Special Hobby Newsletter January 2018

Special Hobby Newsletter January 2018
The end of yet another year is inevitably coming, as well as the start of the new year of 2018. For us here at Special Hobby, this pre-festive period has really been quite frantic. Even though we did not manage to distribute everything as had been planned, we can assume this year as really very successful one. The 2017 new kits have proved to be enormously attractive both for the traders and the modellers and it makes us really happy that the demand is still rising. We are pretty optimistic and believe that this trend will remain unchanged also in the new year.  During the new year that is quickly approaching, you can expect plenty of really eye-catching new model kits which, besides the January news described further below, are for example the following: 1/72 SAAB Viggen, Super Mystere B.2, Vampire Mk.I, Dornier Do-27,  Meteor NF Mk.11/12/13/14, two-stage Mosquito versions, in 1/48 scale also the Super Mystere B.2 or the Dornier Do-24 and in our biggest scale 1/32 the Tempest Mk.VI or the I.A.R.-81 BoPi. Many interesting resin sets are to be issued by our colleagues at CMK too.  The 1/48 range is going to bring you an engine set and armament set for Special Hobby P-40 kit,  1/32 ground crewmember figures to accompany our Tempest model and in 1/72 an engine installation set for the new 1/48 Airfix B-17 bomber.  Speaking of the B-17, any producers‘ model will benefit from the addition of CMK set of WW2 US pilot and gunner figures. And obviously not only the B-17 kits. In our Planet Model range, you can expect 1/48 resin kits of the Focke Wulf Fw 190V-11 fighter, Miles Libellula test plane.
We also would like to invite you to visit our stand at the 2018 Nuremberg Toy Fair / Spielwarenmesse in Germany. You will find us at our usual place, in Hall 7, stand no. E-52. We are really looking forward to be able to meeting with you all there, to show you our forthcoming projects and also give you detailed replies to all your possible questions.
A. Riedel

SPECIAL HOBBY PLASTIC KITS

CASA C.212-100 "Tail Art" 1/72

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SH72376   1/72   8594071086213
The CASA C-212 model comes on as many as five grey styrene sprues and one clear plastic sprue. Limited edition reboxing #SH72376 CASA C-212-100 ‘Tail Art’ offers two highly attractive Portuguese military machines both of which are adorned with extremely elaborated paintings on their tails.
The decal sheets (two of them in the box) have been printed by Italian Cartograf. The styrene parts are identical with our #SH72344 model kit
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Messerschmitt Me 209V-1 1/72

Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SH72138   1/72   8594071086497
In the 1930’s, in the time of the rearmament, Germany tried to showcase their military power also by breaking aviation records. This effort, backed by the state, brought many new records including the most prestigious one, the world speed record. Of interest might be the fact that two German aviation companies rivaled to achieve the record, namely Heinkel and Messerschmitt.
When Messerschmitt Bf 109V-13 with pilot Dr.Hermann Wurster at the controls achieved the top speed record on 11 November 1937, the Heinkel team had already been working on a new record aircraft, the He 100. The speed record of the Bf 109 V-13 was at first broken by famous WW1 pilot Ernst Udet in the cockpit of the He 100 V2, later on 30 March 1939 also by Hans Dieterle who in fact achieved not only land plane top speed record, but also the absolute top speed record, which until that tiem had been held by Italian Macchi MC.72 racing floatplane.
No wonder that the Messerschmitt’s answer came very soon as Fritz Wendel achieved 755.138 kmh in a machine that was for the record breaking attempt named the Me 109R to fool the public and make them think it is just an improved variety of the Bf 109 standard fighter. But in reality, it was a completely different type, that had been designed as Project 1059 and got designation the Me 209 by the German Air Ministry (RLM).  This high speed version aircraft had been designed as a small low-wing monoplane with retractable undercarriage and pilot’s cockpit behind the wing. The plane was fitted with a Daimler-Benz DB601 water cooled engine with a system of wing surface radiators. The cooling water evaporated from those radiators and the supply last only for a 30min’s flight. The RLM placed order for a total of three speed prototypes and several further prototypes of the planned military fighter version. The first prototype Me 209V-1 (W.Nr.1185) with registration D-INJR was taken aloft for the first time on 1 August 1938 with Dr.Ing.Hermann Wurster at the controls and with only a half full fuel and coolant tanks. Trouble with the engine, cooling system, stability and other issues occured right during the first flight. Not even the second prototype, the Me 209V-2 (W.Nr.1186) which made its first flight on 8 February 1939 did any better. What is more, it was destroyed shortly after during a crash on 4 April 1939. As at that time, the world record had already been broken by the He 100V-8, all effort was made to prepare the first prototype (Me 209V-1) for the record attempt. The machine got a unique DB-601ARJ engine, its tail fin was enlarged and the machine was also painted high gloss blue overall. On 26 April 1939, Fritz Wendel managed to break the record, his top speed would not be surpassed until 1969 by the improved version of the Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat Conquest I (gained 820.824 kmh).
Our model of the Me209V1 comes on two frames of grey styrene and one frame with clear injected parts. Smaller components have been 3D designed and are produced using a metal moulding block. The decal sheet brings markings for both known appearances of the record breaking Me 209V-1. At first, the machine flew in natural metal finish and the decals offer set of stencils painted on the plane, later during the record attempt the machine wear the blue finish and the decal sheet has the registration letters and other markings as well.
 
