Thursday, July 21

Trumpeter release the sprues to add to the colours, markings & parts of their new Sept/Oct kits...

Trumpeter are very busy. It seems there is a backlog of releases coming in an undefined September/ October timeframe. We have the information, sprues, colours, art and even a look at one of their two new kits completed in our preview...

Trumpeter release the sprues to add to the colours, markings & parts of their new Sept/Oct kits...

Mi-4 Hound 05816
Model: #05816
1/48th scale
Product Link from Hobbylink Japan
The Mi-4 was designed in response to the American H-19 Chickasaw and the deployment of U.S. helicopters during the Korean War. While the Mi-4 superficially resembles the H-19 Chickasaw, it is a larger helicopter and is able to lift more weight. 

The colour profiles included in this kit
The decal sheet included in the kit 
The first model entered service in 1952, and replaced the Mi-1. The helicopter was first displayed to the outside world in 1952 at the Soviet Aviation Day in Tushino.

Model Length: 340.6mm / Rotor Diameter: 430mm 
Total Parts150+
Total of 6 sprues
- Detailed  fuselage w/accurate design
- Canopy made from clear parts
The sprues of this kit

Model: #09598
1/35th scale
Product Link from Hobbylink Japan
The Object 490B Belka is an alternative design proposed for the Object 490 main battle tank after the decision in 1984 to use a 152mm smoothbore gun on the future Soviet MBTs instead of the 125mm smoothbore gun.

The colour profiles included in this kit
The Object 490B vastly differed from the original Object 490A design had an extremely sloped steel frontal armour instead of composite armour and four sets of tracks. The design had a two-man crew placed at the rear of the vehicle with the main gun and its ammunition in a separate compartment in front of them, while its two engines and fuel tank was placed at the front.

The sprues of this kit
The placement of the crew at the rear most part of the vehicle greatly increased the crew's survivability and made the use of composite armour unnecessary, given that the tank's other components in front would be sufficient to stop any penetrating projectiles from getting into the crew compartment. The tank's four sets of tracks was intended to allow the vehicle to still be mobile even if the front tracks were damaged by mines or enemy fire. The design never went past the scale model mock-up stage due to the introduction of the Object 299's Universal Combat Platform concept of vehicles in the late 1980s.

Model Length: 326.2mm / Width: 112.6mm  
Total of 11 sprues , lower hull and upper hull
The kit consists of over 580 parts
Multi-slide moulded upper hull and lower hull
>192 individual tracks links
-Photo-etched parts, metal copper cable & clear parts are included
Photos of the completed model...

These kits are now for sale/ pre-order through Trumpeter's distributors Worldwide...