Tuesday, October 28, 2014

1/144 F-16 "High Detail" F-Toys

1/144  F-16  "High Detail"  F-Toys 

The translation is a bit wooly, though it appears F-Toys have announced they are to "pause" the Wing Kit Collection  after the VS collection, and/or start producing a set of "High Detail" models (that wont be available via confectionery stores - so, through model hobby stores?)

Radjapan has confirmed (check out their new items):

The F-Toys blog says wing kit collections will take a break for a while. They use the word,”Take a break” about the Vol.15. So the Vol.15 could show up someday. 

F-Toys is also planning on releasing new series and they call it “High-Spec series” (something like Gimix). The High-Spec series Vol.1 is F-16 Fighting Falcon. They will come out next January or so.

So F-Toys goes with “VS series” and “High-Spec series” in the future.

Source: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/ftoys/20141027 and KG144BBS

Saturday, October 25, 2014

1-144 Yakovlev Yak-11 (NATO reporting name: "Moose") - Mikro-Mir

1-144 Yakovlev Yak-11 (NATO reporting name: "Moose") - Mikro-Mir

Mikro-Mir are continuing their support of 1/144 and are previously indicated in their catalog are due for release (lets hope those Yak-23 and the Yak-36 are not far behind), its not clear yet whether these will be single kits, or follow the tradition of multiple kits per box? The kits are injected plastic, though better than your typical resin kit are not quite there up with revell etc, though should still make a nice kit. There is a great array of decals with this kit that allows you to produce a host schemes for Soviet,Czech, GDR, Syria  and Algeria.

The Yakovlev Yak-11 (NATO reporting name: "Moose", Russian: Як-11) was a trainer aircraft used by the Soviet Air Force and other Soviet-influenced air forces from 1947 until 1962.

The Yakovlev design bureau began work on an advanced trainer based on the successful Yak-3 fighter in mid 1944, although the trainer was of low priority owing to the ongoing Second World War.[1] The first prototype of the new trainer, designated Yak-UTI or Yak-3UTI flew in late 1945. It was based on the radial-powered Yak-3U, but with the new Shvetsov ASh-21 seven-cylinder radial replacing the ASh-82 of the Yak-3U. It used the same all-metal wings as the Yak-3U, with a fuselage of mixed metal and wood construction. Pilot and observer sat in tandem under a long canopy with separate sliding hoods. A single synchronised UBS 12.7 mm machine gun and wing racks for two 100 kg (220 lb) bombs comprised the aircraft's armament.

An improved prototype flew in 1946, with revised cockpits and a modified engine installation with the engine mounted on shock absorbing mounts. This aircraft successfully passed state testing in October 1946, with production beginning at factories in Saratov and Leningrad in 1947. Production Yak-11s were heavier than the prototypes, with later batches fitted with non-retractable tail wheels and revised propellers. A 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun was sometimes fitted instead of the UBS, while some were fitted with rear-view periscopes above the windscreen. In total, Soviet production amounted to 3,859 aircraft between 1947 and 1955. with a further 707 licence-built by Let in Czechoslovakia as the C-11.
The Yak-11 set five world-class records.


1/144 Shorts Belfast SC.5 RAF Heavy transport - Anigrand

1/144  Shorts Belfast SC.5  RAF Heavy transport - Anigrand


Due December 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

1/144 Wing Kit Collection "Versus Series 1" - F-Toys

1/144 Wing Kit Collection "Versus Series 1" - F-Toys 
F-Toys are to release a 'mega' issue of 15 items consisting of 6x Shiden Kai and 8x P-51D Mustangs. I am not sure if these are released as singles, or twin packs like the old WTM VS Tanks. Its probably the former, with a logical pairing of aircraft based upon their adversarial nature being on opposing sides at specific campaign or battles?  I don't know if here there will be any specials at this time?

If you buy them all, you might need to invest in a new shelf! ;-)

Release Date: 8th December 2014

source:  http://ameblo.jp/niitakayama/entry-11940033119.html

Friday, October 10, 2014

1/144 Lippisch P.20 Night Fighter (2 in 1) kits - JACH

1/144 Lippisch P.20 Fighter & Night Fighter (2 in 1) kits - JACH

A heads up on some upcoming releases. JACH are to issue some new Luft 46 kits in twin pack options based on the Lippisch P-20 Fighter  / P-20N Night Fighter Configurations of injected plastic with decals and p/e sprues.

