Wednesday, December 29, 2010

1/144 M60A3 / CM-32 by 1/144 Strategist

A a new range of 1/144 has been launched in Taiwan, initial subject matter appears to consist of RoC (Republic of China) AFVs, both those purchased/adpated from the USA and those products indigenously developed within Taiwan.

The guys behind Strategist are going for full deal on these releases with professional packing and in later releases such as the Cm-32 metal axles and mixed media construction.

Currently released is the M60A3 "Patton" cast in resin, then painted and decaled, more info here
Price @25 USD
Available: December 2010

Next release with tbe the TIFV CM-32 "Cloud Leopard" APC with digital camo.
Price: to be confirmed
Available: to be confirmed
Colour Options - two options being considered

Available from Zetas ebay or Ruten shop

A full website will follow at the following location
Further information is avilable from or via Zeta ebay store

some images from: Obake Blog & CGD ... yid=618337

Others are from the main Strategist Site / ebay shop

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Radjapan - New items

Radjapan 'your gateway to the east', is now selling some new ranges of kits!

I think this will be useful for many of your who only pick up items from HLJ etc who do not carry these interesting range of kits:

Foxone Kits - Here

A&W Resin Kits - here

Sunday, December 19, 2010

1/144 F/A-18 C/D Detailing Kits - Retrowings

1/144 F/A-18 'Legay' Hornet Cockpit Detailing Set, by Retrowings (RW44006)
(for Revell F/A-18 C or D Kits ref 04001 & 04064 respectively)
1/144 F/A-18 'Legay' Hornet Control Surfaces Detailing Set,
by Retrowings (RW44005)
(for Revell F/A-18 C or D Kits ref 04001 & 04064 respectively)

Retrowings first previewed these back in March 2010, and now just in time for the new year for consideration on your 2011 projects list are the final issue release sets.

RW4005 - Control Surfaces Set
This set provides a comprehensive array of replacement parts. 2x of each are provided for Folded wing Tips, Dropped Flaps,Dropped Slats,Rear Stabilisers,Vertical Tails. Full pictorial and textual descriptions (see above and HD images below) to assist in the replacement and modification of the appropriate sections. The detailing on this is nice and clean and complement s the Revell kits well.

RW4006 - Cockpit Detail Set
This 10x part upgrade set provided detailed replacements on a part for part basis for the Revell kits, it allows to build the singe of twin seat cockpit versions with very nicely molded and detailed providing not only great detailing on instrument panels, but also fine amount of detail in the seaing and tub as a whole. Instructions provided

Available: December 2010
RW4005 Control Surfaces Set - 3.99 Euro
RW4006 Cockpit Detail Set - 3.99 Euro

Available from Retrowings (Shop)

HD Images A B C D E F


1/144 Eurofighter - Revel vs Pit-Road Review - By Spejic

1/144 Eurofighter - Revel vs Pit-Road Review - By Spejic

On the Kampfgruppe144 BBS companion site, Spejic has post an 'In Box Review" for two of the leading versions of the Eurofighter Kit in 1/144.

The Revell and Pit-Road kits are presented with a selection of photo comparisons and comment, the review is available on the following link.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

1/144 Bachem Ba349V "Natter" - by Foxone

1/144 Bachem Ba-349V "Natter"- by Foxone

Foxone has released his latest kit, a great reproduction of the Bachem 'Natter' rocket fighter. Designed as a short range 'point defence' for key infrastructure such as factories or cities in a bid to stop the Allied bombers.

As with a lot of the late war German products it is an interesting item for us historically, but useless in its time.

The Foxone kit is supplied with a reduced number of parts for easier assembley, and and included a launch gantry that will greatly help the reproduction of a nice diorama and display!

This is the "V" varient, and was the early development and testing version.
Therefore the kit has some revision over the previous versions and the selection of decals and recommended paint schemes refelct this. The other big difference that is hard not to spot, is the inclusion of a large industrial launch tower.

As with most Foxone kits this will be an interesting but challenging kit to build.
It is again one of many subjects that Tomytec or Project Flieger failled to address!

