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A bit of behind the scenes ...

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The photos our team have taken earlier today bring the so very much sought after behind-the-scenes look at what moulding tools are being currently worked on, or actually prepared for production. In the tool shop, the 1/72 Junkers Ju 87D5 and 1/48 Siebel Si 204E are being assembled and in the injection production room the 1/48 AH-1G Cobra moulding blocks are awaiting the first series of hot styrene shots :-)

PLT146 Letov Š.328 and HML002 Focke Wulf Fw 187 - a duo of rare 1/48 kits restocked

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In today's blog we hope to make happy the modellers who have been rather long time asking for the re-release of two of our really rare 1/48 kits. So, our PLT146 Letov Š.328 and HML002 Focke Wulf Fw187 are being restocked now, but only in a very limited numbers, so do not miss out this time, guys! 

SH48218 L-4 Grasshopper in 1/48 - boxart

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   Antonis Karidis is the author of this Special Hobby boxart which has been created for our upcoming 1/48 scale SH48218 L-4 Grasshopper model. Wow what a superbly made piece of true aviation art.   

SH72462 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7Trop ‘Braving Sand and Snow’ in 1/72 - colour schemes + model PLT177 restocked

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One more reboxing of Special Hobby's tiny and yet fabulously detailed Mess Bf 190E is to see light of the day soon, this time under the rather fancy name ‘Braving the Sand and Snow’ - which of course implicates the chosen schemes show airframes operated mainly over the hot desert of Northern Africa, but one was seen in the vast snowy plains of Ukraine, too. What, desert coloured kite battling the harsh and fierce climate of the Eastern Front? Yep, that is it, machine shown in Scheme A flew there in the winter 1941-42.    One more thing to mention today, the resin kit of the iconic Czechoslovak pre-war fighter plane prototype, the 1/48 Avia B.35 PLT177 has been restocked again after a rather long absence. So why miss out this time?

Reggiane Re 2005 Sagittario in 1/48 - built by John Colasante

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   John Colasante now shares   with the readers of SH blog a few photos of his fabulously finished 1/48 scale SH48206 Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario   ‘Ultimate Italian WWII Fighter’ model. Special Hobby also offers a few resin detail sets, namely Q48364 , 365 , 366 and 367 and also a pre-cut masks, set no. M48002 .

The very first sprue of the coming L-4 Grasshopper finished

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   The quarterscale L-4 Grasshopper model project is being seriously worked on. The first of its moulding tools has already been finished and as it is the clear parts mould, it also needed very careful polishing. The clear parts have been desinged in a way enabling the modeller to pick their ow way, either to use the one-piece right hand side glazing (part no.4) with the upward hinged clear panel closed, or should they wish to leave the panel open, to use the rear glazing (no.3) with the separate door panel (no.1) attached as open. 

SH72438 Short Sunderland Mk.I/II ‘Flying Porcupine’ - Boxart

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   Standa Hajek created this boxtop artwork already some time ago, but its time is drawing near only now. This piece of art is going to adorn one of this year's releases, 1/72 scale model no. SH72438 Short Sunderland Mk.I/II ‘Flying Porcupine’. The kit will offer the usual quartet of camouflage schemes, one of which has some connection with our country - depicting a machine that got involved with Marie, eventually saving Marie's life. 

SH72352 Mirage IIIC - colour option D

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The fourth and final colour scheme option in the upcoming SH72352 Mirage IIICJ is machine number 784 of the 119th tayeset (or squadron) of the IDF/AF. Some will have noticed we seem to have failed to show the third kite. Not by mistake, really, take it as this third scheme can be a bit of a mystery bird. Fancy a guess what we have in the pipeline for you? Or what would you like to have in this boxing? Let us know :-)

SH48222 L-4 ‘Cub in Post-War Service’ - boxart

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   The already mentioned (in the latest newsletter, have you read it yet?) 1/48 L-4 Grasshopper kit will no doubt come to the modeller in many different flavours, so to speak. One of the boxings has already got its boxtop artwork done as you can see today. This kit, cat.no. SH48222 bear the name ‘Cub in Post-War Service’ and the author of the fabulous painting is Antonis Karidis. The image features the L-4 flying under Czechoslovak civil registration OK-YFJ in around 1947. At that time the fuselage side carried an advertisement for Mr.Dynybyl's company producing alcoholic beverages, even though the Piper belonged to another factory owner, a certain J.Zitko, who had a mechanical weaving mill at Lhota u Červeného Poříčí.

Stuka gets her legs, with and without spats, plus a few more behind-the-scenes bits and bobs

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   The Junkers Ju 87D-5 mould already starts to show what it hold in the future for the modellers - the new undercarriage legs in two styles, either with the wheel spats or without them. Also a couple of other new parts slowly get their expected form and shape, e.g. the new rudder. This all can be seen in the first three images.     Then, we are glad to have one of our best packaging lady colleagues back from her surgery and as it seems in good health again - and the amount of new Bugatti kits that she managed to complete during the first hour and a half of her yesterday's shift can be seen on the fourth photo. So, the good news for the modeller is that the Blue Bugatti, our new release for this January, can already be get via our eshop.    And the final piece of good news for today, the 1/48 resin cast Classic Arframes Focke Wulf Fw 190V-1 is also back for those who fancy such unusual birds A. R.