Friday, November 13, 2015

1-144 Bundesmarine LSM 'Eidechse' (Lizard)Class - Revell

1-144 Bundesmarine LSM 'Eidechse'(Lizard) Class - Revell

What's happening at Revell, they seem to have something in the water and are suddenly bringing some new and interesting item to the scale (Will we see the Sycamore as a separate release, as well as the Vehicles?)

Ok, so clearly Revell are releasing the WWII LSM as a post war German Navy boat, with not just vehicles but an early helicopter!

This particular boat appears to be the 'Krokodil (L 750)', which served in the Bundesmarine between September 5, 1958 to December 15, 1972 (maybe other decals will be provided? Used as a Command and medical ship. (German)

Previous releases:

other soruces:

Sunday, November 08, 2015

1/144 AU-23 'Peacemaker' and PC-6 Pilatus Porter "2-in-1" Kits- BPK

1/144 AU-23 'Peacemaker' and PC-6 Pilatus Porter "2-in-1" Kit- BPK(Big Planes Kits)

Some new releases from BPK, who previously have issued airliners in 1/144 - now branch out into something a little more exciting! The AU-23 Peacemaker is particularly interesting as a mini gunship and there are a range of other military and civilian schemes to keep a  variety of people interested. The sprues look good,  and these come with Photo etched, multiple decla options , paint mask? and clear plastic fuselage sections for better window fit!

Available soon: Prices @14 Euro

AU-23 Peacemaker

Set 14403:
Set 14404:


The Yakovlev Yak-23 (in Russian Як-23, USAF/DoD reporting name "Type 28"),[1] NATO reporting name "Flora"[2][3] was a jet fighter developed in the USSR in the 1940s and used in the early 1950s. The Yak-23 was developed as a simple lightweight jet fighter, on Yakovlev's own initiative. It was a development of the earlier Yak-15 and Yak-17 fighters, retaining their non-conventional layout with a jet engine in the fuselage nose and exhaust under the cockpit, but the construction was all new. Its wings were derived from the Yak-19. The Yak-23 used a Soviet copy of the British Rolls-Royce Derwent V turbojet engine, produced as the Klimov RD-500. It first flew on July 8, 1947.

For more information, please see the following links

Expected "End of 2015"

(note: the image on the pack is of the 1/48 version)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

1/144 Douglas F4D-1 SKYRAY (USN) - MINIWING

1/144 Douglas F4D-1 SKYRAY (USN) -  MINIWING

The Douglas F4D Skyray (later redesignated F-6 Skyray) was an American carrier-based supersonic fighter/interceptor built by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Although it was in service for a relatively short time and never entered combat, it was notable for being the first carrier-launched aircraft to hold the world's absolute speed record, at 752.943 mph,[1] and was the first United States Navy and United States Marine Corps fighter that could exceed Mach 1 in level flight.

The kit conforms to the Miniwing signature format and quality,  being cleanly cast and no air bubbles. The panel lines on fuselage are very finely cast has been the trend with more recent Miniwing releases, which should please many people.

There are two decal options are provided for aircraft serving :

  • VF-213 "Black Lions" - USS Lexington, 1958
  • VF(AW) - NAS North Island, 1958

There are drop tanks and bombs provided, in order to arm up your Skyray, and the is now the common option with Minwing kits to provide both a clear resin and a vac-form canopy - also, included is a set of vinyl masks for paining the canopy!

Available: October 2015
From: or Usual Stockists

See Gallery:

A version of this kit with US Marine Markings is also available.
(review kit provided by Miniwing)

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


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"
Mitsubishi F1M "Pete".

Release: November 2015


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:
Model Shots:

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:

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

Air to Air Missiles:
Air to Surface Missiles:

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

Also P/E sets for 1/700 IJN kits!

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:

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?