Saturday, May 19

DML news from the Shizuoka Hobby Show - Plus - Dragon USA's Latest releases

Dragon USA has sent us their latest releases for the week - we thought instead of just picking the cream we would give you all of their stuff each week  instead of picking the one we like the best- so then no one misses out! Also hot off the press are the latest images from the Shizuoka Hobby Show in Japan which is currently on - lots of images from dragon officially of their soon to be released stuff! Read on to see what they are offering ...

The latest images from Dragon/Cyberhobby have surface from the Shizuoka Hobby Show in Japan - we have them but first there are images of this weeks new releases - scroll to the bottom to see the latest show pics from Dragon themselves!
May 17, 2012 Update

It’s the Thursday Newsletter updating you on future Dragon Models USA releases.

Contact your Local Hobby Shop to purchase these fine products!
Item Number
Cyber-Hobby Models Kits
1/200 XB-35 USAF Flying Wing, Experimental Heavy Bomber
Barcode: 0 89195 82017 4
Box Size: 11.4" x 7.5" x 1.8"

The XB-35 was an experimental long-range heavy bomber produced for the US Air Force (USAF) by Northrop during WWII, with the aim being to create an aircraft capable of bombing Germany after taking off from as far away as the USA.

It was a radical design in that it was a 52.2m-wide flying wing that eliminated the need for a tail and fuselage. The bomb payload was carried inside the single thick wing, and such a design had the potential to dispense with structural weight and drag. Crewed by nine personnel, the aircraft was to have a 10,000-mile range whilst carrying a 10,000lb load. Design work began in earnest in 1942, and two XB-35 craft were built to pre-production stage. The flying-wing design could not use a traditional rudder, so flaps on the trailing wingtip edges performed this function. Powered by two radial engines, the XB-35’s maiden flight occurred in June 1946. By this time the war was over and the USSR was the new enemy. The USAF subsequently cancelled the program and the two XB-35s were scrapped in 1949.

Cyber-Hobby has produced a plastic kit of the XB-35 in scale 1/200. The model assembles with consummate ease thanks to clever engineering and the use of high-tech molding technology. The propeller engines on the rear of the flying wings are reproduced in sophisticated detail. The propellers themselves are made true to scale. The experimental XB-35 was an innovative aircraft design, and Cyber-Hobby has done an extraordinarily good job of rendering it in 1/200 scale for the benefit of modelers.

AVAILABLE: July 2012
1/72 Westland WS-61 Sea King HC.4, Falklands War 30th Anniversary - Smart Kit

Barcode: 0 89195 85073
Box Size: 9.6" x 15" x 2.4"

- Authentic Sea King HC.4 w/detailed winch newly produced
- Newly designed rotor w/astonishing detail
- Newly designed 7.62mm machine gun w/photo-etched parts
- Cabin seats newly produced
- Slightly curved rotor blades specially produced for Sea King HC.4

- 5-blade tail rotor realistically produced
- 5 rotor blades can be extended or folded for easy stowage
- Ladder can be folded up/down
- One-piece fuselage reproduced w/intricate details
- Cabin doors can be assembled open/closed
- Realistic steps included
- Strengthened landing gear realistically protrayed
- Realistic pilots' seats included
- Windshield wipers molded on cockpit
- Cockpit glazing made from clear parts
- Details and fittings molded on belly of Sea King HC.4 fuselage

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War that took place in 1982, and Cyber-Hobby is commemorating the historic event with a brand new 1/72 scale kit. The subject is a delightful model of the Westland WS-61 Sea King HC.4, the troop-carrying variant as used by the Royal Navy. The British Sea King is a license-produced version of the Sikorsky S-61, and the long-lived design still remains in UK service. The first of an eventual production run of 89 HC.4s were delivered in 1979, just a few years before the conflict with Argentina broke out. The Sea King HC.4 was a workhorse during the Falklands conflict, transporting troops, conducting replenishments and inserting special forces. The craft can carry up to 2.5-tonne underslung loads such as a Land Rover or L118 105mm howitzer.

