Sunday, December 29

Hobbyboss' two new products for a whole new year...

With the end of the year already upon us (what the??)  - Hobbyboss already has the sprues, colours, decals and boxart on display of their new pair of January 2020 models. Our preview of them is today's story on the news... 

Hobbyboss' January (2020) new releases...

German KARL-Geraet 040/041 on Railway Transport Carrier
Model Kit No: #82961
1:72nd scale
The 60cm "Karl" mortar was the largest self-propelled artillery piece in the German arsenal. "Karl-Gerät" (German literally "Karl-device"), named “Karl” by the Allies, was a World War II German self-propelled siege mortar designed and built by Rheinmetall. It was the largest self-propelled weapon to see service. Its heaviest munitions was a 24 in diameter, 4,800 lb shell, and the range for its lightest shell of 2,800 lb was just over 6.2 miles. 

- Decals and colours in this boxing of the kit
Each gun had to be accompanied by a crane, a heavy transport trailer, and several modified tanks to carry shells. The weapon was moved long distances via rail on a variant of a Schnabel car, the whole chassis was hung between two huge pedestal-mounted swivelling arms fixed to five-axle bogies.[8] When it reached its destination, the weapon was detached from its supporting arms, driven to its intended firing location, then the chassis was lowered to the ground to distribute the recoil forces more evenly in preparation for firing

Sprues of the kit...
Model Dimensions: Length: 590mm   Width: 80mm   
Total 15 sprues, lower hull and tracks
- The kit consists of over 430 parts  with  4 section
- railway track in 500mm length
A metal barrel & springs are included in the kit.

A-4F Sky Hawk 
Model Kit No: #87255
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.

- Decals and colours in this boxing of the kit
A-4F refinement of A-4E came with extra avionics housed in a hump on the fuselage spine (this feature later retrofitted to A-4Es and some A-4Cs) and more powerful J52-P-8Aengine with 9,300 lbf (41 kN) of thrust, later upgraded in service to J52-P-408 with 11,200 lbf (50 kN), 147 built. Some served with Blue Angels acrobatic team from 1973 to 1986.

Sprues of the kit...
Model Dimensions: Length: 182.6mm   Width: 116.2mm   
Total of 6 sprues
 The kit consists of over 160 parts, includes 3 clear parts
These two new kits are available from Hobbyboss' Distributors Worldwide...