Italeri have released 1/48 Spitfire IX in the guise of a RAF “Beer Truck”, well it carries two kegs of beer under the wings. Jean-Luc reliably informs me that the moulds are from Ocidental. The camouflaged “Beer Truck” sporting invasion stripes is one of four versions offered in this release. The other three are all natural finished machines, two with the RAF and the other is a Dutch machine.
I have noticed on a few websites that the HobbyBoss Hawker Seahawk FGA.6 is now available to buy. It appears there are at least three sets of markings: two Royal Navy and one Indian Navy.
RS-Models have announced a few new models which are scheduled to be released in the first half of 2011.
Wolfpack Designs have released a number of resin detail sets this month for 1/48 scale kits. They include cockpit sets for the Kinetic kits the F-16E 'UAE and the F-16F 'UAE', avionics and wheel sets for the Airfix kit of the TSR.2 and finally the ATAR engine for the Eduard or Hobbyboss Mirage IIICJ.
Techmod Decals have released several new decal sets for WW2 aircraft.
NH Detail has announced an etched detail set for the Art Model 1:72 kit of the Polikarpov I-185.
Erich Hartmann is very much the focus of the latest releases from Eagle Editions, with new decals and the latest volume of Wings Of The Black Cross to tempt Luftwaffe modellers.
Petr Buchar has sent me the latest news of CMR 1/72 resin kits releases for the first half of this year. Last week I mentioned the release of a 1/72 resin Buccaneer S.Mk.2B, also to be released will be Buccaneer S.Mk.2B “operation Granby”. Other planned releases in 1/72 are DH Vampire FB.9, DH Vampire NF.10, three different releases of the Supermarine Scimitar F.1, a wing fold set for the Scimitar, and finally a Boeing Model 40C.
The MiG-21MF is finally available to buy this month and is the highlight of Eduard's March releases.
W.W.1 fans are treated to the 1/48th Albatros D.III OEFFAG 153 in a Weekend Edition boxing.
MMD/Squadron have announced a set of resin replacement drop tanks for the classic Monogram quarterscale Shooting Star.
MMD/Squadron have announced a new conversion set designed for Wingnut Wings' largescale SE5A.
March sees the release of Eduard's long awaited 1/48th MiG 21MF and pictures of the finished model and box contents are now available.
MMD/Squadron have announced 4 exciting new sheets of 1:48 Superscale decals:
Roden just keeps on churning them out. I just got a package with examples of the second 1:144 issue DC-7C (They sold out of the first set issued in Feb. 2011.) The new 1:72 Nieuport 24 and the 1:48 PC-6/B2-H2 were also included. All in all a great selection.
DP Casper has released this 1/72 decal sheet to cover many of the aircraft involved in Operation Dynamo. Aircraft include the Spitfire Mk I, Spitfire Pr Mk I, Hurricane Mk I, Defiant Mk I, Lysander Mk IV, Skua Mk II, Swordfish Mk I, Blenheim Mk IV, MS-152, Potez 63-11, Bf 109E, Bf-110C, He-111H, Do-17Z and the Ju-87B. DP Casper have this title released under their “Forgotten Campaigns”, which I am not quite sure is appropriate. But I do like the series of decals by DP Casper concentrating on the aircraft during conflicts.
Zvezda is preparing a release of another interesting model for the small-scale aircraft diorama builders with a Soviet 37mm Anti-Aircraft Gun Type 61K with Crew.
Stratus Books has announced a pre-order for their latest publications: "Polish Aircraft Constructions IV part 2". The book will be available from 18th March 2011.
RS Models will be releasing a trio of plastic injected 1/72 Dewoitine D-520 in the next few weeks. The Dewoitine D-520 will come in the marking of the following countries:
RS Models have released two 1/72 plastic injected kits of the Ju-86P and the Ju-86R, both Luftwaffe high altitude reconnaissance aircraft. The kit of the Ju-86P does include RAF decals.
Anigrand Craftwork have released three transport aircraft, one in 1/72nd and two in 1/144th.
No. 80 in the Warpaint series is the Saab J35 Draken. which was one of the best of the first generation of highly supersonic fighters to be developed and put into production during the 1950s. It was a remarkable achievement in many respects, not least because Sweden was one of the smallest nations to operate an aircraft industry.
Junkers JU 52 is No. 81 in the Warpaint series. When the late Richard Burton finally reveals the traitor at the end of 'Where Eagles Dare' the gallant escapees continue their journey aboard a captured Junkers Ju52. While the great Burton is no longer with us his ride home still is. Although the Junkers Tri-motor would never achieve the fame and widespread use as its American counterpart, The Douglas C-47 Skytrain, it would still carve its niche in the annals of history.
RV Resins have released an injected plastic MiG-23MF, in 1/72nd.
Attack Squadron are a new company from Poland which are going to produce 1/72nd scale aviation model accessories.
Always a feature of parked modern aircraft that is often overlooked when displaying a model, are the myriad of remove before flight flags. DACO Products have released a decal sheets with numerous styles and two colour [red and orange] of flags in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales. Each decal flag is folded over to provide a two sided flag.
