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'FIVE-WET' SUPERBUG

Modellers wanting to build an air refuelling-configured (known as ‘five-wet’) Super Hornet will find Brengun’s resin set ideal, as it provides four 480 US gal drop tanks and a centreline Air Refuelling System pod.

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BRICK POWER

Modellers wanting to open panels on Airfix’s recent 1/72 Buccaneer will find CMK’s splendid engine set ideal, as it allows a section of the port engine to be displayed.

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BUCKLE UP!

Here’s a quick and easy upgrade for ICM’s recent CR.42, in the form of pre-painted photo-etched metal seatbelts for the pilot’s seat.

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FRESCO FRIPPERY

Shelf Oddity’s neat upgrade package for the Platz/F-Toys 1/144 MiG-17 dual-combo kit comes as a single photo-etched (PE) brass fret with sufficient parts for both models.

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SMOOTH FOOTING

Modellers with any 1/48 Focke-Wulf Fw 190 kit depicting the A-6 variant onwards may wish to consider BarracudaCast’s resin mainwheels as a simple but effective upgrade to the model’s undercarriage.

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AIR-TO-AIR ALKALI

Intended for the firm’s MiG-21 Fishbed kits, this highly detailed resin set provides sufficient components for four RS-2U (AA-1 Alkali) missiles and their APU-4 launch rails.

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FLYING SWALLOW COVERS

Here’s a neat solution for decorating any of Hasegawa’s 1/32 Kawasaki Ki-61-I Hien (flying swallow) kits: Dead Design’s pre-cut mask set for the undercarriage apertures and wing walkways.

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FIT FOR A BEAU'

Revell’s recently re-tooled Beaufighter gets an easy-to-add makeover, courtesy of Eduard’s Löök series, with a 3D-printed pre-coloured resin instrument panel and harnesses for the pilot and observer seats.

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'SANDY' SPINNER

Designed to replace the inaccurate component in Trumpeter’s large-scale Skyraider kit, this beautifully cast resin set has six parts: four separate blades, a propeller hub and a regulator disk.

WARHAWK UPGRADE

Modellers with Special Hobby’s 1/72 Curtiss P-40K Warhawk kits will appreciate this two-fret photoetched brass package from Eduard, which caters specifically for these offerings.

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THIRD-GENERATION EXIT

The Advanced Concept Ejection Seat (ACES) II is used in many modern US Air Force military jets, so Kits-World’s 1/48 3D-printed decals will be a boon for enhancing these fittings.

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MINES, WITH SPIKES!

Anchored ‘spiky’ sea mines are the staple crop of many a ship or submarine-themed film and this delightful 3D-printed product from SSN Modellbau provides 50 items, all mounted on mine cars with side-fitted ballast/anchor units.

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RADAR HUNTERS

Ideal for any 1/32 F/A-18, EA-18G, F-16C, Tornado ECR or F-4G Phantom II kit, Eduard’s resin and photo-etched brass weapons set provides sufficient parts for two six-piece missiles and their adapter/launch rails.

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EASY GROUNDWORK

Producing realistic diorama settings can be time-consuming and messy, but Reality in Scale’s Landscape mats offer a quick and easy solution for a realistic groundwork.

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LATIN INTERIOR HUES

AMMO-MIG has added Regia Aeronautica colours to its range of acrylic paint aircraft cockpit sets, supplying four common tones in its standard 17ml dropper-style bottles.

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STARFIGHTER 'BANG' SEAT

Here’s an extensive upgrade for Kinetic’s 1/48 Lockheed F-104 Starfighter kits in the form of Eduard’s Martin-Baker Mk.7 ejection seat.

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FULCRUM FITTINGS

Zvezda’s 1/72 MiG-29SMT is the recipient of this photoetched metal set from Eduard.

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MARITIME PATROL VOLCANO

Developed under the codename ‘Hohentwiel’, an extinct volcano in south Germany, the FuG 200 radar was used on several Luftwaffe aircraft types as a maritime patrol system.

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AIRPORT REFUELLER

Here’s another great idea from accessory and diorama specialist Plus Model – a 100 US gal fuel cart. Its thoroughness is evidenced by the inclusion of two thicknesses of wire for the axle and fuel lines, plus a photo-etched brass fret for handles and protective covers.

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METAL STORAGE

This two-fret offering from Hauler provides for two pressed steel open-topped storage containers, with all components supplied as photo-etched (PE) brass items.

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DRIEDECKER SUPPORT

Metal undercarriage components can give strength and rigidity to models, so these Scale Aircraft Conversions items, designed for Meng’s recent 1/32 Fokker Dr.I, will be a boon. 

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SWING-WING SPLENDOUR

While Academy’s newly tooled F-14A may strike an ideal balance between cost and complexity, those seeking extra refinement will find CMK’s resin and photo-etched (PE) brass cockpit set a real bonus.

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FIRST SHOTS

Intended for Trumpeter’s 1/350 kit of SMS Schleswig-Holstein as it appeared in 1935, this set of turned brass barrels provides for the battleship’s 28cm primary (four), 15cm secondary (ten) and 8.8cm anti-aircraft (four) armaments. 

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CIRCULAR SMOKERS

Here’s a neat upgrade for any Eduard Spitfire Mk.I in the shape of resin exhaust stack units with circular nozzles (later versions had a fishtail-shaped orifice).

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BUSTLING HUSTLER

While Italeri’s 1/72 Convair B-58 Hustler is surprisingly refined for its age (having first been released in 1984), the basic kit can be improved with this neat package from Eduard.

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REALISTIC RUBBER

Hauler has produced this photoetched (PE) metal set to replace the integrally moulded representations of the rubber skirts on Tamiya’s recent 1/48 Japanese Ground Self-Defense Type 10 main battle tank.

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TROPICAL VEGETATION

This second set of jungle flora from Reality in Scale provides for four different (albeit un-named) plant types, with a mix of broad-leaf and fern-like vegetation.

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CIVIL WAR MATERIEL

The newly tooled components for tools and weaponry first released in ICM’s 1/35 American Civil War figure sets have now been repackaged as a standalone release.

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'BEAMER BLING'

Hobby NuNu’s newly tooled BMW 320i has much to offer, but modellers seeking extra refinement should consider the firm’s dedicated detail set.

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TAIL-DRAGGERS

The standard Mk.82 bomb can be prepared for low-level deployment as the High-Drag General Purpose variant by fitting the Mk.15 Snakeye tail unit: this opens into a cross shape for increased air resistance.