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ITALERI’S UNDERWATER PIG RETURNS
Italeri's 1/35 Maiale manned torpedo from 2007 has its first, and very welcome, re-release. It offers photo-etched brass details and crew figures, as well as a neat display stand.
1/48 ‘EAGLE ATTACK’ PACKAGE
Modellers who love the Bf 109 can have bags of build and colour scheme fun with Eduard's limited-edition, dual combo Adlerangriff package. It provides two whole 1/48 Bf 109E kits and the choice of 13 liveries. Famous aces are represented
ALL-NEW NAKAJIMA ‘GALE’
Just when you thought Arma Hobby's kits couldn't get any better, it's released a truly sublime 1/72 Japanese Ki-84 Hayate fighter. IOt's brimming with detail, even before you add the supplied photo-etched brass parts in this Expert Set boxing.
MODELLERS’ GUIDE TO THE DAK’
Pen & Sword's FLIGHT CRAFT book on the Douglas DC-3 offers both real aircraft reference and modelling advice. Revealing period photographs, kit descriptions and accessories listings all help to understand this legendary aircraft, and how to represent it in scale form.
HISTORY-MAKING VEHICLE RETURNS IN ‘EASY’ FORMAT
Want to build a real slice of automotive history? ICM's re-released 1/24 Benz Patent-Motorwagen is just the ticket... and it's now easier to assemble! This has been achieved by ICM replacing the original photo-etched brass wheels with styrene versions.
NEW-TOOL RECCE SPITS FROM KP
If you're building on a theme of the Spitfire, or photo-reconnaissance, we can recommend KP's new-tool Spitfire Mk.X and Mk.XI kits, which come with very cool colour schemes.
LAVISH ACCOUNT OF WEHRMACHT TANKER
Publisher Luftfahrtverlag-START's lavish new book 'Brandenburg - Escape from the Halbe Pocket!' offers a wealth of reference for those who model German armour and softskins, as well as providing a fascinating account of one tank commander's wartime experience.
COOL 1/48 CHIPMUNK ACCESSORIES
Turn Airfix's already pleasing 1/48 new-tool Chipmunk into a real showstopper, courtesy of these new aftermarket items from Eduard. There's plenty of extra detail inside and out, plus canopy/wheel masks to help come painting time.
ROYAL MODEL’S NEW FIGURE AND DIORAMA GEMS
The latest crop of accessories from Royal Model is led by a superb 1/35 resin German SS soldier eating a meal... great for dioramas. The other items are PE spectacles, resin roof tiles and 1/72 oil drums.
‘BASIC’ MARK NINE SPIT FROM EDUARD
Eduard's sublime 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX has now made into a new Weekend edition boxing with decals for four different airframes. It's great value, offering heaps of luscious detail, alternative parts and useful spares.
NEW GA AIRCRAFT KITS FROM VFR MODELS
Fans of General Aviation will love VFR Models' new 1/72 Meyers 200 and Cessna 152 kits. They're 3D-printed gems with a high degree of detail and finesse.
ARGENTINE EXOCET CARRIERS
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict. If you're building kits on this theme and need reference on the Argentine Super Étendard, Helion And Company's new book, Handbrake!, is a must.
‘TREE MONKEY’ CANNON FROM 16.02
Custom-Scale sub-brand 16.02 has released a superb ground-based version of the 3cm Bordkanone gun. It's in ground-firing format, with the choice of two different mounts, and is ripe for diorama treatment.
EDUARD’S ALL-NEW AVIA ‘MULE’
Czechoslovakia's post-war aircraft industry is epitomised in Eduard's brand-new 1/72 tooling of the Avia S-199... the Vf 109 lookalike that was also flown by the Israelis. There are two kits in the box, plus photo-etched metal details and tape masks.
1/72 ‘FLOGGER’ TOOLING RE-ISSUED BY KP
The 1/72 MiG-23MF Flogger-B originally issued by RV Aircraft, and then repackaged by KP, returns yet again in the latter firm's boxes, with new colour schemes. While the fit of parts might be tricky, it's arguably the most accurate MiG-23 in the scale.
