Tuesday, October 24

Trumpeter's December items - Flying Tadpoles & hovering hounds...

The flying tadpole & a hovering hound are the two latest kits from Trumpeter due in December. We look at the sprues, colours & info in our preview...

Trumpeter December items - Flying Tadpoles & hovering hounds...

A-6A Intruder 
by Trumpeter
Model: #01640
1/72nd scale
The Grumman A-6 Intruder was designed as the replacement of the A-1 Skyraider. It's the first all-weather attack aircraft of the US Navy. The aircraft were called as the A2F before 1962 and got the new name, the A-6 Intruder, in service. The outstanding all-weather capability soon made the A-6 the main strike force of the Navy and Marines, and devoted into the Vietnam War.

The colour profiles included in this kit
The decal sheet included in the kit
The A-6A was equipped with the DIANE system, which the most advanced navigation / targeting system at that time. But the problems of the  reliability were solved after few years. There are 480 A-6As were built and 47of them were upgrade to other type.

The parts of the kit
Model Length: 233.1mm / Wingspan: 224.5mm
Total of 10 sprues 
The kit consists of  over 250 parts , clear parts for canopy
- fuselage & wing with finely engraved panel lines
Trumpeter's modellers have already constructed the test shot of this kit...

Mi-4AV Hound 05818
by Trumpeter
Model: #06745
1/48th scale
The Mil Mi-4 (USAF/DoD reporting name "Type 36", (NATO reporting name "Hound") is a Soviet transport helicopter that served in both military and civilian roles. 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 strongly resembles the H-19 Chickasaw in general layout, including the innovative engine position in front of the cockpit, it is a larger helicopter, able to lift more weight and built in larger numbers. The first model entered service in 1953. The helicopter was first displayed to the outside world in 1952 at the Soviet Aviation Day in Tushino Airfield.

The colour profiles included in this kit
The decal sheet included in the kit
Mi-4AV - Armed versions based on the Mi-4A. V for Vooruzhenniy (Armed). Mi-4A with additional armament. Modification of 1967 had weapons complex K-4V, included four 9М17М ATGM "Phalanga" and 96 57-mm NAR S-5M in six blocks UB-16-57U (or six 100-kg bombs or four 250-kg bombs or tanks with an incendiary substance); 185 helicopters were converted to Mi-4AV.

The parts of the kit
Total of 8 sprues
Total Parts: 200+
Model Length: 340.6mm   Rotor Diameter: 430mm 
- Detailed  fuselage w/accurate design
- Canopy made from clear parts
- Finely detailed cockpit, gear & cabin,
- photo-etched parts included