Here's a checklist of some of the 1/100-1/144 scale kits to look out during 2007.
This is my first report from this years Nuremberg Trade Fair for AeroScale so I trust you'll be patient! Amongst the many model manufacturers present was the Polish manufacturer Mirage Hobby who had a couple of VERY interesting new aviation releases on their stand...
If you want to detail your Wellington, your He 177 or your Fw 190 A-5, take a look at these impressive pictures of Eduard's latest Photo etched Sets!
Eduard have sent us some pictures of their new plastic kits (Me 262B DUAL COMBO, Spad XIII early DUAL COMBO and Roland C.II Weekend Edition). They are available now and you should see them soon on the shelves of your Local Hobby Shop.
HobbyBoss caused quite a stir with their entrance onto the 1/48 scale AFV stage (including superdetailed T-34s) - and for some time their website has carried an intriguing "coming soon" under the 1/48 scale Aircraft tag...
Hasegawa have plenty to keep aircraft modellers busy during the cold winter nights. Along with the B-26B/C and P-39N due anytime now, the list of future releases and Limited Editions makes exciting reading.
Classic Airframes are announcing a new Family of Dornier Do 17 kits in 1/48 scale! The first kits should be available from April 2007! For every fan of the "Flying Pencil" this is for sure great news!
Looking through Eduard's plans for 2007 is almost daunting... there are just so many projects! The full list can be found in their January newsletter, but I've picked out some of the highlights that caught my eye.
Obviously, the big news this month must be the release of Eduard's upgraded version of AM's classic 1/48 scale Shturmovik, plus the return of Eduard's own Fw 190 A-8 after the initial production run sold out in record time. But there's masses more exciting stuff among the list of January releases.
After years of being on modellers' wants lists, the LaGG-3 is suddenly getting its turn in the limelight. Last year saw the release of South Front's short-run injected kit, but now we have a stunning new model from resin masters Vector.
Continuing Eduard's highly successful policy of giving a new lease of life to Accurate Miniatures kits, the magnificent 1/48 scale IL-2M Shturmovik has been re-boxed with new features to bring it up to the latest standards.
Following the phenomenal success of their Fw 190 series, it was a safe bet that Eduard would have something special up their sleeve for the anticipated Royal Class version. But few could have guessed how unique this kit would turn out to be!
The wait is almost over! Roden look set to have WW1 fans queuing to buy what looks to be one of the most exciting releases of 2007... a 1/32 scale SE5A.
Mushroom’s latest release in the Yellow Series has as its subject the MiG-1/MiG-3, the first modern Soviet fighter aircraft of World War II.
Accurate Armour is rapidly increasing its reputation with a range of vehicles SPECIFICALLY designed for the Aviation Modeller. Now, the company has just annouced two (complete) resin kits in 1/48th scale:
With the weather turning colder, thoughts turn to projects to while away those long winter evenings ahead. Eduard certainly have plenty of new releases to keep aircraft modellers out of mischief!
We normally have to wait for their Newsletter, but Eduard have sent through details of their Aircraft releases for November. No pics - the news is so hot, they haven't got the packshots done yet.
Polish decal manufacturer Techmod have announced an interesting new set of markings for the Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 in Finnish Air Force service.
For those interested in real exotic planes here's a Special Edition kit made by Special Hobby for IPMS Deutschland: a 1/72 scale Hawker Sea Fury TT Mk. 20 "Luftfahrt Beratungsdienst".
Just Plane Stuff are well known in the USA for their range of very nicely done display bases for aircraft in 1:32, 1:48 and 1:72.
A news story over on Hyperscale announces a new manufacturer from Hannants - Xtrakit.
Here is a very interesting new release by MPM: a 1/18 scale B-17 F nose. I think those who like detailed cockpit will love this one.
The latest decal sheets from Techmod should delight Gabby fans everywhere.
This just re New September Releases from MPM and Special Hobby.
Revell Releases a Three Aircraft Collection in 1/72 scale the 05766 50 Jahre Luftwaffe Set.