Ryanair's and Alaskan Airlines CEO's definitely had their tongues in their respective cheeks with these schemes for their aircraft. DACO Products Danny Coremans has faithfully reproduced the very fine lines of the original Dreamliner livery. The B737-300 'Simpsons Jet' of WestPac Airlines is a modified release of the original decal sheet done by DACO. The 'Simpsons Jet' comes as two releases, one for the Minicraft kit and the other is for the DACO/Skyline kit. Nice one Danny.
Some excellent resin products have been released by Quickboost in 1/72 this month. P-51D propeller with assembly jig, the DH Mosquito and the Fw Ta 154 exhausts, as well as the P-38 Lightning gun barrels look excellent.
With Revell releasing their 1/32 BAe Hawk T.1a, now is a good time to mention that Xtradecal have several sets of decals for the Hawk in various schemes.
Kinetic have released a rather tasty looking 1/48 F-16A block 20 dressed up in grey tiger stripes for the TIGER MEET 2009. Included with this release is a PE sheet, a turned pitot tube and oh yes some pretty spectacular decals designed by DACO products from Belgium and printed by Cartograf of Italy. There is quite a parts count, hopefully there are plenty of things to hang from the wings.
Pavla has released images of their forthcoming detail sets for the A Model 1/72 DH 100 Vampire Mk I. Detail sets include one for the cockpit, including two different styles of canopy. Another set containing the engine nozzle and wheels. Finally there is the pilot's seat available separately.
First announced last year, Planet Model's 1:32 all-resin kit of the Yakovlev Yak-23 is now shipping.
Airfix have reduced the price of the three versions of their line of 1/48 Canberra's by around 50%. In other words buy two kits for the old retail price of one kit. They were originally priced at £29.99 each. Airfix have reduced them to £14.99. If you're living in the UK, if your order total exceeds £40, you are offered free postage. Can't be bad. I have ordered mine already. Check out the red SALE link on the Airfix homepage, listed below.
For taking exact measurements when modelling, there's nothing like using calipers, and Model Craft's digital versions promise the ultimate in precision.
Those very busy folk creating their superb line of multi-engined aircraft have issued this news sheet, with details of their forthcoming releases. Really looking forward to the DH Dash 7 series.
Shesto Ltd. have announced an interesting metal foiling system that could well have uses for aircraft modelling – highly polished natural metal finishes, undercarriage oleos and lamp reflectors spring immediately to mind…
New release from Czech Master Resin [CMR] is the Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.2B, which has to be one of my favourite RAF/Royal Navy aircraft of all time.
Stormo! Online Magazine has released the third part of its series of decals featuring Bf 109 aces of the Regia Aeronautica and the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana This time the focus is on the last months of the war, with a great selection of late Bf 109Gs and 'Ks of the ANR.
The Mustang is certainly one of the most popular aircraft of WW2 so it's no wonder every producer wants to have it in their stable. This time ICM Holding has prepared another edition of the Mustang in the British markings.
Here is the latest release from 4+ Publications. The Panavia Tornado colours and markings is available in their Mark 1 Guide range. As with all these titles under the Mark 1 Guide there are decals included with a choice of scales to choose from.
Osprey must have read Eduards minds, as one of the releases this month is the B-24 Liberator Units of the CBI, of which Eduard have released a 1/72nd scale kit.
Sword have announced that they will be soon releasing in 1/72 a P-47N and the Seafire L MkIIc. Both aircraft seem to share the common feature of clipped wings. The artwork for the box illustration looks particularly good.
Sword are to re-release their two recent versions of the T-33's in 1/72. This time they will have the addition of coloured PE parts. Also to be released by Sword soon is the P-80A/B. I recently purchased T - 33 USAF and RCAF and with the inclusion of resin parts and I thought it was superb. It can only be better with the bonus coloured PE parts. The artwork for the box illustrations look particularly good.
Unicraft have released a Sikorsky S-62 / HH-52 which is the Search And Rescue helicopter used by the U.S Coastguard.
Zvezda has released a new kit which perfectly fits any German airfield diorama from W.W,2. The kit is well known 2cm Flak 38 gun.
Quite a few releases from Quickboost in 1/48 this month. The Mig-29 air intake and exhaust covers look good. I am not a big fan of resin pitot tubes, but the Delta Dart's look pretty tempting. Those gun barrels for the Hasegawa P-38 look stunning.
Master Details from USA has now been taken over by Maulcor Incorporated and the Company is now MASTER DETAILS. They are currently building their new website, but the great news is that MASTER DETAILS is scheduled to be open for business on the 15th of March 2011.
Kinetic have finally released their much anticipated and much talked about 1/48 Grumman Tracker. Markings are for the USN Sawbucks, VS-37. Decals have been designed by Fightertown and printed by Cartograf. The box is also marked for the S-2E and S-2G so whether these options or all three are available we will have to wait and see.
Iliad Designs have released two intriguing decal sheets for some brightly coloured Hurricanes in 1/72 and camouflaged B-29's in 1/48. After viewing the Hurricane sheet, I feel the need to buy a couple of Hurricane kits and paint them red and blue ready for these decals.
One of Anigrands latest releases is the alternative to the Convair B-58 Hustler, the Boeing XB-59.
Zvezda are to release in March, two new tooling snap-fix kits in 1/144th scale.