Friday, April 29, 2016

1/144 "Nell" Interplanetary Fighter from "Battle Beyond the Stars" (1980)

1/144 "Nell" Interplanetary  Fighter from "Battle Beyond the Stars" (1980)

The years immediately following the tsunamic success of George Lucas' "Star Wars" (1977) saw dozens of low-budget sci-fi shoot-'em-ups rushed into neighbourhood multiplexes. One of the most successful of these "Me, Too!" space operas was Roger Corman's "Battle Beyond the Stars" (1980), starring Richard ("The Waltons") Thomas, George ("The A-Team") Peppard, Robert ("The Man from UNCLE") Vaughn,  Marta ("Lost in Space") Kristen and Sam ("Ben Casey") Jaffee. Reportedly ghost-directed by Corman itself, the film was an unapologetic knock-off of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 action classic "Seven Samurai" and its 1960 American adaptation, "The Magnificent 7," all set in a far-future outer space.

Scale: 1:144
Number of Pieces: 12
Pattern: Alfred Wong
Casting: Millennium Models International (MMI)

Price: $110 USD

Other kits are available:
Future Releases:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

1/144 Space Cruiser - by Freightdog

 1/144 Space Cruiser - by Freightdog

This a 1/144 complete resin kit of the projected DARPA Space Cruiser, a proposed deniable weapon developed from the 1970s Early Spring project. Designed to be carried inside the Space Shuttle bay (up to three at a time), this small manned craft would inspect and destroy Soviet spy or weapon satellites that posed a threat to the USA. This kit is very small, measuring less than 6cm, consisting of just five parts. Suggested paint finish is overall black with a gold canopy, no decals (its deniable, so don't put stars and bars on it!). Limited availability.

Available: now

Price: 6.50 GBP

More info: (inc, built kit) 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

1/144 Airport Service Sets 6 & 7 - Eastern Express

1/144 Airport Service Sets 6 & 7 - Eastern Express

Eastern Express have released another couple of sets for your Soviet/Eastern European Ground Support Equipment(GSE). They also look like they would be at home in civilian or military settings?

Price is @$30USD on Ebay..

Available: Now

Thursday, April 14, 2016

1/144 "Resurgam" British Submarine - Mikro-Mir

1/144 "Resurgam"  British Submarine - Mikro-Mir
Clearly, someone at Mikro-Mir is a big fan of early and unusual British Submarines!
Here we have an early one from the 19th Century.


interestingly, in two colour schemes 'historical' and 'bright yellow!??' this has been released in 1/144 before, as part of Takara's Ships of the World Vol.2

Friday, April 08, 2016

1-144 F-Toys Wing Kit Collection Versus 4 by F-Toys

1-144 F-Toys Wing Kit Collection Versus 4 by F-Toys
A new Versus series release this time, Late War Zeros and Corsairs over the pacific.
Expect a lottery(?) version - see inset above, and of course, some bonus items....
Will we see a French Aeronavale (or a captured F4U) ???


Mitsubishi A6M5 Type 0 Model 52

Vought F4U Corsair

1/144 Boeing YC-14, MD YC-25 and Budd RB-1/C-93 Conestoga - Anigrand

1/144 Boeing YC-14, McDonnell  YC-25 and Budd RB-1/C-93 Conestoga - Anigrand

Current planned released for Anigrand this year.

Expect more of the usual formula of large kits, plus bonuses....

Friday, March 25, 2016

1/144 HMS Holland (class) submarine - MIKRO-MIR

1/44 HMS Holland (class) submarine - MIKRO-MIR
Another in their range of 1/144 submarines, this time an boat from the early days of the evolution of modern submarines.

Expect this to be injected plastic with a photo etched parts.

Its not on the website , but it is appearing on ebay already!

1/144 Grumman F9F Panther - Oz Mods

1/144 Grumman Panther - Oz Mods 
Reissued, with injected plastic kit with vacform and clear canopies. Silk Screen decals for the Blue Angeles and VFA-192 Golden Dragons - aircraft 209 as seen in the movie Bridge at TOKO-Ri.

