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  1. With the remonstrations of a certain Martian - as well the stern-but-fair General M - ringing in my shell-likes, I thought it prudent to put down a mark of intent, less a prolonged silence give rise to dark mutterings of bad-faith and fair-weathering modelling around the mess. So: without further ceremony let me introduce the next offering: Fairey's big-shouldered beast of burden, the new Barracuda from Special Hobby: On first inspection this kit looks highly disappointing as there appears nothing for me to cut off, scribe, or stuff full of filler to be a pleasant change from the company I usually keep. I haven't yet checked it against photos to any degree, but the moulding looks sharp and nicely incised, whilst the plastic itself feels just 'right' to the touch: Even the bit for poking holes in ships has an well-realized set of screws: The box-art I find delightfully-bizarre: a pen-and-watercolour job of the kind you usually find adorning the cover of The People's Friend, or B. Wooster's column in Milady's Boudoir: I'd originally intended to use the Barracuda canopy from the excellent Falcon FAA set, but putting it up against the Special Hobby one that came with the kit, I'm genuinely not sure it's necessary. What do you think? The SH one is the bottom of the two: Being the first time I've ever done an SH kit I was surprised at the quality and detail of the instructions as well - are they always this concise and well-done graphically? I'm not at all sure about those Eduard decals however: Do you see that rather unsightly patina across the surface of the roundels? I wonder will that dissolve-off in the water or do they come pre-weathered for that mucky maritime look.... The kit comes with two sets of badges, one for a Barra from Victorious, the other from Furious, both from the Spring of 1944. Despite the provision of a torpedo in the kit, SH note that both these aircraft were involved in bombing strikes on Tirpitz, so it's a straight choice of whether you want to tool up as a dive-bomber for these raids, or go 'fishing' on other missions. From what I know of the Barra, it was more often used in the bombing role than as a fish-flinger - I still haven't decided yet which route to take. There's a rather handsome Stanley Lewis painting of Barracudas attacking Tirptiz in the FAA museum. (The baldy-heed in the reflection is mine!): That's the opening salvo gentleman. I've still a lot of research to do on the various structures - though as there's not a massive amount published in this baby I'm currently relying on Pilot's Notes and the Warpaint volume, plus whatever images are floating around the interwebs. Any shots of the cockpit pilot/navigator/TAG spaces would be most welcomed. I shall certainly be ducking-in to see how the Yeovilton lads are getting on with their superb restoration work and peering over their shoulders from time-to-time: Yeovilton Barracuda Project I managed to have squint in the windows at the restoration work there back in July: There's even a (relatively) local Barracuda connection I only discovered recently : I love the bit about ' The three British airmen were accomodated a second night locally, this time in a hotel in Rosslare town.' Oh look- there's an emoticon for 'accomodated' - Sorry for the rambling tone of this; new model and all that, tends to make a chap a bit giddy.... Enjoy the rest of your weekends. Tony
  2. Not sure if maybe it belongs in the Space section, and for me the coolest flying machine ever made. It was the mount of my childhood heroes; ex-WW2 aces and budding Apollo Astronauts. It still holds numerous unbroken records including the highest powered manned aircraft flight (102,000 feet, 6.72M!). For a straightforward shaped thing it wasn't the easiest fit kit in the world, but I'm happy with the result. The decals are ridiculously thin and some were partly sacrificed to the Micromesh when policing away my less than mirror smooth initial finish. Oh well. Hope you like it.
  3. Hi guys, here is one of my latest build i finished a few weeks ago. The Tempest is one of my favourite plane with the Fw 190 D9. The SH kit is magnificent but it's not an easy build because the separate nose does not fit well. The plane i've realized is one of the Clostermann's plane. Thanks for watching, Cheers, Manu.
  4. Some time ago SH produced 1/72nd and 1/48th Lloyd C.V serie 46 kits (ref. 72119 & 48013). The company is now working on a new variant, the C.V serie 82 in 1/72nd as well as in 1/48th - ref. SH72122 & SH48044 Source: New parts 3D renders V.P.
