Sunday, October 2

Preview: News from Special Hobby and CMK Kits for October

Special Hobby & CMK have several new aftermarket accessories, figures & three kits for sale in October. Well worth a look and equally a preview, we thought. So here you are, good readers...

Preview: News from Special Hobby and CMK Kits for October 

Aero C-3B ‘Czechoslovak Bomber-Trainer’
1/48 Scale 100-SH48217 
Price: $65USD from Hobbylink Japan
The Siebel Si 204A and Si 204D were the transport training versions of the twin-engined aircraft designed and built for the Lufthansa and, mainly, for the Luftwaffe. A bomber trainer version was also built during the war which was capable of taking night bombing missions, too. Known as the Si 204E, two prototype machines were built and a small batch designated Si 204E-0. These machines were used for nocturnal bombing missions, among other also in Slovakia to suppress the Slovak national uprising. After the war, the production of the type went on in Czechoslovakia, where the type got the Aero C-3B military designation, and they meant much more for the fledgling air force than they did for Germans.
At first, they were meant to assist the training of the air crews. The February 1948 pro-communist coup brought about the virtual impossibility of acquiring new, state of the art aircraft from the West as well as it meant the end of spare parts supplies for the Mosquito and other aircraft already in Czech service. The communist regime also began to build an oversized army and air force in truly megalomaniac fashion common for other communist bloc countries, too. What they were not able to do, however, was to produce modern aircraft, nor was the Soviet Union able to deliver such equipment to them. So the outdated Siebels were to stay in service as a mainstay of the bomber force well until 1955 when Soviet jet bombers eventually arrived.
The model kit consists of as many as nine grey styrene sprues, two clear plastic sprues and a sheet of decals covering three Czechoslovak Air Force machines.

- a very attractive version for modellers.
- both the interior and exterior offer nice levels of detail
- sets and figures for the model are also available separately

Mirage IIICJ 
1/72 Scale 100-SH72352 
Price: $23USD from Hobbylink Japan
The Mirage IIICJ became the symbol of the Israeli air superiority during the wars with the neighbouring Arab countries. The Mach Two, high performance, delta wing fighter aeroplanes were produced by French Dassault, but the Israeli CJ version differed from the airframes built for the French military by not being fitted with the rocket booster motor. 
The Israeli Mirages took part in the War over Water, Six Day War, Attrition War and the Yom Kippur War as well as several more minor clashes. In its air superiority role, the Mirage did very well indeed, and many of their pilots quickly became aces.
 As many as seven styrene sprues plus one with clear parts in the kit are joined by a decal sheet with markings for four IAF machines with the earlier power plant, the Atar 9B jet engine.

-    Superbly detailed model
-    Colourful and eye-catching schemes and decals
-    And also a ‘Black’ Mirage completely covered in soot from the explosion of an Arab jet that it had just shot down.
-    Pre-cut masks also available, resin detail sets being developed at the moment

Ju 87A Stuka "Anton in Luftwaffe service" 
1/72 Scale 100-SH72136
Price: $25USD from Hobbylink Japan
The Junkers Ju 87A Stuka is the first Stuka version in serial production. The first pieces were part of the Legion Kondor in the Spanish civil war. During WWII, the Ju 87A served as training planes for Luftwaffe pilots until 1944.

The kit contains two frames of grey plastic, injected clear parts, PE parts, and PUR parts. There are decals for three German planes.

1/72  Scale 129-M72041
This set of pre-cut painting masks is designed to fit the new Special Hobby Mirage IIIC kit and enables you to paint the clear parts as well as the wheel hubs.

Siebel Si 204E / Aero C-3B MASK
1/48 Scale 
Price: $8USD from Hobbylink Japan
This set of pre-cut masks will be of great help for those who embark on building the Siebel Si 204E bomber as well as its Czechoslovak post-war variety, the Aero C-3B (kits SH48212 and SH48217). The set offers masks for the clear parts and undercarriage wheel hubs.

RAF Whirlwind Fighter Pilot (1942)
 for Special Hobby Whirlwind and RAF other planes
1/32 Scale 129-F32381 
Price: $20USD from Hobbylink Japan
The figure of a standing RAF pilot has been mainly designed for the Westland Whirlwind model. Can be used with another RAF aircraft model as well. Besides the finely cast resin parts, the set also contains a small fret of etches.

RAF WWII Fighter Pilot (1942) 
1/48 Scale 129-F48383 
Superbly designed figure of a fighter pilot in relaxed pose with realistic texture of the clothing and equipment. Comes with photo etched fret of the jacket belt.

Beaufighter Mk.I/VI Mainwheels - Early Wheel Disk / Block Tread Pattern
 1/72 Scale 
Price: $12USD from Hobbylink Japan
Finely detailed wheels, weighed tyres with block tread pattern and the early type wheel hub with openings, this all makes it a excellent set for the new 1/72 Beaufighter models made by Airfix as well as by other manufacturers.

Sd.Kfz 250 / Sd.Kfz 10 Tracks 1/72 / for Special Armour kit
1/72 Scale 129-B72106 
Price: $12USD from Hobbylink Japan
This set offers very nicely detailed resin cast tracks for German half-track vehicles of both the Sd.Kfz 250 and Sd.Kfz 10 type, as they shared the same type of the chassis. These resin cast tracks much higher level of details compared with the original styrene ones. And we would also like to recommend the use of set B72105 – resin cast wheels of the front steerable axle.

Transport box with Panzerfausts 
1/48 Scale 129-P48001
Finely 3D-printed quartet of the Panzerfaust missile plus their transport crate. Also contains a sheet of decals with some stencilling both for the box and the weapons.

L-4 Grasshopper Engine (Continental O-170-3) 1/48 / for Special Hobby kit
 1/48  Scale
Price: $22USD from Hobbylink Japan
This 3D-printed engine is a very fine one-piece affair, being designed and printed already with the engine bearers, bulkhead and all the various tubing. Only the engine covering panels are made separately. The set replaces the cancelled resin 4453 set and offers substantially better detail and easier assembly throughout.

Panzerfaust 3 - Modern Recoilless Anti-tank Weapon
1/35 Scale 129-P35007 
Price: $15USD from Hobbylink Japan
3D-printed set portraying the modern time variety of the iconic Panzerfaust missile, which also found its use these days in Ukraine in their heroic effort to battle the invading Russian army. The set contains several types of the war head, designed against various targets. The war heads differ in their shape and also have various styles of the impact fuses. Also contains a small sheet of decals.

These new kits are available on Special Hobby's Website