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  1. Supermarine Sea Otter Mk.I, FAA, Maryborough, Australia, June 1945 Sea Otter was the successor to Walrus and entered service late in WW2. It was the last bi-plane type to enter service in RAF or FAA - but it still rescued airmen in the 1950 for example in the Korean war. Kit: Special Hobby 1/72 Supermarine Sea Otter Mk.I 'WWII Service' (SH72429) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Hataka Red Line Weathering: Flory Models, Vallejo, Tamiya & Ammo Mig Rewarding but challenging little kit by Special Hobby (originally Azur). Wing construction was the challenging part, other than that it was very nice kit - but packed with lots of tiny PE and resin bits which could be quite fiddly. I also added some details of my own like the railings and rope which are lead wire. Rigging (my first) done with rubber wire found from an undisclosed source. Painted with Hataka acrylics and weathered using Flory wash and different enamel and acrylic based weathering products. WIP:
  2. After the Dassault Mirage F-1, Special Hobby is to release a complete family of 1/72nd Dassault Mirage III/5 Nesher/Dagger kits. Sources: http://www.specialhobby.info/2018/10/special-hobbys-new-172-mirages-iii-5.html http://www.specialhobby.net/2018/09/special-hobby-pripravuje-modely-mirage.html First 3D renders of MIIIC and CJ V.P.
  3. This is such a great GB topic with so many subjects to choose from, and so many fascinating builds to watch! For a long time I was going to build the Airfix Blackburn Buccaneer S.2C, there were a couple of other options in my small (but growing!) stash that were great candidates, in particular my prized Hasegawa F-111C (which was a gift from my brother), then there was more than few hours browsing online (ooh, Hasegawa B-47, argh Italeri B-58, hmm Airfix Wellington...). But today, I have landed on this - the Special Hobby A-20/DB-7 Havoc/Boston "Early Gunships". I am currently in Melbourne with the family on holiday (bit weird to be travelling during the peak of the Omircon COVID wave, but that's a topic of discussion for another day!). Only 10 minutes from where we are staying there is a little hobby shop called "Gundams Plus" - turns out the "Plus" is a quite extensive collection of aircraft model kits, and amongst its many treasures was this. My aviation interests are pretty broad but I've always had a particular soft spot for WW2 twin-engine attack and light bomber aircraft, the Havoc/Boston among them. So here's my project for this GB, a rather detailed looking little beast, complete with included resin engine cowls and machine gun barrels for the nose. For my experience and skill level this looks like a good challenge - look at that tiny control yoke! And look at those spindly main undercarriage support struts (?)... Will build it up as RAAF Boston III A28-9 'She's Apples" using the kit decals. Hat tip to BMer @Sydhuey who has posted a number of times on the colour schemes and history of operations of RAAF Bostons, proving an excellent source of reference information. I won't make a proper start on this until March I don't think. I need to finish my Hornet plus I've picked up a few Matchboxes to build too. But I did want to set out my stall in this GB as I'm keen to be involved! And hopefully, she'll be apples! Cheers, Gerard
  4. This is not my usual build, which is most of the time cold war jets with some 1:48 WW2 planes in the mix which I build for my dad. But I've been checking this kit out for a while now and I've been tempted to give it a go. Clearly not your most straightforward build but with patience I'm sure I can make it work. Good amount of resing and some PE parts in the mix - also a bi-plane which is a first for me. Rigging... well, we will see how it goes when I get there Model itself looks nice - even if bit low on details. I also picked up some Hataka paints - of which I've had really positive experience so far. Despite the PE and resin additions the cockpit was feeling bit plain so I added some fuselage framing from plasticard. Just so that it looks like there is some details when looking thru the big clear part. Paint and weathering done for the cockpit. I painted it black first and then couple of layers of Hataka Interior Grey Green all the pieces in place. I think I add a map or something to the rear seaters table to make it bit more interesting. I'm trying to go slow with this build so that I don't run into any big issues - but so far the build is going smoothly.
