Saturday, May 25

Preview: Special Hobby & CMK kits for May/June

Special Hobby & CMK's latest kits for May/June have have plenty of detail & great colour choices. We have picked the most interesting to show you in our preview...

Preview: Special Hobby & CMK kits for May/June

1/72 Westland Whirlwind FB Mk.I Fighter-Bomber SH72201
1/72 Scale
Price: $31 USD @Hobbylink Japan
Not long before the outbreak of WW2, the British Air Ministry issued a requirement calling for two types of fighter aircraft, one light weight with machine gun armament and the other one with heavy cannon armament. To these requirements, the machine gun armed Hurricanes and Spitfires were designed, while to fit the second category, the Westland offered their Whirlwind twin engined ‘Cannon Fighter’. This type was eventually produced in more than a hundred examples and further production was ceased only by the shortage of the Peregrine engines. The Whirlwinds were deployed over the English Channel in fighter and ground attack missions. For the latter ones, the Whirlwinds were fitted with bomb racks and were designated FB Mk.I. It was only in 1944 that they were replaced by Typhoon aircraft.
The Fighter-Bomber Whirlwind model comes on two styrene sprues and one with clear parts. All these are joined by 3D-printed parts, resin cast details and etches. The decals cater for four schemes, two of which in the earlier green-brown colours and the other two in the later scheme of green and grey, that are also corrected now compared to the earlier release, based on new available reference materials.

Fouga CM.170 Magister Aerobatic Teams
1/72nd  Scale 
Price: $23 USD @Hobbylink Japan
The Fouga Magister was not only a great trainer jet, it was also an excellent aerobatic machine used by many aerobatic display teams. This release of the Magister covers the schemes of the Belgian Red Devils, French Patrouille de Ecolé de l Air and the FFS A Acro Team of Germany. All of these airframes wore quite striking and colourful schemes indeed.
As well as serving with the French military the Magister was also an export success for Fouga which sold the type to a multitude of foreign operators and it was even built under licence in three countries. The first licence-built Magisters entered service with the air forces of Germany and Finland in 1958 where they also joined French-built Magisters and the third licence producer of the Magister was Israel, which produced its first aircraft in 1960. The Israeli Magisters were known locally as the Tzukit (or Thrush) and as well as basic training they were also used in the light-attack role where they proved successful during several of the Israeli-Arab conflicts. In the ground attack role the Magister could carry a pair of machine guns fitted in the nose section and various weaponry was mounted under the wings in the form of bombs and unguided rockets.
Within Europe the Magister was flown by France, Belgium, Austria and Ireland but there were also many other operators worldwide in Africa, Asia and South America, many of whom were no doubt attracted by its lightweight design and low operating costs. Among these far flung operators were countries such as Algeria, Bangladesh, Biafra, Brazil, El Salvador, Libya, Morocco, Togo and Uganda. Some Fougas are still flying these days, many of them in civilian hands.

The model comes on four grey styrene sprues with nicely detailed parts plus one with clear parts.

