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I spotted this on the Modelimex website and thought it was worth bringing to the attention of you 1/144 modelers out there. Brengun from the Czech Republic have released some amazing looking PE additions for the Dragon 1/144 Douglas A-4E Skyhawk. I must admit I did not know Dragon did a 1/144 kit of the A4, although I do know Platz do two complete A-4E/F in one box. With this set you will be able to detail the cockpit, ejector seat, weapon pylons, wheel bays and a few details around the fuselage. With this set there is enough material for two aircraft.
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HPH Models are to release a 1/32 resin kit of the Aero L-29.The Aero L-29 Delfín [Dolphin], or as NATO called it Maya is a military jet trainer aircraft that became the standard jet trainer for the air forces of Warsaw Pact nations in the 1960s. It was Czechoslovakia's first locally designed and built jet aircraft. The basic design concept was to produce a straight forward, easy-to-build and operate aircraft.

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SBS Model have announced two new additions to the range of excellent resin upgrades.
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We have a limited quantity of our latest cast resin and laser cut kit. This base can be used with your Tasca Panzer IIs or the Hasegawa Jeep, Kubel or Motorcycle kits.

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Big multi engined aircraft dominate Minicrafts three new releases.
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Modelimex have released photographs of HPH Models future release of the TU-154. Probably in my top five of my favourite airliners, the Tu-154 is going to be a large model in this scale. This mixed media kit looks superb and it's well worth looking at the finished product on the AMG website [link below]. With a cruising speed of 975 km/h, the Tu-154 is one of the fastest civilian aircraft in operation and has a range of 5280 kilometers. Capable of departing and arriving on unpaved and gravel airfields, it often operates in the extreme Arctic conditions of Russia's northern territories where airports can be very basic. With a service life of 45,000 hours (18,000 cycles), but capable of 80,000 hours with upgrades, the aircraft is expected to continue in operation until 2016, although noise restrictions have seen services to western Europe and other areas restricted in recent years.

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This conversion pack is for use with the Transport Wings 1:72 kit of the 747-100/200 kit and any 1:72 scale model of the Space Shuttle. This conversion does not include the Boeing 747 kit. Transport Wings are part of Aircraft in Miniature
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Modelimex have released sprueshots of Special Hobby's attractive new 1:48 kit of the He 51B-2(W) floatplane fighter.
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Here a reference that keeps us abreast of restored original and modern replicas. This magazine keeps a pulse on current salvage efforts and grassroots garage shops building experimental replicas.
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Gunsmith are a new company from Russia. Along with a selection of finely detailed 1:35 figures, animals and miliary vehicle tyres which can be seen on Armorama, they have released a pair of 1:48 Soviet pilots, plus a dog that can obviously fit into a multitude of airfield scenes. Amazingly, the beautifully detailed dog is in 1:72!
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CMK have sent us details of their latest releases. There's a fine selection of 1:72 upgrades, including a 4-set overhaul of Academy's Fighting Falcon superdetailing the kit inside and out, while from Planet Models there's a really exciting full resin kit of the Aero A-304.
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HPH Models look like they may just beat Revell in releasing a large scale Arado Ar 196. This limited edition kit is mainly resin and the casting looks superb. Most of the casting and PE sheets are made in house although the superb looking machine guns are made by Master, a company well known for their turned guns.
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CMR have released details of the forthcoming release of their Lancaster B Mk II powered by Bristol Hercules engines. There will be a choice of three different conversion sets issued by CMR depending which kit you have:

  • CMR-164 designed for the Airfix Lancaster B I/III.

  • CMR-164A designed for the Revell Lancaster B I/III.

  • CMR-164B designed for the Hasegawa Lancaster B I/III.


