Saturday, May 20, 2017

1/144 Embraer KC-390 by MASTER-X


1/144 Embraer KC-390 by MASTER-X

Master-X is to release a resin 1/44 scale Embraer KC-390. This will be their first 1/144 kit.

The Embraer KC-390 is a medium-size, twin-engine jet-powered military transport aircraft under development by Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer, able to perform aerial refuelling and to transport cargo and troops. It is the heaviest aircraft that the company has made to date, and will be able to transport up to 26 t (29 tons) of cargo, including wheeled armoured fighting vehicles.
Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embraer_KC-390

http://master-x.wz.cz/index.html

Source: http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/


Sunday, May 14, 2017

1/144 Vickers VC-10 K4 Type 1170 tanker - Roden



1/144 Vickers VC-10 K4 Type 1170 tanker - Roden  Vickers 

The Vickers VC10 Airliner was designed in the late 1950's and its first flight was on the 29th June 1962.The aircraft was designed for long haul and transatlantic flights and was capable of Hot & High operations on the African routes It held several sub-sonic speed records on the Transatlantic routes only beaten by Concord. The VC10 was held in very high regard by both Crew and the passengers who flew on it.

The other airframes gained a perhaps less glamorous, but nevertheless a very important role - the Royal Air Force's Avro Vulcan strategic bombers needed air refueling when conducting long distance missions, and the VC10 was very suitable for this role, especially considering its high speed and impressive endurance. In the late 1970s, tankers of the C Mk 1 Ks and K3 modifications entered into service with the Royal Air Force, and in the early 1990s, immediately after Operation Desert Storm and the withdrawal of the Handley Page Victor refueler from structure of the Air Force, for the role of air tanker five former passenger VC10s were converted, and designated the K4. Compared with their predecessor the K3, as well as in the K2 version, the fuselage fuel tanks were absent. Visually, the K4 differed from the K3 in lacking the broad side door in the front part of the fuselage due to
having no need to replace the fuselage’s fuel tanks. Overall, the conversion to the K4 variant was undertaken on five former passenger airliners.

VC10 K4 type 1170 Super VC 10 K4, Bruntingthorpe, UK early 2010
http://www.roden.eu/HTML/328.htm


Available: May 2016
Cost;  @ 30GBP



Thursday, May 04, 2017

1/144 Curtis P-36A/C, H-75, Mohawk III - by Mark I



MKM14465 1:144  Curtiss P-36 Hawk 'USAAC' (2in1 = 2 kits in 1 box)      (USAAC) 
The Curtiss P-36 Hawk, the firm's Model 75, was an American-designed and built fighter aircraft of the mid-1930s. Two variants, the P-36A and C, were produced in 1938-39 for the US Army Air Corps, with the production totalling 210 aircraft (last 30 a/c were completed as P-36Cs).
It was a single-seat, all-metal low-wing monoplane with fabric-covered control surfaces. It had a retractable undercarriage with the main landing gear rotated 90° to fold flat into the wing. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp two-row radial engine, it was fitted with Curtiss Electric propeller. The P-36A's armament consisted of two machine guns in the nose, while the P-36C had an additional gun mounted in each wing and was fitted with external ammunition boxes under the wings.
The P-36 saw little combat with the US Army Air Forces during World War II, although a few managed to fight against the attacking Japanese invaders over Pearl Harbor.

Colour schemes included in the kit:
1)       Curtiss P-36A Hawk, 48 15P, Black 86, 46th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, USAAC, Wheeler Field, Oahu, Hawaii, December 1941
2)      Curtiss P-36A Hawk, PT 96, 55th Pursuit Squadron, 20th Pursuit Group, USAAC, Barksdale Field, Louisiana, 1940
3)      Curtiss P-36A Hawk, 2 15P, 47th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, USAAC, Haleiwa Fighter Strip, Oahu, Hawaii, December 1941
4)      Curtiss P-36C Hawk, Black 69 (Class II experimental camouflage scheme), 27th Pursuit Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, USAAC, Selfridge Field, Michigan, during National Air Races, Cleveland Airport, Ohio, September 1939

Two injection-moulded kits are supplied in this box and each kit contains 30 parts and four clear parts (the cockpit canopy, rear windows and a landing light).
A comprehensive decal sheet is included.
http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MKM14465
Available: May 2017



