Thursday, April 4

HobbyBoss 2012 Releases..

HobbyBoss Products for December 2012

One of the two types of Merkava-based armoured recovery vehicles being trialled. This is the variant with the lighter lift capacity. Although officially built upon the hull of a Merkava 3, this model seems to have many of the characteristics of the Merkava 4. Note the characteristic Merkava 4 style engine exhaust and glacis plate. The machine is fitted with Merkava 3 style tracks. Also note the type of grid armour for the side skirts characteristic of the Merkava 4.  Note the two FN 7.62mm machine guns for crew protection.
Kit specifics:
Item No: 82457
Item Name: Merkava ARV
Scale: 1:35
Model Dimension: Length:237.0 mm   Width: 112.5mm
Total Plastic Parts: 1070+
Total Sprues: 16 sprues, lower hull, upper hull and tracks
Metal Parts: brass wire
Photo Etched Parts: 1 sheet

More Features:
The kit consists over 1070 parts
- Multi-directional slide moulded lower hull and upper hull
- 216 individual tracks links
- Photo-etched parts included

The An-2 Colt has been used as a paratroop transport, glider tug, navigation trainer, utility transport and light bomber.
The An-2 prototype was first flown on August 31, 1947, and the aircraft is still in production, although the Antonov Bureau has not produced any since 1960. The An-2s designer, Oleg Antonov, had been an aircraft designer during the Second World War. Originally designed for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in the former Soviet Union, the aircraft was soon adopted by the Soviet Air Force and built for its client states. It is ideally suited to less developed countries because it requires little maintenance and is easy to fly.
Kit specifics:
Item No: 81706
Item Name: Antonov AN-2W Colt
Scale: 1:48
Model Dimension: Length: 276.0mm   Wingspan: 381.8 mm
Total Plastic Parts: 230+
Total Sprues: 10 sprues

More Features:
The kit consists of over 230+ parts
-Detailed fuselage & wing w/accurate design
-Detailed cockpit

"Greenville" is the class of the Los Angeles class submarine, the submarine has a total of 62 ships of this class and were empowered by the US Congress in to production.
"Greenville" was built in the Newport shipyard. The submarine is equipped with "Tomahawk" type patrol ship missile system, which has a land attack capability. It is the Los Angeles class submarine improved, enhanced navigation and icebreaking capability. Number of SSN - 772, on February 28, 1992 in the United States Newport shipyard started in 1994 1996, launched in September, February.

The craft standard of drainage capacity of 6300 tons (with large diameter torpedo tubes and sonar systems), water drainage capacity of 7147 tons, the captain 108 meters, draft 9.9 meters, underwater speed of 32 knots.
Kit specifics:
Item No: 83531
Item Name: USS Greeneville SSN-772
Scale: 1:350
Item Type: Static kit
Model Dimension: Length: 313.4 mm   Beam: 29.0mm
Total Plastic Parts: 50+
Total Sprues: 3 sprues, upper hull, lower hull and stand
Camouflage Scheme: USS Greeneville SSN-772
Photo Etched Parts: 1 sheet
More Features:
The kit consists of over 50 parts
- Photo Etched parts for nameplate and propeller
- contains display stand

The P-38 'Lighting' was designed by the legendary engineer Clarence 'Kelly' Johnson. The fighter took it's first flight on January 27th1939, and join the fight in 1942.It's one of the most powerful fighter of the Allied during the WWII, the nightmare of the enemy pilots. Many of the Ace pilots own his glory with the 'Lighting', including the best of the best, the one who made 40 kills, Major Richard Bong. The Japanese Naval Marshal General Isoroku Yamamoto was also killed by the P-38 'Lighting'.

The P-38L was the first fighter loaded with rockets during the WWII. It can be armed with 5 rockets each wing.
Kit specifics:
Item No: 80284
Item Name: P-38L-5-L0 Lightning
Scale: 1:72
Model Dimension: Length: 160mm   Wingspan: 220 mm
Total Plastic Parts: 50+
Total Sprues: three sprues, upper fuselage and lower fuselage
More Features:        
The kit consists of over 50 parts, includes 4 clear parts

