RS Models are to release a 1/72 plastic injection kit of the Flettner Fl 282 .The innovative Flettner Fl 282 was one of the first operational helicopter that was used on board ships.
2010 has marked the 50th Anniversary of one of the great names in model aircraft - Williams Brothers.
After the takeover of Admiral models by AZ Models, Admiral are to release a number of late mark Spits and Seafires. I must admit to being a huge fan of the late Griffon powered Spits so I was very pleased to receive the news of these products. I am particularly looking forward to the release of the Seafire Mk.46, with the contra rotating prop. For you that prefer the Merlin engined aircraft, Admiral are to release a Seafire Mk III.
Great news in that Admiral Models have been taken over by AZ Models. Here is a statement from the AZ website.
Kitsworld a company well known for it's release of mainly WWII American aircraft decals are to produce a special sheet, celebrating 100 years of French nautical aviation. The sheet features markings for the Dassault-Breguet Super Etendard and the Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye.
Release Date 13 -14 November 2010 debuting at the Scale Modelworld in Telford, UK. This decal sheet will be available to purchase at the Scale Aircraft Modelling Stand 173 at the International Centre Telford.
Squadron-Signal Publications return to a classic subject with the latest addition to their "In Action" series.
Future new release (in the next two weeks) from Welsh Models, the prolific outfit from South Wales is the De Havilland Dash 7 in London City Airways Livery. The airline was one of the first companies to fly out of London City Airport, when it first opened. The Airline closed in 1990.
Alley Cat continue their amazing series of conversion sets for the Airfix 1/24 Mosquito. The Mk XVIII 'Tse-Tse' were fitted with a Molins "6-pounder Class M" cannon, weighing 1,580 lb (716 kg) fitted with an automatic loader to allow both semi- or fully-automatic fire, in the nose, along with two .303 in (7.7 mm) sighting machine guns. The cannon was later deleted. The Air Ministry initially suspected that this variant would not work, but mock tests proved otherwise. Although the gun provided the Mosquito with yet more anti-shipping firepower for use against U-boats it required a steady, and hence vulnerable, approach-run to aim and fire the gun.
Now available from Alley Cat is a conversion set to transform the Tamiya 1/32 Mk IX Spitfire into a Mk XVI. The main set being the Mk XVI / MK IX Bubble Top conversion set, the second being a very easy and adaptable 'E' wing conversion set both based on the Tamiya Mk IX kit.
WW2 modellers will have a real treat to look forward to in the New Year with the release of a 1:32 Bell P-63 from HpH Models.
Osprey Publishing have announced the future release of this title. The B-57 Canberra was the first jet-powered American attack aircraft committed to the Vietnam War. Involved in day-to-day interdiction missions as well as in classified “black” missions and a starring role in Operation Rolling Thunder; the B-57 evolved to become one of the most valuable weapons in the USAF inventory. The B-57E was involved in the Patricia Lynn missions, parts of which remain classified. This book also fully documents the role of the Australian Canberra B-20 in working alongside the B-57. Featuring scores of previously unpublished photographs; the story of the B-57 is the story of the Vietnam War.
There's plenty of variety among CMK's aftermarket upgrades this month - a 1:32 Mustang cockpit, 1:48 Luftwaffe ordnance and a whole raft of sets aimed at Airfix's 1:72 Canberra.
MPM have published their latest Newsletter, with some exciting releases scheduled for the month ahead.
Stormo! Decals have released the second part of their new series focusing on Italian Bf 109 aces.
HpH Models have sent us photos of the patterns for their exciting new 1:48 resin kit of the Sukhoi T-50 - Russia's prototype fifth-generation fighter which first flew this year.
HpH Models have sent us photos of the patterns for their forthcoming 1:32 Aero L-39 Albatros under preparation.
Kitsworld are to release two sets of decals for the B-24's of the Zodiac Squadron. These are limited editions so don't hang around if you want to acquire these sets.
Anticipating the release of the Airfix 1/48 Sea Vixen [well aren't most of us]. Xtradecal have released decals for four aircraft. Not a subject known for it's colourful marking while in service. It made up for the lack of colourful markings in it's re-incarnation as a drone and the last airworthy Vixen flying for the Red Bull Team. Perhaps we may see these marking released as well.
Isradecal have released two update sets for the IAF F-16I. The first is for two 600 gallon fuel tanks and the second is a correction set for the Academy kit.
Eli Raphael from Zotz Decals is releasing a new set of 1/48 decals for the A-20G in the PTO. The A-20G was the most produced variant of the Havoc series, the nose glazing being replaced by a solid nose. Early production models were fitted with four 20mm cannons and two .50 in machine guns in the nose, but the unreliability of the cannons led to them being replaced by more machine guns.
Fisher Model and Pattern have released an image of their spectacular looking future release of their 1/32 F7U-3M Cutlass. This is the information put out by Paul and Susy Fisher on their website.
One of the biggest announcements at the Tokyo Hobby Show has been Dragon's exciting new largescale Bf 109E.
Begemot are to release a stunning looking decal set with the opportunity to make 54 marking variations of your Mig 29. This set is part one, so it will be interesting what markings they missed from this sheet for part two. In the meantime feast your eyes on these decals and prepare to search your stash or invest in a Trumpeter or Revell Fulcrum.
Resin Art have released images of their pre production cockpit set for the Sukhoi Su 7BKL. The set is intended for the Kopro or Eduard kits. The images give you an idea of the amount of work that goes into these products before they hit the shops. Resin Art are also to produce flaps for the Kopro or Eduard Su 7BKL and I will post pictures as soon as possible.
No indication of price so far.
HpH Models' resin kit of the Arado Ar 196, along with its launch catapult which is sold separately, has had Kriegsmarine enthusiasts drooling ever since the first sight of the in-box shots.
SBS Model released their latest cockpit details, this time aimed at Hasegawa's quarterscale Ki-43-II Hayabusa.
Dragon have announced a new 1:48 Bf 110D nightfighter as part of their Cyber-Hobby range.
Dragon have announced two new 1:72 kits of WW2 US Navy classics - the SB2C-3 Helldiver and F6F-5N Hellcat.
Sword have announced the future release of two Gloster Gladiator kits in the near future. They have posted what is presumably the box art for the two releases:
Wolfpack designs have released a 1/32 kit of the F-86F-40 Sabre in the markings of three Republic of Korean Air Force aircraft. This is I believe is Wolfpacks first foray into providing a kit as well as resin and metal upgrades in 1/32 scale. The plastic parts are supplied by Kinetic, a kit which was generally well received.
Modelimex have published details of the latest version of HpH Models' stunning 1:32 Avia B-534.
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.