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  1. Special Hobby is to release in 2018 a family of Armstrong Whitworth Meteor nightfighters kits incl. NF.11/12/13 & 14 - ref. SH72358, 72360, 72363 & 72364 Source: http://www.specialhobby.net/2017/12/sh72358360363364-aw-meteory-nf.html Canopies mould V.P.
  2. Source: http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2013/10/19/novinky-od-mpm-production-na-rijen-2013/?lang=CS MPM is working on 1/72nd Potez-Air-Fouga CM.170R Magister (& Tzukit) and CM.175 Zéphyr kits. Bad news for the Valom similar project: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234946157-172nd-potez-air-fouga-cm170r-magister-by-valom/?hl=magister V.P.
  3. source: http://modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=97&t=77712&start=720#p1880503 "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 http://modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=97&t=77712&start=735#p1880919 "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
  4. Special Hobby is to release a 1/72nd Dornier Do.27 kit - ref.SH72327 Source: https://www.facebook.com/specialhobby/photos/a.458974014197468.1073741825.256992114395660/985391688222362/?type=3&theater Maybe next time in quarter scale... V.P.
  5. Special Hobby is to release a family of Allison engined 1/72nd Curtiss P-40 Warhawk kits from P-40E to N. Source: http://www.specialhobby.net/2017/02/info-z-norimberku-no2.html V.P.
  6. Mikemx

    Recent Releases @ MJW Models

    Just a quick note to say we still get new kits in stock whenever we can! Here's a few recent releases that are all available at discounted prices! Airfix 1/48 - Hunter (sold out but can be ordered) Airfix 1/72 - Phantom FGR.2, Me262B-1a/U1 Arma Hobby 1/72 - Hurricane Mk I (both Expert and Junior kits) KP 1/72 Ju52 (ex Italeri) Special Hobby 1/72 - Kittyhawk Mk III, Do27 (Israeli) https://mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  7. Mikemx

    RNZAF P-40 colours

    I've got myself the new Special Hobby 1/72 Kittyhawk Mk III (P-40K) and I want to check the colours for the RNZAF one on the box art. The instructions say Foliage Green on top and Grey-Green (I think they mean RAF Sky Type S) underneath. Would this be correct? The Special Hobby P-40 kits are brilliant btw, everyone should make one! thanks Mike
  8. WWII RAF Mechanic in India & Elephant with Mahout(F48345) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby The mighty elephant is used as heavy plant even today in India, and it has been a beast of burden there for probably thousands of years. During WWII, they were used extensively in the war effort, which is why we have this set here. As usual with Special Hobby's larger resin sets, they arrive in the familiar long clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned inside along with a few pachy-peanuts to keep it still, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. The set contains three figures, one of which is large and grey – in fact, they're all grey at this stage, and all a bit wrinkly too, but I digress. The elephant is moulded as a single large casting, with the remnants of the casting block left along its spine, which will need a little tidying up with a sander. There are a couple of bubbles on the high points of the head, but as these are usually pretty humpy, a little rod super glued into the hole and sanded back will solve that and it's a simple tusk, so they're Irrelephant. The rider, known as a Mahout or handler is sat astride the back of the beast, with separate arms and a narrow stick for guiding the elephant's movements. The British Mechanic looks a little like king George VI, and is standing with his hands in his pocket (a common pose for a mechanic), and a thin sheet of flash between his spindly, shorts clad legs. The two human figures also have a line of flash running from their chins, which can be quickly scraped off so isn't a mammoth job, and is there to prevent bubbles lodging in the lower halves of the faces, thereby ruining them. As usual with resin, take the precaution of wearing a mask when cutting or sanding resin, as the tiny particles are harmful to your health if breathed in. Washing ivory one of the parts in warm water will also improve the adhesion of paint, as there may still be some moulding release agent on the parts when you receive them. Don't be a dumbo – take precautions! Conclusion A 1:48 elephant isn't something you see every day, and will make an interesting addition to any diorama, so get thinking and join the herd. You could even use it humorously to trumpet your feelings about any military procurement, simply by painting it white and posing it next to the object of your ire. Makes a change from those boring grey….J... Err…. Pachyderms. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Hawker Tempest Mk.VI (SH32055) 1:32 Special Hobby The Tempest was a development of the Typhoon. Originally called the Typhoon II, it was intended to solve any and all of the issues that bothered its designer Sidney Camm. The main difference was a much thinner wing which reduced drag and improved aerodynamics of the laminar airflow. The wings could accommodate 20mm Hispano cannons that packed an enormous punch, and lent itself to the low-level attack role that it was designed for. The engines envisioned to power the aircraft were the Centaurus, Griffon and Sabre IV, and initially the RR Vulture, which was terminated early in the design phase, leaving the three options going forward and necessitating substantially different cowlings to accommodate their differing shapes. The Mark VI was the last development of the series, with a Mk.V acting as the basis from which the first prototype was constructed. It sported the more powerful Sabre V engine, which due to its need for more cooling meant that it had additional intakes in the wing roots for the carburettor, and the oil cooler was fitted behind the radiator, with most already carrying tropical filters from the factory for service in the Middle East, but probably also with an eye on the assumed end of the war in Europe and the ongoing fighting in the Pacific. It also had improvements to its flying surfaces that made it more agile, and an adapted, strengthened rear spar to better stand up to