Available: Devember 2010
Price: 4000 Yen
These kits can be ordered direct from Foxone, or via Radjapan

The previous "combat" version of the 'Natter' is still available.

Foxone has also revise the Fi-103 (V-1) 'Doodle Bug' kit, look for the A007.1 kit reference - See here for details It has been remastered with fewer parts for easier construction.

1/144 Maintanence Crew 001 + 002 - Foxone

Foxone has launched a new range of accessories, primarily to support the Ba-349 a/v 'Natter' kits.
It will be interestesting to see how this side of the products is received by people?

Available: December 2010
500 Yen (B001 - Crew Set.1)
500 Yen (B003 - Crew Set.2)

These kits can be ordered direct from Foxone, or via Radjapan

1/144 A-39 Tortoise Assualt Tank WWII - CGD

1:144 CGD WWII British A-39 Tortoise Super Assault Tank

The British A-39 Tortoise Super Assault Tank started developement in 1943, and was developed to counter heavy fortifications such as the Siegfried Line.

Weighing in at 78 tons, it carried the british Ordance QF 32 pdr (96mm) derived from the QF 3.7 AA gun.
Although more like an assault gun or self propelled gun, its gun was tested effective knocking out a Panther tank at almost 1000 yds.

Near the end of the war 6 prototype was built and one is preserved at the Bovington Tank Museum in Bovington, UK.

An interesting addition to the collection, and something to face up to all those Panzer'46 kits!

Available: December 2010 (CGD Ebay)
Price: $19.90

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

1/144 88mm Flak 36 & SdKfz 7 - Panzer Depot

1/144 88mm Flak 36 & SdKfz 7 - Panzer Depot

The Panzer Depot release for December bring another in two items, another in the series of German Prime Movers, and an associated 88mm Flak 36.

Available in four colour options, these should meet a variety of scenarios for deployment!

The main gun can move horizontally and vertically on the gun base, the wheel axles are can be attached or detached to replicate transport or deployed configurations.

88mm Flak 36 Panzer Grey $25.80
88mm Flak 36 Dunkel Gelb $25.80
88mm Flak 36 Winter Wash $25.80
88mm Flak 36 Camo $26.80

SdKfz 7 Panzer Grey $14.80
SdKfz 7 Dunkel Gelb $14.80
SdKfz 7 Winter Wash $14.80
SdKfz 7 Camo $15.80

Available direct from Panzer Depot at shop or ebay

Friday, December 10, 2010

1/144 German 60cm Searchlight Set (Flak-SW 36)

WWII German 60cm Flakscheinwerfer (Flak-SW 36)
(60cm Searchlight with Carriage and Generator)

60cm Fakscheinwerfer or Searchlight is a commonly used searchlight used by the WWII Germans for air defense accompanying flak batteries. It was small compared to it's 150cm or larger searchlights and can be deployed on a sled with towed carriage or mount directly on vehicles. It required a massive power generator to power up its carbon arc lamp.

This 1:144 WWII German 60cm Searchlight with Carriage and Generator Set include a 3 part searchlight assembly (elevating searchlight body, transverse searchlight mount and sled), a carriage, a generator, and two vehicle hooks.

The vehicle hooks can be glued to any vehicles using Cyanoacrylate based glue or 'Super Glue', or 2 part epoxy glue, so that you can toll the searchlight assembly with its carriage behind vehicle of your choice.

The item has been produced in response to customer demand for more auxiliary items and support vehicles.

It is fairly safe to say you will have not seen these items in 1:144 before!

(Towing Vehicle NOT Included)

The price of is USD 17.9, the link is here:

Thursday, December 09, 2010

1.144 Me1101 & Focke-Wulf FW Ta 183 -

„What if“ Messerschmitt Me1101 & Focke-Wulf FW Ta 183 - by

Valom kit No. 14401 Messerschmitt Me 1101 and Focke-Wulf Ta 183
Box contain four kits(?) with four markings covering Luftwaffe and IJA schemes.

Interestingly, as has been noted by others this would appear to be a repackaging of the kits. See my previous report

The Jach kits were plastic injected kits, clear plastic canopies, photo etched radars & decals.

