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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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TUBE WITH A FIN

It’s a common misconception that pitot tubes are all just hollow pipes; those fitted to many US aircraft during World War Two (including P-36, P-39, P-40, P-47, A-3, B-239, T-6 and B-25) were fitted with a ‘shark-fin’ probe tip –a detail missed in almost every kit.

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TOMCAT THRUST

Modellers wishing to add further detail to Academy’s recent 1/72 F-14A Tomcat should consider CMK’s range of resin enhancements, which includes this representation of the type’s portside Pratt & Whitney TF-30-P-14 turbofan.

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FANFARE FOR A T-TAIL

Vickers’ VC10 is one of the most easily recognisable airliner types, with its distinctive engine and tail configuration and it has been well served by kit manufacturers compared with other similar types.

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SPITFIRE REVISITED

While the first edition of this Airframe and Miniature guide was well-received by modellers, its expanded version, featuring revised and updated content makes for the perfect introduction to the Spitfire.

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YUGOSLAVIA’S ’109

Although World War Two brought about huge advances in aviation, it also curtailed many promising designs, including the Yugoslavian Rogožarski IK-3, regarded as an equal to the Bf 109E when it entered service in 1940, and the subject of this exhaustive study. 

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THE MUD OFFENSIVE

This lavishly illustrated and well-written volume covers the Soviet conquest of south-eastern Europe between March and October 1944 and is packed with information.

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LAND LEVIATHANS

Pen and Sword’s Tankcraft series’ 25th volume examines the German Tiger I and II heavy tanks, providing modellers with a combination of historical research, colour profiles, a round-up of available modelling products and a gallery of build projects.

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KAISERLICHE CAPITAL SHIPS

Opening a Super Drawings volume has a very familiar feel, as they all follow the same well-organised format of an introduction to the subject – in this case Germany’s Brandenburg-class battleships – covering design, armament and operational history, followed by masses of digital images.

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POLES IN SPITS

There have been many reference books on the Supermarine Spitfire, but this MMP/Stratus offering takes a refreshingly different stance by focusing on the Mk.V variant and squadrons manned by Polish nationals during World War Two.

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TRACKED GENERALS

While there may have been other books on the M3 Lee and Grant tanks, none have delved into the same level of detail as David Doyle’s encyclopaedic volume.

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BIRTH OF THE BUCHÓN

The Hispano Aviación HA-1112 may well be familiar to many readers from its appearances in films such as Battle of Britain, Memphis Belle, The Tuskegee Airmen and Dunkirk, where it acted as a stand-in for Bf 109s.

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BATTLESHIP TARGET

Of all the German Kriegsmarine’s vessels, the Bismarck and its sister Tirpitz were the most feared by the British during World War Two, and the campaign to sink or otherwise cripple the latter is the subject of this Air Campaign volume.

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INTERCONTINENTAL PIONEER

Many aircraft can be declared revolutionary, but if any type was more deserving of that sobriquet than others it is Boeing’s massive B-29 Superfortress, which ushered in truly intercontinental range and the atomic age.

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ARMY FIGHTER COLOURS

The author has set himself a daunting challenge with this first of the Pacific Profiles series – to document the colours and markings of Japanese Army aircraft based in New Guinea.

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BEHIND THE WHEEL

Modellers needing figures for their ANZAC Model T LCP/Utility vehicles will find ICM’s driver set ideal.

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ESSENTIAL BUSINESS

Czech kit and accessory manufacturer AB&K has released a neat instant vignette, in the form of a resin pit-type outhouse and a German soldier who is undertaking ‘essential business’ – both items are available separately (as 35002 and 35003 respectively), the latter with a rather colourful title!

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AGEING RAIDER

The first of Master Box’s post-apocalypse Desert Battle Series figures portrays a long-lived member of the Skull Clan named Vadim.

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‘RUPERT’ TANKER

Inspired by wartime artist WJP Jones’ satirical cartoons, White Whiskers No.1 is the first in a fourpiece series of caricature-type figures.

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GERMAN GROUNDCREW

Builders of German airfield dioramas will find this three-piece resin mechanic figure very useful – it is posed as if walking to/from an aircraft while carrying an open-topped wooden toolbox.

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MOVING TO POSITION

ICM’s third SWAT Team figure is posed as if moving forward with an M4 rifle in the ready position, alert to any potential threat.

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SLEEK COUPÉ

Here’s the return of Airfix’s 1/32 Maserati Indy, first released in 1973, when the real vehicle (which was named for the company’s 1939 and 1940 Indy 500 wins) was still in production.

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MAKING A SPLASH

With 11 styrene runners, separate bodyshell and floorpan, vinyl mesh and four hollow tyres, Hobby NuNu’s Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo makes a colourful splash in its Team Ralliart 1982 Rally of 1000 Lakes livery.

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EUROPEAN HAULER

Italeri’s latest IVECO Hi-Way truck has an established pedigree, being based on the Stralis chassis/body.

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AFRICAN RACER

Italeri has re-released ESCI’s 1/24 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC as raced in the 1979 Rallye Bandama, an event infamous for its arduous conditions.

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FIGHTER PHOTO STUDY

Books containing period images can be useful reference for modelling projects, and that’s the case with this work on the Luftwaffe’s Messerschmitt Bf 109.

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WRESTLING FOR CONTROL

This is the second in a four-part series covering air combat over the South Pacific during World War Two from December 1941 to September 1942.

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FINAL OFFENSIVE

This evocatively titled hardback volume charts the Soviet offensive in western Hungary and Austria between March and May 1945, providing an almost blow-by-blow account.

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SUPERSONIC POD BOMBER

Although the title suggests a focus on the units that operated the type, Osprey’s treatise on the Convair B-58 Hustler forms a comprehensive history of this supersonic bomber.

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OUTCLASSED ON THE STEPPES

This is the first Tank Craft publication dedicated to the German Panzer III and focuses on its role in the invasion of the Soviet Union as part of Operation Barbarossa in 1941.

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RUSSIA'S AERIAL HUNTER

For in-depth analysis of Soviet/ Russian aviation designs, few books can rival Crécy’s Famous Russian Aircraft series, with its latest volume providing a detailed study of the Mikoyan MiG-31 (NATO nickname Foxhound).