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BALTIC-THEATRE ROMAN

Established as a German puppet state during World War Two, the Italian Social Republic’s armed forces included a voluntary women’s corps – Servizio Ausiliario Femminile (Female Auxiliary Service), and WIP3D’s figure represents a member of this group

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NON-COMBAT STINGERS

ICM has expanded its range of 1/32 aircrew figures to include Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (often abbreviated to WASPs) – American women who flew testing, transport and training missions so that male airmen could undertake combat roles.

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EYE-CATCHING BUG

Here’s a bright and colourful VW Beetle from Airfix’s Quickbuild range that’s ideal for a weekend project and a perfect introduction to the hobby

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ROLLING STARTER

It might be hard to believe, but Revell’s ’55 Chevy convertible is now 25 years old and, in its latest guise as the 1955 Indianapolis pace car, it is offered in a striking red/white livery.

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"SO LONG AS IT'S BLACK"

Here’s another value-for-money package from ICM, combining its 1/24 Model T Delivery car (24008) and American Gasoline Loaders figures (24018) for less than the price of buying these kits separately.

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WINGS AND EYEBROWS

Italeri has released a 1/24 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupé – the model made famous by its unmistakable ‘gullwing’ doors – following previous releases depicting the subsequently built roadster version.

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NATIONAL GUARD SPECIALS

Modellers wanting colourful markings for their 1/32 F-16Cs need look no further than this lovely set from Euro Decal.

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BALKAN FISHBEDS

Here’s a great set for those wanting a different livery on their 1/144 scale MiG-21bis, with markings for two Croatian Air Force Fishbeds.

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FINNS ON FOUR WHEELS

Suitable for Fiat 131 kits by Esci/Italeri or Fujimi, these striking markings from Decalcas allow modellers to depict an entrant in the Rallye de Portugal – Vino do Porto 1977.

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FAR EASTERN INSIGNIA

Bright Spark’s limited edition single sheet is dedicated to all styles of Pakistani Air Force and Navy roundels and tail flashes since independence was gained in 1947.

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NAVAL PRIMATE

Here’s another MILSPEC three-sheet package for a 1/72 F-4J Phantom, this time depicting a VF-33 ‘Tarsiers’ airframe (whose nickname referred to a fierce primate species). One sheet contains subject-specific serials/unit markings, including lightning-shaped embellishments for to the fuselage.

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NORDIC LIASON

Perfect for any 1/72 Fieseler Fi 156 Storch offering, these Moose Republic decals provide options for 11 liveries applied to aircraft used by the Finnish, Swedish or Norwegian Air Forces.

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STRIKING STALLIONS

While there’s no shortage of markings options for 1/72 P-51 Mustang models, this Kits-World selection is a set of four particularly eye-catching USAAF liveries for the thoroughbred fighter.

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INTERIOR DISPLAYS

Airscale’s instrument decals are ideal for recreating the busy appearance of aircraft cockpit interiors without the need for fine detail painting, and this selection is perfect for any 1/32 model of modern jets.

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CARTOON COMPANY

Star Decals has produced markings for 1/35 models depicting new M48A3 Patton tanks used by the US Army’s 69th Armored Regiment in Vietnam during January 1965, including ‘B’ Model versions with increased exhaust armour and a raised turret cupola.

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CAPTURED BIRDS OF PREY

Brazilian firm LPS Hobby has produced another decal set for 1/72 Curtiss P-36 Hawks, this time depicting aircraft captured by German forces and transferred to Finland for service with the Scandinavian country’s air force.

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"SHOOTING AT A PARACHUTE"

Perfect for any 1/32 offering, these Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 decals represent the aircraft of Franz Stigler, a German experten (ace) who escorted a damaged American B-17 to the European coast on December 20, 1943 when he noticed the crew were injured and defenceless.

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CIVIL WAR TRIO

This triple-package of 1/72 aircraft markings from Blue Rider Decals covers an unusual set of subjects: Japanese-built machines operated by Communist forces during the Chinese Civil War following the end of World War Two.

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JUG DIALS

While Airscale’s photo-etched brass set is aimed at the Kinetic 1/24 P-47 kits, it offers two versions of the instrument panel.

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DASSAULT 'BURNER'

Ukrainian firm RES/KIT has released this superb resin exhaust set intended for HobbyBoss 1/48 Mirage III offerings; it contains four cast components plus a small photo-etched metal fret containing two items.

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DESERT GRIME

Recreating a patina suitable for a vehicle operating in the desert can be challenging, but AMMO-MIG’s bespoke product for Deutsches Afrika Korps vehicles could make it much easier.

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FIT FOR A KING

Although marked as suitable for just the ‘Porsche Turret’ boxings of Revell’s 1/72 Tiger II tanks, Hauler’s photo-etched brass fenders are ideal for replacing the one-piece styrene representations provided in any iteration of the basic kit.

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AIRBORNE HOCKEY PUCKS

Adding accurate munitions to aircraft models is being made easier by Eduard’s Brassin offerings, including these CBU-97 sensor-fused weapons, which deploy hockey puck-shaped ‘skeet’ projectiles.

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SOVIET HARNESSES

If there is one item commonly omitted from World War Two fighter cockpits, it’s the seatbelts.

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METAL LANDING GEAR

Modellers worried abut how robust their Spitfire Mk.IX undercarriage is will find Eduard's cast-bronze replacements ideal.

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UPRATED MODERNISED FISHBED

Modellers seeking greater refinement for Eduard’s recent 1/72 MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F kits will enjoy the firm’s photo-etched brass upgrade set as it contains a wealth of enhancements for the finished model.

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GROWLING AIRLIFTER

Comprising two photo-etched (PE) frets plus a transparent acetate sheet featuring printed instrument dials, Brengun’s upgrade set for Roden’s 1/72 Antonov An-12 (NATO callsign Cub) is a comprehensive package.

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SPAD PUNCH

Turned brass cannon barrels are a real boon for any kit, as they feature much sharper detail than styrene equivalents, plus they are engineered to have hollow muzzles.

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FLYING JUMP-STARTER

Licence-built in the UK by Blackburn and later Rolls-Royce, Turbomeca’s Palouste gas turbine engine supplied compressed air for starting jet engines and was built into wing-mountable pods to enable aircraft to operate away from their home base.

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PRIMARY COLOURS

Sometimes the simplest approach is the best, and that’s the case with LifeColor’s water-based acrylic Essential Basic and Primary Colors range – its initial release provides five shades plus a bottle of matt varnish (LC 27).