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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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WARHAWK UPGRADE

Modellers with Special Hobby’s 1/72 Curtiss P-40K Warhawk kits will appreciate this two-fret photoetched brass package from Eduard, which caters specifically for these offerings.

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MINES, WITH SPIKES!

Anchored ‘spiky’ sea mines are the staple crop of many a ship or submarine-themed film and this delightful 3D-printed product from SSN Modellbau provides 50 items, all mounted on mine cars with side-fitted ballast/anchor units.

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EASY GROUNDWORK

Producing realistic diorama settings can be time-consuming and messy, but Reality in Scale’s Landscape mats offer a quick and easy solution for a realistic groundwork.

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LATIN INTERIOR HUES

AMMO-MIG has added Regia Aeronautica colours to its range of acrylic paint aircraft cockpit sets, supplying four common tones in its standard 17ml dropper-style bottles.

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STARFIGHTER 'BANG' SEAT

Here’s an extensive upgrade for Kinetic’s 1/48 Lockheed F-104 Starfighter kits in the form of Eduard’s Martin-Baker Mk.7 ejection seat.

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FULCRUM FITTINGS

Zvezda’s 1/72 MiG-29SMT is the recipient of this photoetched metal set from Eduard.

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MARITIME PATROL VOLCANO

Developed under the codename ‘Hohentwiel’, an extinct volcano in south Germany, the FuG 200 radar was used on several Luftwaffe aircraft types as a maritime patrol system.

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AIRPORT REFUELLER

Here’s another great idea from accessory and diorama specialist Plus Model – a 100 US gal fuel cart. Its thoroughness is evidenced by the inclusion of two thicknesses of wire for the axle and fuel lines, plus a photo-etched brass fret for handles and protective covers.

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METAL STORAGE

This two-fret offering from Hauler provides for two pressed steel open-topped storage containers, with all components supplied as photo-etched (PE) brass items.

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DRIEDECKER SUPPORT

Metal undercarriage components can give strength and rigidity to models, so these Scale Aircraft Conversions items, designed for Meng’s recent 1/32 Fokker Dr.I, will be a boon. 

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SWING-WING SPLENDOUR

While Academy’s newly tooled F-14A may strike an ideal balance between cost and complexity, those seeking extra refinement will find CMK’s resin and photo-etched (PE) brass cockpit set a real bonus.

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FIRST SHOTS

Intended for Trumpeter’s 1/350 kit of SMS Schleswig-Holstein as it appeared in 1935, this set of turned brass barrels provides for the battleship’s 28cm primary (four), 15cm secondary (ten) and 8.8cm anti-aircraft (four) armaments. 

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CIRCULAR SMOKERS

Here’s a neat upgrade for any Eduard Spitfire Mk.I in the shape of resin exhaust stack units with circular nozzles (later versions had a fishtail-shaped orifice).

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BUSTLING HUSTLER

While Italeri’s 1/72 Convair B-58 Hustler is surprisingly refined for its age (having first been released in 1984), the basic kit can be improved with this neat package from Eduard.

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REALISTIC RUBBER

Hauler has produced this photoetched (PE) metal set to replace the integrally moulded representations of the rubber skirts on Tamiya’s recent 1/48 Japanese Ground Self-Defense Type 10 main battle tank.

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TROPICAL VEGETATION

This second set of jungle flora from Reality in Scale provides for four different (albeit un-named) plant types, with a mix of broad-leaf and fern-like vegetation.

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CIVIL WAR MATERIEL

The newly tooled components for tools and weaponry first released in ICM’s 1/35 American Civil War figure sets have now been repackaged as a standalone release.

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'BEAMER BLING'

Hobby NuNu’s newly tooled BMW 320i has much to offer, but modellers seeking extra refinement should consider the firm’s dedicated detail set.

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TAIL-DRAGGERS

The standard Mk.82 bomb can be prepared for low-level deployment as the High-Drag General Purpose variant by fitting the Mk.15 Snakeye tail unit: this opens into a cross shape for increased air resistance.

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CANNON-TOTING STORM

Special Hobby’s big-scale Tempest is back, albeit in Revell packaging with new decals.

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IMPERIAL GLORY

The Vintage Classics range has been a boon for fans of Airfix’s sailing ship kits, and the latest to join the ‘armada’ is the 1/144 Swedish warship Wasa.

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SNAP-FIT SPORTSCAR

Here’s an offering that’s perfect for attracting a younger ‘petrolhead’ to the world of modelling, in the form of Airfix’s new-tool Quickbuild Audi TT Coupé, depicting the third (and final) generation of this German sportscar.

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NÜRBURGRING LEGEND

Here’s another blast from the past in the shape of a re-boxed Protar Porsche 956 in Italeri packaging.

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D-DAY BOMBARDIER

Airfix’s HMS Belfast is undergoing something of a recent renaissance, with a Vintage Classics release (A04212V, see Reviews, AMW114 May 2020) and now as a Gift Set package.

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HEAVY METAL HAULER

Having catered for Kiss and AC/DC fans, Revell has now re-released the Monogram Kenworth with markings for British rock legends Motörhead, and the scale is consistent with its other heavy metal-associated releases.

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TIN LIZZIE TOURER

ICM’s 1/24 Model T Ford has been released in various guises since its initial offering in 2014, and this value-for-money package combines the five-seat ‘Touring’ version (24002) with the company’s American Motorist figures (24013) for less than buying both sets separately.

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A DARING AFLOAT

The Type 45, or Daring-class destroyer, was Airfix’s third 1/350 ship kit and returns after an absence of eight years: it is a straightforward re-release with unchanged parts and decals.

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GLOBAL CARRIER

After an absence of more than a decade, Airfix’s 1/600 HMS Victorious is back in Vintage Classics packaging.

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ULTIMATE INTERCEPTORS

Fündekals has released this set of aftermarket markings for 1/48 Convair F-106 Delta Darts, including the famous ‘Cornfield Bomber’ (58-0787), which crash-landed almost intact after Captain Gary Faust ejected from the jet.

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EARLY SCOOTER DATA

MILSPEC’s stencil set is ideal for any early-model A-4 Skyhawk in high-visibility colours, providing sufficient items for a single airframe, but also offering variations on ejection seat and intake warning labels, plus three different styles of ‘Rescue’ arrows.