combat stresses. Because of the introduction of the Meteor and other jet-powered designs, the Tempest was the last new piston-engined aircraft to see service with the RAF, although the Sea Fury, a close relative, saw action in the Navy until jet engines could be trusted to spool-up fast enough for a go-around on an aborted carrier landing. The Kit The original 1:32 Tempest moulds from Special Hobby in 2016 caused a stir and made a lot of people very happy, starting with the Mk.V, the Mk.II and now the Mk.VI completing the production variants, and leaving only a few prototypes unkitted. Only 142 of the Mk.VI were built, but if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing it well so here it is. The sprues you'll find inside the box are mostly identical to the original Mk.V that we reviewed back in 2016, which is why you'll notice the old logo on some of the photos. There's no point in retaking those, especially as the server is a bit full at the moment. My sample also had received a little bit of chaffing damage to the surfaces of the fuselage during transit, which although it will easily buff out, looks a little ugly in photos, so enjoy these pics of an undamaged article instead This is the standard issue of the kit, so doesn't have the additional parts of the Hi-Tech boxing, which may please some folks that aren't keen on resin or Photo-Etch. The new sprue contains new parts for the cowling and radiator housing, as you'd expect for a variant with a different engine and cooling layout. It also includes a complete new prop, wing leading edge inserts for the aforementioned intakes, and a new rear-deck for the cockpit area, which has a few different details to the original. As a welcome addition, you receive another sprue that contains a full set of rockets and rails that weren't originally supplied with the first boxing, and have been available separately as an accessory set from Special Hobby for a while now. Construction is very similar to earlier boxings until you get to the building of the engine cowling, which uses the new parts that are backed with a pair of separate troughs that support the exhaust stubs later on. An insert is fitted to the top inner lip, and then backed with the radiator part, with pseudo-translucent diagrams showing where these parts fit within the cowling. The exit ramps at the rear of the tunnel are new parts too, and are joined by the cowling flap that is posed open or closed by the use of a long or short actuator rod that attaches to the roof of the air way. The wingroot intakes are assembled with their internal structure, and in the case of the larger starboard one, a radiator face is added inside, after which they're both inserted into the wing leading edges before the fuselage and the new nose are all brought together and the rest of the build continues as per previous editions. This aircraft lends itself so well to a modular approach to tooling due to its many engines, and even if Special Hobby don't tool the prototypes (which might not sell all that well anyway), someone could always produce an aftermarket set to fulfil any need out there. The exhaust stubs are from the common sprues too, and are made up from top and bottom halves that result in a deep hollow exhaust, which as it has weld-seams in real life, shouldn't take too much cleaning up. The new cockpit rear deck has mounts for a pair of bottles that are stored behind the pilot, and these are found on the common sprues. Under the centre wing, there is the bulged fairing, with its front hatch moulded closed. The new prop is made up on the back-plate, with pointed and angled tipped blades on the sprue, of which you're to use the pointed ones, although the drawing makes at least two of them seem to have angled tips, that's just an unfortunate by-product of the angle at which they are drawn. Use parts G17 and all will be well. The prop spinner fits over the top, and the short axle on the rear of the back-plate fits into the socket in the cowling. The rockets by this time had become a weapon of preference for the Tempest, so their inclusion is good news. Each one is built up with the body to which the four rear fins and half of the warhead are added, the fins having wedge-shaped based to fit neatly into the slots in the rear. The rails are each a single part, so once you've made up all eight, all you need to do is add some short command wires from your own stock, and they're ready to go. The decal sheet includes all the stencils for them, and at the end of the instruction step a painting and markings diagram takes you through the process. Markings Late and post-war RAF aircraft were often uncamouflaged, as per the box top, but happily our friends at Special Hobby have been diligent and picked out some interesting options for this boxing. There are two silver options, one of which has some patchwork grey parts added, while the other two options are camouflaged for service in Iraq and Egypt. From the box you can build one of the following: NX201/JV-U "Poppet" No.6 Sqn, RAF Deversoir, Egypt 1949 NX135/V No.6 Sqn, RAF Deversoir, Egypt 1949 NX126/GN-A No.249 Sqn, RAF Habbaniya, Iraq, 1948 NX179/B No.6 Sqn, RAF Deversoir, Egypt 1949 The two main decal sheets are printed by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The stencils for the aircraft are printed by Eduard and are bagged separately with the stencils for the rockets, which are printed by AviPrint. These are both sharp and colour dense, and as most of the decals are single colours, there's no registration issues to discuss. Conclusion The last of the RAF's piston-engined fighters, and a good-looking aircraft into the bargain. A good, straight-forward edition to complement the Hi-Tech boxing that contains all the trimmings. If you're on a budget, would like to pick-and-choose your aftermarket, or just don't use it, then this is the one for you. Who would have thought that we'd have three injection moulded Tempests in 1:32 a few years ago? Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Special Hobby is to release in January 2018 a new variant (with new parts) from its B-18 kit, a 1/72nd Douglas B-18B Bolo ASW - ref. SH72230 Source: http://www.specialhobby.info/2018/11/sh72230-b-18b-bolo-asw-boxart.html Box art V.P.
