News from Special Hobby 12/2019

   The end of yet another year is inevitably coming. It has been long thirty years now since the so-called Velvet revolution in our country, the event which marked the end of the cruel communist regime in November 1989. After a long period of darkness, we were able to return to a free life and began to rebuild democracy, once again in our post-war history. And although the very first model kits bearing the now famous MPM logo on their boxes had begun to appear on the shop shelves back in 1989, the MPM company was officially established only the next year, in 1990. So in 2020, we are going to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of MPM (now Special Hobby) in the model industry. 
   But first things first, it is the time now to announce the new models we have prepared for the this December. After some delay, we are happy to be able to bring you the 1/72 CV-707 Vesikko (SN72004), a model of the Finnish WW2 submarine. But what seems to be really the most important amongst the December new items is the Mirage F.1 Duo Pack & Book, which is a new addition to our series of kits coming with superbly designed and printed H.M.H. Publications. Of all our resin sets, let me mention another great figure to accompany our Siebel Si 204/Aero C-3A family of kits as well as the interior set for the Airfix’s 1/48 Spitfire Mk.XIV

A. Riedel


Vautour IIN ‘IAF All Weather Fighter’ Scale Barcode
100-SH72410 1/72 8594071087265

The Vautour IIN was a French twin engine, jet all-weather fighter aeroplane which saw service also with the Israeli Air Force. The 1/72 scale model kit comes on four grey styrene sprues joined by a single clear parts sprue, a bunch of resin parts and photo etches.

  • Highly accurate and detailed model
  • Three differing colour options showing the type throughout its IAF career
  • Accurate decals including a set of stencils
  • To improve your model, get also nicely detailed fuel tank set no.Q72262, available separately.

Operators: Israel/post WWII

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CV 707 Vesikko ‘WWII Finnish U-Boat’ Scale Barcode
100-SN72004 1/72 8594071087227

Built in Finland, Vesikko was in fact a prototype of the German Type II submarine class. Vesikko, also known by her manufacturing code CV707 was introduced to service with the Finnish Navy in 1936 and went on to serve until  1944.  She took part in both the Winter and Continuation Wars and in 1959, she became a permanent exhibit in Suomenlinna fortress and is displayed there ever since.

  • Accurate and detail-oozing model
  • Photo etches, resin parts and metal periscopes included in the kit
  • Various colour schemes illustrating the submarine’s long service career which spanned from 1936 till 1944

Operators: Finland/WWII

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Focke Achgelis FA 223 Drache ‘Captured’ Scale Barcode
100-SH48201 1/48 8594071087159

The first helicopter in the history of aviation to reach production status and also the first one to fly across the English Channel. This is, however, just a brief list of all firsts attained by the Drache. Its production had been planned to give 400 machines, but in the end and mainly because of Allied air raids, just about 20 of these remarkable machines emerged from the production line. In the final stages of the war, the Allied managed to capture a handful of Draches and put them to flight tests in Britain and in the USA whilst in France, there were actual attempts to develop the type further.

  • The only 1/48 scale model kit of this type ever produced
  • Contains photo etches and resin parts
  • Decal sheet comes with markings for Luftwaffe, RAF and USAAF machines

Operators: Germany/GB/USA/WWII

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Mirage F.1 Duo Pack & Book Scale Barcode
100-SH72414 1/72 8594071087289

The Viggen Duo Pack & Book model concept proved to be a real success with the modellers so Special Hobby decide to follow this track and offer the customers another model from this new range which should always contain two complete kits, a publication crammed with unique photos and a few more bonuses as well. The Mirage F.1 Duo Pack contains H.M.H.Publications‘ exquisite book, one single seater Mirage F.1 kit and one kit depicting its two-seater version. Camouflage and marking schemes consists of machines flown by the air forces of France, Ecuador and Jordan while the two seaters come in colours of France, Iran and Qatar.

  • unique concept combining model kits with related publications
  • limited edition, just 2000pcs
  • contains photo etches and resin details of the specific rwr systems of some of the machines
  • also contains highly detailed and accurate resin wheels for both models

Operators: France/Iran/Equador/Jordan/Katar/Modern

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Lockheed-Martin C-130 Hercules Scale Barcode

Because of our close cooperation with the guys from H.M.H. Publications, we are able to bring you now their latest acheivement - the C-130 Hercules book, crammed to the brim with grand photographs and twice as thick as any of their previous ones.

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Blenheim Mk.II ‘Finish AF’ Retractable Ski Undercarriage Scale Barcode
129-4384 1/48 8595593127385

During the winter, Finnish Air Force’s Blenheim bombers saw service fitted with ski undercarriage. Two styles of skis were used, one was fixed (offered as set 4383) while the skis of the other one could be retracted. To enable it, the wing nacelles had to be adapted and now we offer not just the skis but those nacelles too.

Operators: Finland/WWII

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Harrier GR.7 Engine Scale Barcode
129-4396 1/48 8595593127392

This set enables the modeller to pose the upper fuselage panels open and show to good advantage the partial resin replica of the Harrier’s power plant. Designed for Hasegawa’s Harrier GR.7

Operators: GB/Modern

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Spitfire Mk.XIV ‘'Bubble Canopy’ Cockpit Scale Barcode
129-4397 1/48 8595593127408

This resin set directly replaces all the styrene interior parts of Airfix’s Spitfire Mk.XIV kit. Besides the resin item, you will get also a fret of photo etches.

Operators: GB/WWII and post WWII

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Siebel Si 204/Aero C-3 Rigger (prop maintenance) Scale Barcode
129-F48359 1/48 8595593127378

A resin figure of a mechanic (or a rigger, to be more precise) maintaining and adjusting the propeller unit of a Siebel Si 204/Aero C-3A aeroplane. The rigger is posed by the prop with one hand holding a prop blade and the other one cleaning the oil leaking from the spinner. The sculptor of this set was closely inspired by a period photo and achieved very realistic  and natural pose of the figure. Our rigger can be used in either a Luftwaffe-themed diorama or to portray a Czechoslovak air force airman as the post war CzAF took advantage of using captured ex-German equipment.

Operators: Germany/Czechoslovakia / WWII-post WWII

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A-20 Havoc/Wing Racks and Bombs Scale Barcode
129-Q72359 1/72 8595593127415

The A-20 Havoc bombers of the USAAF, and mainly those flown over Europe, were able to carry their bomb load not just internally in their fuselage bomb bays, but under their wings too, using specially designed bomb racks. These racks were uniquely shaped and braced on one side to the wings  This set is designed to fit any of the Special Hobby/MPM A-20s, offers the racks as well as the bombs and consists of resin and photo etched parts

Operators: USA/WWII, post-WWII

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Reggiane Re 2005 Saggitario Scale Barcode
100-SH48206 1/48 8594071087272

Potez 25 TOE Scale Barcode
100-SH72407 1/72 8594071087319


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