Here's a run down as to what to expect from Hasegawa in the next few months.
At the recent Nuremberg Trade Fair, I was able to get my hands on the latest catalogue from ICM Holding as well as an opprtunity to speak to their representatives.
The new Dutch company Reality in Scale have, once again, enlarged their range of Diorama products with some very useful new kits.
Below a run down of what their new products are
In this report we present an overview of what we can expect from MiniArt Limited in their increasing range of 1/35th scale building and diorama sets during 2008. The 'visual content' is a mixture of images from their site along with original photos taken during the recent Nuremberg Trade Fair..
WW1 enthusiasts looking forward to the release of Eduard's set of 1/72 scale Royal Flying Corps figures this month will have to wait a little longer.
The Polish manufacturer/on-line retailer, Jadar Model have announced the first releases in a new range of diorama materials.
The first of Eduard's new original releases for 2008 arrives next month in the shape of their eagerly awaited 1/48 scale Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat. While the earlier Fw 190 and Bf 110 have been quite complex kits, this time Eduard are aiming to make the Hellcat much more straightforward and aimed at the mainstream modeller. Although it may be somewhat simpler, we can still expect the company's attention to surface detail, as the accompanying photo of the fuselage of a test-shot shows. Also exciting for Navy fans, February sees the ex-MPM/Special Hobby Fulmar issued in a new form - the Mk.II, complete with the prominent cheek inlets and a set of 5 x colour schemes.
Miniart have provided an illustrated step by step guide, on their website, to assembling their vac form buildings.
Reality in Scale is a relatively new diorama company from Holland who we covered recently here on Armorama. Here are some of the latest updates on the company.
One of the more difficult aspects of dioramas, is to convincingly model water. In this new book, by the publishers of the quarterly magazine Xtreme Modelling, some interesting solutions should be available.
Mk35 Editions have followed their release of A070 DESTROYED NORMANDY WALL with another 1/35 Scale diorama accessory for a Normandy setting; A080 NORMAN FENCE.
Anigrand Craftswork's are no strangers to producing experimental aircraft in kit form and their two latest release's are not disappointing.
After a busy Christmas line-up, Eduard keep the pace up with a bundle of new releases for January.
With the brand new Grumman Hellcat looking set for release early in the spring, Eduard have concentrated on returning to some old favourites in new guises. There are truly spectacular new boxings of the Brisfit and Mirage 2000, while the Fw 190A-8 must surely be the most elaborate "Weekend Edition" yet! The highlights among the new photoetched sets are a whole series designed for Trumpeter's big Grumman Wildcat, but there's plenty else too, with some old favourites like Eduard's own neat little Bf 108 getting some deserved time in the limelight again.
With the 're-invention' of 1/48th scale for Armor modelers, the new releases will undoubtedly benefit the Aviation modeler as more and more 'dual-purpose' subjects get covered. Here's another one, this time from Mig Productions.
While I’m still pouring over volume one which was released last spring Canfora Design & Publishing are to release Nordic Edge Model Gallery vol. 2.
Eagle Editions have published the complete story of the training and operations of the 86th FG, Third Air Force and later with the Twelfth Air Force. Written by Steve Luce, a son of one of the group’s pilots Lt. Warren Luce, the new book describes both the men as well as the machines they flew in a comprehensive, fully photographically documented format.
Academy has introduced a new boxing in their 1/35 UH-1C Huey Gunship family. The kit includes new decals that are both colorful and plenty.
Cobra Company brings us a new set to accurately portray a USCG HH-65 interior for the Trumpeter kit.
Modelimex have released pics of two new 1/48 scale resin kits of US WW2 airfield vehicles.
Hot news for lovers British jets! Hannants have released a brand new Canberra P.R.9 as part of their Xtrakits range.
US based Skullcrafts started out as a relatively small venture, who's products are primarily targetted at the tabletop wargaming miniatures market. That said, as is so often the case in this wonderful hobby of ours, many of the products can also be used by figure and diorama modellers. Here's a look at their catalogue.
MK35 have announced a new accessory in 1:35 scale - a Public Bench.
Accurate Armour have just announced more releases in 1/48th scale aimed at the aviation modeler - particularly for those who want to add support vehicles to dioramas.
Hauler have just announced the perfect complement for those thirsty quarter-scale Sturmoviks on your flightline.
In Holland a new company has appeared on the market. Reality in Scale is a company specializing in diorama products. In this, a very complete report on the company's products we take a look on what's on offer.
In Holland a new company appeared on the market. Reality in Scale is a company specialised in diorama products. Nothing special you might say but Reality in Scale seems to make their name true in their products since the products show next to a good quality also a very high originality when it comes to subjects.
Mk35 Editions have announced this new 1:35 scale Wall in ceramic and resin.
After their series of spectacular Thunderbolts, Eagle Editions have turned the spotlight on the P-51D, releasing three new decal sheets to coincide with the publication of their major new book "To War With The Yoxford Boys". Each sheet is available in both 1/32 and 1/48 scales and features three exciting Mustangs.
