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ON THE SHELF

Keep up to date with the latest and most comprehensive round up of new model, accessory, decal and book releases from Airfix Model World. Whether you are looking for aircraft, military, figures, auto or maritime kits or that specific set of decals you will find it here. Plus you can use our search feature to look for specific suppliers, scales or types of model.

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FLUSH-WINGED ‘DOODLEBUSTER’

Following the release of its newly tooled 1/48 Hawker Tempest in 2018, this is the first of Eduard’s styrene-only Weekend Edition versions.

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ULTIMATE FISHBED DEVELOPMENT

This Italeri MiG-21bis is a re-boxing of Fujimi’s 1991-tooled 1/72 kit, and while hardly long in the tooth, it faces competition from more modern offerings from Eduard and Zvezda, among others.

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AVIATION SCENE

Here’s another great multi-set ensemble from ICM, comprising the firm’s 1/48 Bf 109F-4 (48103), Hs 126B-1 (48212) and German Pilots and Ground Personnel set (48082) – and for almost 20% less than the cost of these items separately.

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DESERT VISIONS

Special Hobby’s 1/72 Mirage F.1s have been hugely popular since their initial release, and this has been so true of the EQ/ED version (as used by Iraq, Iran, Qatar and Libya) that it has been reissued.

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LARGE-SCALE ‘EMIL’

Arguably, Airfix revolutionised large-scale modelling with its 1/24 ‘Super Kits’; its Bf 109E was one of the last of the initial batch released between 1970-73, making it a logical inclusion in the firm’s Vintage Classics series.

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SIRENS AND SKIDS

Zvezda has reworked its recent 1/72 Junkers Ju 87 Stuka snap-fit offering to depict the type as fitted with skis on World War Two’s Eastern Front.

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AVENGING RETURN

As the only injection-moulded quarter-scale depiction of the type, Dragon’s 1/48 Junkers Ju 188A-2 Rächer (avenger) is highly sought-after, because it has not been available since the 1990s – happily, it’s been re-boxed by Revell.

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SHOOT AND SCOOT

Academy’s M12 returns in Airfix packaging with a new set of markings for two late-war machines.

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PETITE DEFENDER

French armour subjects are gaining in popularity, with the Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée (FCM) 36 light tank being ICM’s latest new-tool offering.

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ARMOURED DEMAG

On a theme of small-scale German half-tracks, Special Armour has re-boxed MK 72’s 1/72 Sd.Kfz. 250/1 Ausf.A Demag-built troop-carrier, which features a hexagonal cross-section.

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DINKY-SIZE GENERAL

Intended for wargaming via the Art of Tactic linkup, this 1/100 snap-together M3A1 is ideal for those just entering the hobby, with low parts count - just 11 items on the single styrene runner - and ease of construction.

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TANK AND ‘BATTLE TAXI’

Having surprised and delighted modellers with its newly tooled 1/72 Chieftain Mk.10/11 combo, Takom has included different parts to allow an earlier Mk.5 tank to be built, plus original components for a same-scale FV432 Mk.2/1 armoured personnel carrier.

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DOWNSIZED DISH

Brengun appears to have ‘downsized’ the ex-Extratech 1/72 FuSE-65 Würzburg-Riese radar system in subsidiary firm Hauler’s range to produce this 1/144 version.

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THE LEADER’S HEAVY HITTER

Dragon’s 1/35 JS-2 Stalin II Soviet heavy tank includes parts for three options: either a JS-1 early model with 85mm gun, a JS-2 with 122mm weapon or a JS-2m with a late-production simplified hull front.

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TOW-CABLE SPEEDER

Released to celebrate the 40th anniversary since The Empire Strikes Back first appeared at the cinema, Revell’s 1/29 Snowspeeder has returned in Model Set packaging, with six pots of own-brand acrylic paint, a Contacta Professional Mini liquid cement applicator and a paintbrush.

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SCOTT TRACY'S RESPONDER

Modellers have been eagerly awaiting Adventures in Plastic’s Thunderbirds kits, and these re-boxed Aoshima/Imai offerings have now been released.

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READY FOR RESCUE

Fans of the 1960s TV series Thunderbirds are in for a treat with this 1/350 set from Adventures in Plastic, which is a re-boxing of the IMAI/Aoshima kit.

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POD-DEPLOYED DRILL

International Rescue’s specialised pod vehicles are arguably more fascinating than the main Thunderbirds themselves, with The Mole tunnelling machine being a firm fan favourite.

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PICK-UP THE HOBBY!

Here’s another Quickbuild release aimed at drawing younger modellers to the hobby, in the form of a Ford F-150 pick-up truck with a deep blue finish and ‘Raptor’ branding, denoting this is the high-performance version.

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LOTS OF TROUBLE, USUALLY SERIOUS

EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: Tamiya’s 1/24 Lotus Europa has returned with a newly tooled runner containing RS Watanabe wheels (similar to Minilites) and optional rear wing – both were popularised in Japan by The Circuit Wolf manga.

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BOXY BEEMER

Comprising eight styrene runners, a one-piece bodyshell and four vinyl tyres, Hobby NuNu’s BMW M3 Grand Tourer returns in Auto Tech racing team livery, as it appeared at the 1991 Japanese Touring Car (JTC) and Macau Group A events.

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QUATTRO RACER

Hobby NuNu’s second boxing of its Audi R8 LMS contains the same eight styrene runners, single-piece bodyshell and four vinyl tyres as the initial offering, but complements these with markings for a grand-tourer racer at the Macau Grand Prix (#6) or a ‘factory’ machine (#7).

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MAGYAR MESSERSCHMITTS

This splendid collection of four Hungarian Air Force Bf 109G-6s is the second of its type from SBS Model.

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PAINTED PURSUERS

It’s rare aftermarket companies can supply beautiful markings, reference material and display options in one package, but these are hallmarks of Exito Decals’ products, including this collection of three 1/48 Pacific theatre aircraft.

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SENNA’S RALLYING EXCURSION

Arguably one of the sport’s greatest-ever drivers, Ayrton Senna is revered by Formula 1 fans, but it’s a little-known fact he tested rally machinery in Wales during 1986: one of these was the MG Metro 6R4 replicated by these Decalcas markings.

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BOMBER BIRDS AND DUCKS

Fans of F-15Es have plenty to choose from with LPS Hobby’s collection of Iraqi Freedom-associated decals.

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FELINE BUGS AND GUPPYS

FULL LISTING INSIDE: Model Art Decal System’s products tend to combine unrelated subjects – this 1/72 sheet covers post-war French and British Grumman Avengers, plus several French Tiger Moths.

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AIR FORCE RUNABOUTS

H-Models’ extensive compilation of Jeep Willys MB markings continues with this limited-edition set that focuses on vehicles operated by the RAF during World War Two. 

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COMMEMORATIVE SPITS

Released for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this ten-aircraft ensemble from Xtradecal is ideal for those wanting to build an early Spitfire that participated in that pivotal struggle in the summer of 1940.

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MEDITERRANEAN BEAUTIES

Also available as a combined package with stencils (48-044), Foxbot’s collection of late-model B-25 Mitchell schemes is an ideal means of replicating World War Two airframe artwork on the type.