Silver Wings' eagerly awaited new 1:32 Gloster Sea Gladiator is ready for shipping worldwide now!
This is the second issue of this kit mold. It is essentially the civilian version of the Fairchild Peacemaker AU-23 kit. The sprues for weapons and pylons are gone and have been replaced with a set of sprues that have passenger seats.
In the hands of England’s Naval Aviators the unconventional Sopwith Triplane was to prove itself well in the hostile skies of 1917. As a model, it has been a favorite subject for decades. Now Roden has come to us with a very versitile kit.
Valiant Wings Publishing, a new name on the UK publishing scene, has announced the first in a series of aviation references aimed at enthusiasts and modellers for release this autumn.
Pavla from Pavla Models has sent me details of their next release. This time the Cyber Hobby 1/72 Gloster Meteor Mk 3 is their focus of attention. As with all Pavla's cockpit resin detail sets they look outstanding, judging by the photographs. Also included is a vac formed canopy that offers the chance to display the canopy open and see that nicely cast cockpit.
Dragon have announced the return of an old friend as part of their Cyber-Hobby Orange series - the Me 262A-1/U4.
Two dual combo sets feature in this months releases from Hasegawa.
Hasegawa are set to (re-) release a 500MD Defender in "Israeli Air Force livery.
Eduards October line up sees the return of the IL-2 Sturmovik in a Weekend edition.
A Profipack version of the Albatros D.III Oeffag 153 will also be available for all the early aviation modellers.
Hobby Bosses 1/48th F-111 gets a few upgrades in the P.E department.
The impressive new short run limited edition injected plastic kit from Hippo Models of the Gotha G-V German Heavy Bomber has just gone on sale.
Squadron Signal have announced a Beech C-45 Expeditor as part of their popular Encore range. The Encore model is based on the PM Model plastic with the addition of True Details resin elements and an optional vacuform windscreen. Alongside the kit come a pair of SuperScale decal sheets, providing several new guises applicable to the Encore kit or the original PM boxing in military and civilian liveries.
I have to say I think we're living through pretty amazing times for scale modelling! MPM Productions have sent us details of a new Azur kit of a subject that I've long been fascinated by, but never dared dream I'd see released as a 1:32 injected kit - the Caudron C.714C.1!
Polish Decal Team will be a new name to many modellers. The company has been founded by Michał Molka with a twofold aim: to provide high quality decals, and to promote Polish aviation to modellers around the world with an eye to unusual and colourful paint schemes.
We have launched a new auction service for our members. This new site is called KitMaker Auctions and is basically an auction site similar to eBay (minus a few thousand eBay employees).
Tragic news: Testors, the parent company of Floquil, Model Masters, Pactra, and Polly Scale, had announced that they will discontinue their superb line of Polly Scale military paints.
Eagle Editions have announced a unique opportunity for anyone modelling US aircraft from the earliest days of aviation right through to the end of the Cold War.
Twosix Decals have just released decals for the two RAF Tucanos of the Tucano display team for 2010. Both aircraft are dressed in the colours of 92(F) Sqn and 66(F) Sqn, both of which fought in the Battle of Britain and were subsequently stationed at Linton during the 1950s when they operated Meteors.
With the release of exciting new Encore upgraded version of Monogram's classic quarterscale F-102, Squadron Signal have announced just the thing for anyone looking to add extra detail.
New release from Osprey Publishing is no 171 in their New Vanguard series. With Zvezda releasing a 1/72 Mil MI-24 Gunship soon, see here
, this publication would be an ideal reference source.
Midway 1942 is number 226 in Osprey's campaign series and is an analysis of this significant battle in the Pacific during WWII. A must for historians and modellers alike.
Two Mikes have just released these resin replacement ejection seats for the Two Bobs 1/48 T-2 Buckeye kit. Each set contains two beautifully cast ejector seats. Although the released photo has depth of field problems [Two Mikes will release more photos soon] the quality of the castings are still obvious. If you are lucky enough to have one of the Two Bobs 1/48 Buckeye's, then you really must consider acquiring these seats.
Two Mikes have released images of their stunning looking resin cockpit for the Trumpeter 1/32 Mig 23 Flogger.
Sometimes when I am building a cockpit instrument panel, I wish I had just decals to represent the instrument faces, instead of dry brushing or messing around with PE parts. Airscale have developed decal upgrade that includes a stunning representation of the real aircraft’s instruments to enable you to replace the kit panel insert, and enhance the kit radio parts with an authentic scale alternative. Airscale aer to release a set of decals not only for the instruments, but also for the radio transmitter and receiver.
Zvezda have published on their website sprue images of their forthcoming release of the Su-27 as used by Russian Air Forces aerobatic display team, the Russian Knights. The sprues include some missiles, which hints at future releases in a more military guise. I must admit I was surprised when I did a quick check of Zvezda releases to find they have not released a Su-27 before!
No release date or mention of price so far, but it will be certainly be another release I will be looking forward to.
Zvezda have released CAD images of their forthcoming release of one of the most recognisable and sinister looking helicopters ever, the Mil-24V/VP Hind.
No release date or mention of price so far, but it will be certainly a release I will be looking forward too.