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Eduards September release sees the Avia B-534 IV make its appearance as a Weekend edition kit.
Also the P-39 returns in a Dual combo special with markings for aircraft that operated over New Guinea.
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Plus Model have just sent us notification of their latest batch of 1/35th scale releases.
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AZ Models have released photo's of the masters for their forthcoming release of the Mitsubishi C5M / Ki-15 Babs. The Ki-15 was the army designation for the Babs, while the navy designated it C5M. No date so far on the release of the two kits, but we will let you know as soon as we have it.
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As a special end of summer sale, Osprey is offering a 50% discount on over one hundred books. The titles are drawn from all series and time periods. This is the largest discount Osprey has ever run on the website so take advantage while stocks last!. Look here to see what's on offer and fill in some of the voids in your library. Illustrations are some of the titles on offer.
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Renaissance Models, the French Company more well known for their model cars, are to release a decal sheet for the Czech Model 1/32 T-33. Markings are for the Ecole de Chasse [Fighter School].
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MAC Distribution are going to release a couple of boxing's of the Bristol Scout.
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Revell have released test shots of their new Arado AR196 A-3. As you can see from the photos Revell have included many features that we associate with this scale, such as detailed cockpit, engine and engine bay. There is also the added bonus of folding wings and the choice of two propellers. The panel lines look nicely done as does the representation of the fabric surfaces. Not being a Luftwaffe expert I will leave you more knowledgeable folk out there to judge whether this is going to be a hit or not, but bare in mind these are test shots.
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A Fieseler Fi156C Storch in the markings of the German army aircraft used in the rescue of Italian dictator Mussolini, is this months Hasegawa 1/32nd release.
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Hasegawa's release schedule continues unabated with this months kits re-appearing with different decal options.
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Hasegawa's September releases, sees a number of kits re-appear in different guise's.
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Shull24.com has released these resin renditions of the rear end of the F110-GE-129. These engines for the F-15 supply the Air Forces of the Republic of Korea [F-15K], Singapore [F-15SG] and Saudi Arabia [F-15S]. There are no PE components in this set. The flame holder is made from tougher resin so even though it is a delicate casting it will tolerate light handling.
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Anigrand craftwork have released the super flying boat design, the Convair XP5Y-1 Tradewind.
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News from Lucky Models is that Kinetic models new release of the F-16D Block 52+ (Polish Air Force / Hellenic Air Force) Fighting Falcon is now available. Do we need another F-16? Well yes, this version is very different from your usual F-16's and the camouflage pattern will make it stand out from the usual F-16 camouflage scheme.

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Monroe Perdu send us news of two new diorama products that were debuted at IPMS in Phoenix this past month.
Russian Shop Signs for cities and towns and Cobblestone Street Sheets for 1/48 scale armor and vignettes.
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Some very interesting decal releases from LF Models for the Fiesler Storch in service with the USAF and RAF.
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LF Models have released two sets of decals for the 1/48 Eduard I-6 Rata:

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Fisher Model and Pattern have announced that their spectacular looking Red Baron RB-51 is now on sale and available from their website. Be quick though as numbers are limited. This is the information put out by Paul and Susy Fisher on their website.

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Reality in Scale send us news of their upcoming releases for August/September 2010. Continuing their diorama accessory and scenic supplies range there are numerous useful and diverse new additions, and some unique items, that can used for a wide variety of modelling subjects.

In particular the scenic scatters and Forest in a pot products will be a welcome product for many diorama and vignette modellers and offer some fantastic opportunities.
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Felipe C. Miranda from FCM Decals based in Brazil has sent me these stunning example of his latest work.

