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John Snyder sends us news of an exciting new direction from WEM. Their very first foray into 1:48th Aircraft Photo Etch.
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There weren't any details of the forthcoming Royal Class Messerschmitt Bf 110 in Eduard's usual announcement of the month ahead's releases. The reason is clear now - it's set to be an absolute stunner that fully justifies a News item of its own!
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It's too early for any details - or even the boxart - but Eduard's big release (literally) for June will be the Royal Class Messerschmitt Bf 110 which, if earlier reports are true, will see the first outing of the Bf 110D.

Meanwhile, the P-39 Airacobra returns as a Weekend Edition and there's a healthy line-up of new etched sets and painting masks.
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ICM have just announced their latest release.
A 1/72nd scale Mig-31B Russian Heavy Interceptor Fighter
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Its no yolk, Hasegawa have announced the reissue of their series of Egg Planes.
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The first new releases to be featured on Eagle Editions' redesigned website are a trio of exciting Spitfire Mk.IX decal sheets.
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Hasegawa have released a limited edition 1:32 P-47M based around their earlier P47-D kit.
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OzMods announces a new run of its ever popular 1/48 DHC-4 Caribou.
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Hasegawa's follow-up to their successful 1/72 scale B-24D is on the way in the shape of the turret-nosed B-24J.
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Hasegawa have released full-build views of the second version of their 1/48 scale Nick - the Ki 45 Kai Tei.
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Hasegawa have released the first pics of a built-up example of their forthcoming 1/32 scale kit of the Curtiss P-40E Warhawk.
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Eduard maintain their remarkable record of releasing something new every month - and May sees really exciting news for WW1 modellers with the first appearance of their new 1/48 scale Fokker Dr.1 as part of a double-pack von Richthofen brothers special.
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Greg Anderson from Ozmods sends us details of a special promotion. Selected 1:144 scale jets are being offered in pairs, including a “Dogfight Double” featuring their F-86 Sabre and MIG-15bis. Theres also an extensive range of resin AM products available and a stunning looking 1:48 mixed media DHC-4 (C-7) Caribou.
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Olimp Models have announced a new 2-sheet set of 1/48 scale MiG-29 Fulcrum decals as part of their Authenic Decals range.
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Adalbertus have announced the release of new decals for the Dornier 17Z in 1/72 and 1/48 scales.
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Adalbertus, the distributors of Techmod decals, have announced the release of three new sheets of 1/32 German WW1 lozenge decals.
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Modelimex have released sprue shots of Roden's impressive new 1/32 scale Albatros D.I.
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1:32 scale aircraft fans are enjoying a constant run of new kits these days, and heres three more from Trumpeter which will appeal to WW2 era modellers.
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Proof the old motto is true, as Eduard re-box the Airfix 1/48 scale Spitfire Mk. 22/24 for the second time in a limited edition. Complete with excellent new resin parts and decals, the kit sold out almost immediately on its first appearance and is likely to do the same again - so grab it while you can if you're a Spitfire fan.

Also new for April will be the delayed 1/72 scale R.F.C. figures set and the Polikarpov I-16 Type 10 in a Weekend Edition guise, plus the first etched sets to complement Eduard's own 1/48 scale Hellcat. Add a healthy dose of Thunderschiefs, Wellingtons, Chinooks and Storchs - plus much more - and April looks set to be a busy month for Eduard.
Eagle Editions have announced the purchase of Monogram Aviation Publications, long noted for their top quality aircraft books, including Ken Merrick's almost legendary "The Official Monogram Painting Guide to German Aircraft 1935-1945" (now out of print).
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Tamiya have announced an AM set to allow the modeller to depict their recent Storch kit "In Flight"
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Modelimex has released pics of two new decal sheets by Avalon to accompany Tamiya's 1/48 scale Fieseler Storch.
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Hasegawa has released the first photos of a built-up test shot of their forthcoming 1/48 scale Saab J35 Draken.
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Pat McGrath brings us news that Dartmoor Military Models have launched a redesigned website.
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Eagle Editions have announced two exciting new decal sheets designed for Tamiya's 1/48 scale Fieseler Fi 156 Storch.
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Eagle Editions have announced two new 1/32 scale etched detail sets for Luftwaffe and USAAF modellers created by master pattern maker Radu Brinzan.
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Following the release of their impressive new 1/48 scale Hellcat, it's not surprising that Eduard are taking things a little easier this month. Nevertheless, there's still an exciting line-up for March, with a Weekend Edition Fw 190A-5, a whole bundle of etched accessories for the big Trumpeter Dauntless and, just in case you thought Tamiya had pretty much covered all the bases in their lovely quarterscale Storch, no less than 3 etched sets to take it to new levels of detail!
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Here's a run down as to what to expect from Hasegawa in the next few months.
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At the recent Nuremberg Trade Fair, I was able to get my hands on the latest catalogue from ICM Holding as well as an opprtunity to speak to their representatives.
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The latest news from The Airbrush Company Ltd.
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WW1 enthusiasts looking forward to the release of Eduard's set of 1/72 scale Royal Flying Corps figures this month will have to wait a little longer.
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The first of Eduard's new original releases for 2008 arrives next month in the shape of their eagerly awaited 1/48 scale Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat. While the earlier Fw 190 and Bf 110 have been quite complex kits, this time Eduard are aiming to make the Hellcat much more straightforward and aimed at the mainstream modeller. Although it may be somewhat simpler, we can still expect the company's attention to surface detail, as the accompanying photo of the fuselage of a test-shot shows. Also exciting for Navy fans, February sees the ex-MPM/Special Hobby Fulmar issued in a new form - the Mk.II, complete with the prominent cheek inlets and a set of 5 x colour schemes.
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Anigrand Craftswork's are no strangers to producing experimental aircraft in kit form and their two latest release's are not disappointing.
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After a busy Christmas line-up, Eduard keep the pace up with a bundle of new releases for January.

