Thursday, December 29, 2016

1/144 Bristol Freighter MK 31 Ozmods

1/144 Bristol Freighter MK 31 - Ozmods
Injected plastic kit, with detailed flight deck, vac-form canopies, decals.

OMKIT14418 with SAFE Air (New Zealand) and British United decals.
OMKIT14419 with RNZAF and RAF decals.

The Bristol Type 170 was designed as a stop-gap project to provide work for the Bristol company while the Bristol Brabazon was under development. Subsequently, the Air Ministry expressed interest in the project, believing that it would provide a rugged transport aircraft capable of using unimproved airstrips, and two prototypes were ordered on the condition that the design was modified so that the aircraft could carry a British Army 3-ton truck, and Air Ministry specification 22/44 (later revised as C.9/45) was drawn up around the design.[1]

In military service, Bristol Freighters were operated by the air forces of Argentina, Australia, Burma, Canada, Iraq, Pakistan and New Zealand. Bristol Freighters were operated briefly by the Pakistan Air Force. After withdrawal, some of the Pakistan aircraft were bought by SAFE Air and used in New Zealand. The Royal Canadian Air Force used five Freighters to carry spares and supplies between the UK and their bases in France and West Germany.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force ordered 12 Mk 31M Freighters in the late 1940s. RNZAF Freighters ranged as far as supplying the New Zealand Army in Malaya, the British High Commissions (and other support staff) in the Maldives, Ceylon, India and Nepal, performing Far East Air Force tasks in Malaya (often when other aircraft types were unserviceable owing to maintenance problems) and Hong Kong. They ran a highly reliable military shuttle service for allies in Thailand during the Vietnam War and served several other roles, being adapted for—amongst other things—aerial top dressing experiments, although to avoid competition with private enterprise, the New Zealand government did not use them in that role.

Available: 2016 December

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
Gesëende Kersfees
Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Glædelig Jul
Gajan Kristnaskon
Hyvää Joulua
Joyeux Noël
Froehliche Weihnachten
Kala Christouyenna
Mele Kalikimaka
Bada Din Mubarak Ho
Gledileg Jol
Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Buon Natale 
Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Natale hilare
Linksmu Kaledu
Meri Kirihimete
God Jul
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Feliz Natal
rozhdestovm Kristovim
Feliz Navidad
Suksun Wan Christmas
Chuc Mung Giang Sinh
Nadolig Llawen


Sunday, December 11, 2016

1/144 Douglas DC-5 in IJA/IJN Service - F-RSIN

The Douglas DC-5, probably the least known of the famous DC airliner series, was a 16-to-22-seat, twin-engine propeller aircraft intended for shorter routes than the Douglas DC-3 or Douglas DC-4. However, by the time it entered commercial service in 1940, many airlines were canceling orders for aircraft. Consequently, only five civilian DC-5s were built. With the Douglas Aircraft Company already converting to World War II military production, the DC-5 was soon overtaken by world events, although a limited number of military variants were produced.

The prototype DC-5, Douglas serial 411, was built at El Segundo, California with Wright Cyclone 1,000 hp R-1820-44 engines. The aircraft made its first flight on February 20, 1939 with Carl A. Cover at the controls. This sole prototype (originally configured with just eight seats) became the personal aircraft of William Boeing which he named "Rover". It was later impressed into the US Navy and converted for military use as an R3D-3 variant in February 1942.[5]

The first customer for the DC-5 was KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij) of The Netherlands. A US domestic carrier, Pennsylvania Central (later renamed Capital Airlines), ordered six and SCADTA, (Sociedad Colomba-Alemana de Transportes Aéreos), ancestor of today's Avianca in Colombia, another two. The four aircraft sold to KLM were used by their colonial subsidiaries. When Douglas factories went into war production, DC-5 production was curtailed to build additional SBD Dauntless dive bombers for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps and only KLM received the high-winged airliner.

A dozen DC-5s were completed. The first two initially flew the Paramaribo-Curaçao route, and the other two operated from Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia). Three aircraft were used for the 1942 evacuation of civilians from Java to Australia, during which PK-ADA was damaged in an air strike by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force at Batavia Kemajoran Airport on February 9, 1942 and it was abandoned. Japanese forces captured PK-ADA, subsequently repaired and tested it at Tachikawa Airfield and Haneda Airport during 1943. This DC-5, painted in camouflage with Japanese Imperial Army Air Force markings, was later used as a transport in the Japanese Home Islands.[5]

The captured KLM DC-5 (PK-ADA) in service with the Japanese Imperial Army Air Force
The three remaining aircraft, PK-ADB, PK-ADC and PK-ADD made their way safely to Australia where the aircraft were interned by the Allied Directorate of Air Transport and operated by the United States Army Air Forces as the C-110. The wartime history of PK-ADC was brief, because it was destroyed in a landing accident shortly after its arrival in Australia. PK-ADD flew for the balance of the war under the aegis of Australian National Airways, on support missions inside the country with the temporary license VH-CXC.

