News from Special Hobby 08/2020

   At the very beginning of our August Newsletter, I simply can’t but get back to what happened in our company last month. Some of you will already have noticed on Special Hobby blog  that two new injection machines were brought to our press shop, one brand new along with an almost-new one. They took place of two old and worn out machines so that we would be able to produce new models for you not just in substantially higher quality, but also much faster. A handful of photos of the machines being brought in is shown on the blog.
   In July, we also managed to acquire a couple of ex-MPM/MK72 moulding tools which are going to be used to enrich the Special Armour range of high quality models this Autumn, allowing us to produce such kits as the Marder II, Sd.Kfz 250 Alte Ausführung, Sd.Kfz 250 Neue Ausführung and Sd.Kfz 10 (Demag 7), all of which are in 1/72 scale.
   Our team are also working really hard on 1/32 scale model kits of the Westland Whirlwind and DH.82 Tiger Moth and on a whole bunch of 1/72 Mirage III/5s. Almost on the finals is also the 1/72 SIAI-Marchetti SF.260. The coming month, you can expect the release of the first 1/48 resin sets designed for the Airfix’s DH-82 Tiger Moth. 

A. Riedel

SPECIAL HOBBY PLASTIC MODEL KITS

SAAB B-5 ‘Swedish Dive Bomber’

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100-SH72421 1/72 8594071087555

   The Northrop A-17 was a US dive bomber aeroplane which saw service not just with the USAAF but it also proved to be an export success in the pre-war era. A low-wing monoplane of modern all metal construction was operated by many nations, it was also licence-produced in Sweden, which had required the type to be fitted with the British Mercury power plant and ski undercarriage was to be the option, too, for flying in winter conditions. 
   This kit has been created the same way as the original was, ie.by adapting the A-17 type. So, it contains resin parts, vacuum-formed canopy and two frets of etches (pre-coloured and a plain one) The decal sheets brings markings for three Swedish machines in various styles of camouflage patterns. 

  • Decals with three Swedish marking and colour options
  • Contains resin parts, pre-coloured and plain etches
  • Two styles of the undercarriage, with wheels and skis, both used on the type.
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Vega Lady Lindy

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100-SH72422 1/72 8594071087487

   In the early 1930s, the Lockheed Vega became a true star of long range record flights       and was also used in fast passenger and goods transport. The Vega was the type that successfully circumnavigated the globe and made its mark in the world of women’s records. Several women pilots flew the Vega, the most famous of whom arguably was Amelia Earhart, who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Her red Vega with golden trims served her well also in coast to coast transcontinental crossing of the USA. The machine is now put on display in the Smithsonian Institute.

  • A machine with highly interesting record history
  • Cartograf-printed sheet of decals offer nice rendition of the gold cheat lines
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Supermarine Sea Otter Mk.I 'WWII Service'

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100-SH72429 1/72 8594071087326

   The Sea Otter amphibian biplane was put into the service with both the RAF and FAA during the war years. The type was a succesor to the well-known and almost iconic Walrus, it was the last Supermarine-made biplane and was also destined to become the very last biplane type to be introduced to the service of both forces. It mainly flew in the reconnaissance and air-sea rescue roles. 
   The kit comes on four styrene sprues joined by one made of clear plastic. The kit also offers resin detail parts and photo etches. The decals cater for three FAA machines, one as flown in the Pacific, two seen in Europe

  • A model of a British amphibian flying boat
  • Decals for three WW2 British options
  • Resin and etches contained
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British Post-war Underwing Armament

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100-SH72441 1/72 8594071087708

   A sprue with two styrene bombs with their racks and four pairs of rocket projectiles, suitable for various British late-war and immediately post-war aircraft.

  • Universal armament of 1945/55 British warplanes
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SPECIAL MASK

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P-39/P-400 Airacobra Mask

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100-M32001 1/32 8594071087425

Pre-cut spray mask designed for all P-39/P-400 Airacobra models as kitted by Special Hobby or the Revel re-releases. Besides standard masks for the clear canopy parts, it also offers masks for the wheel hubs.

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RESIN KITS & SETS

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Hawker Hunter F.6 Flaps Correction Set

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129-4389 1/48 8595593127897

   Even though Airfix’s Hawker Hunter offers the landing flaps in the down position, they completely lack their internal construction. Our set fixes this issue and offers a combination of resin and etched parts nicely portraying the missing detail.

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Hawker Hunter F.6A/F.9 Flaps Correction Set

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129-4390 1/48 8595593127903

   Even though Airfix’s Hawker Hunter offers the landing flaps in the down position, they completely lack their internal construction. The F.6A and F.9 versions were capable of carrying new, larger fuel tanks, so the cut out in the flaps had to be enlarged too and the internal structure of the flaps was changed as well. Our set reflects all these changes and offers a combination of resin and etched parts nicely portraying the missing internal detail.

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Hawker Hunter F.58 Flaps Correction Set

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129-4402 1/48 8595593127910

   Even though Airfix’s Hawker Hunter offers the landing flaps in the down position, they completely lack their internal construction. The F.58 Export version sported flaps of differnt structure to those used in the RAF. Our set fixes this issue and offers a combination of resin and etched parts nicely portraying the missing detail.

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F-104G/J Starfighter Cockpit with C2 Ejection Seat

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129-4403 1/48 8595593127927

   The F-104 Starfighter became, for a quite long period of time, the most widely used jet fighter aircraft of not only the NATO countries, but with the airforces of many other nations around the world too. The type could be fitted with two types of hot seats. This detail set contains resin and etched parts to increase the level of detail of the C2 seat fitted machines. The seat belts come moulded integrally with the seat. Made for Kinetic kits.

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F-104G/S Starfighter Cockpit with MB.7 Ejection Seat

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129-4404 1/48 8595593127934

   The F-104 Starfighter became, for a quite long period of time, the most widely used jet fighter aircraft of not only the NATO countries, but with the airforces of many other nations around the world too. The type could be fitted with two types of hot seats. This detail set contains resin and etched parts to increase the level of detail of the Mk.7 seat fitted machines. The seat belts come moulded integrally with the seat. Made for Kinetic kits.

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F-104 Starfighter Port Side Cannon Installation

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129-4405 1/48 8595593127941

    The F-104 G/Js were fitted with 20mm Vulcan rotary cannon. This detail set brings the cannon compartment showing the assembly of the six barrels. The set contains set of photo etches. Designed for Kitetic kits

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Three Pilot figures, each in different gear: Great Coat, Flying Suit, Breeches

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129-F72365 1/72 8595593127958

   Why not add a touch of reality to the hot new Special Hobby’s Heinkel He 162 kit? Here we have a nice trio of Luftwaffe officers sporting rather various range of gear, from a great coat, quite fashionable breeches to a standard flying suit with the parachute attached. These figures have been sculpted based on a period photo showing the real pilots standing beside a Heinkel.

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A-20 Dinghy

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129-Q72376 1/72 8595593127958

This set contains the life raft which was located in the fuselage aft of the pilot, underneath the hinged canopy.

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