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

1/144 Sukhoi Su-30MKK Flanker-G - Trumpeter


1/144 Sukhoi Su-30MKK Flanker-G  - Trumpeter

The Sukhoi Su-30MKK Flanker-G is a modification of the Su-27SK since 1999. It is considered an upgraded version of Sukhoi Su-30. It was jointly developed by Russia and China. It is a heavy class, all-weather, long-range strike fighter, comparable to American F-15E. Su-30MK2 is a further improvement to SU-30MKK with upgraded avionics and maritime strike capabilities. The MKK and MK2 are currently operated by the People's Republic of China.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Su-30MKK

http://new2.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=product&a=show&id=53&l=en

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10287092z3/70/3

Monday, December 15, 2014

1/144 Control Tower Building - Tomytec



1/144 Control Tower Building - Tomytec

New diorama accessories, pre painted kit of a modern control tower and associated hardstanding/apron kits to be released in February 2015. An adadditionalound module is to follow..

These options will provide a welcome alternative to the excellent but expensive Sankei kits

Hopefully, other accessories and options will follow in this series.

Control Tower (pre painted)  Yen 5,000
Hardstanding/Apron Tiles (x4) Yen 1,00

Future Release - sound module for installation in control tower! Yen: tbc....

Source: http://www.tomytec.co.jp/gimix/release/1412/15ac01.html

maybe you  could put your new F-15 Strike Eagles on them?
http://www.tomytec.co.jp/gimix/release/1411/25ac01.html

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

1/144 Roden Models - New and Up coming




1/144 Roden Models - New and Up coming 
More Gunships - AC-47 Spooky!
Vickers VC-10 - hopefully available in RAF C1 / Tanker Variants

http://www.roden.eu/HTML/framemodels1.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_VC10
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_AC-47_Spooky



Fairchild AC-119K Stinger
Fairchild AC-119K Stinger – heavy American ground support plane, developed from the C-119 transport in the late 1960s by the Fairchild Hiller company. Thanks to powerful weapons and modern technology for finding ground targets fitted to the mid-fuselage, the AC-119K was a very effective weapon in the fight against the enemy on the ground. Aircraft of this type were used extensively during the war in Vietnam and Laos. Overall 26 machines of this type were built, which were used until the end of military operations in the Vietnam campaign.
http://www.roden.eu/HTML/322.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairchild_AC-119

also available in: Fairchild C-119C Boxcar configuration:
 http://www.roden.eu/HTML/321.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairchild_C-119_Flying_Boxcar

Friday, December 05, 2014

1/144 Fouga CM.170 "Magister" - Miniwings




1/144 Fouga CM.170 "Magister" - Miniwings

Originally designed for the French Air Fore (Armée de l'Air, AdA), and exported initially to Germany and then to many countries around the world, including locally licensed production. It has also been used as a light strike and fighter aircraft, while also seeing service with a number of acrobatic teams!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fouga_CM.170_Magister

A great little and straightforward kit conforming to the Miniwing style being cleanly cast 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

This kit also includes both Vac-Form and Clear Resin Canopy options and also has a photo-etched sprue for detailing.

It comes with Decals designed by JBR-Decals for two options:
Fouga Magister no.404 (10-KG) French Air force - 1971
Fouga Magister no.298 (219) Irish Air Corps - 1997

also available in Israeli and Belgian Schemes:
http://www.miniwing.cz/fouga-cm-170-magister-.html

availabe now with free shipping from Kits-Shop: http://kits-shop.com/aircraft.php

1/144 F-16 HIGH SPEC SERIES vol.1 FIGHTING FALCON - F-TOYS






1/144 F-16 HIGH SPEC SERIES vol.1 FIGHTING FALCON - F-TOYS 

F-Toys new strategy is made clearer with this release: Simplify the range and produce many colour variants.
So, ideal if you like the subject chosen a bit underwhelming if not your thing, and lets hope lets hope the subsequent series don't end up being F-15s, F-4,F-2,F-35 and V-22s etc...

