Friday, July 24, 2015

1/144 F-104G Starfighter "NASA & USAF" - Platz/F-Toys

Flying Color Selection Vol.1 1/144 F-104G Starfighter "NASA & USAF" - Platz/F-Toys
Available from Wonderfest 2015 Platz booth,  See more at:

Looks like a "show only" special - 2,200 Yen

Perhaps, a sign of something more to come, or the old F-Toys reboxed with Rocketeer Decals?

1/144 Focke-Wulf Ta 152H 'Special Schemes' - MARK I Models

1/144 Focke-Wulf Ta 152H 'Special Schemes' - MARK I Models

The Ta 152H was one of the ultimate and finest German fighters of WWII, primarily designed for high-altitude operations. Its development began in the summer of 1943 with an aim to supersede the Fw 190D-9. It was a single-seat monoplane of an all-metal structure, featuring an enclosed pressurised canopy and a retractable landing gear. It was powered by a Jumo 213E in-line piston engine and its armament comprised three cannons. The prototype, designated the Fw 190V33/U1, flew in July 1944, while a number of other converted Fw 190s were used as test beds, including the Fw 190V30/U1. The Ta 152 series production began in late 1944 and eventually, only some 43 machines were built, including 20 pre-production H-0 aircraft and a batch of the first series Ta 152H-1s.

The first Ta 152s entered service with the Luftwaffe in January 1945 and although being capable interceptors, they came too late to be used in their role and to make a significant impact on the air war over Europe. In April 1945, Japan purchased the blueprints of the Ta 152 and reportedly one aircraft, although this did not lead to any production in Japan.

A number of Ta 152Hs fell into Allied hands and some of them were examined in Britain and the USA post-war.

***NOTE: unlike the other Mark. I Ta.152 Kits - this only comes with a SINGLE (x1) Kit ! ****

Colour schemes included in the kit:
1) Fw Ta 190V30/U1 prototype/development a/c, Black SH+KT/0055 (W.Nr. 0055), Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau GmbH, Adelheide airfield, Germany, August 1944
2)Fw Ta 152H-0, Stab/JG 301, Luftwaffe, Stendal airfield, Germany, April 1945
3)Fw Ta 152H-0 (a/c reportedly bought from Germany for evaluation), Imperial Japanese Army Air Force, Japan, summer 1945
4)Fw Ta 152H-0, Green 4/FE112 (W.Nr. 150020), Wright Field Air Base, U.S.A., late 1945

One injection-moulded kit is supplied in this box, which contains 26 parts and one clear part (the cockpit canopy). A comprehensive decal sheet is included.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

1/144 LandKreuzer P.1500 Monster + Flak Maus - Takom

1/144 LandKreuzer P.1500 Monster + Flakpanzer VIII  Maus - Takom
Takom look set to do it again! after the seemingly successful issue of the P-1000 Landkreuzer Ratte & Maus combo kit - they raise their game and produce another great 1/144 kit (plastic injection).

The interior detailing looks very interesting too!


Monday, July 13, 2015

1 / 144 IJN Type 96r & A6M3 Zero Type 21 type (2 pieces) - Platz / F-Toys 2015

1 / 144 IJN Type 96r & A6M3 Zero Type  21 type (2 pieces)  - Platz / F-Toys 2015

Limited Edition 2015, two items IJN Type 96 and Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero fighter Type 21.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

1/144 Lockheed SR-75 and Xian Y-20 Kunpeg - Anigrand

1/144 Lockheed S-75 and Xian Y-20 Kunpeg - Anigrand
Anigrand recent announcements:

 Lockheed SR-75 "Penetrator" August 2015
An odd choice, seems to be based on Testors Kit from the 90s?
It could have some interesting bonus items?

 Xian Y-20 Kunpeg -September 2015
This time a real development likened to a Chinese C-17?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

1/144 Koku Fan Select Vol. 2 - F-Toys

1/144 Koku Fan Select Vol. 2 - F-Toys

A bunch of reissues as selected by the readership of a modeling magazine in Japan, no surprises here :D

Release: August 2015


Sunday, June 07, 2015

1/144 Lockheed SR-72 Hyper-Sonic Reconnaissance Drone(2015) - Fantastic Plastic

1/144 Lockheed SR-72 Hyper-Sonic Reconnaissance Drone(2015) - Fantastic Plastic
In late 2013, Lockheed Aircraft announced it was developing the long-awaited successor to its legendary SR-71 "Blackbird" supersonic reconnaissance aircraft. Fittingly dubbed the SR-72, it's being pitched as a Mach 6 hypersonic aircraft capable of both recon and combat missions.

Although approximately the same size as the SR-71, the SR-72 will be unmanned. In other words, it's a drone. The plane reportedly uses a turbine to accelerate to Mach 3, then switches to a dual-mode ramjet to achieve Mach 6 -- more than 4,100 mph!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

1/144 Royal Navy Submarine HMS Meteorite - MICRO MIR

1/144 Royal Navy Submarine HMS Meteorite

Mikro-mir are continuing to expand their eclectic mix of 1/144 kits, this time with some unusual submarines!