The Grumman F9F Panther was the manufacturer's first jet fighter and one of the United States Navy's first successful carrier-based jet fighters. A single-engined, straight-winged day fighter, it was fitted with an armament of four 20 mm (0.79 in) cannons and could carry a wide assortment of air-to-ground munitions.

The Panther was used extensively by the U.S. Navy and the United States Marine Corps in the Korean War. It was also the first jet aircraft used by the Blue Angels flight team, being used by them from 1949 through to late 1954. The aircraft was exported to Argentina and was the first jet used by the Argentine Naval Aviation.

Available: March 2016

1/144 F-Toys WTM Vol.3 (IJA)

1/144 F-Toys WTM Vol.3 (IJA)

Type 2 Ka-Mi amphibious tank

Type 89 I-Go medium tank

Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha medium tank - NOT the same Chi-Ha as the one from the OOP F-Toys' Battle Tank Collection Vol.2. This new one represents the improved Type 97 variant with a high velocity 47mm gun replacing the original low velocity 57mm gun.

Source: and Smeg1959

Thursday, March 24, 2016

1/144 Bachem Ba-349 A / Ba-349 M52/M58 - Brengun

1/144 Bachem Ba-349 A  and Bachem Ba-349 M52/M58  - Brengun
Brengun have released another set of interesting little kits, previously available in resin from Fozone, its not available in build and wallet friendly injected plastic, and comes with decals and two kits in a box.

for more info on the development and history of this aircraft:

Bachem Ba-349 A Natter (two in box)
Catalog number: BRP144001

Bachem Ba-349 M52/M58 (two in box)
Catalog number: BRP144002

Available: March 2016
Price: 12 Euro

Maybe there is some hope of seeing their B&V-40 in 144 too now?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

1/144 Euro Jets Vol.2 - F-Toys

1/144 Euro Jets Vol.2 - F-Toys
A new set of "Euro" jets from F-Toys, expected release date "late March 2016"

- 1-A: MiG-29S Fulcrum C Russian Air Force technical training center
- 1-B: MiG-29S Fulcrum C Russian Air Force aerobatic team
- 1-C: MiG-29S Fulcrum C Ukraine Air Force
- 1-D: MiG-29S Fulcrum C Russian Air Force 28th fighter regiment
- 1-E: MiG-29S Fulcrum C Soviet Air Force 115th  fighter regiment
- 2-A: JAS39A / C Gripen Swedish Air Force
- 2-B: JAS39A / C Gripen Swedish Air Force
- 2-C: JAS39A / C Gripen Czech Air Force
- 2-D: JAS39A / C Gripen Hungary Air Force

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

1/144 Bugatti 100P & Type 75sc Atlantic- by MACH 3

1/144 Bugatti 100P & Type 75sc - by MACH 3

I love this aircraft and wanted a kit of this ever since i first stumbled across it on the web, the only trouble now is that i want two - one in blue and one in a military scheme!

This is a new release from by MACH 3, but only available at shows and via which will make it hard to get:

2016 Fantastic Plastic 1/144

Sunday, February 28, 2016

1/144 Brewster F2A / Buffalo - by Mark I

1/144 Brewster F2A / Buffalo - by Mark I
The Brewster F2A Buffalo[1] was an American fighter aircraft which saw service early in World War II. Designed and built by the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation, it was one of the first U.S. monoplanes with an arrestor hook and other modifications for aircraft carriers. The Buffalo won a competition against the Grumman F4F Wildcat in 1939 to become the U.S. Navy's first monoplane fighter aircraft. Although superior to the Grumman F3F biplane it replaced and the early F4Fs,[2] the Buffalo was largely obsolete when the United States entered World War 2 being unstable and overweight, especially when compared to the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero.[3]
Several nations, including Finland, Belgium, Britain and the Netherlands, ordered the Buffalo. Of all the users, the Finns were the most successful with their Buffalos, flying them in combat against early Soviet fighters with excellent results.[4] During the Continuation War of 1941–1944, the B-239s (a de-navalized F2A-1) operated by the Finnish Air Force proved capable of engaging and destroying most types of Soviet fighter aircraft operating against Finland at that time and achieving in the first phase of that conflict 32 Soviet aircraft shot down for every B-239 lost,[5] and producing 36 Buffalo "aces".[6]
In December 1941, Buffalos operated by both British Commonwealth (B-339E) and Dutch (B-339D) air forces in South East Asia suffered severe losses in combat against the Japanese Navy's Mitsubishi A6M Zeroand the Japanese Army's Nakajima Ki-43 "Oscar". The British attempted to lighten their Buffalos by removing ammunition and fuel and installing lighter guns to increase performance, but it made little difference.[7]After the first few engagements, the Dutch halved the fuel and ammunition load in the wing, which allowed their Buffalos (and their Hurricanes) to stay with the Oscars in turns.[8]
The Buffalo was built in three variants for the U.S. Navy, the F2A-1, F2A-2 and F2A-3. (In foreign service, with lower horsepower engines, these types were designated B-239, B-339, and B-339-23 respectively.) The F2A-3 variant saw action with United States Marine Corps (USMC) squadrons at the Battle of Midway. Shown by the experience of Midway to be no match for the Zero,[2] the F2A-3 was derided by USMC pilots as a "flying coffin."[9] However the F2A-3s performance was substantially inferior[10] to the F2A-2 variant used by the Navy before the outbreak of the war despite detail improvements.

