Sunday, May 30, 2010

1/144 B-57D & B-57G Conversion - Ozmods

OzMods have updated thier Martin B-57D Conversion pack to include decals, and have added a Martin B-57G upgrade set.

Of course if your thinking this looks a lot like the English Electric Canberra youd be correct!
The American licensed the Canberra and made some alterations for thier purposes.

OzMods also sell the "real" Canberra in a number of options and kits.

1/144 Soviet JS-3 Stalin by PanzerDepot

The Panzer Depot release for June 2010 is a Soviet JS-3 Stalin (Heavy Tank),
it was used in small numbers (in Soviet terms) towards the end of the war and was subsequently used post war by States friendly to the Soviet Regime

Panzer Depot also offer BT-7, ZIS-3 and USA "Lend Lease" & British Equipment as used by the Soviets in WWII.

Available: Now
Colour: Green
Price $16.80 USD

I wonder if Panzerdepot will produce the impressive looking IS-7/JS-7 ?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

1/144 WWII V-1 Launch Ramp by CGD

The final instalment of this weeks great items from CGD (CG Dynamix).
A 1/144 V-1 Launch Set, with Started Kit, plus two extension options and V- 1 & Fi-103R/III set.

another interesting and unusal subject that I think many people will want to own.

It has been produced from CAD principles and appears to be a accurate representation of these temporary launch ramps form material available on the web.

I would suggest getting some Opel Blitz Tankers, A Radio Truck, Opel Blitz Canvas an maybe a Kubelwagon with some figures and your got the basis for a nice diorama. (I am sure CGD would happily sell you a dio base to match?)

Availabe : Now CGD Ebay
Starter Set - $29 USD (Painted)
Extention Set "B" - $29 USD (Painted)
Extention Set "C" - $15 USD (Painted)
V-1/Fi=103R - $15 USD (Painted)

More info + pics on KG144 BBS Manufacturers Announcements Here

Friday, May 28, 2010

1/144 Pz.Kpfw. VII Löwe (Lion) by CGD

Another great looking 'paper panzer" from CGD (CG Dymanix) of Hong Kong.
It is formualted using the Shapeways 3D Print model sytems, this enables sophisticted CG 3D CAD designs to be translated into accurate models.

In 1941, Krupp started the development of a new heavy tank to succeed the Tiger II (King Tiger). The tank was to be "so strongly armoured that no known enemy anti-tank gun could penetrate". The tank was to be armed with 150mm KwK 44 L/38. It would weight no more than 90 tons and had a top speed of 35 km/hr. In July 1942, an order to stop the development of the Löwe was issued

more info on KG144 BBS

The first batch has been sold out in just a matter of hours and preorder is available in eBay store:

Unpainted version is now available here with free shipping (and tax free I think if you are in EU):

Available: Coming Soon
Price: Tbc

Sunday, May 23, 2010

1:144 Pak 43 L/71 & Munitionswagen 38(d) - CGD

CGD have issues a late ware/panzer'46 items to their range of items.
In the form of a pre-painted combination of PAK 43 L/71 with Munitionswagen 38(d)

Why 38(d) and not (t), interesting point...?
Although ministry plans indicated that components of the 38(t) should be used for cost saving the two main companies (Mann & Ardelt) in the competition to produce the 38(d) Waffen Trager did not use the standard 38(t) chassis (as per Achtung Panzer and PanzerTracts Reference sources)

Available: Now
Price@ $15 USD (both items, +supplies)
Source: Combat-Group-Dynamix
More: DivisionPanzer144

Saturday, May 22, 2010

1/144 Hawker-Siddeley Nimrod AEW.3 - Anigrand (upd)

Hot of the press, Anigrand have announced another classic for June.
Time to add to yout British aircraft collection!

The Hawker-Siddeley Nimrod AEW.3 is the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW) varient of the Nimrod.

Bonus kits are as follows:

Hawker P.1121
Fairey Gannet AEW.3
Cierva W.11 Airhorse

Price: tbc
Available: June 2010

1/144 scale Martin XB-48 USAF Bomber - Anigrand

Available on preorder Anigrand are have released the Martin XB-48 USAF Bomber.
A prototype bomber than was developed in WWII design competition and ending up competeing with and loosing against the B-47. (maybe something for your Luft'46 fighter diorama)

Unit price: US$68
Shipping charge: US$10

Available: June 2010

The bonus items are as follows:

Left: Lockheed F-94C (Late) Starfire ?
Middle: Martin XB-51 (XA-45)
Right: Curtiss-Wright XF-87 Blackhawk ?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

1/144 Radjapan webstore launched by Radsan 777

Radsan has expanded his ebay store and launched a seprate webstore.
I know many of you are customers of Radsan and would be interested in this development.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

1/144 FW-190a - Takara GiMIX

Is this the next WOTL series that has been missing for so long (since Tomy took over Takara?)
Well, maybe not..., but it is a start!