SMB-2 Super Mystère 'Sa’ar – Israeli Storm in the Sky' (1/48th Kit + Book) SH48238
1/48th Scale
Price: $80 USD @Hobbylink Japan
The French Dassault Super Mystere B2 was the first Western European, mass production-built jet fighter to achieve supersonic speed in a level flight. The type was a follow-on development of Dassault's earlier successful jet fighter airplanes such as the Ouragan or Mystere IV and a number of test prototypes too. The first production airframe, out of the total of 180 built, first flew on 26 February 1957, with the production machines being allocated to No.10, 12 and 5 escadrons of the Armée de l'Air, they also served with test centres CEV and CEAM and in flying schools. Later machines were fitted with more powerful Atar 101G-2 or G-3 engines. The type was on strength of combat squadrons until 1977 when the last remaining SMB2s of No.12 Escadron were replaced by more modern Mirage III jets. The service of SMB2s with the French military was quite uneventful, the only exception to the dull military routine were the occasional air force exercises which took place in NATO countries or in Africa and also the Operation Air Bull in Thailand. The most important operator of the type outside of France, the Israel Air Force saw much more interesting flying and combat career of the type – their SMB2s took part in a series of clashes, conflicts and wars between Israel and its Arab neighbours. These wars are know as the War over Water, Six Day War, Yom Kippur War and also the rather lengthy conflict between these „regular“ wars, the Attrition War. The State of Israel had placed the order for the SMB2 fighters already in 1956, this being confirmed only two years later, in 1958. The SMB2, locally known as the Sambad, were delivered in two batches of 24 and 12 airframes. Seven more of them were delivered later to make up for losses suffered during the service. 
Soon after the Sambads had been delivered, Israel acquired also the excellent Mirage IIIC jets which became its major front line fighter aircraft, so the Sambads were deployed just to one Tayeset, or Squadron (the 105th) and flew mainly in the fighter-bomber role. Owing to the trouble with spare parts caused by the French arms embargo, the Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) proposed to fit the already rather worn out airframes with the US-built J52 turbofan. Even though these powerplants lacked the reheat, they were 25% lighter, had lower fuel consumption and offered thrust almost comparable to their French counterparts. As the new unit weighted less, it had to be mounted further back in the rear fuselage and as the nozzle was also already longer, it resulted in much longer jet pipe of the new machines compared to the standard Sambad. In the end, this change proved to help the type's survivability after being hit by enemy's IR-guided anti-aircraft missiles – the missiles homed usually on the hot exhaust nozzle and when exploded, the war head fragments did not hit the tail control surfaces as lethaly as was the case with the standard, short tailed Sambad type. The performance remained almost the same, except for acceleration and initial rate of climb. What is more, the type could carry much more underwing stores, had much larger range and could operate in the combat area much longer. In total, 26 airframes were re-engined and they were known in the IAF as the Sa'ar, or Storm in Hebrew. In a short time, they got the opportunity to show their capabilities in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and excelled in the ground attack role. In 1975, the 105th Tayeset received their new F-4 Phantom II jets and the already obsolete Sa'ars finally retired.

The book that comes in this package
This model kit of the SMB.2 French jet fighter with the J52 US-built engine and longer tail cone is made using steel moulds and comes on nine styrene sprues (two of which are doubled) and one clear parts sprue. The excellent styrene parts are joined by no less perfect 3D-printed items (made in cooperation with Mini Craft Collection) which contain the ejection seat, speed brakes, 250kg bombs and Shafrir missiles on their racks. The decal sheet caters for three Israeli machines in various colour schemes.
This kit features:
- Superbly detailed and highly accurate model in the Hi-Tech format
- Accurate decals include servicing stencils for three IAF airframes in various colour schemes
- Wide variety of underwing armament contained in the kit
- Limited release kit

SMB-2 Super Mystère 'Sa’ar – Israeli Storm in the Sky' SH48238 B
1/48th Scale 
Price: $54 USD @Hobbylink Japan
The SMB.2 SH48238 kit comes now in a limited release with the excellent Super Mystere and Sa‘ar Raanan Weiss /IsraDecal publication which covers the service of the SMB.2 with the Israeli Air Force and contains period and detail photographs along with colour schemes.


Westland Whirlwind Mk.I MASK 1/72 100-M72052
1/72nd Scale 
Price: $6 USD @Hobbylink Japan
The re-released Special Hobby Westland Whirlwind model kit now gets these very useful pre-cut masks for the clear parts and undercarriage wheels.

P-40F/L Warhawk MASK 1/72 72053
1/72nd Scale 
Price: $6 USD @Hobbylink Japan
Pre-cut masks for the clear parts and undercarriage wheels of not just the current SH72492 release but also for the earlier P-40F/L Warhawk kits SH72149, SH72155 and SH72211


AH-1G Cobra Exterior Upgrade Set 1/35 / for ICM kits 129-6010 
1/35th scale
Price: $23 USD @Hobbylink Japan
This set consists of a 3D-printed pitot tube, 3D-printed tail skid and the underwing armament often carried by the AH-1G which includes pairs of M200, M260 and XM-150 rocket launchers with much much better detail levels than the kit parts have. The main bodies of the launchers are resin cast while the front and rear faces come as 3D prints. Photo-etched details are also included.

