Wednesday, May 13, 2015

1/144 Bristol Beaufighter MK.IF/IC/VI - Mark I





1/144 Bristol Beaufighter MK.IF/IC/VI - Mark I

Everyone is releasing each others kits this year! Following on from the F-Toys announcement, now comes more Beaufighters from Mark I.

The Bristol Beaufighter was a British long-range heavy fighter, developed early in 1939 from the Beaufort torpedo bomber. It became an efficient night-fighter, employing the then novel AI radar. Following short-term development the first prototype flew in July 1939 and the first aeroplanes reached the squadrons in the summer of the next year.

The Beaufighter was a two-seat, twin engine, all-metal mid-wing cantilever monoplane, fitted with a retractable undercarriage. It was powered by two Hercules radial engines and the armament consisted of four cannons in the nose, four guns in the starboard wing and another two guns in the port wing.

The Beaufighter Mk.IF was destined for RAF Fighter Command units, while the Mk.IC, fitted with an additional radio and navigational equipment, was a dedicated long-range fighter for the Coastal Command. Total production of both variants reached 914 aircraft.

The Beaufighter had a long career and served in almost all theatres of war during the WWII, at first as a night fighter, then as a fighter-bomber and eventually being used as a torpedo-bomber.

MKM14434  Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF ‘Night Fighter’
http://www.4pluspublications.com/en/scale-model-kits/mkm14434-beaufighter-if

MKM14435  Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IC ‘Coastal Patrol’
http://www.4pluspublications.com/en/scale-model-kits/mkm14435-beaufighter-ic

MKM14436  Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VIF/C ‘Formidable Fighter’
http://www.4pluspublications.com/en/scale-model-kits/mkm14436-beaufighter-vi

Expected: June 2015

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

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234981873-new-mkm-model-1144-bristol-beaufighter-mkivi/

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

1/144 Wing Kit Collection VS2 - F-Toys




1/144 Wing Kit Collection VS2 - F-Toys
A great collection from F-Toys, some odd colour choices, but great to see the Hawker Tempest getting some exposure! It is good to see F-Toys commitment to the traditional releases, and I can't wait to see the next VS release.

Available, Late July 2015

Focke-Wulf Ta152 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Ta_152

Hawker Tempest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Tempest

Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/10326077

Special/Bonus: Tempest Mk.V Pierre Clostermann Captain 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

1/144 Mitsubishi A5M "Claude" (Chitose Air Group) - Sweet



1/144 Mitsubishi A5M "Claude" (Chitose Air Group) - Sweet

A new release from Sweet, and it is not a Zero! Hurrah!

Clearly, as a sweet kit it will be of the highest quality, and comes with cartograph decals and *should* be two kits per box!

Available: June 2016

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_A5M
The Mitsubishi A5M, Japanese Navy designation was "Type 96 carrier-based fighter" (九六式艦上戦闘機) was a Japanese carrier-based fighter aircraft. It was the world's first monoplane shipboard fighter and the direct ancestor of the famous Mitsubishi A6M 'Zero'. The Allied reporting name was Claude.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

1/144 Me-163B "Komet" w/ Scheuch Schlepper "Dual Kit" (AR14504) - by ARMORY





1/144 Me-163B "Komet" w/ Scheuch Schlepper  "Dual Kit"  (AR14504) - by ARMORY

ARMORY have announced the expansion of  their great line of 1/144 items with a neat looking 2x Kit Me-163B with a bonus Schlepper (1x?). Coming with a nice looking set of decals to do various German,British and Soviet schemes - including a range of technical stencils.

Recent releases in this range have shown good quality and great prices.

https://www.facebook.com/armorymodelsgroup

Those Bf-109A/Bs promised can't be far now!? 

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

1/144 B-24D Liberator "She'Asta" Hobby Master 1/144 Air Power Series






Hobby Master 1/144 Air Power Series
HA9106 B-24D Liberator "She'Asta" 530th, 380th BG, 5th Air Force, 1943

Source: http://www.hobbymastercollector.com/HA9106.html
Available: http://www.hobbymastercollector.com/HMmilitaryretailers.html
Consolidated was unable to keep up so contracts were awarded to Douglas, Ford and North
American. The D variant became the most numerous with 2,698. The design of the B-24 allowed
it to carry the same payload as the Boeing B-17 and do it faster and further. Compared to the
sleek look of the B-17 the B-24 looked awkward and B-17 crews referred to it as “the crate the B-
17 was shipped in”.

The Consolidated B-24D Liberator “She’Asta” serial 42-40512 c/n 1589 completed manufacturing
on March 15, 1943, the first flight was on March 17 and accepted by the US Military March 18,
1943. The aircraft arrived in Australia on May 2, 1943 and originally assigned to the 531st BS
then the 530th BS. “She’Asta” flew 28 missions and is credited with downing at least 8 enemy
aircraft; four on one mission. The aircraft was SOC (Struck Off Charge) with the U.S. Military on
December 18, 1943 and transferred to the RAAF on March 3, 1944 with serial A72-5. In 1949 the
aircraft was scrapped.

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

Hannants:
1-144 Lavochkin La-5 by Kovozavody Prostejov

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