  11. A while ago I floated the idea of doing a Supermarine Seafire for this GB and with my entry in the 60s NATO Vs Warpac GB almost finished I got bored waiting for paint to dry and rather than touch any of the many stalled projects littering the peripheries of the workbench decided, aided in no small part by a pile of Seafire references lying close to hand and being glanced through as bedtime reading, to start something new NN460 H6-Z features as a profile in a couple of my books and they seem to agree for the most part with a couple of minor differences in the details. Looks nice doesn't it? Think I'll have a crack at building it with this; With only a month and a half remaining of the GB I'm unlikely to finish it given my slow speed of typical progress but sod it, here we are now, a new challenge
  12. Saab AJ-37 Viggen (SH48148) 1:48 Special Hobby The Viggen was Sweden's later Cold War fighter that took over from the equally unusual Saab Draken, as part of their long-standing preference for ploughing their own way through modernising their Flygvapnet, the Swedish Air Force. It began service in the early 1970s with the AJ variant, which was primarily a ground attack aircraft that could also perform the fighter role if necessary. It was slightly shorter than the later JA, with a slightly different cockpit arrangement and a less powerful engine. Over a hundred were built, with roughly half of them converted to AJS standard at the end of the 90s with improved avionics and software. The last of these upgraded AJs were taken out of service in 2005, with the similarly home-grown Gripen taking over its roles. The Kit We reviewed the original issue of this model in 2015 here, but Special Hobby haven't rested on their laurels and are back with an updated version for those that are still in the market. An additional sprue has been included, which is coincidentally to be found in the recent two-seater Electronic Warfare version we reviewed here, recently. The kit arrives in a similar box with the same painting on the front, but the words "Updated Edition" and "contains new sprue" added to quickly differentiate between boxings. The new sprue is numbered differently from the main run of sprues, which are simply sequentially numbered from beginning to end of the build on the instructions, and while the sprue is labelled M, this isn't carried through to the instructions, but when you see numbers that are vastly different from those around them you should be tipped-off to pull the parts from the new sprue. There are seven sprues in grey styrene, one in clear, a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) nickel-plated brass, decal sheet and revised instruction booklet in the box, with the colour profiles and decal guides printed in colour on the inner back pages. New Sprue Construction is almost identical to the previous edition, with detailed cockpit, full-depth intakes and exhaust openings, and with additional small supports added to the intake parts on the underside of the fuselage, which were missing in the original edition. There is a choice of two new tail fins, re-designed canards with their control flaps, and behind the nose gear bay, a set of intakes or a single central intake that merges with the centreline pylon are added, depending on which decal option you are modelling. A new longer centreline pylon is used for two of the decal options too, which extends all the way back to the belly strake, which was in the original kit, but has an optional part now with a higher rear end for one decal option. Finally, the Ram Air Turbine that drops out of the lower fuselage whenever the Viggen is on the ground has been tooled, although here the part numbers have been swapped about. Part 17 should read 20, 20 should read 17, and 15 should be 17. All clear?!?! Overall, you'll be able to create a more accurate replica of the Viggen, with the smaller parts that make a model that's that bit closer to the real thing, and you'll also have some additional spares for other projects if many Viggens are on your horizon. Markings There are three decal options in this boxing, with the sheet being a straight-forward reprint of the original with no changes that I can discern. It is in good register, sharp, and as far as I can tell the yellow borders have been underprinted with white to retain their colour over dark paint. From the box you can build one of the following: 37062 "Gustav 62", F7 Wing, Satyenas, 1990s. Splinter scheme with red 62 on the tail. 37022 "Gustav 22", F7 Wing, Satenas 1973 – bare metal with squadron on fuselage and tail for an airshow in Germany. 37051 F15 Wing, Soderhamn 1978 – Splinter scheme with unpainted starboard intake in bare metal. Conclusion It's good to see Special Hobby continuing to work on their kits after initial release, and the end result is well worth the effort. They are listening, and long may it continue to be the case. The best Viggen in 1:48 available by miles. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. This is the 1:48 Special Hobby kit of one of my favourite aeroplanes, the Blackburn Skua. Compromised by the need to be both a dive bomber and a fighter, it was not particularly accomplished at either role, but never the less achieved a number of significant "firsts" - including (I think I'm right in saying) the first confirmed "kill" by a British aircraft in WW2 and the first aircraft to sink a major warship by dive bombing. I am indebted (again) to Tony O'Toole for one of his excellent magazine articles which really helped with the build. The kit isn't bad. The interior is relatively basic and could be improved if you felt the need (although references, especially for the rear cockpit, are not easy to find). My main criticism is that the wings come in a total of seven pieces (plus two resin wheel wells) as if designed to have a folded option, but without any internal detail or structure to allow you to do this. This makes it needlessly difficult to build the wings spread for flight - although I concede that it will make it easier if you want to use an aftermarket set to model the wings folded. I tackled the wings by trying to turn the kit back into a more conventional format - I joined the three parts that make up the full span lower wing and reinforced the joins with thin plasticard. I repeated this for the two pieces that make up each upper wing half and only then did I glue top and bottom surfaces together. I scratch built the bomb crutch from plastic rod as the kit version isn't very good, and I followed Tony's suggestion of replacing the prop blades with ones from a Tamiya Mosquito as the kit ones are too short. The silver paint is Tamiya TS 17, decanted from the spray can and sprayed through my trusty Paasche VL airbrush; the spinner (these were, it seems, always highly polished on the silver aircraft...) is Alclad Chrome; the exhaust stain (very distinctive on the Skua and I don't think I've got it quite right) is Tamiya Smoke. A coat of Xtracolour matt varnish helped to dull the finish and make it look more like an aircraft painted silver and serving at sea... The panel line wash seems to stand out rather more starkly in the photos than "in the flesh". The decals are from the kit and worked really well, with only the slightest of touch ups required for Ark Royal's blue-red-blue chevrons. The markings represent a machine from 803NAS in May 1939. Cheers, Nick.