Anhänger E-3 ‘German WWII Trailer’ 1/72 MV136
 1/72nd Scale 
Price: $18 USD @Hobbylink Japan
The standardized German 3-ton trailer was put into production in 1940 to replace the number of other earlier trailers of this weight category in Wehrmacht's arsenal. It was produced by various manufacturers andused throughout the war by the Wehrmacht and other German forces. Saw wide use also in the post war years both by the military and civilians, in Germany as well as abroad. The resin cast model kit contains also a sheet of decals.

IAF Quadruple Rack with 100 kg Bombs (2 pcs.) / for SMB-2, Sa´ar and Mirage III kits 129-4476
 1/72nd Scale
Price: $8 USD @Hobbylink Japan
The SMB-2 jets were delivered to Israel as an air superiority fighter. In this role they were soon superseded by their successor, the new Mirage IIIC delta jets and so the Super Mysteres were given a new role as fighter bombers which suited them very well due to the ability to carry heavy payloads. The SMB-2s often carried quadruple style bomb racks under the wings, each with four bombs. There was usually one rack under each wing, or even a pair of them under each wing. Our set contains two racks and eight resin cast bombs.

3D printed Parts

US Navy Wheel Chocks 1/72 P72019 
1/72nd Scale
Price: $6 USD @Hobbylink Japan
Modern style undercarriage mainwheel chocks as used with US Navy aircraft on carriers. These wheel chocks are universal as are real ones, too.

MG 15 Machine gun 1/72 (2 pcs)
1/72nd Scale
Price: $10 USD @Hobbylink Japan
The MG15 machine gun was developed in the 1930s by Rheinmetall-Borsig company and become the standard Luftwaffe machine gun that was used as hand held weapon in many Luftwaffe aircraft types (He 111, Ju 86, early Ju 88s). In 1942, the new MG81 begun to gradually replace MG15 machine guns.

Typhoon Mk.I Late Type Shrouded Exhausts 1/72 / for Airfix kit 129-P72017
1/72nd Scale
Price: $5 USD @Hobbylink Japan
Finely detailed exhausts with aerodynamic shaped shrouds for Airfix’s Typhoon model kit.

Tempest 500 lb Bombs and racks 1/72 129-P72021
1/72nd Scale
Price: $13 USD @Hobbylink Japan
The Airfix Tempest kit does not contain the bombs and their underwing racks. Our set fixes this omission and offers nicely 3D printed racks with 500 lb bombs.

Typhoon Mk.I Tailwheel w/Leg 1/72 / for Airfix kit 129-P72022
1/72nd Scale
Price: $3 USD @Hobbylink Japan
3D-printed tailwheel and leg have much better detail levels than the original styrene parts of the model kit.

Elektrischer Generator 8kw für Flak Sw-36 mit Sd.Ah.51 1/48 129-8070
1/48th Scale
Price: $41 USD @Hobbylink Japan
The German portable Electric generator that powered the 60cm Flak Schweinwerfer searchlight assembly. Similar to the searchlights, the generator was transported on a trolley, which is also offered in the kit. All parts of the model kit are made on a 3D printer. The set also contains phot-etched fan grille.

Sw.36 Searchlight Crew, sitting / standing with binoculars 1/48 129-F48403
1/48th Scale
Price: $15 USD @Hobbylink Japan
3D-printed figures of the searchlight crew. One of the soldiers is portrayed sitting, operating the searchlight while the other, a non-commissioned officer, is standing watching the target through his binoculars. The figures are intended for CMK 8069 kit.

Sw.36 Searchlight Crew, sitting / standing with binoculars 1/72 129-F72404 
1/72nd Scale
Price: $12 USD @Hobbylink Japan
3D-printed figures of the searchlight crew. One of the soldiers is portrayed sitting (resin cast one piece with his seat) operating the searchlight (the figure is one piece with a seat) while the other, a non-commissioned officer, is standing watching the target through his binoculars. The figures are intended for CMK MV130 kit.

These new kits are available on Special Hobby's Website or from Hobbylink Japan