The P-47 was a big (7 Ton) and very powerful high-altitude fighter, commonly called "the Jug". The project started from 1939. And Deliveries started late in 1942. A total of 15683 this US fighter aircraft was built in WWII. For early the P-47 Designed as an interceptor, but later it proved to be an outstanding combat plane both in bomber escort and ground attack duty. Its great structural strength and massive radial engine that could withstand damage better than the other plane. P-47D. This model was the major production version, and 6,315 were built.  This aircraft was power by a water-injected version of the 2,000hp R-2800 engine, which gave it a top speed of 433mph at 30,000 feet. The P-47 models prior to D-25 became known as "Razorbacks."
Kit specifics:
Item No: 80283
Item Name: P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback
Scale: 1:72
Model Dimension: Length: 155mm   Wingspan: 173 mm
Total Plastic Parts        30+
Total Sprues     three sprues, fuselage and wing
More Features:
The kit consists of over 30 parts,
Includes 1 clear windscreen/canopy
All these new kits should be available very soon or as we speak in most hobby shops.

November releases from HobbyBoss

 Kit: 87253 1/72nd Chinese Z-10 Attack Helicopter

The Z-10 helicopter has a standard gunship configuration with a narrow fuselage and stepped tandem cockpits. Gunner is seated at the front and the pilot is at the rear. The fuselage has sloped sides to reduce radar cross section. All vital areas are believed to be protected by armour plates. It closely resembles the European Tiger helicopter and is said to follow roughly the same mission priorities – also with some stealthy features added.
The Z-10 attack helicopter development began in the mid-1990s. Prototype of the Z-10 made its maiden flight in 2003. Primary mission of the Z-10 is anti-armour and battlefield interdiction. It also has some limited air-to-air combat capabilities.

The prototype of the Z-10 is powered by two Canadian Pratt & Whitney PT6C-67C turboshaft engines, delivering 1531 hp each. This helicopter may be fitted with a fly-by-wire control, helmet-mounted sight for head-up display, television and forward-looking infrared sensors, radar and laser warning receivers, infrared jammer and decoy dispensers.
Item No              87253
Item Name         Chinese Z-10 Attack Helicopter
Bar Code           6939319272539
Scale      1:72
Model Dimensions      Length:220.8 mm   Rotor Diameter: 180mm
Total Plastic Parts:150+
Total Sprues     7 sprues
Camouflage Scheme: 1- Chinese Z-10 Attack Helicopter

The new ZTD-05 series amphibious fighting vehicle is similar to the U.S. Expeditionary Fight Vehicle (EFV) in concept and mission capabilities. The vehicle was designed to be launched at sea, from an amphibious assault ship 10km or more offshore, capable of high-speed (>25 km) travelling to shore) and unloading it’s cargo on or beyond the shoreline.
 The most distinctive feature of the 05 series is the hydraulically actuated bow and transom flaps, the bow and transom flaps together with the bottom of the hull can form a planning surface, allowing the vehicle to go faster by using its speed and hull-shape to lift the front part of the hull out of the water, thus greatly reducing the hydrodynamic drag on the vehicle.
The ZTL-05 is armed with a fully-stabilised 105mm rifled gun mounted on a welded three-man turret. The gun is specially modified to reduce the recoil to allow firing in swimming. Secondary weapons include a 7.62mm machine gun, a 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun mounted on the roof of the turret, and two sets of four-barrel smoke grenade launchers mounted on the side of the turret. The vehicle has a crew of four.
Item No              82484
Item Name         PLA ZTD-05 AAAV
Scale      1:35
Model Dimensions      Length: 271.4mm   Width: 99.1mm
Total Plastic Parts        820+
Total Sprues     30 sprues, lower hull , upper hull and turret
Metal Parts        metal tube
Photo Etched Parts     1 piece

More Features           
the kit consists of over 820 parts
- Two-directional slide moulded lower hull
- The crew entry door can be fixed in the open or closed position.
- The photo-etched fret included
- 224 individual tracks links

 The T-24 was a Soviet medium tank built in 1931. Only twenty-four tanks were built, and saw no combat. This was the first tank produced at the KhPZ factory in Ukraine, which was later responsible for the very successful T-34 and T-54 Soviet tanks. The T-24's suspension was used successfully in the Soviet Union's first purpose-built artillery tractors.
 The T-24's main armament was a 45 mm gun. It had a ball-mount 7.62 mm DT machine gun in the hull, another in the turret, and a third in a secondary turret atop the main turret. The tank was well-armoured for its time, but suffered from problems with the engine and transmission.
Item No              82493
Item Name         Soviet T-24 Medium Tank
Scale      1:35
Model Dimensions      Length: 182mm   Width: 80mm
Total Plastic Parts        380+
Total Sprues     20 sprues , lower hull , upper hull and turret
Photo Etched Parts     1 piece
More Features         
-  multi-directional slide moulded lower hull and upper hull
-  Multi-directional slide moulded w/fine detail
- 144 individual track links