  14. Fieseler Fi.103 (FZG76) V-1 "Flying Bomb" (SH32071) 1:32 Special Hobby Toward the end of WWII Hitler was scrambling around for technological ways to dig Nazi Germany out of the hole he had dug for them by attacking almost all of Europe, thereby turning most of the world against them. He relied heavily on nebulous "Wunderwaffe", or wonder-weapons that would save his bacon at the last minute, forgetting (or ignoring) the fact that continuous development of new weapons and technology saps manufacturing capacity and scientific knowledge away from existing projects that are already proving their worth. The Vergeltungswaffen-1 was one such weapon, known as the V-1, V-1 Flying Bomb, Doodlebug or Buzz-bomb due to the rasping note of the pulsejet that powered it. It was made using minimal strategic materials, mostly welded steel for the fuselage and plywood for the wings, with an Argus pulsejet engine, a glorified blowlamp, mounted high on the rear of the tail, short straight wings and elevators, the controls for which were made by compressed air that also pressurised the fuel tank. They were launched from a ramp because the pulsejet won't work properly until it has substantial airflow, which was achieved using a rocket-propelled trolley that was jettisoned at the end of the ramp. They could also be air-launched by specially adapted He.111s, and their range was adjusted by adding or subtracting fuel and pointing it in the direction of London. Their downfall was the size of the gantries, which were static and easily spotted for destruction, plus the relatively small explosive payload. Once the Allies pushed into France they were no longer able to be launched from ramps due to their range, so air-launch was the only option, and that slowed down their influx to a relative crawl. The newly completed Tempests were perfectly suited to shooting them down, and there are stories of them being tipped off course and shot down, as well as downed by Anti-Aircraft fire. The Kit This is a new tool kit that has doubtless been produced due to the Tempest that Special Hobby also have in this scale, so they go together well. It arrives in a small (think 1:72 fighter) box with a painting of a V-1 crossing the channel on the front and a jet-powered Meteor climbing to intercept it. Under the lid are three sprues of mid-grey styrene, a small decal sheet, a fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass and a short instruction booklet. The Doodlebug has none of the niceties such as cockpit, landing gear etc., so it should be a quick build that is made to stand out by its paint finish and weathering. Construction begins with the combined fuselage and pulsejet housing halves, with a rusty colour used inside the combustion tube. The intake and baffles are added to the front before closure, and that's the fuselage almost finished. The nose cone can take one of three forms. A bucket-shaped protective cover, the most usually seen pointed nose-cone with spinner tip, or a yellow semi-recessed globe, the purpose of which I'm not sure of. A test cone, or the bare warhead? Answers on a postcard. A length of conduit connects the nose to the engine, and the tail planes are added to the slots in the rear under the pulsejet, with PE actuators for the rudder that is built into the rear jet support. The wings are kept level by the use of a styrene spar part that should make installing them simple, as well as strengthening the join. The spar has two marks that must show one on each side before they are glued in place. After that has set, you can slide the wings on, which are both made from top and bottom halves, plus a small bulkhead at the root, which will be useful if you are showing your model with the wings stowed. That's the bomb built, but there's a trolley that goes with it, making displaying your model an easier task. This has four twin castor wheels, a rectangular base frame, pull handle and trestle to hold the fuselage in place. If you are stowing the wings, there are two additional trestles with PE retention straps that have grooves in for the wings, which store tilted against the fuselage. A nice addition that will save you from having to build a launch ramp in the garden! Markings The decal sheet is small, and consists of stencils only apart from a later B-2 variant that has a pair of interlinking red crosses on the forward fuselage to tell it from its externally identical brethren that were loaded with less powerful explosives. From the box you can build one of the following: Fi.103A-1 W.Nr. 768658 Fi.103A-1 W.Nr. 707219, France 1944 Fi.103B-2 France, summer 1944 Decals are crisp and clear, and you'll be masking and painting your red crosses for option C yourself, so prepare that area with white primer, spray it red and then mask it with narrow tape before you paint the main colours, unless you have some red decal strip on hand. Conclusion I've always found the V-1s fascinating, and having a nice new tooling of one in a scale where the painting can be done in detail is tempting. It's also tempting to stand one next to a Typhoon or one of HK's Meteors as well. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Hi all Been working on this on and off for a while, this is actually a very nice kit. The Canopy was a bit of a so and so and did not want to conform so cut it into three sections to fit and the periscope legs are too short so used plastic rod. Thanks for looking All the best Chris
  16. Loire 130CI "Colonial" (48173) 1:48 Special Hobby In 1933, the French Navy requested a new reconnaissance/light bomber seaplane able to serve aboard warships and be launched from their catapults. The Loire was a shoulder-mounted wing monoplane with a pusher engine above the wing and was produced in two versions. The Loire 130M (for Métropole) saw service in home waters while the Loire 130 Cl (Colonial) machines were sent to the tropical areas. The latter air frame was built to withstand more demanding climate, with a larger radiator and better crew protection. It was deployed on all catapult-equipped warships even before the outbreak of the war and also at shore bases in France, Africa and Indochina. The machines took part in the defence of France in 1940 and then with the Vichy forces. Several air frames were used by the Free French forces, too. Vichy France even ordered further production. Some captured machines were evaluated by the German Luftwaffe. The Loire 130s which operated from African bases struggled with the shortage of spare parts and in 1943, when French colonies in Africa were liberated as many as fifteen air frames were still airworthy and took part in war operations. Machines of the Loire 130 Cl version did their part in the French Indochina War and a handful of the machines flew till the end of the war, one was seen flying in Saigon as late as 1949. The Kit This is a re-box from Special Hobby of the Azur kit from 2006. This boxing has additional parts for the units operating overseas. The kit is a mixture of injected plastic, resin detail parts, and both injected & Vac Formed clear parts. Construction starts in the cockpit. Here plastic parts are embellished with resin ones. The basic structure is plastic with the seats, rudder pedals, side consoles, radios etc in resin. Once the cockpit sections (left and right) are built up these can be added into their respective fuselage halves along the mid & rear bulkheads, and walkway to the rear position. The side cabin windows are also added at this time. As well as the general instructions there are two detailed side views for positioning of all the cabin equipment. Once all of this is inside the fuselage can be closed up, Construction then moves up to the tail. The tail planes are added on and the small vertical parts towards the ends. A scrap view shows the positioning of these and the stays. Once these are on the engine can be built up. The radiator and exhausts as well as the propeller are resin parts fitting it to plastic ones. Once this is built up the small open cockpit area behind the main cockpit can be built up. Next up the main wings are added along with the cockpit glazing and the small open cockpit just built up. There is a single part upper wing with left/right lowers. There is a main strut to add to each side and some flap actuators. For the main strut there are two parts of rigging to be added. One each wing there is a stabilising float to add, this has two braces each side and again a small amount of rigging. There are also 2 main stays which attach to the main fuselage. Once the wing is on the engine can be attached. On the rear of the fuselage there is an open or closed in area depending on the decal option being modelled, this is where the vac form clear part can be used. Markings There are printed by Cartograf so should pose no problems. 4 marking option are provided; SHM2 Navy Hydrographic section Saigon late 1940. CNo6 Sqn 1/CBS operated from Vatchay, French Indochina 1944. 19S-1 19 Sqn Vichy Naval Service, Tripoli 1941 17S-2 17 Sqn Vichy Naval Service, Fort-de-France, Martinique 1942. Conclusion It is great to see this kit being re-issued. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Based on the old AZUR Loire 130M kit (ref.A051), Special Hobby is to release in September 2018 a 1/48th Loire 130CI "Colonial" kit - ref. SH48182 Source: http://www.specialhobby.net/2017/11/sh48182-loire-130-cl-148.html Box art V.P.
