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A Pair of Martin model 139s - as built by Patrick Branley

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Today our huge thank you goes to France, to our friend Patrick Branley who built and sent in a few photos of his recently finished Martin model 139 models. Patrick built them using Azur/Frrom model kits no. FR0042 and FR0043 which depict the Dutch and Argentina Navy versions. We are happy to say both of these models are finished to Patrick's usual high standard. Originally we had manufactured three different boxings of this Martin bomber for guys at Azur/Frrom, of which only the FR044 B-10B can still be found on our e-shop. And to tell the truth, not very much of it is left. The other two kits, FR0042 and FR0043 have already been sold out. So, your next chance to get some of the Martins for your collection might be the SH72440 model 139WC/WSM/WT ‘Chinese, Siamese and Turkish Service’ kit in which case you would be tempted by a couple more attractive schemes of this Martin model 139 bombers.

Westland Whirlwind Mk.I in 1/32 - built by Martin Pfeifer, photos taken by Mr.Hajek

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Martin has a soft spot for larger models indeed, this time he proves it by building this superb looking 1/32 scale replica of the twin engined heavy fighter, the Westland Whirlwind. The model kit is produced under catalogue number SH32047 . Our photographer first took a couple of photos of the model standing on a fancy black background, then went on with a standard blueish one. Not an easy task to pick which ones are better, is it? So here we are with all of them and it is up to you to pick your favourite...

SH72454 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 ‘Lightly-Armed Emil’ in 1/72 - photo in-box preview

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The machine gun-armed Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 is one of Special Hobby's new models to reach the market this June. Now let us whip your appetite a bit by means of a brief photographic preview of the contents of the kit's box. Images taken, as usually, by our gifted photographer Mr.Hajek. The marking and colour schemes can be scrutinized here . All the smaller parts of the kit, along with the clear parts sprue are identical with the earlier-released Model of the Year 2021 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3/4 . The fuselage/wing sprue must obviously be a different one to correctly depict the main difference from the E-3/4 kit, i.e. the cannon-less wing with no ammo drum bulges. This said sprue will be also used for the E-5 version a bit later. The level of surface detail is equal to the cannon-armed Emils.

News from Special Hobby 06/2021

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  Even though the past month saw just two new items from the SH range of plastic model kits, we need to admit that May was really very hectic. And not just May, the whole spring of 2021 is literally packed up to the brim with new items. On the top of the sales firmly stands the 1/32 Westland Whirlwind Mk.I(SH32047) with the Messerschmits Bf 109E-3 and E-4 (SH72443 and SH72439) following closely, along with the 1/48 Tempest and several other 1/72 kits as are the SF-260, Mirage F.1, Martin 139WC/WSM/WT and the military vehicle models the Sd.Kfz250/1 and Sd.Ah 115 Flatbed Trailer. And yes we do believe that all we have prepared for the month of June will be equally well received by the modelling community. Going to be re-released is the 1/72 SMB-2 Super Mystère  'Sa`ar – Israeli Storm in the Sky' kit, being joined on the shelves by such hot new items as the P-40M Warhawk/Kittyhawk Mk.III kit (offering a really nice choice of schemes), the sleek Japanese twin engined Tachikawa Ki