In 1939, the US Navy ordered seven aircraft. Three were delivered as R3D-1s, the first of which crashed before delivery. The remaining four were R3D-2s for the U.S. Marine Corps and were equipped with 1,015 HP R-1820-44 engines, a large cargo hold and 22 seats for paratroopers.[5]

After World War II, production of the DC-5 was not resumed because of the abundance of surplus C-47 aircraft released into civil service. In 1948, the last surviving DC-5 (c/n 426) VH-ARD of Australian National Airways was sold and smuggled to Israel for military use. The aircraft arrived at Haifa in May 1948, and from there it went to Sde Dov, where its markings were removed and the name "Yankee Pasha - The Bagel Lancer" was crudely painted on the nose by hand. The aircraft joined 103 Squadron (Israel) at Ramat David Airbase. Because Israel was in the midst of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, it was occasionally used as a bomber as well as flying transport missions. On bomber missions the aft loading door was removed and bombs were rolled out of the opening "by a judicious shove from a crewman's foot."[6] The operational record of the aircraft is in dispute as authoritative sources do not verify its combat service.

Release: Coming Soon

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

1/144 Vickers Type C Giant Bomber Project (1942) - Fantastic Plastic

1/144 Vickers Type C Giant Bomber Project (1942) - Fantastic Plastic
In 1942, Britain's Vickers company began developing plans for a giant heavy bomber with which to carry large bomb loads into the heart of Nazi Germany. Several variations of this six-engine behemoth were developed, the "Type C" perhaps being the most radical.

 It was distinguished by its massively long wings, each tipped with its own tail/rudder. It also featured a large foreplane that provided frontal lift and allowed for low landing speeds. Because it had no tailplane, the wings were shifted back towards the aircraft's center-of-gravity, which would have made the installation of jet engines extremely easy.

Development of the Vickers Type C would have no doubt taken years, meaning the plane would likely not have seen service before the war's end in May 1945.
While this is great that it is being produced (by Anigrand on behalf of Fantastic Plastic) it does mean there will be no bonus kits :(

Price: TBD

Sunday, December 04, 2016

1/144 Mil Mi-10 Military Transport Helicoptor - by Eastern Express

1/144 Mil Mi-10 Military Transport Helicoptor - by Eastern Express

The first prototype V-10 was completed in 1959 and was soon officially allocated the service designation Mi-10. The first flight took place on 15 June 1960 and flight testing continued successfully until in May 1960 the first prototype crashed during a precautionary landing resulting from loss of gearbox oil pressure, only the Navigator/ radio operator surviving. After joining the flight test programme the second prototype began a series of world record breaking altitude/payload flights for turbine powered helicopters. State acceptance trials were passed successfully in 1961, but production did not commence until 5 March 1964 at the Rostov-on-Don factory, with first flight of a production aircraft on 10 September 1964, leading to a total of forty of the long-legged Mi-10 helicopters built, from 1964 to 1969.

Mi-10 Initial standard long-legged production helicopter

Mi-10K (K - korotkonogiy - short legged) (NATO - Harke-B) Flying crane helicopter with short-legged narrow-track undercarriage and a ventral gondola for a second pilot.

Mil Mi-10 Military transport helicopter (EA144509)

Mil Mi-10K transport helicopter (EA144510)

Sprue Shots:

Available: December 2016
Price: £30 GBP

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1/144 Leiji Matsumoto The Cockpit Collection 2 - Ftoys

1/144 Leiji Matsumoto The Cockpit Collection 2 - F-Toys
A new follow on release for the Leiji Matsumoto manga!

From the creator of Space Blazer and Galaxy Express, comes a series of  based upon F-Toys Molds:

Ki-99 - a fictional aircraft

Bf 109G-6
Ta-152 (H-1)
P-51D x2
Zeroes (a 52 and 22)

Released: Feburary 2017

The Cockpit Collection 1 (From 2012) : 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

1/144 SR-71A BLACKBIRD Full PE Model - By Jasmine Model

1/144 SR-71A BLACKBIRD Full PE Model Jasmine Model (#202071)

If you have the patience of a Saint, and the skills of a brain surgeon - this could be you lucky day!

