Reviews: On the shelf

ON THE SHELF

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MILITARY AIRLINERS

Perfect for Airfix’s returning Vintage Classics 1/72 Jetstream, plus offerings from AModel/Sova-M, these Model Art Decal System markings depict the turboprop airliner as operated as training aircraft by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

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CHANGING OF THE DOORS

Croatian firm Ze-Ro Decals has produced this neat set of 1/48 decals to represent a Hughes MD 500D helicopter as operated by its homeland’s air force during the Croatian War of Independence.

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MOUNTAINOUS MILITARIES

Star Decals has produced markings for a range of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) used between 1991-93 on both sides of the Abkhaz–Georgian conflict, which began in the late 1980s and remains unresolved.

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YAKOVLEV COLLECTION

Foxbot’s collection of 1/72 Yak-9 markings contains 18 options for this Soviet World War Two fighter, including -D and -M long-range airframes, plus -T and -K variants armed with 37mm and 45mm nose-mounted cannon, respectively.

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AFRICAN INSIGNIA

Bright Spark’s limited-edition collection of Egyptian Air Force roundels are suitable for smaller aircraft operated by the force from its inception (initially as an army division) during the 1930s until the 1950s, when the current red-white-black insignia were standardised.

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INDEPENDENT STATE MACHINES

Following World War One, efforts to gain independence for Ukraine resulted in separate states being established, such as the Zakhidno-Ukrainska Narodnia Respublika (ZUNR – Western Ukrainian People’s Republic).

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BOMBER SIGNAGE

Czech firm H-Models Decals has produced a set of 1/48 stencils for quarter-scale Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei kits, such as AZ Models’ injection-moulded offering or Sanger’s vac-form representation of this twin-engined light bomber, known by its Allied callsign ‘Lily’.

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FEATHERED WINGS

Comprising three superbly printed sheets, this Euro Decals package contains 1/48 markings for a specially themed US Air Force F-15C celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Oregon Air National Guard (ANG) in 2016.

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INSPIRATION FINDER

Perhaps the best source of inspiration or reference for a modelling project is to examine an example of the real item and the 27th edition of Crécy’s Wrecks & Relics is the ideal source for finding examples of aviation subjects across the UK.

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CARRIER-BORNE DOMINANCE

Valiant Wings’ hotly anticipated Airframe & Miniature guide to the Grumman F6F Hellcat has arrived, and it’s a thoroughly comprehensive reference no modeller with an interest in the type should be without.

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ONE-STOP CHOPPER GUIDE

French publisher Cocardes has launched its new ‘Overview’ series with a superb modeller’s reference to the Eurocopter/Airbus Helicopters EC 665 Tiger, which was developed jointly for French and German requirements.

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GERMAN LEVIATHANS

This the first in a two-volume series on German battleships during World War Two and covers the transition from the pre-war Reichsmarine to the Kriegsmarine, focusing on the vessels Deutschland/Lützow, Admiral Scheer, Graf Spee and Scharnhorst.

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WRECKED TROPHIES

Propaganda was a crucial element on World War Two’s harsh and bloody Eastern Front, as Pen & Sword’s Images of War volume shows through its collection of shots depicting soldiers with knocked-out examples of enemy tanks.

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AERONAUTICAL INNOVATOR

While the annals of aviation pioneers feature such names as Orville and Wilbur Wright, Otto Lilienthal and Henry Farman, the authors seek to add Englishman Horatio Barber to the list via this meticulously researched biography.

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MARITIME PRINCE

Modellers with Prinz Eugen kits in any scale will appreciate this TopDrawings guide to the Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser, as it contains highly detailed line drawings and scale plans portraying various elements of the vessel.

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DOUBLE-ENGINED ‘ARROW’

If the adage concerning aircraft states ‘if it looks good, it flies good’, then Dornier’s Do 335 ought not to have performed well at all.

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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.