The price is unspecified, but maybe be a little more than the Jach released kits?
Available: Soon

144Shop still has the Jach version of these kits available.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

1/144 Piper Cub J-3 / L-4 by Dameya

I have acquired through trade a specimen of a 1/144 Piper Cub by Dameya.

It is a nice garage kit of an unusual subject that is unlikely to be produced in the foreseeable future by one of the big kit makers.

The kits comes in a mixed media combination of resin and photo-etched brass parts.
There is a little flash on some of the smaller parts, but this is not to be completely unexpected for a garage kit that is been in production for a while.
The brass parts will be essential to obtaining the fine detail of the struts for this aircraft.
The canopies are clear resin and there is one for each of the J-3 or L-4 configurations.
Decals are provided for early and late war period, and of course a civil option.

It s a great little model that should look great in the Piper Cub L-4 Military configuration alongside the Foxone Auster as Allied military liaison aircraft.

This kit can also be configured for the Civil Piper Cub J-3 Option.

Although the J-3 was configured as the civil option and had the enclosed style canopy, references indicate that some L-4's were simply redesignated and kept the additional roof glazing.

Please see here for images of the the completed model

Price: 2,700 Yen
Available: Now (via Dameya Shop, Japan Only)

Saturday, December 04, 2010

1/144 Bf-109 Gimix Series - Tomytec

Following on from the shows earlier in the year, websites in Japane are begining to show early pre-order listings for the Tomytec Gimix Series for the Bf-109.

Recent Gimix issues have show that these will most likely come with motor options and display base. These should also be comaptible with the optional desktop flyer/spinner accessory.

The Fw-190 Gimix series also indicate that Tomytec hve raised that standard of the old FAOW:WOTL series even further by adding detials such as aerial wires, metal parts and nice paint work.

Bf109 E-3 2nd Air Wing Instructor
Bf-109 E-4/B 54th Combat Wing
Bf-109 E-7/Trop 27th Combat Wing
(finally, a desert bf-109 with interesting paint!)
Bf-109 E-4 1st Night Fighter Wing
Bf-109 E-3 Romanian Air Force

The price is higher than the old series (but the yen is 50% more exspensive than a last year even!, but cheaper than the FW-190 series.

Availble: March 2011
Price: 1,400 (discount rate 1,120)
Source: 1999, HLJ & niitakayama

1/144 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 SWS - CGD

1:144 German Panzerwerfer auf sWS
(15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf Schwerer Wehrmachtsschlepper)

The next in the series of sWS from CGD, now it gets interesting!

This is the one you've really been waiting for the Panzewerfer, incorporating nerbelwerfer technology this armoured half track used rockets as artillery to undermine enemy positions.

This was a real weapon system deployed during WWII, not a paper panzer!

Available: Pre-order (forDecember)
Source: CGD (ebay)
Price: $17.90 USD

Hint: the first two pre-order batches sold out due to demand!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

1/144 XB-59 and Sentinel R-1 Update - Anigrand

Boeing XB-59 competitor to the Convair B-58 Hustler
Available: Jan 2011
Price: tbc

Raytheon Sentinel R.1
Available: December 2010
Price: $78

The Bonus aircraft with the Sentinel R-1 are:
Westland Gazelle = here =
Westland Rotodyne (Production Version) = here =
BAe P.1214. (Supersonic Harrier) = here =

Sunday, November 28, 2010

1/144 Tupolev Tu-160 Decals - Begemot

We continue this weekends decal theme with another set of decals.
1/144 Tupolev Tu-160 'Blackjack' Decals - Begemot #144-01.

The decal set includes stencils for one aircraft, and decal schemes for 12x different variation covering Soviet,Russian and Ukrainian aircraft.

The deals come with extensive instuctions (in Russian and English) as can bee seen in this PDF.