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Chooch Enterprises Inc. are an U.S. manufacturer of products for the Railroad Modeler. However, as in many cases, products such as theirs can have multiple uses for the Military Modeler...
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As previously announced on Aeroscale, Roy Sutherland has been busy preparing new P-40 decals, and they are now on sale on the BarracudaCals website.
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New release from 4+ publications is this combined book and decal sheet for the Me 210/410. Designed in accordance with the "Zerstörer" (heavy fighter-bomber) concept just prior WWII, the Me 210 was, however, a failure in terms of flying characteristics. Following extensive modifications, its successor, the Me 410 Hornisse (Hornet), was produced in substantial numbers and many variants and saw operational service in Italy and North Africa, and over Germany and Central Europe. The improved Me 210 was also licence-built in Hungary.
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Loon Models is a subsidiary to Roll Models.com. Loon Models manufactures resin 1:32 'Master Series' Correction / Conversion / Detail Sets have mostly been armour related subjects. This (LO32006) and its sister set LO32007 are resin parts applicable to Roden's 1:32 Siemens Schuckert D.III. Set LO32006 backdates the kit to the earliest production issues first release for front line operations and testing to JG II in 1918.
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AZ models have released sprue shots and box covers of their forthcoming releases of the Hawker Hurricane MkIV. The MkIV saw the last major change to the Hurricane, which was the introduction of the universal Wing, a single design able to mount two 250 lb or 500 lb (110 or 230kg) bombs, two 40mm (1.57in) Vickers S guns, drop tanks or eight 60 pound RP-3 rockets. Two .303in Brownings were fitted to aid aiming of the heavier armament.
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No 12 in the ‘From the Cockpit’ series considers the legendary Sea Fury, the Royal Navy’s fastest and most effective single-engine, piston-powered aircraft, and one that even today continues to enthral both pilots and spectators in its regular flying displays.
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Sky-High have released one of my favourite helicopters, the Mil Mi-2 NATO named Hoplite. This small and attractive helicopter is lightly armoured, but could pack a punch as it could be armed with 57mm rockets and a 23mm cannon when used for close air support. First introduced in 1965, the Hoplite has been also used in it's time as a civil aircraft. It looks like there are markings for eight aircraft.
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Modelimex have published details A-Model's re-released Polikarpov I-17 - the in-line engined successor to the famous I-16. First flown in 1934, the I-17 was eventually cancelled depite its initial promise.
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AML have released a neat looking 1:72 kit of the Bf 109B in Kondor Legion colours.
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MMD-Squadron have sent us details of their latest Encore Models release - an upgraded quarterscale Delta Dagger that appears to be based on the classic Monogram kit.
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Modelimex have released details of Special Hobby's new Nakajima Ki-115 kamikaze aircraft.
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As most of you will probably know that a new Hungarian company, KP Models, plans to re-issue many if not all of the kits made by Kopro Prostejov Models. Modelimex are to stock the new brand. KP Models, will use old plastic parts from Kopro Prostejov, but all models will have new boxes, new decals and instructions. These models should have been on sale during June, 2010, but the date has been set back to late August, 2010
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In 1915, the Swedish Army asked for tenders for a new reconnaissance aircraft of biplane type. Dr Enoch Thulin offered his own design, type E, with 90 hp Thulin A engines. Four aircraft were ordered and used for neutrality watch at the Fortress of Boden in the north of Sweden. However, they were found unsatisfactory for this purpose and used for training duties.
Omega Models are shortly to release the 1/72 resin Thulin Type E in Swedish markings, of what was Sweden's first ever reconnaissance aircraft.
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A-Model have released a short run injected plastic kit of this very large bi-plane. The AN-3 is basically a turboprop powered development of the An-2. Despite the aged look of this aircraft the An-3 first flight was in 1991. There are two sets of markings as well as a small sheet of photo etched parts.
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Osprey's "Raid" series of books latest installment will be about the Dambusters raid.
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F-RSIN Plastics plastics have released this superb looking injected plastic kit of the Bréguet Br.763 Deux-Ponts. The Breuget Deux-Ponts [ double decker] was a cargo and passengers aircraft that was operated between 1953 and 1972 . Its name comes from the fact that it can accommodate passengers on two decks a feature that would be utilised later in the Airbus A380. There are 4 separte releases in the following liveries:
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Sword Models have released sprue shots and images of the resin parts making up their future release of the Re 2001 Falco II and Re 2001 CN.

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AZ Models have announced a number of future releases of the Mig 17 including the Chinese derivative, the Shenyang F-5. There have been interesting users of the Shenyang F-5 including 4477th "Red Hats" Test and Evaluation Squadron of the United States Air Force. So hopefully if AZ don't come up with some interesting decals, some of the after market decal companies will.

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