 The Merkava is the main battle tank used by the Israel Defence Forces. The tank began development in 1973 and entered active service in 1978. Four main versions of the tank have been deployed and this is the third major Marque. It was first used extensively in the 1982 Lebanon War. The "Merkava" name was derived from the IDF's initial development program name. It is designed for rapid repair of battle damage, survivability, cost-effectiveness and off-road performance.
Following the model of contemporary self-propelled howitzers, the turret assembly is located nearer the rear than in most main battle tanks. This gives additional protection against a frontal attack. This arrangement also creates more space in the rear of the tank that allows increased storage capacity, as well as a rear entrance to the main crew compartment allowing easy access under enemy fire. This allows the tank to be used as a platform for medical disembarkation, a forward command and control station, and an armoured personnel carrier.

The rear entrance's clamshell-style doors provide overhead protection when off- and on-loading cargo and personnel.
Item No              82476
Item Name         IDF Merkava Mk.IIID (LIC)
Scale      1:35
Model Dimension        Length: 258.2mm   Width: 113.5 mm
Total Plastic Parts        1230+
Total Sprues     18 sprues, upper hull, lower hull, turret and tracks
The Wolf is a UK militarised version of the Land Rover Defender. Designated in service as Truck Utility Light or Truck Utility Medium (TUL/TUM), the TUL was based on the shorter wheel base Defender 90, whilst the TUM was based on the Defender 110.
A variant of TUM is the W.M.I.KWeapons Mount Installation Kit) for use as reconnaissance and close fire support vehicles. WMIK fitted with roll cages and weapon mounts. Typically the vehicle will carry one 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Gun, 7.62 mm GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun) or on occasion the MILAN ATGM, on the rear ring-mount, with an additional mounted GPMG on the front passenger side.

In late 2006, the MoD announced it was purchasing 40 new belt-fed Automatic Lightweight Grenade Launchers (ALGL) made by Heckler and Koch (HK GMG) that can fire up to 360 grenades per minute with a range of up to 1.5 km.; they are mounted on WMIKs in Afghanista
Item No              82447
Item Name         Land Rover WMIK w/ MILAN ATGM
Scale      1:35
Model Dimension        Length: 138.2mm   Width:60.9 mm
Total Plastic Parts        270+
Total Sprues     7 sprues and tires
Photo Etched Parts     1 sheet
More Features         
- The kit consists of over 270 parts
-The main tires are hollow rubber with very good tread pattern (like em or loathe ‘em J )
-Photo-etched parts for engine grill

For more on these or any other releases from Hobbyboss check out their site at this link.

HobbyBoss items for October

  PAK-FA is a twin-engine jet fighter developed by Sukhoi for the Russian Air Force.
The current prototype is Sukhoi T-50. This new 5th generation fighter will replace the Russian Air Force MiG-29 and Su-27 fighter series aircraft, as well as the Indian HAL developed FGFA. 

The T-50 first flew on January 29, 2010, and February 6, 2010, and 2010 12 respectively the second and third flights until 2010 August 31, it has carried out 17 test flights completed in mid-November, a total of 40 test flights. The second prototype of the original plan will begin testing before the end of 2010, but has been delayed until March 2011.
 Kit details:
Product No: 87257
Product Name: Russian T-50 fighter
Scale 1/72
Model size: Length: 307 mm    Wingspan: 205 mm
Total number of parts: 90 +
Offset the total number of 4 sprues

Etched Part: 1 piece
Extra details: The kit consists of over 90 parts, and includes 7 clear parts

 The 38M "Toldi" is based on an improved version of the light tank developed according to license production of the Swedish Landsverk L-60B, in the 1939-1942 period, with a production of about 202 vehicles.
 "Trudy" light tanks served with the Hungarian army in 1940, serving first in the Hungarian Army military action against Yugoslavia in 1941.