With the brand new Grumman Hellcat looking set for release early in the spring, Eduard have concentrated on returning to some old favourites in new guises. There are truly spectacular new boxings of the Brisfit and Mirage 2000, while the Fw 190A-8 must surely be the most elaborate "Weekend Edition" yet! The highlights among the new photoetched sets are a whole series designed for Trumpeter's big Grumman Wildcat, but there's plenty else too, with some old favourites like Eduard's own neat little Bf 108 getting some deserved time in the limelight again.
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With the 're-invention' of 1/48th scale for Armor modelers, the new releases will undoubtedly benefit the Aviation modeler as more and more 'dual-purpose' subjects get covered. Here's another one, this time from Mig Productions.
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Eagle Editions have published the complete story of the training and operations of the 86th FG, Third Air Force and later with the Twelfth Air Force. Written by Steve Luce, a son of one of the group’s pilots Lt. Warren Luce, the new book describes both the men as well as the machines they flew in a comprehensive, fully photographically documented format.
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Academy has introduced a new boxing in their 1/35 UH-1C Huey Gunship family. The kit includes new decals that are both colorful and plenty.
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Cobra Company brings us a new set to accurately portray a USCG HH-65 interior for the Trumpeter kit.
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Modelimex have released pics of two new 1/48 scale resin kits of US WW2 airfield vehicles.
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Hot news for lovers British jets! Hannants have released a brand new Canberra P.R.9 as part of their Xtrakits range.
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Accurate Armour have just announced more releases in 1/48th scale aimed at the aviation modeler - particularly for those who want to add support vehicles to dioramas.
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Hauler have just announced the perfect complement for those thirsty quarter-scale Sturmoviks on your flightline.
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After their series of spectacular Thunderbolts, Eagle Editions have turned the spotlight on the P-51D, releasing three new decal sheets to coincide with the publication of their major new book "To War With The Yoxford Boys". Each sheet is available in both 1/32 and 1/48 scales and features three exciting Mustangs.
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UK hobby shop chain Modelzone has teamed up with Revell to produce a special limited run of the Revell 1/48 scale P-47N Thunderbolt.
Roden has given us a great all-plastic basic kit at a fine price. No brass photoetch, but most average modelers need a basic all plastic kit with little rigging like this to have as a premier build.
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Eduard have a packed line-up planned for Christmas, with WW1 modellers doing especially well thanks to quarterscale Albatros D.I and D.IIs, plus a 1/72 scale Nieuport Ni-23 double pack. Jet enthusiasts aren't left out either, with the popular L.39 appearing in fresh colours. Meanwhile, Eduard will extend their range of quarterscale figures with a set of late-WW2 Luftwaffe fighter crew.

There are comprehensive aftermarket sets for Special Hobby's big Airacobra and Zvezda's La-5FN, plus much more...
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New releases recently announced under the MPM/Special Hobby banner include a rerelease of their Gloster Meteor and an upgrading of the Classic Airframes Avro Anson.
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Latest releases from Revell include two 1:72 versions of the Eurofighter Typhoon, while modellers of earlier jets will enjoy the 1:48 F-105G Thunderchief offering.
Here's an advance look at our new 1/72 Halifax Interior Detail PE Set (PE 7244):
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Turning real-life chronology on its head, while some people are still waiting to see the Messerschmitt Bf 110E on the shelves in their local hobby shop, Eduard already have it's successor kit ready and waiting in the wings - the Bf 110C.

November looks set to be a busy month, with a new Dual Combo Airacobra on the way - plus an intriguing item # 7501 - Czech AF... no details of what that is yet.

On the etched front, there's a lot to look forward to. Trumpeter's neat little new MiG-3 is almost begging for an etched upgrade and Eduard have been quick off the mark to oblige. Meanwhile, there's a maintenance ladder for the Bf 110E, along with an etched detail set - and this for an already phenomenally detailed model!
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