Wednesday, December 21

A heavy hitter and hauler from Hobbyboss in February...

Two big trucks - one a hauler and the other an artillery piece, are the subject of the next to releases from Hobbyboss in February. We look at art, sprues, colours, decals and everything else in our preview...

A heavy hitter and hauler from Hobbyboss in February...

Russian BM-21 Grad Late Version
1/72nd scale
Price: $25 USD from Hobbylink Japan
The BM-21 Grad is a Russian truck-mounted 122 mm multiple rocket launcher, developed in the early 1960s. Several other countries have copied it or developed similar systems.

The colour scheme presented in this kit
The decals in the box
Window masks are included for transparent parts
The BM-21 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (MRL) system entered service with the Soviet Army in 1963 to replace the aging 140 mm BM-14 system. It consists of a Ural-375D 6X6 truck chassis fitted with a bank of 40 launch tubes arranged in a rectangular shape that can be turned away from the unprotected cab.In 1976, the BM-21 was mounted on the newer Ural-4320 six-by-six army truck.
Model Length: 102.5mm Width: 33.5mm
Total Sprues 3 sprues , cab and tires
The kit consists of over 50 parts
-Newly tooled parts in accurate detail
-Rubber tires

Scammell Commander with 62 tonne Crane Fruehauf semi-trailer 85527
1/35th scale
Price: $230 USD from Hobbylink Japan
The Scammell Commander heavy tank transporter had its origins in a British Army requirement that envisaged main battle tanks weighing well over 60 tones. It was originally developed to replace the old Thornycroft Antars tank transporters. Development of the Commander transporter began in 1976 but due to defence spending delays the production of a batch of 125 units for the British Army did not begin until 1983. The British Army used it to tow Challenger 1 and Challenger 2 main battle tanks. Designed to tow loads up to 65 tones, the Commander tows a special semi-trailer onto which tanks can be tail-loaded using a hydraulic 20 tone capacity winch.

The colour schemes presented in this kit
The decals in the box
The window masks are included in the kit
In 1990, during the operation Desert Storm 70 Scammell Commander heavy tank transporters were used to transport 40 types of various military cargo. Each of the vehicles was on the road 17 hours a day during 4 months period. On average, each vehicle traveled 270 km a day on the desert roads. Most of the 125 British Army Commanders were based in Belgium and Germany with only a few located in the United Kingdom. The Scammell Commander is now obsolete and was replaced by the American Oshkosh 1070F heavy equipment transporter.

Total Plastic Parts: 790+
Total of 12 sprues , cab , trailer board and tires
>  Detailed multi-directional slide-molded cab
Model Length: 575.4mm  / Width: 105.4mm   
>  Full drive train assembly complete with engine transmission, differential  housing and suspension units.
Clear parts
>  The main tires are hollow rubber with very good tread pattern

These new kits are (or should soon be) available soon from Hobbyboss' Distributors Worldwide...