Saturday, January 26, 2019

1/144 'Tiburon' Spanish midget submarine - Mikr-Mir

1/144 'Tiburon' Spanish midget submarine - Mikr-Mir

With a crew of five men, Tiburon-class submarines were intended to carry out week-long missions, would be ideal for operating in shallow waters and in command operations. They were equipped with a greater accommodation than the preceding Foca class, with a bathroom and two bunk beds, which allowed the crew to rest in "hot bed" shifts.

The design was based upon the German minisubmarine Hai-class. The submarines had two diesel engines (115 HP) and two electric engines (110 HP). The armament was two torpedoes. The sail was larger than the previous class which helps in the surveillance tasks.

The Tiburón-class had only two units, SA-51 and SA-52, but despite being better than the previous class, never got to join the navy. The submarines were in the Naval Week of Barcelona in 1966, one of them, SA-52, arrive from Cartagena on her own.[1]

In May 9, 1986, the SA-51 submarine was donated to the La Caixa Fundation for its Science museum, now called "CosmoCaixa". The submarine is on display in front of the museum entrance.

The SA-52 remains on display at the Isaac Peral Naval Base in Cartagena.

Estimated Release: March 2019
Estimated Price: 17 GBP

1/144 VW Type 82 Kubelwagen - Armory

1/144 VW Type 82 Kubelwagen
Another small kit from Armory, I particular like the idea of using photo-etch for the side panels!

Resin kit w/ PE parts

Available: January
Price: 8 USD

1/144 Sd.Kfz 2 - Kettenkrad - Armory

1/144 Sd.Kfz 2 - Kettenkrad

How small do you like your kits? Well, Armory are releasing a new resin kit of this diminutive item!
Should look great on Luftwaffe dioramas!

Release: January/February 2019
Price; 7 USD

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

1/14 US COAST GUARD 83’ PATROL CUTTER - Blackcat models

Kit to build one model of one 1/144 US Coast Guard 83’ patrol cutter.
Includes resin parts, photo-etch fret, decals, brass parts, and one 3D printed 20mm Oerlikon.

Available: now
Price: 59.95 Euro

Decals with markings for two possible WW2 versions :
- Anti-submarine patrol boat (Measure 13).
- D-Day, 6th June 1944 at Normandy (Measure 14).

Anti-submarine version / D-Day 6th June 1944

About D-Day 83-footers :
The sixty 83' Patrol Cutters that formed Rescue Flotilla One during D-Day were modified to some extend to fill their role of rescue ships during the landings. 
Mousetrap rails, D/C launchers and some ammo boxes were removed, while in some instances more balsa rafts were secured on railings or pilot house.

Camouflage was changed to the darker Measure 14, and pennant numbers replaced by codes from 1 to 60. 

CGC-6 is famous for her skull and crossbones emblems on both sides of the pilot house.
The instructions and paint guide are based on some examples. It is recommended that modeller should do some research to model a specific cutter.

1/144 Brengun Models - Updates

1/144  Brengun Models - Updates
Recent releases from Brengun, new kits and upgrades.

Construction kits

T-72M resin construction kit of soviet MBT  (17.09 Euro)

Renault FT-17 resin construction kit of french WW1 tank  (11.36 Euro)

Ruso Balt Type C : resin construction kit of Russian WW1 armoured car (11.36 Euro)

Other recent aviation accessories

AV-8B Wheels

P-38 Wheels+propellers (Fujimi kit)

WWII USN Wheel chocks

F-18C/D Wheels

Monday, January 14, 2019

1/144 A-7E Corsair | Desert Storm | RESIN KIT - Hero Models

1/144 A-7E Corsair | Desert Storm | RESIN KIT - Hero Models

Hero Models have been successfully producing a range of 1/144 decals, figures and upgrades for some time. Now for the first time they have expanded their range to include accessories for some to include their first completer 1/144 kit, which looks great.

The kit come as a ready to assemble resin model in 1/144 scale with clear resin canopy and canopy masks. Silk print waterslide decals for three planes used during operation Desert Storm are also provided.

