Saturday, March 28, 2015

1-144 Lavochkin La-5 (Лавочкин Ла-5 (Series) by Kovozavody Prostejov


1-144 Lavochkin La-5 (Лавочкин Ла-5 (Series) by Kovozavody Prostejov 
We touched on the resurrection of this great name in Czech kit production previously.
Its great news that their initial (expect more to follow) 1/144 releases are due for release MArch/April 2015 and are already being up for pre-order at Hannants - though should be available form usual retailers.
Great looking kits, and excellent prices  125 Kč (+- 5€) !!

http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2015/02/23/kovozavody-prostejov-tiskova-zprava-2/

KPM4401 Lavochkin La-5FN Czechoslovak Pilots
KPM4402 Lavochkin La-5FN Soviet AF (VVS)
KPM4403 Lavochkin La-5F Soviet AF (VVS
KPM4404 Lavochkin La-5F Aces
KPM4405 Lavochkin La-5 V.P. Ckalov http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valery_Chkalov
KPM4406 Lavochkin La-5 Soviet AF (VVS)

For sprue shots and mor info see their website:
http://www.kovozavody.cz/kp-junior-1144/#more-635

Example build thread:
http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/en/1144-lavockin-la-5la-5fla-5fn-kovozavody-prostejov-

Lavochkin La-5:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavochkin_La-5

1/144 Supermarine ATTACKER FB.2 - Miniwings





1/144 Supermarine ATTACKER FB.2 - Miniwings

The Supermarine Attacker was a British single-seat naval jet fighter built by Supermarine for the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm (FAA). The type has the distinction of being the first jet fighter to enter operational service with the FAA. Like most other first-generation jet fighter, it has a short service life due to the rapid development of increasingly advanced aircraft during the 1950s and 1960s.

The Attacker developed from a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter jet project, under Air Ministry Specification E.10 of 1944 (the E for experimental). The design of the Attacker used the laminar flow straight-wings of the Supermarine Spiteful, a piston-engined fighter intended to replace the Supermarine Spitfire, and what became the Attacker was originally referred to as the "Jet Spiteful".

The FB 2  introduced a new Rolls-Royce Nene engine and modifications to its structure. The Supermarine Attacker now had eight underwing pylons which could carry two 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs or eight unguided rockets.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarine_Attacker

Description:
24 resin parts
1 clear resin canopy
1 vacu canopy for expected modellers
8 etched parts
Decals for :
800 Squadron FAA, HMS Eagle
Pakistan Airforce FB,2 R4003 (link)

Conforming to the Miniwing signature format, being cleanly cast with quality resin with no obvious air bubbles. The panel lines on fuselage  are very finely cast and provide a good balance between finesse and detailing



Available now with discount and free shipping from: http://kits-shop.com/index.php , and usual suppliers

1/144 Yakovlev Yak-9 / 9D - Foxone


1/144 Yakovlev Yak-9 / 9D - Foxone 
Foxones usual fine kits have reached the Soviet Union, with their usual qualities this time addressing the TAK-9 series.

2500 Yen / 15GBP/  18 Euro/ 20 USD

http://foxonemodel.fc2web.com/original/o63/original_63.html
http://foxonemodel.fc2web.com/air_gallery/Yak9/11/11.html

 The Yak-9 T/DD varients will be releases shortly.

Friday, March 13, 2015

1-144 Twin-Engine Aircraft Collection 4 - F-Toys


1-144 Twin-Engine Aircraft Collection 4 - F-Toys
Due for release in May 2015,  a long time coming, a new great set of twin-engines!

Bristol Beaufighter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Beaufighter

Kawasaki Ki-48
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_Ki-48

Messerschmitt Me-410A
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_Me_410

1/144 Blohm & Voss Bv.222-V7 and SR-91 Aurora - Anigrand


1/144 Blohm & Voss Bv.222-V7 and SR-91 Aurora - Anigrand

1/144 Blohm & Voss Bv.222-V7  Long-range version of Viking flying boat  - Apr 2015
A new version of the BV-222 from Anigrand, this time the V7 Production version

1/144 Lockheed SR-91 Aurora  Projected successor to SR-71 Blackbird  - Jun 2015
http://www.anigrand.com/AA6011_Aurora.htm
http://www.fantastic-plastic.com/LockheedSR-91Aurora.htm

Saturday, February 28, 2015

1/144 Ground Support Equipment V-Bombers - Aircraft in Miniature (AIM)


1/144 Ground Support Equipment V-Bombers - Aircraft in Miniature (AIM)

A useful set of accessories to support all the v=bomber kits that have been coming on stream!
The AIM site is well worth a look around, and they have some interesting items coming up that I hope they also do in 1/144.

