Wednesday, April 07, 2021

1/144 Imperial Chinese Navy Peiyang Squadron ship "Ping Yuen" - BRONCO (updated)

 


1/144 Imperial Chinese Navy Peiyang Squadron ship "Ping Yuen" - BRONCO

Updated 13/04/2021

Type: Complete model
Released: 2021 | First edition - a new tool
Topic: Ironclad coastal battleship Pingyuan » Battleships (Ships)

https://www.scalemates.com/cs/kits/bronco-kb14005-imperial-chinese-navy-ping-yuen--1343124

No further details have surfaces so far, though previous releases in this range have also included decals and photoetched parts,.

http://www.cn-bronco.com/en/m/product/html/?457.html


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Manufacturer : Bronco Model
Scale         : 1/144
Release Date : May(Apr. 9, 2021 Pre-order start.)
List Price         : 4,620yen    about    42.29USD
Sales Price : 3,570ye    nabout    32.68USD

Full length: approx 41cm.

The Japanese Navy has been captured and operated for about 10 years, and has participated in the Russo-Japanese War.

The total length of the kit is about 41 cm.
-Handrails and ladders on the mast are reproduced with etched parts.
--Decals for the Imperial Chinese Navy flag are included
--Heien is the first domestically built warship in the Qing dynasty.
-Armor was imported from France and armor was imported from Germany.

The ship name at the time of construction was [Ryuei], but it was changed to [Heien] when it was transferred to the Beiyang Fleet.

In the Battle of the Yalu River in the Sino-Japanese War, you engaged with [Matsushima] and caused damage, but you also damaged yourself and withdrew to Weihaiwei.
--It was captured by the Japanese Army in 1895 and incorporated into the Japanese Navy under the same ship name.
--On the way back from the patrol during the Russo-Japanese War's Siege of Port Arthur (September 18, 1905), it sank due to a mine.

--The main gun is a Krupp 26 cm gun mounted on a single turret. It was a large caliber gun for the time.
--Overall length 60m, displacement 2100 tons
--Two reciprocating engines, speed 10.5 knots

 1 26cm main gun, 2 15cm secondary guns, 5 torpedo tubes
--Armor up to 229mm

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Monday, March 29, 2021

1/144 Panzer Series 3(?) "Tigers" by U-STAR

 1/144 Panzer Series 3(?) "Tigers" by U-STAR 

As before, some of you will love these, others will despair - what is slightly odd is the shift from experimental to mainstream panzers

Some investigation needs to be done to see if these are "new" or reissues from Dragon Micro Armour or F-Toys/WTM?
 
No sprue shots as yet......., no allied, or Japanese tanks as yet.



1/144 King Tiger Henschel Turret (Plastic model) - U-Star
Manufacturer : U-Star Hobby
Scale : 1/144
Release Date : May(Mar. 26, 2021 Pre-order start.)
List Price : 1,155yenabout10.53USD
Sales Price : 892yenabout8.14USD
Item code : UA-60011
https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10771152



1/144 King Tiger Porsche Turret (Plastic model)  - U-Star
Manufacturer : U-Star Hobby
Scale : 1/144
Release Date : May(Mar. 26, 2021 Pre-order start.)
List Price : 1,155yenabout10.53USD
Sales Price : 892yenabout8.14USD
Item code : UA-60012
https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10771155




1/144  Jagdtiger (Plastic model)  - U-Star
Manufacturer : U-Star Hobby
Scale : 1/144
Release Date : May(Mar. 26, 2021 Pre-order start.)
List Price : 1,155yen about10.53USD
Sales Price : 892yen about8.14USD
Item code : UA-60013
https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10771156




1/144  King Tiger Late Production (Plastic model)  - U-Star
Manufacturer : U-Star Hobby
Scale : 1/144
Release Date : May(Mar. 26, 2021 Pre-order start.)
List Price : 1,155yen about 10.53USD
Sales Price : 892yen about 8.14USD
Item code : UA-60014
https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10771157


These were hinted in December 2020 (I'd just forgotten about them)




1/144 conversion kits for Victrix 251 D - CGD (Combat Group Dynamix)

 


1/144 conversion kits for Victrix 251 D - CGD (Combat Group Dynamix)

Printed parts to convert to: 

- 251/20 UHU, 

- 251/22 7.5 cm PaK40 L / 46 on medium gun armored car, 

- 251/23 2 cm 38 on medium gun armored car (inc brass barrel)


*** Sd.Kfz 251 kit is not included ***


https://www.facebook.com/CombatGroupDynamix/












Thursday, March 25, 2021

1/144 Soviet 'Shchuka' class submarine - Zvezda

 




1/144 Soviet 'Shchuka' class submarine - Zvezda

The Shchuka-class submarines (Russian: Щука), also referred to as Sh or Shch-class submarines, were a medium-sized class of Soviet submarines, built in large numbers and used during World War II. "Shchuka" is Russian for pike.