 Most of these tanks fought in 1941 to 1944 for the Soviet battlefield on the eastern front, because of their thin armour, weapons and good communications equipment, most of them used as armoured reconnaissance vehicles. The design of the car in the early stage of Operation Barbarossa has proved unable to equally combat the Soviet T-34 tanks.
 Kit Details:
Product No: 82478
Product Name: Hungary “Trudy "II (B40) light tanks
Model size: Length: 134.8 mm    Width: 60.8mm
Total number of parts: 450 +
Offset the total number of: 15 sprues, lower hull, upper hull and turret

Hungarian Army colours
Extra details: the kit consists of over 450 parts
- Two-directional slide molded lower hull & upper hull
- Two-directional slide molded turret
- 260 individual Tracks links

 The last F-14 was so called the F-14D "Super Tomcat", first proposed in 1991.  The aircraft had an upgraded GE's F110-400 engine, instead of the earlier TF-30 engine which was inside the F-14B model.

The F-14D also includes an all-new glass cockpit and avionics equipment. The AWG-9 radar is replaced with the upgraded APG-71 radar. Replacement of other systems, including infrared search and track system (IRST) SJU-17 Navy Common Ejection Seats (NACES) and under the nose.
 Although the F-14D "Tomcat" was the fighter ultimate model of this aircraft, not all Carrier Air Wing are equipped with a D-type. Congress ultimately decided to shut down the production line to manufacture a total of 55 as part of compromise. Instead of the D-type a total of 37 new manufactured and 18 F-14A were modified to reach the D-type’s capabilities.

 Kit Details:
Product No: 80368
Product Name:  F-14D "Super Tomcat" fighter
Scale 1/48
Model size: Length: 397.2mm Wingspan: 233.3/407.0mm
Total number of parts: 490 +
22 sprues, upper fuselage, lower fuselage and tires
Painting program: US Navy
Etched sheet: 1 piece

Kit Details:
- The Detailed   fuselage w / accurate design
- Ω (omega) shape CANOPY
2-directional slide-molded Wing - Wing sweep can be VARIED - Optional Position extending the flaps –
External Load: AIM-9 × 2; AIM-7, AIM -54 × 6; Fuel Tanks × 2 Interior –
Finely detailed cockpit, gear cabin –
crew seats with photo-etched seat Belts
Engine - Highly detailed Engines
Tire - grooved Rubber tires

Essex assault ship LHD-2, known as the "steel alligator”. Is 840 feet long, 106 feet wide, and is the “Wasp” class of the of U.S.Navy’s amphibious assault landing ships.
Launched in 1991 and entering service the same year, the Essex contained six AV-8 vertical hound-attack aircraft and helicopters on her landing decks, at the same time transport, attack and landing aircraft.
On the Essex there is more than 250 meters of the flight deck, the hangars also contain a number of landing craft and land-based military vehicles, in order to assist landing operations.

In addition to an amphibious assault ship the Essex has state-of-the-art medical facilities including four operating rooms, two Accident and Emergency Departments, and an intensive care ward with 14 beds.

Wasp class ship  has enhanced command, communications and control capabilities, so it can be used as the amphibious command ship, a brigade-sized amphibious assault, command and control.

Kit Details:
Product No: 83403
Product Name: U.S. Navy No. amphibious assault ship Essex
Product ratio: 1/700
Model size: Length: 368.25mm    Beam: 89.5mm
Total number of parts: 600 +
34 sprues, upper hull, lower hull, flight deck and stand

Etched Part: 3 pcs

Extra details: The Hull is a one part piece type
-  Detailed Flight Deck is a single piece casting
-  U.S. Marine Assault Vehicles: M1A1 × 2 , M60A3 x 2 , AAV-7 × 2 , M1097 x 2
    MVTR x 2 , LAV-25 × 2 M198 is × 2 , M1114 × 2 ,
    LCAC Hovercraft × 2 and the LCU Landing Craft × 2
-  Aircraft and Helicopters: AV-8B Harrier × 2
    , CH-46E × 4 , CH-53E × 4 ,
    Music Videos-22 of Osprey × 4 , AH -1W Cobra x 2 , SH-60F x 2
-  3 pieces of Photo-Etched detailing parts   for aisle , radar PARTS etc.

F4U-4 is one of the final types of this fighter during World War II. The Vought F4U-4 entered U.S. Navy service at the end of 1944 and equipped naval squadrons barely four months before the end of the war.
The Corsair was equipped with a 2,100-horsepower radial double wasp R-2800 engine. The combustion system of the injector into the cylinder with the use of water mixed with alcohol helped increase the power of the engine to 2,450 horsepower.

