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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DESERT GRIME

Recreating a patina suitable for a vehicle operating in the desert can be challenging, but AMMO-MIG’s bespoke product for Deutsches Afrika Korps vehicles could make it much easier.

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FIT FOR A KING

Although marked as suitable for just the ‘Porsche Turret’ boxings of Revell’s 1/72 Tiger II tanks, Hauler’s photo-etched brass fenders are ideal for replacing the one-piece styrene representations provided in any iteration of the basic kit.

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AIRBORNE HOCKEY PUCKS

Adding accurate munitions to aircraft models is being made easier by Eduard’s Brassin offerings, including these CBU-97 sensor-fused weapons, which deploy hockey puck-shaped ‘skeet’ projectiles.

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SOVIET HARNESSES

If there is one item commonly omitted from World War Two fighter cockpits, it’s the seatbelts.

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METAL LANDING GEAR

Modellers worried abut how robust their Spitfire Mk.IX undercarriage is will find Eduard's cast-bronze replacements ideal.

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UPRATED MODERNISED FISHBED

Modellers seeking greater refinement for Eduard’s recent 1/72 MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F kits will enjoy the firm’s photo-etched brass upgrade set as it contains a wealth of enhancements for the finished model.

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GROWLING AIRLIFTER

Comprising two photo-etched (PE) frets plus a transparent acetate sheet featuring printed instrument dials, Brengun’s upgrade set for Roden’s 1/72 Antonov An-12 (NATO callsign Cub) is a comprehensive package.

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SPAD PUNCH

Turned brass cannon barrels are a real boon for any kit, as they feature much sharper detail than styrene equivalents, plus they are engineered to have hollow muzzles.

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FLYING JUMP-STARTER

Licence-built in the UK by Blackburn and later Rolls-Royce, Turbomeca’s Palouste gas turbine engine supplied compressed air for starting jet engines and was built into wing-mountable pods to enable aircraft to operate away from their home base.

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PRIMARY COLOURS

Sometimes the simplest approach is the best, and that’s the case with LifeColor’s water-based acrylic Essential Basic and Primary Colors range – its initial release provides five shades plus a bottle of matt varnish (LC 27).

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HUNTER VIPER

Tailored to suit either of Tamiya’s missile-hunting F-16CJ releases, this two-fret photo-etched metal set from Eduard is designed to augment the kit’s cockpit, canopy, exhaust nozzle, air intake, wingtip missile rails and undercarriage bays.

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FLANKER 'BURNERS

Kinetic’s Flankers have received plenty of attention, and these gorgeous 3D-printed nozzles will add a finishing touch to any build.

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AIRBORNE CAT INTERNALS

Designed for Revell’s 1/32 Westland Lynx helicopter kits, this photo-etched upgrade set from Eduard includes two frets containing a plethora of enhancements for the interior – one of which features pre-coloured parts.

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SAM KILLER

Eduard’s high-quality photo-etched brass and resin AGM-88 HARMs are seven-piece ensembles, with parts for two missiles, comprising a main body/tailfins, control fins, nozzle rings and a choice of long/short-tailed LAU-118 launch rails (for US-designed airframes – Tornados have different adaptors).

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ANTI-RADIATION BIRD

Brengun’s 1/32 AGM-45 Shrike is suitable for a variety of kits as this anti-radar missile was used by A-4 Skyhawks, F-105 Thunderchiefs and F-4 Phantoms, among other types.

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EMPIRICAL SPRAYING

Modellers with Bandai’s 1/72 Rogue One TIE Striker will find Greenstrawberry’s mask set exceptionally useful, as its three sheets contain pre-cut self-adhesive covers for the air-superiority fighter’s ‘wings’, canopy and ‘fuselage’ fittings.

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GROUND ATTACKER UPDATES

Trumpeter’s 1/48 MiG-27 offerings receive comprehensive photo-etched metal upgrades from Eduard in the form of this brass fret.

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STRIKE FORCE MOVER

Diorama specialist Big Sky has released the ideal accompaniment to Airfix’s 1/72 Avro Vulcan, Vickers Valiant or Handley Page Victor kits with this 3D-printed Douglas Sentinel towing tractor, which was used as a ‘tug’ with these V-bombers.

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OFFICER'S PROTECTION

Modellers wanting to equip their Ukrainian security vehicles may wish to consider Hauler’s police shields, which are often in evidence during clashes with protesters.

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'COOKIE' CARRIER

Diorama scenes with Hong Kong Models’ massive 1/32 Lancaster just became a little easier, thanks to Belcher Bits’ impressive Type D bomb trolley, which reproduces the cradle used to carry 4000lb high-capacity bombs (commonly called ‘cookies’).

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HIGH-SPEED PANEL

Eduard’s LööK range is a great way to incorporate maximum detail into a cockpit with minimal effort on the part of the modeller, and this set for Tamiya’s P-47M is no exception.

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FLOGGER BOOTS

Whether it is Trumpeter’s original MiG-23BN release or Eduard’s re-boxing, this resin and photo-etched (PE) brass product offers a significant upgrade to the kit’s styrene wheels and undercarriage doors.

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VINTAGE CLOCKS/DIALS

Although Yahu’s instrument products are usually pre-assembled and intended for a specific type, its 1/32 French dials are pre-painted parts supplied on a photo-etched metal fret, making them ideal for a range of large-scale aircraft models.

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HEAT-SEEKING AIR-TO-AIRS

Suitable for adding ordnance to 1/48 models of RAF Typhoons, Harrier GR.9s, Tornado GR.4s, RAF/RN F-35s, Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18s and Indian Air Force Jaguars, this pair of AIM-132 ASRAAM (Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile) is from Eduard’s Brassin range.

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UPGRADED 'OFFICE'

Here’s a great upgrade for Airfix’s Beaufighter TF.X, in the form of a comprehensive resin and photo-etched (PE) brass cockpit, which replaces the styrene parts in their entirety.

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'FIFTY CALS

Half-inch calibre Brownings were a common feature on many World War Two Allied aircraft, and this pack from Eduard provides six resin weapons.

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STORM CONTROL

Part of CMK’s ‘Quick and Easy’ range, this resin control column is intended for parent firm Special Hobby’s 1/32 Hawker Tempests but is also suitable for Pacific Coast offerings.

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COVERS AND VENTS

Hauler’s photo-etched brass grilles and manhole covers will make a fine addition to any scene but note these are industrial items (given their size), and not the versions seen on roads and kerbs.

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DUST AND SAND

Combined weathering packages can be a boon to novice and experienced modellers alike, such as AMMO-MIG’s A.MIG-7802 set, which is intended for representations of World War Two’s desert campaign.

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EASTERN STRAFERS

Compared to the military campaigns in Europe and the Pacific during World War Two, the China-Burma-India Theatre receives little attention, which makes this Osprey Combat Aircraft volume a ‘must-have’.