News from Special Hobby 02/2022

In early January it still looked like we might be going to attend the Nuremberg Toy and Model Fair. Unfortunately, the fair was cancelled once again. So, we took the oportunity and decided to arrange our own Nuremberg Online information campaign at Specialhobby.eu website.  Every day from 2 February to 8 February, we published information about our upcoming models and sets. You may not have noticed this event of course, so just head over to Special Hobby Blog, all the important and interesting information is and will be kept there for you. Well and if you did notice this online event, perfect, you make our day. If there is anything you might like to know about the upcoming stuff, do not hesitate and get in touch with our sales department colleagues (applies to distributors, traders, journalists) and they will be more than happy to provide you with further information, photographs etc. 
This month, we are going to re-release two earlier models which you have been still asking for, these being the SH72270 Tachikawa Ki-54 Hei and SH72447 Harvard Mk.II/IIA/IIB. Two is also the number of the new plastic model kits released this month, which is the SH72445 Tachikawa Ki-54 Otsu – a different version of the sleek Japanese twin-engined aeroplane and the  SH72415 Vautour IIB which was the first French jet bomber. 
Among the sets to be released this month you can find the 1/35 P35002 Small Arms for the Volkssturm Set II., or in the resin cast sets there will be a rather colourful mix of a 1/48 figure, 1/35 armament set, 1/72 and 1/48 aircraft-related sets – of which the most interesting will be the 1/72 7489 Beaufighter Mk.II designed for Airfix´s Mk.10 Beaufighter kit, or even a set containing a tiny metal-made chain, suitable most of all for 1/72 and 1/48 scales.
A. Riedel

SPECIAL HOBBY PLASTIC MODEL KITS

Tachikawa Ki-54 Otsu / Hickory ‘Gunner Trainer’

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100-SH72445 1/72 8594071088132

  The Ki-54 Hickory was a WW2 Japanese twin engine aeroplane which was manufactured in four main versions used for pilots training, wireless operators and navigators training, aerial gunnery training and finaly the version used for both transport and anti-submarine patrols. This kit featuring the aerial gunnery training variety comes on four styrene sprues and one with clear parts. The decal sheet brings markings for three Japanese military-flown machines, two of which were operated over mainland Japan (one grey overall, the other one with irregular field-applied patches of green over grey) while the last option was seen flying in Java, bearing green over grey. All three options had unit badges on their tails.

  • the Ki-54 has never been kitted in styrene format before
  • decals cater for airframes with interesting history
  • paint masks also available, cat.no M72037
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Vautour IIB ‘French Jet Bomber’

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100-SH72415 1/72 8594071087654

   The Vautour was a French twin engined, jet multi purpose aircraft designed and manufactured in the post-war France. Besides the attack version (for the Israeli AF) and fighter version (for both the IAF and French AF), the bomber variety was also designed and eventually put to use with the French military.
   Three styrene sprues of the kit come along with a set of resin parts and etches. The decal sheet brings markings for four different French machines, all of which wore natural metal finish.

  • Four interesting colour schemes
  • Resin and etched parts also come in the box
  • M72036 paint masks also available
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REISSUE

Harvard Mk.II/III/IV ‘The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan’ - Re-issue

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100-SH72447 1/72 8594071088057

  North American had been established in the 1930s and became most famous  for designing and producing the iconic P-51 Mustang fighter aeroplane. But even before that, their first product made its name in the world of aviation – and it was the single engine training aeropleane, which prototype example was known as the NA-16. Since the first flight, the type underwent development which step by step turned it into a modern-looking, all-metal aeroplane with retractable undercarriage. The production line gave several various versions which were used throughout the war and even in the post-war era.  The USAAF knew the type as the AT-6 Texan, with the US Navy and Marines, the type got the designation SNJ. 
During the war as well as in the later years, the type saw service with many air forces all around the world. The type was also produced for the military of Commonwealth countries where it flew as the Harvard Mk.I to Mk.IV. The Harvard Mk.IIB was the name which bore airframes licence-produced in Canada by Noorduyn. The versions differed by having various styles of the canopy and its framing, the internal equipment as well as by being fitted with various armament. The Harvards became the true legend as very large number of pilots from all around the world, including those from occupied Europe, got their wings flying these machines within the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. 
   The AT-6G model kitted by Academy is the post-war version of the Texan. So, to make it into a true war horse, we had to add a new sprue of clear plastic parts joined by a handful of resin items and voila here it is, a Harvard in several various colour finishes as flown by STVS units in a couple of Commonwealth countries. The decals offer markings for a yellow RCAF Harvard as operated from Medicine Hat base, a South Rhodesia machine is in natural metal overall with yellow trim, which is also seen on camouflaged RNZAF and RAF machines, the latter also sporting a Polish checkerboard on its nose. The final option is again a yellow-overall machine of the RIAF as flown with SEAC roundels. 

