Tuesday, October 06, 2015

1/144 Revell Vehicle Sets (US Army WWII / Bundeswehr Vehicles)

1/144 Revell Vehicle Sets (US Army WWII / Bundeswehr Vehicles)

Revell 1/144 US Army Vehicles WWII 
M4 Sherman
M8 Greyhound
CCKW Truck
These are basically the payload from the Revell LSM Kit


Revell 1/144 Bundeswehr Vehicles 
M47 Patton



These are more curious as these do not form part of a former release, neither are they a reboxing of any other manufacturer that I am a ware off. So to-date would seem to be a bit of a departure for Revell.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

1/144 Bf-109 A/B "War in Spain"- ARMORY

1/144 Bf-109 A/B "War in Span"- ARMORY

Armory are continue to push out kits in support of 1/144. There appears to be a new series being issued with the 'Spanish Civil War' as its topic, so we may expect to see other early Luftwaffe/Condor Legion issues, as well as those used by the Republicans as seen withe I-15Bis release.

Expect to see a range of decal options for the Luftwaffe/Condor Legion


Expected Release: tbc?

1/144 Polikarpov I-15Bis - Armory

1/144 Polikarpov I-15Bis - Armory

A pre-war Soviet aircraft that saw use in many areas. expect tp sees decals from Soviet Russia, Chinese Nationalist Air Force, Finland and Spanish options/


Expected Release: tbc?

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

1/144 Blue Angels Crowds - F-Toys

1/144 Blue Angels Crowds - F-Toys
A bit of an unexpected series but accompanying the recent announcement of the acrobatic F-16s, these should find many a happy home?

1.F6F-5 Hellcat
2.F-4J Phantom II
3.A-4 Skyhawk
4.F / A-18 Hornet
5.C-130 (Fat Albert) - 1/300 (?)

Release: November 2015

Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10346451

1/144 WWII IJN Seaplanes - Wing Kit Collection 15 - F-Toys

1/144 WWII IJN Seaplanes - Wing Kit Collection 15 - F-Toys
A new series of seaplanes from F-Toys, these should be very popular in Japan!
The Rufe is a new issue from F-Toys

Nakajima A6M2N "Rufe"   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakajima_A6M2-N
Mitsubishi F1M "Pete".  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_F1M

Release: November 2015

Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10346434

Saturday, September 05, 2015

1/144 Millennium Falcon (Awakening of the Force) - Bandai

1/144 Millennium Falcon (Awakening of the Force) - Bandai
Coming in October 2015, a new mold Millennium Falcon  to tie into the upcoming release of the new Star War film. It looks great, I can't decipher if its a kit or finished pre painted item... However, talk on the web points to Bandai taking over the license from Fine Molds?

Lets hope F-Toys gets a new Star Wars licence for some of the smaller craft in 1/144 too!


(Machine Translated)
"1/144 Millennium Falcon (awakening of the Force)" price 5,400 yen (tax 8% included) in October will be released Than the "awakening of Star Wars / Force", it is reproduced in 1/144 scale the Millennium Falcon to appear in the play. Fuselage of fine detail reproduction and character figures over detail, directing the play in the scene close to the various optional parts, such as a base.

[Detail] to reproduce the detail over the details by verifying the thorough article condensation in the 1/144 scale.Reproduce the flight conditions [rear engine] engine parts in effect parts of the clear blue of the selection formula.

[Cockpit] faithfully reproduces the cockpit internal structure. In addition, of the same scale figure attached boarding is also possible.

[Canopy] to those of the all-clear material, two is supplied only frame.
In [hatch] parts replacement formula, can be opened and closed reproduction of the hatch.

[Chakuyukaashi] comes with the landing gear to reproduce the implantation and maintenance state. You can 

reproduce the Millennium Falcon in the tarmac.
[Accessory] the same scale of the fins, Ray, Han Solo, Chewbacca (seated type upright type) and BB-8 is included.

[Display] airframe of display-based desert motif of Jakhu. Based multiple connection possible with the joint parts.

Dedicated display base × 1
1/144 scale fin figure × 2 (seated × 1 · upright × 1)
1/144 scale Rei figure × 2 (seated × 1 · upright × 1)
1/144 scale Han Solo figure × 2 (seated × 1 · upright × 1)
1/144 scale Chewbacca figure × 2 (seated × 1 · upright × 1)
1/144 scale BB-8 × 1
Canopy × 2 species (Clear parts × 1 · frame parts × 1)
Rear engine effect parts × 1
Hatch opening and closing reproduction parts × 1 formula
Chakuyukaashi × 1 formula
Water transfer type decal × 1

Marking seal × 1

1/144 F-22 Raptor & F-16 Fighting Falcon "High Spec Vol 3" - F-Toys

1/144 F-22 Raptor & F-16 Fighting Falcon "High Spec Vol 3" - F-Toys
An odd combination of aircraft and schemes in this release....

Released : October 2015.

