News from Special Hobby 09/2020

   As I promised a month ago, Special Hobby is now releasing the first of bunch model kits which  moulding tools we have bought from MK72. The Marder II is an excellent model oozing with fine detail and it no doubt falls perfectly into our Special Armour range of military vehicle models. More ex-MK72 models are to come of course. We are also going to add some our earlier, long time sold out injection moulded CMK kits to this range of products. The first to see the light in this new guise will be model no.T35010 Panzerbefehlswagen Pz.Bef. 35(t) in 1/35. Quite similarly, some sold out Azur and MPM Production models which the modellers keep asking for are to appear re-released under Special Hobby brand. And not just models previously released in other product ranges, some of the earlier and am not afraid to say successful Special Hobby items too are to get released again – such as the X-15A-2 in 1/32 for example, which in its time sold like a hot cake. So, as the customers have been asking for this one for over and over again, we do feel it is high time now for us to introduce this phenomenal bird on the hobby shop shelves in a new and quite fancy-looking box. 
   Beside all the new items I informed you about in our newsletter previously,  I also feel the need to tempt you for something a bit unusual, which is the forthcoming 1/72 Kriegsfischkutter model. Our work on the moulds have already commenced, the model is to get released sometimes next year.
A. Riedel


CAC CA-19 Boomerang ‘Jungle Scouts’ Scale Barcode
100-SH72426 1/72 8594071087661

   The Boomerang was the some Australian-built fighter aeroplane to see the action in the Second World War. Boomerangs were operated in the defence of Australia and also fought over New Guinea and other Pacific islands. Its final version was the fighter-reconnaissance CA-19 which was equipped with a downward looking camera aft of the pilot´s cockpit. As there were full blood fighter types available at the time already, the CA-19 did not enjoy much flight hours in the fighter role, it was rather used for recce and target spotting work in help to its bigger brothers, fighter bombers. 
   The models comes on a single grey styrene sprue and one with clear parts. The instructions and decals cater for three machines in green overall, two of which sported white-painted empennage. All three machines bring various nose arts on their nose sections. 

  • a model of an Australian WW2 fighter aeroplane
  • decals with markings for three RAAF machines, all wearing nose arts
  • also contains resin undercarriage wheels and exhaust
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AH-1G Cobra 'Early Tails Over NAM' Scale Barcode
100-SH72427 1/72 8594071087678

     The AH-1G Cobra was the first helicopter ever to have been developed primarily for the ground attack role. The type was deployed in the Vietnam War since 1967 and its first batches sported a left-hand side tail rotor, opposed to the later standard which would carry it on the other side. Our model kit now features four of those early batch machines, one of which happens to be the very first Cobras to undertake test flights in Vietnam, and what is more, it was also painted in a USAF-style camouflage scheme of three shades on top surfaces with pale blue below. Needless to say, the rest of the machines in the kit are in standard Olive coat. One of them, however, boasts with a black tail boom introduced back in the time of the Cambodia invasion. All three olive machines also feature nice nose arts. A full set of stencil decals is offered on a separate decal sheet. 
   The highly detailed model consists of five sprues of grey styrene and a single clear one with canopy and light parts. Available separately and recommended, of course, is a photo-etched fret no.K72028, detail resin seats Q72209,  diminutive and finely detailed too remotely controlled weapon turrets TAT-102, set Q72330 and M28, set Q72331  and resin cast figures AH-1 Sitting Pilots (2 figures) and ground crew F72349.

  • a model of the world´s very first ground attack helicopter-    
  • portrays the unusual early version
  • decals with markings for four machines with nose arts, stencils on a separate sheet
  • wide range of additional detail sets
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Marder II (Sd.Kfz 131) ‘German Tank Destroyer’ Scale Barcode
100-SA72020 1/72 8594071087715

  This Marder II is a really superb model of the German WW2 tank destroyer, the first of a couple of models moulding tools of we have recently acquired from MK72. Rightfully the model was awarded the Model of the Year prize at the time it was released first. 
    The Marder II tank destroyer was developed using the Pz.II tank chassis. The Soviet, heavy armoured KV-1, KV-2 and most importantly the T-34 which had been put to service in large numbers proved nothing but lethal to their lightly armoured German opponents. The Wehrmacht, in consequence, had to start looking for ways to deal sufficiently with this Soviet threat. Based on chassis of various Pz.II versions, Germans developed two types of tank destroyers, the Sd.Kfz132 and Sd.Kfz 131. The Pz.II Ausf G. type chassis formed the basis for the Sd.Kfz 131 which was equipped with the new PaK 40/2 anti tank gun. Beside this gun, the crew also had for their protection a loosely carried MG34 machine gun which could be used either against infantry or attacking aeroplanes.  The SdKfz 131 were built from components at Famo plants in Warsaw and Wroclaw in today´s Poland. The production gave a total of 1271 vehicles over the span of two years, from 1942 to 1944. 
   The kit brings two styrene sprues and a sheet of decals for three Eastern Front machines, including the one dubbed the Kohlenklau, which will most possibly be the top successful Marder in service, bearing a wide range of victory bars on its barrel. The other machine from our selection might be interesting for the modeller by the use of two tactical numbers on its hull, besides also featuring a single victory bar on the barrel. The final machine was referred to as “Friedel”