ON WHEELS AND FLOATS: PLUS MODEL’S NEW MARTIN BIPLANE
Plus Model has mined the golden age of US aviation for inspiration with its first ever full styrene aircraft kit... a 1/72 Martin T4M biplane, which comes in separate boxings for wheeled and floatplane versions.
Alkett Assaulter: MiniArt's new 1/35 StuG III Interior Kit
VIDEO: Announced with considerable fanfare, the first of MiniArt’s 1/35 StuG III interior kits has arrived… JOHN FULLER discovers what this highly anticipated package can promise...
SPITFIRE NEW, SPITFIRE OLD(ER) FROM AIRFIX
It's a case of something old(er), something new from Airfix, which has released a new-tool 1/48 Spitfire Mk.XVIII, and reissued its same-scale Spitfire Mk.XII from 2011. If you favour Griffon-engined Spits, these kits are for you!
ICM 1/48 DEBUT WITH NEW GOTHA GLIDER
The first ever Gotha Go 242 Luftwaffe glider in 1/48 scale has been released by Ukraine's ICM. It offers plentiful detail, and comes ahead of an also-slated Go 242A from the same manufacturer.
DETAIL-PACKED T-55 VARIANT BY MINIART
Few tank kits are as impressive as the 1/35 interior-detail products manufactured by Ukraine's MiniArt. Its T-55A MOD. 1970 kit upholds the firm's tradition of staggeringly good detail.
P-40 AND Fw 190 BOOK/DECAL COMBOS
Kagero's Camouflage & Decals books offer superb artwork and waterslide national insignia in 1/72nd and 1/48 scales. The two useful products here highlight the Curtiss P-40 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190A.
SHORT FLYING BOAT RE-ISSUED BY SPECIAL HOBBY
If flying boat builds get your creative juices flowing, Special Hobby's re-released 1/72 Short Sunderland Mk.V could be just the ticket. It's packed with detail, but would suit more experienced modellers.
POLAR SUNDERLANDS BOOK AND DECALS
With the re-release of Special Hobby's 1/72 Short Sunderland Mk.V, this book and decal combo from Linden Hill can provide a very different perspective on your build project.
DRAGON’S DUAL-IDENTITY HALF-TRACK
Dragon's 1/72 German Sd.Kfz.251 half-tracks are packed with detail, and this 2 in 1 offering provides alternative parts so you can choose to build one of two different vehicles. The common factor is that of pioneer bridge sections mounted on the upper hull sides.
NEW DESERT SCHEME ‘109 BOXING FROM SPECIAL HOBBY
Special Hobby has added the E-7/Trop version to its superb range of 1/72 Bf 109kits. This boxing offers four cool colour schemes, with desert shades dominating the proceedings.
MILES TWO-SEATER QUARTET FROM KP
Czech company Kovozavody Prostejov (KP) has released not one but four boxings of the pioneering Miles M.2H Hawk Major. The colour scheme options in each are enticing and varied.
PINK AND WHITE POWERHOUSE PORSCHE
Beginners and auto 'old hands' alike will love NuNu's new 1/24 Porsche 935 K3. It replicates the dazzling Gozzy Kremer Racing car #42 from the 1980 Le Mans, and has plenty of impressive detail.
Figure Review: Tamiya's quarter-scale Wehrmacht Infantry Set
Tamiya is well known for its 1/35 figures and when batches of 1/48 offerings were issued between 2005-07 it seemed this smaller-scale market was about to be similarly enriched.
Figure Review: ICM releases 1/32 Vietnam-era US Helicopter Pilots
Although they were almost certainly designed for the firm’s AH-1 Cobra kits, ICM’s 1/32 Vietnam-era helicopter crew figures are available separately to suit other firm’s offerings.
Figure Review: ICM's 1/32 'Photo to Remember' USAAF Pilots
ICM has previously released a set of three 1/32 US Army Air Force (USAAF) figures suitable for most American World War Two multi-crew aircraft (32104) and has followed this with a four-figure combination depicting elements of a three-man team posing for a picture by a USAAF photographer. Subject-specific paints are another element to consider...