Available: Now from these worldwide suppliers (including Hannents)
Price: £8GBP

Begemot have indicated that the decal should fit either the Trumpeter or Zvezda kit

Saturday, November 27, 2010

1/144 Eurofighter Decal Sets - MYK Decals

Eurofighter Decal Sets - MYK Decals

A whole host of Eurofighter Decals are just released, or are soon to be released. If you are a Eurofighter fan then this could be a great day for you. You are also spoilt for choice on which kit manufacturer to use, Revell, F-Toys or Pit Road!

There are 3 main sets:

European User:
A group of classic Eurofighter customers.
Available: Now
Price: 760Yen

Luftwaffe JG.73 "Steinhoff", Berlin, May. 2008
Luftwaffe JG.74 "Neuburg", Jun. 2008
Spanish Air Force, Grupo 11 113 Escuadron, Gran Canaria, Sep. 2009
Austrian Air Force, Zeltweg, May 2008
Royal Air Force, No.3 Squadron, RAF Coningsby, Jun 2006
Royal Air Force, No.29 Squadron, RAF Coningsby, 2006
Italian Air Force, 4 Stormo 9 Gruppo, RAF Coningsby, 2005
Itaian Air Force, 36 Stormo 12 Gruppo, Gioia del Colle, Aug 2009

JASDF - Eurofighter (Special Edition)
The Eurofighter is being considered as a future combat aircraft of Japan.
Whether this is because they feel it is a great aircraft, or using it as a bargaining ploy to get the F-22?
Available: Soon
Price: 760Yen
JASDF, 301st SQ 5th AW, NYUTABARU Air Base, 2013
JASDF, 301st SQ 5th AW, NYUTABARU Air Base, 2013
JASDF, 204th SQ 83rd AW, NAHA Air Base, 2013
JASDF, 204th SQ 83rd AW, NAHA Air Base, 2013
JASDF, 302nd SQ 7th AW, HYAKURI Air Base, 2013

Empire of Greater Japan AIR FORCE "FU-ZIN" (Fantasy / 'What-If')
A distinctly IJA WWII inspired set of schemes!
Available: Now
Price: 760Yen

GJAF, 244th Fighter Group Commander, Tyofu Air Base, 2013
GJAF, 244th Fighter Group, Tyofu Air Base, 2013
GJAF 64th Fighter Group 2nd Squadron, Nyutabaru Air Base, 2013
GJAF,85th Fighter Group, Chitose Air Base, 2013
GJAF, 50th Fighter Group 1st Squadron, Hyakuri Air Base, 2013

Dameya Updates

Dameya is pleased to announce his latest release, as set of photoetched tracks for the Pz.kpfw III
They are highly detailed, and for the skilled modeller!
Suggested use is for the F-Toys Battle Tank Collection Vol.1, or Dragon's 'Panzer Korps' Kits.

Available: November 2011 (Japan Only)
Cost: 1,200 Yen

Dameya has moved his blog and the new location is:

The Dameya Shop remains the same:

Friday, November 26, 2010

1/144 Fw-190 A-8 "GiMix Series" by Tomytec

1/144 Fw-190 A-8 "GiMix Series" by Tomytec (TakaraTomy)

Tomytec(TakaraTomy) are to reissue a series of FW-190 A-8 in using GiMix series branding.
Typically the Gimix ranges have additional funtions such as motors or lights

Interestingly, these FW-190s come on small displaystands as per the Doyusha releases.
needless to all this extra stuff would appear to bump up the price 2-3 times!?
Hopefully these items will retain the excellent quality of the FAOW:WOTL series from Takara.

Available: December 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

1/144 sWS with 60cm Infrared Search Light - UHU

1/144 German sWS with 60cm Infrared Search Light - UHU (60cm Infrarot-Scheinwerfer auf Schwerer Wehrmachtsschlepper)

The standard sWS was produced from December of 1943 to March of 1945 and was designed as replacement for sdkfz6 and sdkfz11 and was available in a number of configurations to replace a variety of existing halftaracks.

The sWS is very much a WWII item, however the UHU option presented here is fictional. It is based opon a logical projection of the Sdkfz 251/20 UHU.

A great site covering the sWS can be found here

Future sWS releases from CGD

Available: November 2011
Price: $18.90
CGD Ebay (pre-order)