  5. Special Hobby is to release in Spring 2107 a 1/72nd Gloster Meteor Mk.4 "World Speed Record" kit - ref. SH72361 Source: Box art V.P.
  6. Special Hobby is to release a 1/72nd Dornier Do.27 kit - ref.SH72327 Source: Maybe next time in quarter scale... V.P.
  7. MPM SH32049 boxart: translation: Main parts from short run and small details from metal mould.
  8. Special Hobby is to release a family of Allison engined 1/72nd Curtiss P-40 Warhawk kits from P-40E to N. Source: V.P.
  9. source: "Dalšími v pořadí nejbližšími rozpracovanými projekty (ono je toho docela hodně) je moderní dvoumotorák s vrtulemi a druhoválečná stíhačka." next project is a twin-engine modern aircraft with propellers And next is WW2 fighter "ne, nebude to Turbolet, lítá to nebo lítalo na západ od nás (a na jih, sever a možná i na východ)" No, not L-410 Turbolet. It flies or flew to the west of Czech Republic (and to the south, north and maybe to the east) type is still secret
  10. Based on the academy kit with dedicated injected parts like a new canopy, Special Hobby is to release in Spring 2017 a 1/72nd Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver kit - ref. SH72324 Source: box art V.P.
  11. German WWII Anti-Tank Rifle Solothurn S18/1000 with carriage 1:35 CMK by Special Hobby After WWI, Germany was forbidden from manufacturing certain arms on German soil, so Rheinmetall used their Swiss company Solothurn to circumvent this. This 20mm anti-tank rifle was hardly portable, and suffered from high recoil, which made it difficult to use, but was used by the Germans, Italy and China in small quantities, with a wheeled carriage improving its mobility, but making it quite a bulky proposition for its crew. It had a small bipod at the front, with a monopod supporting the weight of the buttstock, relieving the strain on its operator, and could be set up with either a bulky magazine, or as a belt-fed weapon, with a number of different cartridges used that required changes of the brake to cope with the change in recoil pattern. Everything about it was large, including the recoil, and it weighed in at over 100lbs without ammunition, so the trolley was a must for anything more than a short walk. The cartridge is wound out by a handle on the side of the breech, which takes three turns, so a quick rate of fire must have been very tricky, although it could penetrate the armour of a T-34 with a well-placed shot. It was of the bullpup design, with the trigger forward of the breech to make it more "compact", which at a shade over 69" or 1.7m would appear to have been relative. This set from CMK gives you the option of having one of these unusual weapons in your arsenal, or salted away in a diorama. It is a resin kit, and comes in a small vacformed shell with the instructions and header card forming the rear. Inside are twenty three parts in a pale grey resin, some of which are quite delicate, such as the curved legs on each side. Construction is simple after removing the parts from their pouring blocks and cleaning them up, based upon a T-shaped chassis with the wheels at the two open ends of the T. A mount is added to the remaining leg of the T, and the weapon is placed on top, with optional optical scope and magazine. Alternatively, you can build it with its legs down off the carriage by constructing the bipod/tripod legs in the down position. The trolley can be fitted with a pair of tapering boxes of additional ammo, which fit either side of the weapon on the axle. As you can see, the casting is excellent, and the attention to detail, coupled with the tiny contact patches between the parts and their pouring blocks should make for a trouble-free build. The pic below has been lifted from CMK's site to show you what the finished rifle looks like without you having to resort to Google: It's a shame it didn't come with crew to round out its potential, but nonetheless it makes an interesting and unusual item for your collection, and it won't take you months to complete it, unless it's part of a larger build. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. Newsletter January 2017: Newsletter February 2017: V.P.
  13. Special Hobby is to reissue in 2017 the AZUR/FRROM 1/32nd IAR-81C kit - ref. SH32068 Source: AZUR/FRROM IAR-81C kit review: SH box art is in design V.P.
