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1/72 - Junkers Ju-52 "Tante Ju" (ex-Heller) by Kovozávody Prostějov - released - new boxing

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Heller was expected to reissue it as a Toucan in French service... Wonder when/if we'll ever see that happening. There's been an ominous silence on the Heller front lately and we've only seen reboxes by Eastern European companies of Heller tools lately. 🤔

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Well their B707 and WV-2 have recently been re-released, as has quite a few other kits from their back catalogue. Italeri released their Ju-52 as the Toucan a few years ago if Heller hesitate releasing theirs.

 

Jeff 

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Yes, I had an opportunity to buy an Italeri 'Toucan' at a decent price recently, but apparently, the Heller one is better... 😊

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11 hours ago, ivand said:

Heller was expected to reissue it as a Toucan in French service... Wonder when/if we'll ever see that happening. There's been an ominous silence on the Heller front lately and we've only seen reboxes by Eastern European companies of Heller tools lately. 🤔

Really?  I thought they had been quite busy lately.

 

Anyway, I'm really pleased to see this as I have some Berna Decals for AAC.1 Toucan's just crying out to be used.

 

Also, this one would be an ideal candidate for the Classic Heller GB in 2020.

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A Spanish Civil War bomber would be a nice issue...

J-W

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10 hours ago, JWM said:

A Spanish Civil War bomber would be a nice issue...

J-W

... and a SAAF version with new cowlings and engines

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There was an item on t'interweb a couple of years back (maybe here somewhere, although thus far I haven't been able to find it) comparing the Heller and Italeri kits. From memory, both had their problems - the Heller was better in some areas, the Italeri in others. I can't recall now what the issues were, but I seem to recall that it came down to a "you pays your money, you makes your choice" decision.

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As I understand it, the Heller factory is pretty well run down and there aren't going to be any new toolings.  It would be great if that isn't the case...

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5 hours ago, occa said:

... and a SAAF version with new cowlings and engines

This rather by some aftermarket company is more likely....

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I do wonder if airfix or revell will release a brand new 1/72 kit? It’s an iconic aircraft.

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I hope there will be a French 'Toucan' boxing too!

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19 minutes ago, ivand said:

I hope there will be a French 'Toucan' boxing too!

May be quicker just to buy the Berna decals

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