MKM14466 1:144 Curtiss H-75/Mohawk III 'French & British Fighter' (2in1 = 2 kits in 1 box)  (French AF, RAF)
The Curtiss H-75 was the export version of the American P-36 Hawk (Curtiss Model 75) fighter of the mid-1930s. The French took delivery of some 330 aircraft, designated the H-75A-1, A-2 and A-3, with the first planes entering service in the spring of 1939. They were modified for French Air Force usage and fitted with different equipment and armament.
The H-75 was a single-seat, all-metal low-wing monoplane with fabric-covered control surfaces. It had a retractable undercarriage with the main landing gear rotated 90° to fold flat into the wing. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp two-row radial engine, it was fitted with Curtiss Electric propeller. The H-75's armament consisted of two machine guns in the nose, and another one (all H-75A-1s and 40 early H-75A-2s) or two guns in each wing (H-75A-3). A small bomb carrier was also mounted under each outer part of the wing.
The Curtiss H-75 was used most extensively and successfully by the French Armée de l'Air during the Battle of France. The H-75s were also ordered by Norway, but did not arrive in time to see action before occupied by Nazi Germany. A number of ex-French aircraft were seized by Germans, some of them were used by the Luftwaffe for pilot training and eventually many sold to Finland, which extensively used them against Soviet forces.
RAF also obtained various H-75s by way of diverted shipments to occupied France or from ex-Norwegian contracts; the H-75A-3 variant was designated the Mohawk Mk.III.

Colour schemes included in the kit:
1)       Curtiss H-75A-1, No.16, White 9, 1st Escadrille, GC I/5, French Air Force (Armée de l'Air), Reims airfield, France, summer 1939
2)      Curtiss H-75A-1, No.26 (X825), Yellow 2, 2nd Escadrille, GC I/5, French Air Force (Armée de l'Air), Reims airfield, France, autumn 1939
3)      Curtiss H-75A-2, No.140 (U040), Black 1, 3rd Escadrille, 2nd Groupe, CIC Fighter Training School, French Air Force (Armée de l'Air), Chartres airfield, France, autumn 1939
        Curtiss H-75A-2, No.140 (U040), White 11, 3rd Escadrille, GC II/5, French Air Force (Armée de l'Air), CIC Fighter Training School, Chartres, April/May 1940 and Toul-Croix-de-Metz airfield, France, early June 1940
4)      Curtiss Mohawk Mk.III, AR633 (ex-Norwegian H-75A-6 No.481), Grey RG-E, No.510 Sq., RAF, Hendon airfield, U.K., late 1943

Two injection-moulded kits are supplied in this box and each kit contains 29 parts and four clear parts (the cockpit canopy, rear windows and a landing light).
 A comprehensive decal sheet is included.
http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MKM14466
Available: May 2017



MKM14467 1:144 Curtiss H-75 'Foreign Pilots' (2in1 = 2 kits in 1 box)   (French AF, Vichy French AF, Finnish AF, Luftwaffe)
     
The Curtiss H-75 was the export version of the American P-36 Hawk (Curtiss Model 75) fighter of the mid-1930s. The French took delivery of some 330 aircraft, designated the H-75A-1, A-2 and A-3, with the first planes entering service in the spring of 1939. They were modified for French Air Force usage and fitted with different equipment and armament.
The H-75 was a single-seat, all-metal low-wing monoplane with fabric-covered control surfaces. It had a retractable undercarriage with the main landing gear rotated 90° to fold flat into the wing. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp two-row radial engine, it was fitted with Curtiss Electric propeller. The H-75's armament consisted of two machine guns in the nose, and another one (all H-75A-1s and 40 early H-75A-2s) or two guns in each wing (H-75A-3). A small bomb carrier was also mounted under each outer part of the wing.
The Curtiss H-75 was used most extensively by the French Armée de l'Air during the Battle of France and continued in service with the Vichy French after the Armistice.
A number of ex-French aircraft were seized by Germans, some of them were used by the Luftwaffe for pilot training and eventually many sold to Finland, which extensively used them against Soviet forces.