  14. Special Hobby is to release in 2016 a 1/48th Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann kit - ref.SH48120 Source: Stransky similar project: V.P.
  15. Just finished the 1/48 Special Hobby Nieuport 10. Use the kit's decals, rigging done with ceramic wire and fishing line. Added the hole in the top wing for the observer to get access to a machine gun mounted on the front spar with the exception of the prototype photos in the Datafile and a few books I can't find where the MG was ever mounted here on the production types. The hole shows up in a number of photos of the aircraft in service so I added as I wanted an early war Nieuport. Lots of discussion on various web forums as to th color of the tapes on the fuselage and wings. Some say black, brown with the latest theory being in the blue-gray camp (same color as the Adrian helmets) so throwing caution to the winds I went with the blue gray. I initially laid down an Amtrak blue (Microscale) on the wings and then brush painted to blue gray over the top. I then got the idea of painting the blue gray on the decal sheen and cutting out the tape - which worked out perfectly (but needed Walthers Solvaset to get the decals to lay completely flat). Castor oil staining done with water based oils. Same with the mud on the tires and under the wings. I do have a 'work in process' on this subject if interested.
  16. MD-500E 1:72 Special Hobby The MD 500 is one of the latest in a series stemming from the original Hughes OA-6A. Boeing sold the former McDonnell Helicopters business it acquired in 1984 to MD Helicopters 1999 and the type continues to be produced today. The 500E is a conventional tail rotor aircraft with a five bladed main rotor. The E model features a more pointed nose than other models allowing more head & leg room for the pilots. The Kit This is a new tool kit from Special Hobby. The main feature you notice on opening the box is that the main cabin is made from clear plastic which means not trying to avoid getting glue on the main transparency when gluing it in. Construction starts with the interior for the main cabin. The front and rear seats are attached to the main cabin floor along with the bulkhead which separates the cabin. The rear bulkhead needs to be added which support the back seats. The front instrument panel is added (instruments as a decal). Controls of cyclic & collective sticks are added long with rudder pedals. The completed interior can then be added into the clear fuselage. The tail boom is then attached. Depending on the version being modelled long or short skids are attached. The front & rear cabin doors can be added along with the T tail, and the tail rotor. The main five bladed rotor is then made up with each blade being individually added to the hub. The Chilean version has two photo-etched vents added to the upper transmission housing. Various antenna, cable cutters and light housings are added depending upon which version is being built. Decals Decals are from Aviprint and should pose no problems. Markings are provided for 3 examples; Kawasaki OH-6D, 2118779 Japanese Maritime Self Defence Forces. MD-500E, HH-11 Finish Army. MD500E (MDD-369FF) Chilean Army. Conclusion This is a great little kit with an innovative way of making the main fuselage . Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Special Hobby is to release in 2016 a 1/72nd Hughes MD500E kit - ref. SH72346 Ex Profiline kit? Sources: V.P.
  18. I have several early Great War aircraft in the pile and have the bug to get a few completed. I've posted shots of my completed Tabloid and here's a start on the SH 1/48 Nieuport 10 that's just been released as a two seater. While the instructions show the top wing with the hole SH elected to remove this part from the kit. Looking at the Datafile and period photos I added it back in the wing provided in the kit. The attachment points for the bottom wings is almost non-existant so I added some wire to beef it up but am still going to the hardware store to get some epoxy glue to strengthen the joint. The observer sits in the front and the pilot on the rear seat. I have a GasPatch 1914 Hotchkiss to mount on the top wing. Apparently this configuration didn't last very long as the observer standing up through the wing interfered with the air flow to the rudder and the pilot's ability to see ahead. I've got some blue decal sheet ordered to do the taping around the wings and fuselage; initially I thought of masking with Tamiya tape and painting the tapes but was concerned the yellow might pull up in places.