This Cyber-Hobby helicopter is a brand new tooling in 1/72 scale. The plastic model is well designed and cleverly engineered to induce maximum modeling enjoyment. The fuselage is correctly proportioned and is furnished with a full level of detail both inside and outside. The cabin doors can be displayed open if wished, allowing an even more tantalizing view of the helicopter’s interior. The foldable rotor blades are made to true scale thickness too. With appropriate decal markings from Cartograf, this Sea King HC.4 is ready to fly into action straight from the box!

AVAILABLE: July 2012
Dragon Plastic Model Kits
1/72 Apollo 18 + Soyuz 19
Barcode: 0 89195 11012 1
Box Size: 9.6" x 15" x 3.1"

- Display stand included
- Soyuz 19 comprising Orbiatal Module, Descent Vahicle and Instrument-Assembly Module
- Instrument-Assembly Module produced w/details
- Soyuz solar panel arrays can be assembled on sides of Instrument-Assembly Module
- Compatible docking system represents the real one
- Hydrogen peroxide thrusters included
- Pre-painted docking module resembles alumium foil
- Docking Probe Assembly rendered w/intricate detail
- Realistic service propulsion system reproduced
- Aft heat shield molded w/fine detail

The Cold War was marked by intense rivalry between the USA and USSR. However, there was one noticeable abnormality in the usually tense relations between the two superpowers, and that was a joint space mission conducted in July 1975. Known as the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), it was the very first joint space flight between the competitors. The mission entailed an Apollo spacecraft docking with a Soyuz craft, thus allowing the crew commanders to shake hands in space on 17 July 1975. The docking required a specially designed docking module known as APAS-75. Interestingly, the ASTP was the final Apollo mission, and although it didn’t have an official number, it’s often referred to as Apollo 18.

This historic moment in space is the subject of a new 1/72 scale model kit from Dragon. The model is highly detailed, and it allows the two spacecraft to be depicted docked together as they orbit the Earth. The appearance of both Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 are accurately depicted in miniature, and the APAS-75 docking module is pre-painted to make it look exactly like aluminum foil. The specific pattern present on the Soyuz solar panels is particularly well done. Commemorate the historic détente in space with this 1/72 scale kit of the Apollo-Soyuz double act!

AVAILABLE: July 2012
1/35 Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.S mit Fuel Drum Trailer - Smart Kit
Barcode: 0 89195 86435 2
Box Size: 9.6" x 15" x 2.4"

- Newly tooled turret has side armor reproduced in authentic thickness
- Newly tooled turret frontal armor for Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.S
- Newly tooled fuel drum trailer

- Bolts accurately modeled in different shapes and sizes
- Slide-molded turret w/correct bolt detail
- Turret frontal armor created after detailed research
- Rain-guard made from photo-etched part
- Realistic trailer molded w/details
- Vision ports w/clear-plastic parts can be assembled open/closed
- Upper-hull frontal armor is upgraded
- Fully equipped turret interior w/gun assembly, and ammo case details
- 3.7cm main gun w/authentic detail
- Finely detailed main gun mount beautifully recreated by slide molds
- MG sight finely reproduced
- Fully movable I/G bolt mount
- Detailed MG w/side-molded muzzle
- Letters embossed on fuel drum
- Radio operator’s hatch can be modeled open/closed
- Upper hull made by slide molds
- Vision ports w/interior details are realistically recreated
- Fighting compartment w/interior detail
- Driver’s and radio operator’s visor covers can be modeled open/closed
- Fully detailed driver’s console w/photo-etched controls
- Hull interior details such as transmission firewall and seats are included
- Fenders improved to correctly represent natural sag w/lateral slope
- Inspection hatch can be assembled open/closed
- Bolted front armor plates and glacis are finely reproduced
- Side opening access doors w/slide-molded bolt details
- Rear compartment interior engine detail
- Fully detailed engine deck
- Radio set modeled in great detail
- Radio rack recreated in photo-etched parts
- Detailed fuel tank
- Ventilation fan recreated in detail
- Two types of detailed periscope provided
- One-piece slide-molded cupola
- Turret traverse mechanism realistically reproduced
- Cupola hatch w/improved details
- Cupola hinges correctly reproduced
- Engine exhibits delicate details w/separate parts
- Engine compartment w/full detail
- One-piece slide-molded lower hull for easy assembly
- Lower hull bottom w/details
- Tow hook can be shown w/latch open/closed
- Exhaust pipe is slide molded w/hollow end
- Rear panel has crisp details
- Separate idler arms can be modeled in different positions
- Fine fender detail w/wing nuts
- Perforated storage box produced from separate parts
- On-vehicle tools included
- Lower hull frontal armor
- Fine bolt detail included around exhaust grill
- Exhaust grill reworked w/great detail
- Idler wheels finely reproduced
- Bogie mounting plates reproduced by slide molds
- Easy-to-build suspension assemblies can be modeled in realistic positions
- Magic Tracks w/casting-number detail

