Reviews: On the shelf

ON THE SHELF

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CAPTURED RECOVERY

MiniArt’s lovely T-60 returns in the guise of a German captured machine with a field modification to convert it into a pioneer/ recovery vehicle.

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BEAU WELLS

CMK’s neatly cast resin mainwheel wells are intended as both a correction and upgrade for Airfix’s Beaufighter, replacing the kit’s simplified features with highly detailed and more accurate units.

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FOLDED-CANVAS CARRIER

Efforts to standardise the motorised sections of the German Wehrmacht resulted in the Leichter Gelände Einheits Personen-Kraftwagen (Light All-Terrain Personnel Carrier), replicated in 1/35 scale by this ICM offering.

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BUSY INTERIORS

Revell’s recently tooled Beaufighter gets the Eduard treatment with this well-designed two-fret photo-etched metal package.

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FORTRESS BOOTS

This is a complete set of replacement resin main and tail wheels for Hong Kong Models’ newly tooled B-17.

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BOLD IDENTIFIERS

These re-released Xtradecal national insignia are ideal for replacing damaged or lost decals, or ensuring accurate and uniform tones, for 1/72 early-war RAF aircraft models, particularly Battle of Britain-era Spitfires and Hurricanes.

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AVENGING PEARL

While this Images of Aviation volume devotes most of its pages to the Doolittle Raid against Tokyo in April 1942, it also provides insight into the aftermath.

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LIQUID-CARRYING LOADER

MiniArt’s 1/35 Mercedes-Benz Typ 170 V has appeared in various guises, but this is the first to depict a panel van – the decal sheet containing markings for three beer delivery vehicles from the 1930s-40s.

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TACTICAL WATCH

Depicted in the kneeling position and armed with a Beretta 92-series pistol and slung M4A1 carbine, ICM’s fourth Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team member makes for an imposing presence.

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GALLIC AIRMEN

PJ Production has produced the perfect accompaniment for any 1/72 Rafale (regardless of whether it’s a single-seater or twin-stick variant), in the form of a pair of well-cast pilots.

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'BERRA GEAR

One benefit of resin accessories is that they allow detail to be rendered more sharply than styrene.

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GENERAL'S FIELD GUN

Here’s an ideal introduction to model kits and Napoleonic-era history in a single package, with MisterCraft’s re-boxed Směr 1/18 wheeled artillery piece.

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HYDRAULIC SHOCK

A common error in maritime kits is to have depth charge launchers but no associated ammunition.

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ENGINE COVER

Modellers wanting to avoid an unsightly join on their Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk.XVI cowlings will find this one-piece resin replacement a boon.

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EAST SUFFOLK MUSTANGS

Exito’s latest additions are for a trio of P-51D Mustangs based in East Suffolk at RAF Leiston (also known as Yoxford), all assigned to the 357th Fighter Group.

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BIRTHDAY BUMPER PACKAGE

This package is a slightly different release from Model Art Decal System as it focuses solely on RAF markings, rather than its usual Royal Navy/French subjects.

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IMPERIAL CREWS

This mix of airmen and groundcrew will make for an instant World War One German aircraft vignette, as it comprises three single-piece figures.

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'Snap and Stick' Thoroughbred

Quickbuild subjects are a great way of attracting youngsters to the hobby, especially with such a colourful subject as a blue-nosed P-51D Mustang in D-Day markings.

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Licence-Built Left-Over

Hanriot’s design served with Italian and Belgian air arms during World War One, and it’s the former that’s addressed in Eduard’s re-boxed 1/48 limited-edition offering.

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Soft-Top Truck

This version of Polish manufacturer IBG Models’ 1/35 3Ro truck depicts the Lancia-built vehicle with a canvas-covered transport section and with markings to represent vehicles in service with the German Wehrmacht.

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Second-Gen Mustang

Released previously under the ‘Revell Muscle’ brand, the firm’s 2006 Shelby GT-H hard-top rental makes a welcome return.

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Legionary Commander

Comprising 42 components plus a three-part base, this ICM release depicts a 1st Century Roman Centurion, complete with distinctive Scutum shield, Galea helmet and Gladius short sword.

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Taranto Survivor

Modellers with 1/350 or 1/700 Littorio kits from Trumpeter or Pit-Road will find this Super Drawings’ volume an ideal accompaniment.

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Pre-Dreadnought Innovation

Modellers with Combrig’s 1/700 Brandenburg-class battleship kits will appreciate the reference provided by this Super Drawings in 3D publication from Kagero.

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Extended-Range Zerstorer

Italeri has combined a new decal sheet with Fujimi’s 1975-vintage 1/48 scale styrene to represent either a Messerschmitt Bf 110-C or -D fitted with underwing fuel tanks.

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Mortar Assault

Italeri’s Sturmmörser Tiger may be more than 20 years old, but still manages to surprise.

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Little Big Gun

It might be part of Zvezda’s Art of Tactic Hot War expandable gaming system, but this delightful snap-together offering also features more than enough detail to please most modellers.

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All-New Performer

Having produced 1/24 offerings representing previous iterations of Toyota’s Supra sportscar, Tamiya has been quick to follow the recent fifth-generation model with a newly tooled 1/24 kit.

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Double-Ugly Tales

Featuring 20 anecdotes from 13 UK Phantom pilots and navigators, this splendid collection offers a wonderful mix of the thrilling, dangerous and humorous exploits from those RAF and Royal Navy aircrew who flew McDonald Douglas’ twin-engined fighter/ground-attack aircraft.

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Typhoon Driver

Mitches Military Models brings its figures up to date with this stunning 120mm scale five-piece ensemble.