Tuesday, May 26, 2015

1/144 Royal Navy Submarine HMS Meteorite - MICRO MIR

1/144 Royal Navy Submarine HMS Meteorite

Mikro-mir are continuing to expand their eclectic mix of 1/144 kits, this time with some unusual submarines!

See site for sprues, decals (also has photo etch, not shown_ and interestingly an conning tower not used on this kit..)

The German Type XVII U-boats were small coastal submarines which used Hellmuth Walter's high test peroxide propulsion system, which offered a combination of air-independent propulsion and high submerged speeds.

In the early 1930s Hellmuth Walter had designed a small, high-speed submarine with a streamlined form propelled by high test peroxide and in 1939 he was awarded a contract to build an experimental vessel, the 80 ton V-80, which achieved an underwater speed of 28.1 kn (52.0 km/h; 32.3 mph) during trials in 1940. In November 1940 Admirals Erich Raeder and Werner Fuchs (head of the Kriegsmarine?'?s Construction Office) witnessed a demonstration of the V-80; Raeder was impressed, but Fuchs was slow to approve further tests.

Following the success of the V-80's trials, Walter contacted Karl Donitz in January 1942, who enthusiastically embraced the idea and requested that these submarines be developed as quickly as possible. An initial order was placed in summer 1942 for four Type XVIIA development submarines. Of these, U-792 and U-793, designated Wa 201, were built by Blohm & Voss, commissioned in October 1943, and achieved 20.25 kn (37.50 km/h; 23.30 mph) submerged. The other pair of Type XVIIA submarines, U-794 and U-795, designated Wk 202, were constructed by Germaniawerft and commissioned in April 1944.

The U-793 achieved a submerged speed of 22 kn (41 km/h; 25 mph) in March 1944 with Admiral Donitz aboard. In June 1944 the U-792 achieved 25 kn (46 km/h; 29 mph) over a measured mile. Construction of operational Type XVII submarines - the Type XVIIB - was begun at the Blohm & Voss yard in Hamburg. The Type XVIIB, unlike the XVIIA, had only a single turbine. The initial order was for 12 submarines, U-1405 through U-1416. However, Blohm & Voss were already struggling to cope with orders for Type XXI submarines and the Kriegsmarine reduced the order to six.Three Type XVIIB boats were completed by Blohm & Voss of Hamburg between 1943 and 1944: U-1405, U-1406 and U-1407. U-1405 was completed in December 1944, U-1406 in February 1945, and U-1407 in March 1945.

A further three boats (U-1408 to U-1410) were under construction, but were not complete when the war ended. Another six Type XVIIB's (U-1411 to U-1416) were cancelled during the war in favour of the Type XXI.All three completed Type XVIIB boats were scuttled by their crews at the end of the Second World War, U-1405 at Flensburg, and U-1406 and U-1407 at Cuxhaven, all in the British Zone of Occupation.
U-1407 was salvaged in June 1945, and transported to Barrow-in-Furness, where she was refitted by Vickers with a new and complete set of machinery also captured in Germany, under the supervision of Professor Hellmuth Walter. Because she was intended to be used solely for trials and possibly as a high-speed anti-submarine target, her torpedo tubes were removed.[3] She was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 25 September 1945 and renamed HMS Meteorite.

During 1946 Meteorite carried out a series of trials under the guidance of Walter and his original team from Germaniawerft, Kiel. The trials raised considerable interest in the possibility of HTP as an alternative to nuclear power as air-independent propulsion and the Admiralty placed an order for two larger experimental Walter boats based on the German Type XXVI, HMS Explorer and HMS Excalibur, to be followed by an operational class of 12 boats.



See site for sprues, decals and photo etched fret.

At the end of 1931 the Soviet government had decided to build for the Far East 12 submarines of the "Shch"  A series of submarines called - V series. The boat was a slightly modernized III-th series. Because of this basic technical elements submarines V series were the same as in boats III. The changes affected only the internal arrangement.

Submarines V series built at the Leningrad plant and finishing work in Vladivostok and Khabarovsk, where these boats were delivered by rail sections. Hull sections had joints, pre-prepared for subsequent riveting on-site assembly. Transportation sections was carried out on special rail transporters.

The first echelon with the sections of the first submarine V series built by Baltic plant was sent to the Far East June 1, 1932, t. E. In 5 months after the government's decision. During June-October 1932 all three plants were sent to the Far East all boats V series. Participation in hostilities, these boats are not accepted, but serve as a sufficient deterrent to the Soviet Far East

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

1/144 Bristol Beaufighter MK.IF/IC/VI - Mark I

1/144 Bristol Beaufighter MK.IF/IC/VI - Mark I

Everyone is releasing each others kits this year! Following on from the F-Toys announcement, now comes more Beaufighters from Mark I.

The Bristol Beaufighter was a British long-range heavy fighter, developed early in 1939 from the Beaufort torpedo bomber. It became an efficient night-fighter, employing the then novel AI radar. Following short-term development the first prototype flew in July 1939 and the first aeroplanes reached the squadrons in the summer of the next year.

The Beaufighter was a two-seat, twin engine, all-metal mid-wing cantilever monoplane, fitted with a retractable undercarriage. It was powered by two Hercules radial engines and the armament consisted of four cannons in the nose, four guns in the starboard wing and another two guns in the port wing.

The Beaufighter Mk.IF was destined for RAF Fighter Command units, while the Mk.IC, fitted with an additional radio and navigational equipment, was a dedicated long-range fighter for the Coastal Command. Total production of both variants reached 914 aircraft.

The Beaufighter had a long career and served in almost all theatres of war during the WWII, at first as a night fighter, then as a fighter-bomber and eventually being used as a torpedo-bomber.

MKM14434  Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF ‘Night Fighter’

MKM14435  Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IC ‘Coastal Patrol’

MKM14436  Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VIF/C ‘Formidable Fighter’

Expected: June 2015



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

1/144 Wing Kit Collection VS2 - F-Toys

1/144 Wing Kit Collection VS2 - F-Toys
A great collection from F-Toys, some odd colour choices, but great to see the Hawker Tempest getting some exposure! It is good to see F-Toys commitment to the traditional releases, and I can't wait to see the next VS release.

Available, Late July 2015

Focke-Wulf Ta152 

Hawker Tempest

Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/10326077

Special/Bonus: Tempest Mk.V Pierre Clostermann Captain 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

1/144 Mitsubishi A5M "Claude" (Chitose Air Group) - Sweet

1/144 Mitsubishi A5M "Claude" (Chitose Air Group) - Sweet

A new release from Sweet, and it is not a Zero! Hurrah!

Clearly, as a sweet kit it will be of the highest quality, and comes with cartograph decals and *should* be two kits per box!

Available: June 2016

The Mitsubishi A5M, Japanese Navy designation was "Type 96 carrier-based fighter" (九六式艦上戦闘機) was a Japanese carrier-based fighter aircraft. It was the world's first monoplane shipboard fighter and the direct ancestor of the famous Mitsubishi A6M 'Zero'. The Allied reporting name was Claude.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

1/144 Me-163B "Komet" w/ Scheuch Schlepper "Dual Kit" (AR14504) - by ARMORY

1/144 Me-163B "Komet" w/ Scheuch Schlepper  "Dual Kit"  (AR14504) - by ARMORY

ARMORY have announced the expansion of  their great line of 1/144 items with a neat looking 2x Kit Me-163B with a bonus Schlepper (1x?). Coming with a nice looking set of decals to do various German,British and Soviet schemes - including a range of technical stencils.

Recent releases in this range have shown good quality and great prices.


Those Bf-109A/Bs promised can't be far now!?