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.
RVHP are to release a conversion for the US Navies Grumman C-2 Greyhound. The C-2 Greyhound is a twin-engine cargo aircraft, designed to carry mail and supplies to and from aircraft carriers of the United States Navy. Its primary mission is Carrier Onboard Delivery [COD]. The C-2 Greyhound, a derivative of the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, shares wings and power plants with the E-2 Hawkeye, but has a widened fuselage with a rear loading ramp. The first of two prototypes flew in 1964 and production began the following year. It replaced the piston-engined Grumman C-1 Trader, itself a derivative of the E-1 Tracker, in the COD role. The original C-2A aircraft were overhauled to extend their operational life in 1973.
For you modelers not content to place your finished Migs, Sukhoi or Aeros on the shelf, Armory have released this reproduction of Soviet style concrete slabs to sit your aircraft on. The price seems rather high although I suspect it could be miscalculated as I saw the same thing on the Hannants website for around £21.99 and Scale Model Kits website for $30.95 So it will be worth shopping around.
Tamiya are set to re-release their stunning quarter scale Swordfish, along with a Photo Etched Bracing Wire Set.
RV Resin have announced the future release of a new title in their series of Detailed Scale Drawings. This time the Mig 27 is their focus. The F-4 Phantom is a recent release.
Armory have announced the future release of a series of FAB bombs used by Soviet combat aircraft. The Russian term for general-purpose bomb is Fugasnaya Aviatsionnaya Bomba, abbreviated FAB and followed by the bombs nominal weight in kilograms. Most Russian iron bombs have circular ring airfoils rather than the fins used by Western types. The FAB-9000M-54 is comparable to the British WWII Grand Slam! Even though these weapons were first built in 1954, they are still used today.
W.W.2, the Cold War and present day aircraft are this months 1/48th releases by Italeri.
Valom have an exciting line-up this month with new kits in 1:72 and 1:48.
RV Resin have announced the imminent release of three short run Mig 23 kits in injected plastic:
- Mig 23P
- Mig 23 MF “Hellfighter”
- Mig 23 ML “Tiger”.
Wolfpack Designs have released a resin wing fold set for Revells 1/144 E-2 Hawkeye. This set completely replaces the kits wings and the resin wing comes in three parts:
As reported early AZ Models are to release a number of Mig 17F / Shenyang F-5, see here
. AZ Models have now released sprue shots of their Mig 17F / Shenyang F-5.
RV Resin [Aircraft] are to release hopefully this September, the Siebel Si-204 as an injected plastic kit. Used a trainer and transport, it was originally designed for civilian use for Lufthansa as a eight seat passenger plane with two crew. It entered Luftwaffe service as a trainer. The aircraft was also built by SNCAN in France and also by CKD/BMM and later by Aero in Czechoslovakia.
Adalbertus have announced the release of a 1:48 resin figure of Merian C. Cooper.
A-Model are to release two short run injected plastic kits of this unusual looking aircraft, which I think bares a resemblance to some of the designs found for aircraft in Luft 46.
Linden Hill Imports have released a set of decals for Mig 23MS's and MF's for the Air Forces of Libya  and Iraq . With a choice of seven aircraft this is the perfect excuse to try out some unusual camouflage schemes. The set comprises decals for:
No. 78 in the Warpaint series covers the Macchi C.202 Folgore and the C.205 Veltro.
Linden Hill Imports have released a set of decals for Mig 23M's and MF's for various Air Forces of the Warsaw Pact. With a choice of nine aircraft this is the perfect excuse to acquire more than one kit. The set comprises decals for:
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.
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.
SBS Model have announced two new additions to the range of excellent resin upgrades.