News from Special Hobby 02/2021

   If the world were as it used to be, I would have had the foreword to this month’s Newsletter finished long time ago. And by now, I would already have arrived to the Nuremberg Toy Fair and had met up with many of you in person. I would have had much to do preparing for the exhibition, but I would have felt much happier. There are people and things that I miss terribly. But everything seems to be the other way round now, doesn’t it. The Modellfan magazine has decided not to interrupt the tradition and to go on with awarding the model companies and their new products with the Modell des Jahres (The Model of the Year) prize. One of the companies who have proudly received this award was also Special Hobby and the awarded model is the new and really excellent 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 (SH72439).
   This, too, pushes us to try and keep the mark of quality really high. And as we are unable to showcase the coming news in flesh and blood at the fair, we will be doing our best and bring you the latest information on social platforms. We will be really happy if you, our business partners, can keep in touch and share with us your querries, ideas, requests or needs. And while we cannot meet in person, temporarily I hope, the more we need to communicate with each other via any other possible means.
   When, in our last Newsletter, I gave you the promise to keep on producing models of 1/72 military vehicles, we still had not finished the new moulding tools of the three new artillery models. Those were the 3,7cm PaK 36 and 7,5cm PaK 40 guns and the 21cm Nebelwerfer 42 launcher. But as of now, the moulds are already finished and sometimes during this year we will start selling both kits individually anwould have been presented at the Fair, as it is you will have to check them just via photos. And perhaps you might as well start looking forward to our March Newsletter where a surprise might be waiting for you.

 A. Riedel


Sd.Kfz 250/1 Alte Ausf.A Scale Barcode
100-SA72019 1/72 8594071087906

   The Sd.Kfz 250 of the earlier type with the hexagonal armoured superstructure was 
one of the most widely used German armoured troop carriers of WW2. The production and its military use begun in 1941 and lasted until 1943 when it was replaced in production by the improved version known as the Sd.Kfz 250/Neue Ausf.A with a simplified armour superstructure, easier to produce. Both types remained in service until the end of the war, captured machines even later. 
   Our nicely detailed model brings three finish schemes. The first one portrays the machine wearing winter camouflage as seen on the Eastern Front. The second scheme option also offers an Eastern Front machine, this time in Grey overall. And the final machine of the three options brings the personal machine of 90.leichte Infanterie-Division commander General Major von Kleemann as he used it in Africa. The grey finish of this machine was locally oversprayed with sand colour. The model kit originates from MK72 moulds which we bought some time ago. When released for the first time, the model earned the Model of the Year award.

  • finely detailed model
  • three eye-catching finish options
  • photo etched details already in the kit
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Mirage F.1 EQ/ED Scale Barcode
100-SH72386 1/72 8594071086527

   The Mirage F.1 EQ/ED is back in production – due to popular demand, but just in limited quantity. This detailed model of the EQ/ED variety of the F.1 Mirage comes with seven grey styrene sprues, one clear plastic sprue with canopy parts, it also contains a fret of photo etches and a resin cast replica of the Exocet missile with its pylon. The decal sheet offers two Iraqi machines in two different schemes, plus one Libyan and one Iranian machines.

  • nicely detailed model
  • four interesting-looking finish schemes
  • etches and resin parts already in the kit
  • limited quantity available
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Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 Scale Barcode
100-SH72443 1/72 8594071087814

   Between 1939-40, the Messerschmitt Bf 109E was the world’s top fighter aeroplane. Perfectly trained 109E pilots, utilizing tactics developed during the Spanish Civil War, simply swept off any opponent, from Polish air force, Scandinavian countries to the air forces of the western Europe. Only the proud Albion and its Hurricanes and Spitfires managed to eliminate the sheer dominance of the Emils.
  The Bf 109E-3, ie. the earlier version fitted with a rounded style canopy is now the subject of this kit, bringing as many as five various colour schemes. Four of them were flown by Luftwaffe  pilots who became aces in 1940 or would become later in the war, Mölders, Priller, Bär and Hackl. All the depicted machines show the variety of paint schemes used on the Luftwaffe Emils. The styrene parts come on two runners, the clear canopy parts are offered on one sprue. The surface detail is highly realistic and finely detailed.

  • highly accurate model brimming with detail
  • easy assembly
  • option to show the engine compartment open
  • wing flaps can be positioned down and slots open
  • accurately designed decal sheet with a choice of five machines, with a full set of servicing stencils
  • pre-cut canopy and wheel masks available separately
  • detail resin sets available to show even more detail
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Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1/3 Mask Scale Barcode
100-M72010 1/72 8594071087869

Masks for the new Special Hobby‘s Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3.

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ESK 2000 B German WWII Gun Camera Scale Barcode
129-4417 1/48 8595593128351

   German gun camera mount externally on the airframe during fighter pilots trainig. It was usually used on the Bf 109 and other single engined types attached either to the wing or fuselage. In some other planes such as the Bf 110 it was seen fitted inside the nose section

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DAP Beaufighter Mk.21 Conversion Set Scale Barcode
129-7446 1/72 8595593128207

   Conversion set enabling the modeller to build a Beaufighter Mk.21 version which was licence-built for the Royal Australian Air Force. The set contsists of resin cast parts, vacuum-formed canopy of the observer’s cockpit and a decal sheet with markings for two RAAF machines. One wearing a drawing on the nose, the other on its rudder. Designed to be used with the Airfix’s Beaufighter Mk.X

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Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3/4/7 Wing Guns Scale Barcode
129-7457 1/72 8595593128368

   The wing gun barrels could be accessed via open leading edge panels as shown in this set. It also contains the open ammo boxes for the MG FF cannon. Designed for the new and superb Special Hobby Bf 109E

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Messerschmitt Bf 109E FuG VII Radio Equipment Scale Barcode
129-7458 1/72 8595593128375

   Finely detailed set of the FuG VII wireless. They were located inside the fuselage behind the pilot’s cockpit. The set contains the radios as well as a section of the fuselage internal structure. Some of the parts also come on the fret of photo etches. Designed for the new and superb Special Hobby’s Bf 109E kit

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Gloster Meteor Mk.8/9 Ejection Seat (M.B. Mk.II) Scale Barcode
129-Q48388 1/48 8595593128382

   Ejection seat for the Meteor Mk.8/9 as kitted by Airfix. The seat comes with moulded in harness.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109E Wheels Scale Barcode
129-Q72384 1/72 8595593128399

   Detail resin wheels for the new and excellent Bf 109E made by Special Hobby. There will be no trouble using the wheels with other kits, too.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109E Exthausts Scale Barcode
129-Q72390 1/72 8595593128405

   These exhausts have the stubs nicely drilled out and replace the styrene ones which lack the hole detail. Designed for the new Special Hobby’s Bf 109E

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