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INDEPENDENT STATE MACHINES

Following World War One, efforts to gain independence for Ukraine resulted in separate states being established, such as the Zakhidno-Ukrainska Narodnia Respublika (ZUNR – Western Ukrainian People’s Republic).

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BOMBER SIGNAGE

Czech firm H-Models Decals has produced a set of 1/48 stencils for quarter-scale Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei kits, such as AZ Models’ injection-moulded offering or Sanger’s vac-form representation of this twin-engined light bomber, known by its Allied callsign ‘Lily’.

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FEATHERED WINGS

Comprising three superbly printed sheets, this Euro Decals package contains 1/48 markings for a specially themed US Air Force F-15C celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Oregon Air National Guard (ANG) in 2016.

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INSPIRATION FINDER

Perhaps the best source of inspiration or reference for a modelling project is to examine an example of the real item and the 27th edition of Crécy’s Wrecks & Relics is the ideal source for finding examples of aviation subjects across the UK.

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CARRIER-BORNE DOMINANCE

Valiant Wings’ hotly anticipated Airframe & Miniature guide to the Grumman F6F Hellcat has arrived, and it’s a thoroughly comprehensive reference no modeller with an interest in the type should be without.

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ONE-STOP CHOPPER GUIDE

French publisher Cocardes has launched its new ‘Overview’ series with a superb modeller’s reference to the Eurocopter/Airbus Helicopters EC 665 Tiger, which was developed jointly for French and German requirements.

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GERMAN LEVIATHANS

This the first in a two-volume series on German battleships during World War Two and covers the transition from the pre-war Reichsmarine to the Kriegsmarine, focusing on the vessels Deutschland/Lützow, Admiral Scheer, Graf Spee and Scharnhorst.

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WRECKED TROPHIES

Propaganda was a crucial element on World War Two’s harsh and bloody Eastern Front, as Pen & Sword’s Images of War volume shows through its collection of shots depicting soldiers with knocked-out examples of enemy tanks.

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AERONAUTICAL INNOVATOR

While the annals of aviation pioneers feature such names as Orville and Wilbur Wright, Otto Lilienthal and Henry Farman, the authors seek to add Englishman Horatio Barber to the list via this meticulously researched biography.

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MARITIME PRINCE

Modellers with Prinz Eugen kits in any scale will appreciate this TopDrawings guide to the Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser, as it contains highly detailed line drawings and scale plans portraying various elements of the vessel.

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DOUBLE-ENGINED ‘ARROW’

If the adage concerning aircraft states ‘if it looks good, it flies good’, then Dornier’s Do 335 ought not to have performed well at all.

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Airfix Model World | September 2020 PDF reader

Welcome to the latest issue of Airfix Model World – AMW118, September 2020. This bumper Summer Special comes with an exclusive competition to win Airfix Battle of Britain related kits, a UK Model Shop Directory and a wide range of builds. Read the full issue in PDF format here or dip into our reformatted online features for KeyModelWorld at your leisure during August.

AIRFIX ROUNDUP

HAVING BEEN forced to delay several projects due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Airfix is rapidly getting back on track with its 2020 kit releases.

ACRYLIC RELAUNCH

HUMBROL’S ACRYLIC range has been revamped and relaunched as of August, with the paint now supplied in 14ml-capacity dropper-style bottles instead of the familiar plastic pots.

NHS COMPETITION WINNER

AIRFIX DELIGHTED many when it announced its NHS Charities Together Hawk Competition, and the winning entry was designed by the Elliot family.

TOMCAT TREAT

POLISH PUBLISHER Kagero has launched a new Kit Build series, with the first issue covering Grumman’s mighty F-14 Tomcat.

MILITARY ‘PUSH-ME PULL-YOU’

CESSNA’S O-2A Skymaster was one of several military types developed from civil aircraft, and ICM’s newly tooled 1/48 kit is easily the best available.

SHORT TAKE-OFF AIRLINER

HAWKER SIDDELEY’S HS 748/Andover has received little attention from kit manufacturers, and Mark I Models’ newly tooled 1/144 product (MKM144122) is the first styrene offering of the type.

QUARTER-SCALE HIND

ZVEZDA HAS delighted fans of Cold War helicopters with a newly tooled Mi-24V/VP Hind-E/E Mod – the first in more than 40 years.

RAMJET DEFENDER

RESIN KIT specialist Kit Form Services has released an impressive 1/24 BAC Bloodhound Mk.2.

COVERT DROPPER GUIDE

FANS OF Westland’s Lysander will savour Valiant Wings’ ninth Airframe Detail book, which is dedicated to this World War Two liaison, army co-operation and special duties aircraft.

TOP-NOTCH HAULERS

WHENEVER CANFORA Publishing releases a new book, a high-quality product is guaranteed, and its second Truck Modelling raises the bar even further.

THOROUGHBRED RACER

WHEN IT comes to combining ease of build with high levels of detail there are few manufacturers to rival Tamiya, and its 1/24 Ford Mustang GT is no exception.

INDUSTRY-STANDARD HUES

MODELLERS MAY have heard of Tru-Color Paint because of its excellent railway-associated products, but it also specialises in military, auto and infrastructure shades.

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

NEOMEGA HAS an excellent reputation for its resin aftermarket accessories, and its first kit – depicting a 1957 Trans-Antarctic Expedition Tractor – is of similar quality.

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PROP-POWERED PUPPY

What do Hobbits, Gnomes and puppies all have in common? Jay Blakemore finds out when he builds a 1/32 Sopwith Pup from New Zealand-based firm Wingnut Wings.

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YOUR AIRFIX

Matthew Porter shares his experience building Airfix’s 1/24 Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat – the firm’s latest ‘Superkit’

DISPLAY CASE

Following last month’s introduction to this new feature, we select another four projects submitted by AMW’s readers.

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TO BOLDLY GO

Massimo Santarossa embarks on an out-of-this-world voyage aboard the USS Franklin – replicated in 1/350 scale by Moebius Models.

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DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY

It’s a welcome return for Revell’s 1/48 Eurofighter Typhoon, in the guise of a specially marked airframe to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 71 ‘Richthofen’ (formerly Jagdgeschwader 71).