Friday, July 8

Hobbyboss’ new kits: Flankers, a Zis, a Nagmachon, Danton & a Landwirtschaftlicher Schlepper?

Hobbyboss have five new releases coming in August – one we may have seen before from Tristar – but the others are pretty varied with something for most military lovers – let’s have a look at the box art and sprue shots in our preview…

Hobbyboss’ new items for August 2016

Kit No #86503
1:350th scale

Launched, on June 4, 1909 in Brest Arsenal & entered into service on June 1, 1911 and subsequently incorporated into the Mediterranean Squadron. March 19, 1917 it was sunk by the German U-64 in the waters off Sardinia.
With a standard displacement of 18,318 tonnes, a full load displacement of 19,763 tonnes & a Speed of 19. 2knots, this ship was equipped with 4x 12-inch (305mm) artillery, 12x 9.4-inch (240mm) artillery, 16x 75mm guns.

In 2009 in Sardinia’s southern waters it’s wreckage was found by a geological engineering company from the Netherlands, although the wreckage was unable to be salvaged as the wreckage position is too deep.

Model properties:
Model Dimension         Length: 414mm   Beam: 73.7mm 
Total Plastic Parts       480+
Total Sprues     13 sprues, deck and stand
anchor chain Metal Parts
hull split into two parts
Contains display stand and engraved name plate
    3 Photo-Etched sheets included

Kit No# 83885
1/35th scale

The ZIS-5 was a 4x2 Soviet truck produced by Moscow ZIS factory from October 1933. The ZIS-5 became an excellent and reliable vehicle, the engine could work even with the worst fuel that was to be found at such a time of scarce resources, and the mechanical mechanisms were simple, durable and insensible on brutal service.

The car could cope with Russian unbitten trucks. ZIS was produced in different versions. Based on ZIS chassis were available ambulances, tanks, cranes and lots of different vehicles. During the World War II, the simplified version of ZIS was produced named ZIS-5V.  ZIS-5 was a primary vehicle for the Red Army.
Model properties:
Model Dimensions       Length: 170.2mm   Width: 61.4mm  
Total Plastic Parts       240+
Total Sprues     7 sprues and tires
The kit consists of over 240 parts, including six clear parts
- Details finely represented by newly tooled parts
- Main tires with fine detail
- One sheet of Photo-etched parts included

Model No#81711
1/48th scale

The Su-27 Flanker is a single-seat, twin-engine Mach-2 class jet fighter originally manufactured by the Soviet Union, and designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. This Flanker was intended as a direct competitor for the larger United States third generation fighters, with 3,530-kilometre range, heavy armament, sophisticated avionics and high manoeuvrability. The Su-27 most often flies air superiority missions but can perform almost all combat other operations including recon, interdiction and bombing. The Su-27 compliments the force of smaller MiG-29's and it's the closest comparison is the  USA's F-15 Eagle.

 There are several related developments of the Su-27 design. The Su-30 is a two-seat, dual-role fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions.

Model Dimensions:
Model Dimensions       Length: 469mm   Wingspan: 315mm 
Total Plastic Parts       300+
Total Sprues     17 sprues, upper hull and lower hull
the kit consists of over 300 parts
Detailed fuselage & wing w/accurate design
Detailed cockpit
photo-etched parts included

Kit No# 83871
1/35th scale
 Nagmashot and Nagmachon is a heavily armoured infantry fighting vehicle fielded by the Israel Defence Forces. The Nagmachon evolved from the NagmaShot APC, which in turn was based on Centurion Sho't hulls from the 1970s and 1980s. The vehicle carries thick belly armour designed to withstand mine-blasts and mountings on the front hull for various engineering devices such as mine plows, mine rollers and dozer blades.
Early Nagmachons were equipped with three armoured shields to give soldiers firing the mounted FN general-purpose machine guns some degree of protection from small arms fire. Later Nagmachons were fitted a distinctive raised superstructure, sometimes referred to as a 'doghouse'. The raised superstructure and increased mine protection have made the Nagmachon an ideal platform for counter-insurgency and urban operations, seeing much use in the al-Aqsa Intifada within the occupied territories and southern Lebanon in 2006. It is often used as an engineering vehicle and a carrier for sappers, although its primary role has been to carry infantry.
Product information:
Model Dimensions       Length: 227.8mm   Width: 119.6mm 
Total Plastic Parts       790+
Total Sprues     17 sprues and lower hull
Photo Etched Parts     2 pcs
The kit consists of over 790 parts
multi-slide moulded lower hull
photo-etched parts included
individual track links

Kit N# 80144
1/35th scale

Prevented by the Treaty of Versailles from possessing or manufacturing tanks or similarly designed armoured fighting vehicles, Germany skirted the treaty restrictions by producing 15 tank hulls without superstructures, turrets or armament. To spread production experience as far as possible, five companies had been selected in 1933 to produce three vehicles each. The official designation “Landwirtschaftlicher Schlepper”, helped disguise the fact that any tracked armoured vehicle was being manufactured.

Designed as a training vehicle, the turretless Krupp Traktor was not intended for combat. In the Spring of 1934, it was issued to the first two Panzer regiments, Kraftfahrlehrkommando Zossen und Ohrdruf to give the troops their first experience of driving a fully-tracked armoured vehicle. Krupp-Gruson-werk was awarded a contract to overhaul these 1.Serie/La.S. chassis and convert them into training vehicles by adding a rail.
These kits will all be available from Hobbyboss’ distributors in August 2016.