News from Special Hobby 07/2023

Dear business friends,

   The July Newsletter is here to bring you the first one of a pair of the T-2 Buckeye ‘Anniversary Marking’ kits. Now it is in the 1/32 scale. The 1/48 kit, featuring new clear parts, should see light of day in the coming months. The largest of our Buckeye kits is now accompanied by the most widespread pre-war glider, the Grunau Baby IIB. Our release of the glider shows this aircraft wearing military camouflage schemes as flown not just in Germany, but in its satellite countries, too. Of German origin is also the final one of our styrene form releases for this month, the 1/72 Scheuch-Schlepper. Many of you already know, that this tiny vehicle was used to move the Me 163 rocket tailless fighter on the airfield. This Newsletter also brings a true wealth of various accessory sets, mostly the 3D printed ones.
   Some of you perhaps might visit us at the IMPS USA Convention in San Marco, Texas in late July/early August. Please feel free to visit our booth or even get in touch in advance. We will be truly delighted to show you our latest model kits as well as other upcoming products. Besides those we already mentioned last time, please be aware that the SH team are working almost day and night on the 1/72 German Kriegsfischkutter and closer to the release with each passing day are also the 1/48 Hi-tech Westland Whirlwind FB Mk.I or the 1/48 Baltimore. Of course, once these kits and the others too have been finished and ready for the customers, we will be more than happy to announce their release in one of our future Newsletters. Now is the time, though, to bring you detailed information on the July models and sets....


A. Riedel

SPECIAL HOBBY PLASTIC MODEL KITS

T-2 Buckeye ‘Anniversary Markings’ 1/32

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100-SH320871/328594071089337

   The T-2 Buckeye jet trainer is no doubt among the very legends of the US naval aviation. Both the US Navy and Marines operated this type for a very long time whilst in Greece, the Buckeye saw service even  longer. Besides the standard white and red colour scheme, quite a few US airframes bore much more striking colours. And mostly in 1976 when the USA commemorated the bicentennial anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and many of the Buckeyes got various display schemes. The Greek machines, on the other hand, flew camouflaged and only at the very end of their service one of them was painted in a scheme commemorating the faithful, 40-years long service.
  The kit set comes on no less than eight grey styrene sprues joined by a sprue with clear parts, resin items and etched details. The decal sheet caters for markings for one white-blue-red US Navy airframe and one from Greece with colourfuly painted empennage.

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Grunau Baby IIB ‘German WWII Glider’ 1/48

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100-SH48237

1/488594071089283

   Both in the pre-war years and during the war, the Grunau Baby IIB was the most widely used glider all around the world. It is estimated that about six thousand of these simple aircraft might have been built. While before the war, the Grunau Baby gliders were built mainly by amateur pilots using available drawings, with the war on the horizon the type entered almost mass production in Germany to serve as a basic training type with the NSFK – Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps, a paramilitary organization within the Nazi party. And the same system of flying training was used by Germany allies such as Slovakia or Croatia. 
   Our model of this important type comes on one styrene sprue joined by a clear one with the windshield. The decal sheet caters for two NSFK gliders, one of which flew in a camouflage scheme in Eastern Prussia in 1944 whilst the other one was flown from an airfield near the city of Dresden and featured a painted emblem of a sponsoring organisation. These two schemes are joined by two more, one from Slovakia with civil registration and one as owned by the Croatia air force. 

-    accurate and nicely detailed model
-    interesting colour schemes
-    a type very important for the history of aviation

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Scheuch-Schlepper 1/72

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100-SA720171/728594071089344

     The rocket-propelled Me 163 tailless aircraft was not fitted with a usual undercarriage and so it lacked the ability to taxi to its take off position or after landing by its own power. And thus the Komet needed some other means to get around the airfield and it was found in the form of the Scheuch-Schlepper tractor. This rather diminutive vehicle was originally devised as a low-cost and widely available agricultural tractor by Rudolf and Eugen Scheuch brothers. The Scheuch company was established in the town of Erfurt and the tractor was developed with the help from Auto-Union, a branch of the DKW-Einbau-Motoren firm. The Scheuch-Schlepper was usually used in two configurations, either with a rear auxilliary wheel to tow the Komets or with a specialised device enabling it to recover the Komet after it has landed. 
   Our kit of this quite unique vehicle contains usual styrene injected parts, resin cast ones and also a fret of etches.
-    highly interesting type
-    nicely detailed model kit

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MASKY

T-2 Buckeye MASK 1/32

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100-M320081/328594071089320

Pre-cut paint masks for both the outside and inside of Special Hobby’s T-2 Buckeye clear parts, Comes with masks for the tyres, too. 