UK hobby shop chain Modelzone has teamed up with Revell to produce a special limited run of the Revell 1/48 scale P-47N Thunderbolt.
Plan ahead a bit for the holidays with Verlinden's December releases. Verlinden is offering two different items in two scales, a bridge and a building in 1/48th and 1/35th scale.
Roden has given us a great all-plastic basic kit at a fine price. No brass photoetch, but most average modelers need a basic all plastic kit with little rigging like this to have as a premier build.
Eduard have a packed line-up planned for Christmas, with WW1 modellers doing especially well thanks to quarterscale Albatros D.I and D.IIs, plus a 1/72 scale Nieuport Ni-23 double pack. Jet enthusiasts aren't left out either, with the popular L.39 appearing in fresh colours. Meanwhile, Eduard will extend their range of quarterscale figures with a set of late-WW2 Luftwaffe fighter crew.
There are comprehensive aftermarket sets for Special Hobby's big Airacobra and Zvezda's La-5FN, plus much more...
New releases recently announced under the MPM/Special Hobby banner include a rerelease of their Gloster Meteor and an upgrading of the Classic Airframes Avro Anson.
Latest releases from Revell include two 1:72 versions of the Eurofighter Typhoon, while modellers of earlier jets will enjoy the 1:48 F-105G Thunderchief offering.
Here's an advance look at our new 1/72 Halifax Interior Detail PE Set (PE 7244):
Turning real-life chronology on its head, while some people are still waiting to see the Messerschmitt Bf 110E on the shelves in their local hobby shop, Eduard already have it's successor kit ready and waiting in the wings - the Bf 110C.
November looks set to be a busy month, with a new Dual Combo Airacobra on the way - plus an intriguing item # 7501 - Czech AF... no details of what that is yet.
On the etched front, there's a lot to look forward to. Trumpeter's neat little new MiG-3 is almost begging for an etched upgrade and Eduard have been quick off the mark to oblige. Meanwhile, there's a maintenance ladder for the Bf 110E, along with an etched detail set - and this for an already phenomenally detailed model!
Ever wanted to build a multi wing aircraft model but feared adding the top wing or are you after an easier way to do it? Aeroclub have the answer.
Pacific Coast Models specializes in items for modellers with an interest in the WWII Italian Air Force and the Italian Royal Army, and they have released three new kits in 1/32nd scale.
Build-A-Rama brings a dozen new products to the market. This batch of products is all 1/32nd scale representing a wide array of products.
Eagle Editions are ready to ship Volume One of Jerry Crandall's epic saga of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190D. The fruit of over 20 years research into the subject, this looks set to become the definitive work on the Dora.
Anigrand Craftswork's line of experimental aircraft continues with the release of the 1/72 scale Convair XA-41.
Following on from Trumpeters recent 1:32 Razorback kit comes the eagerly anticipated Bubbletop version.
It really is becoming a Golden Age for fans of Thunderbolts in this scale!
Special Hobbys planned releases towards the end of the year have something to please everybody.
Experimental aircraft, early jets, and a helicopter. WW2 fans havent been excluded, as theres a 1:48 Avro Anson in the pipeline too.
Eagle Editions have a real bundle ready for WW2 enthusiasts in October - a new set of spectacular P-47 decals, detailed metal Fw 190 gear legs, resin R4M rockets and another example of Radu Brinzan's amazing etched Bf 109 canopy frames.
The name Radu Brinzan should need little introduction - he's the master pattern maker behind some of the superb resin and photo-etch kits and accessories produced by EagleParts and MDC.
But as well as producing patterns, Radu has also developed a unique new PE folding tool - the Flip-R10.
How to achieve a realistic wood grain effect is one of the most common questions asked when discussing early aviation builds.
Decals are one option, and Spada Decals have released a series of decal sheets that address this.
In answer to the overwhelming demand for their Limited Edition Mirage 2000, Eduard have announced a one-off extra run of the kit - a Limited Re-Edition - so now's your chance if you missed the kit first time around.
Also new next month will be the latest addition to the phenomenally successful Fw 190 range - a Fw 190A-8 R/2, previously only available in the Royal Edition.
October looks set to be a good month for Great War enthusiasts, with an Albatros D.V Dual Combo in 1/72 scale and a new set of French WW1 quarterscale figures.
Academy have announced 3 new 1:72 releases.
Fans of USAAF noseart will enjoy the B17G Special Nose art Edition,
and theres also a B29 Superfortress and an Me262.
New from Czech manufacturer AZ Model comes a 1:48 Morane Saulnier M.S 406 In Africa. Part of a series of M.S 406 releases. Fans of 1:72 scale biplanes will also be pleased with new offerings from company,
which include 2 boxings of the Avro 621 Tutor.
Model Design Construction have released pictures of the master parts for their forthcoming 1/32 scale Arado Ar 234.