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NEW MIG-19S BOXING FROM KP
The Czech company has re-released its Farmer-C tactical fighter with decals for four new colour schemes.
DRAGON LADY: AFV CLUB’S U-2A
AFV Club's recent 1/48 Lockheed U-2A Dragon Lady kit is reviewed in detail by CHRIS CLIFFORD.
NEW HMS MONMOUTH BY TRUMPETER
Trumpeter has reworked its HMS Kent Type 23 Frigate kit to now provide HMS Monmouth in 1/700 scale. Photo-etched brass parts are included.
SPECIAL HOBBY’S SWEDISH TWIN-BOOM
Special Hobby has re-released its 1/72 SAAB J 21A, the styrene parts being boosted by photo-etched metal and resin.
NEW ‘109 KITS FROM AZ MODEL
AZ Model's series of 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109s keeps on rolling, with two fresh boxings and a fascinating array of markings. And they won't break the bank!
ANIME BIKER GIRL
Modellers who enjoy anime and manga culture have a superb option in Suyata's parts-packed Arya The Hunter's Poem release. You get a figure, motorcycle and robotic dog, and alternative colours are possible via different shades of styrene.
EDUARD’S NEW COMIC CAMEL
Eduard's 1/48 new-tool Sopwith Camel, first released last year, now forms the basis of a 'Comic' ProfiPACK boxing. No biplane modeller should miss it!
CRÉCY’S CLOSE SUPPORT STORY CONTINUES
The first instalment of Crécy’s Publishing’s book 'Close Call' was a gem for anyone building World War Two aircraft in the ground-attack role. Volume II is out now!
REVELL’S NEW-TOOL STRIKE EAGLE
With quality kits of the F-15E Strike Eagle already available in 1/72 scale, Revell has boldly released its own new tooling… but does it hit the target?
EDUARD’S PEEPING FISHBED RETURNS
The recce-focused 1/48 MiG-21R from Eduard has been re-released and, as CHRIS CLIFFORD, discovers, it’s a stellar option for any fan of the type.
INDIAN AIRCRAFT REFERENCE
If you're into modelling Asian aircraft, Helion & Company's new book '90 Years of the Indian Air Force' offers a wealth of reference.
MILES MESSENGERS FROM KP
Kovozávody Prostějov has released a new-tool Miles M.38 Messenger Mk.I in 1/72 scale, via three different boxings. CHRIS CLIFFORD inspects the parts.
NEW ITALIAN BOMBER KIT FROM SPECIAL HOBBY
Anyone considering builds of Italian Air Force World War Two aircraft shouldn't miss Special Hobby's new Piaggio P.180B 'Quadrimotore' heavy bomber. It's a sizeable subject with markings for four liveries.
‘TWIN-TUB’ SUPER HORNET REVIVAL
If you want a wallet-friendly and reasonably well detailed kit of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, Revell's re-released product could be just the ticket. It comes with markings for the 'Jolly Rogers' and 'Red Rippers'.
TWO-WHEELED TRACK STAR
Tamiya can always be relied on to 'ace' a motorcycle kit. That's certainly the case with its stunning new 1/12 Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR '20 package, which can be embellished even further with a proprietary Detail-Up set.
‘TOP’ AID FOR MODELLING DETAIL
Kagero's Topdrawings series provides highly useful scale plans in various scales, across the aircraft, military vehicle and maritime genres. Also included are colour profile artwork, and in some cases, free masking foils.
ANIME LINER DIORAMA
Bags of fun lie in store for any modeller considering Suyata's Titanic Port Scene & Vehicle package, which offers snap-fit assembly and impressive detail. It's an appealing project teens and adults alike, especially if you enjoy Japanese anime and its culture.
F-84F THUNDERSTREAK REPRISE
Kinetic's original 1/48 F-84F Thunderstreak tooling is available again, now with new decals for two USAF airframes. Read our full review here.
EASTERN BLOC MUD-MOVER RETURNS
As it gradually re-releases old ESCI mouldings, Italeri has now selected the former's 1/48 MiG-27 for the same treatment, and you can also build a MiG-23BN from the same parts. This is vintage tooling, though, and will need much work to make a refined, accurate replica. However, the new decals are superb.
STUDY OF A FLEXIBLE LUFTWAFFE WARRIOR
If you're a fan of building Luftwaffe bombers, Crécy Publishing's new book on the Luftwaffe's Dornier Do 217 is a stunning reference, with fascinating narrative and revealing photos. The imagery is helpful with camouflage, structural detail and weaponry.
ISRAELI ‘KILLER EGG’ RETURNS
Dragon's 1/35 Hughes MD500 TOW-armed helicopter has been re-released, offering rotorcraft fans the chance to build an Israeli machine.
DEFENDERS OF ‘WHEAT AND SKY’
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has thrown a stark spotlight on the latter's air force and its assets. If you wish to build models on this theme, a superb book from Crecy Publishing is an invaluable reference.
‘GHOST OF KYIV’ FULCRUM
ICM has re-released its 1/72 MiG-29 9-13 Fulcrum in a patriotic 'Ghost of Kyiv' boxing, with new pixel camouflage decals. 50% of the proceeds will go to the armed forces of Ukraine.
VINTAGE V-22 RETURNS
Re-issued three times since its original launch in 1989, Italeri's 1/72 V-22A Osprey has been re-released once again, with new decals for three schemes. It might be old, but it still has pleasing aspects.
DRAGON’S SMALL-SCALE STURMGESCHÜTZ
Dragon's 1/72 armour kits are packed with detail, and the tradition is upheld by the firm's new Neo Pro StuG.II Ausf.B boxing, which offers link-and-length tracks. It also provides structural details of early IIIBs.
ALL-NEW SOVIET KV-2 BY TAMIYA
Tamiya has reworked its superb 1/35 Soviet KV-1 tank to produce the imposing KV-2sub-type with 152mm howitzer.
THE EXPLOSIVE MOTORBOAT IS BACK!
Along with its 1/35 SLC Maiale manned torpedo, Italeri has re-released its same-scale Italian MTM Barchino explosive motor boat. Photo-etched brass details are included.
MiniArt's Medical Delivery: Tempo A400 Lieferwagen
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Those who thought a 1/35 Tempo E400 was such an unusual type that there could be no further development of such a kit will be fascinated to find out what MiniArt’s second such offering contains…