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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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'RONSON' RESOURCE

Despite its ubiquity and popularity as a modelling subject, the M4 Sherman’s variations and modifications can be confusing.

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BUBBLETOP THOROUGHBRED

The second volume in Schiffer’s Legends of Warfare series on the P-51 Mustang, this book covers airframes from the -D series onwards.

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BUILDING AVIATION LEGENDS

Those who have read any of Crowood’s modelling manuals will find the format familiar, with opening sections outlining suitable tools and equipment (including household items) plus discussion on which kits and scale to choose before delving into the subject matter itself.

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MIDDLE EASTERN EXPLOITS

Israel has a fine pedigree of operating the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and Strike Eagle; as such, this hefty volume dedicated to the type’s history will be of interest to many fans of this capable design.

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ITALIAN GREYHOUND

MMP’s Orange Series publication is dedicated to the Macchi C.205 Veltro (greyhound) fighter aircraft – a development of the firm’s preceding C.202 Folgore.

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DEMONIC FELINES

Platz’s F6F-3 Hellcat is a neat two-kit offering, with each comprising four styrene runners.

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VIETNAM WAR DUO

The latest Dogfight Double Gift Set offers a MiG-17F and A-4B plus a two-position stand, nine pots of acrylic paint, two brushes and a tube of Poly Cement.

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THREE'S A CROWD...

Kinetic’s 1/48 Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) Nesher is truly a ‘2-in-1’ product with parts to create both an ‘S’ single-seat and ‘T’ twin-position model.

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ALL-NEW NARROWBODY

Russia’s new Ikrut MC-21-300 narrowbody airliner is the subject of this 1/144 release from compatriot firm Zvezda – albeit in the guise of the first testing/prototype airframe.

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STYRENE SAILPLANE

As unpowered flight is a popular hobby and an important part of many pilot-training programmes, it’s surprising there are few kits depicting gliders; however, offerings such as Brengun’s new-tool 1/48 DG Flugzeugbau DG-1000S are addressing this gap.

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LYING DOWN ON THE JOB

Released initially under the MPM label in 2013, Special Hobby’s lovely Prone Meteor is back.

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LUFTWAFFE CASUALTIES

Released to celebrate 80 years since the Battle of Britain, Italeri’s 1/72 Heinkel He 111H contains beautiful Cartograf-printed markings for five schemes, but disappointingly, the styrene contents date back to 1976.

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TECH-TWEAKED 'TONKA'

Revell’s highly regarded 1/48 Tornado returns after a brief sojourn with Eduard and this new boxing depicts the Avionics System Software Tornado in Ada (ASSTA) 3.1 variant, in service with Germany’s Luftwaffe, and a new styrene Runner U is included for associated components.

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MANNED 'SEAGULL'

While some manufacturers include crew figures in a kit, ICM’s approach is slightly different, incorporating a separate set with its aircraft offerings, as with its I-153, which is augmented with the firm’s 32102 Soviet Pilots (1939- 1942) - best of all it’s just £2 more than the baseline product (32010).

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SOVIET ANTI-SHIPPING

As with most of its offerings, MisterCraft’s 1/72 Ilyushin Il-4T torpedo-bomber is a re-boxing; in this case a 1995-tooled TOGA kit that’s also been released by Zvezda – the four styrene runners still bear the latter’s logos.

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MINISCULE FISHBEDS

If there’s a common thread to Eduard’s recent Super44 releases, it’s the generosity when it comes to the markings and its MiG-21bis includes five multinational schemes.

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EASY-BUILD ARMOUR

It has been a long time since Airfix released any small-scale military kits, and its newly tooled 1/72 Tiger I Ausf. E is an absolute gem.

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GUTTRIDGE'S GUN-CARRIER

ICM has added to its range of 1/35 Model T Ford variants with this armoured car version – built to Chief Petty Officer L Gutteridge’s design for service with the Royal Naval Air Service.

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SOVIET 'MICKEY MOUSE'

Zvezda’s 1/35 T-34/76 returns with the late-style hexagonal turret – nicknamed ‘Mickey Mouse’ by German forces as the round hatches resembled the cartoon character’s ears.

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GERMANY'S 'SPORTY' TANK

Revell’s Leopard 1A5 follows from its 1A1 variant, adding two runners to the original seven for this sub-type’s characteristic bolt-on armour, fire-control optics and mantlet shield.

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ROCKETS ON HALF-TRACK

While the original Esci kit for Italeri’s Sd.Kfz. 251 half-track might be approaching 50 years old, it’s the base for a lovely model.

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'AUSSIE' TRANSPORT

Here’s another Model T Ford variation with ICM’s 1/35 offering depicting a ‘Touring’ model used by Australia’s Mounted Division during World War One.

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PANZER NEMESIS

Academy’s M18 returns in Airfix packaging and new decals, with eight styrene runners and a choice of single-length vinyl or link-and-length styrene tracks.

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INTERIOR DELIGHTS

As with its Ausf.E model Sturmgeschütz III (see here), Dragon has modernised its Ausf.G with the addition of NEO link-and-length tracks, and bonus parts for the interior.

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DISASTER SPRAYERS

Here’s another addition to ICM’s selection of packages inspired by the TV mini-series Chernobyl, in the form of its 1/35 Deactivators, clothed in protective gear and spraying areas with chemicals or water to prevent the spread of radioactive material.

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READY FOR TAKE-OFF

Ideal as an accompaniment for Eduard’s recent MiG-21PF/PFM kits, this beautifully detailed resin set comprises a standing pilot figure and a member of the groundcrew.

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LEADER OF THE PACK

The second figure in Master Box’s post-apocalypse Desert Battle Series depicts a ‘new leader’ of the Skull Clan: Hanna.

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WATER-COOLED OPERATORS

ICM has combined its 1/35 Vickers machine gun (35712) and WWI Weapon and Equipment set (35683) with newly tooled figures to form a package suitable for producing an instant World War One vignette.

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DRAUGHTMAN'S DRIVE

VW’s Golf GTI is one of those classic car designs, and Revell’s latest version offers a different take on the sporty three-door hatchback, in that the colour scheme is on an ‘X-ray’ theme, showing internal components in white.

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DESERT TWO-WHEELER

Italeri has continued to re-release ex-Protar kits with new packaging and decals, with the latest being a Paris-Dakar Rally BMW R80G/S 1000.