Airfix Model World
It looks to be a busy start to 2019 for Trumpeter, with a large number of releases, covering aircraft, ship and armour subjects.
For ship modellers, there will be a 1/700 USS Constellation (PKTM06715) and 1/350 Schleswig-Holstein (PKTM05354), the latter depicting the World War One-era vessel as it appeared in 1935.
Armour fans will no doubt appreciate the 1/72 Su-152 self-propelled heavy howitzer (PKTM07129) and T-62 BDD Mod 1984 (PKTM07148). There’s also a 1/35 Sd.Kfz.8 Artillery Tractor (PKTM09538), SU-102 SPA (PKTM09570), Tiger I Mid-production with Zimmerit (PKTM09539), Soviet 2P16 Launcher with 2K6 Luna Missile/FROG-5 (PKTM09545) and Russian KV-9 Heavy Tank (PKTM09563). However, the big release (literally) is a 1/35 German Maus super tank, which promises to be a huge model (PKTM09563)
Finally, the next batch of aircraft will include a 1/32 P-40F Warhawk (PKTM03227) and 1/48 L-59 Albatros (PKTM05806).
Further details on these and other Trumpeter releases are at: www.pockebond.co.uk
Polish figure specialist ToRo Model has announced four new 1/35 releases for November/December 2018, all depicting World War One Polish Army personnel.
The new figures are as follows:
Polish Legions in World War I
35F113 Officer of I Brigade, 1914
35F115 Józef Piłsudski – Commander of I Brigade, 1915
Greater Poland Forces 1919
35F112 Poznan volunteer Death Battalion – Vilnius Area, April 1919
35F114 General Jozef Dowbor-Musnicki- Commander-in-chief of Greater Poland Forces
Further details on this and other ToRo Model releases are at: www.toro-model.com.pl
AFV Club is releasing a newly tooled 1/48 U-2A/B Dragon Lady strategic reconnaissance aircraft in January 2019.
The first boxing (PKAR48112) will feature US Air Force markings, plus a detailed cockpit and Trimetrogon A-2 camera, with options for raised/lowered undercarriage, open/closed airbrakes, auxiliary ‘pogo’ under-wing wheels and even a sun-shade for the pilot. A Republic of China Air Force version (PKAR48114) will also be released, probably in March/April 2019. Both will retail at £79.99.
Further details are available via: www.pocketbond.co.uk
Ukrainian manufacturer MiniArt is shortly due to release a 1/35 Concrete Mixer Set (35593) as part of its accessories range.
This six-runner set includes a trolley-style concrete mixer, wheelbarrow, hessian bags, buckets and a range of construction tools, from shovels to pickaxes.
More details on this and other MiniArt releases is at www.miniart-mnodels.com or www.creativemodels.co.uk
Valiant Wings Publishing is delighted to announce the next title in the Airframe Detail series will be the Focke-Wulf Ta 154.
The sixth instalment of this popular series, written by Richard A Franks, is scheduled to be published in January 2019 and will included:
- Period diagrams
- Data from flight manuals
- Data from spare parts catalogues
- Full colour profiles and concise camouflage and marking notes
- Period detail images during production and service use
- A wealth of historical technical photographs and diagrams
- Colour profiles by Richard J Caruana
- At least 64 pages in total
- Lists of all Ta 154 kit and accessories produced in all scales
- Kit build of the 1/32nd Ta 154 from HpH Models by Steve Evans
This will be an essential companion for anyone tackling HpH Model’s 1/32 kit, Dragon/Revell’s 1/48 offerings or Hasegawa/PM 1/72 releases, and will retail at just £13.95 per copy, plus postage and packing.
The book will also be available from all good hobby stores and specialist bookshops; the ISBN is 978-0-9957773-7-8
Pre-orders can be made via the Valiant Wings website, www.valiant-wings.co.uk, by ‘phone on 01234 273434 (+44 1234 273434 if calling from outside the UK) or by writing to:
Valiant Wings Publishing
8 West Grove
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Newark Air Museum has announced its 2019 events calendar, with aerojumbles, special events and open days at its Nottinghamshire venue.
The current schedule is:
Indoor Aeroboot / Aerojumble aviation and avionic sale
April 13, 2019 – 9am to 2pm
Harrier Day 2019
April 14, 2019 – 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
A special event with visiting displays and cockpits to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Harrier ‘Jump-Jet’ entering British military service.
