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EVENT RETURN!

Following a successful three-week period of COVID-19-secure opening, Newark Air Museum has announced it will host an outdoor Aeroboot sale on September 26, 2020.

SMALL-SCALE MILITARY SUBJECTS

A TRIO of new 1/72 military releases have been announced by Ukrainian company ACE Model, including World War Two-era FlaK 36-fitted Sd.Kfz.6/2 half-track and Humber Super Snipe staff car kits, plus a more modern Mercedes-Benz Unimog 4x4 truck.

SUPER-LIGHT GRAND TOURER

RESIN AUTOMOTIVE specialist Alpha Model has revealed another addition to its 1/24 supercar collection: an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera (super-light), which is now available to pre-order.

ROMANIAN-FLOWN GULLWING

The second iteration of IBG Models' splendid PZL P.11c fighter has been announced, with this new version (32002) containing markings for Romanian Air Force machines.

LATE-WAR SOVIETS

FIGURE SPECIALIST Stalingrad Miniatures has announced its latest themed collection of 1/35 resin subjects: six members of a Soviet tank crew from 1945.

DREAM CAR DELIGHTS

CHINESE FIRM Alpha Model has announced an expansion to its range of supercar kits with new 1/24 scale offerings of a Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren 720S.

RE-OPENING MANOEUVRES

With the UK government announcing heritage sites can reopen from early July, the Newark Air Museum has moved several airframes in preparation for a new one-way route around the exhibits.

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Airfix Model World | August 2020

Welcome to Airfix Model World issue 117 - August 2020. Headlining this issue is a conversion of Airfix's 1/48 Gloster Javelin plus we have more than 70 reviews, basic, intermediate and advanced builds and much more. Read the magazine in PDF format here and look out for new posts here on KeyModelWorld during July.

RETURN OF THE AIRFIX CLUB

MODELLERS RECEIVED a welcome surprise on June 26, with the announcement that the Airfix Club was being restarted, with two levels of membership being offered.

PRIMARY PACKAGES

IWATA’S AIRBRUSHES and compressors are well-known for their quality and ease-of-use, and the firm’s Z-Model combo sets have now been expanded to contain a LifeColor Essentials paint set (ES01)

RE-OPENING PLANS

MUSEUM SHOPS are an important income source for many historical institutions, so their mid-June reopening (in line with UK government guidelines) mean there is welcome news from the Newark Air Museum.

DAS WERK DISTRIBUTOR

INCOMPLETE INFORMATION was provided in last month’s News article on the Das Werk Junkers EF-126/EF-127 entitled Three-in-One ‘What-if’

NAVAL DEVELOPMENTS

KENT-BASED S&M Models has released exclusive test-shot images of its upcoming 1/350 and 1/700 Oberon-class submarine, plus CAD drawings of its 1/48 and 1/72 Westland Wasp.

ARMOUR AND AVIATION

UK-BASED modellers have recently received the excellent news that Albion Alloys will now be acting as distributor for Dora Wings and Amusing Hobby kits.

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FLAT IRON SPECIAL

Richard Spreckley converts Airfix’s 1/48 Gloster Javelin FAW.9 to represent XH897, the last of the type to fly in RAF service.

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TIGER ON THE RAILS

Garry Tobiss enjoys the moulded Zimmerit found on Dragon’s 1/35 early-production Tiger II, and provides suitable transport with his previous build of Sabre Model’s SSymS plattformwagen.

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CENTURION TYPHOON

Using Revell’s 1/48 Eurofighter kit, Chris Jones builds Typhoon ZK340 – the aircraft in which Roger Cruickshank won the Distinguished Flying Cross on Operation Shader.

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SUPER-SIZE DRAGONSLAYER

Zoukei-Mura’s large-scale 1/32 Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu is examined in depth by Dean Large.

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GHOST PIRATE

Hasegawa’s splendid 1/72 F-4N Phantom II receives VF-84 ‘Jolly Rogers’ colourful markings in this ‘out of the box’ build by Huw Morgan.

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CZECH-MATE

Out of the box isn’t Toni Canfora’s normal way of building models, but with Tamiya’s recent 1/35 Panzerkampfwagen 38(t), it meant more time for painting and weathering.

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Weather beaten

If decals can be said to enliven a model, then weathering is the way in which builders add ‘character’ by varying the finish to represent the effects of climate and/or usage.

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UPS, DOWNS AND FLYING AROUND

Sqn Ldr Roger Cruickshank describes his time flying as a frontline RAF Eurofighter Typhoon pilot and how he overcame bleak periods in his life to ultimately forge a successful career

NEW FEATURE: DISPLAY CASE

EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE!
In a new feature, Airfix Model World is offering readers the opportunity to share their completed builds with fellow enthusiasts. See below for details of how to submit your own creations.

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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!