See site for sprues, decals (also has photo etch, not shown_ and interestingly an conning tower not used on this kit..)

The German Type XVII U-boats were small coastal submarines which used Hellmuth Walter's high test peroxide propulsion system, which offered a combination of air-independent propulsion and high submerged speeds.

In the early 1930s Hellmuth Walter had designed a small, high-speed submarine with a streamlined form propelled by high test peroxide and in 1939 he was awarded a contract to build an experimental vessel, the 80 ton V-80, which achieved an underwater speed of 28.1 kn (52.0 km/h; 32.3 mph) during trials in 1940. In November 1940 Admirals Erich Raeder and Werner Fuchs (head of the Kriegsmarine?'?s Construction Office) witnessed a demonstration of the V-80; Raeder was impressed, but Fuchs was slow to approve further tests.

Following the success of the V-80's trials, Walter contacted Karl Donitz in January 1942, who enthusiastically embraced the idea and requested that these submarines be developed as quickly as possible. An initial order was placed in summer 1942 for four Type XVIIA development submarines. Of these, U-792 and U-793, designated Wa 201, were built by Blohm & Voss, commissioned in October 1943, and achieved 20.25 kn (37.50 km/h; 23.30 mph) submerged. The other pair of Type XVIIA submarines, U-794 and U-795, designated Wk 202, were constructed by Germaniawerft and commissioned in April 1944.

The U-793 achieved a submerged speed of 22 kn (41 km/h; 25 mph) in March 1944 with Admiral Donitz aboard. In June 1944 the U-792 achieved 25 kn (46 km/h; 29 mph) over a measured mile. Construction of operational Type XVII submarines - the Type XVIIB - was begun at the Blohm & Voss yard in Hamburg. The Type XVIIB, unlike the XVIIA, had only a single turbine. The initial order was for 12 submarines, U-1405 through U-1416. However, Blohm & Voss were already struggling to cope with orders for Type XXI submarines and the Kriegsmarine reduced the order to six.Three Type XVIIB boats were completed by Blohm & Voss of Hamburg between 1943 and 1944: U-1405, U-1406 and U-1407. U-1405 was completed in December 1944, U-1406 in February 1945, and U-1407 in March 1945.

A further three boats (U-1408 to U-1410) were under construction, but were not complete when the war ended. Another six Type XVIIB's (U-1411 to U-1416) were cancelled during the war in favour of the Type XXI.All three completed Type XVIIB boats were scuttled by their crews at the end of the Second World War, U-1405 at Flensburg, and U-1406 and U-1407 at Cuxhaven, all in the British Zone of Occupation.
U-1407 was salvaged in June 1945, and transported to Barrow-in-Furness, where she was refitted by Vickers with a new and complete set of machinery also captured in Germany, under the supervision of Professor Hellmuth Walter. Because she was intended to be used solely for trials and possibly as a high-speed anti-submarine target, her torpedo tubes were removed.[3] She was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 25 September 1945 and renamed HMS Meteorite.

During 1946 Meteorite carried out a series of trials under the guidance of Walter and his original team from Germaniawerft, Kiel. The trials raised considerable interest in the possibility of HTP as an alternative to nuclear power as air-independent propulsion and the Admiralty placed an order for two larger experimental Walter boats based on the German Type XXVI, HMS Explorer and HMS Excalibur, to be followed by an operational class of 12 boats.



See site for sprues, decals and photo etched fret.

At the end of 1931 the Soviet government had decided to build for the Far East 12 submarines of the "Shch"  A series of submarines called - V series. The boat was a slightly modernized III-th series. Because of this basic technical elements submarines V series were the same as in boats III. The changes affected only the internal arrangement.

Submarines V series built at the Leningrad plant and finishing work in Vladivostok and Khabarovsk, where these boats were delivered by rail sections. Hull sections had joints, pre-prepared for subsequent riveting on-site assembly. Transportation sections was carried out on special rail transporters.

The first echelon with the sections of the first submarine V series built by Baltic plant was sent to the Far East June 1, 1932, t. E. In 5 months after the government's decision. During June-October 1932 all three plants were sent to the Far East all boats V series. Participation in hostilities, these boats are not accepted, but serve as a sufficient deterrent to the Soviet Far East

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’

MKM14435  Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IC ‘Coastal Patrol’

MKM14436  Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VIF/C ‘Formidable Fighter’

Expected: June 2015

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

Hawker Tempest


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
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.

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

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€) !!

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
KPM4406 Lavochkin La-5 Soviet AF (VVS)

For sprue shots and mor info see their website:

Example build thread:

Lavochkin La-5:

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.

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: , 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

 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

Kawasaki Ki-48

Messerschmitt Me-410A

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

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 Airfield Radar Scanner

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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)

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.

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.

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.

Object 279 (green)

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

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

Available from:, 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.

Available at, 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)