are garnering attention from aftermarket accessory producers, such as this pair of Matra R.530 air-to-air weapons from Eduard's Brassin range.

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SECOND-GEN RATTLESNAKES

Following sweeping reviews of air-to-air missile usage in the late 1960s, the US Navy introduced improved versions of the standard AIM-9 Sidewinder, and the resulting AIM-9G/H versions are the subject of Eduard's Brassin set.

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TARGET DISPATCHED

Eduard has added a set of eight 1/72 AGM-114 Hellfire Air-Ground Missiles to its Brassin range, complete with a set of hardpoints capable of carrying four weapons each.

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'FRIEDRICH' FEATHERS

This set of landing flaps from Eduard's Brassin range is designed to replace the styrene representation of the trailing edge parts on the firm's 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109F kits.

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SPIT' 'BONNET'

While Eduard's 1/48 Spitfires are superb, one aspect that can be challenging is constructing the two-part upper engine cowling without an unsightly seam - hence this one piece-section, intended to replace that sub-assembly on the firm's Mk.XVI kits is an ideal solution.

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EXPORT LANDING

Modellers with the Kittyhawk Mk.Ia version of Special Hobby's 1/72 Curtiss P-40 kits can add deployed landing flaps courtesy of this Eduard phot-etched brass set.

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EIGHT-WHEELER REFINEMENT

Here's a photo-etched brass upgrade set for MiniArt's 1/35 early Panzer III kits, depicting tanks fitted with the intermediate eight road-wheel configuration and leaf-sprung suspension.

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MEDIUM BOMBER INNARDS

Italeri is one of several manufacturers to re-box Accurate Minatures' 1/48 North American B-25 Mitchell, meaning Eduard's interior set should be equally suitable for these kits plus those in Academy, Doyusha and Revell packaging.

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AIR-SEA RESCUER INTERNALS

Even modern styrene kits can be enhanced with the addition of photo-etched metal parts, including Airfix's recent 1/72 Westland Sea King offerings, which are the recipient of Eduard's two-fret interior set.

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CENTENARY RETIREE

This is the first time Revell’s recent 1/72 Hawk T.1 hasn’t depicted a Red Arrows jet (as per the initial release and subsequent starter set); instead, it provides an all-black 208(R) Squadron livery.

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MINUTE 'JUGS'

Here’s another small-scale double package in the form of Platz’s 1/144 P-47D Thunderbolt with early-style ‘razorback’ canopy.

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SMALL CARRIER FIGHTER

Arma Hobby has again raised the bar for the level of detail in a 1/72 World War Two-era fighter kit with its newly tooled FM-2 Wildcat.

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EUROPEAN RAIDER

Having delighted modellers with its ‘strafer nose’ Invader (see Invading Striker), ICM has subsequently released the bomber variant, which featured a glazed forward section for the bomber/navigator.

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CZECH TRAINER

Having released the Si 204 initially as a newly tooled kit, Special Hobby has turned its attention to the licence-built Aero C-3A version.

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UNFENCED AIRLINER

This is the second time MisterCraft has re-boxed Heller’s 1/125 Airbus A320, with this British Airways (BA) version following a Lufthansa-labelled offering.

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TOOTHY NAVAL FIGHTER

Here’s a welcome return for Eduard’s superb 1/72 Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat as a ProfiPACK edition, containing photo-etched (PE) enhancements and pre-cut canopy mask set.

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AGEING PIRATE

Italeri has re-boxed Esci’s 1/48 A-7E Corsair with a stunning new decal sheet, but the kit has not aged well, being produced when raised lines were all the rage and fit/accuracy weren’t regarded as being vital.

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ALL-IN-ONE PACKAGE

Here’s a return for Airfix’s diminutive but detailed 1/72 Willys Jeep, this time appearing as a Starter Set with four Humbrol acrylic paints (26 Khaki, 33 Matt Black, 60 Scarlet and 86 Light Olive) plus a small tube of glue and paintbrush.

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SELF-RETURNER?

Fans of modern military vehicles will find Zvezda’s 1/35 VPK-7829 K-17 Bumerang (boomerang) a delight, as this new-tool kit is a superbly detailed replica of the Russian amphibious wheeled armoured vehicle fitted with the modular DUBM-30 Epoch upper turret.

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TANK TRACTOR

Not content with just releasing T-34 tank variants, ICM has indulged modellers by including the armoured recovery variant, known as ‘tyagach’ (tractor) by its crews and designated either T-34-T or TT-34.

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ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE CARRIER

ICM has depicted another World War One truck with this 1/35 replica of the Four-Wheel Drive Auto Company’s Model B design, known as the ‘Truck, Three-Five Ton, Model 1917’ in US Army service.

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UPDATED 'CATHEDRAL'

MiniArt’s ode to the M3 tank series (nicknamed the ‘iron cathedral’) continues with the Grant Mk.II.