GROUND EQUIPMENT V-BOMBER SUPPORT EQUIPMENT RAF 60 kva GROUND POWER UNIT (GPU)

GROUND EQUIPMENT V-BOMBER SUPPORT EQUIPMENT VULCAN TOW BAR
GROUND EQUIPMENT V-BOMBER SUPPORT EQUIPMENT VALIANT TOW BAR
GROUND EQUIPMENT V-BOMBER SUPPORT EQUIPMENT VICTOR TOW BAR - Air Transportable
GROUND EQUIPMENT V-BOMBER SUPPORT EQUIPMENT VICTOR TOW BAR - Non-transportable

GROUND EQUIPMENT RAF MD300 Tractor

GROUND EQUIPMENT Liquid Oxygen (LOX) Cart

GROUND EQUIPMENT Airfield Radar Scanner
GROUND EQUIPMENT 7’ WINDSOCK

See : http://www.aim72.co.uk/page71.html

1/144 Soviet & Italian Tanks from Panzer Depot


1/144 Soviet & Italian Tanks from Panzer Depot

The Fiat L6/40 was a light tank used by the Italian army from 1940 through World War II. It was designed by Fiat-Ansaldo as an export product, and was adopted by the Italian Army when officials learned of the design and expressed interest. It was the main tank employed by the Italian forces fighting on the Eastern Front alongside the L6/40-based Semovente 47/32 self-propelled gun. L6/40s were also used in the North African campaign.

The official Italian designation was Carro Armato ("armored tank") L6/40. This designation means: "L" for Leggero (Italian: "light"), followed by the weight in tons (6) and the year of adoption (1940).
L6/40 (yellow)
L6/40 (camo)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_L6/40
http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/italy/Carro_Armato_L6_40.php


The T-62 is a main battle tank, a further development of the T-55. Its 115 mm gun was the first smoothbore tank gun in use.

The T-62 was produced between 1961 and 1975. It became a standard tank in the Soviet arsenal, partly replacing the T-55, although that tank continued to be manufactured in the Soviet Union and elsewhere after T-62 production was halted. The T-62 was later replaced in front-line service by the T-72.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-62

T-62 (green)
T-62 (yellow)


The T-72 is a Soviet second-generation main battle tank that entered production in 1971.[6] About 20,000 T-72 tanks were built,[7] making it one of the most widely produced post–World War II tanks, second only to the T-54/55 family. The T-72 was widely exported and saw service in 40 countries and in numerous conflicts. Improved variants are still being built for export customers.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-72

T-72 (green)
T-72 (yellow)

bject 279 (Объект 279) was a Soviet experimental heavy tank developed at the end of 1959.

This special purpose tank was intended to fight on cross country terrain, inaccessible to conventional tanks, acting as a heavy breakthrough tank, and if necessary withstanding even the shockwave of a nuclear explosion. It was planned as a tank of the Supreme Command Reserve.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Object_279

Object 279 (green)

Website: www.panzerdepot.com
Online shop: www.panzerdepot.com/eshop/catalog/
Ebay shop: http://stores.ebay.com/Panzer-Depot

Saturday, February 21, 2015


1/144 MiG-15bis DUAL COMBO (2 in 1)

http://www.eduard.com/store/Aircraft-and-helicopters/other/MiG-15bis-DUAL-COMBO-1-144.html?cur=1

1/144 MiG-19S/S-105 (MiG-19S)/Shenyang F-6 Farmer C - Mark.I ‘Aerobatic Teams’ (4in1) - Mark.I


1/144 MiG-19S/S-105 (MiG-19S)/Shenyang F-6 Farmer C - Mark.I ‘Aerobatic Teams’ (4in1)- Mark.I

MKM14440  MiG-19S/S-105 (MiG-19S)/Shenyang F-6 Farmer C - Mark.I
‘Aerobatic Teams’

FOUR! kits in this box!!

The MiG-19 was the first Soviet supersonic fighter developed in the early 1950s. Licence production of its clear-weather fighter model was started in China in 1961 under the designation Shenyang J-6 (for export as the F-6). It was a single-seat, all-metal monoplane powered by two Mikulin RD-9B (or licence-built Chinese WP-6) turbojets.

