Tuesday, October 28, 2014

1/144 F-16 "High Detail" F-Toys

1/144  F-16  "High Detail"  F-Toys 

The translation is a bit wooly, though it appears F-Toys have announced they are to "pause" the Wing Kit Collection  after the VS collection, and/or start producing a set of "High Detail" models (that wont be available via confectionery stores - so, through model hobby stores?)

Radjapan has confirmed (check out their new items):

The F-Toys blog says wing kit collections will take a break for a while. They use the word,”Take a break” about the Vol.15. So the Vol.15 could show up someday. 

F-Toys is also planning on releasing new series and they call it “High-Spec series” (something like Gimix). The High-Spec series Vol.1 is F-16 Fighting Falcon. They will come out next January or so.

So F-Toys goes with “VS series” and “High-Spec series” in the future.

Source: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/ftoys/20141027 and KG144BBS

Saturday, October 25, 2014

1-144 Yakovlev Yak-11 (NATO reporting name: "Moose") - Mikro-Mir

1-144 Yakovlev Yak-11 (NATO reporting name: "Moose") - Mikro-Mir

Mikro-Mir are continuing their support of 1/144 and are previously indicated in their catalog are due for release (lets hope those Yak-23 and the Yak-36 are not far behind), its not clear yet whether these will be single kits, or follow the tradition of multiple kits per box? The kits are injected plastic, though better than your typical resin kit are not quite there up with revell etc, though should still make a nice kit. There is a great array of decals with this kit that allows you to produce a host schemes for Soviet,Czech, GDR, Syria  and Algeria.

The Yakovlev Yak-11 (NATO reporting name: "Moose", Russian: Як-11) was a trainer aircraft used by the Soviet Air Force and other Soviet-influenced air forces from 1947 until 1962.

The Yakovlev design bureau began work on an advanced trainer based on the successful Yak-3 fighter in mid 1944, although the trainer was of low priority owing to the ongoing Second World War.[1] The first prototype of the new trainer, designated Yak-UTI or Yak-3UTI flew in late 1945. It was based on the radial-powered Yak-3U, but with the new Shvetsov ASh-21 seven-cylinder radial replacing the ASh-82 of the Yak-3U. It used the same all-metal wings as the Yak-3U, with a fuselage of mixed metal and wood construction. Pilot and observer sat in tandem under a long canopy with separate sliding hoods. A single synchronised UBS 12.7 mm machine gun and wing racks for two 100 kg (220 lb) bombs comprised the aircraft's armament.

An improved prototype flew in 1946, with revised cockpits and a modified engine installation with the engine mounted on shock absorbing mounts. This aircraft successfully passed state testing in October 1946, with production beginning at factories in Saratov and Leningrad in 1947. Production Yak-11s were heavier than the prototypes, with later batches fitted with non-retractable tail wheels and revised propellers. A 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun was sometimes fitted instead of the UBS, while some were fitted with rear-view periscopes above the windscreen. In total, Soviet production amounted to 3,859 aircraft between 1947 and 1955. with a further 707 licence-built by Let in Czechoslovakia as the C-11.
The Yak-11 set five world-class records.


1/144 Shorts Belfast SC.5 RAF Heavy transport - Anigrand

1/144  Shorts Belfast SC.5  RAF Heavy transport - Anigrand


Due December 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

1/144 Wing Kit Collection "Versus Series 1" - F-Toys

1/144 Wing Kit Collection "Versus Series 1" - F-Toys 
F-Toys are to release a 'mega' issue of 15 items consisting of 6x Shiden Kai and 8x P-51D Mustangs. I am not sure if these are released as singles, or twin packs like the old WTM VS Tanks. Its probably the former, with a logical pairing of aircraft based upon their adversarial nature being on opposing sides at specific campaign or battles?  I don't know if here there will be any specials at this time?

If you buy them all, you might need to invest in a new shelf! ;-)

Release Date: 8th December 2014

source:  http://ameblo.jp/niitakayama/entry-11940033119.html

Friday, October 10, 2014

1/144 Lippisch P.20 Night Fighter (2 in 1) kits - JACH

1/144 Lippisch P.20 Fighter & Night Fighter (2 in 1) kits - JACH

A heads up on some upcoming releases. JACH are to issue some new Luft 46 kits in twin pack options based on the Lippisch P-20 Fighter  / P-20N Night Fighter Configurations of injected plastic with decals and p/e sprues.

Previous JACH releases were of excellent quality and good value for money, so lets hope that trend in maintained.

Lets hope we also see the release of the kits previewed in 2010!?

placeholders on Hannants:


Friday, October 03, 2014

1/144 F-Toys Wing Kit Collection "Versus Series 1"

1/144 F-Toys Wing Kit Collection "Versus Series 1" 

Displayed at the 54th Japan Model Hobby Show (2014), a new planned release : the Wing Kit Collection "Versus Series 1" - 15 item mega series. It will be interesting to see if that with this many items, there are any bonus (or many lotto?) items...

Due 8th December 2014

Source, F-Toys Blog: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/ftoys/20141003