Saturday, December 12

Hobbyboss’ January 2016 kits – never too late for some lovely and maybe controversial box art...

Hobbyboss have five new releases for January 2016 (already) – some nice looking kits but I am sure one box art will catch many people’s eyes. Also the corsair is nice to see actually in combat – who says box art’s been watered down? Let’s see the kits and sprues in the Hobbyboss preview…
Hobbyboss’ new items for January 2016

Model no: 83852
1:35th scale
  The Soviet T-28 was among the world's first medium tanks. The prototype was completed in 1931 and production began in late 1932. It was an infantry-support tank intended to break through fortified defences. The T-28 was designed to complement the heavier T-35, with which it shared many components. 
The type would not have that much success in combat, but it played an important role as a development project for the Soviet designers. A series of new ideas and solutions were tried out on the T-28 and were later incorporated in future models.
Model Specifics
Model Dimensions       Length: 214mm   Width: 82mm 
Total Sprues     21 sprues, lower hull, upper hull and turrets
Metal Parts       copper cable
The kit consists of over 800 parts
multi-slide moulded turret, upper hull and lower hull
photo etched parts included
individual tracks

Model no:81715
1:48th scale

The Su-27 Flanker is the fighter aircraft designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau and manufactured by Irkut Corporation. The export version is the Su-27SK.
Su-27 entered production in 1982 and is in service with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, and is built under license in China as the F-11. A variant, the Su-30MKK, has been sold to China. 
Model Specifics
Model Dimension         Length: 470mm   Wingspan: 308mm
Total Sprues     19 sprues, upper fuselage, lower fuselage and tires
Photo Etched Parts     1piece
the kit consists of over 220 parts
Detailed fuselage wing w/accurate design
Detailed cockpit & gear cabin
photo etched parts included 

1:35th scale
Model no:83876
The Panhard VBL is a wheeled 4x4 all-terrain vehicle that has been created AND offered to the military in various Configurations. It was designed to combine the agility of the Peugeot VLTT liaison vehicle with adequate protection against small arms fire, artillery fragments, mines and NBC weapons. The VBL is fully amphibious and can swim/ wade at 5.4 km/h; it is also air transportable by C-130, C-160 and A400M.
The VBL was developed during the 1980s and entered operational service in France in 1990. It has a fuel consumption of 16 litres per 100 km. It uses the VBL MILAN Anti-tank medium range (up to 2000 metres) missile system in combat. One MILAN missile fire unit and six missiles, with a MIRA Thermal camera.
Model Specifics
Model Dimensions       Length:125 mm   Width: 70mm  
Total Sprues     8 sprues, upper hull, lower hull and tires
Photo Etched Parts     1 sheet
The kit consists of over 270 parts
multi-slide moulded lower hull and upper hull
photo etched parts included
rubber tires 
Model no: 80382
1:48th scale 
The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought's manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear: Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG.
From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured by Vought, in 16 separate models, in the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in U.S. history
Model Specifics
Model Dimensions       Length: 213.5mm   Wingspan:260 mm
Total Sprues     10 sprues
the kit consists of over 190 parts + clear parts
 for canopy.
Detailed fuselage & wing w/accurate design
Engine with fine detail
Detailed gear cabin 

1:35th scale
The Leichter Panzerspähwagen were a series of light four-wheel drive armoured cars produced by Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1944. It used the standard sPkw I Horch 801 chassis with an angled armoured body and turret. The rear mounted engine was a 67 kW (90 hp) Horch 3.5 petrol engine, giving it a road speed of 80 km/h and a cross-country speed of 40 km/h. It had a maximum range of 300 km.
        Used by the reconnaissance battalions (Aufklärungs-Abteilung) of the Panzer divisions, the type performed well enough in countries with good road networks, like those in Western Europe. However, on the Eastern Front and North Africa, this class of vehicle was hampered by its relatively poor off-road performance. In those theatres, it gradually found itself replaced in the reconnaissance role by the Sd.Kfz 250 half-track.
Model specifics
Model Dimensions       Length: 134mm   Width: 57.2mm
Total Sprues     14 sprues, upper hull, lower hull and tires
Photo Etched Parts     2 sheets
Fully detailed Interior
Multi-directional slide moulded Upper hull
Two-directional slide moulded Lower hull
Four rubber tires w/fine detail
photo-etched parts included

These kits will all be available from Hobbyboss’ distributors in January 2016.