Sunday, March 19

Trumpeter's two new kits of April are on the way....

We present to you today Trumpeter's two kits for April 2023. We look at the art, the sprues, info & even a built up example in our preview...

Trumpeter's two new kits of April are on the way....

Mi-4A Hound
Kit No: 05817
1/48th scale
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 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.

The colour profiles included in this kit
The decal sheet included in the kit
Trumpeter brings us a newly moulded 1/48th scale kit of the Mi-4a Hound, a helicopter that began operation in the Soviet Union in 1952. This delicately moulded kit accurately expresses the cockpit, engine, and interior; photo-etched parts are included, as are decals for Soviet Air Force and Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force versions. 

The sprues of the kit
- Canopy made from clear parts
Model Length: 340.6mm   Rotor Diameter: 430mm 
Total Parts: 160+
Total of 7 sprues

Photos of the built & painted up kit...

HMS Colombo 
Kit No: 06742
1/700th scale
HMS Colombo (D89) was a British light cruiser, the keel of which was laid in December 1917, launched in December 1918, and commissioned for service with the Royal Navy in the summer of 1919. The total length of the ship at the time of launching was 137.6 m, width 13.3 m, with a displacement of approximately 4,300 tons. In turn, the maximum speed was up to 29 knots. At the beginning of her service, the ship was armed with 5 X 152 mm Mark XII guns, 2 single 76 mm anti-aircraft guns and 4 twin 533 mm torpedo tubes.

The colour profile included in this kit
The decal sheet included in the kit
HMS Colombo (D89) was one of the 28 C class cruisers. Units of this type were built with the idea of escorting larger ships of the Royal Navy in mind, and their main task was to protect them against German torpedo boats and destroyers, and especially against the threat of a torpedo attack. They have also been adapted primarily to operate in the North Sea basin. For this reason, they were characterized by relatively strong armament for this class of ships, good seaworthiness, good armor, but limited comfort of the crews and average maximum speed. HMS Colombo (D89) was assigned to the Eastern Fleet operating in the Far East shortly after entering service. He served in this part of the world in 1919-1926 and later in 1932-1935. The unit entered the reserve after 1935, but returned to active service shortly after the outbreak of World War II. HMS Colombo (D89) in the years 1940-1942 operated mainly in the Indian Ocean basin. In the period 1942-1943 it was converted into an anti-aircraft cruiser (eng. anti-aircraft cruiser), as a result of which, for example, the main armament of the ship changed. The unit happily survived World War II and was not sold for scrap until 1948.

The sprues of the kit
- Photo-etched parts included
Model Length: 196mm   Beam: 18.9mm 
Total Parts: 160+
Total of  6 sprues, hull, deck and superstructure
 - hull made from multi-directional slide moulds.
-Deck wood pattern finely rendered
-Contains engraved name plate