The Hamilton 4-blade propeller helped increase the maximum speed to 721 kilometres per hour, and the rate of climb to 1180 meters per minute. The aircraft had a service ceiling of 12,000 meters. It could fly faster and was tougher than it’s Japanese opponents.
Kit Details:
Product No: 80387 - F4U-4 Corsair fighter (late)
Barcode 6939319203878
Model size: Length: 215 mm    Wingspan: 260 mm
Total number of parts: 300 +
Offset the total number of: 12sprues
Markings: US Navy
Extra kit details: the kit consists of over 300 PARTS and 11 clear parts for was canopy -Detailed Fuselage & wing w / accurate design – full engine with fine detail and detailed wheel wells.

HobbyBoss new items for September

Kit specifics:
Product No: 81703 - Ta-152 C-1/R14
Scale: 1:48
Model size: Length: 225.2mm    Wingspan: 229.2 mm
Total number of parts: 100 +
9 sprues
Etched Part: 1 sheet
Ta152C is an upgrade and improved version of the Focke Wulf the Fw-190 series of fighters. It was designed to do a high-altitude and high-speed fighter / interceptor. Compared to the Fw190 series, it had a longer fuselage and much wider wingspan and an improved engine for better performance at high altitude.
Ta152C-1 had shorter wings than some of the other Ta-152 variants, and was armed with a 30 mm MK108 cannon through the propeller shaft, four 20 mm MG151 cannon, two in the top of the engine, two in the wings.
This version includes a torpedo for anti-maritime duties which the TA 152 also undertook.

The kit consists of over 100 parts including 2 clear pieces of the canopy
-Detailed Fuselage & wing w /accurate design
-detailed wheel wells
-Photo etched parts for safety belt & pedals

Model Specifics
Product No: 82474 - Swedish CV90-40 Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Scale: 1:35
Model size: Length: 196.6 mm    Width: 111.7mm
Total number of parts: 560 +
16 sprues, Lower hull, upper hull, turret   and Tracks
Etched Part: 1 sheet
Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) represents a family of armoured combat vehicles developed by BAE Systems Land Systems Hägglunds (formerly Alvis Hägglunds) of Örnsköldsvik and Saab Bofors Dynamics of Karlskoga, Sweden. It is also called Stridsfordon 90 (Strf 90). Originally, the chassis of CV90 was built by Land Systems Hägglunds, while Saab Bofors supplied the turret. Currently, BAE Systems Hägglunds produces the entire vehicle.

The development of the CV90 began in 1984 in response to the requirements outlined by the Swedish Army for a family of armoured combat vehicles with high tactical and strategic mobility, air defence and anti-tank capability, high survivability and protection. Production began in 1993 and more than 1,200 vehicles have been ordered. The 1,000th vehicle was delivered in January 2009. The CV90 is in service with the armies of Sweden (509), Norway (103), Switzerland (186), Finland (102), the Netherlands (192) and Denmark (45).
CV90 vehicles have been deployed in Afghanistan by the Norwegian Army since November 2007 as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). A number of Swedish vehicles were deployed to Afghanistan in mid-2009.
More Details
- The kit consists of over 560 parts
- Multi-directional slide moulded Lower hull and turret
- The crew entry door can be fixed in the open or Closed Position
- The photo-etched fret includes mesh for the Engine grill
- 180 individual Tracks links

           Model Specifics
Product No: 80278
Product Name:  American F-14D “Super Tomcat “fighter
Scale: 1:72
Model size: Length: 264.82 mm  Wingspan: 155.5/271.35mm
Total number of parts: 100 +

 The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy's Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program following the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American teen-series fighters which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War.
The F-14 first flew in December 1970 and made its first deployment in 1974 with the U.S. Navy aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), replacing the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. The F-14 served as the U.S. Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defence interceptor and tactical reconnaissance platform. In the 1990s, it added the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod system and began performing precision ground-attack missions.
The Tomcat was retired from the active U.S. Navy fleet on 22 September 2006, having been supplanted by the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.[2] As of 2012, the F-14 was only in service with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, having been exported to Iran in 1976, when the U.S. had amicable diplomatic relations with the then-government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

