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ON THE SHELF

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BOMBS AND FLAMETHROWER

Here’s another great modelling/wargaming cross-over from Zvezda in the form of a four-man, body armour-clad Soviet sapper team, comprising one soldier armed with a flamethrower, two wielding PPS-43 sub-machine guns (including one about to throw a grenade), while the final trooper carries a Degtyaryov machine gun.

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SOUTHEAST ASIA SCENE

Newly tooled from ICM is this set of five USAF personnel deployed to Vietnam, including a pair of pilots, two technicians and another individual appearing to brief the airmen.

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THIS LITTLE PIGGY...

Designed for Tamiya’s 1/48 German Motorcycle and Sidecar (32578), ToRo Model’s figures provide an unusual load for the BMW R75, in the form of an armed rider and bound pig.

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LONGSTANDING GUNNERY

Having catered for a 1/35 World War One-era MG 08 firing team, ICM has substituted the figures and equipment for World War Two soldiers in this diorama-friendly package.

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TAKE COVER!

When it comes to figures, few companies have adopted the approach taken by ICM, which shuns generic poses and ‘the usual’ subjects, and this is particularly true for its World War One Belgian Infantry set.

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MONSTROUS ’TACHE

The last of four ToRo figures inspired by the satirical cartoons of wartime artist WJP Jones, Dark Whiskers portrays a captain from the Coldstream Guards in North Africa, complete with an oversized moustache and ‘swatting’ stick.

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SPECIAL HAULER

Italeri’s Turbostar Special is a mix of old and new – most parts date back to one of the type’s earliest offerings (kit 796 from 1991) as the Turbostar, but the original seven styrene runners are augmented by a new frame with parts for the 190.48 version.

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“EVERY DAY I GET IN THE QUEUE…”

Adding to Revell’s array of music-themed road vehicle kits, this re-issue of the Volkswagen T1 delivery van features a striking ‘The Magic Bus’ livery celebrating British band The Who.

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TO THE RESCUE!

ICM has continued to expand its range of 1/35 Model T variants with a 1914 Fire Truck – as with the other releases in this series it’s effectively a down-scaling of the larger 1/24 offering.

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CLIP-TOGETHER COUPÉ

Here’s another attractive addition to Airfix’s range of Quickbuild offerings, in the form of an orange-finished Ford Mustang GT.

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ON THE PULL

Suitable for most 1960s Royal Navy flight deck scenes, this Tugmaster tractor would make an ideal addition to any carrier diorama, but its complexity and detail make it equally suitable as a standalone model.

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ARMOURED STARTER

Airfix has combined the two ‘basic’ runners from its newly tooled Sherman Firefly kit with three Humbrol acrylic paints, a tube of Poly Cement and a paint brush, to make a great Starter Set.

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GOLAN BATTLER

Fans of Soviet tanks will no doubt be delighted that MiniArt has included the classic T-34 among recent releases – this iteration depicts T-34/85s used by the Syrian Army during the 1960s/1970s and is one of the less-complex offerings.

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SHOOT AND SCOOT

Modern Russian armour subjects are increasingly popular with modellers, so its encouraging to see types such as the 2S35 Koalitsiya (coalition) self-propelled howitzer in 1/72 scale – courtesy of this new tooling from Zvezda.

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WEIGHTY SCOUT

Considering the complexity and vast parts counts in some of its large-scale armour kits, Dragon’s small-scale offerings can appear refreshingly simple, as with its 1/72 Schwerer Panzerspähwagen 8-Rad (heavy armoured reconnaissance vehicle, 8-wheeled).

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BELLOWING COW

Zvezda’s rocket firing Sd.Kfz.251 variant – nicknamed Heulende Kuh (bellowing cow) by German troops after the sound it made when the missiles were fired – is a recent tooling, distinct from its other Hanomags in this scale.

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FIGHTING CRICKET

Having acquired several moulds from now-defunct firm Toxso, Revell has issued the former’s newly tooled (but never-released) 1/72 Sturmpanzer 38(t) Grille (cricket) Ausf.M.

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MOBILE COMMAND CENTRE

Combining the recent 1/35 Sd.Kfz. 247 Ausf.B (35110) with its 2019-tooled German Command Vehicle Crew (35644) has allowed ICM to depict the type operating in its intended purpose as a portable operations centre.

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GUN-TOTING SPOOK

Esci’s 1/72 Phantoms were among its better offerings, so it’s great to see the F-4E/F re-released in Italeri boxing.

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DESERT TEMPEST

The first iteration of Special Hobby’s 1/72 Dassault Super Mystère/Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Sa’ar (tempest) has been re-released due to its popularity.

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FIGHTER AND FIGURES

Filling a gap between its standalone 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109 (48103) and the comprehensive Luftwaffe Airfield set (DS4801), ICM has combined the fighter with its Luftwaffe Ground Personnel in a neat value-for-money package.

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THOROUGHBRED FACE-OFF

Revell’s reissued ‘Combat Set’ will inevitably draw comparisons with Airfix’s A50183 Dogfight Double, as both provide 1/72 Messerschmitt Me 262 and North American P-51 Mustang kits, though note the latter is a P-51B in this package.

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MINI-BLOCH

Having delighted modellers with its gorgeous 1/48 MB.152, Dora Wings has scaled down the mouldings for an equally impressive 1/72 offering.

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TINY ’TOOM

Japanese firm Platz moved quickly to follow the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) retirement of its RF-4 airframes and disbanding of the 501st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron during March 2020, issuing several celebratory iterations of its 1/144 Phantom. 

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SPEEDY ‘WHAT-IF’

Airfix’s Concorde returns as a Vintage Classic, featuring the original 1966 scheme intended for the British Overseas Airways Corporation (which had become British Airways by the time the type entered service), although it never flew in those colours.

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IRON MEN

This Tankograd Special focuses on equipment of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th (US) Infantry Division (one of several US Army units to bear the moniker ‘Iron Brigade’) during its 2017 deployment to Germany.

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AMERICANS OVER AFRICA

Pen & Sword’s Images of War publications will be familiar to many modellers thanks to the range of reference imagery they contain, but this volume covering USAAF operations over North Africa is arguably one of the most varied.

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BOOTY COLLECTION

This is the second volume of Abteilung 502’s treatise on materiel captured from Iraqi forces during January and February 1991 (commonly known as the First Gulf War).

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MUSTANG UPDATED

Intended initially as an updated and expanded edition of an earlier volume, MMP’s Mustang Rediscovered evolved into a much more comprehensive study of later P-51 variants, and includes the photo-reconnaissance F-6D/K.

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CURRENT STATUS STUDY

Known officially as the Republic of China, Taiwan has a fascinating military history, with war with the People’s Republic of China and continuing tensions between the states. Its Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) is the subject of Harpia’s new book, which having been published in summer 2021, is the most up-to-date study of the subject available.