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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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’.

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BIG CAT HUNTER

Kagero’s 91st TopDrawings publication is devoted to the Sd.Kfz.173 Jagdpanther (hunting panther) tank destroyer.

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SECOND-GEN V/STOL

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Harrier fans will welcome this lavishly printed monograph on Spanish Navy and US Marine Corps second-generation airframes, as it provides a wealth of data on these types.

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FLYING DUTCHMAN

With new-tool 1/48 Fokker G.1 kits available and under development from Ukrainian firm MikroMir, this Dutch Profile book is a welcome reference guide to this twin-boom jachtkruiser (heavy fighter), of which just 62 were produced.

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BALKAN FRONT LINE

In the aftermath of World War Two, Bulgaria was one of the first countries to adopt Soviet equipment and systems for its military, and this concise volume in the Europe@War series describes the transition of that nation’s air force during the 1950s.

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WHISPERING GIANT GUIDE

Guideline’s 125th Warpaint book is a comprehensive guide to the Bristol Britannia – a turboprop-powered airliner known as the ‘Whispering Giant’ for its quiet operation – plus derivatives produced by Canadair: the CP-107 Argus maritime patrol aircraft and CC-106 Yukon cargo lifter.

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FLYING PENCIL

Offering more than 700 high-quality photos, accompanied by an informative narrative, this Crécy publication is arguably the go-to reference for modellers with Do 17 projects on the bench.

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SOVIET MOSQUITOES

It’s the turn of Yakovlev’s Yak-3 fighter to receive MMP’s ‘Spotlight On’ treatment, which provides a collection of 40 side-view profiles of the type.

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HOME-GROWN FIGHTER

Continuing a recent theme of 1930s Yugoslavian aircraft types, Kagero’s 13th Monographs Special Edition is devoted to the Ikarus IK-2 – a gullwinged monoplane designed by French-trained engineers Ljubomir Ilić and Kosta Sivčev in Belgrade – then the country’s capital city.

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TUTOR TRIBUTE

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Leonardo’s M-346 (ex-Aermacchi) trainer and light-attack aircraft has been in service since 2015 with the Italian, Israeli, Polish and Singaporean air forces.

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‘DEFLATED’ REPORTS

One of the best ways to counter exaggerated claims of air-to-air victories during combat is to examine the records from both sides, and this is the second set of Pacific Theatre accounts compiled by Michael Claringbould after comparing such information.

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BALTIC BATTLES

The siege of Leningrad receives considerable attention from historians, but the campaign following its relief by Soviet forces in 1944 appears to have attracted much less attention when compared to events to the south.

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BLACK MIKE

Airfix has followed its Royal Navy FG.1 with an RAF boxing, complementing the recent FGR.2 version (see Issue 96, November 2018).

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HELO WARRIOR

Revell has repackaged Academy’s gorgeous OH-58D Kiowa Warrior with new markings but it is otherwise unchanged from the original.

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GLOBAL MUD-MOVER

This is Eduard’s second weekend-series boxing of its MiG-21MF fighter bomber and, like its predecessor, features two colourful schemes.

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LEATHERNECK SABRES

This is the first of two Fury kits from Kitty Hawk and represents the FJ-2 variant, as used by the US Marine Corps and several Naval Reserve units.

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TRAINING SCENE

ICM has combined its delightful Bü 131D (32030) with its three-figure German Luftwaffe Cadets set (32103) for a quick and easy diorama of crew preparing for a training mission.

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HEAVY TWIN

Special Hobby has re-released the Azur Vautour in its original format as an Israeli Air Force IIN variant, with the same components and markings.

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STEALTHY HOVERING

Modellers wanting to build the B-variant of Lockheed’s F-35 must feel like they’re waiting for a bus: nothing for years, then three arrive at the same time!

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KAMIKAZE TRAINER

Brengun has continued its fascinating range of quarter-scale Ohka flying bombs with the two-seat Kai variant, which was used as a trainer.

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KURSK COMBATANT

Having already released Ausf.H and Ausf.E versions of Germany’s ubiquitous Panzer IV tank, Zvezda has now addressed the Ausf.G, providing two new runners for the differences in the track guards, drive sprockets, schürzen plate/ support configuration and hull/ turret armour plating.

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AIRBORNE ARMOUR

Vickers’ Light Tank Mk.VII hasn’t been the most popular subject – Hauler’s 1/72 offering being just the eighth kit of the type.