Previous JACH releases were of excellent quality and good value for money, so lets hope that trend in maintained.

Lets hope we also see the release of the kits previewed in 2010!?

placeholders on Hannants:


Friday, October 03, 2014

1/144 F-Toys Wing Kit Collection "Versus Series 1"

1/144 F-Toys Wing Kit Collection "Versus Series 1" 

Displayed at the 54th Japan Model Hobby Show (2014), a new planned release : the Wing Kit Collection "Versus Series 1" - 15 item mega series. It will be interesting to see if that with this many items, there are any bonus (or many lotto?) items...

Due 8th December 2014

Source, F-Toys Blog: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/ftoys/20141003

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1/144 Fokker E.II/III - Brengun.cz

1/144 Fokker E.II/III - Brengun.cz
A great little kit of these variants of the 'Fokker Eindecker', resin cast with p/e and decals all for 15 Euros.
You too can now practice your Immelman Turn... EII used by the Imperial German forces, and the EII seeing service with Germany, Austro-Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey,



be sure to check out the other recent releases:

Monday, September 29, 2014

1/144 U-36A (Learjet 35) JMSDF - Foxone

1/144 U-36A (Learjet 35) JMSDF - Foxone

Foxone is developing a new kit based upon the Learjet 35, the U-36A JMSDF Combat Support Variant.

I think this looks great - in alternate colours it would make for a great 'James Bond Villains' aircraft :D

see also recent issues: FUJI T-5 ( #1 , #2)

Friday, September 19, 2014

1-144 JASDF Commemorative Schemes Vol.2 - F-Toys

1-144 JASDF Commemorative Schemes Vol.2 - F-Toys

A new set of JASDF Commemorative Schemes, which although look like repaints of previously issued machines actually contains a new mold of the F-4EJ (as stated on the website) - I think that from this statement we can be guaranteed of more F-4EJ releases in the future from F-TOYS

45th Anniversary Air Festival Memorial coating machine fourth antitank helicopter Corps Kisarazu garrison founding AH-1S eastern direction Air Corps

48 anniversary commemoration coating machine third antitank helicopter Corps eyes Tatsubara garrison western direction Air Corps AH-1S western direction Air Corps

45th Anniversary Air Festival Memorial coating machine fourth antitank helicopter Corps Kisarazu garrison founding OH-1 eastern direction Air Corps

1989 against competition machine first 301 Squadron 5 wing F-4EJ

40th Anniversary coating machine No. 301 Squadron So-tai F-4EJ Kai fifth wing

No. 301 Squadron Air Self-Defense Force 50th Anniversary coating machine F-4EJ Kai fifth wing

Available: 18 November 2014

Source: http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/4403.html

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

1/144 F-Toys Heliborne Collection 6

1/144 F-Toys Heliborne Collection 6
F-Toys continue to fly the flag for 1/144 with another release of its successful Heliborne series, I'm not going to be too excited by this - but others will, let hope the next series has a bit more of a buzz!!

Kawasaki OH-1'Ninja'  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_OH-1
JSDF Camo, Prototype & Prototype

Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) EC135 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurocopter_EC135
Doctor,Police and Swiss Air Force

Mil MI-24A 'Hind' (early) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil_Mi-24
Soviet, Ethiopian and Vietnamese.

Expect usual item type colour bonus, plus series special.

Planned Release 24th November 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

1/144 FAM IA 58 "Pucara" - Miniwings

1/144 FAM IA 58 "Pucara" - Miniwings
The FMA IA 58 Pucará (Quechua: Fortress) is an Argentine ground-attack and counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft manufactured by the Fábrica Militar de Aviones. It is a low-wing two-turboprop-engined all-metal monoplane with retractable landing gear, and is capable of operating from unprepared strips when operationally required. The type saw action during the Falklands War and the Sri Lankan Civil War.
[Source] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FMA_IA_58_Pucar%C3%A1

A nice little kit of what should makeup to be a great looking kit, in the style of some of the older Miniwings kits and as such  this release should bring not great surprises. Out of the box its a nice looking kit and made up of a number of sprues of resin parts and a couple of canopies in either vac-form or clear resin based upon your preference. In addition are decals for two airframes from the more recent supplier JBR Decals who also produce a range of decals that are well worth looking at in their own right.

