Reviews: On the shelf

ON THE SHELF

Keep up to date with the latest and most comprehensive round up of new model, accessory, decal and book releases from Airfix Model World. Whether you are looking for aircraft, military, figures, auto or maritime kits or that specific set of decals you will find it here. Plus you can use our search feature to look for specific suppliers, scales or types of model.

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PILOT'S 'PEW'

Part of CMK’s ‘Quick & Easy’ line, this pilot’s chair is intended for Hasegawa’s 1/72 Kawasaki Ki-61-I Hien Japanese Army fighter.

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COMMON ORDNANCE

One of the most frequently carried ordnance on British fighter-bomber types during World War Two was the 250lb MC (medium capacity) weapon, being carried by Spitfires, Hurricanes, Mosquitos, Blenheims and Beaufighters.

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METALLIC TONES

The second set in LifeColor’s Perfect Metal range is dedicated to those hues found on aircraft, whether that’s a natural metal finish or heat-stained sections around exhausts.

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PLAIN RIMS

Modellers with Fujimi or Hasegawa’s 1/72 Douglas A-4 Skyhawks – plus the re-boxings by Hobby 2000 and Revell, respectively – can add the late-style wheels fitted from A-4Cs onwards courtesy of CMK’s resin parts.

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ADDITIONAL ORDNANCE

Suitable for a range of World War Two-era Japanese aircraft, Brengun’s 1/48 scale 250kg bomb is ideal for adding ordnance where none has been included in a kit as it supplies both the weapon and the hardpoint used to secure it to the airframe.

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FLANKER PROBES

Here’s a great way to enhance the appearance of any 1/72 Su-33 Flanker-D kit – purchase Master Model’s turned brass and photo-etched metal pitot.

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AMROURED WHEELS

Although its own resin kits depicting the Soviet BTR-60 armoured transporter are 1/87 scale, Hauler has ‘up-sized’ the wheels to 1/72 as replacements for the styrene examples supplied in ACE Model, ICM, Hobby Den and S-Model offerings.

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STAYING AFLOAT

Black Cat Model is well known for its 3D-printed maritime accessories, and these Carley life-preserving rafts (named after inventor Horace Carley) are no exception.

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EVO UPGRADE

Designed for NuNu’s recently tooled Peugeot 306 Maxi, this three-piece conversion set enables modellers to build the EVO II version.

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MILITARY TWIN COVERS

Thunderbird Models’ pre-cut painting masks are intended for use with Hobbycraft’s 1/72 Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor kit – depicting the military transport variant of the Twin Beech or Model 18.

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GROWLER GROWTH

While Revell’s diminutive 1/144 EA-18G Growler is regarded as well detailed and accurate, Shelf Oddity has produced a photoetched brass upgrade set for those seeking extra refinement.

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AERIAL 'FISH'

Brengun’s Mk.XIII munition is ideal for any US Navy World War Two torpedo bomber and this highly detailed offering provides parts for early and late configurations (with nose ring and breakaway aerodynamic covers for the latter).

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HOVERING 'HUPGRADES'

Intended for Mark I’s lovely 1/144 first-generation Harrier kits (GR.1/3 and AV-8A/S), this packed photoetched brass fret supplies sufficient parts for one model and left-over items could furnish another one to two builds, depending on the variant(s) chosen.

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'TONKA' HARNESSES

Replicating ejection seat furnishings can be challenging, and Kits-World has employed 3D-printed decals to achieve as much realism as possible.

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MINIATURE MUSTANGS

Here’s a return for Platz's 1/144 scale P-51D Mustang, packaged in typical fashion as a dual-kit offering.

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CANNON-ARMED LEGEND

This is just the second iteration of Revell’s recent 1/72 Spitfire, depicting the Mk.Vb variant as opposed to a Mk.IIa in the initial release.

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IMPROVED AEROBATICS

Released at the same time as its three-bladed ‘cousin’ (see Reviews, AMW 122 January 2021), this neat Brengun kit provides the same styrene parts on two runners, plus seven finely cast resin components for the four-bladed propeller and spinner.

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AUSSIE GROUND ATTACK

Special Hobby’s Boomerang returns for a third release, with the single runner augmented by resin wheels and a ‘hedgehog-style’ exhaust.

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EARLY 'EMIL'

Eduard’s superb 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109E has been re-issued as a styrene-only Weekend Edition, appearing as the first variant in this ‘family’ of sub-types: the machine gun-armed E-1.

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DUTCH FIGHTER

It’s a welcome return for Kinetic’s 1/48 F-5A kit and while the styrene parts, presented on seven runners, are unchanged, this latest iteration provides markings for Dutch, Norwegian and Spanish airframes.

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BEST HERC YET

Until recently there wasn’t a truly accurate 1/72 C-130 Hercules kit available – fortunately, Zvezda has now filled this gap with aplomb.

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ALLISON-ENGINED 'KITTYS'

AMT’s Curtiss P-40 returns in another Italeri re-boxing.

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DUSTY GENERAL

This re-boxing of Academy’s M3 Grant by Airfix provides the same styrene parts as previous iterations, which are presented on eight runners plus a separate one-piece lower hull and single-length vinyl tracks.

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POST 'TOTEM POLE'

Takom’s newly tooled 1/72 Chieftain tank has been awaited eagerly by fans of British Cold War armour, and the firm’s Mk.10/11 dual-boxing has now arrived.

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OPEN-TOPPED DEMAG

Arguably, Demag’s Sd.Kfz.10 was the most common half-track used by German forces during World War Two, and its popularity continues in kit form – Special Armour is the latest firm to offer this vehicle in 1/72 scale, with a re-box of the MK 72 product.

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PROTECTION CONUNDRUM

Dragon’s latest Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H offering is slightly misleading in that it depicts a late-production vehicle with Schürzen plates, so the titular Zimmerit is just for the glacis and front/rear-facing panels – the turret and rest of hull are plain.

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ROMAN ARTILLERY

Italeri has paired newly tooled components with 1973-vintage parts to produce a 1/35 Semovente da 75/18 self-propelled gun, depicting a post-1943 Carro Armarto M15/42 version.

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MOBILE DEFENDER

The latest version of IBG’s Lancia 3Ro is effectively a two-for-one offering as it combines the basic chassis of the firm’s splendid truck kit with all-new parts for a flatbed-mounted 90/53 90mm anti-aircraft gun.

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GALLIC TOWING

ICM’s 1/35 Lastkraftwagen 3.5t AHN (35416) has been paired with the firm’s German Drivers (35642) to form another value-for-money package.

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FAR-EASTERN U-BOATS

While the use of submarines during World War Two is typically associated with German forces, the Imperial Japanese Navy also operated this technology, and its Type B1 craft are the subject of this Kagero monograph