May 18, 2019 – 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
An event dedicated to the Canberra aircraft at the museum and personnel that flew them; it will feature visiting displays and is open to the public.
Cockpit-Fest and Aeroboot
June 22/23, 2019 – 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
This annual gathering provides the perfect opportunity for the public to view a diverse range of visiting aircraft cockpits.
August 17/18, 2019 – 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
A new event to celebrate the helicopters in the museum collection; the event on the Sunday will coincide with the 2019 International Helicopter Day.
Shackleton Boys 2
August 31/September 1, 2019 – 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
A book launch event organised in association with Grub Street publishing and centred on Shackleton WR977. The event will form the focus of a mini-Reunion of former Shackleton air and ground crew personnel.
Indoor Aeroboot/Aerojumble aviation and avionic sale
October 12, 2019 – 9am to 2pm
Autumn 1940s Weekend
October 26/27, 2019 – 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
This 1940s event will feature under cover 1940s entertainment and give re-enactors the chance to wear your winter period clothing
General admission prices are: Adults £9.00, Over 65s £8.00, Children £4.50 and Family ticket [2 adults and 3 children] £24.00
For those seeking further information on Newark Air Museum and its exhibits, visit: www.newarkairmuseum.org
Chinese kit manufacturer Takom has delighted modellers with its annoucement of a 1/35 Jagdpanther G1 tank destroyer, due for release in January 2019.
It follows quick on the heels of Meng’s Jagdpanther, and will also be joined in the new year by another from Rye Field Model, offering plenty of choice for modellers (along with those by Dragon, Gunze Sangyo and Italeri). Takom’s kit will feature a full interior, a choice of open/closed hatches, link-and-length tracks and five colour schemes.
AIRFIX’S NEWLY-tooled 1/48 Hawker Hunter F.6 features on the cover of December’s issue of Airfix Model World, and inside there’s an exclusive build feature on this classic British design.
This test-shot was finished in the colours of the RAF’s Central Flying Establishment, but the kit options are:
XE597, 63 Squadron, RAF Waterbeach, UK, September 1958
XF509/53, 4 Fighter Training School, RAF Valley, Anglesey, September 1968
N-209, 324 Squadron, Leeuwarden, Royal Netherlands Air Force, 1964
Airfix’s Hawker Hunter is expected in December at a price of £36.99. Further details (and pre-ordering) are available from: www.airfix.com.
December’s AMW is on sale nowfor just £4.60 and can be ordered from www.airfixmodelworld.com. Should you wish to subscribe (at AMW subscription), you will generally receive the magazine before it’s in the shops.
Key Publishing’s latest Combat Machines is devoted to Sir Sidney Camm’s classic. the Hawker Hunter and is timed to coincide with the release of Airfix’s newly tooled 1/48 F.6.
Written by renowned aviation historian Tony Buttler, its 84 pages are packed with information on this iconic British design and includes chapters on development, variants and operators, single- and two-seaters, export versions, combat history and use by aerobatic display teams. The engaging narrative is accompanied by full-colour profiles, plus a broad selection of colour and black-and-white photos of the type throughout its service life. There are walk-round photos, along with a complete kit, decal and accessory listing, and a superb centre-page cutaway drawing of the Hunter FGA.9.
This treasure trove of information on the Hunter will be on sale for just £7.99 from all major outlets/newsagents from November 22 and can be pre-ordered from the Key Publishing Shop here.
SCI-FI SPECIALIST Fantastic Plastic has announced the return of two classic kits to its Virtual Museum range, the Flash Gordon Rocketship and James Bond SPECTRE ‘Bird One’.
It’s hard to imagine 1930s sci-fi withouth the serial films depicting heroes such as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, and Fantastic Plastic has made its delightful 1/72 resin rocket ship available once more. With less than 30 parts, this is intended for the more experienced modeller and is priced at US$85 plus postage and packing.
Similarly, James Bond films are renowned for their ocasionally outlandish and futirstic subjects, none more so than the spacecraft-grabbing ‘Bird One’ from the 1967 film You Only Live Twice, starring Sean Connery, Donald Pleasance and Akiko Wakabayashi. The resin kit replicates SPECTRE’s sinister creation faithfully, and is also 1/72 scale, standing 20in (51cm) tall when completed and includes a Soviet space capsule ‘victim’, although modellers could substitute a Horizon Models Mercury capsule to replicate the film’s opening sequence. It’s on sale now at US$100.
Both kits are available direct from: www.fantastic-plastic.com