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Blohm & Voss BV 155V-1 1/72

Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SH72340   1/72   8594071086442
The Blohm Voss BV 155B was supposed to become just that weapon to stop the new American B-29  high altitude bombers. However, these magnificent machines were sent to the Pacific area and the development of the BV 155B was not brought to a successful finish.  The development had really been rather complicated, originally taking place at Messerschmitt facility as the Me 155, originally designed as a naval fighter for theplanned but never finished Graf Zeppelin carrier. As the requirements of the RLM changed with time, the type was also redesigned to perform as a high altitude machine, the Me155B. The Messerschmitt development team was overburden with several other projects, so the RLM  decided to transfer the project work to Blohm Voss, where, however, the Blohm Voss‘ chief designer Richard Voght considered the project to be quite bad and eventually redesigned it completely. The type’s designation changed as well to the BV155, and the new plane was much larger with a long span wing. A four-bladed propeller was driven by a turbo-charged DB 603U engine, with engine radiators hung under the wing. The first BV155V-1 made its maiden flight on 1 September 1944, quipped with a pressurised cockpit and a Rb 50/30 camera behind the pilot’s seat. The planned armament was to consist of a 30mm MK108 cannon in the propeller shaft and two 20mm MG151/20 cannon in the wings. Several problems occured during the first flights, although the team was able to tacke some of them eventually. Another two prototypes, the V- 2 and V-3 had also been partially built. Richard Voght considered also the BV155C, a version which was to have its radiator in the forward fuselage. The advancing British troops brought an end to all these plans when they seized the Blohm Voss factory and also Hamburg – Finkerwerder airfield. The RAF supposedly test-flown the BV155, at least an inventory number was assigned to the type. At first, the Bv155 was sent to the UK, consequently over the pond to the USA. Nowadays, the already incomplete machine is stored at theNational Air and Space Museum depository.
The model of this unique high altitude fighter prototype was already produced by our team and is no longer available. The model that we are going to offer you now is a completely new one, and some of its components are produced using metal moulds. The kit comes on three grey styrene sprues, one sprue sith clear parts and also contains two nicely detailed resin items. The decal sheet was expertly printed by Italian Cartograf.
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UPCOMING MODELS 2/2018

Vampire Mk.I "RAF & RAAF Service" 

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SH72383   1/72   8594071086541

Lloyd C.V serie 82 1/48

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
100-SH48044   1/48   8594071086329

L-39ZA/ZA ART Albatros 1/48

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

1/35 3,7 cm KPUV vz.37 (3,7 cm PAK 37(t)) Gun Muzzle Brake

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-B35101   1/35   8595593125473
Detail muzzle brake cast for a model of the Czechoslovak anti-tank gun that was used by the German Wehrmacht and other armies as well during WW2. The brake has apertures around its circumference, was designed in 3D and the master pattern was produced using a 3D printer to achieve the best quality. Easily and directly replaces the kit part which comes without the apertures.
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1/32 IAR-81C – Late Mainwheels

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-Q32291   1/32   8595593125459
The set offers mainwheels with nicely detailed hub area. The tyres come with very fine tread. Designed for Special Hobby and Azur/Frrom kits of Rumanian I.A.R.-80/81 fighter and dive bomber aircraft. 3D designed and master marts produced on a 3D printer.
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1/32 YAK-3 – Exhausts for Special Hobby kit

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-Q32292   1/32   8595593125466
The set brings all new exhausts made for Special Hobby kit. 3D designed and prototype parts 3D printed.
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1/72 P-40 Wheels – Cross Tread for
Special Hobby kit

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-Q72297   1/72   8595593125497
The set contains all new wheels with cross tread tyres, the wheel hubs come as separate casts and the set offers two styles of the wheels, either with the hub covers on or without the covers. 3D designed, 3D-printed master parts.
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1/72 P-40 Wheels – Diamond and Hole Tread
for Special Hobby

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-Q72298   1/72   8595593125503
The set contains all new wheels with diamond and hole style tread, the wheel hubs come as separate casts and the set offers two styles of the wheels, either with the hub covers on or without the covers. 3D designed, 3D-printed master parts.
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1/72 P-40N-5 through N-40 Seat with Belts
for Special Hobby

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-Q72300   1/72   8595593125510
For the new Special Hobby P-40N kits (later blocks), but not just for these kits, has been designed this set which brings the modeller a new cast pilot’s seat with belts. 3D designed, the seat master pattern was produced using a 3D printer.
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1/72 P-40 Cockpit Sidewalls and Control Column for Special Hobby

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-Q72301   1/72   8595593125527
The new Special Hobby P-40 Warhawk kits will benefit from the addition of this set which offers the modeller new and nicely detailed cockpit sidewalls and a new control stick. The cast part replace directly and easily the original styrene items. Not much surgery needed. The master parts were 3D designed and printed.
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1/72 Kittyhawk IV Seat with Sutton Harness for Special Hobby

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-Q72303   1/72   8595593125534
The new Special Hobby models of the Kittyhawk IV (basically a P-40N with some British equipment), but not just these kits, will no doubt benefit from the new pilot’s seat cast with the quite distinctive British Sutton harness. As many of our recent sets, also this one has been 3D designed and the master parts produced on a 3D printer.
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1/72 Kittyhawk IV Seat with Sutton Harness for Special Hobby

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-Q72293   1/72   8595593125480
This new resin cast seat has been tailored to fit the new Special Hobby P-40 kits in the E, K, M and N-1 version and can be used with earlier Special Hobby P-40F and L versions too as well as with other P-40 kits. 3D designed, master parts 3D printed. The seat is plain, with no belts.
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1/72 MAN LE 10.220 Bundeswehr Military Aircraft Tug – All Resin Kit

 
Art.No.   scale   barcode
129-MV120   1/72   8595593124933
This is an all-resin cast construction kit of the aircraft tug vehicle that is currently operated by the German Bundeswehr. The kit is 3D designed and along the resin parts, it contains also clear styrene injected parts portraying the cabin windows, a decal sheet and full colour instructions.
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