Reviews: On the shelf

ON THE SHELF

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KAMIKAZE TUTOR EXTRAS

Modellers wanting to improve their Brengun 1/48 two-seat MXY-7 Ohka K1 Kai (see Aircraft, p. 77) will find the firm’s dedicated photo-etched metal set most useful.

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UNSHEATHED BLADES

Eduard has followed its highly regarded new-tool 1/48 P-51D Mustang with a Brassin propeller set, which allows modellers to depict airframes fitted with Hamilton Standard propellers devoid of rubber sections, which were known colloquially as ‘cuffs’.

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IMPERIAL SIGNS

Here’s the perfect accompaniment to Bandai’s small-scale Imperial Star Destroyer, in the form of a splendid photo-etched brass nameplate.

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PLUMBER'S NIGHTMARE

Czech firm Eduard has expanded its range of aftermarket accessories to include 1/35 firearms, such as this package of eight STEN (also called the Sten gun) Mk.II submachine guns – nicknamed ‘Plumber’s Nightmares’ for their propensity to jam during World War Two combat situations.

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'BANANA-BOMBER' UPGRADES

Eduard’s two-fret photo-etched package for Airfix’s newly tooled Buccaneer provides a wealth of detail for the interior and exterior.

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SHIPBORNE TUG

Royal Navy carrier deck scenes from late World War Two or the Korean War just became a little easier, thanks to this gem from Brengun.

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APACHE AND VIPER BITE

Eduard’s resin and photo-etched brass set provides sufficient parts for two quad-rail M299 launchers and eight AGM-114 missiles, complete with full stencilling for the latter.

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ALL ABOUT CONTROL

Although Eduard includes the option for dropped elevators and ailerons in its Tempest kits, on occasion these parts have been found to have sink marks, so Barracuda’s drop-in replacements are a great value-for-money way of correcting this issue.

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PODDED SCANNER

Here’s a great addition to any late-war Hellcat, Avenger, Corsair, Helldiver, Firefly, Barracuda or Mosquito kits, in the form of a two-part resin AN/APS-4 radar pod ensemble from CMK.

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QUILTED PEW

While combining styrene parts with photo-etched extras can be useful, sometimes it’s easier to just have a single-piece resin item incorporating all that detail.

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SOVIET RESTRAINTS

Yahu has branched out from instrument panels with this very useful photo-etched brass set, which includes enough parts for two seat harnesses as used on Yak fighters during World War Two.

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GANGLY LEGS

While Eduard’s 1/48 Fw 190A-8s are excellent straight from the box, modellers wanting more refinement will find the firm’s cast bronze undercarriage legs a boon as they feature far sharper detail.

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LATE-PRODUCTION TWINS

Kagero has dedicated two of its TopDrawings publications to Messerschmitt’s Bf 110 and while the first covers early machines, the second is devoted to the later production Bf 110E to -G versions.

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CLASSIC DIVE-BOMBER

Modellers with Stuka projects in any scale will find Valiant Wings’ latest Airframe & Miniature invaluable.

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FREE TO FLY

The 26th addition to MMP’s Polish Wings series explores how crews enlisted from liberated areas of Poland trained to fly the Soviet-designed Petlyakov Pe-2 divebomber, transitioning to them from the Tupolev USB trainer via the dual-control UPe-2 sub-variant.

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ARMOURED GROUCH

While many books have dealt with German’s Sturmpanzer (also known as Brummbär – grouch), this is one of the first to examine a specific unit.

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UNSUCCESSFUL SALIENT

Casemate’s treatise on Operation Market Garden is a superbly detailed study of the combined aerial and land-based ‘push’ into the Netherlands during September 1944, which ultimately fell short of its targets.

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ARMOURED CATS IN THE WEST

Dennis Oliver’s third volume on Tiger I and II tanks covers German Army and Waffen-SS units on the Western Front during the final months of World War Two.

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AIRBORNE LEVIATHANS

The third volume in Crécy’s American Secret Projects series is the final element of a two-part collection on airlifter designs and covers aircraft from 1962 to the present day.

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KURT TANK’S MASTERPIECE

While there’s no shortage of reference guides dedicated to the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, this Monographs Special Edition book from Kagero is an exhaustive source of information for the radial-engined Fw 190A, S, F and G variants.

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REGIONAL PROPLINER

Airfix’s Vintage Classics series now includes aircraft subjects and one of the first re-releases is the lovely 1959 Heron Mk.II, with markings for the original Jersey Airlines livery.

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SOVIET-SUPPLIED SWALLOW

ICM’s 1/32 Polikarpov I-16 Type 10 returns, this time representing fighters nicknamed ‘Lastochka’ (Swallow) by its Chinese Nationalist operators between 1938-39.

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SPECIAL OPS 'WOKKA-WOKKA'

Italeri’s CH-47 has been around since 1995, and this Revell re-boxing features the former’s US Army’s Special Operations MH-47E, with an option for an RAF HC.3 machine.

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TACTICAL RENAISSANCE

Many historians cite the Spanish Civil War as being the testing ground for the Luftwaffe’s tactical development in the years preceding World War Two, and Osprey’s latest Air Campaign volume examines the earlier conflict in detail.

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LAPLAND BOMBER

ICM’s delightful Do 17 is back, this time in Finnish markings.

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'EMIL' RETURNS

This styrene-only Weekend Edition of Eduard’s 1/48 Bf 109E-3 comprises three runners common to the firm’s ‘family’ of quarter-scale Bf 109Es, but Runner C represents cannon-fitted wings and Runner F the early-style canopy, replaced by a squarer design on E-4s onwards.

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EAST ANGLIA TO THE MIDLANDS

While the firm is arguably most famous for its Defiant turret-equipped fighter, this Fonthill Media volume reveals the Boulton Paul company has a far richer history than just this one somewhat unsuccessful type.

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THE PEOPLE'S FIGHTER

It may be small, but Special Hobby’s newly tooled He 162 is perfectly formed and is easily the best 1/72 offering of the type in this scale.

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MISLABELLED STEALTH

Modellers wanting a YF-22 shouldn’t be misled by the title on MisterCraft’s re-boxed Aeroplast offering – the contents are actually for a full-production F-22, which has a considerably different shape.

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IN THE BEGINNING

When building their first model, those new to the hobby can face an almost bewildering array of tools, adhesives, paints and kits, not to mention more advanced products associated with weathering methods.