F-22A US Air Force
F-22A US Air Force 90th
F-22A US Air Force 43rd
F-22A US Air Force 422nd

Bonus? F-22A Raptor JASDF "White Dragon"

F-16C United States Air Force Thunderbirds
F-16  Belgium Air Force solo display team
F-16C Singapore Air Force Black Knights
F-16C Colorado Air Force Minuteman Men 50th anniversary
F-16  Denmark Air Force 60th Anniversary

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

1/144 Curtis -40B/C "Flying Tigers" by AFV Club


1/144 Curtis P-40B/C by AFV Club
While AFV Club is a well established producer of large scale AFVs this is their first adventure in 1/144.
It seems to be a simple inexpensive kit, that paints up nicely, and of a item that is not to readily available.

The 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942, nicknamed the Flying Tigers, was composed of pilots from the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC), Navy (USN), and Marine Corps (USMC), recruited under presidential authority and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault. The shark-faced nose art of the Flying Tigers remains among the most recognizable image of any individual combat aircraft or combat unit of World War II.

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in frontline service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and P-47;


Sprue Shots: http://woodstock-plasticmodel.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/afv-club-1144-p-40b.html
Model Shots: http://woodstock-plasticmodel.blogspot.tw/2015/08/afv-club-1144-p-40bc-flying-tigers.html

1/144 MiG-15 - Eduard

1/144 MiG-15 - Eduard
Another great kit from Eduard,
Parts for : Two kits
Decals for: Six options: Czech, Soviet Russia, Polish and  North Korea,
Includes paint masks.

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.

Available: August 2015

1/144 Heliborne Vol. 7 - F-Toys

1/144 Heliborne Vol. 7 - F-Toys
Well, helicopter guys will probably love this, and the AW139 allows a lot of potential to be repainted in a series of national uses.

Interesting to see if this two item series, continues as manifests in F-Toys  drive to cut costs in the production of 1/144 series?

Airbus EC665 Spanish Army "Tigre"
Airbus EC665 French Army  "Tigre"
Airbus EC665 Australian Army "Tiger"
Airbus EC665 Bundeswehr "Tiger"
Airbus EC665 French Army Prototype "Tigre"

AgustaWestland AW139 police helicopter
AgustaWestland AW139 Coast Guard
AgustaWestland AW139 Yokohama Fire Department
AgustaWestland AW139 Hiroshima Prefecture disaster prevention helicopter
AgustaWestland AW139 Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Fire and Disaster Management Agency


For larger imeages, see: http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/4976.html

Due: 26 October 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

1/144 Spitfire Mk.IX „Naši se vracejí“ Czech pilots - Eduard

1/144 Spitfire Mk.IX „Naši se vracejí“ Czech pilots - Eduard

1/144 version of the Eduard „Naši se vracejí“ ("Boys are back") celebration of the return of Czech pilots and squadrons in RAF Service to their homeland, following the end of WWII
Its similar to the "big scale" items, except no goody bag and reduced decals options.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX dedicated to Czechoslovak pilots. Quattro Combo Eduard plastic, Quattro Combo, decals printed by Eduard, 8 marking options, mask. NO PE, NO resin included, full color instructions.


See the special supplement from Eduard on this topic:

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

1/144 Blackburn Beverley - Mikro-Mir (Mikr-Mir)

1/144 Blackburn Beverly - Mikro-Mir (Mikr-Mir)
Another interesting left field kit from Mikr-Mir, of a much under represented but instrumental British Transport Aircraft.

See the kit develop on the  Brit Modeller forum postings:

The Blackburn B-101 Beverley was a 1950s British heavy transport aircraft built by Blackburn and General Aircraft and flown by squadrons of Royal Air Force Transport Command from 1957 until 1967.

The aircraft was a high-wing cantilever monoplane with a fixed undercarriage. The large fuselage had a tail boom fitted with a tailplane with twin fins. The tail boom allowed access to the rear of the fuselage through removable clamshell doors. A 36 ft (11 m) main fuselage space was supplemented by passenger accommodation in the tail boom. The main cargo hold could accommodate 94 troops, with another 36 in the tail boom. In operation, it was regarded as "ungainly but highly effective" and was described by Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Freer as "like something out of the Ark, but it was a superb supply dropper.”

Te aircraft was designed for carrying large bulk loads and landing them on rough or imperfect runways, or mere dirt strips. It could trace its design back to the GAL49 Hamilcar glider of the Second World War. When it entered service it was the largest aircraft in the Royal Air Force (RAF). It had a large interior cargo area split into two levels which amounted to around 6,003 ft³ (170 m³) of space. Paratroopers in the upper passenger area jumped through a hatch in the base of the boom just in front of the leading edge of the tailplane. Paratroopers in the main body exited through side doors.

The Beverley was equipped with toilets, which were situated in the tail beyond the paratroop hatch located on the floor of the tail boom. One fatality was caused by a serviceman who fell twenty feet to the ground when exiting the toilet, unaware that the paratroop hatch had been opened. Modifications were made to prevent the toilet doors from being opened when the paratroop hatch was open.[3]

In total, 49 of the aircraft were produced, with the last one being manufactured in 1958, and final retirement from RAF service was in 1967.


