An interesting modeller has appeared on Shapeways trading as Kuugun Koushou ("Airforce Arsenal"), whilst majoring in JSDF GSE items, there is also provision scope for some USAF and RAAF itesm. Euro dioramas could also be catered for due to the compatible nature of European and Japanese styling of light trucks.
Sadly the store is not open fore sale currently, but it will be an interesting one to watch!?
1/144 Wonderfest 2012 Show Specials - Platz/F-Toys
Not withstanding how "special" these specials are, on the basis at least two out of the three, if not all have been previously released at previous shows - the "special" nature is linked to the short production run leading to limited availability after the show days. However keep an eye on ebay and som of the smaller sites and these may appear....
Needless to say, these are all part of the cool Area-88 Series, that overall has not seem a full reissue for some years (BAe/Blackburn Buccaneer anyone!?) At least any additional decals are proper Cartograf decals!
F-8 Crusader (1,000 Yen)
F-35J Saab Drakken (1,800 Yen)
A-4 Sky Hawk (1,000 Yen)
F-2A (1,800 Yen) - Warning, this may be the 2010 reissue!?
At the time Rheinmetall was developing the
Flak 41, the Krupp's company was also competing
for production orders with their 8.8 cm Gerät 42 proposal. The Krupps design was
not accepted for production as an anti-aircraft gun, however development
continued and resulted in the dreaded 8.8 cm PaK 43 anti-tank gun and 8.8 cm
KwK 43 tank guns.
43 (abbreviation of Panzerabwehrkanone 43) used a new single axle mount with
the gun much closer to the ground, making it far easier to hide and also harder
to hit. It was had a much stronger and more angled armour shield to provide
better protection for gunners.
All versions this design were able to
penetrate about 200 mm of armour at 1,000m, allowing it to defeat the armour
of any contemporary tank.
The standard armament of the Tiger II, the
KwK 43 tank gun, was essentially the PaK 43 externally modified to fit into a
This miniature has a range
of interesting and unique features
1.All new design 2.Detailed PAK43 3.Canon can traverse to the left and right 4.Articulated support legs 5.Compatible with KG144 & CGD towing hook systems 6.Digitally mastered and produced using state of the art 3D printing 7.Made with strong and flexible nylon material, extremely durable 8.Individually hand painted and weathered
Figures and vehicles not included!.
Available: January 2012
Mercedes Benz L4500A mit 5cm Flak 41 ($22.90 from CGD@eBay) This is a semi armoured version of a Mercedes Benz L4500A with a 5cm Flak 41 fitted for mid range anti air defense for armour columns. The vehicle had folding anchoring stands to absorb the recoil of the gun. The gun design was not a particular success because of slow transverse speed, and a heavy but not too powerful cartridge. It was to be replaced by the 5.5cm Flaks in development. This model features a L4500A towing ammunition trailer. Optional anchoring stands allow the model to be assembled in "Up" traveling mode or "Down" deploy mode. The 5cm Flak can be transversed and elevated.
Mercedes Benz L4500A mit 3.7cm Flak 36 ($22.90 from CGD@eBay) This is a semi armoured version of a Mercedes Benz L4500A with a 3.7cm Flak 41 fitted for close range anti air defense for armour columns. The vehicle had folding anchoring stands to absorb the recoil of the gun. The gun was an improvement over the 2cm Flak 38, providing better defense against better armoured airplanes. This model features a L4500A towing ammunition trailer. Optional anchoring stands allow the model to be assembled in "Up" traveling mode or "Down" deploy mode. The 3.7cm Flak can be transversed and elevated.The 3.7cm Flak and its mounting sled can be detached and deployed elsewhere if the customer desires, such on other vehicles such as sWS.
Mercedes Benz L4500A mit 2cm Flakvierling 38 ( $21.90 from CGD@eBay) This is a semi armoured version of a Mercedes Benz L4500A with a 2cm Flak Flakvierling 38 fitted for close range anti air defense for armour columns. Side panel of the truck were folded down during anti air operations. Each of the 2cm Flak had a rate of fire of 220 RPM.
This model features a L4500A towing ammunition trailer. The side panels can be folded down so that the model can be operated in travel mode or deploy mode as the real vehicle. The 2cm Flakvierling can be transversed and elevated.The 2cm Flakverling and its mounting sled can be detached and deployed elsewhere if the customer desires, such as for fixed ground deployment.