Of course, you could make a diorama with this kit after they have had their visit from 'the boys from Hereford', though it deserves to be built intact :-)

Available now with free global shipping from Kits-World!

See also KG144BBS

1/144 Hawker Hunter (Revell) Cockpit Set - RetroWings

1/144 Hawker Hunter (Revell) Cockpit Set - RetroWings

Retrowings continues to support 1/144 and has issued another nice little upgrade set for your pleasure.
This time, its another upgrade to the Revell Hawker Hunter kit to boost its sparse cockpit and to add more detail. I think we are getting to the point where you can probably build a whole new Hunter from the parts available from Retrowings and theres nothing wrong in that.

The set comprises of a cockpit tub and ejection seat, with additional references for painting.
Available now: http://www.retrokitonline.net/

See also KG144BBS for more details

1/144 BA-10, Panhard 178 and Opel LKW - Panzer Depot

1/144 BA-10, Panhard 178 and Opel LKW  - Panzer Depot
Available now, new issues from Panzer Depot to boost your collections!

BA-10 (green)
BA-10 (grey / captured)
BA-10 (winter)

Panhard 178 w/ 2 turrets option (gray)
Panhard 178 w/ 2 turrets option (yellow)
Panhard 178 w/ 2 turrets option (camo)

Opel Blitz LKW (gray)
Opel Blitz LKW (yellow / dunkelgelb)

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

Saturday, August 09, 2014

1/144 U.S.Navy Landing Ship Medium (LSM) - Revell.de

1/144 U.S.Navy Landing Ship Medium (LSM) - Revell.de

Revell announced their 1/144 LSM some time back, but now we finally get some up close images in their latest gallery!


Release due : September 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

1/144 Vickers Valiant MK.I - Mikro-Mir

1/144 Vickers Valiant MK.I - Mikro-Mir

Having previously provided a 1/144 Project 865 Piranha Soviet Prototype Submarine and a 1/144 YAK UT-1 (pack of 3), Mikro-Mir look set to produce another classic V-bomber. If this kits follows the trend of thier other items it should largely be a resin based kit with possobily some photo etching, previous decals have not been that great (so let see if these improve on them).



Friday, June 27, 2014

1/144 SAAB AJ37 VIGGEN - Foxone (updated)

1/144 SAAB AJ37 VIGGEN - Foxone
A great new kit from Foxone, this time the SAAB Viggen.
Nice looking give with a simpler build structure than some Foxone kits.



Other Foxone Kits, including  DARPA ARES and Alpha Dog, plus more Harriers!

more Viggen Variants?

Accessory Packs!

1/144 Eurofighter TYPHOON (Twin Seat) - Revell.de

1/144 Eurofighter TYPHOON (Twin Seat) - Revell.de
Revell appear to be doing the old trick of one kit, different artworks.....

At the end of a long wait the twin seat Typhoon is finally released from Revell!

- Finely structured surface details with recessed panel joints
- Detailed two-seat cockpit
- Detailed undercarriage
- Two external fuel-tanks
- 4 METEOR guided missiles
- 4 AMRAAM guided missiles
- 2 IRIS-T guided missiles
- 2 TAURUS stand-off weapons
- Stand-off weapons for the RAF version
- Decal set for a German Air Force and an RAF

Dont forget the Mark-1 Decal options - but do check the Revell decals first in case of repetition?

Also, keep an eye open for the upcoming Revell 1/144 A400M

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

1/144 F-Toys JASDF Collection 4

1/144 F-Toys JASDF Collection 4
An unexpected release, with some interesting items....

The trainers should be of interest to many given how many operators and in the case of the T-6 the span of service. I'd recommend you act fast and get some spares for repaints upon their release!?

- Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
- North American T-6 Texan
- Mitsubishi MU-2S

Release Due: August 2014


1/144 Handley Page Victor B.2 - by GWH

1/144 Handley Page Victor B.2 - by GWH

Remember the announcement regarding the Pit-Road Victor B,2 Kit?