Following on from their excellent Grunau Baby II, Polish resin kit producer Ardpol has announced two very interesting new additions to its range.
For those of you interested in the slightly off "main stream". Valom has some new releases of interest.
Wings Models, LLC have announced the re-release of the former Eagles Talon 1/48 scale Titan II-Gemini and Atlas D missile kits. Both kits are cast in moulds made from original Eagles Talon parts masters.
You think it's too hot to build models in the summer days? Well, Eduard have released a nice and interesting cocktail of new references for the month August. I'm sure you will find something for you in the list. Check it out!
Along with their superb range of resin aircraft engines, Russian manufacturer Vector now produce two highly detailed 1/48 scale resin kits of the La-5 and La-5F.
The latest MPM News update contains some new releases coming from Special Hobby and Azur.
The summer is normally considered a fairly quiet time of year in modelling terms, but Eduard's extraordinary output continues unabated, with a bundle of new kits and accessories catering for all interests.
Liam Cusack (Dragon Models USA) has sent us some NEWS regarding future Aircraft Model releases from Dragon and Hasegawa, soon to be available at Dragon USA.
Eduard have been as busy as usual, with a long list of new kits and accessories this month.
Teh importer of Trumpeter products into the U.S.A., Stevens International, has, very helpfully sent us a snippet of what we can expect in Sept/Oct 2006...
Of course the big news from Eduard this month is that their brand new Polikarpov I-16 is shipping.The first release is the I-16 Type 10 with Soviet VVS markings. A special Spanish edition will follow it as a Dual Combo, with decals for four Republican and four Fascist airctraft. And that will not be the last of the I-16 line, with the Type 24 being prepared for July, and the Type 17, 18, and 29, to follow after that.
A few weeks ago, when I published the News that Accurate Armour were producing a range of R.A.F. Airfield Vehicles in 1/48th scale, I was expecting some delay before the first details and images would be available. Happily, that's not the case and Derek Hanson of Accurate Armour, has very kindly sent me images of these new kits...
Eduard's brand new 1/48 scale Polikarpov I-16 Type 10 is almost ready to ship. The latest word is that the kit will be released on May 1st.
Trumpeter definitely seems to be a company who likes the BIG kits. Some of their recent releases (the Blackjack for example) have undoubtedly been in this category. With these two new releases, there is no indication that the trend is showing any signs of waning...
Apart from their amazing helicopter models, the Scottish manufacturer, Accurate Armour, is NOT the first company that Aviation Modellers consider as a 'primary' source. All this, may however be changing...
There's plenty for all aircraft modellers in Eduard's April line-up, with a total of four new kit releases this month along with a mass of new etched sets.
Eduard probably raised a few eyebrows some months ago with their bold announcement of a new series of 1/48 scale Fw 190s. Having virtually cornered the market with their high quality WW1 models, Eduard now seem determined to take on the Big Boys in the highly competitive area of mainstream WW2 kits.
Something for the rotary-wing buffs:
Just arrived, and shipping by the end of the week, 4 new photoetch sets designed to fit both the Hasegawa and retooled Airfix 1/72 Lancaster kits. Detail as little or as much as you like.
Our 1/72 Lancaster PE sets are now going off for etching, and should be available in about 3 weeks.
Mirage Hobby's long awaited series of Grumman Wildcats have taken a step nearer with confirmation of the variants planned for release later this year.
PrintScale will be a new name to many readers, but this Ukrainian decal producer has already established a well-deserved reputation locally and looks set to cause quite a stir amongst aircraft modellers worldwide with a very interesting set of releases.
Unusually, the largest number of new releases from Osprey Publishing for february, seem to Aviation-related, so it seems like a good excuse to cover these seperately....
Just received News from Saúl García re: an Upcoming Release.
This time, it hails from MRC. They are Academy's US distributor.
This is a big (24” from the tip of its main rotor blades to the tip of its tail) 1/48 scale Academy Plastic Model Helicopter. It's the US Marines version of the CH-53E Super Sea Stallion