Wednesday, March 15

Now we have the sprue pics, we can look at Hobbyboss’ latest in their Feb 2017 new items

Hobbyboss have four new models out this month. A little late to give us the sprue pics, but we thought it would be a better preview with them in there - see what is coming to your LHS this month in our preview…
Hobbyboss’ new items for March/ April 2017

Russian MIG-31B/BM Foxhound
Model# 81754
1:48th scale
The Mig-31 'Foxhound' was developed as the replacement of the Mig-25 'Foxbat', the prototype Ye-155MP took the first flight on 16 September 1975. As the heaviest fighter/interceptor in the world, the Mig-31 is much heavier than other similar aircraft. At the same time, two powerful D-30-F6 engines and a stronger airframe gave it a top speed to Mach 2.8 at high altitude and Mach 1.23 at low altitude.
The Mig-31B was developed to counter the threat of the western countries in the 1980s,they can be regarded as the mixture of the Mig-31BS which developed from the basic Mig-31 sans suffix and the Mig-31DZ, the IFR system test-bed, however, a series of new avionics and WCS made it much more efficient than any other version.
The latest upgrade version of the Foxhound is the Mig-31BM, the new multi-role version which developed from the Mig-31B and the Mig-31BS.The programme started from 1997.The new version Mig-31BM is no longer an interceptor only, it can carry a variety of air-to-surface weapons such as Kh-25,Kh-29,Kh-31,Kh-59 etc.
Model Dimensions: Length: 479.6mm Wingspan: 280.3mm
Total Plastic Parts 380+
Total Sprues 30 sprues, fuselage and tires
Metal Parts undercarriage
-Detailed cockpit
-metal undercarriage
-rubber tires
-photo-etched parts included

HMS Lord Nelson
Model# 86508
1/350TH Scale
The keel for the HMS Lord Nelson was laid in 1905, and construction progressed through to her launch date the next year 4 September 1906. She became famous for her battles during the First World War.
After the outbreak of the World War one, Lord Nelson battleship was incorporated into the Dardanelles attack fleet. February 19th 1915, she was involved in an attack on the fort on shore, she was hit by gunfire several counter-attacks, but the excellent protection of the armour saw her through without serious damage and in January 1916 she joined the Eastern Mediterranean Fleet. In 1919 she participated in the intervention against the Soviet Union forces in the Civil war.
Model Dimensions: Length: 386.2mm Beam: 69.2mm
Total Plastic Parts 460+
Total Sprues 9 sprues and deck
Metal Parts anchor chain
-hull split into two parts
-Contains display stand and engraved name plate
-Photo-Etched parts included

Soviet T-12 Medium Tank
Model# 83887
1:35th scale
The concept of the T-12 consisted of a synthesis of the experience gained during the design and mass production of the T-18, and the idea of a multi-tier deployment of weapons, which was consistently tested by American engineers in the design of prototypes of a medium tank. The T-12 had a simple hull structure between two tracks with small-bogie suspension.
It had an eight-sided turret with a rounded commander’s cupola and a crew of four. It weighed 19 tonnes, was 7.5m long, 3m wide, and 2.8m high. It was armed with a typical Model 32 45mm gun, with space for 1000 rounds, and it even had three 7.62mm DT machine guns in a Fedorov-Ivanov ball mount – one in the commander’s cupola, one next to the main gun, and one on the side of the tank’s turret. Like all Soviet tanks of that time, the T-12 had a removable “tail”, which increases the length of the hull 690mm, and gave the opportunity to overcome the trenches up to a width of 2.65 meters.
Model Dimensions Length: 178.2mm Width: 75.4mm
Total Sprues 13 sprues , upper hull and turret
The kit consists of over 300 parts
>the kit w/refined detail
>multi-slide moulded upper hull and turret
>photo etched parts included
>individual tracks

Su-17M4 Fitter-K
Model# 81758
1:48th scale
The Sukhoi Su-17 Fitter is the fighter-bomber developed from the Su-7 series. They enjoyed a very long career in many countries since the cold war. The new aircraft was redesigned, fitted with the new engine, avionics, and new variable-sweep wing. These new Fitters can take off and land on a shorter runway, their flight performance has also improved, they can carry a larger payload with a higher maximum speed.
The Su-17M4 is the last production version of the series. Fitted with considerably upgraded avionics, including RSDN navigation (similar to LORAN), beacon navigation, inertial navigation, a more powerful Klyon-54 laser rangefinder, radio compass, and SPO-15LE radar-warning system. The engine was also upgraded to Al-21F-3 type.
The Su-22M4 is the export version of the Su-17M4, they are also have the Al-21F-3 engine but with the simplified avionics. Some of the Su-22M4s are still in service while the Su-17M4 have been replaced by the next generation of soviet built fighter-bombers.
Model Dimensions - Length: 396mm Wingspan: 285mm
Total Sprues 14 sprues and tires
the kit consists of over 380 parts
-Detailed cockpit

These kits will all be available from Hobbyboss’ Distributors sometime in Late March to early April 2017.