A photo-etched wire frame kit of a SR-71

Size of finished model: 118mm in width, 226mm in length, number of parts: 120


Price: $80 USD

Sunday, November 20, 2016

1/144 Haunebu II Saucer - Pegasus Models (updated)

1/144 Haunebu II Saucer - Pegasus Models

Another NAZI UFO - includes: Plastic sprues, Waterslide decals, Clear parts

Planned Release :Febuary/March 2017

updated link: 

1/144 "Rocketship X-M" (1950) - Pegasus Models

1/144 Rocketship X-M 1950 - Pegasus Models

The rocket featured in the movie of the same name "Rocketship X-M" (1950)

This will be tall!

Planned Release: January/February, 2017

Sunday, November 13, 2016

1/144 Avia/Letov C-2/Arado Ar 96B - by MARK I

1/144 Avia/Letov C-2/Arado Ar 96B - by MARK I

The Arado Ar 96 was a German single-engine, low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction produced by Arado Flugzeugwerke. It was the Luftwaffe's standard advanced trainer during World War II.

The Ar 96 was used for advanced, night and instrument flying training. Famously, during the evening of 28 April 1945, pilot Hanna Reitsch was flown with then-Luftwaffe head Generaloberst Robert Ritter von Greim out from Berlin under Soviet fire in an Arado Ar 96 trainer from an improvised airstrip in the Tiergarten, piloted by a Luftwaffe sergeant.

Shadow production was undertaken by Letov and the Avia factory in occupied Czechoslovakia, where manufacturing continued for some years after the war, being designated the Avia C-2B.

A wooden version known as the Ar 396 was built in France and was designated the SIPA S.10. Further developments were the SIPA S.11 (armed version), and the SIPA S.12, a metal version; 188 of all versions were produced until 1958. The S.11 was operated with some success in Algeria carrying machine guns, rockets and light bombs.

Arado Ar 96B 'Ubiquitous Trainer' (2in1)

Avia/Letov C-2/Arado Ar 96B 'Silver Livery' (2in1)

Arado Ar 96B 'Military Trainer' (2in1)

1/144 Heinkel He-162A 'Salamander' / "Spatz"- Brengun

1/144 Heinkel He-162A 'Salamander' / "Spatz"- Brengun

The Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger (German, "People's Fighter"), the name of a project of the Emergency Fighter Program design competition, was a German single-engine, jet-powered fighter aircraft fielded by the Luftwaffe in World War II. Designed and built quickly, and made primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and prioritised for other aircraft, the He 162 was nevertheless the fastest of the first generation of Axis and Allied jets. Volksjäger was the Reich Air Ministry's official name for the government design program competition won by the He 162 design. Other names given to the plane include Salamander, which was the codename of its construction program, and Spatz ("Sparrow"), which was the name given to the plane by Heinkel.

1/144 Heinkel He-162A 'Salamander' / "Spatz" Photo Etched- Brengun

1/144 Heinkel He-162A 'Salamander' / "Spatz" Photo Etched - Brengun

Designed for the 1/144 Heinkel He-162A 'Salamander' / "Spatz" by Brengun

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

1/144 Wing Kit Collection VS 5 - F-Toys Wing Kit Collection VS 5

1/144 Wing Kit Collection VS 5 - F-Toys Wing Kit Collection VS 5

Aichi B7A Ryusei "Grace" - New tool
The Aichi B7A Ryusei (流星 Ryūsei?, "Shooting Star", Allied reporting name "Grace") was a large and powerful carrier-borne torpedo-dive bomber produced by Aichi Kokuki KK for the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service during the Second World War. Built in only small numbers and deprived of the aircraft carriers it was intended to operate from, the type had little chance to distinguish itself in combat before the war ended in August 1945.

Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver - New tool
The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was a carrier-based dive bomber aircraft produced for the United States Navy during World War II. It replaced the Douglas SBD Dauntless in US Navy service. The SB2C was much faster than the SBD it replaced.

Crew nicknames for the aircraft included the Big-Tailed Beast (or just the derogatory Beast),[1] Two-Cee and Son-of-a-Bitch 2nd Class (after its designation and partly because of its reputation for having difficult handling characteristics).[2] Neither pilots nor aircraft carrier captains seemed to like it.[3]

Delays marred its production—by the time the A-25 Shrike variant for the USAAF was deployed in late 1943, the Army Air Forces no longer had a need for a thoroughbred dive bomber. Poor handling of the aircraft was another factor that hampered its service introductions; both the British Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force cancelled substantial orders.[4]

Expect bonus items!

Released: January 2017