News from Special Hobby 11/2020

In the last sentence I finished Newsletter 2020/10 with I wrote that this Autumn would be really interesting. And voila, here we are now, this Autumn is really going to bring many a surprise both for Special Hobby and our business partners and modellers. We have prepared for you a really big surprise. Which is ... an all new 1/72 scale model of the Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4.  This project has been worked on in complete secrecy and we aimed for nothing less than a really astonishing model of the 109, accurate in the scale, easy to build and yet full of detail. We joined forces with our colleagues at Eduard, the model has been completely 3D designed and measurements taken on a real machine came very handy. Along with a pre-cut painting mask, we are going to start selling the kit on 20 November 2020. Its predecessor, the E-3 variety, will follow suit a couple of months later. Further versions are planned as well, including those armed with machine guns in their wings (E-1/5/6), export versions including the Swiss ones and the Bf 109T with longer wings. They all are scheduled for release sometimes during 2021.
   Two more plastic model kits and all the CMK sets featured in this Newsletter will appear on the market on the tenth of the month, as usual. 
   We have already mentioned the painting masks for the new Emil, we also have quite a few resin detail sets in the making now such as the engine installation, open wing armament compartments, radio equipment and more. We cannot ommit some resin figure sets depicting Luftwaffe pilots and ground personnel.
   We do want to continue with such nice surprises also in the years to come. We believe that the sheer majority of modellers will appreciate this approach and will like being surprised with such stunning models.


Heinkel He 115B Scale Barcode
100-SH48110 1/48 8594071083557

    The Heinkel He 115 was a German reconnaissance, torpedo-bomber and mine layer floatplane. Before the war, it held several world records. It was produced in a couple of versions and was also exported to Sweden, Norway and later also to Finland. This is also the reason why the type fought on both sides of the conflict during the 1940 attack on Norway. And now, we are re-releasing this machine which was in service mainly in the first half of the war. 
   The model also contains resin detail parts and photo etches and the decals cater for three German machines, first of which operated oved the North Sea wearing a camouflage scheme adapted for flying at night. The two more machines were seen over Scandinavia, one of them in a scheme with added white mottles for winter operations. 

  • interesting schemes
  • detail resin parts and etches already in the kit
  • just limited quantity of this re-released model
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SIAI Marchetti SF-260M/AM/W Scale Barcode
100-SH72418 1/72 8594071087807

   The Italian SF-260 trainer, aerobatic and light sports aircraft is used world wide. In Europe, it has been operated by the Italian and Belgian air forces as well as by the Irish Air Corps. 
   The model is laid out to five styrene sprues including a clear one with the early, no so bulged canopy hood. Colour schemes and decals for Italian, Belgian and Irish M, AM and W version machines are provided. Later machines of so-called second generation known as the SF-260EA/D with larger canopy hood are in the making now too and will be offered in another boxing. 
  The decal sheet bring markings for a Belgian anniversary machine, an Italian of similar significance and for one standard Irish SF-260, which on the other hand can boost with some underwing armament carried on two pylons.

  • eye-catching schemes
  • decals containing full sets of stencils, each of the machines have their own and nation-specific 
  • compared with other already existing kits of the type, we offer nice and crisp surface detail and parts and also the correct type of the canopy
  • a pre-cut canopy painting masks also available - separately
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Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Scale Barcode
100-SH72439 1/72 8594071087791