Besides their main fighter and close air support roles, some aeroplanes were also used for publicity demonstrations. Wearing special paint schemes (in some instances) and performing aerobatics during various air shows, the display teams became very popular among the public onlookers at the time.

http://www.4pluspublications.com/en/scale-model-kits/mkm14440-mig-19s-aerobatic-teams

Available from: http://kits-shop.com/mark-i-models_1_144.php, and usual stockists

Aero L-39ZA Albatros/Aero L-139 Albatros 2000 ‘Light Attack Aircraft’ - Mark I



Aero L-39ZA Albatros/Aero L-139 Albatros 2000 ‘Light Attack Aircraft’ - Mark I

MKM14439  Aero L-39ZA Albatros/Aero L-139 Albatros 2000 ‘Light Attack Aircraft’

The L-39 Albatros, a high-performance second-generation jet trainer, was developed by the Aero Vodochody aircraft company in Czechoslovakia during the 1960s. It is a two-seat, all-metal monoplane powered by an Ivchenko AI-25 turbofan engine. Becoming the most widely used jet trainer, until today about 2,800 L-39s have served with more than thirty air forces around the world.

The L-39ZA is an upgraded variant designed for armed training and light attacks, fitted with a GSh-23 cannon pod under the fuselage. The L-139 Albatros 2000 was a revised version equipped with western avionics and powered by a American Garrett TFE731-4-1T engine; despite its ample promotion at various international air shows worldwide, only a single prototype was built.

http://www.4pluspublications.com/en/scale-model-kits/mkm14439-aero-l-39za-l-139-albatros

Available at http://kits-shop.com/mark-i-models_1_144.php, and usual stockists

1/144 Focke-Wulf Ta152-H 0/1 (2 in 1) - by Mark-1


1/144  Focke-Wulf Ta152-H 0/1 (2 in 1) - by Mark-1

An update on the upcoming release frome Mark-1

MKM14437 Focke-Wulf Ta 152H-0 'Reich Defender' (2in1)
MKM14438 Focke-Wulf Ta 152H-1 'High-altitude Fighter' (2in1)

http://www.4pluspublications.com/en/scale-model-kits/news-for-2015
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Ta_152

1/144 High-Spec Series Vol.2 Air Self-Defense Force F-4 Phantom II - F-Toys




1/144 High-Spec Series Vol.2 Air Self-Defense Force F-4 Phantom II - F-Toys
Yup, more Phantoms....

Available from: April 2015

1. 302 Squadron F-4EJ Kai
2. 301 Squadron F-4EJ Kai
3. 8 Squadron F-4EJ Kai
4. 8 Squadron F-4EJ Kai
5. 306 Squadron F-4EJ Kai
6. 501 Squadron RF-4E
7. 501 Squadron RF-4E
8. 501 Squadron RF-4EJ
9. 501 Squadron RF-4EJ

http://www.hobby-shop.jp/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=11495&sl=JP#
are doing a special bonus items

Saturday, January 24, 2015

1/144 Focke-Wulf Ta152-H 0/1 (2 in 1) - My Mark 1


1/144  Focke-Wulf Ta152-H 0/1 (2 in 1) - My Mark 1

Great news from Mark 1, some new Ta-152s!

MKM14437 Focke-Wulf Ta 152H-0 'Reich Defender' (2in1)
MKM14438 Focke-Wulf Ta 152H-1 'High-altitude Fighter' (2in1)

http://www.4pluspublications.com/en/scale-model-kits/news-for-2015
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Ta_152

Plus, some new L-39, MIG-19 schemes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

1/144 WWI Pfalz E IV - Northstar models



1/144 WWI Pfalz E IV - Northstar models
Nice little Resin and Photo Etched kit, from Northstar who are increasingly producing quite a varied catalogue of items.

http://northstarmodels.com/2014/11/coming-soon-1144-scale-wwi-pfalz-e-iv/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morane-Saulnier_H

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

1/144 German P-1000 Landkreuzer Ratte & Maus combo kit - by TAKOM




1/144 German P-1000 Landkreuzer Ratte & Maus combo kit - by TAKOM
Price: $45.95
ETA Feb.

Not too much info on this one yet, Interesting though, I assume they are injected plastic for this price? Did i mention the price - doesn't seem too unreasonable (esp compared to the resin kits)!?

http://www.themodellingnews.com/2015/01/takom-have-let-loose-tiny-ratte-maus-in.html

http://www.armorama.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=230236

Saturday, January 03, 2015

1/144 Recent A&W kits.


1/144 Recent A&W kits

A&W kits are interesting a number of counts, in that they produce Japanese aviation items covering the history of  aviation, as well as mainstream and more experimental items that are often not catered for by mainstream manufactures, and  interestingly a number are a subset of these items are of the period when the Japanese aviation industry licensed or purchased European designs (look closely at the full list) which you will also be hard pressed to find elsewhere..