  • the very best 1/72 Marder II available-    
  • decals capturing three interesting-looking vehicles
  • resin detail sets in the pipeline already
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CAC Wirraway Mask Scale Barcode
100-M72006 1/72 8594071087463

Pre-cut spray mask for the clear parts and undercarriage wheels for all Special Hobby releases of the CAC Wirraway

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B-10/12/model 139 Bomber Mask Scale Barcode
100-M72008 1/72 8594071087746

Pre-cut paint maks for clear parts and u/c wheels to help you with finishing any of the B-10/12/model 139 releases by Azur-Frrom and Special Hobby. Contains window mask not jst for the standard bomber versions of the type, but for the Argentina converted nose planes too (as offered in FR0043 kit.

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DH.82 Tiger Moth Cockpit Correction Set Scale Barcode
129-4407 1/48 8595593128009

    This correction set brings nice level of detail and has been designed to fit the new Airfix’s DH.82 Tiger Moth kit. Besides being better at details, it also corrects various shape flaws of the kit, namely in the cockpit where the floor and the adjacent parts are not exactly spot on. The set also offers a fret of photo etches.

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DH.82 Tiger Moth Control Surfaces Scale Barcode
129-4408 1/48 8595593128016

   The new DH.82 Tiger Moth kit as made by Airfix does not have the control surfaces as separate parts. This set mends the issue and also brings nicer levels of detail to the surfaces.

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DH.82 Tiger Moth Luggage Box Scale Barcode
129-4409 1/48 8595593128023

   The open luggage compartment in the fuselage relates closely to Cockpit set no.CMK4407. It can be as well used alone, though. Not only do the finely detailed resin parts portray the fuselage internal structure, they also bring a superb-looking leather bag, yes exactly of the type a flight instructor needs on a weekend out with his lass.

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DH.82 Tiger Moth Exterior Set Scale Barcode
129-4410 1/48 8595593128030

    To bring the appearance and level of detail of the Airfix’s DH.82 Tiger Moth a great deal higher, why not use this bunch of resin parts which simply replace the original styrene items of the kit, as they, sadly, do not possess the crisp detail the modellers demand these days. The parts on offer here is the top engine cowl panel with a non-slip step plate of the correct size and the piano-type hinge, missing from the styrene item. The top wing fuel tank offers life like portrayal of its corrugated sheet metal construction and finer surface detail.

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DH.82 Tiger Moth Mainwheels and Tailskid Scale Barcode
129-4411 1/48 8595593128047

  The resin cast main undercarriage wheels feature finely rendered and crisp detail as well as the manufacturer’s logo. On top of that all, the resin set also brings three styles of the wheel hubs, both on the outboard side of the wheel and the side close to the wheel axle. These three styles are as follows – a simple hub without any cover, a hub with a plain cover and a hub cover with the manufacturer’s initials. 

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B-25G Mitchell 75 mm Gun Nose Conversion Set Scale Barcode
129-7448 1/72 8595593127880

Conversion set which brings new parts enabling the modeller to build the anti-shipping cannon variety of the Mitchell using the new Airfix B-25C/D kit. The set contains new interior parts and a new nose section with the 75mm gun, decals for two USAAF machines and etches.

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CAC CA-25 Winjeel Scale Barcode
129-PLT259 1/48 8595593127996

All resin kit of the Australian trainer aeroplane which was in service from the 1950s well into the 1980s  and many a future military pilot or forward air controller learned their way to the skies in it. The kit offers resin parts, vacuum-formed canopy, etches, white metal and clear resin parts. The decal sheet caters for two training and two FAC machines.

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F-104G/J Seat (C-2) Scale Barcode
129-Q48369 1/48 8595593127972

Resin cast C-2 ejection seat for Kinetic´s F-104G/J.

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F-104 G/S Seat (M.-B. Mk.7) Scale Barcode
129-Q48370 1/48 8595593127989

Resin cast Martin - Baker Mk.7 ejection seat for Kinetic´s F-104G/S.

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