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Grunau Baby IIB Mask Canopy, Fabric Flying / Control Surfaces 1/48

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100-M480171/488594071089368

Precut spray masks that fit the fabric-covered, wooden construction wings and empennage of the Grunau Baby glider and using which is painting the various materials almost a piece of cake.

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RESIN MODEL KITS & SETS

SBD Dauntless Dinghy 1/48 / for Acc. Miniatures and Academy kits

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129-44621/488595593130552

Open compartment with the dinghy as in the port side fuselage aft of the cockpit. The cover panel is in two styles. For Accurate Miniatures kit set as well as the re-releases by Academy, Italeri or Eduard.

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SBD Dauntless Control Surfaces 1/48 / for Acc. Miniatures and Academy kits

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129-44631/488595593130545

Separate control surfaces for Accurate Miniature's SBD Dauntless or the re-releases of the same kit by Academy, Italeri or Eduard. Our parts offer much nicer details.

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3D printed Parts

MG 42 German WWII Machine Gun (Late Variant) 1/35

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129-P350131/358595593130361

Extremely detailed, 3D-printed German MG42 machine gun used in WW2, even though this set contains the later variety that was intrudoced to the Wehrmacht in 1944 and remained in use until the end of the war.

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M1917 Machine Gun 1/35

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129-P350171/358595593130392

Heavy, water-cooled machine gun developed by US company Browning that had originally been introduced to military service as early as in 1917 and used not only in WW1 but due to its excellent performance also in WW2, and both the Korea and Vietnam wars. Our model is offered with a tripod stand and ammunition crates, wooden one as used in the Great War and a metal-made one of WW2 vintage.

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German WWII Aircraft Maintenance Toolbox 1/72

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129-P720061/728595593130576

Really superb-looking, 3D-printed toolbox that can be used in any diorama featuring aircraft and military vehicles of German or almost any other origin. Fits also very nicely war-prize machines such as Czechoslovak Avia S-199.

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Afrikakorps Soldier Prodding Unwilling Camel 1/72

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129-F723911/728595593130644

3D-printed figure of an Africa Korps soldier forcing his camel to rise to its feet by pulling the bridle, evidently to no avail at all. The beast figure is 3D printed, too and it comes with a Tuareg-style saddle.

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Sow with piglets 1/72

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129-F723931/728595593130699

Very nicely 3D printed sow with her three youngs. This animaly family will make an unusual basis for a country related diorama or add welcome detail to other types of dioramas, too. It is just about the modeller's creativity.

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Afrikakorps Soldier Prodding Unwilling Camel 1/48

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129-F483921/488595593130651

3D-printed figure of an Africa Korps soldier forcing his camel to rise to its feet by pulling the bridle, evidently to no avail at all. The beast figure is 3D priDnted, too and it comes with a Tuareg-style saddle.

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Czech Hedgehog (Rozsocháč) - WWII Anti-tank Barrier         (4 pcs) 1/72

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129-P720071/728595593130668

Made of assembled and welded steel beams, this anti-tank obstacle was in fact a Czechoslovak invention originally devised to be used in the border fortifications.  When Nazi Germany took over not just the border regions but occupied the whole of our country, the production of these hedgehogs went on but for the Wehrmacht instead. The German army used them on the Western front as well as in the East,  the hedgehogs are widely known from the photos of the Omaha Beach in the Atlantic Wall. Our set contains four 3D-printed Hedgehogs.

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Czech Hedgehog (Rozsocháč) - WWII Anti-tank Barrier (2 pcs) 1/48

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129-P480081/488595593130675

Made of assembled and welded steel beams, this anti-tank obstacle was in fact a Czechoslovak invention originally devised to be used in the border fortifications.  When Nazi Germany took over not just the border regions but occupied the whole of our country, the production of these hedgehogs went on but for the Wehrmacht instead. The German army used them on the Western front as well as in the East,  the hedgehogs are widely known from the photos of the Omaha Beach in the Atlantic Wall. Our set contains four 3D-printed Hedgehogs.

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