  18. Spitfire Mk.Vc "Overseas Jockeys" (48195) 1:48 Special Hobby The Spitfire Mk.Vc had a re-stressed and strengthened fuselage and a new windscreen. The C wing was known as the universal wing which housed a revised main undercarriage. The distinctive feature on the top of the wings were the bulges for the cannon armament. Under the starboard wing a deeper radiator was fitted, and under the port wing a larger oil cooler was fitted. Additional armour was also added to the cockpit and ammunition storage areas. Due to the development of the Mk. IX the Vc did not serve on the home front for too long and sent for service overseas. 2476 were built mainly at Castle Bromwich with others split between Westland's and Supermarine. Of these 300 in their Tropical guise The Kit This is a re-boxing with new decals from Special Hobby, the kit was originally released in 2008 and has been re-released many times since. The kit arrives on three main sprues, 5 smaller sprues, a clear sprue, a small PE fret and a small bag of resin parts. construction starts in the cockpit. The floor is built up with the rudder pedals, the forward bulkhead is added as is the instrument panel. Instruments are provided as decals. The pilots set is then made up and added to the rear bulkhead. Seatbelts are provided as PE. Head armour goes at the top of the seat. The inner fuselage sides are added into the fuselage, followed by the cockpit section and the instrument panel section. The fuselage is then closed up. We now move onto the wings. These are conventional with a one part lower and two part (left/right) upper. Different cannon bulges are added to the top side depending on which decal option is being modelled. The wheel wells are put in and then the wings can be joined. The wings can then be added to the fuselage, separate ailerons and wing tips are then added. At the front the lower engine cowling is added (again a different one depending on the decal option), and at the rear the rudder and tail planes. Now we flip to the underside. The radiator and oil cooler are added along with the tail wheel and an insert in the rear fuselage (used to cover the tail hook opening for Seafire models). The main gear can now be built up and added and for one of the decal options a ventral fuel tank. At the front resin exhausts are added (again two types are provided), one of two type of prop is added and the clear parts are added . Lastly the radio mast, pilot entry door and cannon barrels are added. Markings There are printed by AB174 / RF-Q 303 Polish Sqn RAF, RAF Kirton-In-Lindsey, Aug 1942. BS295 / CR-C No.1 Fighter Wing RAAF, Strauss, Australia 1943. Serial Not Known. 5FS, 52 FG, USAAFE, Corsica Autumn 1943. AR524 / White 5 GC 1/7 French Air Force, Tunisia Early 1944. MH592 / G 1st FS National Liberation Army of Yugoslavia. Conclusion It is great to see this re-released with deal options you dont always see. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. SK-37E Stör-Viggen Electronic Warfare Aggressor (SH48150) 1:48 Special Hobby The Viggen is a rugged fighter/interceptor that was designed to fulfil a need during the deep Cold War to defend Swedish airspace in the event of an incursion by the Soviet Bloc, and to continue the fight from hidden bases near roadways, which the aircraft could use as makeshift landing strips. It was to replace both the Lansen and Draken, and did so extremely well, endearing itself to aviation enthusiasts as it did so due to its unusual double-delta/canard configuration. It was fitted with a single Volvo license built P&W JT8D with an afterburner to give it the performance needed to propel this large aircraft fast enough to accomplish short take-offs. Short landings were made possible by the inclusion of a set of large thrust reversing petals that dropped into the exhaust trunking and expelled the gases forward from slots in the side of the fuselage. The initial AJ37 variant was declared operational in 1972, and required the addition of a trainer variant, dubbed the SK37, which had an additional cockpit placed high above the original, displacing some fuel tankage in the process. The final JA37 variant was brought into service in 1980 with new computer systems, improved radar and engine, as well as other systems and the strength of the airframe, which already utilised titanium to reduce weight. The SK-37E was developed from a group of 10 airframes that were converted from trainers to Electronic Warfare trainers in the late 1990s, but were phased out after a relatively short service life in 2007. The last of the operational Viggens (Thunderbolt) were retired in 2005, replaced by the impressive JAS39 Gripen (Griffon). A number of Viggens are on display in museums – notably Newark in the UK, but the Swedes have retained one in flying condition that can sometimes be seen at British airshows along with a Draken, Lansen and even the Tunnan. If only every country was conscientious in preservation of its aviation history. The Kit The main tooling that this kit originated from is the collaborative effort between Special Hobby and Tarangus in 2014, which has been re-issued a few times over the years in single-seat guise, either with new decals or additional parts to represent other variants. This is the first major additional tooling from them, and thanks to their efforts, we now have a genuine 2-seater with no scratch-building involved. Marvellous! I do love the Viggen, in case you didn't know. The new parts include a new fuselage insert that replaces the single-seat part, which is also still on the sprues due to being surrounded by common parts. Another cockpit tub and instrument panel are also on the sprue, with appropriate glazing parts included on a small clear sprue. In the box you get nine sprues of grey styrene, two of clear parts, a fret of pre-painted Photo-Etch (PE) brass that has also been nickel-plates, a sheet of decals and a glossy colour printed instruction booklet with integrated colour and markings guide at the rear. The original tooling has been picked over ad infinitum in the intervening years, and although it has a few minor issues, they're by no means a deal breaker, and when you consider the alternatives… well there are none in this scale if you want two seats! With one seat, you have the ancient Airfix ESCI mould that is a blank canvas with some serious shape issues and almost no detail out of the box. The inclusion of Photo-Etch parts in the box is great news, even though the moulded-in cockpit detail is good, you can always improve on it with resin or PE. Even removing my rose tinted Viggen love spectacles, I'm still very happy with what's in the box. Construction begins with