Monday, January 28

Happy (Chinese) New Year to Hobbyboss as we look at their February releases...

Hobbyboss have shown us the sprues for one of the two new kits of February 2019, we have the boxart, camo colours and a lot more information from Hobbyboss on these two popular vehicles for the Chinese New Year in our preview......

Hobbyboss' February New Year Models

Leopard C2 MEXAS (Canadian MBT)
Model: #84504
1/35th scale
The Leopard (or Leopard 1) is a main battle tank designed and produced in West Germany that first entered service in 1965. Developed in an era when HEAT warheads were thought to make conventional heavy armour of limited value, the Leopard focused on firepower in the form of the German-built version of the British L7 105-mm gun, and improved cross-country performance that was unmatched by other designs of the era.
The design started as a collaborative project during the 1950's between West Germany and France, and later joined by Italy, but the partnership ended shortly after and the final design was ordered by the Bundeswehr, with full-scale production starting in 1965. In total, 6,485 Leopard tanks have been built, of which 4,744 were battle tanks and 1,741 were utility and anti-aircraft variants, not including 80 prototypes and pre-series vehicles.
Length: 273.7mm   Width: 96.8mm  
15 sprues , upper hull , lower hull and turret
copper thread for towing cable
The kit consists of over 630 parts
- Two-directional slide moulded lower hull & turret parts
- 160 individual tracks links
-  photo-etched parts included

Soviet Su-122-54 Tank Destroyer 
Model: #84543
1/35th scale
Su-122-54 (Object 600) Self-propelled 122 mm gun, based on the T-54A and sometimes known as IT-122. Between 1955 and 1957, 77 vehicles were built with minor differences between production lots (different commander's cupola etc.). The Su-122-54 had a modified chassis, with small spaces between the first, second and fourth pair of wheels and a large gap between the third, similar to the T-62's and a superstructure, built into the hull, housing the 122 mm D-49 L/48.4 gun for which the vehicle carries 35 rounds. 
The secondary armament consisted of two KPVT heavy machine guns, one mounted as an anti-aircraft machine gun near the commander's hatch and the other mounted co-axially with the main gun. The vehicle carried 600 rounds for the machine guns. The main gun has a fume extractor positioned right behind the muzzle brake, some vehicles did not have the fume extractor. Other variations included a different commander's cupola.

Length: 287.9mm   Width: 102.4mm   
18 sprues , upper hull and lower hull
copper thread for towing cable
The kit consists of over 530 parts
- Two-directional slide moulded lower hull & upper hull 
- individual tracks links
-  photo-etched parts included

These brand new kits from Hobbyboss will be available in your local hobby shop in the next week or so. See the Hobbyboss Website for more info