Wednesday, December 07, 2016

1/144 Vickers Type C Giant Bomber Project (1942) - Fantastic Plastic

1/144 Vickers Type C Giant Bomber Project (1942) - Fantastic Plastic
In 1942, Britain's Vickers company began developing plans for a giant heavy bomber with which to carry large bomb loads into the heart of Nazi Germany. Several variations of this six-engine behemoth were developed, the "Type C" perhaps being the most radical.

 It was distinguished by its massively long wings, each tipped with its own tail/rudder. It also featured a large foreplane that provided frontal lift and allowed for low landing speeds. Because it had no tailplane, the wings were shifted back towards the aircraft's center-of-gravity, which would have made the installation of jet engines extremely easy.

Development of the Vickers Type C would have no doubt taken years, meaning the plane would likely not have seen service before the war's end in May 1945.

While this is great that it is being produced (by Anigrand on behalf of Fantastic Plastic) it does mean there will be no bonus kits :(

Price: TBD

Sunday, December 04, 2016

1/144 Mil Mi-10 Military Transport Helicoptor - by Eastern Express

1/144 Mil Mi-10 Military Transport Helicoptor - by Eastern Express

The first prototype V-10 was completed in 1959 and was soon officially allocated the service designation Mi-10. The first flight took place on 15 June 1960 and flight testing continued successfully until in May 1960 the first prototype crashed during a precautionary landing resulting from loss of gearbox oil pressure, only the Navigator/ radio operator surviving. After joining the flight test programme the second prototype began a series of world record breaking altitude/payload flights for turbine powered helicopters. State acceptance trials were passed successfully in 1961, but production did not commence until 5 March 1964 at the Rostov-on-Don factory, with first flight of a production aircraft on 10 September 1964, leading to a total of forty of the long-legged Mi-10 helicopters built, from 1964 to 1969.

Mi-10 Initial standard long-legged production helicopter

Mi-10K (K - korotkonogiy - short legged) (NATO - Harke-B) Flying crane helicopter with short-legged narrow-track undercarriage and a ventral gondola for a second pilot.

Mil Mi-10 Military transport helicopter (EA144509)

Mil Mi-10K transport helicopter (EA144510)

Available: December 2016
Price: £30 GBP

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1/144 Leiji Matsumoto The Cockpit Collection 2 - Ftoys

1/144 Leiji Matsumoto The Cockpit Collection 2 - F-Toys
A new follow on release for the Leiji Matsumoto manga!

From the creator of Space Blazer and Galaxy Express, comes a series of  based upon F-Toys Molds:

Ki-99 - a fictional aircraft

Bf 109G-6
Ta-152 (H-1)
P-51D x2
Zeroes (a 52 and 22)

Released: Feburary 2017

The Cockpit Collection 1 (From 2012) : 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

1/144 SR-71A BLACKBIRD Full PE Model - By Jasmine Model

1/144 SR-71A BLACKBIRD Full PE Model Jasmine Model (#202071)

If you have the patience of a Saint, and the skills of a brain surgeon - this could be you lucky day!

A photo-etched wire frame kit of a SR-71

Size of finished model: 118mm in width, 226mm in length, number of parts: 120


Price: $80 USD

Sunday, November 20, 2016

1/144 Haunebu II Saucer - Pegasus Models (updated)

1/144 Haunebu II Saucer - Pegasus Models

Another NAZI UFO - includes: Plastic sprues, Waterslide decals, Clear parts

Planned Release :Febuary/March 2017

updated link: 

1/144 "Rocketship X-M" (1950) - Pegasus Models

1/144 Rocketship X-M 1950 - Pegasus Models

The rocket featured in the movie of the same name "Rocketship X-M" (1950)

This will be tall!

Planned Release: January/February, 2017

Sunday, November 13, 2016

1/144 Avia/Letov C-2/Arado Ar 96B - by MARK I

1/144 Avia/Letov C-2/Arado Ar 96B - by MARK I

The Arado Ar 96 was a German single-engine, low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction produced by Arado Flugzeugwerke. It was the Luftwaffe's standard advanced trainer during World War II.

The Ar 96 was used for advanced, night and instrument flying training. Famously, during the evening of 28 April 1945, pilot Hanna Reitsch was flown with then-Luftwaffe head Generaloberst Robert Ritter von Greim out from Berlin under Soviet fire in an Arado Ar 96 trainer from an improvised airstrip in the Tiergarten, piloted by a Luftwaffe sergeant.

