Special hobby newsletter August 2017

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   Our August Newsletter brings to your attention two 1/35 scale injection models, one model in 1/48 scale and another one in 1/72. In the 1/35 scale, favoured mainly by military vehicle model builders, we have the famous Czechoslovak 3.7cm KPUV vz.37 anti-tank cannon with pneumatic tyre wheels. This weapon also saw service with the German Wehrmacht, of course.  The other 1/35 scale model is the VW Typ 825, now transferred to the Special Armour range of products. In the Special Hobby range, we offer now a re-release of the German Fi-103 A-1/Re-4 Reichenberg manned flying bomb in 1/48. And finally, in 1/72 scale, a re-released film star emerges again for the modeller, the HA-1112 M-1L Buchón (SH72311, “Movie Star”)
   The CMK range offers yet another fabulous model of a Great War heavy weapon in 1/35 scale. We have prepared for the modeller a model of the Skoda 24cm M.98 mortar and to accompany it in your display case, as well as another weapons too, you can also purchase a figure of an Austro-Hungarian artillery officer.  Highly interesting acompaniment to your modern military aircraft models could also be the 3D-designed MA-1A Start Cart in 1/72. WW2 aircraft collection might also be enriched by the addition of the German Ringtrichter Richtungshörer Horchgerät, or an acoustic detection device as the original name translates. Both this model and and the US paratrooper figure have been prepared using 3D CAD-CAM systems.  And many sets more, of course.
1/72 Mirage F.1B model no.SH72291, unavailable for a short period , has been made available again as well as all three boxings of the 1/32 X-15 kit, SH32022, SH32029 and SH32031.
 
SPECIAL HOBBY PLASTIC MODELS

1/48 Fi 103 A-1/Re-4 Reichenberg 

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SH48190   1/48   8594071086053
 
    In June 1944, only a week after the Allied landing in Normandy, a German offensive against Great Britain (and later also against targets on the continent) was launched using V-1 flying bombs. However, the accuracy of the attacks was later assessed by the Oberkommando der Luftwaffe as rather unsatisfactory and a usage of manned missiles was put forward to increase the accuracy. Small and heavily defended targets were to be attacked by modified V-1 flying bombs. These attacks were not at first supposed to be suicidal and the pilot was expected to be able to guide the plane onto the target and then bale out and save himself using his parachute. Or such was the theory.
   The project of the manned flying bomb was named Reichenberg , the first three versions of the manned missile were used for training purposes and only the fourth version to be developed, the Reichenberg IV was to be used in real action. The R-IV was just a modified V-1 flying bomb, carrying a pilot’s cockpit with a standard set of controls in place of one of the fuselage pressured air tanks. The cockpit had a one-piece canopy with armoured glass widscreen, the whole canopy opening to the right. The speed of 700-800 kmh while diving onto the target and the type of the canopy gave the pilot only the slightest chance of survival. The Fi 103 were to be launched from a He 111 bomber, the production gave in total about 175 Reichenberg IVs, but none of them was ever used. In the autumn of 1944, 5./KG200 unit was established and also training of the Fi 103 flight instructors were to be commenced, however the unit’s new commanding officer, Geschwader Kommodore Oberstleutnant Werner Baumbach, after a discussion with the Fuhrer himself, ordered the Reichenberg unit to be disbanded.  After the war, a handful of the Fi 103 manned flying bombs was captured and examined by the Allies.
   The Reichenberg plastic model kit comes on one sprue with grey styrene parts and one sprue containing a clear canopy hood. The decal sheet offers markings for three various liveries.
 
