Airfix Model World

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!

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KAMIKAZE TRAINER

Brengun has continued its fascinating range of quarter-scale Ohka flying bombs with the two-seat Kai variant, which was used as a trainer.

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KURSK COMBATANT

Having already released Ausf.H and Ausf.E versions of Germany’s ubiquitous Panzer IV tank, Zvezda has now addressed the Ausf.G, providing two new runners for the differences in the track guards, drive sprockets, schürzen plate/ support configuration and hull/ turret armour plating.

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AIRBORNE ARMOUR

Vickers’ Light Tank Mk.VII hasn’t been the most popular subject – Hauler’s 1/72 offering being just the eighth kit of the type.

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KEEP ON TRUCKIN'

This is ICM’s fourth Liberty truck release, and the second to include figures – as usual, this package works out cheaper than the individual kits.

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MOUNTIE AND HUSKIE

ICM has continued its large-scale law enforcement series with this two-piece set of a female Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable and dog.

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AIRCRAFT REPAIRS

Accompanied by a glossy bookazine, Kagero’s RAF aircraft mechanic would be ideal for any 1/24 Spitfire, Hurricane, Mosquito or Typhoon diorama.

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WHEELED SCOUT

Tamiya’s lovely M8 Greyhound returns after a gap of more than 20 years, along with a bevy of extras for its ‘Combat Patrol Set’.

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OFFICIALDOM ON WHEELS

Revell’s WOT 6 is a direct re-box of ICM’s splendid kit, with the sole change being a new decal sheet.

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CLASH OF THE TITANS

ICM has combined its Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf.B (35363) and T-34/85 (35367) in a Battle of Berlin combo that’s less than 75% of the combined cost of the separate kits.

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QUICK-FIRE ARTILLERY

French artillery seems to attract less attention than other nation’s subjects, so this Mle 1897 from IBG will be popular among military kit aficionados.