Despite the power of its panzer divisions, Germany still didn’t have the desired number of tanks at the start of WWII. To boost numbers, Germany adopted the Czech LT vz 38 tank after it had conquered Czechoslovakia. Production of this light tank continued until 1942, by which point some 1,400 vehicles had been manufactured. Indeed, the Czech design was superior to the Panzer I and II types that were so common at the beginning of the war. In German service it was known as the Pz.Kpfw.38(t), and it proved a very reliable design. This tank featured a 37mm Skoda A7 main gun in a two-man turret. One variant of the Pz.Kpfw.38(t) was the Ausf.S, with the ‘S’ in the nomenclature representing Sweden. This neutral country had ordered 90 tanks in February 1940, but they were subsequently seized by Germany for its own use. The Ausf.S tanks were fitted with extra radios and could thus be used as command tanks. Some were in fact exported to the Slovak Free State.

Dragon has issued a stunning new 1/35 scale plastic kit of the Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.S. The tank features brand new turret frontal armor, and furthermore the model has innumerable interior parts to allow modelers to show off the innards of their tank through open hatches. Or for the bold model-maker, the kit even allows a heavily battle-damaged tank to be depicted thanks to the superior level of interior detail. The kit’s further distinguished by coming with a complete single-axle trailer carrying a 200-liter fuel drum. This trailer is newly tooled, and it gives the tank a much-improved range of operation. The tank, towing its associated fuel trailer, will make for an extremely interesting early-war scene.

AVAILABLE: July 2012
1/72 Sd.Kfz.261 Kleine Panzerfunkwagen w/Telescopic Antenna
Barcode: 0 89195 87447 4
Box Size: 6.4" x 10.2" x 1.9"

- Intricate Sd.Kfz.261 newly produced

- Preformed frame and mast antennas
- Tow hook molded on both front and rear of the vehicle
- Finely molded one-piece hull w/fine detail
- Intricate external stowage included
- Chassis presented in full detail
- Delicate wheels w/authentic tire tread pattern
- Hull-top cover assembled from separate parts
- Spare wheels included
- Finely molded jerry can included

Dragon has been constantly expanding its popular 1/72 scale range of model Leichter Panzerspähwagen light reconnaissance vehicles. An Sd.Kfz.260 was released a short time ago, and now Dragon is offering yet another interesting variant. This time it is an Sd.Kfz.261. The Sd.Kfz.260 and 261 were similar in that they were both designed for signals units, with a total of 493 produced from November 1940 through till April 1943. They were designed specifically as armored (but unarmed) radio communication vehicles. The Sd.Kfz.261 was fitted with a FuG.12 long-range radio set connected to a frame antenna and also a telescopic antenna. In due course the Sd.Kfz.260/261 family was replaced by halftrack radio vehicles.

Dragon’s 1/72 scale model makes use of the newly tooled Sd.Kfz.260. It has brand new parts such as the frame antenna and the exquisitely produced telescopic antenna mounted on the left side of the hull. These radio components provide the Sd.Kfz.261 with a unique silhouette and cause it to really stand out from other members of the Leichter Panzerspähwagen family. The hull-top opening is made of plastic, this material being much easier to work with than photo-etched parts. After painting in appropriate colors, modelers can apply Cartograf high-quality decals to finish off their distinctive-looking Sd.Kfz.261!