 

1/35 Kanón 3,7 cm KPUV vz.37M /3,7 cm Pak M 37

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SA35004   1/35   8594071086060

  
   In the 1930s, the Skoda development department came up with a design for a modern 37mm A3 anti-tank gun, which was later accepted by the Czechoslovak army and used under designation 3,7cm KPUV vz.34, (KPUV standing for Kanon Proti Utocne Vozbe, or Anti-Tank Gun). The Skoda design team did not lie back on their laurels and developed a modernised type known as the A4 which gained excellent results while it was being tested and surpassed considerably the original 3,7cm KPUV gun. However, the new type used a different type of ammunition and therefore its breech had to be redesigned to be capable of using the earlier ammo as well. After that, nothing stood against the A4 gun being accepted by the Czechoslovak army, which used it under 3,7cm KPUV vz.37 designation. At that time, this weapon was the world´s best in its category. The production guns were supplied in several varieties, among which was also the Type M which could have been transported behind a motorised vehicles. The A4 guns were also exported to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Hungary, besides others. In 1938, nearly one thousand KPUV guns of both types were ready to defend Czechoslovakia, 390 of them were of vz.37 Type P and 300 of vz.37 Type M. The 3,7cm KPUV Gun vz.37 was capable to shoot through the armour of all Wehrmacht´s tanks. However, in the end, these guns were first used in combat by the German Wehrmacht, which, having realised the Czechoslovak guns were superior to German ones, put them into service under 3,7cm PAK 37(t) designation. And, how effective these guns were, soldiers of Poland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands found out to their detriment. And only the attack against the Soviet Union made the 37mm guns obsolete as they were no longer effective against the new Soviet mid and heavy tank armours. Nevertheless, the guns remained on strenght almost until the end of the war. Amongst their users was also the army of the Slovak State, which had been built on the ruins of former Czechoslovakia, the Slovak Army deployed the 3,7cm guns also against the USSR, but with similar trouble as the Wehrmacht.
    The model of this anti-tank weapon with pneumatic tyre wheels is made of grey styrene, the instructions offer liveries for guns used by the Czechoslovak army, German Wehrmach (in winter camouflage) and the Slovak State army. The decal sheet brings markings for the Slovak cannon while it saw service on the Eastern front, a double cross (Slovakia’s national symbol) and a good luck horseshoe.

1/35 Volkswagen Typ 825 Pick Up 

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SA35007   1/35   8594071086077

   Ferdinand Porsche, a German automotive engineer, developed his famous “people’s car”, the VW Beetle on direct Adolf Hitler’s  impulse. During the Second World War, the vehicle was produced in large numbers and in various verisons and modofications, for both the military and the civil users. The Beetle had either two (rear) wheel drive or even four wheel drive. Besides the civil users, the Beetle saw military service with the Wehrmach, Afrika-Korps, Waffen-SS, the police and state authorities of the Third Reich. In 1941, a pick up version was also built known as the Typ 825. The body of the original Typ 82 version was modified and mounted on a four wheel drive chassis, giving a vehicle for a crew of two and offering a large load area. Later, also a type with a box-shaped superstructure was manufactured under the designation Typ 83.
   The rear load area resin parts, photo-etched parts and decal sheet acompany the kit’s styrene parts. The instruction sheet offers two colour schemes, the first being in sand overall, the other having heavy mottles of green and chockolate brown over the standard sand as the vehicle was operated later in the war.
 

1/72 HA-1112 M-1L Buchón “Movie Star” - reedice

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SH72311   1/72   8594071084639

      The Spanish piston-engined HA-1112 M-1L Buchón fighters, under a licence built Messerschmitt Bf 109s fitted with British Merlin power plants became true movie stars owing to their appearance in the classic 1969 film Battle of Britain, later to appear in several other films, too. To be able to play the role of the German Bf 109E type, they had to be modified to a certain extent. The wing tips were squared off to portray the Bf 109E version typical feature, but also to maintain the total wing area, the wing was not cut off directly outboard the ailerons and a squared tip was added instead. The aircraft were also fitted with a mock up wing and fuselage gun barrels. Struts were added beneath the taiplanes, too. The Buchóns received livery of fictitious Luftwaffe units. During the filming, when the shortage of airworthy Hurricanes that should have appeared in large formations became evident, at least three Buchóns were painted to resemble Polish unit Hurricane fighters and these so-called Hurrischmitts played extras in the background.
   The film version Buchón model comes on two sprues of grey resin which are different from those in the Spanish military verison model (offered under cat.no. SH72308 – HA-1112 M-1L Buchón). The customer will find for the filming purposes modified wing parts, a new forward fuselage section with mock up guns and also tailplane struts. The decal sheet brings markings for “Red 10” and “Yellow 15” fictitious  German units planes and one British Hurrischmitt with MI-T fuselage codes and Polish checkerboard national markings on its nose.
 