Looks like nice repaints of the WOTL Fw190.

That fact they look like they maybe produced is hopefully the start of something new??

They appear to be part of the Takara GiMIX ranges, so hopefully we can expect some tricks ...
maybe motors for props? (or they could be issued with a desktop spinner? as per the two special edition WOTL?)

Thanks to CF18

Other initial Shizuoka 1/144 items

1/144 Pit-Road - Planned Items

Pit-Road have announced or confirmed a range of product they expect to release in the medium term.

SN07 1/144 Russian Air Force 144 T-50 PAK-FA" - Platz
SN06 1/144 British air force bomber prototype 144 TSR-2" - Platz
SN05 1 /144 FGR.4 British Royal Air Force Typhoon" - Platz

Price: ???
Availability: ???

It raises an interesting question that if Pit-Road are intending to release a "proper" TSR-2, where does the discussion or model prototypes for the Anime Stratos 4 TSR-MS lead us?
Will there a be a follow on kit?

Saturday, May 08, 2010

1/144 Republic F-84F Thunderstreak - (upd)

Miniwing continue to release kits overlook by mainstream manufacturers and now present you with the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak in 1/144.

The format follows the usual Miniwing presentation with the standard packaging, containing the bagged resin kit, 2 vac-form canopies,outline instructions, decal and colour sheet for a USA & French options (by Y-Kraft of Japan)

1) F-84F of 78th TFS "Bushmasters", 81st TFW at RAF Bentwaters
(RAF Bentwaters 1/144 Control Tower Paperbuilding - here 22mb )

2) F-84F of Escadron E.C 1/4 "Dauphine"(4e Escadre de Chasse), Luxeil,1964

The resin kit is nicely cast and is crisply moulded with fine detailing as we have come to expect from Miniwing. I'll let the pictures do the talking!

Some of you may have the old Aeroclub F-84F kit (#A1,#A2), you can be assured that this new release if far superior in detailing and quality to that old warhorse!

Available: May 2010
Price: TBC

This aircraft was used by @14 countries, so there is pleny of scope for alternate schemes of your choice!?

KG144 Super-HD images:
Miniwing F-84F:
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 - #10
Aeroclub F-84F(#L)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

1/144 Model-2 Drop Tank Set - Sweet (update)

I know, how did you survive so long....
All those Zero kits from Sweet and no Drop Tanks!?
Now your prayers are answered and this vital accessory is to be released enabling you to add some combat bling to your Sweet Zero Kits!


Type-2 Wooden DROP TANK SET
Expected Release Date: June
price: 1,500 Yen

Did I mention that these are for the Sweet Zero Kits?
In case it has passed you by it would appear Sweet do a large range of Zeros for your pleasure, these would look great with these drop tanks!!

Monday, May 03, 2010

1/144 A&W Models - Japanese Kits

A&W Models
ANiGRAND & WiLLING Resin kit Project 2010

A new venture is being launched and will be bringing a range of themed kits to the Japanese market. It is not clear at this stage if they will be available from the Anigrand site for the rest of the world?

Japanese Site:
English Site: catalog = here =

AW144001 ShinMaywa UF-XS JMSDF
HU-16C/UF-1 Grumman flying boat produced by experimental modifications to the albatross ShinMaywa. UF-XS first flight 1962.

AW144002 Mitsubishi Type-93 / Army Light Bomber Ki-2
Light Twin engined bomber of World War II Japanese war. 1933。
Main areaa of activity North China.
(looks like (is) a Junkers S36/K37

AW144003 Nakajima E8N DAVE
A well perfoming aircraft excelled in China conflict demontrating its excellent maneuverability, and was used for bombing, reconnaissance and even aerial combat.

AW144004 Mitsubishi Ka-14 Navy Fighter (IJN)
The Imperial Navy's first all-metal monoplane fighter.

AW144005 Kawasaki Type92 KDA-5 Army Fighter (IJA)
Publish Post
ped in 1930, it had excellent performance and set a national aviation records.

AW144006 ShinMeiwa US-2 Maritime Self Defence
A Rescue flying boat developed from the US-1A, with integrated instrument panel and fly by wire system, glass cockpit and pressurized cabin.

Cost: ???
Available: ???

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Convair XAB-1 Atomic-Powered Bomber

Convair XAB-1 Atomic-Powered Bomber by Fantastic Plastic

A classic 1:188 XAB-1 model kit was released by Hawk Models in 1959 and re-released in 1964. The model is considerably larger in 1:144, but will includes many details found on the original kit, including landing gear and two parasite fighters.

Length: 17 inches ~ @44 cm !

Available: May 2010
Cost: $105 US Dollars

Decisions, decisions.....