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WARRING HOOLIGANS

Modellers wanting to build quarter-scale F-104A/C/Gs that flew in combat will find this superb collection of seven airframes from Iliad of great use, although two of these machines were shot down by enemy forces.

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LOW-COST CARRIER

While the airline itself is long gone, having shut down in 2000, Decales Global’s delightful decals will enable modellers to reproduce one of Mexican carrier TAESA’s Boeing 737-200 airframes.

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STRUCTURAL SUPPORT

Modellers with Eduard’s 1/72 Fokker D.VII in their stash will appreciate this aftermarket release from the Czech firm, as it provides blue-toned ribbing tape for all areas of the aircraft requiring this covering, which supports the underlying structure on the real aircraft.

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POSTER BOY MARKINGS

Fans of Lockheed’s P-38 Lightning will appreciate Exito Decals’ 1/48 markings, which follow the firm’s usual format of combining terrific waterslide transfers with stunning instruction ‘posters’ suitable for framing.

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FIRST REPUBLIC FLIGHT

Blue Rider Decals has produced markings for nine aircraft operated in Austria following the conclusion of World War One.

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EARLY 'EMIL' DISPLAY

Although similar to its other 1/32 Bf 109 displays, this set from Yahu Models has been tweaked so it will fit offerings from Eduard and Cyber Hobby/Dragon, as well as featuring the RLM 02 Grau colour.

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NEAT CUTS

While ‘tenon-style’ razor saws are popular, they aren’t suitable for getting into smaller spaces, so ASK’s unit, which comes with two grades of teeth spacing (extra-and ultra-smooth) is ideal.

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THOROUGHBRED BOOTS

Although designed for Revell’s recent 1/32 P-51 Mustang, BarracudaCast’s replacement mainwheels are suitable for any representation of the thoroughbred fighter in this scale.

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AMROURED WHEELS

Although its own resin kits depicting the Soviet BTR-60 armoured transporter are 1/87 scale, Hauler has ‘up-sized’ the wheels to 1/72 as replacements for the styrene examples supplied in ACE Model, ICM, Hobby Den and S-Model offerings.

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STAYING AFLOAT

Black Cat Model is well known for its 3D-printed maritime accessories, and these Carley life-preserving rafts (named after inventor Horace Carley) are no exception.

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EVO UPGRADE

Designed for NuNu’s recently tooled Peugeot 306 Maxi, this three-piece conversion set enables modellers to build the EVO II version.

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MILITARY TWIN COVERS

Thunderbird Models’ pre-cut painting masks are intended for use with Hobbycraft’s 1/72 Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor kit – depicting the military transport variant of the Twin Beech or Model 18.

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GROWLER GROWTH

While Revell’s diminutive 1/144 EA-18G Growler is regarded as well detailed and accurate, Shelf Oddity has produced a photoetched brass upgrade set for those seeking extra refinement.

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HOVERING 'HUPGRADES'

Intended for Mark I’s lovely 1/144 first-generation Harrier kits (GR.1/3 and AV-8A/S), this packed photoetched brass fret supplies sufficient parts for one model and left-over items could furnish another one to two builds, depending on the variant(s) chosen.

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'TONKA' HARNESSES

Replicating ejection seat furnishings can be challenging, and Kits-World has employed 3D-printed decals to achieve as much realism as possible.

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AERIAL 'FISH'

Brengun’s Mk.XIII munition is ideal for any US Navy World War Two torpedo bomber and this highly detailed offering provides parts for early and late configurations (with nose ring and breakaway aerodynamic covers for the latter).

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IN-FLIGHT SECURITY

Although Yahu is known for its type-specific instrument panels, which are usually pre-decorated, the firm has recently expanded its range to include generic interior parts, such as its 1/72 seatbelts – this set is suitable for a World War Two-era US Army Air Force or Navy airframe.

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SPY-PLANE SUPPLEMENTS

Eduard has produced this set for AFV Club’s recent 1/48 Lockheed U-2A ‘Dragon Lady’.

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EIGHT-GUN OPENINGS

Modellers wanting to pose the .303 machine gun bays open on their Eduard Spitfire Mk.Is will find the firm’s own great-value set ideal.

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FORTRESS DEFENCE

Although being the ‘downscaled’ version of Hong Kong Models’ 1/32 B-17 Flying Fortress, the firm’s 1/48 version is still an imposing model and benefits greatly from the addition of extra refinement – such as Eduard’s Brassin machine gun set.

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SMALL DIAMETER BOMB

One of the latest precision guided weapons to enter service worldwide, Boeing’s GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) is available as an accessory for F-15E, F-16, F-22 and F-35 airframes among others.

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LIGHTNING OFFICE

While Tamiya’s recently tooled P-38 lightning features lovely detail, those seeking further refinement should consider Eduard’s photo-etched (PE) metal set, which contains two frets.

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AUSSIE TWEAKS

Those wanting to build an accurate Australian Mk.21 Beaufighter from Revell’s 1/48 kit need look no further than this well-designed set from CMK.

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PILOT'S 'PEW'

Part of CMK’s ‘Quick & Easy’ line, this pilot’s chair is intended for Hasegawa’s 1/72 Kawasaki Ki-61-I Hien Japanese Army fighter.

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COMMON ORDNANCE

One of the most frequently carried ordnance on British fighter-bomber types during World War Two was the 250lb MC (medium capacity) weapon, being carried by Spitfires, Hurricanes, Mosquitos, Blenheims and Beaufighters.

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METALLIC TONES

The second set in LifeColor’s Perfect Metal range is dedicated to those hues found on aircraft, whether that’s a natural metal finish or heat-stained sections around exhausts.

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PLAIN RIMS

Modellers with Fujimi or Hasegawa’s 1/72 Douglas A-4 Skyhawks – plus the re-boxings by Hobby 2000 and Revell, respectively – can add the late-style wheels fitted from A-4Cs onwards courtesy of CMK’s resin parts.

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ADDITIONAL ORDNANCE

Suitable for a range of World War Two-era Japanese aircraft, Brengun’s 1/48 scale 250kg bomb is ideal for adding ordnance where none has been included in a kit as it supplies both the weapon and the hardpoint used to secure it to the airframe.

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FLANKER PROBES

Here’s a great way to enhance the appearance of any 1/72 Su-33 Flanker-D kit – purchase Master Model’s turned brass and photo-etched metal pitot.

DISPLAY CASE

Tradition comes to the fore in this month’s selection of reader projects, as old-school painting techniques are joined by additional detailing and careful weathering with stunning results…