FUTURE RELEASES 9/2017

1/48 Fiat CR. 32 Re-issue

 

Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SH48182   1/48   8594071085681

1/48 L-39ZO/ZA Albatros

 

Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SH48167   1/48   8594071086039

1/48 IMAM (Romeo) Ro.37bis

 

Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SH48185   1/48   8594071086015

1/72 Letov Š.328 "Slovak National Uprising"

 

Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SH72369   1/72   8594071086145
 

1/72 Fouga CM.170 Magister German, Finnish and Ostereich

 

Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SH72373   1/72   8594071086152



1/72MA-1A USAF Start Cart

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-7365   1/72   8595593125039
High pressure air starter unit used for starting an aircraft jet engine by means of high velocity air generated by a small turbine inside the cart. The MA-1A cart was in service since the 1950s and and was used to start number of US jet engine aircraft such as the T-33A, T-38 and many others, but could have been used with the huge C-130 turboprop as well.

1/72 Bf 109G-6 – Cockpit Set for Airfix

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-7367   1/72   8595593125046
This is an all new cockpit set for the famous German fighter aircraft and offers a cockpit floor in one piece with fuselage bulkheads, new side consoles, control stick and an instrument panel. The instrument faces are pre-printed on a piece of film.
Germany / WWII

1/35 Austro-Hungarian WWI Artilleryman

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-F35334   1/35   8595593125053
A fantastic figure of an Austro-Hungarian WW1soldier, a member of a mortar unit (CMK produce all-resin kits of M98, M15 and M11 mortars in the same scale). The figure has a separate head and right arm and would be a nice addition to figure of Austro-Hungarian WW1 Officer (129-F35285).

1/35 US WW2 Soldier (101 Airborne) Running with
M2 Machine Gun over his Shoulder

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-F35335   1/35   8595593125060
A very nicely done figure of US 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) somewhere in Normandy, 1944. The soldier runs and carries an M2 machine gun over his shoulder. The arms are separate as well as the head and the M2 machine gun. Created using 3D CAD.

USA / WWII

1/35 Heads of German WW2 Infantry Troops with Winter Headwear (6 pcs)

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-F35336   1/35   8595593125077
This set contains six heads of German Wehrmacht soldiers wearing winter caps. Each of the heads is unique and comes with its own headwear.different from the others.

Germany/ WWII                               
 

1/35 Heads of Soviet WW2 Soldiers with Winter Headwear (6 pcs)

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-F35337   1/35   8595593125084
This set brings three heads of Soviet Red Army soldiers wearing fur hats. Each of the heads comes twice in the set.

SSSR / WWII
 

1/35 Austro-Hungarian WWI 24 cm Mörser M.98

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-RA057   1/35   8595593125022
An all-resin kit of an Austro-Hungarian WW1 mortar. The master has been designed and produced using 3D CAD/CAM system. The model offers splendid levels of detail, similar to those of our other kits of WW1 weapons.
The M.98 mortar was the first state-of-art Skoda-produced mortar to be introduced to the Austro-Hungarian army and also the first one to be towed by motor vehicles. It was a high quality weapon which service was restricted only by unsuitable ammunition causing rather small range of fire. At the beginning of the war, the Austro-Hungarian army operated 12 batteries each with 4 mortars, in 1917 30 mortars were still in service, however, only a year later, the army had not more than two batteries left.

Austria-Hungary / WWI

1/72 Ringtrichter Richtungshörer Horchgerät  (RRH) – German WW2 Acoustic Monitoring Device – all resin kit

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-MV118   1/72   8595593125091
Acoustic devices had been used for finding and monitoring the position of enemy aircraft and their flight direction since World War 1. Although radio detection and ranging (radar) was already massively used, the Luftwaffe and heavy anti-aircraft artillery control units were still using the RRH acoustic devices (which were developed in the 1930s)  for early warning against the approaching enemy bomber streams until the end of the Second World War.

Germany/ WWII

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