  • Highly attractive model in the version which has never been kitted before.
  • Interesting camouflage schemes
  • Detail resin parts already in the box
  • Paint masks also available under cat.no. M72024
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Tachikawa Ki-54 Hei / Hickory ‘Japanese Army Transport Plane’  - Re-issue

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100-SH72270 1/72 8594071087944

       The Ki-54 Hickory was a WW2 Japanese twin engine aeroplane which was manufactured in four main versions used for pilots training, wireless operators and navigators training, aerial gunnery training and finaly the version used for both transport and anti-submarine patrols. The kit comes on four styrene sprues and one with clear parts.
   This first incarnation of our kit is the transport variety and brings three Japanese airframes, one of which in two guises. Among the schemes you will also find the Ki-54 Hei / Hickory no.5541 which had to make an emergency landing on the Towada lake on 27 September 1943. The plane was found and fished out of the lake on 5 September 2012 and was put on display at the Misawa museum. An airframe which can boast with its interesting past is the 10.Dokiuritsu Hikodan Shireibu machine which was used to fly the Lieutenant General Masao Baba capitulation delegation to Borneo. For this particular option, the decal sheet has the green capitulation crosses as well.

  • the Ki-54 has never been kitted in styrene format before
  • decals cater for airframes with interesting history
  • paint masks also available no.M72025
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SPECIAL MASK

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Vautour IIB Mask

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100-M72036 1/72 8594071088507

Pre-cut painting mask for the clear parts and undercarriage wheels of 1/72 Special Hobby SH72415 and Azur A056 Vautour IIB model kits.

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Tachikawa Ki-54Otsu / Hickory ‘ Gunner Trainer’ Mask

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100-M72037 1/72 8594071088521

Pre-cut painting masks for the clear parts and u/c wheels of Special Hobby SH72445 kit.

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RESINOVÉ DOPLŇKY

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Fliegerfaust B ‘German WWII ground-to-air rocket launcher’

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129-3148 1/35 8595593129259

   The Fliegerfaust B was one of the German wonder  weapons to be introduced into the production in the final stages of the war. This anti-tank weapon was capable of firing nine projectiles against a low-flying target. The period photos seem to confirm that the weapon was really used at the very end of the war in Berlin in 1945. Nicely detailed parts come with a photo etched harness.

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A-36/P-51/P-51A  Mustang Cockpit 1/48
(Academy/Accurate Miniatures kits)

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129-4433 1/48 8595593129181

  The models of the Allison-engined Mustang fighters first appeared on the market manufactured by Accurate Miniatures and now they have been reboxed by Academy. While the model itself is rather nice with adequate surface detail, its cockpit area leaves much to be desired. And this is where our cockpit set comes handy. And what is more, there are also photo etches included.

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A-36/P-51/P-51A Mustang Radiator 1/48
for Academy / Accurate M. kits

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129-4444 1/48 8595593129297

The models of the Allison-engined Mustang fighters first appeared on the market manufactured by Accurate Miniatures and now they have been reboxed by Academy. While the model itself is rather nice with adequate surface detail, all of its interior areas leaves much to be desired. This also applies to the radiator/oil cooler area, and this is where our superbly detailed resin cast set improves the matter greatly. The set consists of a new bulkhead with the circular engine radiator with the oil cooler incorporated, new walls of air trunk, fluid pipes and a new air outlet flap.

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Beaufighter Mk.II Early Type Conversion set 1/72 (Airfix kit)

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129-7489 1/72 8595593129167

The Bristol Beaufighter twin-engine fighter of all versions, save one, was fitted with Hercules radial power plants. The only version which was not is the Mk.II as it was fitted with R&R Merlins. Besides British squadrons, these aircraft flew with Polish, Canadian, Czechoslovak and Australian units and pilots. Our set brings the conversion parts enabling you to turn your Beaufighter model into the early exhaust style fitted machine. The set also contains decals with markings for three RAF airframes.

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Ilyushin Il-2 Cockpit 1/72 / for Tamiya kit

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129-7491 1/72 8595593129273

Finely detailed resin cast cockpit set, comes with photo etches too, for the Tamiya kit of the iconic Ilyushin Il-2 Stormovik ground attack aeroplane.

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Ilyushin Il-2 Control Surfaces 1/72 / for Tamiya kit

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129-7492 1/72 8595593129280

   Nicely detailed resin cast control surface, ie. ailerons, hotizontal stabilizator with elevators and the rudder, all of which can be shown in deployed position on your model. Made for the Tamiya model of the Soviet iconic Il-2 ground attack plane

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Japanese Zero Pilot (Standing) 1/48
for Eduard kit and other japanese navy WWII planes

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129-F48376 1/48 8595593129242

    Very well-detailed figure of a Japanese Navy Air Force pilot, portrayed standing and holding his sword in a hand. While the figure itself is resin cast, the sword and the hand grasping it are made by direct 3D print.

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Fine Brass Chain - suitable for 1/72 or 1/48 scale

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129-H1017 8595593129228

    A 30cm long, fine brass chain, link size 2.80x1.25mm, suitable both for 1/72 and 1/48 scales.

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3D Printed Parts

Small  Arms for the Volkssturm Set II. 1/35

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129-P35002 1/35 8595593129266

P35002 is another example of our new range of products, which as the name suggests are made by direct 3D print. For the modeller, there is no difference how to work with these, simply employ your normal skills as in the case of resin sets. This set brings very nicely and finely detailed fire arms used by the German Volkssturm between 1944-45. The set brings the MP3008 submachine gun of the initial production variety with a metal arm rest, a Volkssturm VG 1-5 Rifle and the disposable Einstossflammenwerfer 46 flamethrower. The harness come via a fret of etches.

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