We are reporting from the U.S. IPMS Nationals held this year in Phoenix, Arizona. The show has just finished up it's second day and will run through Saturday the 7th of August. We spoke with Mike Bishop about his company's most recent diorama products.
PT Decals have released some interesting decals in 1/32 and 1/48 that cover some of the aircraft that the Armee de l'Air utilised just after WWII.
New short run limited edition injected plastic kit from Hippo Models of the Gotha G-V German Heavy Bomber
DH Hornet & Sea Hornet - De Havilland's Ultimate Piston-Engined Fighter.
Latest in the Dalrymple and Verdun Publishing series which includes Classic Fighter aircraft such as the Sea Fury, Javelin, Attacker, Sea Vixen, Scimitar, etc.
The first of the new and exciting series of publications 'Air Wars' [AW] will concentrate on significant air campaigns throughout the history of Aviation. The German 'Kursk' offensive, or 'Operation Zitadelle,' was launched on 4 July 1943, however a resolute Soviet defence ensured that the Germans failed to make their planned breakthrough and after three weeks, defence was turned to assault as two counter-attacks saw the Red Army seize the initiative and ultimately force the Germans to retreat.
New release from SAM publications on a fascinating aspect of military aviation, the support given to ground and air units by these aircraft and crews. This is the first in the series of of Modellers Datafile Extra [MDX].
Eduard have a busy line-up of kits and accessories for August. Star of the show looks set to be a limited re-release of Kopro's 1:48 Su-25 complete with new Brassin and etched details, plus decals for six colour schemes. WW1 modellers have a very nice 1:48 Profi-Pack Nieuport 17, again with six decal options, while for Luftwaffe enthusiasts Eduard's 1:32 Bf 109E-1 returns in a cut-down Weekend edition.
No I am not jumping on the Anne Rice bandwagon! These two short run injected kit are new moulds from A-Model.
Decal release with the opportunity to create 54 marking variations for the MiG-29 in 1/48 and 1/72. Types including:
Mig-29 type 9-12 early batches.
Mig-29 type 9-12 late batches.
Mig-29 type 9-13.
Mig-29 type 9-51 (MiG-29UB).
Xtradecal have released a set of decals for F-100D Super Sabres serving in foreign air forces. Set includes a Republic of China. A Turkish, two Danish and a French Super Sabre.
Roy Sutherland has exciting news for modellers building a Warhawk, Tomahawk or Kittyhawk.
This update set from Wolfpack that has just been released, will convert the Academy 1/72 early type F/A-18C/D into a late type.
A new Company to me, but seems to features a bit on Armorama is Balaton Modells from Hungary. Balaton seem to normally specialise in things with tracks and wheels, but they are making a little foray into things with wings. This conversion turns Academy or Hasegawa 1/72 single seat Mig 23 into the two seat trainer, the Mig 23 UB.
Latest releases from Lifelike Decals should please fans of aircraft of WWII. Continuing their series of decals looking at the markings of leading Aces on both sides of the War. I have given the prices in yen, but a quick search of the Internet revealed that there are several retail outlets around the world.
Xtradecal are bring out two sets of decals one in 1/48 [part 5] and one in 1/72 [part 2] for the series they are creating for the F-100 Super Sabre. One of the markings is for Lt Col. Chuck Yeager's mount and another is for the first single engined jet to fly over the North Pole.
Fancy hanging something different under your F-15E or F-16? The AGM-158A JASSM is powered by a Teledyne CAE J402 turbojet. While carried the wings are folded to reduce size, flipping out on launch. There is a single vertical tail.
Resin Art are producing a superb looking detailed resin wheel bay set for Trumpeters Mikoyan Mig 21F. There are quite a few resin components for this set, but I think you will agree it will add an extra dimension to the finish of the model. It's worth seeing the work that has gone into the masters to produce this set as well.
Resin Art are producing a superb looking detailed resin interior set for Hasegawa's Grumman Cougar F9F-8. Mostly resin components, with pre-painted PE and a vac-formed canopy.
Olimp models are releasing three 1/72 resin kits of the Hawker Hunter two seat trainer in the near future. Each kit includes resin and PE parts and vac-formed canopy.
Eli Raphael from Zotz Decals is releasing six new sets of decals for the P-47 . Two sets are in 1/32 and the other four are in 1/48. Our very own Nigel Julian [Lampie] did the artwork for Dorothy K, and Miss Fire.
Kagero continues its line of informative books on WWI aircraft. Kagero. Albatros D.I - D.Va by Tomasz J. Kowalski was released for purchase on 25 June 2010. And Kagero has sent us a copy!
Authentic Airliners have released test shots of the BAC 1-11-400/ -500 and the Bombardier CRJ100 and CRJ200.
The Bf 110C was the first version of the Bf 110 to be equipped with Daimler Benz engines. At the altitudes it had to operate in order to protect the bombers it would prove to be increasingly vulnerable to British and later American fighter aircraft due to its lack of manoeuvrability. The "D" version came with additional fuel tanks for increased range.
The new tool Messerschmitt Bf110C-2/C-4 has hit the shops. Not much information or pictures on the Airfix website, but there are a few sprue shots circulating around some of the other forums sites. Very reasonable price though. I will update when there are some sprue shots
Werner's Wings has another great helicopter accessory and update set. They have recently released 3 different auxiliary fuel cells for use in UH-1 helicopters. These fuel cells are routinely used by the USMC on their UH-1N helicopters.