It must be noted that these are commissioned from Anigrand by A&W for the Japanese domestic market.

Above short presentation of some of the more recent A&W releases, a full list can be found at this link. http://home1.tigers-net.com/~tj016341/index.html

The items can be obtained from Radjapan  (if its not show, ask - it may be possible to special order) and HLJ. They used to be quite expensive, but with other currencies being stronger against the Yen at the time of writing, they become more affordable to those wanting something more exotic for their collections.




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

1/144 Antonov An-8 Transport Aircraft Eastern Express (EE14496)


1/144 Antonov An-8 Transport Aircraft Eastern Express (EE14496)

This is just appearing on Eastern European/Russian models shop and ebay sites.
EE do a 1/72 version, but has different reference number (EE77141)

The An-8 was built in the GAZ-34 factory in Tashkent, from 1957 to 1961, as a larger-capacity replacement for the earlier Lisunov Li-2 (DC-3), with a large unpressurized hold, a manned tail gun position, chin radome for navigation/mapping radar and a glazed nose for the navigator.[2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-8

Release:  (Dec 2014)


1/144 Mi-4A & Mi-4AV (2 in 1) / Mi-4A & Mi-4AP (2 in 1) - Eastern Express




1/144 Mi-4A & Mi-4AV (2 in 1) /  Mi-4A & Mi-4AP (2 in 1)   - Eastern Express
We seem to be awash with small helicopter kits at present, with Marks 1s Wessex Series, Eastern Express are also in the midst of releasing a series of mits based around the Mi-4a

The Mi-4 was designed in response to the American H-19 Chickasaw and the deployment of U.S. helicopters during the Korean War. While the Mi-4 superficially resembles the H-19 Chickasaw, it is a larger helicopter and is able to lift more weight. The first model entered service in 1952, and replaced the Mi-1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil_Mi-4


Mi-4A - Assault transport helicopter.
Mi-4AV - Armed versions based on the Mi-4A.

Mi-4P / Mi-4VP  Civil transport helicopter, with accommodation for between 8 and 11 passengers, plus eight stretchers and a medical attendant for air ambulance duties.

Release Date: Dec 2014  (Well, it depends, some territories have it already, others coming soon)

This site has some sprue shots: http://hobbyterra.com/product/1-144-mi-4a

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

1/144 Supermarine ATTACKER F.1 - Miniwings





1/144 Supermarine ATTACKER F.1 - Miniwings

The Supermarine Attacker was a British single-seat naval jet fighter built by Supermarine for the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm (FAA). The type has the distinction of being the first jet fighter to enter operational service with the FAA. Like most other first-generation jet fighter, it has a short service life due to the rapid development of increasingly advanced aircraft during the 1950s and 1960s.

he Attacker developed from a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter jet project, under Air Ministry Specification E.10 of 1944 (the E for experimental). The design of the Attacker used the laminar flow straight-wings of the Supermarine Spiteful, a piston-engined fighter intended to replace the Supermarine Spitfire, and what became the Attacker was originally referred to as the "Jet Spiteful".

The project was intended to provide an interim fighter for the RAF while another aircraft, the Gloster E.1/44 also using the Nene was developed. An order for three prototypes was placed on 30 August 1944,the second and third of which were to be navalised. An order for a further 24 pre-production aircraft, six for the RAF and the remaining 18 for the Fleet Air Arm was placed on 7 July 1945.


Description:
24 resin parts
1 clear resin canopy
1 vacu canopy for expected modellers
8 etched parts
decals for two colors of FAA

onforming to the Miniwing signature format, being cleanly cast with quality resin with no obvious air bubbles. The panel lines on fuselage  are very finely cast and provide a good balance between finesse and detailing

Available now with discount and free shipping from: http://kits-shop.com/index.php , and usual suppliers

Saturday, December 27, 2014

1/144 North American T-6G Texan (Double Set) by Valom






1/144  North American T-6G Texan (Double Set) by Valom

A new 1/144 double set from Valom, this time you get two shiney new kits of the T-G Texan and decals for 4x versions from France,Germany, Israel and the USA.

The mold is based on the same master pattern as Miniwing's old resin Texan, so this should provide a cheaper alternative to the original resin kit and contributes to it straightforward no nonsense approach. the exterior is clean and well defined. The decals are professionally printed and have good colour and should go on easy enough. The interior would benefit from some additional detailing, but this is a small aircraft, so once everything is in place and painted up, especially the canopy - it may be less of an issues.

