Reviews: On the shelf

ON THE SHELF

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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.

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RUSSIAN COLOSSUS

When it comes to anticipating market requirements, Tamiya inevitably hits the nail on the head by combining ease of assembly and low parts count with the maximum of detail, as evidenced by its newly tooled KV-1.

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MOVEABLE MISSILES

Dragon’s recent 1/35 set combining three Mobile Interceptor Missile-23 (MIM-23) Hawks and the associated M192 anti-aircraft missile launcher comprises eight styrene runners – although this includes two sets of three duplicated frames.

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MULTI-TURRETED TERROR

It’s great to see less well-known subjects, such as the Soviet T-28 multi-turret tank, covered by manufacturers in 1/72.

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FRONTLINE TRUCKERS

Designed to accompany ICM’s Liberty trucks, these driver figures will be equally suitable for most other US Army vehicles from the 1917-18 period.

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MAN-PORTABLE ARTILLERY

Zvezda’s 120mm mortar and crew is part of the firm’s Art of Tactic range, designed for wargamers but offering sufficient detail to make it attractive to modellers.

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RELAXING SMOKE

This stunning two-figure set from Stalingrad is part of a larger six-piece ensemble of a Panzergrenadier team enjoying a break alongside a half-track crew.

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OBSERVING THE BATTLE

A recent release by Italy-based WIP3D, this single-piece 3D-printed resin figure depicts a captain from the 1st Battalion, 7th Division, Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Piave River on the Italian Front in 1918.

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COLD WARRIOR

There’s a decidedly chilly feel to ICM’s latest ‘Others’ figure, which joins the firm’s Night King (16201), striding towards an unseen objective.

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REBEL YELL

Here’s a neat addition for Bandai’s Star Wars kits, in the shape of three Rebel Alliance pilots – one is climbing the ladder to his spacecraft, while the other two are walking (one in the process of putting his helmet on as he does so).

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ELECTRIC RACER

Airfix’s Quickbuild range continues to expand, with a definite automotive focus as evidenced by its Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

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FIRST CAR AND DRIVER

​​​​​​​It’s a recurring theme with ICM to add figures with vehicle releases, both to add context and to create an instant vignette.

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SNOW CLEARANCE

Hasegawa released its baseline ZW100-6 front-end loader in 2018, and has followed it with a multiplough-equipped version.

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A BRITISH CLASSIC

When Revell released its Series III Land Rover it was a breath of fresh air for modellers used to dealing with older Italeri and Monogram offerings.

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BARENTS SEA BATTLER

Polish company MisterCraft has re-boxed Heller’s 1/400 Type 1936A zerstörer (destroyer), known by the Germans as the Z23-class (after the lead vessel) and Allies as Narvik-class.

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OP CORPORATE FLAGSHIP

Released under the British Legends banner, it’s a return for Dragon’s 1/700 HMS Invincible in Revell packaging, representing the ship as it appeared during the 1982 Falklands War.

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MARINE ASSAULT

Revell’s USS Tarawa was the first kit of this vessel, being released originally in 1977 and, unfortunately it hasn’t aged well.

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DEEP SEA EXPLORER

It’s a return to the deep for Hasegawa, with the re-release of its splendid Shinkai 6500 submersible, this time with a two-piece cardboard base for an ‘seabed diorama set’.