An interesting article from 1948, Universal Transport" a 1948 Flight article on the GAL Universal Freighter (later renamed the Beverly):

Thursday, July 30, 2015

1/144 Club Hanger - Sankei

1/144 Club Hanger - Sankei

Sankei have returned with another of their great scenic kits with this nice looking "Club Hanger" , though aimed at the small scale civil aviation I can see uses for small military transport/liaison aircraft?

Mix of card and plastic-board (some cutting and assembly is required), this also features an opening/closing door!


Available: July 2015
Price @ 3,600 Yen

1-144 Flight Club Control and Terminal - Sankei

1-144 Flight Club Control and Terminal - Sankei
  Sankei's Flight Club Administration building is their latest multi use scenic.
Another great item to use in conjunction with their club hangar and other scenics.
Assembly is required.


1/144 F-15 , F-117A and Attacker FB.1/ FB2 Upgrade Sets - Shelf Oddity

1/144 F-15 , F-117A and Attacker FB.1/ FB2 Upgrade Sets - Shelf Oddity 

Shelf Oddity have also produced a range of great looking PE sets for 144th scale aircraft available.

An extensive set for Dragon’s F-117A kit - new canopy frame, air intake meshes, landing gear doors and flat exhaust nozzles are included.

A generic F-15 set is quite universal, as it allows for backdating your Revell F-15E kit to F-15B/D version. While more adventurous modellers can go as far as F-15A/C with it, or could also use some of the parts supplied with other manufacturers kits.

And, a great set dedicated to a recent Miniwing release - the Supermarine Attacker FB.1/FB.2.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

1/144 USA & SOVIET/RUSSIAN Missile Sets - Shelf Oddity

 1/144 USA & SOVIET/RUSSIAN Missile Sets - Shelf Oddity
Shelf Oddity are new artisan house producing a range of exceptionally high quality accessories for your 1/144 masterpieces out of brass and PE!

Have a brand new Su-27 or MiG-21 model and need something to place under its wings?

Are you the only person outside of Japan with the *Triple Nuts MiG-29 kit and are missing some missiles? Shelf Oddity comes to the rescue!

There are 6 different Soviet/Russian missiles sets in the catalogue. One of them is quite universal - R-13M which is an exact copy of early AIM-9 Sidewinder - double markings included.Attack aviation fans can check out the AGM-65 Maverick set too!

Each set contains 2 missile bodies made of turned brass, PE fret with missile fins and a decal sheet with different markings (in few cases - a lot of them!).

There are mounting holes pre-drilled in each missile body allowing for quick positioning of PE fins. Each fin is equipped with one or two mounting pins which apart from easy positioning allow for stronger joint.

All of the items are already available on www.shelfoddity.com

Air to Air Missiles: http://shelfoddity.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=25_29
Air to Surface Missiles: http://shelfoddity.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=25_28

* - Will fit other MIG-29 kits ;-)

Also P/E sets for 1/700 IJN kits! http://shelfoddity.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=20_59

1/144 Dassault Mirage III and Cheetah - Foxone

1/144 Mirage and Cheetah - Foxone
Dassault Mirage III 

The first major production model of the Mirage series, the Mirage IIIC, first flew in October 1960. The IIIC was largely similar to the IIIA, though a little under a half meter longer and brought up to full operational fit. The IIIC was a single-seat interceptor, with an Atar 09B turbojet engine.

The Mirage IIIC was armed with twin 30 mm DEFA revolver-type cannon, fitted in the belly with the gun ports under the air intakes. Early Mirage IIIC production had three stores pylons, one under the fuselage and one under each wing, but another outboard pylon was quickly added to each wing, for a total of five. It was also possible to carry bombs on a sleek supersonic tank that also had bomb carrying capacity. The outboard pylon was intended to carry an AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missile, later replaced by the Matra R550 Magic and also was armed with the radar guided R530 Missile on the center line pylon.

South African Conversion - Atlas_Cheetah
The Atlas Cheetah is a South African fighter aircraft, developed for the South African Air Force (SAAF) and currently operated by the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE). It was developed as a major upgrade of the Dassault Mirage III by the Atlas Aircraft Corporation (later Denel Aviation) in South Africa and is based on the IAI Kfir.[2] Three different variants were created, 16 dual-seat Cheetah D, 16 single-seat Cheetah E and 38 single-seat Cheetah C. The Cheetah Es were retired in 1992, and the Cheetah Cs and Cheetah Ds in April 2008, being replaced by the Saab Gripen. A limited number are still operated in South Africa as flight test aircraft.




Available: June 2015
Price: @4000 YEN

1/144 F-16XL - Foxone




FOXONES Latest releases are a pair of F-16XLa in one and two seat configurations, each comes with two decal options.

Available July 2015
Price @5,000 Yen

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: http://www.platz-hobby.com/

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!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/takom

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.

source: http://www.hobby-shop.jp/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=12528&sl=JP#

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

Source: http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/4863.html

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