  5. Hi all For the new year and the finish of a model, it's time to start a new kit This time I choosed to exit from my stach the Hawker Tempest MkII of Special Hobby at 1/48th scale Special Hobby realised a kit with the Eduard collaboration. The first box come from Special Hobby with the add of wheels and the engine in resin parts. Eduard realised two boxs a little futher later but with no add resin parts The Special Hobby box propose different schemes. Some for English plane, one for a Indian plane in aluminium color and one for a Pakistani plane in brown scheme I choosed the Pakistani color scheme
  6. After the 1/72nd kits (link) Special Hobby is reported working for 2020 on a 1/48th Bell AH-1G Cobra/Sea Cobra family. Info obtained from a Special Hobby representative at IPMS Belgium National/Plastic & Steel 2019. To be followed. V.P.
  7. Hello all, here’s the first one finished from the shed this year, the Special Hobby (Ex MPM) boxing of the HA-220 Super Saeta. Following the end of WW2 Willi Messerschmitt emigrated from Germany, eventually settling in Francoist Spain where he was employed at the Hispano Aviacion works. There he played a major part in the design of the Saeta HA-200 trainer which was the basis of the HA-220 close support aircraft. This variant had uprated engines, pylons for external stores, gun pods and where the rear seat used to be an extra fuel tank. Although only in service for 10 years with the Spanish Airforce the HA-220 saw active service during the Polisario uprisings in the Western Sahara. The type was retired from service in 1981. The kit differs from the original MPM kit in that it has extra resin and photo etch parts along with an injection moulded canopy. The plastic parts are still short run style and were re scribed as the engraved lines were almost non-existent. Also due to a poor moulding I had to replace the strake on the nose with plastic card. I made the aerials and probes under the nose from scratch and shortened the overly long U/C legs. It’s finished with Xtracolor enamels and varnishes with a little weathering and panel lining. The decals were excellent. I enjoyed making this little aeroplane, its about the size of a JP, and I am pleased with the way it turned out. So onto the pictures. Hope you like it, thanks for looking. Pete
  8. In Autumn 2022, Special Hobby is to release a 1/48th Potez 631 kit - ref. SH48221 Surprisingly announced as new tool in the Hannants eshop and not just a rebox from the AZUR kit. To be confirmed. Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SH48221 V.P.
  9. Special Hobby has just announced a new tool 1/48th Martin Baltimore Mk.I/II kit - ref. SH48160 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235016099-novelties-from-special-hobby/ A rebox from the Classic Airframes kit with new parts, like a new clear sprue ? https://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/ca/kit_ca_4139.shtml https://www.hyperscale.com/2008/reviews/kits/ca4139reviewse_1.htm Time will tell. V.P.
  10. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Special Hobby A-20 Boston with Red Stars. The model was painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks to @Kjetil Åkra, @dogsbody, @DLinevitch for their help in research. This kit was first released in 2007 under the MPM brand. Special Hobby added specific parts for the VVS Version with UTK turret (plastic, resin and etch). Unfortunately the turret transparencies are not as clear as the cockpit glazing, and they don't fit well. The oversized defense gun was replaced with a metal item from Mini World. I scratch-built the life raft in the cockpit with paper tissue. The bomb bay was cut open and loaded with Soviet bombs (from a Tamiya Il-2). Photo-etch from Eduard. Previous owner's markings (RAF?) overpainted. This was a pretty challenging build with poor fit throughout. I'd only recommed this kit to seasoned and very patient modellers. Thank you for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  11. MPM Special Hobby is working on a new 1/48th Piper J-3 and Piper L-4 Cub injected kit Sources: http://www.cmkkits.com/index.php?cmd=show&imageID=75599&title= http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234934400-piper-cub-148/ V.P.
  12. Special Hobby is to re-release in Autumn 2022 the MPM/Xtrakit (link) 1/72nd de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen FAW.1/.2 kit - ref. SH72336 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SH72336 V.P.
  13. In 2022, Special Hobby is to re-release its 1/72nd Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave kit - ref. SH72075 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SH72075 V.P.
