Saturday, March 30

A Vietnam "scooter" & a Russian prime mover in Hobbyboss' April new Item Preview

Hobbyboss has finally released the sprue pictures to April's two new kits, workhorses both in the air & on the ground & popular subjects. See sprues, colours, decals & artwork in our new item preview...

Hobbyboss' April new Item Preview

Ukraine KrAZ-6322 “Soldier” Cargo Truck
1/35th scale
Production of the KrAZ-260 began sometime during the early 1980s when it replaced the earlier KrAZ-255B on the production lines at the Kremenchug Motor Vehicle Plant. However, the vehicle was not disclosed to the general public until 1985 when examples were displayed towing 152-mm 2A36 nuclear-capable field guns during a Red Square parade - the KrAZ-260 can tow loads of up to 10 000 kg when fully loaded (30 000 kg when empty). The Red Square example had an open body equipped with forward-facing bench seats although this had been a parade configuration. The normal body uses a conventional cargo body with tailgate all covered by the usual tilt over bows. A winch is a standard fitting under the cargo body and can be employed for either forward or rearwards recovery, including self-recovery.
The overall appearance of the KrAZ-260 is similar to that of the earlier KrAZ-255B but the bonnet is more angular to accommodate the turbocharged diesel engine, and the overall dimensions are slightly larger. As far as can be determined the KrAZ-260 was produced for military service only and as apparently not been delivered to armed forces outside the Soviet Union.
Variants are known to exist include the KrAZ-260V tractor truck, used to tow a variety of semi-trailers, and the KrAZ-240. It was also used to tow platforms with S-300 missiles. This tractor truck has a 6x4 drive configuration, a slightly longer wheelbase (4,88 m + 1.4 m) and an on-road load capacity of 16.8 t; it is used for long-range logistic support duties, leaving the KrAZ-260 for forward area load carrying. In 1999 this heavy utility truck was succeeded with improved KrAZ-6322.
This kit features:
17 sprues
Photo Etch parts included
Full drive train assembly complete with engine transmission, differential housing & suspension units.
The main tires are hollow rubber with a very good tread pattern 
Wheel hubs are in great details 
The windshield and side windows are made

A-4E Sky Hawk
Model: #87254
1/72nd scale
The A-4 Skyhawk was designed by Douglas, in response to a U.S. Navy call for a jet-powered attack aircraft to replace the older A-1 Skyraider. Douglas opted for a design that would minimize its size, weight, and complexity. The result was an aircraft that weighed only half of the Navy's weight specification. It had a wing so compact that it did not need to be folded for carrier stowage.
A-4E, including new Pratt & Whitney J52-P-6A engine with 8,400 lbf (37 kN)) of thrust, strengthened airframe with two more weapon pylons (for a total of five), improved avionics, with TACAN, Doppler navigation radar, radar altimeter, toss-bombing computer, and AJB-3A low-altitude bombing system. Many later upgraded with J52-P-8 engine with 9,300 lbf (41 kN) thrust;499 built.

This kit features:
Model Dimensions: Length: 182.6mm   Wingspan: 116.2mm
The kit consists of 6 sprues, over 160 parts, includes 3 clear parts

These two new kits are available from Hobbyboss' Distributors Worldwide...