1/144 Soviet T-44/85 & T-44/100 Medium Tanks - CGD
The T-44 was designed as a successor to the T-34 tank series. Development began in 1943 and production started in 1945. Fewer than 2000 vehicles were produced.
The T-44/85 carries the same gun as the T34/85 but with a bigger turret derived from the T34/85 turret.
The T-44/100 carried a 100mm gun to counter heavy armoured German heavy tanks. It had a bigger turret derived from the T34/85 turret. This version only reached prototype staged. A new turret was designed for better performance and the new design eventually entered service as T-54,
The development of the T-44 contributed to the development of its successor T-54, which was one of the most produced tank in history.
Another of CGD more esoteric productions, a captured beutepanzer T34/85(r) rearmed with 88mm Gun.
The Germans captured very few T34/85 tanks and even fewer was put into service. However, from unconfirmed sources, Panzerbrigade Kurland, in Kurland, had only captured tanks. They took a captured T34/85 to a shipyard and rearmed to fire 88mm shells. They might have rebored the 85mm gun barrel to take 88mm shells (not quite probable) or took the 88mm gun form a damaged Tiger I and fit it into the turret. Supposedly the turret storage box from the Tiger was also fitted onto the T34, with some other custom additions.
1/144 British AEC Dorchester, Russian BA-6 & USA Ford GPA - Panzer Depot
First out of the Panzer Depot workshop are the following collection of items:
The AEC Dorchester is an interesting one, and I think strange that PD didnt do an "Afrika Korps" captured version as Rommel did use some of these! The BA-6 should also keep people happy as it fills an interesting whole vacated by the pro-hobby items, the Ford GPA is a nice item of interest being the 'little brother' of the more famous DUKW!
Junkers Ju.322 Mammut Heavy glider that unsuccessfully competed with Me.321, the 'Mammut' whilst impressive looking did not perform well in tests and was abandoned in favour of the Me.321 'Gigant' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junkers_Ju_322
87 resin parts + Clear resin canopies, decals
Span: 430 mm x Length: 224 mm
The Junkers Ju.322 Mammut package contents secret kits of four 1/144 Luftwaffe gliders as bonus:
Kalert Ka 430
As highlighted to you last November (see KG144 here) Miniwings latest release is iconic Canadian Icon.
In the 1950s Canada needed an all-weather interceptor (fighter) able to patrol the vast areas of Canada's north and operate in all weather conditions. The two-seat fighter crewed by a pilot and navigator, was designed with two powerful engines and an advanced radar and fire control system housed in its nose that enabled it to fly in all-weather or night conditions.
The Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck (affectionately known as the "Clunk") was a Canadian jet interceptor/fighter serving during the Cold War both in NATO bases in Europe and as part of NORAD. The CF-100 was the only Canadian-designed fighter to enter mass production, serving primarily with the RCAF/CAF and in small numbers in Belgium (whose requirements surely couldn't have been further from the Canadians?) . For its day, the CF-100 featured a short takeoff run and high climb rate, making it well suited to its role as an interceptor.The first production version, designated Mk 3, incorporated the APG-33 radar and was armed with eight .50 calibre (12.7 mm) machine guns.
The kit conforms to the Miniwing signature format and feel being
cleanly cast and no obvious air bubbles. The panel lines on wing surfaces are very finely cast and provide a good balance between finesse and detailing, the fuselage lines are a little more defined. With a little care it should provide a good looking kit especially sat alongside the Miniwing CF-101 "Voodoo" (as seen built (Jaeckel))
kits comprise of 24 resin components, a styrene rod to be cut for struts and the new style crystal clear
resin canopy.Assembly and painting instructions are also
Another interesting point, I was sat there thinking this is a large aircraft so I compared it to the Ju-88 sat on my desk and it positively dwarfs the WWII bomber!
Decals are provided by -
Y-Kraft of Japan, for the following options:
Available: January 2012
From Miniwing or Usual Stockists
Other Canadian Miniwings releases include the CF-101, CF-105 and CS-2F, there may also be decal options on the other kits (I havent checked them all) or see CanMilAir for other RCAF aftermarket decals. a DHC-2 'Beaver' is to come!