the ejection seats, which you build two of (unsurprisingly), and here there are a few small PE parts and a set of painted PE seatbelts for the crew, plus the anti-flail projections from the sides of the seat box. The two cockpit tubs are identical in terms of detail, but have slightly different shapes due to their location in the fuselage, and build up with either the moulded-in console detail, or the PE replacements, which are also pre-painted, for which you have to scrape and sand off the moulded-in detail. The same applies to the instrument panels, only they have a substantially different structure, due to the rear seat being the Electronic Warfare equipment, with a large projection at the top of the panel, and a limited set of dials due to a lack of available real-estate. The control columns and rudder pedals are fitted in both tubs, with PE replacements for the rudder pedals if you remove some of the detail from the originals. Before the cockpits are installed, the interior of the fuselage insert is painted and sidewall detail is attached to the pilot's (front) station, with a short blast screen fitted to the front of the rear aperture. The cockpits in their fuselage part are then set to the side while the lower nose is prepared with the nose gear bay, the APU bay installed, and the intake trunks with front engine face is built up from the split trunking that separates horizontally, joining just in front of the engine against a bulkhead, with the engine face buried deep in the fuselage, and probably only just visible. Whether you hide the seams between the two halves of the trunking is entirely up to you, but after the first kink very little will be seen. If you're a bit obsessive about that sort of thing, someone has already done a resin replacement set anyway. The trunking is applied to the bottom fuselage half, and the upper fuselage with cockpits is fixed to the top, with a bulkhead inserted at the nose end for structural strength. Attention turns to the rear fuselage, which must have the substantial exhaust trunk, thrust reversing petals and rear engine face built up and painted first. The first section is a single part with the engine and burner ring moulded-in, to which you fit another ring that holds the three thrust-reversing petals, the top-most of which is usually seen drooped into the airway on a parked aircraft due to the bleed-away of hydraulic pressure. They can be posed open or closed, and the instructions mention the droop perhaps a little late in the process. A scrap diagram shows the correct orientation of the burner in the fuselage, and with the reversers installer the exterior cowling is added at the rear. This forms the aft section of the fuselage once it is integrated in the rear fuselage, which closes up around it and is then mated to the front section, with the full-width wing lowers also added to the underside after the main gear bays are inserted. The upper wings are separate parts, as is the tail fin, of which there are quite a number of variants on the sprues, so be sure to choose the correct one. The nose cone is built from two parts and added, while the intakes are each a single part, which has a strut added to brace them against the fuselage side. Clear nav lights are fitted outboard of the last sweep change and on the wing tips, and another is added to the spine, with a small insert near the tail glued into place at the same time. You now have an almost complete airframe, so by now you'll realise that the Viggen was no small aircraft. The landing gear is built up from a number of parts that give a good account of the detail there, with separate oleo-scissors and retraction struts, separate wheels, bay doors and their retraction mechanisms, and those large rough-field ready main gear legs that seem to have struts all over the place. The main wheels are made from two halves each, and the complete assemblies are added to the bays in great detail on the instructions, shown with the captive main bay door added at this point. The inner bay doors have their jacks too, and the completed main gear area is shown in another diagram to confirm everything's position in situ. The inner bay doors can be shown retracted by cutting off the attachment lugs, so check your references and decide which pose you'd prefer. The small air-brakes on the underside are added closed, but you can leave them open, but you would need to add some extra detail so it's best to leave them closed as they would be that way on the ground for much of the time unless you buy the resin detail set. You Viggen wouldn't look much like a Christmas tree without the canards up front, and these have separate flaps to the rear like the real thing, which can be posed at an angle, or in line with airflow at your whim. Whilst you're still looking at the underside, some intakes, centre pylons and additional fuel tanks are added, with little else needed, as this variant wasn't flown as a fighter-bomber. On the topside, a number of vents, intakes, more airbrakes and aerials finish off the topside, and the APU is fitted to the open bay, captive to the door. Unless you are planning on modelling your Viggen in flight, you will want this dangling freely in the breeze, as it would deploy automatically on the ground. The canopies are the last parts of the saga, and of course there are now three parts; the fixed windscreen and two openers, which can be posed open or closed. A pair of rear-view mirrors are supplied on the PE sheet for the windscreen, as is a PE HUD frame, which you'll need to add your own acetate to, although you are at least given the sizing in another scrap diagram. At the bottom of that final page of instructions, you can find a small advert for the resin aftermarket sets available from their CMK brand, which includes M/70 rocket pods, ejection seats, thrust reverser petals, air-brakes and their bays, as well as resin wheels. They all look VERY tempting. Markings There are four decal options available from the decal sheet, which are split equally between grey and splinter camouflage. Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The profiles on the first page of the decal instructions throw a little confusion on the subject, as the red lightning bolt on the tail of red 73 has been left off. SK-37E Viggen 21-73 (37811) 1 Div./Wing F21 Lulea-Kallax 2005 SK-37E Viggen FC-09 (37809) Försökcentralen (Centre of Experimental Research) Malmen Airbase 2005-7 SK-37E Viggen 4-70 (37807) TIS/TK Grupp (Type Conversion /Electronic Warfare Group), Wing F4, Östersund 2004 SK-37E Viggen 4-74 (37811) TIS/TK Grupp Wing F4 Östersund 2000 The easy options are the grey ones, but the most impressive are the splinter patterns, which I believe you can obtain masks for from a company somewhere. I have an old set knocking about, but as they're for a single-seater, I'll be painting this one grey. There's still lots of opportunity for weathering, as the aircraft were often see needing a good wash, with plenty of patina to whet your appetite for painting and weathering effects. You might have noticed that option A has a panel on the spine that has clearly been taken from a splinter camouflaged aircraft, and hasn't yet been repainted. Conclusion The Viggen is a huge, impressive-looking Cold War warrior that has a special place in my heart. The new 2-seater kit fills my need that has been previously unsatisfied for many years. Detail is good, the inclusion of a large sheet of PE and excellent decals into the bargain makes this a must-have as far as I'm concerned. If you like Viggens too, then make sure you get one. Very very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Hello Here are a couple of Special Hobby / Azur FRROM 1/72 Dassault SMB2 I built just in time to bring them at SMW Telford. Actually, those kits are not already available and they are test shots given to me by the manufacturer. They are likely to be produced by the begining of next year. First, here is the SMB2 N° 88 10-RB from Escadron de Chasse 2/10 Seine in natural metal finish in 1962 at Creil AFB. Next is the SMB2 N° 59 10-SD from Escadron de Chasse 1/10 Valois covered by the last camouflage in 1974 at Creil AFB. Both of them are, except the scratch pilot harness, strictly built from the sprues, as the box does not exist. The decals came from two Berna Decals sheets (72-52 & 72-54). They were shown on the Special Hobby space at SMW. The French SMB2 will be produced under the brand Azur FRROM and the Israeli aircraft under Special Hobby. Patrick
  21. FH-1 Phantom 'US Navy' (72332) 1:72 Special Hobby The FD later FH-1 Phantom from McDonnell has always suffered from the fact its older brother the F4H-1 (later F-4) Phantom II has stolen most of the limelight associated with the "Phantom" name. Originally designed and first flown during WWII the aircraft was straight winged. The Phantom was the first Jet to land on a US Aircraft Carrier, and the first jet to be used by the US Marine Corps. Only 62 were made but the design lead into the follow on aircraft from McDonnell the F2H Banshee. These aircraft would position McDonnell as an important supplier to eh US Military. McDonnell must have thought a lot of the Phantom to bring the name back for the F-4. The Kit This is a new toolkit from Special Hobby. The kit arrives on three sprues of grey plastic, a clear spure, a small PE fret and a sheet of decals. Construction starts in the cockpit. The seat and instrument panel are made up with the panel as decal. PE belts are included for the seat. The cockpit floor also form the top of the front wheel well. The well sides are added along with the front and rear cockpit bulkheads. The cockpit can then be placed in the fuselage, the instructions recommend putting 3 grams of weight in the nose. Next up the engines and there trunking are built up. There are fan fronts and exhausts are added. Construction then moves to the wings. The main wheel wells must be built up ad added into the lower wing along with the intake trunking. The upper wings can then be added. The leading edge parts of the intake are then added. This is a nice touch so you don't have to clean up a seam in the intake area. The front landing gear is built up and added to the front along with the gear doors. This is then followed by the main units and their doors. The belly tank is then fitted along with the arrestor hook. To finish off the tail planes are added along with the engine exhausts and finally the canopy. Markings There are printed by Cartograf so there will be no issues there. You get 3 marking options with any colour you want as long as its Gloss Sea Blue! the markings, including extensive stencils are mainly white. R 112 - Bu 111778 VF-17A, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CV-42, March 1949 R 122 - Bu 111785 VF-17A, USS Saipan, May 1948 R 101 - Bu 111799 VF-17A, USS Coral Sea, May 1948 Conclusion It is great to see this over looked early jet now being injection moulded in 1/72. Highly recommended. Wheels If you want a liitle something else for you Phantom then through their CMK Line there is a set of resin replacement wheels available. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Hello I'm here again with a couple of new finnished kits. This time these are Northrop Delta with double pilot positions. First here is the Delta 1D c/n 42 when in service whithin the Royal Australian Air Force around 1943 Next is the Delta 1D c/n 74 in U.S. Coast Guard service in 1936 : And now a picture of my Northrop Delta family so far, with both single pilot aircraft I built last year : Patrick
  23. Special Hobby has just re- released the Azur-FRROM (link & link) 1/72nd Vickers Type 267 Vildebeest Mk. III kit - ref. SH72400 Sources: https://www.specialhobby.eu/en/our-own-production/special-hobby/vickers-vildebeest-mk-iii-1-72.html http://www.specialhobby.info/2018/10/sh72400-vickers-type-267-vildebeest.html In box review: https://www.detailscaleview.com/2018/11/special-hobby-vickers-type267-sh72400-review.html V.P.
  24. Special Hobby newsletter 2018 n°2 - February 2018 - http://www.specialhobby.info/2018/01/news-from-special-hobby-22018.html n°3 - March 2018 - http://www.specialhobby.info/2018/02/news-from-special-hobby-32018.html n°4 - April 2018 - http://www.specialhobby.info/2018/03/newsletter-special-hobby-42018.html V.P.
  25. The wait for Eduards Tempest release is almost over so thought I would share one of last years builds to get everyone in the mood (its my no1 target at Telford in a couple of weeks!) The special hobby kit is superb and I didn't add any AM stuff apart frm some masks for the markings, its not quite Tamiya quality as some people have said however its a very impressive offering and has real presence on the shelf, the only real issue was getting the cowling to line up with the fuselage but superglue and a modicum of muscle solved that one, I also cut in and sanded back plastic tube to better represent the cannon ports. Everything else is just as Specialhobby intended and if their 1/32 Whirlwind thats due for relese next year is this good I will be a very happy chappy. Ohh and I think with all the extras included such as resin gun bays and fabric belts its pretty goof value for money too, may just have to pick up their mark V somewhere along the line too as the thought of that big sabre on display looks very appealing!