New kits released in February 2016:
MKM14444 F2A-1 Buffalo/B-239 ‘Early Versions’ (2in1)

MKM14445 F2A-1 Buffalo/B-239 ‘Early Versions’ (2in1)

MKM14446 Buffalo Mk.I/B-339D 'Far East Service' (2in1)

1/144 Mitsubishi A5M - Sweet

1/144 Mitsubishi A5M - Sweet

Mitsubishi A5M Soryu Fighter Corps 1938-1939

Type 96 Carrier Fighter (A5M4) HOUKOKU-348 (1st Woman Teacher-GO)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

1/144 Thunderbirds 2 (Original Series) Collection - By Deagostini

1/144 Thunderbirds 2 (Original Series) Collection - By Deagostini
It looks like those look folka in Japan are getting a part by part series collection of some classic Thuderbirds items - that may well be in 1/144


1/144 Planned Release for 2016

1/144 Planned Release for 2016 

Some interesting planned releases from RODEN, a numbre of VC-10s

Vickers Super VC10 – was a long-range British airliner designed and built by Vickers-Armstrongs and its first flight was in 1962. The airliner was designed to operate on long-distance Empire routes and commanded excellent ‘Hot and High’ performance for operations from African airports. With its introduction by BOAC in April 1964, the VC10 became an immensely popular aircraft in the BOAC fleet, both with passengers and crew, being particularly praised for its comfort and low cabin noise levels. It was BOAC’s most successful Aircraft in terms of passenger numbers carried. The VC10 still holds the record for the fastest London to New York crossing of the Atlantic, of 5 hours and 1 minute. Other major users of the VC10 were East African Airways and the Royal Air Force, the latter only withdrawing from service its last VC10 in 2013.

1/144 Vickers Super VC10 1151
1/144 Lockheed C-141B Starlifter
1/144 Vickers VC10 K3 Type 1164 Tanker
1/144 Vickers Super VC10 1154 (East African Airways)
1/144 Vickers Super VC10 1154 (BOAC)  (shown on website)


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

1/144 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet / EA-18G Growler - High-Spec Series Vol.4 - F-Toys

1/144 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet / EA-18G Growler - High-Spec Series Vol.4 - F-Toys 
The Super Hornet is an evolutionary redesign of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The Super Hornet's unique wing and tail configuration can be traced back to an internal Northrop project P-530, c. 1965; this had started as a substantial rework of the lightweight F-5E with a larger wing, twin tail fins and a distinctive leading edge root extension (LERX).[4] Later flying as the Northrop YF-17 "Cobra", it competed in the United States Air Force's Lightweight Fighter (LWF) program to produce a smaller and simpler fighter to complement the larger F-15 Eagle. The Navy directed that the YF-17 be redesigned into the larger F/A-18 Hornet to meet a requirement for a multi-role fighter to complement the larger F-14 Tomcat serving in air superiority and fleet defense interceptor roles. The Hornet proved to be effective but limited in combat radius. Its design was expanded in the Super Hornet, which has an empty weight slightly greater than the F-15C.[5]


1/144 F-82F/G Twin Mustang (2 kits) - F-Toys

1/144 F-82F/G Twin Mustang (2 kits) - F-Toys
F-Toys are reissuing a set of two F-82F/G in unpainted kit form, with Rocketeer Decals.
This was last released in gashapon format in 2006

Available: February 2016
Price: @18USD


Saturday, January 23, 2016

1/144 "Delfin" - Russian Imperial Submarine - MIKRO-Mir

1/144 "Delfin" - Russian Imperial Submarine - MIKRO-Mir

I don't know too much about this one at the moment, but it will typically be plastic with some photoetch parts?

