Wednesday, November 9

Hobbyboss’ crackers in our December 2016 new item preview

Hobbyboss have five new models to hit shops hopefully just before Christmas – we have the grand Dunkerque, a Brazilian in training, a turtle, a small scale Merkava and a large “dog-house” see what we are on about in our preview that includes markings and sprues…

Hobbyboss’ new items for 
December 2016

1:350th scale
Model# 86506
Dunkerque was the lead ship of the Dunkerque class of battleships built for the French Navy in the 1930s. The class also included Strasbourg. The two ships were the first capital ships to be built by the French Navy after World War I; the planned Normandie and Lyon classes had been cancelled at the outbreak of war, and budgetary problems prevented the French from building new battleships in the decade after the war. Dunkerque was laid down in December 1932, was launched October 1935, and was completed in May 1937. She was armed with a main battery of eight 330mm/50 Modèle 1931 guns arranged in two quadruple gun turrets and had a top speed of 29.5 knots (54.6 km/h; 33.9 mph).
Dunkerque and Strasbourg formed the French Navy's 1ère Division de Ligne (1st Division of the Line) prior to the Second World War. The two ships searched for German commerce raiders in the early months of the war, and Dunkerque also participated in convoy escort duties. The ship was badly damaged during the British attack at Mers-el-Kébir after the Armistice that ended the first phase of France's participation in World War II, but she was refloated and partially repaired to return to Toulon for comprehensive repairs. Dunkerque was scuttled in November 1942 to prevent her capture by the Germans, and subsequently seized and partially scrapped by the Italians and later the Germans. Her wreck remained in Toulon until she was stricken in 1955, and scrapped three years later.

Model Features
Model Dimensions Length: 623mm Beam: 95.9mm
Total Plastic Parts 610+
Total Sprues 15 sprues , hull and decks
hull made from multi-directional slide moulds.
Deck wood pattern finely rendered
Contains 1 Loire 130 plane
Contains display stand and engraved name plate
Photo-etched frets included

1/35th scale
The Škoda PA-II (Panzerwagen II) was developed by Škoda, based on the feedback on their PA-I. The design featured a design of rounded armour plate - a rare sight at the time, which earned it the nickname “Tortoise” with the troops. An up-armed prototype, the PA-II dělový (cannon) was made, armed with a 75 mm gun. Production started in 1923, with 12 units ordered.
It was never accepted into official service, instead, Vienna's police force purchased three vehicles in 1927, and the remaining nine vehicles were purchased by the Czech police force in 1937. The Germans took over the PA-IIs when they annexed Czechoslovakia in 1939 and used them as armoured radio vehicles.
Model Features
Model Dimensions: Length: 173.6mm Width: 61.2mm
Total Sprues: 4 sprues , upper hull and tires
Photo Etched Parts 1 piece
The kit consists of over 140 parts
photo-etched parts included
rubber tires

Model No: 83869
1:35th scale
The Nagmashot and the Nagmachon is a heavily armoured infantry fighting vehicle are 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 ploughs, 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 main role has been to carry infantry.
Model Features
Model Dimensions Length: 227.8mm Width: 119.6mm
Total Sprues 17 sprues , lower hull and turret
The kit consists of over 800 parts
multi-slide moulded lower hull
photo-etched parts included
individual track links

Model No: 81743
1/48th scale
The AMX is a ground-attack aircraft for battlefield interdiction, close air support and reconnaissance missions. It was built until 1999 by AMX International, an Italian-Brazilian joint venture, and is designated the A-1 by the Brazilian Air Force.
The AMX is capable of operating at high subsonic speed and low altitude, by day or night, and if necessary, from bases with poorly equipped or damaged runways. Low IR signature and reduced radar equivalent cross-section help prevent detection, while low vulnerability of structure and systems aid survivability. Integrated ECM, air-to-air missiles and nose-mounted guns provide self-defence capabilities.
Model Features:
Model Dimensions Length: 287.2mm Width: 209mm
Total Sprues 7 sprues and tires
The kit consists of over 160 parts , clear parts
for canopy.
-Detailed fuselage & wing w/accurate design

Model no: 82915
1/72nd scale
The Israeli Ministry of Defence held the roll out ceremony of the new main battle tank Merkava, Merkava 4, on 24 June 2002. The 65t Merkava 4 main battle tank entered full production in 2001 and will be in service with the Israel Defence Forces by 2004. The Ministry of Defence will manufacture between 50 and 70 Merkava 4 tanks per year and initial estimates indicate that up to 400 tanks will be manufactured. The Merkava 4 has been extensively improved and features new armour protection and gun and electronics systems.
The Merkava 4 is slightly larger than the Merkava 3 Baz, which has been in service with the IDF since 1990. The Merkava 3 is offered for export by SIBAT based in Tel Aviv. The Merkava 4 is not offered for export but the systems and components are exported. The tank is capable of carrying eight infantry soldiers, a Command Group or three litter patients (stretcher casualties) in addition to the tank crew of commander, loader, gunner and driver. The tank is capable of firing on the move at moving targets and has demonstrated high hit probability in firing against attack helicopters using conventional anti-tank munitions.
Model Features:
Model Dimensions Length: 127.7mm Width: 55.2mm
Total Plastic Parts 40+
Total Sprues 2 sprues , upper hull , lower hull and tracks
The kit consists of over 40 parts

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