Wolfpack Designs have released these rather fine pieces of metal casting for the undercarriage of the Academy 1/32 F-16. This is the first of Wolfpack's venture into creating update sets in metal.
Jeff Garrity has news of exciting new releases from Anigrand.
Authentic Decals are to release a very interesting looking decal sheet for Me 109 reconnaissance fighters. There looks like there will be around 12 different aircraft depicted. The camouflage markings on the cover will appeal to all aero modellers, not just the Luftwaffe fans I think.
If you are looking for something different when you are finished building your Airfix 1/24 Mosquito, then Kits At War may have the answer. They have released decals for the following:
Eduard have released their monthly online magazine for September.
Vector have released two new sets of resin aimed at the Zvezda recent release of the Me 109F-2:
Carrying on with Rowan's good news for Luftwaffe WWII modellers, Italeri have announced news of the future release of a JU -87 B2 Stuka. This appears to be a new tooling and not a rehash of the Hasegawa kit as was rumoured. On their website are images of the sprue's and possible markings. Italeri will also include a Junkers Jumo engine with the kit, which is an added bonus for the super detailers. Sprue's look very promising from the photos, but I will leave you Luftwaffe experten to make up your own minds.
Great Wall Hobby have built a fine reputation for their military kits, and I was very impressed by the company's useful Lion Roar 1:48 WW2 aircraft generic detail sets
and modelling accessories. Now they are all set to make a bold move into aircraft kit production - and their first kit is a subject that's long been on Luftwaffe modellers' wish-lists as a mainstream kit - the Focke-Wulf Fw 189.
Print Scale Decals have released the following decals in 1/72 reflecting the number of nations using the Kittyhawk during WWII. The first set is for aircraft that served in the Soviet Air Force. The second set comes with some very interesting markings such as Wairarapa Wildcat, Squirrel Bate with a distinctive white tail with black checks and Texas Longhorn are a few I recognise.
Print Scale Decals have released the following decals in 1/48 and 1/72 titled 'Never Forget' and are for F-15E Strike Eagles of the USAF.
Two Mikes latest releases are upgrades for the superb 1/32 Revell Typhoon II.
Skunkmodels Workshop have released this very large model of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle [UAV] built by Northop Grumman [look at the size comparision with the EA-6B Prowler]. Markings are for the USAF and for a Euro Hawk of the Luftwaffe. Dimensions for this kit containing 63 parts is impressive:
Pavla from Pavla Models has sent me details of their next releases. This time the Italeri 1/48 Macchi M C 200 is their focus of attention. As with all Pavla's resin detail sets they look outstanding, judging by the photographs.
TwoSix Decals have released three classic looking liveries for these European Airlines:
Hot on the heels of Volume 86 Type 42 Destroyer DVD, Ray D. Bean of Still Motions Photographics announces the release of Volume 85 Type 22 Class and Volume 84 Type 45 Daring Class DVDs. Each DVD contains over of a hundred images.
Thanks to Michal Sindera for bringing to my attention a range of 1:48 replacement barrels for common WW2 aircraft machine guns and cannons. Produced by RB Model in Poland, the quality looks quite exceptional, and they are also remarkably good value for money - the most expensive sets only working out at about £2.50 plus p&p.
There are some very interesting kits due for release from MPM in the next few weeks - not least the Battle of Britain version of the BR.20 coinciding fittingly with the 70th Anniversary commemorations.
On-Target Publications have released a new book titled, Wings of the Fleet "US Navy Aircraft 1919 - 1941".
AIRFrame Resin, which is part of the Aviation Workshop group, have released two sets of Royal Navy figures in 1/48th scale.
Twosix Decals have released a limited production plastic injected kit of the Vickers Viscount with the livery of Aer Lingus. The plastic parts are re boxed from S&M. With 3 livery options including 2 variations of the Green top plus the final colour scheme.
CMR have recently released a De Havilland Vampire Mk 6 with the markings of several Swiss Air Force aircraft including two striking schemes for 'target actors' The kit will feature:
Welsh Models well known for their range of multi media civil and military multi engined aircraft have announced the future release of their latest kit in 1/144. This time it is the C130J C Mk4 Hercules in RAF service. Externally similar to the classic Hercules in general appearance, the J model sports considerably updated technology. These differences include new Rolls Royce AE 2100 D3 turboprops with Dowty R391 six bladed composite scimitar propellers. The updated electronics has meant a reduced crew requirements [two pilots and one load master, there is no longer the need for a navigator or flight engineer].
FE Resin have announced the future and very welcome release of the Heinkel He - 217 UHU Nightfighter, although FE Resin have mistakenly called it the He 217. This multi media kit contains:
Royale Resin have anounced a number of new releases to add to their ever expanding range of resin goodies. Quality for all these new castings look superb.
Iliad Designs are to republish one of their books due to popular demand, 'Colours of the Falcons', has been out of print for some time. The book contains a chronology of camouflage schemes and colours used on Soviet aircraft during the Second World War. Included are colour schemes, markings, special and non-standard schemes, interior finishes, and more. The title has 56 pages of text and photos on heavy coated paper, plus laminated card cover. Also included are four pages of colour profile art.