1.F-16C Block 50
2.F-16C Block 50 Advanced
3.F-16C Block 30
4.F-16C Block 30
5.F-16C Block 52
6.F-16C Block 50
7.F-16C Block 50 Advanced
8.F-16C Block 50
9.F-16C Block 40
10.F-16C Block 50

Source: http://www.hobby-shop.jp/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=11291&sl=EN

1/144 MIg-21MFN Tiger Fishbed - JBR Decals




1/144 MIg-21MFN Tiger Fishbed - JBR Decals

Tiger schemes are my favourite for decorative schemes and here we have another for the collection!

Decal set for MiG-21MFN model in 1/144 scale. Depicts MiG-21MFN bort no. 2500, which was painted in anniversary "tiger" scheme for celebration of 45th anniversary of Čáslav AFB.

Available now directly from the JBRdecal website, or your usual supplier

1/144 Fairey Battle - Zvezda



1/144 Fairey Battle - Zvezda

A nice new model of a type we haven't seen in this scale before, though aimed at wargaming, we have seen these modeled very nicely indeed! Flown by a the Royal Air Force, Belgian Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Free Polish Air Force, it should prove popular.

its already No.6 on the Hannants best sellers this week list - which hardely ever happens for a 1/144 - except for the boring airliners ;-)

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

Available November 2014
https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ZVE6218
http://www.zvezda.org.ru/?lng=1&nav=&cat=7&set=6218

1/144 RF-8-GAZ-98 Aerosled - Foxone



1/144 RF-8-GAZ-98 Aerosled - Foxone

Foxone have released an interesting diversion in the form of a WWII Soviet Aerosled!
In the past availability of this type of kit was by a Fairy or KdK hobby show kit sold on ebay, now

A nice, kit an unusually for a Foxone Kit - only 5 pieces plus decals, so construction should be straightforward !

Available: November 2014
Price: 1000 Yen (current exchange rates 5GBP / 7Euro/ 8USD)

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

http://foxonemodel.fc2web.com/original/B019/original_B019.html
http://foxonemodel.fc2web.com/tank_gallery/rf8/rf8_aerosled.html

1/144 Mikoyan MiG-15/UTI DUAL COMBO (Czech Scheme) - Eduard



1/144 Mikoyan MiG-15/UTI DUAL COMBO (Czech Scheme) - Eduard 
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-15; NATO reporting name: "Fagot") is a jet fighter aircraft developed by Mikoyan-Gurevich OKB for the Soviet Union. The MiG-15 was one of the first successful swept-wing jet fighters, and achieved fame in the skies over Korea, where, early in the war, it outclassed all straight-winged enemy fighters in most applications.

Later, the MiG-15 would also serve as a starting point for the development of the more advanced MiG-17. The MiG-15 is believed to have been one of the most widely produced jet aircraft ever made; in excess of 12,000 were manufactured. Licensed foreign production may have raised the production total to over 18,000. The MiG-15 is often mentioned, along with the North American F-86 Sabre, as the best fighter aircraft of the Korean War, and among the best fighter aircraft of all time.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-15

Another great new kit from Eduard, as usual produced, packaged and presented to the highest standards.

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

JBRDecals is already producing aftermarket decals for these kits!

1/144 MIG-15 MIGs from The Alley - JBRDecals




1/144 MIG-15 MIGs from The Alley - JBRDecals

A great set of decal for MiG-15/MiG-15bis model kits such as produced by Eduard, containing very detailed full colour painting and decal placement guide.

This set specifically covers those aircraft used in the famous "Mig Valley" during the Korean War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MiG_Alley

Contains decals for the following aircraft:

MiG-15 811, Lt. V.I. Chizh 1st Sqn, 72nd GvIAP, Anshan - November 1950
MiG-15bis 325, Lt.Col. Y.G. Pepelyaev 196th IAP, Antung - June 1951
MiG-15bis 132, Capt. N.V. Sutyagin 17th IAP, Tatung-kao - June 1951
MiG-15bis 25, Zhao Baotong 3rd FAD
MiG-15bis 2249, Wang Hai 3rd FAD
MiG-15bis 08, Sun Shenlu 3rd FAD

MiG-15bis 2057, No Kum-sok Kimpo AFB - September 1953
MiG-15bis 616 (ex. 2057)USAF Okinawa - late 1953 (as flown by Chuck Yeager!)

Available now directly from the JBRdecal website, or your usual supplier
Source: http://www.jbr-decals.com/index.php?typ=shop&lang=en