More Details
7 sprues, upper fuselage and lower fuselage
- The kit consists of over 100 PARTS includes clear parts the canopy  
- Detailed Fuselage & wing w/accurate design
- Detailed gear cabin & cockpit
Model Specifics
Product No: 82485 PTL02 wheeled assault gun
Scale: 1:35
Model size: Length: 225 mm Width: 81.5 mm
Total number of parts: 270 +
9 sprues, upper hull, lower hull, turret and tires
Etched Parts: 1 sheet

 PTL-02 wheeled assault gun based ZSL-92 wheeled armoured vehicle based on the integration of a large number of mature subsystems, including part of the equipment of the Type 86 100 mm towed anti-tank guns and Type 88 main battle tanks. The AFV’s design is used to attack the enemy's light armoured targets and fuel depots, fortifications, and other fixed or moving targets. The gun ZSL-92 infantry fighting vehicles and ZSL-92A armoured personnel carriers equipped with the mechanization of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) rapid reaction force.
 PTL-02 equipped with a BF8L413F four-stroke, 8-cylinder turbocharged air-cooled diesel engine, maximum power of 320 horsepower. Gear mechanical transmission, 9 forward gears and one reverse gear. Power steering, independent suspension and central inflation and deflation system as standard equipment. However, PTL-02 cancelled ZSL-92 behind the two propellers, indicating that the guns do not have the amphibious function.
More Details
The kit consists of over 270 parts
- Multi-directional slide moulded lower hull, upper hull and turret
- The crew entry door can be fixed in the open or Closed Position
- Rubber tires have good detail
- Photo-etched parts included

For more on these or any other releases from Hobbyboss check out their site at this link.

New releases from HobbyBoss in August..

Kit No: 82473 – Expected August - Scale 1/35              
Vehicle summary:

The ZSD 89 is an APC developed for the People’s Liberation Army from China. During the 1999 national day parade at Beijing it was revealed to the public, which finally confirmed the service status and indeed existence of the vehicle.
The ZBD 90 IFV is fitted with a one-man 25mm cannon turret and 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun. The 25mm gun has a full 360° traverse with an elevation of -8° ~ 55°. Ammunition load for the 25 mm gun is 400 rounds, with an additional 120 HE (high-explosive) rounds and 80 AP (Armour-Piercing) rounds carried in the turret.
The 25 mm gun can fire single, 3-round burst, or 5-round burst. The maximum rate of fire is 100r/min or 200r/min.
Marking choice:

Kit specifics:
Item No: 82473 - Item Name: PLA ZSD90 APC
Model Dimensions: Length: 189mm   Width: 91 mm
Total Plastic Parts: 440+
Total Sprues: 5 sprues, lower hull, upper hull and tracks
Camouflage Schemes: People’s Liberation Army (x1 scheme)
Metal Parts: Towing cable
Photo Etched Parts: 1 sheet
More Features:
The kit consists of over 440 parts
- Two-directional slide moulded lower hull and upper hull
- The crew entry door can be fixed in the open or closed position.
- The photo-etched fret includes mesh for the engine grill
- 160 individual tracks links

The Me 262 “Stormbird” “or Schwalbe ("Swallow") was a German fighter aircraft flown during late World War II.

It was the first jet to be used operationally during the war. It was designed originally in 1938, but first flew several years later on July 18 1942 due to several administration delays. This fighter first took to the skies operationally in Europe in 1944.

The Me 262’s numbers were said to have reached a total about 1300 units, not all of these seeing action however these small number claimed a total of 509 Allied kills -  mostly amongst the four engined bomber they were deployed against. The aircraft relied on it’s speed to win the fight and was almost untouchable unless in a slow turn or at take-off and landing at which it was vulnerable because of it’s slow build-up of speed which was a factor in early turbojets.
The Me 262 family was deployed in a variety of roles, including light bomber, reconnaissance, heavy weapon fighter and even experimental night fighter versions. The Me 262 A-1a/U2 was a Single prototype with FuG 220 Lichtenstein SN-2 90 MHz radar transceiver and Hirschgeweih antenna array, for trials as a night-fighter.
 Me262A-1b as same as A-1a but powered with BMW 003 engines, although few were built, and at least two are known to have existed at experimental establishments, and they had a maximum speed of 800 km/h.
Kit specifics:
Item No: 80375
Item Name: Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1b
Scale 1/48
Model Dimensions: Length: 221 mm / Wingspan: 260.6 mm
Total Plastic Parts: 190+
Total Sprues: 13 sprues
Camouflage Scheme: 2 Luftwaffe schemes
Metal Parts: nose gear cabin
More Features of this kit:
The kit consists of over 190 parts, and includes 4 clear parts for the canopy.
-Detailed fuselage & wing w/accurate design
-Detailed landing gear and wheel wells
-Optional metal nose gear cabin – this also acts as a nose weight to stop this kit being a “tail sitter”

This kit of a  German Loco from WWII covers the three-axis type of the prototypes of the   HR 360 C12. The German army, Luftwaffe and navy were interested in using this type to transport vital material for their services; the experimental designation was changed into WR 360 C12 in service. 

