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Fighter-Recce Conversion

Intended for use with kits by either Academy or Airfix, and in conjunction with Xtradecal’s markings, this quick conversion alters the fighter-bomber F.6/9 into a tactical reconnaissance FR.10, which had a forward- and oblique-camera installation in the nose.

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Focke-Wulf 'Office'

It’s the turn of Eduard’s own Fw 190A-5 to receive attention, with a stunning resin and photo-etched (PE) metal cockpit.

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Kurfurst Dials

Trumpeter’s large-scale Bf 109K-4 is the subject of this drop-in replacement instrument panel from Yahu.

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Open The Doors

These laser-cut cardboard and paper gates will be useful for diorama builders, regardless of whether they are added to scratch-built or aftermarket buildings.

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Tamiya has recently tooled new components to produce this 1/48 Panther Ausf.D, although the die-cast lower hull originated with its preceding Ausf.G and Jagdpanther kits providing a substantial heft to the finished model.

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Getting a Leg Up

Here’s a simple improvement for any 1/72 Skyhawk (regardless of manufacturer), in the shape of a photo-etched (PE) brass access ladder.

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Here’s a return for Dragon’s 1/35 StuG III, with this ‘Smart Kit’ version depicting the Ausf.B iteration, which features the correct broad rubber ‘tyres’ on the road wheels for this sub-type.

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Prickly Projectiles

Commonly fitted to British, American and Canadian escort destroyers and corvettes, the Hedgehog anti-submarine spigot mortar system is challenging to replicate in styrene, which makes Black Cat’s 3D-printed versions most welcome.

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Tomcat 'Pads'

Tomcat fans are definitely being spoiled at the moment, and Eduard has added to the mix with a set of resin late-style main- and nosewheels.

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ICM’s 1/35 Model T 1917 Ambulance with US Medical Personnel is another value-for-money offering, as it’s less expensive than buying kits 35661 and 35694 separately.

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This version of IBG’s 1/35 Matériel de 75mm Mle 1897 Field Gun represents one of the the 2,000 weapons supplied to the American Expeditionary Forces during World War One, where they received the designation M1897.

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Viper 'Tub' Upgrade

Modellers wanting a quick improvement for their Tamiya Block 25 F-16Cs will find Eduard’s ‘Zoom’ set a boon.

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Double Trouble Armaments

Aircraft/helicopter-mounted gun pods containing the Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 twin-barrel cannon are given the designation UPK-23 and modellers can now add these Soviet-designed fittings to their 1/48 aircraft models, courtesy of this Eduard Brassin set.

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Styrene 'Sweeper

MiniArt has followed its KMT-5 mine-clearing equipment with the subsequent variant, the early type KMT-7, a system fitted to a range of Soviet/Russian, Warsaw Pact and Middle Eastern tanks.

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Forces of Valor kits are aimed at wargamers, but are also ideal for novice modellers due to their large locating pins and pre-coloured material.

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Kate Adornments

Designed for Hasegawa’s 1/48 Nakajima B5N Kate, this photo-etched (PE) metal fret contains parts to enhance the cockpit, front cowling, undercarriage bays and tailwheel.

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One-Shot Tank Destroyers

These 1/35 Panzerfäuste (literally tank or armour fists) are perfect for arming figures representing Wehrmacht anti-tank units, as they depict the most produced form of the disposable launcher used by German and Finnish forces from 1943 until the end of World War Two.

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Feline Footing

Modellers with Tamiya 1/48 F-14 Tomcats will appreciate this HybridCAST undercarriage set from Kazan Model Dynamics, as it combines resin with stainless steel rod sections to provide a reinforcement.

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Marine Scooter

This Phase Hangar conversion set is intended for Hasegawa’s 1/48 TA-4J/F kits to transform them into a US Marine Corps Forward Air Control (Air) OA-4M airframe.

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Versatile Gangway

OK-JET has added a three-section boarding bridge with a corrugated container-style construction to its range of 1/144 airport structures.

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Chin-Up Replacement

While Eduard produces an aftermarket engine for its 1/48 Tempests, CMK has produced an alternative, replicating just the upper section of the Napier Sabre, which allows the type’s characteristic ‘chin’ radiator to be retained in full.

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While Zvezda’s initial Zvezda’s 1/35 Sd.Kfz.184 Jagdpanzer (tank destroyer) featured the Ferdinand, its second release depicts the later ‘Elefant’.

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Hauler has re-boxed Extratech’s superb resin/photo-etched (PE) brass 1/72 German FuSE-65 Würzburg-Riese radar system.

Airfix 1/35 German Light Tank Review Premium


This Airfix re-boxing of Academy’s 1/35 Pz.Kpfw.35(t) includes markings options for Wehrmacht-and Slovak-operated versions of the Czechoslovakian LT vz. 35 tank

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Although designed for wargaming, this twin pack of Italeri’s ‘fast assembly’ 1/72 Willys Jeeps is an ideal beginner’s project as the vehicles can be constructed without glue, plus the green styrene means painting could also be forgone if desired.

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Cannon-Toting Gustavs

Polish decal specialist Exito has released the first collection in a series dedicated to Wiener Neustädter Flugzeugwerke-built Bf 109G-10s, with three examples of the engine-mounted 30mm cannon-equipped U4 sub-variant.

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Bright-Tailed Herc'

The second set in Xtradecal’s celebration of specially marked C-130s features 47 Squadron’s stunning 100th anniversary paintwork, with its striking red/yellow/blue tail and rear fuselage, with the black/yellow fuselage cheat line.

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African Tail

Modellers wanting a different scheme for their Boeing 747-400s should consider this beautiful V1 Decals offering, which depicts British Airways’ G-BNLO in the striking tail livery created by Ndebele artist Emmly Masanabo, with its bold geometric shapes in blue, yellow, red and green.

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Desert Shark Mouths

​​​​​​​DK Decals’ P-40 series continues with this splendid offering that covers 16 Kittyhawk Mk.I and MK.III airframes, all clad in standard Mid Stone/Dark Earth/Azure Blue camouflage.

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Diorama modellers will appreciate this MiniArt release as it combines parts for a 1/35 European open-topped railway wagon and length of track with an assortment of metal drums and five Wehrmacht figures, posed as if loading the railcar.