   The Messerchmitt Bf 109 is simply one of the synonyms for a proper fighter plane. A plane, which remained in service from 1936 until as long as 1954 with military of many a country.
It fought in the front line of the Spanish Civil War, saw the end of the war over Europe. The E version, or Emil as it is colloquially know, was the first of 109s to be powered by a DB 601 engine. It is unmistakably connected with the outbreak of the war, the attack on Poland, the Blitz over Western Europe, with operations over Scandinavia. The pinnacle of the career of the Emils was arguably the Battle of Britain, only to be followed in the significance by the type´s deployment over the Balkans, Africa and Malta. Until 1941, the 109Es had been the very best of fighter planes in service, along with the British Spitfire. 
   This month´s hot topic is the cannon-armed version, the Bf 109E-4, model SH72439. The kit bring schemes of two German fighter aces, G.Schopfel and H.Wick who, flying from bases in Western Europe, took part in the Battle of Britain. The kit also contains two more options, these being Emils as operated over the Balkans a year later. Decals of Wick´s machine contain also the fuselage camouflage mottles consisting of a myriad of tiny brush-made blotches. The kit parts are laid out into two grey styrene sprues and one with clear parts. The kit offer the option to build the Emil either with the engine and fuselage machine guns cover panels open or closed. The wing flaps and slats can be posed in the down position, ailerons offer the option as well  

  • highly accurate and extremely detailed model
  • easy build
  • option to display the engine in the open nose section
  • flaps and slats can be posed open too
  • accurate decals for four schemes, including full set of stencils
  • separately available are clear part and wheel painting masks
  • more detail sets being prepared
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SIAI Marchetti SF-260M/AM/W mask Scale Barcode
100-M72011 1/72 8594071087876

Pre-cut painting mask for the early, flatter canopy of the SF-260M/AM/W versions. For Special Hobby kits.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4/7 mask Scale Barcode
100-M72009 1/72 8594071087753

Pre-cut painting mask for the wheels and clear parts of the new and superb BF 109E-4 Emil kits. Can be used for the upcoming E-7 and other versions as well.

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Hawker Tempest MK.II/V/VI mask Scale Barcode
100-M32002 1/32 8594071087852

Wheel and clear parts pre-cut painting mask for the Tempest kit od all versions. For Special Hobby and Revell kits.

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Harrier T.Mk.12 Conversion set Scale Barcode
129-4373 1/48 8595593126869

Conversion set enabling the modeller to use Hasegawa GR.7 Harrier and build it into the two-seat Harrier T.12 version. The set contains resin cast detail parts, etches, vacuum-formed canopy hoods and a sheet of decals for two British options.

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B-17G Dinghy Scale Barcode
129-4414 1/48 8595593128139

The B-17G Flying Fortress was arguably one of the most important WW2 bomber planes. For emergency landings on water, the bomber was equipped with a life raft, so-called dinghy. 
The dinghy was located in a compartment in the port side of the fuselage, aft of the dorsal gun turret. Both the compartment  and the life raft are now contained in this set, nicely detailed, and designed to be used with the new HKmodels B-17G kit.

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Sd.Kfz 131 Marder II Crates and Crew Helmets Scale Barcode
129-B72103 1/72 8595593128146

This set has been designed for Special Armour Marder II kit SA72001. It contains wood crates which the crews placed on top of the vehicle body on the fenders. Crew helmets were usually carried hung on the armour plates. This set can be used for almost any German WW2  military vehicle. 

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F-104G/J Wheels Early type Scale Barcode
129-Q48380 1/48 8595593128177

This set contains the early style wheels as seen on the F-104G/J and is meant to be used with the Kinetic model – which contains nice set of wheels, but halved. Our wheels come as one part each and bring much nicer level of detail  of both the tyre tread and the hub.

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F-104G/S Wheels Late type Scale Barcode
129-Q48381 1/48 8595593128184

This set contains the later style wheels as seen on the F-104G/J and is meant to be used with the Kinetic model – which contains nice set of wheels, but halved. Our wheels come as one part each and bring much nicer level of detail  of both the tyre tread and the hub.

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Browning .303 Mk II - British WW II Air Machine Gun 7,7 mm / fixed type (4 pcs) Scale Barcode
129-Q72379 1/72 8595593128160

Nicely detailed resin rendition of the British 7,7 mm machine guns.

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Medium Coarse Chain – suitable for 1/35 and 1/48 scale Scale Barcode


1/35 a 1/48 8595593128306

Brass chain, links are 2 by 2,5 mm, can be used with 1/35 and 1/48 scale models.

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