Thursday, May 20

New item preview: Hobbyboss new kits on rotors, tracks & wings in June

Hobbyboss' June items come to us on wings, tracks & spinning rotors from modern, Vietnam War & WWII eras.  We have box art, sprues, marking, decals & everything else inside the boxes of these kits in our new item preview.

Hobbyboss' new releases for June 2021...

German Pz.Beob Wg V Ausf.A 84534
Model no: #84534
1/35th scale
Panther is the common name of a medium tank fielded by Nazi Germany in World War II that served from mid-1943 to the end of the European war in 1945. The Panther's excellent combination of firepower, mobility, and protection served as a benchmark for other nations' late war and immediate post-war tank designs, and it is frequently regarded as one of the best tank designs of World War II.

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While sharing essentially the same engine as the Tiger I tank, it had better frontal armor, better gun penetration, was lighter overall and thus faster, and could handle rough terrain better than the Tigers. The tradeoff was weaker side armor; the Panther proved to be deadly in open country and shooting from long range, but vulnerable to close-quarters combat. Also, the 75 mm gun fired a slightly smaller shell than the Tiger's 88 mm gun, providing less high explosive firepower against infantry, though it was still quite effective.

Key elements of the Panther design, such as its armor, transmission and final drive, were compromises made specifically to improve production rates and address Germany's war shortages, whereas other elements such as its highly compact engine and its complex suspension system remained with their elegant but complicated engineering. The result was that Panther tank production was far higher than what was possible for the Tiger tanks, but not much higher than what had been accomplished with the Panzer IV. At the same time, the simplified final drive became the single major cause of breakdowns of the Panther tank, and was a problem that was never corrected.

The sprues of the kit
Dimensions: Length: 200mm / Width: 98mm  
Total of 30 sprues , lower hull , upper hull and turret
The kit consists of over 980 parts
Multi-slide moulded  hull and turret
Individual tracks 
Clear parts for periscopes inclued
Photo-etched parts included

F/A-18E Super Hornet
Model no: #85812
1/32nd scale
The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a larger and more advanced variant of the F/A-18C/D Hornet. An early version was marketed by McDonnell Douglas as Hornet 2000 in the 1980s. The Hornet 2000 concept was an advanced version of the F/A-18 with a larger wing, longer fuselage to carry more fuel and more powerful engines.

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The F/A-18E/F fuselage was stretched by 860mm to make room for fuel and future avionics upgrades and increased the wing area by 25%. However, the Super Hornet has 42% fewer structural parts than the original Hornet design. The General Electric F414 engine, developed from the Hornet's F404, has 35% more power. The Super Hornet can return to an aircraft carrier with a larger load of unspent fuel and munitions than the original Hornet. The term for this ability is known as "bringback". Bringback for the Super Hornet is in excess of 9,000 pounds (4,100 kg).

The sprues of the kit
The Super Hornet first flew in 1995. Full-rate production began in September 1997. The Super Hornet entered service with the United States Navy in 1999, replacing the F-14 Tomcat since 2006.

Model Dimensions: Length: 380.4mm / Wingspan: 272.5mm
Total of 12 sprues and fuselage
More Features The kit consists of over 520 parts
- Fuselage & wings with finely engraved panel lines
- Canopy made from clear parts
- Finely detailed cockpit,gear bays,
- Ejection seats with photo-etched seat belts and harnesses.

Model no: #81772
1/48th scale
The CH-47 Chinook, the workhorse of the US Army, is manufactured by the Boeing Vertol company. The Chinook has served as the prime mover for the US Army and other military forces for decades. Its principal missions include transport of troops, artillery, ammunitions, fuel, water, barrier materials, supplies and equipment on the battlefield. Other missions include medical evacuation, aircraft recovery, fire fighting, parachute drops, heavy construction, disaster relief, and search and rescue.

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 The effectiveness of the Chinook has been continually upgraded by successive product improvements, from the CH-47A to CH-47D. Continuous product improvements have more than doubled the Chinook's lift capacity since its inception.

The sprues of the kit
Model Dimensions: Length: 322mm  / Rotor diameter: 376mm  
Total of 8 sprues and fuselage
The kit consists of over 330 parts
Detailed fuselage w/accurate design
Photo-etch parts included
Detailed cockpit & clear parts for the transparent part of the helicopter
These new kits are (or should soon be) available from Hobbyboss' Distributors Worldwide...