Available January 2015, currently @$20 on E-Bay.

Delfin (Дельфин, Russian: "Dolphin") was the first combat-capable Russian submarine. She was commissioned in 1903 and decommissioned in 1917, having served during World War I.

Delfin was designed by Naval architect Senior Assistant Ivan Grigoryevich Bubnov, Lieutenant M.N. Beklemishev and Lieutenant I.S. Goryunov of the Construction Commission for Submarines (later the Rubin Design Bureau). The design was of a single-hull type submarine with saddle tanks whose outer plating was covered with teak to prevent damage in the case of grounding.[1] She was ordered in July 1901[1] laid down by Baltic Works at St. Petersburg, launched in 1902, and entered service in 1903, training officers and sailors. Initially the vessel was classed as a torpedo boat and only given a number instead of a name.[1]

Saturday, January 16, 2016

1/144 Type 0 Fighter Model 21 (A6M2b) by Aoshima

1/144 Type 0 Fighter Model 21  (A6M2b)  by Aoshima 

The Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" is a long-range fighter aircraft, manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1940 to 1945. The A6M was designated as the Mitsubishi Navy Type 0 Carrier Fighter (零式艦上戦闘機 rei-shiki-kanjō-sentōki?), or the Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen. The A6M was usually referred to by its pilots as the "Reisen" (zero fighter), "0" being the last digit of the Imperial year 2600 (1940) when it entered service with the Imperial Navy. The official Allied reporting name was "Zeke", although the use of the name "Zero" was later commonly adopted by the Allies as well.

I hadnt seen this one before it popped up on "model stories"

other than it being due 2016/03, i don't know anything else about it...

though HLJ has it as a Gashapon Series of 8 items...

1/144 Su-24M Fencer D - ARMORY

1/144 Su-24M Fencer D - ARMORY
ARMORY are to release a new SU-24, with two different wing configurations - straight and swept wing and an impressive array of munitions!!

The Sukhoi Su-24 (NATO reporting name: Fencer) is a supersonic, all-weather bomber aircraft developed in the Soviet Union. The aircraft features a variable-sweep wing, twin-engines and a side-by-side seating arrangement for its two crew. It was the first of the USSR's aircraft to carry an integrated digital navigation/attack system.[1] It remains in service with the Russian Air Force, Ukrainian Air Force, and various air forces to which it was exported.

Sprues design of 1/144 Su-24M Fencer kit w/ complete ordnance set.

Ordnance set contain:
- fuel tank 2000l - 1pc.
- fuel tank 3000l - 3pcs.
- firebomb ZB-500 - 1pc.
- multiple bomb rack MZBD-6 - 7pcs.
- guided bomb KAB-500Kr - 7pcs.
- guided bomb KAB-500L - 7pcs.
- guided bomb KAB-1500L - 3pcs.
- bomb OFAB-100-120 - 38pcs.
- bomb OFAB-250-270 -18pcs.
- bomb FAB-250M-54 - 30pcs.
- bomb FAB-250M-62 - 16pcs.
- bomb FAB-250TS - 5pcs.
- bomb FAB-500M-54 - 10pcs.
- bomb FAB-500M-62 - 10pcs.
- bomb FAB-500TS - 10pcs.
- bomb FAB-1500M-46 - 3pcs.
- bomb FAB-1500M-54 - 2pcs.
- container APK-9 - 1pc.
- container/cluster bomb KMGU-2 - 7pcs.
- cluster bomb RBK-250 - 8pcs.
- gun container SPPU-6-23 - 3pcs.
- unguided missile pod UB-32A - 6pcs.
- unguided missile pod B-8M - 6pcs.
- unguided missile pod B-13L "Tulumbas" - 6pcs.
- unguided missile S-24B - 4pcs.
- unguided missile S-25OF - 6pcs.
- unguided missile S-25OFM - 6pcs.
- guided missile R-60 - 4pcs.
- guided missile S-25L - 6pcs.
- guided missile Kh-23M - 4pcs.
- guided missile Kh-23ML - 4pcs.
- guided missile Kh-23MR - 4pcs.
- guided missile Kh-28 - 2pcs.
- guided missile Kh-29L - 3pcs.
- guided missile Kh-29T -3pcs.
- guided missile Kh-31 - 3pcs.
- guided missile Kh-58U - 2pcs.
- guided missile Kh-59 - 2pcs.
- guided missile Kh-29M "Ovod" - 2pcs.
- refueling pod UPAZ-M - 1pc.