  19. Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. 22 "Hi-Tech" 1:72 Special Hobby When the prototype Spitfire took to the air for the first time on 5 March 1936, few involved in the design could have foreseen where the development of the type would lead. One of the ultimate incarnations was the F Mk.22. Although the relatively compact dimensions of the Spitfire were largely retained throughout its development (the wingspan of the Mk.22 was almost identical to the Mk.I, although it was 3 feet longer in the fuselage) the Mk.22 was a massive 60% heavier than the first of the mark. The sparkling performance was retained though, thanks to the 2000hp+ Rolls Royce Griffon engine. With more than double the power of the Merlin engine fitted to the Mk.I, the Mk.22 was capable of a maximum speed of 454mph. It had an enlarged tail and a laminar flow wing that was nearly 50% stiffer compared to early Spitfires. The comparatively light armament of the first generation of Spitfires was also upgraded a number times, culminating with the massive hitting power of four 20mm cannon. The Mk.22 flew for the first time in March 1945. 278 examples were built, although only one front-line squadron (73 Sqn) was equipped with the type, the rest going to RAuxAF units. Although the Spitfire has always been a popular choice for model kit manufacturers, there were so many unique variants that some have inevitably been kitted more often than others. Late model Spitfires have fared relatively well in recent years, particularly since Airfix released their 1:72 scale Mk. 22/24 a few years ago. Special Hobby of the Czech Republic has been filling in some of gaps with a range of late mark Spitfires and Seafires such as the Mk. 21 and Mk. 46. Now they have released a Mk. 22 of their own, complete with photo etched and resin parts to help it stand out from the crowd. This tooling is related to the Xtrakit Mk. 22, but as the layout of parts is completely different, it's probably best to think of the two kits as cousins rather than brothers. The kit looks pretty good on the frame, with plenty of detail and surface structures made up of fine, recessed lines and fasteners. The moulds are starting to show their age now though, and some clean up of parts will be required. Construction starts with a reasonably well detailed cockpit, made up of a floor, control column, individual rudder pedals, seat, seat armour and rear bulkhead. The instrument panel features raised detail and a separate gunsight, while the insides of the fuselage feature some nice sidewall detail. The overall impression is of a well detailed and suitably busy cockpit. Curiously, although a fret of photo etched parts has been supplied with the kit – and contains parts such as a replacement seat, harnesses and instrument panel – it isn't shown in the instructions other than the diagram showing the contents of the box. Most of the parts should be fairly obvious in terms of their application though. The lower wing is moulded in a single span, with separate port and starboard upper wing surfaces. The ailerons and flaps are all moulded in place, but surface details are nicely represented. Each of the main landing gear bays is made up of four separate lengths of plastic which effectively box in the wheel wells. Engineering the landing gear bays in this way makes construction more complex, but yields a fairly well-detailed result. The horizontal tails are moulded as solid pieces, but the rudder is a separate part. The prominent underwing radiators feature separate exhaust vents and radiator faces – also replicated with photo etched parts - and the distinctive bulges for the Griffon rocker covers are moulded as separate parts. The landing gear is quite nice and, as this is a 'Hi-Tech' boxing, a pair of resin wheels have been included. The five-bladed airscrew is moulded in seven parts, with each of the blades moulded separately. You will need to assemble these parts carefully in order to make sure everything lines up nicely. The engine exhausts have also been picked out in resin, which is a welcome little bonus. The canopy is moulded in two parts, so you can choose between open or closed position. The cockpit door is also moulded as a separate part. As this is a 'Hi-Tech' edition of the kit, a generous six decal options are provided: Spitfire F Mk.22 PK430/racing number 3, No. 610 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Cooper Air Race, Elmdon, July 