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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‘JUMPING’ JET ACCOUNTS

The first of two Jet Age series volumes dedicated to the Hawker Siddeley Harrier covers its introduction in 1969 to the end of the Cold War – judged to be 1990, when the first of the second-generation British Aerospace machines entered service.

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FRESCO IN DEPTH

The latest Warpaint volume is dedicated to the Soviet Union’s first supersonic-capable fighter, the MiG-17, NATO nickname Fresco.

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DRAGONSLAYER PANEL

While Yahu’s pre-painted and laminated photo-etched metal instrument panel is designed to fit Hasegawa’s 1/72 Ki-45 Toryu (Dragonslayer), it can also be fitted into the Revell/Takara offering, albeit with minor tweaking to the cockpit interior (a comparison image show how it relates to the styrene part).

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WIRELESS 'ON THE DOUBLE'

ICM has sprung another ‘combo’ product on modellers as part of its Diorama Series, this time focusing on German radio trucks.

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INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR TREATS

Modellers seeking extra refinement for their Tamiya 1/72 Bf 109G-6 will find plenty in Eduard’s photo-etched metal upgrade set, which comprises two frets, with pre-painted parts for the cockpit and plain brass items for the airframe in general.

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SIMPLE STANDARD

The ubiquity of the Sherman tank during World War Two makes it a popular subject with small-scale armour modellers and wargamers alike, and this 1/72 Forces of Valor kit is ideal for both purposes thanks to its easy construction, large locating pins and pre-coloured Olive Drab styrene.

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MUDDY TRACTION

German tracked vehicles on the Eastern Front often became bogged down in mud and slush, so standard-width tracks were fitted with extensions on the outer edge, known as winterketten (winter chains), plus cleats on the track pads for extra traction.

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RHINO BLING

Revell’s 1/72 Nashorn (Rhinoceros) receives a major upgrade with this photo-etched brass fret from Hauler.

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PROTECTED LOGISTICS

This dual-language (German and English) Tankograd reference guide is dedicated to the Mercedes-Benz Zetros, a Geschütztes Transport-Fahrzeug (Protected Transport Vehicle) developed by the Special Truck department of Daimler AG.

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WORLD-DEPLOYED WIDOWMAKERS

Xtradecal’s first collection of 1/48 scale markings for Lockheed F-104 Starfighters includes options for seven operators, providing national insignia, airframe serials and further embellishments (but no stencilling) for airframes operated between 1964-96.

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HARD-TOP SPORTS CAR

Having delighted modellers with its soft-top MX-5, it’s taken five years for Tamiya to release the Roadster RF hard-top.

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GO ANYWHERE FIREFIGHTER

There have been many Land Rover releases, but Italeri’s repackaged Esci offering is one of the few to depict a Fire Service vehicle.

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ARMED WORKER

ToRo Model’s splendid Silesian Uprising figures are joined by a resin four-piece armed railway company worker, complete with a styrene two-part rifle, courtesy of a collaboration with ICM.

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GUNNER'S FRIEND

When it comes to resin guns, few can match Greek firm Gas Patch for quality, such as with this neat two-gun .50 cal set.

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AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT

Here’s a return for Airfix’s 1/76 Landing Craft, Mechanised Mk.III (LCM3) and M4A2 Sherman tank combined offering – a pairing first released in 1966.

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MUSTANG 'OFFICE'

Eduard’s approach to detail is very much ‘pick and mix’, with Brassin sets representing the highest in terms of refinement, such as its P-51D cockpit.

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MOVIE MINIATURES

Here’s the perfect accompaniment for Moebius’s impressive 1/144 Discovery XD-1 from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, in the form of three beautifully detailed extravehicular activity (EVA) pods, which feature single-piece resin ‘bodies’ and photo-etched metal manipulators or ‘arms’.

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WELL-TRAVELLED OFF-ROADERS

Modellers with ACE, Armo or Gran Ltd 1/72 GAZ-69 kits can depict the Soviet-designed light truck in Polish service, courtesy of this decal package from ToRo Model.

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CLASSIC LIVERY RETURNS

Here’s an Italeri re-boxing of Protar’s 1984-vintage 1/24 Lancia LC2 competition car, used in the World Sportscar Championship between 1983-86.

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CHARMANT HOMELAND DEFENDER

Tamiya’s new-tool 1/35 Renault R35 tank is a charming representation of this French inter-war design, combining just four styrene runners with neatly moulded detail – parts exhibit fine panel lines, delicate rivets and convincing representations of cast metal surfaces.

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RODENT FORCES

Here’s another chance to depict small-scale ‘Desert Rats’, with the return of Airfix’s 1/76 8th Army under the Vintage Classics banner. It contains 45 figures, plus a pair of two-piece Vickers machine guns and tripods.

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RAILCAR HAULER

Here’s something completely different from Brengun, in the form of a four-axle version of the German pre-World War Two Culemeyer trailer (an eight-axle, 80t version is available as BRS144048).

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LONG-BARRELLED BRIT

The second Sherman kit from Rye Field is effectively a new tooling, as it shares just Runner B with the M4A3E8 offering (5028).

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FRESCO FEET

Here’s a quick and simple upgrade for Airfix’s newly tooled MiG-17 Fresco, in the form of resin replacement wheels and a nose undercarriage leg.

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DAGGER STEPS

Crew access ladders can add an extra point of interest on a model, so it’s surprising many manufacturers omit this particular detail, such as on 1/48 F-106 Delta Darts.

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ARDENNES SPECIAL

Fans of French aviation will definitely want Syhart’s latest 1/72 Mirage III markings in their collection.

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SPOTTED HUNTER

ToRo’s great value for money sheet offers markings for Leopard 2A4 and 2A5 tanks operated by the Polish Army, which are ideal for modellers with kits by Revell, Italeri, Hobby Boss or Tamiya.

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COUNTER-INSURGENCY ‘SCREAMER’

Following the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941, local resistance forces used guerrilla tactics to foil the enemy, with the most famous group being the Partisans led by the future Yugoslavian Prime Minister and President, Josip ‘Tito’ Broz.

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MIGRANT WARRIORS

The wealth of options provided by Victrix’s Anglo-Danes package ensures the 60 highly detailed figures are ideal for any diorama, figure painting or wargaming project.

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FROM LAND AND SHIP

Whenever DK Decals tackles a subject, it always ensures that modellers have plenty of options to choose from.