Also keep an eye on:

For a decal set focused on the current Syrian campaign - not just for the Su-24M, but also Su-34, Su-25 and Su-30.

Kampfgruppe144 is visible again !!

Kampfgruppe144 is visible again !!
You can now see the content on KG144 without registration!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

1/144 Dassault MD.450 OURAGAN - Miniwing

1/144 Dassault MD.450 OURAGAN - Miniwing

Miniwings have released their next batch of kits, covering this nice looking early European fighter-bombe.

The Dassault M.D.450 Ouragan (French: Hurricane) was the first French-designed jet fighter-bomber to enter production, playing a key role in resurgence of the French aviation industry after World War II. The Ouragan was operated by France, India, Israel and El Salvador. While in Israeli service, it participated in both the Suez Crisis and the Six-Day War.

Detailed design work on the new aircraft, which was given the designation M.D. (Marcel Dassault) 450, began in October 1947, with construction beginning on 7 April 1948 at Dassault's factory in Saint-Cloud. The Ouragan was smaller and lighter than the Thunderjet and had a thin wing similar to the one used by the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star.

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, and also provided is both a clear resin and a vac-form canopy - also, included is a set of vinyl masks for painting the canopy. Did i mention the box, well there Miniwing have introduced a new modern letterbox style box - with full colour painting options on rear.

There are two decal options are provided for aircraft :

  • Armee de l'air, 2e Escadre de Chasse, Dijon, 1954 (aircraft #207 of 1954 "Patrouille de France"
  • Indian Air Force, 29 Sqn "Scorpions", 1958

An Israeli and El Salvadoran version of this kit is available.

Available: December 2015
From: or Usual Stockists

(Review kit provided by Miniwing)

1/144 Avia B.534 early series QUATTRO COMBO - Eduard

1/144 Avia B.534 early series QUATTRO COMBO - Eduard

First release of Avia B.534 in 144th scale (2015 tool). Kit contains parts for 4 complete models of early variants of the aircraft.

  • plastic parts: Eduard
  • No. of decal options: 6
  • Decals: Eduard
  • PE parts: no
  • painting mask: yes

(Photo Etched parts - available separately)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

1/144 Starwars 'Phase 1'- by Dragon

1/144 Starwars 'Phase 1'-  by Dragon

New 1/144 items coming out of the new Starwars franchise fro Dragon, this is 'Phase 1' - so I don't know if there will be more connected to this films released, or we have to wait until the next movie??

There is not much to go on at the moment, only this teaser on Dragon Facebook site.

Its not clear as to the relationship between the licensing/production with Revell's new kits - same / shared  - or, different ....?

Don't forget we have also have some items from BANDAI too

1/144 AT-AT
1/144  Tie-fighter
1/144  X-Wing T-65
1/144  X-Wing T-70
1/144 Millennium Falcon
1/144 AT-ST + Snowspeeder

Release Date - 2016??


1/144 F-TOYS VS3 Ki-61 & P-38 - F-Toys

1/144 F-TOYS VS3 Ki-61 & P-38 - F-Toys

The next in the "vs" (versus) series, this time the series appears to be focused on the "War over the Pacific"

Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (飛燕, "flying swallow")

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Due: March 2016

Want more variants? and i'm sure MYK Decals will announce some by release data?

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)