The Shchukas suffered heavy losses during the war. The Baltic, Black Sea and Northern Fleets lost 60–70% of their submarines. However, the submarines of the Pacific Fleet did not suffer any losses to the Japanese due to the tranquil nature of the theatre (military operations commenced only in the autumn of 1945 when the Japanese fleet largely was defeated). Three submarines were, however, lost to non-combat reasons. In all, 35 Shchuka-class submarines were lost, the vast majority during World War II.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shchuka-class_submarine


From the image shown on the Zvesda catalogue, the design of the conning tower (sail) of this boat would appear to represent one of the 10 Series X Shchukas of the Pacific Fleet - there is no markings visible on the submarine.  However, in the image below  shows the same design along side the Soviet Cruiser 'Komintern' which was part of the Black Sea Fleet... 

It is not known if parts to build all major variants will be included in this kit.


Kit Length 39.6 cm

Future Release: 2021

https://www.facebook.com/Zvezda.ModelKits/







Same vessel type (no markings), loading torpedoes with the inscription “Death to samurai!” To the Soviet Shchuka-class submarine of the Pacific Fleet (V-bis series). In the background is another Shchuka-class submarine (X series). August, 1945  https://twitter.com/WarshipPorn








Mikr-Mir also did the alternate version of this submarine:

https://kampfgruppe144.blogspot.com/2015/05/1144-soviet-wwii-submarine-class-shch.html



Wednesday, March 24, 2021


1/144 Heinkel He-111 H-6/H-20 - Roden

The He-111H-16 / H-20 German twin-engined medium bomber developed in the early 1940s from the earlier He-111 H-6. 

The new versions differed from their predecessor in improved armour, the ability to carry different types of bomb load, newer radio equipment, and a system for short-term engine power boost. Series production continued during 1943-44, when Heinkel produced about 1,200 units of the He111H-16 model and about 800 of the He111H-20. 

The vast majority of these aircraft fought in the skies of the Eastern Front, but many of them were also used on the Western Front, as well as in the final phase of the African campaign. On the basis of these models, many sub-variants were created, such as glider tugs or transport aircraft. 

The last of the He111H-16 and the H-20 were in operational use even at the beginning of 1945 in the final months of the war.

Markings for 2 aircraft:

 (1) He 111 H-20 Black M 4/4KG53, Eastern Front Summer 1944;

 (2) He 111 H-16 Red H 2/KG27, Eastern Front Southern Ukraine Winter 1942/43.

http://www.roden.eu/HTML/344.html


Estimated Release : April 2021

Hannants Price £20 (UK)
HLJ price £16.90 (Japan)









1/144 XF-103 High-Speed Interceptor Plane Early Version 1954 - Beaver Corporation




 1/144 XF-103 High-Speed Interceptor Plane Early Version 1954 - Beaver Corporation 

This is a Beaver Corporation / Foxone Collaboration, following on from their recent XB-51 release.

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--This is a guide to the Beaver Original [1/144 XF-103 Prototype High Speed Interceptor (Initial)].

--It is a high-speed interceptor [XF-103] developed for the US Air Force.

-[XF-103] was developed as a high-speed interceptor for air defense aiming for Mach 3.7, but the plan was canceled only after the mockup was completed.

This product is a resin kit.
Itis necessary to shape the sprue and burrs for assembly, and various tools are required at that time.
Parts are very fine and thin.

--Please be careful not to damage or lose it when assembling.
* For intermediate and advanced users.
* This product is made by a 3D printer.
* Absolute ethanol is suitable for cleaning parts, but please avoid using it.
* Generally, it is recommended to wash with a neutral detergent. Also, cleaning with acetone may erode parts.

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Manufacturer : Beaver Corporation , Foxone Design Studio
Scale : 1/144
Material     : Resin
Release Date : Apr(Mar. 24, 2021 Pre-order start.)
List Price         : 5,060yen about 46.45USD
Sales Price : 4,370yen about 40.12USD