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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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OPEN-TOP KADETT

As was the case with its 1/35 Moskvitch 400/420 soft-top, ICM has waited seven years since reworking its 1/35 Opel Kadett K38 to depict the cabriolet ‘Spezial’.

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HEAVY HAULAGE

Here’s the perfect accompaniment for Italeri’s range of 1/24 truck kits, in the form of the firm’s same-scale 40ft container and trailer.

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VOLUNTEER LIFE-SAVERS

Despite only being released in 2007, Airfix’s RNLI Severn-class lifeboat seems to have been around for much longer, and always proves popular with modellers. 

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RIVER PLATE PANZERSCHIFF

Airfix’s 1/600 Graf Spee might be an older offering (first released in 1971) but it is regarded as one of the better kits in this scale.

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BLOOMING AFLOAT

Black Cat’s first foray into Royal Navy subjects features HMS Begonia, one of the earlier shortfoc’sle Flower-class corvettes that had the mast directly located directly in front of the bridge.

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TRAWLING THE SEAS

Who says model subjects must be mighty leviathans? SSN Modellbau thinks otherwise, as evidenced by this delightful 1/350 Kriegsfischkutter (war trawler) auxiliary warship.

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LARGE-SCALE 'SCHMITTS

Modellers seeking an unusual scheme for 1/32 Messerschmitt Bf 109E kits should consider Euro Decals’ superb collection of markings.

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ZERO FLOATPLANE

Intended for Hasegawa’s out-of-production 1/72 A6M2-N kit, this splendid collection of Rufe floatplanes offers sufficient insignia and unit markings for four complete models.

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DAZZLING DELTA

Syhart is known for its meticulous approach on its decals, and this three-sheet package for a 2017 Rafale C display aircraft is no exception, as it also provides two sheets of vinyl pre-cut self-adhesive paint masks to assist in recreating its striking livery.

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JUMP JET LIVERIES

With the arrival of Kinetic’s 1/48 Harrier GR.1/3 kit, alternative schemes will be desirable and Xtradecal’s collection of early RAF airframes is ideal for this offering plus any other quarter-scale representation of the type.

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SMALL-SCALE IMPERIAL

Here’s a great way to add refinement to Bandai’s gorgeous 1/14500 scale Imperial Star Destroyer, courtesy of Greenstrawberry’s bespoke decal set.

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MULTI-TONED FIGHTER STRIPS

If recreating a five-colour lozenge on World War One biplanes wasn’t challenging enough, the addition of slightly different tone ribbing and edging strips can be just too much, so Eduard’s pre-printed versions for its splendid Fokker D.VII will be welcomed.

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NORTH OR SOUTH AMERICA?

Brazilian firm LPS Hobby has produced a range of aftermarket decals for 1/72 Curtiss P-36 Hawks (also known as the Hawk-75), and this pair of schemes includes an example operated by the company’s home country.

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MARKSMAN TEAM

Part of Greenstrawberry’s Recon Unit – Robot series, this two-figure set comprises a sniper and scout trooper.

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SOVIET STARS

Begemot’s two-sheet collection of post-1955 Soviet Air Force national insignia is a superb resource for depicting Cold War aircraft from this country as it provides decals plus information about the placement and size of the revised motifs.

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'PHINAL PHLOURISH'

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) is renowned for its colourful ‘specials’, and the retirement of the F-4 Phantom in 2020 resulted in some of the most eye-catching schemes yet seen.

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STUDENTS AND MOPED

This five-figure set, which also features a moped, can be used either on its own or as part of a scene with the firm’s same-scale cars.

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EUROPEAN TRAVEL

Polish firm Martola has replicated the livery worn by three of the Embraer E195LRs operated by its home country’s flag-carrier: LOT Polish Airlines.

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GRADIENT RACER

Modellers seeking an alternative livery for Beemax or NuNu 1/24 Porsche 935 K3 kits may wish to consider these markings from Decalcas, which cater for the stunning dark-light blue gradient livery of the Wera Weissberg team’s 1981 Le Mans entry.

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GEORGIOU'S COMMAND

Greenstrawberry has done it again. The upgrade for the Polar Lights USS Shenzhou, captained by Philippa Georgiou in CBS Studios’ Discovery series, is both stunning and comprehensive.

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LIASON DIALS

Mirage Hobby’s 1/48 replica of the Lublin R-XIII – a Polish army co-operation and liaison aircraft – is the recipient of this delicate enhancement from Yahu Models: a pre-painted and preassembled instrument panel.

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'FIVE-WET' SUPERBUG

Modellers wanting to build an air refuelling-configured (known as ‘five-wet’) Super Hornet will find Brengun’s resin set ideal, as it provides four 480 US gal drop tanks and a centreline Air Refuelling System pod.

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BRICK POWER

Modellers wanting to open panels on Airfix’s recent 1/72 Buccaneer will find CMK’s splendid engine set ideal, as it allows a section of the port engine to be displayed.

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BUCKLE UP!

Here’s a quick and easy upgrade for ICM’s recent CR.42, in the form of pre-painted photo-etched metal seatbelts for the pilot’s seat.

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FRESCO FRIPPERY

Shelf Oddity’s neat upgrade package for the Platz/F-Toys 1/144 MiG-17 dual-combo kit comes as a single photo-etched (PE) brass fret with sufficient parts for both models.

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SMOOTH FOOTING

Modellers with any 1/48 Focke-Wulf Fw 190 kit depicting the A-6 variant onwards may wish to consider BarracudaCast’s resin mainwheels as a simple but effective upgrade to the model’s undercarriage.

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FLYING SWALLOW COVERS

Here’s a neat solution for decorating any of Hasegawa’s 1/32 Kawasaki Ki-61-I Hien (flying swallow) kits: Dead Design’s pre-cut mask set for the undercarriage apertures and wing walkways.

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FIT FOR A BEAU'

Revell’s recently re-tooled Beaufighter gets an easy-to-add makeover, courtesy of Eduard’s Löök series, with a 3D-printed pre-coloured resin instrument panel and harnesses for the pilot and observer seats.

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'SANDY' SPINNER

Designed to replace the inaccurate component in Trumpeter’s large-scale Skyraider kit, this beautifully cast resin set has six parts: four separate blades, a propeller hub and a regulator disk.

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THIRD-GENERATION EXIT

The Advanced Concept Ejection Seat (ACES) II is used in many modern US Air Force military jets, so Kits-World’s 1/48 3D-printed decals will be a boon for enhancing these fittings.