Available now with discount and free shipping from: http://kits-shop.com/valom-1-144.php

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

1/144 Grumman F-14 - Trumpeter


1/144 Grumman F-14 - Trumpeter

hot off the press @ 10GBP, it will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Revell?  http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/TU03918

1/144 Zvezda 2015



1/144 Zvezda 2015

Zvezda are to release the  i-16 and  LA-5...

1/144 Super X2 - Kotobukiya


1/144 Super X2 - Kotobukiya

Just what you need for your next Godzilla battle dio!

I think these might be the "re-boot" versions, I prefer the ones (off scale (i think?)) that came out some years back that looked like they where based on 1950 tanks chassis...

Source(s):
http://www.collectiondx.com/news_item/72814/super_x2_godzilla_vs_biollante?page=8
http://timelessdimension0.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/toy-news-15-th-december-2014.html

1/144 DH 106 Comet 4B - by AMODEL


1/144 DH 106 Comet 4B - by AMODEL
Okay, I dont usually do much in the way of airliners, but... Obviously, I can make exception for the Comet!

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AMU14448

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10305828

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Comet

A number of 1/144 kits are available from
Airfix the Comet 4B
Welsh models (VacForms/Mixed Media)  do a 3B,4,4B & 4C (Welsh Models)
F-RSIN do the ony Comet 1(F-RSIN)

Decals are available for a whole host of schemes from a number  of suppliers.

1/144 JGSDF Type 73 Truck Set - Aoshima


1/144 JGSDF Type 73 Truck Set - Aoshima

New from Aoshima, a set of  JGSDF Type 73 trucks. A number of general service trucks, a crane, fuel and aviation fuel truck.


Interestly they take care to illustrate the articulated aspects of the models.

If this is an area of interest to you, do not overlook the TomyTech 1/150 Truck and 1/150 Trailer collections that often have a military (or close to it)  truck in the series e..g the low-lowder in http://www.hlj.com/product/TMT25824/Tcd or http://www.tomytec.co.jp/diocolle/lineup/truck/truck_08.html

1/144 Maritime Control Tower, Tateyama - Sankei



1/144 Maritime Control Tower, Tateyama - Sankei

Another kit issued from Sankei Aviation series, this time representing the 1950s operations at Tateyama. Although, this style of control tower would easily on a dio from the WWII to present day, given the right context.

Looking good value at @ 2500 Yen.

http://item.rakuten.co.jp/sankeishop/mk08-11/

1/144 WWII Japanese Aircraft Hanger & Tower - Sankei


1/144 WWII Japanese Aircraft Hanger & Tower - Sankei

Finally, somewhere to put all your Zero's!

Sankei have released another of their aviation series, this time covering off a forward operating base hanger and observation tower.

Expect great quality, but at a price of @3,600 Yen.

http://item.rakuten.co.jp/sankeishop/mk08-10/

See also the similar product by Cobannii releases earlier this year...
http://cobaanii.com/frontline.html
http://kampfgruppe144.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/1144-japanese-wwii-hanger-cobaanii.html

Saturday, December 20, 2014

1/144 Albatros D.V / D.Va (dual kit) - Valom


1/144 Albatros D.V / D.Va (dual kit) - Valom

Another Valom release with Twin Kits, at least 4 decal schemes and photo-etched parts
You really don't need me to tell you about this one, do you!?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatros_D.V

This iconic WWI aircraft used by the legendary Red Baron
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manfred_von_Richthofen

Available now!

See the following for decal schemes: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/VAL14406
with free shipping from: http://kits-shop.com/valom-1-144.php



1/144 Fokker Dr.I Triplane (dual pack) - Valom




1/144 Fokker Dr.I Triplane (dual pack) -  Valom

You really don't need me to tell you about this one, do you!?
This iconic WWI aircraft, made legendary by the Red Baron (though not his main kill vehicle!)

Another Valom release with Twin Kits, at least 4 decal schemes and based on the Albatros kit, there 'may' be Photoetched parts

Available now!

See the following for decal schemes: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/VAL14407
with free shipping from: http://kits-shop.com/valom-1-144.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_Dr.I

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manfred_von_Richthofen


1/144 Westland Wessex Commando MK.1 - by Mark 1


1/144 Westland Wessex Commando MK.1 - by Mark 1

Mark.1 are continuing with their releases of the Wessex, this time with the troop carrying  variant

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MKM14426
http://www.aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/west_wessex.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westland_Wessex

With a number of schemes representing operations in the Borneo campaigns:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia%E2%80%93Malaysia_confrontation