Thursday, February 4

Preview: We look at Hobbyboss’ new items for March 2016

Hobbyboss have five new releases for March – with some nice looking armour – new and old, add a pretty looking post-war ME-262, a simpler Bf-109 to ensure some interest. Let’s see the kits and sprues in the Hobbyboss preview…

Hobbyboss’ new items for March 2016

Model #83878
1/35th scale 
    The Vickers Medium Mark I was a British tank of the period between the two World Wars built by Vickers. It replaced some of the Mark V heavy tanks; together with its successor, the slightly improved Vickers Medium Mark II, it served in the Royal Tank Regiments, being the first type with a total 200 tanks to be phased out in 1938.
The Medium Mark I was the first tank to see "mass" production since the last of the ten Char 2C's had been finished in 1921. Indeed, as of the next tank, the Renault NC27, only about thirty were built, the British Mediums represented most of the world tank production during the Twenties. They never fired a shot in anger and their performance in a real battle can only be speculated upon but as the only modern tanks in existence in the decade after the First World War they provided the British with a unique opportunity to test the many new ideas about mechanised warfare using real operational units. The knowledge thus gained would prove invaluable in the Second World War
More Features
12 sprues, upper hull and turret
Photo Etched Parts     1 sheet
The kit consists of over 720 parts
multi-slide moulded upper hull and turret
photo etched parts included
individual tracks

Model #83859
1/35th scale
      The Saint-Chamond was the second French heavy tank of the First World War, with 400 manufactured from April 1917 to July 1918. Born of the commercial rivalry between the makers of the Schneider CA1 tank, the Saint-Chamond was an inadequate design. Its principal weakness was the "caterpillar" tracks. They were much too short in relation to the vehicle's length and heavy weight (23 tons). 
Later models, however, attempted to rectify some of the tank's original flaws by installing wider and stronger track shoes, thicker frontal armour and the more effective 75mm 1897 field gun. The Saint-Chamond tanks remained engaged in various actions until the late summer of 1918, belatedly becoming more effective after combat had moved out of the trenches onto open ground. Eventually, however, the Saint-Chamond tanks were scheduled to be entirely replaced by imported British heavy tanks.

Model Features
The kit consists of over 300 parts
Length: 263mm   Width: 102.2mm
14 sprues, lower hull, upper hull and tracks
multi-slide moulded upper hull
photo etched parts included
individual tracks

Model #80380
1/48th scale 
 The Messerschmitt Me-262 was the first jet fighter in the world. Project work had begun at Messerschmitt as early as April 1939 on a new high-speed fighter plane the propulsion of which was to consist of the “turbine jet” system. And on 18th July 1942 the Me262 took off on his first flight. The Me262 was powered by two Jumo 004B type engines giving the Me-262 a maximum speed of 870 km per hour at an altitude of 6000m. 
Its service ceiling was 11400 m and its range was 1050 km. Basic armament consists of 4×30mm MK108 cannon installed in the nose. In addition, 2×12 type R4M rockets could be carried the wings. 
Model Features
Length: 244mm   Wingspan: 260.6mm
11 sprues        
              The kit consists of 180 parts, clear parts
 for canopy.
-Detailed fuselage & wing w/accurate design
-Detailed gear cabin
-Optional metal nose gear cabin 

Model #81750
1/48th scale
Messerschmitt Bf-109G, produced up to the end of the World War II (23500 machines), by the quantity was the most mass model of airplane Bf-109.Pilots of this airplane marked, that some increase of speed achieved the installation of more high-power engine DB-605, has turned back deterioration of the common controllability of the machine.
 Bf-109G has gone to manufacture by summer of 1942.The basic modifications of steel G-1 and G-2 with engine DB-605A, one 20-mm cannon and to two 7,62-mm machine guns; G-3 and G-4 with modified radio equipment; G-5 and G-6 with more high-power cannon armament.
Model Features
Length: 186.5mm   Wingspan:206.8 mm  
Total Plastic Parts       70+
Total Sprues     8 sprues
the kit consists of over 70 parts
Detailed fuselage & wing w/accurate design
Detailed cockpit 

Model #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.
Model Features
Length: 261mm   Width: 99mm
30 sprues, upper hull, lower hull and turret
The kit consists of over 390 parts
multi-slide moulded turret, upper hull and lower hull
photo etched parts included
individual tracks

Model #83839
1/35th scale
The BA-3 was a heavy armoured car developed in the Soviet Union in 1933, followed by a slightly changed model, the BA-6 in 1936. Both were based mostly on the BA-I, the most important difference being the new turret, same one as in the T-26 m1933 and BT-5 tanks, and also equipped with the 45 mm main gun. Around 180 BA-3 cars were built until production ceased in 1935. Most of BA-3 production was based on the Ford-Timken chassis, a 6×4 modification of the US Ford AA 4×2 truck, but the last batch was built on a Russian version of the same chassis - GAZ-AAA, continued to be used in BA-6. 
The biggest limitation of the BA-3 was mobility, limited to roads or very hard ground, the result of its unnecessarily large weight. The innovation that slightly improved mobility was the auxiliary ("Overall") tracks that could be fitted onto the rear tandem wheels, effectively converting the car to half-track.
Model Features
The kit consists of over 250 parts
Length: 140.8mm   Width: 59.5mm
12 sprues, hull and tires
the kit w/refined detail
multi-slide moulded hull
turret split into three parts
photo etched parts included
rubber tires
These kits will all be available from Hobbyboss’ distributors in March 2016.