Saturday, March 4

New box art to add to next months releases from Takom.

Takom aren't wasting time or resources, with next month's new releases added to with new boxart. See all four, with new information from the boxes in our preview update...

New box art to add to next months releases from Takom

MQ-8B Fire Scout w/Missile & Blade Fold Kit
From Takom
1/35th scale
Kit No #2169
Photo-etch included
Four marking choices presented in the box.
4 marking choices in the box
Designed by Snowman Model
The subject:
The Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout is an unmanned autonomous helicopter developed by Northrop Grumman for use by the United States Armed Forces. Designed to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness, aerial fire support and precision targeting support for ground, air and sea forces. The initial RQ-8A version was based on the Schweizer 330, while the enhanced MQ-8B was derived from the Schweizer 333. As of February 2018, 23 MQ-8B variants were in service with the U.S. Navy.

Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout, showing sign of weathering.

Northrop Grumman's RQ-8 Fire Scout UAV successfully test fires the second of two Mark 66 unguided rockets during weapons testing at Arizona's Yuma Proving Grounds July 22. Fire Scout fired the first 2.75-inch rocket earlier that day. The Fire Scout is being developed for use by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army.

The kit: Takom's new MQ-8B Fire Scout 1+1 kit
There will be no "Construction starts with the cockpit" in this build of Takom's new MQ-8B Fire Scout kit in 35th scale. This boxing  improves on the previous #2165 kit in that there are new weapons and a blade fold kit included to give you more variety in your finished model for a negligible price difference.
Both the early and later nose of the B model are included with several differences between them. We only have these CAD drawings of this kit that show the two noses, the APKWS three-round launcher pods, the twin "Ninja" Hellfire missiles and the wing folds & extended version.
An MQ-8B aboard USS Gabrielle Giffords in 2019. This is showing the clade folding mechanism that comes with this kit.

Takom Jagdtiger Sd.Kfz.186 Porsche Production Type w/Zimmerit (2 in 1 kit)
From Takom
1/35th scale
Kit No #8012
Photo-etch & metal barrel included
In Takom's more efficient and quicker to make "Blitz" series of kits, the latest kit is the new the mighty Jagdtiger ("Hunting Tiger") Sd.Kfz. 186 - This one is from the Porsche production line with their suspension and a few other key points.
This new series and new kit from Takom:
Another Jagdtiger of the "Blitz" series. This one comes with accurate details and a reduced parts count. These kits are carefully designed to focus on fit and ease of assembly without compromising accuracy or detail. 

This kit of the Jagdtiger Sd.Kfz.186 Porche production (2 in 1) w/ Zimmerit from Takom features: 
Impressive looking and nice zimmerit pattern from the front. This is the second round of CAD images, so the brackets outside the guards have been fixed.
As int he real thing, the zimmerit coating goes up half way to the top of the casemate structure.
The zimmerit coating covers all of the laces that were coated on the real tanks, right down tot he mudguards.
For those that don't like a split down their barrel, the metal option is included.
The Porsche type suspension is able to move up and down as in the manner of the real tank.
The kit has minimal photo-etch included, just mech covers for the grilles on the rear engine deck. There are workable tracks included with this kit as apposed to the link and length tracks in previous kits.

M103A1 & A2 in 35th scale - from Takom...

M103 A1
From Takom
Kit No#2139
1/35th scale
Plastic injection moulded kit - new tool.
Metal Barrel.
Workable tracks.
Hatches open and close.
Six marking choices in the box
Photo-etch included.
The A1 variant  features an all new hull, with new road wheels and suspension parts, the escape hatch under the hull is a new part. The tracks are made up of seven parts each, but are workable on the moving suspension to add some variety and depth to the completed kit's look.
There is a metal barrel included with the kit (nice) and the whole fenders, under turret and mantlet cover is new.

M103 A2
From Takom
Kit No#2140
1/35th scale
Plastic injection moulded kit - new tool.
Metal Barrel.
Workable tracks.
Workable suspension.
Hatches open and close.
Four marking choices
Photo-etch included.
A little like the A1, this M103 A2 kit features the new turned metal barrel. The  infra-red, and under turret rear section is all-new.
The multi-part tracks look quite a construction, but they are workable, along with the suspension again, and the escape hatch under the hull is all-new again. The major difference of that whole new engine deck is apparent here.
The kit should be released to the public in just under a months time if regular patterns are followed in releases.

For more on these kits and all of Takom's other models, look at their Website