I don't know, you turn your back for one moment and two more gems from the world of rotary winged aircraft appear. This time in the form of the Hughes MD-500e and the Hughes MD-500MD. These delightful if somewhat mean looking helicopters in 1/72 are part of AZ Models two kits in one box offer. These played two of the baddies in that classic film Capricorn 1. There is that classic chase involving two black painted Hughes-500 chasing Telly Savalis in his red crop duster with Elliot Gould in the front seat! Classic stuff!
Sword have announced the future release of four kits. Three in 1/72 and one in 1/48.
AMS Resin has just announced a set of FOD (Foreign Object Debris) Covers for UH-1N helicopters in both 1/35th and 1/48th scale. The parts are well molded and very crisp.
Master Model will be releasing shortly a set of four British Mk 2 Browning .303 caliber barrels. They will fit perfectly the Mosquito from AIRFIX [see photos] and other models in 1:24 scale.
Version with flash hider used mostly as a defensive (flexible) weapon on bombers, except on the Mosquito, where four Browning's with flash hiders was fixed.
Wollfpack designs are about to release a conversion set for the Messerschmitt Bf.109T-2 using the Eduard 1/32 Me Bf 109E-4/7.
AZ Models have announced the future release of three bi-planes in 1/72. One is to be the Vickers Vilderbeast Mk III and there will be also two versions of the Fiat CR.32. No release dates as yet, but I will bring you more details when I have them.
AZ Models have announced the future release of three new Jets: the Supermarine Attacker Prototype, the Aero L-159 B, T1 Alca and the Aero L-159 A Alca.
Aires are releasing three resin detail sets for the F-16I Sufa. Two sets of undercarriage bays one in 1/72 and the other in 1/32. The other set is for the exhaust nozzle in 1/72. All sets look up to the normal high casting standards that Aires seems to maintain.
The latest in SBS Model's range of excellent upgrade sets comes in the form of a complete new cockpit and wheel well details for the Academy Hawker Hunter.
This rather snazzy livery for the Vickers VC-10 XX914 Royal Aircraft Establishment Bedford 1974 caught my eye. This is intended for the Airfix kit although I would imagine Welsh Models might have produced one. The decals can be used on either the VC-10 or the Super VC-10. Decals for the windows are supplied for both types. Please note that the Airdecal site is under construction, but this decal sheet is available through Hannants, see link below.
To commemorate the Battle of Britain's 70th Anniversary this autumn Xtradecal have released two sets of decals in 1/48 covering RAF and Luftwaffe aircraft flown at the time. This set is different from the 1/72 release and features a few less aircraft, see here
for the 1/72 release.
New offerings from the prolific AZ Models. This time the subject is the attractive looking experimental Kawasaki Ki-78 with distinctive placing of the radiators on the side of the fuselage, just aft of the cockpit. AZ Models are offering two kits for the price of one with both these releases, which sounds like a bargain to me. Some searching on the Internet revealed that a few outlets are not listing these kits as 2 in 1, so check before buying. The two releases are:
New resin upgrades sets for the P-38 Lightning. Ultracast have released some excellent looking resin wheels and seats for this famous twin tailed fighter. Each set comes with two main wheels and the single nose wheel. All you need to do is reference which wheel set applies to your particularly model. The seats are a nice touch by Ultracast giving the modeller the choice of using PE harnesses [not supplied] or go for the ready cast harnesses.
Thanks to Jean-Luc for spotting and editing this! I've obviously been looking in the wrong place all the time he was away...
AZ Models have released two classic airliners in their AZ Airport series. In my youth I spent many hours plane spotting at my local airport and one of my favourite aircraft was the Tupolev-134. Loved the name, the very wide track undercarriage, the undercarriage pods and the clear nose. So I was really pleased when AZ announced it's release. The other release the good looking DC-9.
If you're looking for an unusual way to finish your Japanese aircraft, the Czech firm Rising Decals have just the thing for you with the release of Part 3 of their "Dying Sun" series.
Dragon's classic He 162 is set to return next month in a new Cyberhobby boxing.
Revell are releasing an ex-Eduard boxing of the Albatros D.V.
Revell have released a 1/144th scale model of the massive German flying boat, the Dornier DO-X.
AZ Models have released three versions of the Grumman Wildcat:
AZ Models have released a couple of delightful looking helicopters in 1/72:
AZ Models have released photo's of the test shots for their forthcoming release of the Vultee Vengeance Mk I and II. No date so far on the release of the two kits or details of price, but we will let you know as soon as we have it.
Over the years I've built vacuforms and short-run kits of the Fw 189, but the wait for a mainstream injection moulded kit has seemed endless. Now it's finally almost over!
There's plenty for Luftwaffe fans to look forward to from ICM, with the imminent release of two new kits.
Squadron Signal Publications have announced the latest in their hugely popular line of "In Action" reference books.
General Dynamics • F-16A/B Netz • Israeli Air Force • The First Jet Squadron • 1979-1986
Authors: Ra'anan Weiss & Shlomo Aloni
Publication #1 of ‘The IAF in Focus’ series - the essential visual guide of the IAF.