AVAILABLE: July 2012
Dragon Action Figures
1/6 "Kentaro Kogure" (Sergeant) - JGSDF Infantry, Disaster Relief Operation - Limited
Limited Production - Limited Quantity Available Only!

Barcode: 0 89195 70817 5
Box Size: 13.6" x 8" x 2.8"

- Camo Cap
- Helmet
- Helmet Light - NEW!
- T-Shirt
- Camo Jacket
- Camo Trousers
- Shoes

- Water Bottle w/Pouch
- Entrenching Tool Carrier
- First Aid Pouch
- Shovel
- Dump Pouch - NEW!
- Long Shovel
- Equipment Belt
- Wire Cutter
- Flag

- Collar Tab
- Name Tab

- NEO 3 Body
- Gloved Hands
- Character Head - NEW!
- Clear Stand Mount

AVAILABLE: July 2012
1/6 "Phil" (Private) - British Sniper, 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment, Falklands War 1982
Barcode: 0 89195 70842 7
Box Size: 13.6" x 8.1" x 4.7"

- Parachute Beret
- DPM Para Smock
- Norweigan Army Shirt
- DPM Combat Trousers
- Filet individuel de Camouflage
- Putees
- DMS Boots

- 58-Pattern Water Bottle
- 58-Pattern Webbling

- British Para Wings

- L42A1 British Sniper Rifle

- NEO 3 Body
- Men Hands
- Northern Ireland Gloves
- Character Head - NEW Life-Like!
- Clear Stand Mount

AVAILABLE: July 2012
1/6 "David" (Marine) - British GPMG Gunner, Royal Marine, Falklands War 1982
Barcode: 0 89195 70843 4
Box Size: 13.6" x 8.1" x 4.7"

- Parchute Beret
- DPM Para Smock
- Norweigan Army Shirt
- DPM Combat Trousers
- Filet individuel de Camouflage
- Puttees
- DMS Boots

- 58-Pattern Webbing:
- 58-Pattern Water Bottle

- General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) - NEW!

- NEO 3 Body
- Men Hands
- Northern Ireland Gloves
- Character Head - NEW Life-Like!
- Clear Stand Mount

AVAILABLE: July 2012
1/6 Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.C DAK
Barcode: 0 89195 71455 8
Box Size: 18.9" x 41.3" x 13.8"

As the first ever tank in the lineup, the arrival of Dragon’s 1/6 scale Panzer II Ausf.B tank in its Action Figure collection created a lot of excited chatter worldwide. Now Dragon has doubled the number of Panzer IIs available because it is releasing a second variant! This time it’s a Panzer II Ausf.C, a type that was produced by Germany from June 1938 through to April 1940. It was operated by a crew of three, and the Ausf.C was the most common variant of the Panzer II family. In the turret were a 20mm KwK.30 cannon and a 7.92mm MG34 machine gun. Up-armored Panzer II Ausf.C tanks were in the forefront of the German invasion of France in 1940, while a number were also dispatched to North Africa to fight with the legendary Deutsches Afrika Korps (DAK).

As an Action Figure item, the tank is fully pre-painted and essentially preassembled. Owing to its DAK usage, the impressive model is finished in a desert yellow camouflage scheme suitable for North African combat. Even though the original tank was diminutive in size, this model built to 1/6 scale has a significant presence. Appropriate Dragon crew figures can also be matched with this tank. Details are accurately represented, and there are numerous new components such as the cupola, turret, glacis plate and engine deck. The turret rotates, the gun elevates and depresses, plus the commander’s hatch can open, just perfect for fitting a tank crewman in the hatch. Collectors will certainly want to clear space on their display shelves to park this scintillating DAK Panzer II Ausf.C right next to their Ausf.B!

AVAILABLE: July 2012

Shizuoka Hobby Show Images

And here are the new item product posters of models we can expect very soon

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