Tuesday, November 8

Latest updates from HPH and Kingscale - More pictures of the Big Cat!



More pictures of the in-progress build of the 1/32 Catalina project from new model makers KingScale - they have moved on to the rear of the aircraft and other details - click below for more Kingscale and HPH models in development and on sale..











What do a Tupolev Tu-134, a Super Blanik, a Sukhoi T-50 and a Zlín Z-126 all have in common? well the easy anser to that is that they are all new to the gallery at the master modellers HPH!

We thought it was a good time to show you  what they have to offer in different scales as well as their massive kits of recent note - four new galleries are included in the HPH and Kingscale news thread below - enjoy!

Zlín Z-126 1:32


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Tupolev Tu-154 1:72 (HpH)


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Just when you thought you were up to date with the latest pics of the 1/32 Catalina here we bring a few more shots for you...
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You can see from the close up shots the finely riveted fuselage panels and the unique centre join of the massive wings. The front turret and the finely crafted engine cowlings are evident in these newest in progress shots..

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Here are the latest images from KingScale – some more close-up and detail shots of some of their excellent engines in 1/18th scale – click on below to see some really large scale tiny detail!

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We have already shown the Rolls Royce Merlin further down in this post – that has the Spitfires, Mustangs and Mosquitos covered, here’s hoping these engines are a hint of what is to bear them in the future?


First of all the DB 605 from the BF 109/ 110 family..






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Then the BMW 003 - one of the first German jet engines – used in the ME 262 and many of the early Jets of the third Reich






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Just thought I’d show you some excellent picture of two absolute works of art from HPH - the Arado Ar-196 seaplane and the separate kit of the catapult form the Bismarck in 1/32 scale...

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This kit suits the Excellent Arado seaplane and is made entirely of Resin – it can be ordered separately from the Seaplane from this link for around 1.400CZK (Czech Crowns – or about €55 Euro)






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Of course the amazing kit of the Arado can still be purchased via this link for around 115 Euros – it is of an astounding quality and lovely to behold…








   
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Also new from HPH....

New king cobra boxtop artwork plus new colour schemes revealed - kit no HPH 3200 Plus 4 new pics of the catalina in development
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- Do you by any chance like big sea planes and King Cobras?  Well todayis is your lucky day – just released are details of the two latest kit to be produced from the Czech Republic through model makers HPH. The latest of these wonderful kits are both in 1/32 scale. They are the P-63 King Cobra and the massive PBY-5A Catalina flying boat.
 



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The P-63 King Cobra is an all resin kit with many lovely features and nice clean lines. This kit has lovely treaded tyres and an incredibly detailed cockpit as well as a wafer thin canopy and movable control surfaces – this kit will be available from the HPH website soon – For now here are a few WIP pics on their site and we have some prototype pics below. When the final kit is ready we will tell you when – just keep on checking back for more details.

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Second but by far no the least of these two (I don’t know which I like the best) is the new prototype of the PBY-5A CATALINA kit - and my goodness it’s going to be huuuuge!!! At over a meter of wingspan this kit looks to be quite a proposition to model makers with a while to spare or a job that requires no supervision. 

The kit will be made from fibreglass body to keep the weight down. Again there is a build thread going on at our new favourite site – The Aircraft Model Gallery  where not just this but other AMAZING kits are there ready to be drooled over. On both of these kits we will keep you posted... For now enjoy the piccs.
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Here it is against a 1/48th revell kit - a nice increase in size!!
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Kingscale from the Czech Republic have sent us snippets of the kit many believe to be the new 1/18th fibreglass and resin kit slated for KingScale's number one release -  really you couldn't pick much better than a Mustang - so if this kit indeed is to be the first release Kingscale look to be heading down the right path. Take a look at this lovely work of art in these pictures..












King Scale – a new model company from the Czech Republic devoted to releasing larger scale kits with museum quality detail – these 1/18scale models are set to be the showpiece of any modellers closet and the pinnacle of modelling kits at shows. KingScale have stated their intent with the release of news of some power plants to use in Mustang, spitfire or Mosquito kits. Also on show are Engines from the Me 262/He 162 & the Bf 109G - impressive!



From what is on their site KingScale seem set to enter that large(r) scale market and bring quality engines – details and sub-assemblies to model makers to complete their larger scale models to a truly impressive standard – Constructed from strong materials including Resin and fibreglass these engines show detail in this scale that cannot be replicated half as well in smaller kits. I think they have cornered a market here. 


Check out their site (http://amg.cdc.cz/)  where they have their larger scale kits to see what could be the future if the stand alone kits sell well.  Let us hope for the rest of the aircraft kit range in this scale from KingScale in the future!!