Marking Choices:

The differences to the later WR 360 C14: No multi-step-transmission; therefore only a maximum speed of 45 km/h;Around 350 mm shorter wheel base and overall length, Total weight 36t;Axle load according 12 tons.

Kit Specifics:
Item No: 82913
Item Name: German WR360 C12 Locomotive
Scale: 1/72
Model Dimension: Length: 124mm   Width:43 mm
Total Plastic Parts: 120+
Total Sprues: 8 sprues

More Features:
The kit consists of over 120 parts with 4 sections of track and roadbeds to display your kit
-Newly tooled parts in accurate detail

The Soviet Union/Russian Navy Project 705 (Лира/Lira, "Lyre") was a class of hunter/killer nuclear powered submarines. The class is also known by the NATO reporting name of Alfa. They were the fastest class of military submarines built, with only the prototype K-222 (NATO "Papa" class) exceeding them in submerged speed.
The Lira was a unique design among submarines; it used a powerful lead cooled fast reactor as a power source, which greatly reduced the size of the reactor compared to conventional designs, thus reducing the overall size of the submarine, and allowing for very high speeds. However, it also meant that the reactor had a short lifetime and had to be kept warm when it was not being used. As a result, the "Liras" were used as interceptors, mostly kept in port ready for a high-speed dash into the North Atlantic.
Marking Choices:

This kit includes the stand and several photo-etched parts such as propellers and grilles which give the right scale to these important exterior details
Kit specifics:
Item No              83528
Item Name         Russian Navy Alfa Class SSN
Scale: 1/350th scale
Model Dimension : Length: 232.5mm   Beam:27.1 mm
Total Plastic Parts: 30+
Total Sprues: 1 sprue , upper hull , lower hull and stand
Camouflage Scheme: Russian Navy Alfa Class SSN
Photo Etched Parts: 1 sheet
More Features:
The kit consists of over 30 parts, includes over 10 Photo etched parts
- Photo Etched parts for nameplate and propeller etc.
- contains display stand

The Mi-2 (NATO reporting name is “Hoplite”) is a small, lightly armoured transport helicopter that could also provide close air support when armed with 57 mm rockets and a 23 mm cannon.

The Mi-2 was first introduced into the Soviet Air Force in 1965 and was used by mainly former Soviet and Eastern Bloc countries. Most of armed Mi-2 variants were used by Poland. Some were also used by the East Germany.
Kit specifics:
Item No: 87243
Item Name: Mi-2URN Hoplite
Scale: 1/72

Model Dimension: Length: 186mm / Rotor Diameter: 204mm
Total Plastic Parts: 90+
Total Sprues: 5 sprues
More Features:
The kit consists of over 90 parts, including 7 clear parts

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The Ranger Special Operations Vehicle or RSOV is a light military vehicle of the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, based on the Land Rover Defender.

