Monday, October 24

Preview: News from Special Hobby for November

Special Hobby have several new aftermarket accessories, figures & kits for sale in November. Well worth a look and equally a preview. See what's new inside...
Preview: News from Special Hobby for November

L-39ZA/ZA ART Albatros
1/48th Scale 
Kit No: 100-SH48167 
Price: $52USD from Hobbylink Japan
The L-39 Albatros is a Czechoslovak jet aircraft that was used for pilot training throughout the Warsaw Pact and was also successfully exported to many Third World countries. A light attack version was also developed and known as the L-39ZA, which featured a strengthened wing structure with hardpoints enabling the type to carry external armament and was also equipped with a belly 23mm twin barrel cannon GSh-23. The L-39 still remain in service even after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, and found its way also to military of some new NATO member countries. The avionics of Czech and Slovak machines underwent an upgrading programme, newly produced machines of this standard were exported too, one of the most important export contracts was for the modernised L-39ZA/ART for Thailand.
Kit no.SH48171 - which is back on offer in limited quantity only comes on three styrene sprues and contains also one clear sprue with the canopy which is split up into several sections and allows the modeller to display the canopy in open position. Resin parts and a set of photo-etches is also in the kit. The decal sheet has markings for one Thai L-39ZA/ART machine, a Czech L-39ZA in two various schemes and an Algerian L-39 which is depicted in three various schemes (the machine was overhauled at Aero following a hard landing). The final option brough via the decal sheet and camo schemes is a Czech machine, as test-flown by Israeli pilots and wearing IAF markings.

- Unusually attractive schemes and markings
- Photo etches and detail resin parts already in the box

Gloster Meteor T Mk.7 
1/72 Scale 
Kit No: 100-SH72468
The Meteor T.7 two seater was among the most widely used jet trainer aircraft of the 1950s and 1960s and saw service with the British military as well as with many various overseas air forces.
Our model of the T.7 comes with three marking options, first you will have the attractive, overall red display machine flown by Gloster’s factory test pilot, then there is an overall aluminium aircraft of No.43th Sqn RAF which is found to bear a connection with a pilot of Czechoslovak origin and lastly the kit also covers a machine as flown in the Netherlands.

- Interesting schemes and decals
- Masks already available, sets being developed

T-33 'Japanese and South American T-Birds' 
1/32th Scale
Kit No: 100-SH32066
We have restocked the kit of one of the most famous American training planes. No else jet trainer has been produced in larger numbers than the T-33. With the exception of Antarctica and Australia, the T-bird was operated world-wide. The kit offers – six styrene sprues, one sprue with clear parts, full colour instruction manual, pre-painted photo etches, resin cast details and a sheet of decals.

- Etch and resin set already in the box\
- Famous machine wearing unique colour schemes
- Decals offer a shark-mouthed machine flown in Guatemala, a Peruvian T-33 and one as operated by the JASDF.

(Aero Ab-11 L-BUCD)
1/72nd Scale
Kit No: 100-SH72471
- limited batch only
- attractive colour option
- extremely attractive history of this particular aeroplane
The Aero A-11 was amongst the best Czechoslovak-made aircraft of the 1920s. No wonder then that the type was chosen by the crew of Stabni Kapitan (Sqn/L) Stanovsky and his mechanic Simek for their long distance flight around Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, which took place in May and June 1926. For its distinctive colour, their machine was aptly named The Blue Bird. Now it gives us really big pleasure to replicate this important piece of Czech aviation history and release the model kit of the Aero A-11 biplane – even though only in a limited series. The kit contains two styrene sprues, one clear sprue with a pair of windscreens and a sheet of decals. This model kit from Special Hobby is a completely new mold! The Aero AB-11 was a biplane bomber/reconnaissance aircraft developed by Aero in Czechoslovakia during the interwar period. Decals are included for the legendary AB-11 "L-BUCD," which succeeded in an extraordinary long-distance flight (Czechoslovakia, Morocco, England, Finland, Turkey, Italy, and back to Czechoslovakia) in May and June 1926. 

Meteor T Mk.7 Mask
1/72nd Scale 
Kit No: 129-M72042 
Price: $5.6USD from Hobbylink Japan
Those who are going to build the Meteor T Mk.7 kit will no doubt have their task easier with using this set of pre-cut masks for both the clear parts and undercarriage wheels.

L-39ZA Albatros Mask
1/48th Scale 
Kit No: 129-M48010 
Price: $24USD from Hobbylink Japan
A set of pre-cut masks designed for the L-39ZA kit. Offers masks for the canopy and undercarriage wheel hubs.

Ki-84 Hayate Cockpit for Arma Hobby kits
1/72th Scale
Kit No: 129-7503 
Price: $10USD from Hobbylink Japan
The new Ki-84 Hayate kit will benefit from the addition of our cockpit detail set, which also comes with a fret of etched details.

Beaufort Mk.I Interior for Airfix kit
1/72th Scale
Kit No: 129-7506 
The original styrene parts of Beaufort’s cockpit are now directly replaced with much better detailed resin items and etches of this set.

Sukhoi Su-22M-3K Fitter J (Tumansky R-29BS-300 engine) Conversion
for Kitty Hawk kit
 1/48th Scale
Price: $53USD from Hobbylink Japan
The Sukhoi aircraft of the Su-17/22 family came out of the production plant with two types of the engine. They could be either fitted with a Lyulka jet of the Al-7F-1 or AL-21F-3 types, or with Tumansky R-29BS-300 power unit which differed in size from the Lyulkas. The 1/48 kit made by Kitty Hawk offers only one variety of the rear fuselage section as used with the AL-21F-3 unit. This set which has been made possible thanks to the cooperation with the Vespa Model Kit company from Peru, brings you the parts needed to convert the Kitty Hawk model to the variety with the Tumansky R-29BS-300 engine. Not only contains this set the differing rear fuselage, it also contains the different vertical tail unit and a sheet of decals covering Russian, Libyan and a South Yemen airframes.

Mirage IIIC Wheels 
1/72nd scale
Kit No: 129-Q72401
Resin cast undercarriage wheels with more details directly replace those from the new Special Hobby’s kit.

Mirage IIIC Atar 9B Engine Nozzle
Kit No: 129-Q72402
1/72 Scale
Price: $24USD from Hobbylink Japan

This nicely detailed Atar 9B jet engine nozzle is designed to fit the new Mirage IIIC kit made by Special Hobby. In contrast with the original styrene item, this new nozzle comes in just one part and bring better detail throughout.

Avia S-199 Pilot and Mechanic 
for Eduard and other kits 
1/72nd Scale
Kit No: 129-F72385 
Price: $11USD from Hobbylink Japan
A Czechoslovak Air Force pilot takes over the S-199 fighter from a member of the ground crew, who is reporting to him. A situation like this is depicted in a very well known, almost iconic period photograph, and this very image was indeed used to create the figure set now presented and described. The pilot has his chute over the shoulder while the mechanics stands to attention.

These new kits are available on Special Hobby's Website