Sunday, January 3

Hobbyboss’ February 2016 kits – What better way to make a new resolution…

I mean all – you all say “I wanna build more models” don’t you? You may just get your chance if any of these beauties for February release take your fancy -  Let’s see the kits and sprues in the Hobbyboss preview…

Hobbyboss’ new items for February 2016

Leopard 2A4M CAN
Model no: 83867
1/35th scale

The Leopard 2A4M CAN is the upgraded Canadian version of the Leopard 2A4 acquired from the Royal Netherlands Army surplus. The Leopard 2A4M CAN is specially designed for the war in Afghanistan, based on experience gained by Leopard 2 operators. The first 20 were delivered in October 2010 and with only 5 being deployed to Afghanistan at end of 2010, and operated until July 2011 when combat operations stopped.

Though originally planned to be up-gunned to the L55 for consistency with the 2A6M CAN, the longer barrelled guns were found to be less than ideal in Afghanistan, therefore it was decided to retain the L44. In addition, only small areas of slat armour were added, in contrast with the fully caged 2A6M CANs. The protection of the Leopard 2A4M CAN has been further augmented with the addition of applique armour resembling that found on the most recent Leopard 2A7+ variant, but modified to fit the turret configuration of the 2A4.

The kit consists of over 390 parts
>the kit w/refined detail
>multi-slide moulded turret, upper hull and lower hull
>photo etched parts included
>individual tracks
Model Dimensions: Length: 261mm   Width: 99mm  
Total Sprues     30 sprues, upper hull, lower hull and turret
Photo Etched Parts     2 pcs

SAAB J-32B/E Lansen
1/48th scale 

The Saab 32 Lansen (meaning the Lance) was a two-seat, high transonic attack aircraft produced by SAAB from 1955 to 1960 for the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet). During its long operational life, the Saab 32 also served as a fighter, reconnaissance, electronic warfare and a target-tug aircraft.

 J-32B is an all-weather fighter version initially operated only for bad weather / night fighter duties. Two prototypes and 118 production aircraft built between 1958 and 1960, retired in 1973. Armed with four 30 mm ADEN guns, Rb 24 missiles (license-built AIM-9 Sidewinder), or 75 mm unguided rocket pods. J 32B was powered by stronger Svenska Flygmotor RM 6A (Rolls-Royce Avon Mk 47A) engine.

Model Dimensions: Length: 314mm   Wingspan: 269mm  
Total Sprues     6 sprues
The kit consists of over 140 parts
-Detailed fuselage & wing w/accurate design
-Detailed cockpit

Finnish T-50 Tank
Model No:83828
1/35th scale

The T-50 light infantry tank was built by the Soviet Union at the beginning of World War II. The design for this vehicle had some advanced features, but was complicated and expensive, and only a short production run of 69 tanks was completed. Furthermore, even before it was ready for mass-production wartime experience invalidated the underlying concept of light tanks.

- the kit consists of over 700 parts
-  multi-directional slide moulded turret & lower hull
-  photo-etched parts included
-  256 individual tracks links
Model Dimensions       Length: 149mm   Width: 70mm
Total Sprues = 16 sprues, upper hull, lower hull and turret
brass wire

Hawk T MK.100/102

 The BAE Systems Hawk is a British single engine, advanced jet trainer aircraft. It first flew in 1974 as the Hawker Siddley Hawk. The Hawk is used by the Royal Air Force, and other air forces, as either a trainer or a low-cost combat aircraft. The Hawk is still in production with over 900 Hawks sold to 18 customers around the world.   

 Hawk 102– Export version for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Air Force.

 Hawk 100 A two-seat advanced weapons trainer with additional avionics, including forward looking infrared (optional, fitted to Malaysian aircraft), a redesigned wing and HOTAS.     
Model Dimensions: Length: 268.2mm   Wingspan: 209mm
Total Plastic Parts       180+
Total Sprues     13 sprues
Photo Etched Parts     1 piece
The kit consists of over 180 parts
-Detailed fuselage & wing w/accurate design
-Detailed cockpit

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