Shadow production was undertaken by Letov and the Avia factory in occupied Czechoslovakia, where manufacturing continued for some years after the war, being designated the Avia C-2B.

A wooden version known as the Ar 396 was built in France and was designated the SIPA S.10. Further developments were the SIPA S.11 (armed version), and the SIPA S.12, a metal version; 188 of all versions were produced until 1958. The S.11 was operated with some success in Algeria carrying machine guns, rockets and light bombs.

Arado Ar 96B 'Ubiquitous Trainer' (2in1)

Avia/Letov C-2/Arado Ar 96B 'Silver Livery' (2in1)

Arado Ar 96B 'Military Trainer' (2in1)

1/144 Heinkel He-162A 'Salamander' / "Spatz"- Brengun

1/144 Heinkel He-162A 'Salamander' / "Spatz"- Brengun

The Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger (German, "People's Fighter"), the name of a project of the Emergency Fighter Program design competition, was a German single-engine, jet-powered fighter aircraft fielded by the Luftwaffe in World War II. Designed and built quickly, and made primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and prioritised for other aircraft, the He 162 was nevertheless the fastest of the first generation of Axis and Allied jets. Volksjäger was the Reich Air Ministry's official name for the government design program competition won by the He 162 design. Other names given to the plane include Salamander, which was the codename of its construction program, and Spatz ("Sparrow"), which was the name given to the plane by Heinkel.

1/144 Heinkel He-162A 'Salamander' / "Spatz" Photo Etched- Brengun

1/144 Heinkel He-162A 'Salamander' / "Spatz" Photo Etched - Brengun

Designed for the 1/144 Heinkel He-162A 'Salamander' / "Spatz" by Brengun

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

1/144 Wing Kit Collection VS 5 - F-Toys Wing Kit Collection VS 5

1/144 Wing Kit Collection VS 5 - F-Toys Wing Kit Collection VS 5

Aichi B7A Ryusei "Grace" - New tool
The Aichi B7A Ryusei (流星 Ryūsei?, "Shooting Star", Allied reporting name "Grace") was a large and powerful carrier-borne torpedo-dive bomber produced by Aichi Kokuki KK for the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service during the Second World War. Built in only small numbers and deprived of the aircraft carriers it was intended to operate from, the type had little chance to distinguish itself in combat before the war ended in August 1945.

Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver - New tool
The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was a carrier-based dive bomber aircraft produced for the United States Navy during World War II. It replaced the Douglas SBD Dauntless in US Navy service. The SB2C was much faster than the SBD it replaced.

Crew nicknames for the aircraft included the Big-Tailed Beast (or just the derogatory Beast),[1] Two-Cee and Son-of-a-Bitch 2nd Class (after its designation and partly because of its reputation for having difficult handling characteristics).[2] Neither pilots nor aircraft carrier captains seemed to like it.[3]

Delays marred its production—by the time the A-25 Shrike variant for the USAAF was deployed in late 1943, the Army Air Forces no longer had a need for a thoroughbred dive bomber. Poor handling of the aircraft was another factor that hampered its service introductions; both the British Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force cancelled substantial orders.[4]

Expect bonus items!

Released: January 2017


Saturday, October 29, 2016

1/144 PLA Type 22 Missile Boat - Trumpeter

1/144 PLA Type 22 Missile Boat - Trumpeter

The Type 22 (NATO designation: Houbei class)[6] missile boat is a ship class in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy. The first boat was launched in April 2004 by the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard at Shanghai. The boats incorporate stealth features and are based on Australian-designed wave-piercing catamaran hulls that are more stable than other fast missile craft in high sea conditions.[7] Approximately 83 of these missile boats are currently in service with three flotillas having been produced over a span of seven years.[1]

Pakistan has shown interest in the craft and plans to build them domestically in the Karachi Shipyard.[8]

The Type 22 fast attack craft are China's entry into a growing list of missile-armed attack craft which include Finland's Hamina class missile boat, and Norway's Skjold class patrol boat. The Australian AMD cataraman design may mean as much as a 50% reduction in vessel speed penalty in high sea conditions (in which monohulls may only perform at half or less of their maximum capability). Further, seasickness and disorientation is significantly reduced, improving the combat readiness/situational awareness of the small-craft operators during such conditions.

In addition to the stealthy polygonal-designed superstructure with its stealthy gun mount, the Type 22 has an advanced C4 datalink[4] that may represent some kind of capability to allow AWACS planes or other ships to vector the Type 22's missiles.

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