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After the 2020 newsletters (link), here's the first one from SH for 2021.

Newsletter January 2021

https://www.specialhobby.info/2021/01/news-from-special-hobby-012021.html

 

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I would like to wish all our customers only the very best in 2021. We believe the upcoming year is going to be much better than the last one. Although 2020 was not unsuccessful for our company at all. Our plans for the first half of 2021 seem to be, at least to us, very interesting. One of the most exciting models we are going to release this spring is, no doubt, the Westland Whirlwind Mk.I in 1/32, which is in the final stage of preparations now. Just before being finished is yet another project which originates in our cooperation with Eduard. After the exquisite Bf 109 E-4, the Bf 109 E-3 version is going to hit the market this February, after that we are going to jointly produce the Tempest Mk.II. Our boxing will offer the so-called Hi-Tech style with resin detail parts including a partial replica of the engine with some of the cover panels open. The fire which struck Eduard company only made our collaboration deeper. We were more than happy to offer them the free capacity of our injection machines, to help them recover from the loss of their sprues stock. It also means the Tempest Mk.II kit will most likely be produced using our injection machines. And more joint projects will follow, too. 


Another new kit of our own production you can expect this spring is the taller (or precisely, more bulged) canopy version of the SF-260 in 1/72. This type is being prepared also in 1/48, with both canopy styles. And the turbo-prop version SF-260TP will also follow, in both scales of course. Another highly attractive model will no doubt be the first of the 1/72 Mirage III/5 family. We will also bring you one more re-release of an older Mirage F.1 kit, as well as its reboxing with new schemes. The Mirage F.1EQ/ED is still quite sought after so we have decided to restock it. Sometime during the spring, a new reboxing will be released, this one portraying the South African F.1AZ/CZ version. Our range of WW2 aircraft will benefit from the addition of a couple of version of the Japanese transport and training aircraft, the Tachikawa Ki-54. You can start looking forward to one more 1/72 P-40 and the range of post-war jets will welcome a new member as well, the 1/72 A.W. Meteor Mk.14.

 

In the first half of 2021 we also plan to release the reboxing of another company’s kit -  Academy ‘s 1/72 AT-6G Texan. We will supply new injected canopy parts as well as a set of resin parts to convert it into the earlier war-time AT-6/SNB version,as well as the Harvard Mk.IIB-IV produced for the Commonwealth.

 

We are also preparing some more kits of various military vehicles which will be available under the Special Armour label. There will be kits made from the molds we bought from the MK72 company and those of our own design and production. The first kit from the MK72 molds will be the 1/72 Sd.Kfz. 250/1 Alte Ausf. A.

 

Let me also point out a couple of detail sets from the CMK range, namely those for the new 1/72 Bf 109E kit. Several various resin sets will also be prepared and offered for the new Mirage III and Whirlwind kits. We are also working on a couple of finely detailed figures in various scales. And last but not least, we will soon offer you a couple of new tools for working with resin. 

 

We hope and believe that all those things I have mentioned above and which are going to be available during the first half of  2021 will be interesting to you, our dear fellow modellers and customers. We look forward to hearing from you and getting your orders.

 

A.Riedel

V.P.

 

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Newsletter February 2021

https://www.specialhobby.info/2021/02/news-from-special-hobby-022021.html

 

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If the world were as it used to be, I would have had the foreword to this month’s Newsletter finished long time ago. And by now, I would already have arrived to the Nuremberg Toy Fair and had met up with many of you in person. I would have had much to do preparing for the exhibition, but I would have felt much happier. There are people and things that I miss terribly. But everything seems to be the other way round now, doesn’t it. The Modellfan magazine has decided not to interrupt the tradition and to go on with awarding the model companies and their new products with the Modell des Jahres (The Model of the Year) prize. One of the companies who have proudly received this award was also Special Hobby and the awarded model is the new and really excellent 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 (SH72439).


This, too, pushes us to try and keep the mark of quality really high. And as we are unable to showcase the coming news in flesh and blood at the fair, we will be doing our best and bring you the latest information on social platforms. We will be really happy if you, our business partners, can keep in touch and share with us your querries, ideas, requests or needs. And while we cannot meet in person, temporarily I hope, the more we need to communicate with each other via any other possible means.

 

When, in our last Newsletter, I gave you the promise to keep on producing models of 1/72 military vehicles, we still had not finished the new moulding tools of the three new artillery models. Those were the 3,7cm PaK 36 and 7,5cm PaK 40 guns and the 21cm Nebelwerfer 42 launcher. But as of now, the moulds are already finished and sometimes during this year we will start selling both kits individually anwould have been presented at the Fair, as it is you will have to check them just via photos. And perhaps you might as well start looking forward to our March Newsletter where a surprise might be waiting for you.

 

A. Riedel

 

V.P.

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Newsletter March 2021

Source: https://www.specialhobby.info/2021/03/news-from-special-hobby-032021.html

 

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Unfortunately, the situation in the Czech Republic has not been good for a couple of months. The Covid pandemics affects every aspect of the life here, including the production of the plastic model kits. Even though the Special Hobby employees, just for a few expections, had not contracted the disease, the quarantines, isolations and the need to work from home do complicate the situation even further. So, the models previously scheduled for March release, ie. the 1/32 Whirlwind, 1/48 Tempest and the 1/72 Harvard Mk.II/IIA/IIB, will most likely have to wait until April. During March, we will able to offer you just two kits instead, these being the re-released SH72418 SF-260 (which got sold out really quickly at first) and the SH72440 Model 139WC/WSM/WT ‘Chinese, Siamese and Turkish Service’.