It looks like GWH (Great Wall Hobbies) and Pit-Road are to do with the Victor what they did with the Vulcan and do joint releases.

Release due: Late July 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

1/44 McDonnell Phantom - Operation "Limey Rhino"

1/44 Phantom - Operation "Limey Rhino"  

A project is in progress to produce the RAF variant  MD Phantoms with Spey engines and other RAF options, with the involvement of John Haverstock the man whose mission to create and model a 1/144 phantoms of every type,  period, configuration and colour would put a Japanese Zero collector to shame as last i heard his collection was in excess of 200 items... - it should be good!

Both the FG.1 and the FGR.2 will be available as a basic and a 'deluxe" kit. The deluxe kit will have some optional features that the basic kit wont have.

Neither will be cheap, The FG.1 and FGR.2 will likely only be the first of the Phantom "super kits" that this designer will produce. (plans exist to produce a YF4H-1, an RF-4B,C,E and an RF-4X.)

The kit will have options of gear up, in flight or on the ground landing gear struts, early and late vertical tails, a clear one piece canopy, open or closed radome, and the typical boom stuff found on British Phantoms including SNEB rocket pods!

The FG.1 will have the extended for take off nose gear strut, launch lugs and non slotted stabilators. The FGR.2 will have slotted stabs and no launch lugs.

The Deluxe kits will also have a full cockpit, four piece canopy, boarding ladders, optional position outer wing panels, flaps, ailerons, speed brakes and refueling probe.

The basic and deluxe kits both will have all four aux air doors open.

Alps printed decals available for both the FG.1 and FGR.2

Release: "Coming soon"

1/144 Short Shetland - S&M Models

1/144 Short Shetland - S&M Models

The mystery producer of interesting (well for us Brits, at least)  1/444 Kits , with the worst name for searching on the internet and no website(?) - produces an unusual kit of the Short Shetland, the largest aircraft produced by the British in WWII.

Yes, that's right - both S&M and Anigrand are producing verison of this item - though the S&M has additional parts for a proposed civil version!



Release: to be confirmed

1/144 Short Shetland - British WWII Seaplane - Anigrand

1/144 Short Shetland - British WWII Seaplane - Anigrand

Anigrand are to release another large British project whose life was cut short by the ending of WWII.

bonus kits: G.A.L. Twin Hotspur, Miles Magister with Articulated trailer wing & Martin Baker MB.5) - (arrgh, some of my favourite bonuses , not sure I want the main item!)

Due: June 2014



1/144 Yokosuka MXY-7 'Ohka' Model 11 - Brengun

1/144 Yokosuka MXY-7 'Ohka' Model 11 - Brengun 
in 2009 the Czech company Artillery released a late version Ohka, now Brengun release the original version.

The MXY-7 Navy Suicide Attacker Ohka was a manned flying bomb that was usually carried underneath a Mitsubishi G4M2e "Betty" Model 24J bomber to within range of its target; on release, the pilot would first glide towards the target and when close enough he would fire the Ohka's three solid-fuel rockets, one at a time or in unison,[4] and fly the missile towards the ship that he intended to destroy.



Saturday, May 31, 2014

1/144 Polikarpov I-16 type 24 - ARMORY

1/144 Polikarpov I-16 type 24 - ARMORY
ARMORY Models Group have released a 1/144 Polikarpov I-16 (Type 24) fighter that comes with two kits in one, with injected sprues, photo etched parts, decals and vac-form canopies.
The price is excellent at 8GBP/ 9 Euro / 12USD / 14AUD / 1300Yen

For more details and a great unboxing see:

There are also rumours that the following items *may* also be released in the future?
Polikarpov I-16 type 5/10
Messerschmitt Bf 109A/B
Messerschmitt Me 163B "Komet" w/ Scheuch Schlepper  

1/144 New Releases from Panzer Depot

1/144 New Releases from Panzer Depot
After a bit of a quite period, Panzer Depots next releases are now available (May 2014)
1/144 British Comet tank,
1/144 Russian T-26 light tanks
1/144 German Maultier LKW truck

For details please visit

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