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TRUCKING TREATS

Designed to embellish the detail on ICM’s 1/72 Zil-131 cargo truck, this small yet busy photo-etched brass fret contains a wealth of extras.

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JUG GEAR

There’s little to quibble with Tamiya’s P-47D kits, but one area that cries out for improvement is the wheels.

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FURY FASCIA

While Airfix’s quarter-scale Hawker Fury may be getting long in the tooth, Yahu’s pre-painted and assembled instrument panel is a quick way of raising the detail level in the cockpit.

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BLUNT DISPENSER

The US SUU-30 was one of the earliest cluster-munition dispensers, with the H/B variant – as supplied by Eduard in resin and photo-etched brass – being one of the ‘blunt-nosed’ versions.

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DUST AND TUFTS

Part of AMMO-MIG’s diorama accessories series, this preformed 240 x 240mm scenic section replicates a typical surface as seen at airfields in The Steppe grasslands, so would be suitable for locations in Russia, Ukraine, Hungary and Romania in either of the World Wars.

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STUKA UPGRADE

Academy’s Ju 87G-1 kit has been around for almost 20 years, yet there has been relatively little aftermarket material available recently, so Brengun’s photoetched ensemble will prove popular.

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DECK CREW

Here’s a great addition to any 1/350 US Navy aircraft carrier model, in the shape of Black Cat Models’ exquisitely detailed deck crew set, which comprises 59 figures in 11 poses.

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FITTER FIXTURES

Intended for Modelsvit’s late-variant single-seater Su-17 Fitter, this two-fret photo-etched metal set from Eduard provides pre-painted additions for the cockpit – including a replacement instrument panel, side consoles and ejection seat fittings – and plain components for the exterior.

BEST EVER BRAVO?

Tamiya has been full of surprises this year, first with the announcement of a newly tooled 1/48 naval F-4B Phantom and then providing the modelling media a ‘white box’ pre-production test-shot sample with little fanfare.

AVRO’S CLASSIC ‘HEAVY’

Having treated modellers to a monster 1/32 scale Lancaster, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Hong Kong (HK) Models has downsized its efforts and released a new 1/48 version.

TORNADO COMPETITION WINNERS

Further to our December 2020 issue, we’re delighted to announce the winners of the five Italeri 1/32 Tornado GR.4 kits.

INSTRUCTION TO IMMELMANNS

It's good to see the release of subjects that haven’t previously received attention from model companies, making Special Hobby’s newly tooled 1/72 SIAI- Marchetti SF-260 trainer aircraft most welcome.

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EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: Ingenuity and creativity are fine skills for a modeller to possess, as proven by the stunning modification, scratch-building and scene-building work involved with these reader projects.

FLYING FELON

Whenever a new aircraft type is unveiled it is always interesting to see how model companies respond – Zvezda may have been one of the last to release an 1/72 kit of Sukhoi’s Su-57 (but gained the advantage of it being more accurate) and has subsequently been the first to step up to 1/48.

FRANCO-GERMAN COMBO

Tamiya's newly tooled 1/35 offering depicts the Sd.Kfz. 135 ‘Marder’ tank destroyer –a combination of France’s Lorraine 37L and Germany’s PaK 40 anti-tank gun.

AFTERMARKET TOM-‘CATNIP’

Kazan Model Dynamics has quickly established itself among competing aftermarket companies thanks to its innovative use of ‘HybridCAST’ undercarriage legs that combine metal cores with resin exteriors.

DRY APPLICATIONS

Ultimate Modelling Products has released its own range of weathering powders – commonly known as pigments – comprising ten shades, available separately or as a combined package (UMP149).

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Italeri New Tool 1/72 T-55A Tank

Fans of small-scale armour and military vehicles have an ever-growing selection of subjects to build, and the quality seems to improve constantly. A good example is Italeri’s all-new 1/72 T-55A tank (kit 7081).

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New Platz F-15J Boxing

Japanese manufacturer Platz has certainly got the most from its 1/72 F-15J Eagle tooling, which first hit the shelves in 2015. Twelve boxings have been released so far, with differing colour schemes (including special liveries), but a new iteration is now available.

Airfix Best of British Gift Set

What happens when you combine what is arguably the most famous fighter aircraft ever, with a highly successful jet trainer? The answer is Airfix’s new 1/72 scale Best of British dual kit.

ASYMMETRICAL RETURN

Valiant Wings has announced a reshuffle of its forthcoming titles, with a return for the first Airframe Detail guide covering the Blohm & Voss Bv 141 now preceding the release of an Airframe Album book on the Henschel Hs 129.

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CHEERFUL ‘CHIPPIE’

See Chris Jones giving Airfix's brand-new 1/48 de Havilland Chipmunk a thorough examination with lots of useful images of the kit inside. Read more here.

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VIOLET LIGHTNING

Here’s another double delight from Platz, in the form of its two-kit 1/144 Kawanishi N1K-J Shinden-Kai (violet lightning – modified) package, also known by the Allied callsign ‘George’.

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SOVIET SCENE

ICM’s approach to figures with aircraft kits is arguably among the best, with this 1/48 Polikarpov U-2 set including the base kit, plus pilots and ground crew for no extra cost.

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FLAK SUPPRESSOR

The third iteration of Airfix’s lovely 1/72 Beaufighter TF.X provides parts for a snub- or thimble-nosed airframe, matching this with markings for Royal Canadian Air Force and Portuguese Naval Aviation machines.

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ROSATELLI’S FALCON

The second in ICM’s CR.42 series has been released and it’s likely to be a firm favourite with modellers, being the original Italian airframe.

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MINI SPY-COPTER

Crew-less aircraft, such as Schiebel’s S-100 camcopter, are gaining in popularity – the type has recently been accepted into UK Coastguard service – so it’s no surprise to see kit representations follow.

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LATE-WAR LAVOCHKIN

This late version of Clear Prop’s newly tooled 1/72 Lavochkin La-5 includes a slightly reworked runner compared with the early iteration (CP72014), though the remaining six frames and photo-etched (PE) brass fret are unchanged.

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FRENCH TUTOR

Esci’s 1980-vintage Alpha Jet returns in Italeri packaging, with unchanged parts and new decals.

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CONVOY HUNTER

Special Hobby’s He 115 is the only 1/48 kit of the type, so its return will be welcomed by fans of Luftwaffe floatplanes.