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FLASH OF LIGHTNING Feature Premium

FLASH OF LIGHTNING

Andy Davies opts for a distressed appearance on his cool build of Ushi Models' 1/72 resin Mitsubishi J4M Senden interceptor concept. It's a fascinating Japanese drawing board aircraft.

ALL-NEW NAKAJIMA ‘GALE’ Review Premium

ALL-NEW NAKAJIMA ‘GALE’

Just when you thought Arma Hobby's kits couldn't get any better, it's released a truly sublime 1/72 Japanese Ki-84 Hayate fighter. IOt's brimming with detail, even before you add the supplied photo-etched brass parts in this Expert Set boxing.

‘NEW’ SUNDERLAND FROM SPECIAL HOBBY

Czech manufacturer has adapted its existing 1/72 Short Sunderland tooling to provide a Mk.I/II kit, with new decals, and cast/3D-printed resin details. It's great company for the company's same-scale Mk.V.

MODELLERS’ GUIDE TO THE DAK’ Review Premium

MODELLERS’ GUIDE TO THE DAK’

Pen & Sword's FLIGHT CRAFT book on the Douglas DC-3 offers both real aircraft reference and modelling advice. Revealing period photographs, kit descriptions and accessories listings all help to understand this legendary aircraft, and how to represent it in scale form.

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HISTORY-MAKING VEHICLE RETURNS IN ‘EASY’ FORMAT Review Premium

HISTORY-MAKING VEHICLE RETURNS IN ‘EASY’ FORMAT

Want to build a real slice of automotive history? ICM's re-released 1/24 Benz Patent-Motorwagen is just the ticket... and it's now easier to assemble! This has been achieved by ICM replacing the original photo-etched brass wheels with styrene versions.

NEW-TOOL RECCE SPITS FROM KP Review Premium

NEW-TOOL RECCE SPITS FROM KP

If you're building on a theme of the Spitfire, or photo-reconnaissance, we can recommend KP's new-tool Spitfire Mk.X and Mk.XI kits, which come with very cool colour schemes.

LAVISH ACCOUNT OF WEHRMACHT TANKER Review Premium

LAVISH ACCOUNT OF WEHRMACHT TANKER

Publisher Luftfahrtverlag-START's lavish new book 'Brandenburg - Escape from the Halbe Pocket!' offers a wealth of reference for those who model German armour and softskins, as well as providing a fascinating account of one tank commander's wartime experience.

DISPLAY CASE

EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: This month, Airfix Model World is celebrating the superb constructions readers have completed with a bumper edition of Display Case. Check out the full selection plus bonus online-only extras here!

COOL 1/48 CHIPMUNK ACCESSORIES Review Premium

COOL 1/48 CHIPMUNK ACCESSORIES

Turn Airfix's already pleasing 1/48 new-tool Chipmunk into a real showstopper, courtesy of these new aftermarket items from Eduard. There's plenty of extra detail inside and out, plus canopy/wheel masks to help come painting time.

SUPER-SMART RAFALE SCHEME BY SYHART

Syhart continues its love affair with the Dassault Rafale, with new 1/72 and 1/48 sheets for the French Air Force 2019-20 Solo Display airframe. Masks are included.

ROYAL MODEL’S NEW FIGURE AND DIORAMA GEMS Review Premium

ROYAL MODEL’S NEW FIGURE AND DIORAMA GEMS

The latest crop of accessories from Royal Model is led by a superb 1/35 resin German SS soldier eating a meal... great for dioramas. The other items are PE spectacles, resin roof tiles and 1/72 oil drums.

MORE SAGE ADVICE FROM LIFECOLOR

If you were tempted by Lifecolor's first Painting Guide published earlier this year, Vol.2 has just been released and it offers even more sage advice on using the products from the acrylic range.

DESERT DELIGHTS Feature Premium

DESERT DELIGHTS

Eduard's limited-edition dual combo 'Afrika' package allowed Jay Blakemore to complete a stunning pair of desert-based Bf 109 Luftwaffe fighters.

MODEL MUSINGS FROM CHRIS AND STU

Chris Clifford and Stu Fone from Key Model World and Airfix Model World take part in the latest instalment of Airfix's Sprue Talk video series. Learn how these guys got into modelling, what makes them tick, and what inspires them day to day.

‘BASIC’ MARK NINE SPIT FROM EDUARD Review Premium

‘BASIC’ MARK NINE SPIT FROM EDUARD

Eduard's sublime 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX has now made into a new Weekend edition boxing with decals for four different airframes. It's great value, offering heaps of luscious detail, alternative parts and useful spares.