  14. Special Hobby is to release new tool 1/72nd Lockheed Hudson Mk.IV/V/VI kit - ref. SH72425 Sources: https://www.specialhobby.info/2022/01/news-from-special-hobby-012021.html https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SH72425 V.P.
  15. Time for me to get working on the (sadly flawed) 1/48 Special Hobby Wirraway kit. I have about six of these in my stash (how??), and I'm going to build two at once... One will be built as A20-719 / VH-WRX representing its movie star role as a US Navy Douglas Dauntless in the 1998 Terrence Malick movie "The Thin Red Line". This version will have a few modifications, some to make it more like a Wirraway and some to make it less like a Wirraway! There are very few photographs of the aircraft in this guise, but here's a sketch of what the movie star looked like: The second will be built as A20-434 as it appeared post-war at Base Squadron Point Cook, flown by pilots from 1FTS. This is a build for a friend, who owns the remains of the real aircraft. This one will be built OOB (apart from the post-war modifications), so I can give a comparison to the more detailed build of 719. Here is what this second model will look like (apart from the serial number being different): I happen to have two different boxings of this kit, but the contents are the same... First step in construction is to build the fuselage frame and fit out the cockpit. Clearly the floor detail in the Special Hobby kit doesn't match the reality of a Wirraway... So for the extra-detailed build for A20-719 I cut the foot-troughs into sections of the correct length and will use the aft-most troughs (turned upside-down) to duplicate the foot-plates either side of the aft seat...
  16. In Autumn 2022, Special Hobby is to release a new tool 1/72nd Curtiss-Wright CW-21 Demon - ref. SH72436 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SH72436 V.P.
  17. DH Chipmunk T.10 Main Wheels (Q48397 for Airfix) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set from CMK’s Quick & Easy line is exactly that, and arrives in a flat-pack plastic bag with header card and instructions stapled to it, holding the two replacement resin wheels on one casting block. Detail is exceptional, and includes the raised manufacturer name and tyre stats on the sidewalls, a circumferential tread on the contact patch, and hub detail in the centre, including brakes on the inner side. The tyres have a slight sag to imply the weight of the aircraft on them, and they are joined to the casting block there, so clean-up is simple and you don’t risk damaging the detail. Once liberated from their block, they are a drop-in replacement. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. After the 2021 newsletters (link), here's the first one from SH for 2022. Newsletter January 2022 https://www.specialhobby.info/2022/01/news-from-special-hobby-012021.html "Our list of models scheduled for this year’s release is in the attachment to this Newsletter." ??? No attachment to the online newsletter ? Anybody has it ? V.P.
  19. In 2022, Special Hobby is to re-release its 1/48th Breda Ba.65 Nibbio kit - ref. SH48053 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SH48053 V.P.
  20. This one came as a complete surprise to me: https://www.specialhobby.info/2020/11/news-from-special-hobby-112020.html
  21. Despite the recent release of the Italeri's Sunderland Mk.I (review: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234927542), the Special Hobby Short Sunderland Mk.V project seems going on. Some CAD drawings are proposed in ModelForum: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=97&p=1362198#p1362198 Future kit reference is SH72162. Wait and see. V.P.
  22. source: czech forum A.R. from Special Hobby confirmed Mosquito project publicly announced some time ago is in progress and people from AZ/KP know it. The next battle in the war.
  23. Special Hobby is to release in 2022 a 1/72nd Junkers Ju-87D-5 Stuka kit based on the Academy Ju87G-2 kit. Source: https://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=77712&start=7020#p2450454 V.P.
  24. Special Hobby is to rebox the 1/72nd Academy AT-6G Texan with new parts in order to propose earlier AT-6/SNB and Harvard Mk.IIB-IV versions. Source: https://www.specialhobby.info/2021/01/news-from-special-hobby-012021.html V.P.
  25. A new tool 1/72nd Fairey Albacore kit by Special Hobby - ref. SH72152 Source: http://www.specialhobby.net/2020/01/norimberk-2020-priprava-zacatek.html V.P.
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