There are 12 RSOVs in the "Alpha Company" of each of the three Ranger battalions. The vehicles are fielded in three platoons, each platoon encompassing two sections of two RSOVs and two Kawasaki KLR250 motorcycles.
Kit Details:
Scale: 1/35th
Model Dimensions: Length: 134.6mm   Width: 55.4mm
Total Plastic Parts: 190+
Total Sprues: 9 sprues and tires
Photo Etched Parts: 1sheet
Release Date: 2012-06
Some Kit Features of note: The kit consists of over 190 parts, including 10 clear parts.
-the kit has some delicate and refined detail
-Detailed engine w/accurate design
-Rubber tires with very good detail
The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, commonly known as the "Huey", is a multi-purpose military helicopter, was developed from 1955 US Army trials with the Bell Model 204. The initial designation of HU-1 (helicopter utility) led to its nickname, Huey.
It was first used by the military in 1959 and went into tri-service production in 1962 as the UH-1. The last were produced in 1976 with more than 16,000 made in total, of which about 7,000 saw uses during the Vietnam War and famous for its use in the Vietnam War.
Kit Details:
Scale: 1/48th
Model Dimensions: Length: 272.6mm   Rotor Diameter: 255mm
Total Plastic Parts: 30+
Total Sprues: 2 sprues (one clear), plus the left fuselage and right fuselage
Camouflage Schemes: US Army
More Features: The kit consists of over 30 parts, includes 5 clear parts for canopy
- Fuselage with finely engraved panel lines
PLA Army in later 1990s raised the new specifications of its new generation utility chassis of IFV and Armed Vehicles. In 1999, the plans of Chongqing Heavy Vehicle Group and NORINCO were selected by Military Industrial governing department. After that, these prototype vehicles were combined with different gun-turrets for firing test and driving evaluation.
At last, Northern Heavy Machinery won the project and in 2005 the manufacturer’ prototype vehicles were involved in later tests. In 2006, the sample utility chassis for Infantry Combat and Mobile Artillery vehicle were produced. After 24 months’ extreme condition adaptability testing, the new 8×8 wheeled Infantry Combat vehicle family was finalized the design and named as ZBL-09 “Snow Leopard”.

Bearing a similarity to Western 8x8s such as the Piranha, the 21-tonne VN-1 is a modular design with the driver to left and a 440hp Deutz BF6M1015C diesel mounted to the right, giving a top road speed of about 100km/h and a range of 800km. It is fully amphibious, driven by two water jets to a speed of 4km/h. A 6x6 version is designated VN-7.
Kit Details:
Scale: 1/35
Model Dimensions: Length: 236.6 mm Width: 88.4 mm
Total Plastic Parts: 260+
9 sprues, upper hull, lower hull, turret and rubber tyres
Photo Etched Parts: 1 sheet
Released Date: 2012-06
- Multi-directional slide moulded lower hull, upper hull and turret
- The crew entry door can be fixed in the open or closed position.
- Rubber tyres have very good details
- Photo-etched parts included

The Victor III class - the Soviet model 671RTM "Щука (Esox lucius) is a 2.5-generation nuclear submarines of the Soviet Navy. The whole boat is covered with anechoic tiles that cover the whole boat, as well as floating raft shock absorption and other technology, quiet performance to the level of comparison with the U.S. Los Angeles class nuclear submarine.
The Victor class is the NATO reporting name for the type of nuclear-powered submarine that was originally put into service by the Soviet Union around 1967. In the USSR, they were produced as Project 671. Victor-class subs featured a teardrop shape, which allowed them to travel at high speed. These vessels were primarily designed to protect Soviet surface fleets and to attack American ballistic missile submarines.
The boat's water displacement of 4900 tons, submerged displacement of 6280 tons, the maximum length of 107.1 m the average, maximum width of 10.6 meters, 7.5 meters draft. It carries a Nuclear power plant of the BM-4A type. Maximum water speed of 10kts underwater to a maximum speed of 30 on the surface.
Kit specifics:
Scale: 1/350th
Model Dimensions: Length: 306mm   Beam: 30.8 mm
Total Plastic Parts        50+
1 sprue, upper hull, lower hull and stand
Camouflage Scheme: Soviet Navy
Photo Etched Parts: 1 sheet
The kit consists of over 50 parts, includes one sheet of 19 Photo etched parts
- Photo Etched parts for nameplate and propeller
- contains display stand

The T-26 tank was a Soviet light infantry tank used during many conflicts of the 1930s as well as during World War II. It was a development of the British Vickers 6-Ton tank and is widely considered one of the most successful tank designs of the 1930s.
 It was produced in greater numbers than any other tank of the period, with more than 11,000 produced. During the 1930s, the USSR developed approximately 53 variants of the T-26, including other combat vehicles based on its chassis. Twenty-three of these were mass-produced.
 The T-26 was used extensively in the armies of Spain, China and Turkey. In addition, captured T-26 light tanks were used by the Finnish, German, Romanian and Hungarian armies.
Kit Details:
Scale: 1/35th scale
Model Dimensions: Length: 132.2mm   Width: 70.6 mm
Total Plastic Parts: over 980
Total Sprues: 39 sprues, lower hull and tracks
Photo Etched Parts: 2 PCS
Release Date: 2012-06
More Features: multi-directional slide moulded lower hull w/fine details
- 240 individual track links
- Photo-etched parts for gun shield etc.

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