1949; Spitfire F Mk.22 PK519, No. 615 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Biggin Hill, 1950; Spitfire F Mk.22 PK550, No. 615 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Biggin Hill, 1949; Spitfire F Mk.22 PK570, No. 603 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Turnhouse, 1949; Spitfire F Mk.22 SR65, No. 1 Squadron, Southern Rhodesia Air Force, Cranbourne, Southern Rhodesia, 1951-52; and Spitfire F Mk.22 681, No. 2 Squadron, Royal Egyptian Air Force, El Arish, Egypt, 1950. The decals themselves look great on the sheet and stencils are provided too. Conclusion Provided there are no surprises in terms of fit and finish, this kit should build up into a pleasing model. I've always found late mark Spitfires, with the socking great Griffon engine pushing the legacy of the design to the limit, so I'm looking forward to building this kit at some point in the future. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. to be continued Hawker Tempest Mk.II, 1/32 scale New hi-tech kit form Special Hobby inkl. HGW fabric seatbelts, masks, Photo-Etch and a lot of Resin parts I will try my new Tamiya spraycolors for this build: -AS29 grey green RAF -AS09 dark green RAF -AS10 ocean grey RAF -AS11 medium sea grey RAF Boxart I chose Tempest Mk.II, HF-X / MW774, No. 183 Sqn, RAF for the build. Regards, Oliver
  21. Special Hobby

    Yakovlev Yak-3 Special Hobby 1:32 Lighter and smaller than Yak-9 but powered by the same engine, the Yak-3 was a forgiving, easy-to-handle aircraft loved by both novice and experienced pilots and ground crew as well. It was robust, easy to maintain, and a highly successful dog-fighter. It was used mostly as a tactical fighter, flying low over battlefields and engaging in dogfights below 4 km (13,000 ft). The new aircraft began to reach front line units during summer 1944. Yak-3 service tests were conducted by 91st IAP of the 2nd Air Army, commanded by Lt Colonel Kovalyov, in June–July 1944. The regiment had the task of gaining air superiority. During 431 missions, 20 Luftwaffe fighters and three Ju 87s were shot down while Soviet losses amounted to two Yak-3s shot down. A large dogfight developed on 16 June 1944, when 18 Yak-3s clashed with 24 German aircraft. Soviet Yak-3 fighters shot down 15 German aircraft for the loss of one Yak destroyed and one damaged. The following day, Luftwaffe activity over that section of the front had virtually ceased. On 17 July 1944, eight Yaks attacked a formation of 60 German aircraft, including escorting fighters. In the ensuing dogfight, the Luftwaffe lost three Junkers Ju 87s and four Bf 109Gs, for no losses to the Yaks. Consequently, the Luftwaffe issued an order to "avoid combat below five thousand metres with Yakovlev fighters lacking an oil cooler intake beneath the nose!" Luftwaffe fighters in combat with the Yak-3 tried to use surprise tactics, attacking from above. Unresolved wartime problems with the Yak-3 included the plywood surfaces coming unstuck when the aircraft pulled out of a high-speed dive. Other drawbacks of the aircraft were short range and poor engine reliability. The pneumatic system for actuating landing gear, flaps and brakes, typical for all Yakovlev fighters of the time, was problematic. Though less reliable than hydraulic or electrical alternatives, the pneumatic system was preferred owing to significant weight savings. In 1944, the Normandie-Niemen Group re-equipped with the Yak-3, scoring with it the last 99 of their 273 air victories against the Luftwaffe. The Model It was quite a surprise when Special Hobby announced a new 1:32 Yak 3 earlier in 2016, but here it is, re-released in Hi-Tech form. The colourful boxart, with a representation of two Yaks shooting down a Bf.109 also shows, in wording in the left hand bottom corner, that this is a Hi-Tech kit. This means that in addition to the seven sprues of bluish grey styrene, two sprues of clear styrene, (not sure if there should be two as they appear identical), there are also a sheet of etched brass, paint masks, and a blister pack of resin parts. All the parts are well moulded with no sign of imperfections or flash, just beautiful, yet quite restrained panel lines, rivets and other detail, where it should be. The fuselage and outer wing panels are smooth of these, as they are plywood. Whilst looking quite a simple build, there is a lot of detail included, particularly in the cockpit with a mixture of styrene, resin