Price: 25 Euro
Available: Now


The LTV A-7 Corsair II is an American carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft manufactured by Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Its airframe design is a somewhat smaller version of the supersonic Vought F-8 Crusader. The Corsair II initially entered service with the United States Navy (USN) during the Vietnam War. It was later adopted by the United States Air Force (USAF), including the Air National Guard, to replace the Douglas A-1 Skyraider and North American F-100 Super Sabre. The aircraft was also exported to Greece in the 1970s, and to Portugal in the late 1980s.

While USAF A-7s stayed home in favor of A-10s, the USN deployed two of its last A-7E squadrons to Operation Desert Shield in August 1990 aboard USS John F. Kennedy, the only carrier of six deployed to Desert Storm to operate the A-7. The navy squadrons VA-46 and VA-72 made the last combat sorties of the A-7 in Operation Desert Storm flying from the Red Sea to targets throughout Iraq. The A-7 was used both day and night to attack a wide range of heavily defended deep interdiction targets in Iraq as well as "kill boxes" (geographically defined kill zones) in Kuwait, employing a variety of weapons including precision-guided munitions (PGMs), such as the TV-guided Walleye glide bomb, unguided general purpose bombs, and High Speed Anti-Radiation missiles (HARM).

United States Air Force
United States Air National Guard
United States Navy

Sunday, January 13, 2019

1/144 Zero Fighter Type21 - Kotobuki Squadron in the Wilderness Platz/Plex

1/144 Zero Fighter Type21 - Kotobuki Squadron in the Wilderness Platz/Plex

Think, "Girls un Panzer", but with Aircraft!

Creative partners Tsutomu Mizushima (Girls und Panzer) and Michiko Yokote have teased fans about a new project, which has finally been revealed: “Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai” (which roughly translates to “Kotobuki Wilderness Squadron”)!

“Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai” will followthe adventures of an all-girl air squadron based in — where else, the wilderness. The series will be launched in 2019, and will star Sayumi Suzushiro, Eri Yukimura, Sayaka Nakaya, Asami Seto, Hibiku Yamamura, and Miyu Tomita in the lead roles.

Release Jan 2019
Price: 17.27 USD, 15.01 EUR, 13.54 GBP, 24.03 AUD

Its rumoured that a Ki-43 could be arriving from Sweet in 1/144 (ref)

© Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai Production Committee

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

CGD - Combat Group Dynamix 2019 Relaunch!

CGD - Combat Group Dynamix 2019 Relaunch!

CGD will be relaunching their site in early 2019.

New Improved shop layout 
SSL secure online shop!
New print techniques
New countries
New products

Items available: unpainted or painted

SdKfz 251/20 UHU - Variant of SdKfz 251 Ausf D Schützenpanzerwagen (Infrarotscheinwerfer), mounting a 60 cm infrared searchlight with a range of 1.5 km for illuminate target at night. Used together with Panther and Nachtjäger armed with Vampir devices.

SdKfz 251 Ausf D Half-track - Update version of SdKfz 251 Ausf C, form the basis of armoured transport and 20 + different purposed vehicles. 

7.5 cm Pak 40 - 7.5 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 40 was developed by Rheinmetall from 1939 to 1941 and used by the German forces since. Some were installed on armoured cars such as SdKfz 251/22 to give it mobility From mid WWII onward, vehicle mounted version was developed (7.5 cm KwK 40) and mounted on tank and tank destroyers.

M3A1 Half-track - Widely used by Allies during WWII and beyond. Basis for variants like AA gun and mortar carriage. 

Somua S35 - French medium Cavalry tank built from 1936 to 1940. Featuring a 47 mm SA 35 gun and sloped armour. It was superior in both armament and armour to the Panzer IIIs at the time of invasion of France. About 440 vehicles were built. 

Bär Heavy Assault Gun - Conceptual design of the Bär was finished in May 1942. With a weight of 120,000 Kg but powered by a 700 hp Maybach HL 230 engine, it could only have a maximum speed of 20 km/hr. It was to carry a 305 mm (L/16) gun firing a combined round weighting 350 kg with 50 kg explosive in the warhead. Muzzle velocity was 355 m/sec, range 10,500 meters. No prototype was ever built.