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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OFFICE APOCALYPSE

In the event of a zombie infestation there will… always be one that wears a tie, and this pigeon-toed member of the undead has a suitably ravaged head and neck, while still keeping the inevitable office name badge clipped to his jacket.

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HIGH-FLIER

This excellent four-piece resin figure depicts a US pilot fitted with a pressure suit, making it suitable for high-altitude capable platforms such as the SR-71/A-12/YF-12 Blackbird and U-2.

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OUT FOR A SPIN

Here’s a great addition for ICM’s Model T 1913 Speedster (24015), with a driver and passenger dressed up for a drive in the countryside; it would also be ideal for its Roadster (24001).

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NUCLEAR CLEAN-UP

This is the second boxed set from ICM inspired by the recent TV series Chernobyl, and marries the firm’s superb AC-40-137A (1986) Soviet Fire truck (35519), four newly tooled figures (available separately as 35623) and a three-sided display backdrop.

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STEALTHY TWO-WHEELER

Having delighted modellers with the baseline Ninja H2, Tamiya has re-worked the parts by replacing three styrene runners with revised items to depict the higher-spec H2 Carbon version.

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SPORTY SOFT-TOP

Although the box-top labels this kit as a 944S Cabriolet, the parts appear identical to the original 944 Cabriolet release (655), so aspects of the rear styling will need scratch-building for an accurate S-model soft-top.

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VOITURE TRICOLOR

Revell’s 2011 Citroën 2CV has been repackaged with new decals to allow this smart Cocorico (‘cock-a-doodledoo’) edition to be built.

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BY AIR AND BY SEA

Revell has continued its partnership and support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS – German Maritime Search and Rescue Service) with the release of this large two-kit ship and helicopter gift set.

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MARITIME GIANT

United States-based Imperial Hobby Productions is probably better known for its railway associated products, but its first styrene ship kit, HMS Colossus, is very impressive.

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FLOATING FLAK

Ship-kit specialist Starling Models’ range of resin and photo-etched brass waterline subjects continues with HMS Alynbank, a converted anti-aircraft cruiser from World War Two.

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MERLIN-POWERED SUPERMARINES

This tribute to 1/32 Spitfires from Fündekals features 12 schemes for Merlin-engined Mk.I, Vb, IXc and XVIe airframes, with a mix of aircraft flown by British, American, Australian and New Zealand pilots, including several notable aces.

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IMPORTED FULCRUMS

The Polish Air Force has operated Mikoyan MiG-29s (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) since 1989.

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CROATIAN ARMOUR

Modellers wanting unusual schemes for their MiniArt T-55s will find plenty of choice from Star’s Croatian Army selection.

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AXIS GROUND-POUNDERS

Hungarian company SBS Model has released a collection of markings for 1/72 Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8 ground-attack machines as operated by its homeland air force during World War Two.

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'LAWN DART' LIVERIES

Several of the schemes depicted in Xtradecal’s 1/48 Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Collection Part Two are ‘upscaled’ versions of those included in its 1/72 version (see April 2020, p.89), but this also means the superb quality is retained.

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WEATHER-FORECASTING FORTRESSES

Kits-World has produced a pair of markings sheets allowing modellers to depict Boeing B-17F/G Flying Fortresses operated by the RAF as Fortress Mk.II/IIIs for varied roles including Coastal Command, Meteorological Reconnaissance (MET) and Radio Countermeasures (RCM).

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FRESH-FACED JUMBO

Intended for 1/144 747-100/200 kits by Revell or Welsh Model, this three-sheet package from airliner specialist 26 Decals allows modellers to depict BOAC-liveried jumbo-jets, including the first airframe delivered to the airline: G-ANWA.

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DIVISIONS, DECISIONS

A broad array of divisional markings was applied to the German Wehrmacht’s Panzer units during World War Two, but these 1/35 decals from FC Modeltips (a sub-brand of FC Model Trend) contains a wide selection and a guide to when the symbols were used.

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8x8 'FEET'

Ideal for either of Aoshima’s Type 16 Manouver Combat Vehicle releases, Hauler’s resin upgrade provides eight units, organised into four pairs of wheels, labelled A-D.

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MOLTEN METALS

Compared to just a few years ago, it is surprising at just how many specialised metallic tones are now available as acrylic paints.

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'BRICK' BOOTS

Modellers seeking extra refinement for Airfix’s recent 1/72 Blackburn Buccaneer S.2C will find these resin wheels from Eduard a suitable substitution for the kit representations.

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STORMING WELLS

Those unsatisfied with the refinement in Airfix’s Sea Fury will find plenty to savour in Barracuda’s gorgeous resin upgrades, notably those for the undercarriage bays.

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GALLIC WIZARDRY

Designed in competition with US-made AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, Matra’s R.550 Magic (Missile Auto-Guidé Interception et Combat) weapons are the subject of this Eduard Brassin set.

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AVIATOR'S LIFERAFT

Here’s a quick and easy addition for Airfix’s splendid F4F Wildcat in the form of a dinghy hatch and deflated life raft.

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INITIAL TRACK WHEELS

Modellers wanting to build an early T-64 tank just had the task made easier thanks to these excellent replacement resin idler wheels from OKB Grigorov.

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TOMCAT TWEAKS

While much praise has been heaped on Tamiya’s F-14D, there are certain aspects that are challenging to render convincingly in styrene, so Eduard’s photo-etched brass set is most welcome.

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DRAWING EFFECTS

The humble artist’s pencil has long been a staple for many modellers, allowing fine control over where a colour can be added to a surface, so it’s unsurprising bespoke brands have released their own products.

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FRENCH FIGHTER DIALS

Yahu has again stepped in to help modellers who find creating a realistic instrument panel challenging, with its pre-painted and assembled photo-etched metal replacement for Tamiya’s 1/48 Dewoitine D.520.

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EIGHT-GUN WING

CMK’s delightful resin gun bays are ideal for Airfix’s recently re-released 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I, replacing the kit’s weapons in their entirety and adding the missing outboard guns.

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STUKA BLING

If Airfix’s re-tooled 1/72 Stukas have a weak point, it’s in the representation of the instrument panels and the lack of seatbelts, so Eduard’s two-fret photo-etched metal upgrade will be a boon to many modellers.