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1/72 DH 100 Vampire FB Mk.52 Over Northern Sky

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The Vampire fighter became of the greatest British export success in post-war period. Owing to its simple and sophisticated design, rather high performance and also due to favorable price, the Vampire became the first, or one of the first jet planes for many of countries. Amongst them were also Norway, Finland and Sweden (which had also developed their own SAAB 21 jet fighter, but Vampire was first in service).

Highly detailed model in excellent quality (3D design and steel moulds) is spread in two frames accompanied with one sprue of clear parts. The decal sheet offers one Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish machine. The Norwegian and Swedish are camouflaged, while the Finnish one is in aluminium dope overall. There are in fact two decal sheets, the first containing the national and other markings, on the other sheet you can find full set of stencils for all three machines in their respective languages. We wouldn´t be able to prepare this stencil decals without help from modellers and hi…

1/72 FMA IA-58A/ D Pucará Still Flying

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The Argentine FMA IA-58A Pucará ground-attack planes made themselves famous mainly during the Falkland War / Guerra de las Malvinas. Several versions were projected during their service that were to push their performance even higher. None of these proposed versions (single-seat IA-58C or Garrett TPE331 engines equipped version) ever reached series production. Recently the Argentine planes, as well as the Uruguayan ones celebrated their 30th anniversary of service. The Argentine Air Force is now having their Pucarás modernized to IA-58 D “Delta” version. The changes relate mainly to internal equipment of the machines.

The 30th anniversary had an impact on the Pucarás markings. In the model you can find three sprues with plastic parts in grey colour, one frame of clear parts, detailed resin parts, photo-etched set and decals for two Argentine and two Uruguayan machines. The modernized Argentine IA-58Ds are flying in austere grey camouflage, one of the depicted machines carries an anni…