Friday, June 21

Preview: Special Hobby & CMK kits for July

Special Hobby & CMK's latest kits for July 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 July

L-4/NE-1 Grasshopper ‘Pacific Warriors’ SH48239
1/48th Scale
Price: $30 USD @Hobbylink Japan
The US Marines, US Army, RAAF and the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force (ML-KNIL), these are the operators we have picked for our new release of the L-4 Grashopper kit. The US Marines machine sported blue over grey scheme, while the other scheme in the kit have the more usual Olive Green on the upper surfaces with the same grey below. The US Marines, US Army and RAAF machines fought in WW2, the fourth scheme shows a ML-KNIL aircraft that took part in the conflict between Dutch and Indonesia forces.
  The kit comes on two grey styrene sprues, one with clear parts, a photo etched fret and a sheet of decals with markings for the four schemes.
-    nicely detailed model
-    interesting colour schemes
-    etches included
-    separately available resin cast wheels 4452, 3D-printed engine P48002 and masks M48007

Gloster Meteor Mk.4 SH72498
1/72 Scale
Price: $25 USD @Hobbylink Japan
The Mk.4 Meteor jet was the first post war version of this twin engined jet and became a front-line fighter of the RAF as well as the air forces of Belgium and the Netherlands. Our model kit comes on two styrene sprues, one with clear parts and also offers a sheet of decals with markings for three RAF machines and one of the Dutch air force. 
Two of the British options have interesting connection with our country, then called Czechoslovakia, as they used to be flown by Miroslav Miro Liškutín and Charles Eagan Lamberton / Karel Lechner, who both first fled Czechoslovakia to fight the Nazis and a few years later were forced to flee for a second time, now by the new communist regime.
-    large decal sheet with servicing stencils
-    moving stories associated with the chosen schemes
-    separately available mask M72034

Nakajima Ki-43-III Hayabusa / Oscar SH72488
1/72nd Scale
Price: $22 USD @Hobbylink Japan
Four interesting Japanese Army Air Force Oscar fighter schemes is what this latest reissue of the iconic Ki-43 Hayabusa / Oscar kit offers to the modeller. 
One of the machines was on the strength of a fighter unit while the other three were used by the Shinbu-Tai units and wore colourful markings, a blue arrow, red lightning... 
The kit consits of three grey styrene sprues plus  one with clear parts.
-    Highly interesting schemes

CH-37 Mojave SH72075
1/72nd Scale
Price: 42.60 € @Special Hobby
Twin engined, piston engined CH-37 Mojave helicopter, also called Deuce, was at its time the world's largest helicopter. It was also deployed in the Vietnam war, operated both by the US Army and US Marines. This model kit is back on offer, now reissued with a new sprue with fuel tanks of the correct size. Those in the earlier edition were quite bigger than needed. The three schemes remain the same.
-    re-release of long time sold out model kit
-    redesigned parts
-    new instruction booklet
-    separately available masks M72046

Austin K2 Ambulance / K30 Truck Wheels for Airfix kits 
1/35th Scale
Price: 16.70 € @Special Hobby
Superbly detailed resin cast wheels with weighted tyres are designed for the new Austin K2 Ambulance and K30 Truck Wheels models.

AH-1G Turret Armament - Minigun and Grenade Launcher Barrels (2 of each) 129-6011
Price: 5.70 € @Special Hobby
The AH-1G Cobra was fitted with a gun turret under its nose and could carry either a minigun with a grenade launcher, a pair of miniguns or a pair of grenade launchers – depending on the crew's preferences or operational needs. And these combinations can be assembled using the parts of this 3D-printed set which bring much better details than the styrene parts of the original ICM model kit.

Ferret Scout Car Mk.2 Wheels for Airfix kits 129-3153
1/35th Scale
Price: 16.70 € @Special Hobby
Superbly detailed resin cast wheels with weighted tyres are designed for the new Ferret Scout Car model kit.

US Navy Wheel Chocks 129-P48012
1/48th Scale
Price: 5.70 € @Special Hobby
Modern style undercarriage mainwheel chocks as used with US Navy aircraft on carriers. These wheel chocks are universal as are real ones, too.

US Navy Aircraft Tow Bar (2 pcs.) 
1/72 Scale
Price: 5.70 € @Special Hobby
Modern style tow bar as used for US Navy aircraft on carriers. The tow bar is universal as is the real one, too. THe set also contains 3D-printed safety chain and a sheet of decals

Men`s bicycle - first half of 20th century (3 pcs.) 129-P72023
1/72nd Scale
Price: 12.50 € @Hobbylink Japan
The bicycle was a very widely used means of transport during the first half of the 20th century, used by workers, soldiers and sportsmen alike. In WW2, the bike was also popular among the airmen, both Allied an German and used to get around on airfields. This has reently been shown also by the Masters of Air TV series. We have prepared really nicely detailed men's bicycles in 1/72 scale, two of which have their front wheel left staight, the third example is with the front wheel turned a bit which suggests it might have been flung in haste.

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