Airfix Model World

THOROUGHBRED RACER

WHEN IT comes to combining ease of build with high levels of detail there are few manufacturers to rival Tamiya, and its 1/24 Ford Mustang GT is no exception.

INDUSTRY-STANDARD HUES

MODELLERS MAY have heard of Tru-Color Paint because of its excellent railway-associated products, but it also specialises in military, auto and infrastructure shades.

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

NEOMEGA HAS an excellent reputation for its resin aftermarket accessories, and its first kit – depicting a 1957 Trans-Antarctic Expedition Tractor – is of similar quality.

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PROP-POWERED PUPPY

What do Hobbits, Gnomes and puppies all have in common? Jay Blakemore finds out when he builds a 1/32 Sopwith Pup from New Zealand-based firm Wingnut Wings.

DISPLAY CASE

Following last month’s introduction to this new feature, we select another four projects submitted by AMW’s readers.

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TO BOLDLY GO

Massimo Santarossa embarks on an out-of-this-world voyage aboard the USS Franklin – replicated in 1/350 scale by Moebius Models.

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YOUR AIRFIX

Matthew Porter shares his experience building Airfix’s 1/24 Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat – the firm’s latest ‘Superkit’

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DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY

It’s a welcome return for Revell’s 1/48 Eurofighter Typhoon, in the guise of a specially marked airframe to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 71 ‘Richthofen’ (formerly Jagdgeschwader 71).

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HORIKOSHI’S HOT ROD

Andy Davies enjoys a successful carrier ‘launch’ with Clear Prop Models’ superb late-version 1/72 Mitsubishi A5M2b Claude.

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FLYING 'GREENHOUSE' BOMBER

Here’s a welcome return for ICM’s superb 1/48 Heinkel He 111H-3, this time with markings for Romanian Air Force bombers.

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‘FRIGHTNING’ DUO

Mike Grant finds a flash of inspiration building a pair of Platz 1/144 BAC Lightnings.

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DESERT DUELLIST

Chris Jones uses ICM’s brand-new 1/32 Gloster Gladiator Mk.I to continue a theme of representing the type as flown by Marmaduke ‘Pat’ Pattle.

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T’RIFFIC TINY TANKS

Mike Verier finds that Brengun’s diminutive Soviet T-62 and BTR-60 offerings in 1/144 scale offer some very specific challenges, but that the results are worth the time and effort.

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LONG-NOSED FRESCO

Czech company Směr has re-released its 1/72 MiG-17PF, a variant fitted with an Izumrud radar in a distinctive nose radome, known by its NATO callsign of Fresco-D.

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TIP-JET HELO

Brengun has re-released Extratech’s resin and photo-etched (PE) metal SO 1221 helicopter with injection-moulded styrene rotor blades replacing the original cast parts and a new decal sheet.

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SWEPT-WING SOVIET

Eduard’s MiG-15bis Fagot returns as a ProfiPACK edition containing pre-coloured photo-etched metal interior components, pre-cut painting masks and a wealth of new markings options in addition to the basic styrene.

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AFRICAN TRAVELLER

Dekno has a reputation for unusual subjects, and its resin British Aircraft Eagle 2 (the only kit of the type) is no exception.

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DEMONSTRATION WARTHOG

This latest iteration of Revell’s 1/72 A-10 Thunderbolt (itself a re-boxed Italeri kit) is labelled as a C-version to reflect upgrades to US Air Force airframes under the Precision Engagement Modification Program.

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NIGHT-FIGHTING INTRUDER

Dornier’s Do 217 heavyweight night-fighter is receiving plenty of attention from ICM, which has followed the N-version with the earlier J-subtypes.

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POTENT PAIRING

Mounting an anti-tank gun on an established chassis was commonplace during World War Two, and Airfix’s 1/35 Jagdpanzer 38(t) depicts such a combination of the Czech LT vz. 38 tank – Panzer 38(t) in German service – with a PaK 39 L/48 weapon.

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IT'S A JEEP!

Dragon has repackaged its 1/4-ton 4x4 truck (the Jeep name is omitted from the title for licensing reasons) with extra parts to depict an Israeli-modified machine.

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DIFFERENT TRACKS

Italian resin specialist WIP3D has released a gorgeous 3D-printed 1/72 Italian Mod.42 armoured railway truck (also available as 35010 in 1/35).

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SOVIET DISPLAY

Re-releasing vintage kits is very much in vogue, and Revell has reissued Matchbox’s 1970s-era 1/76 T-34/76 tank, complete with a diorama base for displaying the completed model.

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COMMAND AND CREW

Another version of ICM’s 1/35 ZiL-131 KShM has arrived, this time paired with the firm’s Soviet Drivers 1979-91 figures (available separately as 35641).

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'PLANE PULLING

Planet Models’ complex yet highly accurate aircraft tug is just the thing for a modern Luftwaffe aircraft diorama.

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WARTIME WRECKER

Fans of 1/72 scale military modelling now have their own newly tooled Scammell Pioneer and IBG’s release packs in detail commonly associated with a 1/35 kit.

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TIGER BY THE TOE

Although intended for wargamers, this Forces of Valor 1/72 Sd.Kfz.182 ‘King’ Tiger tank is similarly suitable as a beginner’s modelling project courtesy of the pre-coloured styrene and large attachment points – the latter meaning sections can be assembled without glue.

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HUNTING IN THE SNOW

Italeri has updated its 1/35 Jagdpanther kit with new vinyl two-piece tracks and teamed with MiniArt, which provides a set of five crew figures (35021 – designed originally for a Panzer IV).

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DESERT TIN LIZZIE

The latest ICM 1/35 Model T offering combines its splendid military Light Car Patrol (LCP) vehicle (35663) with a pair of ANZAC crew from its 1917-1919 set (35707) at a great value price.

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NINE TONS IN TOTAL

ICM’s latest Diorama Series combination package offers superb value for money by combining its 1/35 Ford V3000S (35411), Mercedes-Benz L3000S (35420) and KHD S3000 (35451) for less than the price of two of these kits bought individually.