NEW GA AIRCRAFT KITS FROM VFR MODELS Review Premium

NEW GA AIRCRAFT KITS FROM VFR MODELS

Fans of General Aviation will love VFR Models' new 1/72 Meyers 200 and Cessna 152 kits. They're 3D-printed gems with a high degree of detail and finesse.

LIFECOLOR’S NEW GERMAN AND FRENCH AIRCRAFT SHADES

If you're building German World War One aircraft, or French fighters used in World War Two, you won't want to miss the latest acrylic paint sets from Lifecolor, which have six appropriate hues in each pack. Camouflage and interior shades are provided.

NEW 1/48 MUSTANG REFRESH FROM AIRFIX

Airfix's excellent 1/48 new-tool Mustang has been re-released with fresh colour schemes, representing P-51D/K airframes of the USAAF Eighth Air Force. Optional propellers and glazing are provided.

RSO: PERSONAL AND PICTORIAL

A superb historical/reference book focusing on the German Raupenschlepper Ost prime mover has been published by Hungary's PeKo. It offers a wealth of inspiration and detail if you plan to build this interesting tracked vehicle. Here we also list a selection of relevant RSO kits in different scales.

Kanalkampf Warrior Feature Premium

Kanalkampf Warrior

Revell reworked its original 1/72 Ju 88 into a Battle of Britain-era A-1 format, and it's built in full here by Huw Morgan. He's rather pleased with the results!

ARGENTINE EXOCET CARRIERS Review Premium

ARGENTINE EXOCET CARRIERS

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict. If you're building kits on this theme and need reference on the Argentine Super Étendard, Helion And Company's new book, Handbrake!, is a must.

‘FREE MONKEY’ CANNON FROM 16.02 Review Premium

‘TREE MONKEY’ CANNON FROM 16.02

Custom-Scale sub-brand 16.02 has released a superb ground-based version of the 3cm Bordkanone gun. It's in ground-firing format, with the choice of two different mounts, and is ripe for diorama treatment.

MAINPLANE UPGRADE: AIRFIX’S NEW F-86F-40 SABRE

Always wanting to get the most from its moulds - and offer more choice for modellers - Airfix has produced a new 1/48 F-86 boxing. This provides new parts and decals to portray the F-86F-40, with longer, slatted wings. Decals airframes flown by Japan and Norway are included.

NEW CARRIER-BASED PHANTOM II FROM FINE MOLDS

Fine Molds has reissued its excellent 1/72 F-4J Phantom II with decals for three US Navy aircraft, two of them MiG-killers from the Vietnam War. If you're a Phantom fan and haven't yet seen this range of F-4s, they are arguably the best on the market for US variants.

PAINTING AIDS FOR INFINITY’S HELLDIVER

If you plan to build Infinity Models' recent 1/32 Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver kit, you'll want to know more about the handy new bespoke paint masks from Dead Design Models. They apply to the cockpit glazing, undercarriage bays, flying control surfaces and national insignia.

EDUARD’S ALL-NEW AVIA ‘MULE’ Review Premium

EDUARD’S ALL-NEW AVIA ‘MULE’

Czechoslovakia's post-war aircraft industry is epitomised in Eduard's brand-new 1/72 tooling of the Avia S-199... the Vf 109 lookalike that was also flown by the Israelis. There are two kits in the box, plus photo-etched metal details and tape masks.

Far East Lockdown Spitfire Contest

The pandemic did little to dampen the modelling enthusiasm of Singapore's Hobby Bounties Airfix Club, which held a successful virtual Spitfire Group Build last month.

1/72 ‘FLOGGER’ TOOLING RE-ISSUED BY KP Review Premium

1/72 ‘FLOGGER’ TOOLING RE-ISSUED BY KP

The 1/72 MiG-23MF Flogger-B originally issued by RV Aircraft, and then repackaged by KP, returns yet again in the latter firm's boxes, with new colour schemes. While the fit of parts might be tricky, it's arguably the most accurate MiG-23 in the scale.

ON WHEELS AND FLOATS: PLUS MODEL’S NEW MARTIN BIPLANE Review Premium

ON WHEELS AND FLOATS: PLUS MODEL’S NEW MARTIN BIPLANE

Plus Model has mined the golden age of US aviation for inspiration with its first ever full styrene aircraft kit... a 1/72 Martin T4M biplane, which comes in separate boxings for wheeled and floatplane versions.