Reviews: On the shelf

ON THE SHELF

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DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY

It’s a welcome return for Revell’s 1/48 Eurofighter Typhoon, in the guise of a specially marked airframe to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 71 ‘Richthofen’ (formerly Jagdgeschwader 71).

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FLYING 'GREENHOUSE' BOMBER

Here’s a welcome return for ICM’s superb 1/48 Heinkel He 111H-3, this time with markings for Romanian Air Force bombers.

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TIP-JET HELO

Brengun has re-released Extratech’s resin and photo-etched (PE) metal SO 1221 helicopter with injection-moulded styrene rotor blades replacing the original cast parts and a new decal sheet.

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LONG-NOSED FRESCO

Czech company Směr has re-released its 1/72 MiG-17PF, a variant fitted with an Izumrud radar in a distinctive nose radome, known by its NATO callsign of Fresco-D.

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SWEPT-WING SOVIET

Eduard’s MiG-15bis Fagot returns as a ProfiPACK edition containing pre-coloured photo-etched metal interior components, pre-cut painting masks and a wealth of new markings options in addition to the basic styrene.

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AFRICAN TRAVELLER

Dekno has a reputation for unusual subjects, and its resin British Aircraft Eagle 2 (the only kit of the type) is no exception.

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DEMONSTRATION WARTHOG

This latest iteration of Revell’s 1/72 A-10 Thunderbolt (itself a re-boxed Italeri kit) is labelled as a C-version to reflect upgrades to US Air Force airframes under the Precision Engagement Modification Program.

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NIGHT-FIGHTING INTRUDER

Dornier’s Do 217 heavyweight night-fighter is receiving plenty of attention from ICM, which has followed the N-version with the earlier J-subtypes.

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POTENT PAIRING

Mounting an anti-tank gun on an established chassis was commonplace during World War Two, and Airfix’s 1/35 Jagdpanzer 38(t) depicts such a combination of the Czech LT vz. 38 tank – Panzer 38(t) in German service – with a PaK 39 L/48 weapon.

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IT'S A JEEP!

Dragon has repackaged its 1/4-ton 4x4 truck (the Jeep name is omitted from the title for licensing reasons) with extra parts to depict an Israeli-modified machine.

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DIFFERENT TRACKS

Italian resin specialist WIP3D has released a gorgeous 3D-printed 1/72 Italian Mod.42 armoured railway truck (also available as 35010 in 1/35).

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SOVIET DISPLAY

Re-releasing vintage kits is very much in vogue, and Revell has reissued Matchbox’s 1970s-era 1/76 T-34/76 tank, complete with a diorama base for displaying the completed model.

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COMMAND AND CREW

Another version of ICM’s 1/35 ZiL-131 KShM has arrived, this time paired with the firm’s Soviet Drivers 1979-91 figures (available separately as 35641).

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'PLANE PULLING

Planet Models’ complex yet highly accurate aircraft tug is just the thing for a modern Luftwaffe aircraft diorama.

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WARTIME WRECKER

Fans of 1/72 scale military modelling now have their own newly tooled Scammell Pioneer and IBG’s release packs in detail commonly associated with a 1/35 kit.

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TIGER BY THE TOE

Although intended for wargamers, this Forces of Valor 1/72 Sd.Kfz.182 ‘King’ Tiger tank is similarly suitable as a beginner’s modelling project courtesy of the pre-coloured styrene and large attachment points – the latter meaning sections can be assembled without glue.

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HUNTING IN THE SNOW

Italeri has updated its 1/35 Jagdpanther kit with new vinyl two-piece tracks and teamed with MiniArt, which provides a set of five crew figures (35021 – designed originally for a Panzer IV).

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DESERT TIN LIZZIE

The latest ICM 1/35 Model T offering combines its splendid military Light Car Patrol (LCP) vehicle (35663) with a pair of ANZAC crew from its 1917-1919 set (35707) at a great value price.

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NINE TONS IN TOTAL

ICM’s latest Diorama Series combination package offers superb value for money by combining its 1/35 Ford V3000S (35411), Mercedes-Benz L3000S (35420) and KHD S3000 (35451) for less than the price of two of these kits bought individually.

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EARLY-WAR ARTILLERY

First to Fight specialises in 1/72 kits of soldiers and equipment used by German and Polish forces at the start of World War Two, such as the latter’s 75mm armata wz. 1897 guns – ex-French Canon de 75 modèle 1897s.

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ROMMEL'S DESERT FIGHTERS

Following the return of its 1/76 British 8th Army (see July 2020, p86), Airfix has added the German Afrika Korps to its Vintage Classics range, enabling modellers to recreate World War Two’s desert campaign.

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READYING A WIMPEY

CMK’s three-figure set is intended to complement Airfix’s 1/72 Wellington, and provides a three-piece seated pilot (provided in the left-hand seat with a replacement control column), leaning four-part probable flight engineer and a standing crewman.

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SOVIET PLANE DRIVERS

Although ICM’s Soviet pilot figures are the ideal accompaniment for its 1/32 scale aircraft kits, these are equally suitable for any early Russian World War Two aircraft, comprising one seated (depicted in a Polikarpov I-16 on the box cover) and two standing, as if giving/receiving a verbal mission brief.

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PROPELLER WASH

While intended to complement Special Hobby’s newly tooled Siebel Si 204, this figure, which is posed as if cleaning a propeller blade, would be suitable for any Argus engine-powered airframe.

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BALTIC-THEATRE ROMAN

Established as a German puppet state during World War Two, the Italian Social Republic’s armed forces included a voluntary women’s corps – Servizio Ausiliario Femminile (Female Auxiliary Service), and WIP3D’s figure represents a member of this group

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NON-COMBAT STINGERS

ICM has expanded its range of 1/32 aircrew figures to include Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (often abbreviated to WASPs) – American women who flew testing, transport and training missions so that male airmen could undertake combat roles.

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EYE-CATCHING BUG

Here’s a bright and colourful VW Beetle from Airfix’s Quickbuild range that’s ideal for a weekend project and a perfect introduction to the hobby

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ROLLING STARTER

It might be hard to believe, but Revell’s ’55 Chevy convertible is now 25 years old and, in its latest guise as the 1955 Indianapolis pace car, it is offered in a striking red/white livery.

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"SO LONG AS IT'S BLACK"

Here’s another value-for-money package from ICM, combining its 1/24 Model T Delivery car (24008) and American Gasoline Loaders figures (24018) for less than the price of buying these kits separately.

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WINGS AND EYEBROWS

Italeri has released a 1/24 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupé – the model made famous by its unmistakable ‘gullwing’ doors – following previous releases depicting the subsequently built roadster version.