and etched brass parts. The rest of the kit looks to be quite straight forward, with no hidden problems. The fact that the instruction booklet is one of the clearest and easiest to read, (are you listening Dragon?), helps. The build itself begins with the assembly of the cockpit, strangely enough, and the fitting of the side consoles with their additional details to the tubular framework of what would constitute the side walls. The moulded rudder pedals are replaced with resin and PE, whilst the eight piece instrument panel, (including the smaller levers etc.), is assembled and detailed with decals for the instruments, a drop of Kleer or aqua gloss will help them stay in position and give them a glassy look. The two piece rear shelf is fitted with a resin radio set, the front bulkhead, with the cannon breech, whilst the joystick is fitted with a PE trigger to replace the moulded part. All the sub-assemblies are then brought together, in addition to another section of tubular frame to build up the cockpit “tub” if you like. The fuselage halves are joined together once the resin exhaust stubs have been fitted and four piece tail wheel assembly, including resin wheel and PE scissor link, has been built up and fitted to the shelf that is attached to one half of the fuselage. The radiator chute is then fitted through the bottom of the fuselage. The tail surfaces are then assembled, each from upper and lower sections and the two piece rudder. The upper wing section is then fitted out with the fuel filler caps which unusually contain decals for what I presume fill levels, I know someone will come to my on these. The lower wing section is fitted with the radiator. The two wing sections are then glued together and the cockpit assembly glued to the centre section of the top wing, then fitted out with the seat, back rest, seatbelts etc. The wing/cockpit assembly is the slid into the fuselage assembly, followed by the forward cowl deck and resin machine gun muzzles. The instrument panel is further detailed with the gunsight and its associated support rail, the coaming and cocking levers for the machine guns. This is then slide into the cockpit aperture, along with two extra side panels. Each main undercarriage is made from a main leg, resin wheel, PE details, shock strut and actuator, scissor link and two outer gear bay doors, before they are fitted to their respective five piece bays, which in turn are slid into the apertures in the lower wing section. The inner bay doors and their associated retraction actuators are then attached, along with the tail wheel bay doors and up lock fittings. The kit being finished off with the fitting of the four piece propeller, headrest, three piece, or optional single piece, canopy, and finally the pitot probe. Decals The two decal sheets provide markings for five different aircraft, although they are all in the same camouflage. The decals are well printed, by Eduard, and look to be in register with good density, important for the white markings and on quite thin carrier film. The markings included are for the following aircraft:- Yak-3, White “6”, of 1 Sqn, Normandie-Niemen regiment, Autumn 1944, Sterkl, Lithuania. Yak-3, White “Double Zero”, East Prussia, 1944 to 45 Yak-3, White “24” Roland De Poype, Hero of the Soviet Union, Eastern Prussia, Autumn 1944. Yak-3, White “22” Asp Pierre Douarre, Le Bourget, France, June 1945 Yak-3, White “4” Lt Roger, (Robert), Marchi, Lithuania, Summer 1944 Conclusion This is really a lovely little kit, and looks like it will be a joy to build, although not without its quirks, such as the main undercarriage bays being completely assembled, with the legs and wheels before being fitted to the wing. It might be best to fit the bays to the wing first and do any filling and sanding they may require, before fitting the undercarriage. Other than that, another nice release from Special Hobby. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Special Hobby is to release late Summer 2016 a 1/48th Junkers Ju-88C-4 kit - ref. SH48177 Variant based on the ICM Ju-88 plastic kit ( Source: V.P.
  23. Special Hobby has announced for 2017-2018 a 1/72nd Blohm & Voss BV-155 V-1 kit - ref. SH72340. Source: V.P.
  24. After the Tempest ( Special Hobby is to release in 2017-2018 a new tool 1/32nd Hawker Typhoon Mk.1 "Car Door" - ref. SH32046 Source: V.P.
  25. Special Hobby has just announced a 1/48th Martin Baltimore kit - ref. SH48160 Source: V.P.