Colour schemes included in the kit:
1)       Curtiss H-75A-2, No.125 (U025), White 8, 1st Escadrille, GC I/5, French Air Force (Armée de l'Air), Saint-Dizier airfield, France, June 1940
2)      Curtiss H-75A-2, No.183 (U083), 'Red & White Chequer', SNCAC Factory Protection Flight (Patrouille DAT), French Air Force (Armée de l'Air), Bourges airfield, France, May 1940
        Curtiss H-75A-2, No.183 (U083), 'Red & White Chequer', Vichy French Air Force (Armée de l'Air de Vichy), Oran-La-Sénia airfield, Algeria, North Africa, summer 1940
3)      Curtiss H-75A-2, CU-580 (ex-French No.167), Yellow 0, 1/LeLv 32 (Fighter Sq.), Finnish Air Force (Ilmavoimat), Nurmoila airfield, Finland, autumn 1943
4)      Curtiss H-75A-1, Jagdfliegerschule 1 (JFS 1) Fighter Training School, Luftwaffe, Werneuchen airfield, Germany, spring 1941

Two injection-moulded kits are supplied in this box and each kit contains 30 parts and four clear parts (the cockpit canopy, rear windows and a landing light).
 A comprehensive decal sheet is included.
http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MKM14467  
Available: May 2017

1/144 Lightning F.6 Royal Air Force by Platz/F-Toys


1/144 Lightning F.6 Royal Air Force by Platz/F-Toys

Two kits.
Three decal schemes included.

Probably based on http://kampfgruppe144.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/1-144-f-toys-70s-jets-vol1.html

Source: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10460069/30/1

1/144 Dornier Do-17 "Flying Pencil" from Mark I




1/144 Dornier Do-17 "Flying Pencil" from Mark I 
Previously only available in 1/144 as garage kits, or the Amercom Do-17Z issued model, this welcome injected kit fills a hole in many peoples early war (and Spanish Civil War) collections.

Designed in the early 1930s, it was one of the three main Luftwaffe bomber types used in the first three years of the war. The Do 17 made its combat debut in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, operating in the Condor Legion in various roles. Along with the Heinkel He 111 it was the main bomber type of the German air arm in 1939–1940. The Dornier was used throughout the early war, and saw action in significant numbers in every major campaign theatre as a front line aircraft until the end of 1941, when its effectiveness and usage was curtailed as its bomb load and range were limited.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dornier_Do_17

Currently, three issues have been identified - its unclear is there will be Spanish Civil War Version?

MKM14462 - Do17Z 2/3 - Westfront (German & Swiss markings)
MKM14463 - Do17Z 2/3 - Ostfront (German & Finnish markings)
MKM14464 - Do17Z 2 - Balkan Operations (German & Croat markings)

Release Date: June 2017 (Planned)

Source: https://metrohobbies.com.au/

Other Do-17 kits currently available include:
http://www.petersplanes.com/avions/dornier17z/dornier17z.htm
http://kampfgruppe144.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/1144-dornier-do-17z-kits-by-petersplanes.html

1/144 Wing Kit Collection VS7 - Raiden vs P-47 Thunderbolt by F-Toys



1/144 Wing Kit Collection VS7 - Raiden vs P-47 Thunderbolt 

Mitsubishi J2M Raiden (Thunderbolt) vs  Republic P-47 Thunderbolt 
So, someone at F-Toys has a sense of humour with this "Thunderbolt vs Thunderbolt" collection!?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_J2M
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_P-47_Thunderbolt

Interestingly on of the P-47s is in UN colours - representing the Korean War period?

This will undoubtably follow the usual formal or the delcared items, plus some colour specials and lottery decals...

Planned Release Date: July 2017 

Source: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10465341

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1/144 World Tank Museum Kit Vol.4 Ardennes 1944 by F-Toys


1/144 World Tank Museum Kit Vol.4 Ardennes 1944  by F-Toys

A new(?) WTM release from F-Toys, containing re-issues of old WTM releases - with a minor paint variations consisting of pea-spot camo options. These items are meant to reflect vehicles used in the German Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein ("Operation Watch on the Rhine") - or Ardennes Counter Offensive popularises as the "Battle of the Bulge".

It may be of interest to newer collectors, but will hardly set the world on fire for old hands...

King Tiger,
Panther Ausf. G
Jagdpanzer IV/70 for the Battle of the Bulge Ardennes conflict

Planned Release: May 2017

Source: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10465346

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1/144 High Spec Mini Vol.1 Cessna 172 Skyhawk by F-Toys



High Spec Mini Vol.1 Cessna 172 Skyhawk by F-Toys

Why, oh why, oh why????????????

Release Date: June 2016

Source: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10459307