The range of spray painting masks also gets wider still, now we are adding the pre-cut masks for both the single-seat and two-seat Mirage F.1 models. The offer of CMK resin sets is also really interesting one, besides the sets for our new and superb Bf 190E models, we have also prepared for you a couple of undercarriage wheels for the B-25 in 1/48 as well as in 1/72. The largest set I want to mention today is the resin cockpit for the ICM’s 1/48 A-26 Invader. Some more sets for this kit are being developed, including those with the undercarriage wheels. Our team are also working on resin sets for the Arma Hobby’s 1/72 Hurricane, let me point out now the sets enabling you to convert the Hurri to a photo-reconnaissance, or PR versions. In April, we will also start selling a new PLT range resin kit, the long-promised 1/48 GAL 48 Hotspur. We are also working on a couple of accessory sets for ship models, German life rafts and 15cm naval guns. The above list cannot be complete but even so we do believe you and your customers will find many an interesting item there. We will be looking forward to receiving your orders from the current newsletter as well as from the future ones.
   
A. Riedel

 

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Newsletter April 2021

Source: https://www.specialhobby.info/2021/04/news-from-special-hobby-0421.html

 

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When will the Whirlwind kit be out? When might we expect it? These were possibly the most often asked questions of the past year. And yes the wait is over now, the 1/32 scale Whirlwind is finally revealed in this month’s Newsletter. And as it usually is, it’s some other kit’s turn now, some other kit will be eagerly awaited and hailed with those very questions on its release date. What kit do you think it might be? Seems that the 1/72 Mirage III is taking over the imaginary relay baton. And be sure we are always doing our best to have as many apt kits in the pipeline for the race as only possible. 


So, what new kit might deserve your eager attention now? Will it be the P-40M Warhawk / Kittyhawk Mk.III (SH72382), Mirage F.1AZ/CZ ‘The South African Commie Killers’ (SH72435) or even the Tachikawa Ki-54 Hei – Otsu – Kó  Hickory family? Or perhaps the night figther Meteors su as the Mk.14? Or even the quarter scale AH-1G Cobra or the Heinkel He 177A?

 

These all are brand new kits, but we will be offering some rather interesting re-releases as well of course. So this year will also see the reissue of such kits as the Mirage F.1CE/CH (SH72289) or Mirage F.1CG (SH72294), and also the still asked for -2 Super Mystère  'Sa ar – Israeli Storm in the Sky'. In new guise we will be also releasing such nice kits as the 1/72 Vampire or the Viggen, this one in both scales. 
 

Special Hobby is not just about styrene models, you know it. You can expect really wide range of new resin sets, too, and now we would like to bring to your attention the upcoming 1/72 and 1/48 Beaufighter Mk.II conversion sets, yes this is the Merlin in-line engine version, so very much different from the usual Beau. These sets will fit the Airfix (1/72) and Revell (1/48) kits. We also cannot forget to mention the upcoming Junkers Ju 88A-1 and F-16MLU (both for 1/72 Revell), A-26 Invader (1/48 ICM) or even the Gloster Meteor Mk.8/9 (Airfix) sets. 


The closest models in our offer, however, will be the 1/72 Harvard Mk.II / IIA / IIB, the Whirlwind in 1/32 mentioned in the introduction and the SIAI-Marchetti SF-260EA / D / EU ‘Late Bulged Canopy Type’in 1/72. Our offer  also includes one new Simple Set, the 1/72 Bf 109E-3.

 A. Riedel

 

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2 hours ago, Homebee said:

So, what new kit might deserve your eager attention now? Will it be the P-40M Warhawk / Kittyhawk Mk.III (SH72382), Mirage F.1AZ/CZ ‘The South African Commie Killers’ (SH72435) or even the Tachikawa Ki-54 Hei – Otsu – Kó  Hickory family? Or perhaps the night figther Meteors su as the Mk.14? Or even the quarter scale AH-1G Cobra or the Heinkel He 177A?

New 1/48th kits of the AH-1G Cobra AND He-177 Greif!!!!!😮

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New 1/48th kits of the AH-1G Cobra AND He-177 Greif!!!!!😮

 

If the 1/48th AH-1 Cobra will be a new tool kit (thread), the 1/48th He-177 Greif should be a rebox from MPM kit (link).

 

- ref. SH72382 - Curtiss P-40M Warhawk / Kittyhawk Mk.III - link

- ref. SH72435 - Mirage F.1AZ/CZ "The South African Commie Killers" - link

- ref. SH 72270 - Tachikawa Ki-54Hei (Ki-54c) "Hickory" - link

- ref. SH72445 - Tachikawa Ki-54 Otsu "Hickory" - link

- ref. SH72364 - Armstrong-Whitworth Meteor NF.Mk.14 - link

 

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44 minutes ago, Homebee said:

If the 1/48th AH-1 Cobra will be a new tool kit (thread), the 1/48th He-177 Greif will just be a rebox from MPM kit (link).

Special Hobby’s newsletter seems to indicate the He 177 is a new kit. The MPM tool dates from 2006 and, being a short run mould, is not close to Special Hobby’s current standards. It’s been 7 years since that kit was last re-released, what kind of shape must the mould be in by now anyway?

 

Either way, I’m likely to get one; current prices for the MPM kit on the secondhand market are prohibitive. If this is a new tooling, expect to see a flood of MPM kits on eBay as that was never an easy kit to build.

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