News from Special Hobby 06/2024

Dear business friends,

   1At the end of the previous Newsletter I wrote that the 1/72 SH72505 F-84F Thunderstreak 'Reborn Luftwaffe' kit containing a fragment of a real aircraft would soon become sold out. Yes it became. The entire limited edition is sold out. Which is good, it's proof that we've hit on the tastes of our customers. SH48238 and SH48238B SMB-2 Super Mystère 'Sa'ar – Israeli Storm in the Sky' in Hi-tech design is also currently out of our offer. But that's not good. The model is produced in cooperation with our Ukraine based friend and unfortunately, due to this fact that and also thanks to Putler's imperial dreams that causes real bombs and missiles fall onto Ukraine, the production of model airplane kits runs into problems that we, in the middle of Europe, cannot even imagine. Despite all the problems, we believe that SH48238 and SH48238 B will return to our offer within only a few weeks.
   But let's get to the positive things. In addition to working hard on the 1/72 Kriegfishkutter and completing other moulds of this challenging project, the 1/48 SIAI-Marchetti SF-260 project is being finalized. Now we tune the molds and start preparing decals and instructions. We are also preparing two reissues. 1/32 SH32067 Yak-3 'Normandie-Niemen' Hi-Tech and 1/72 SH72402 SH-89 / CASA C.212 'ASW & Maritime Patrol' will return to our range. There is also a 1/72 B-12 bomber kit with colourful camouflages, another 1/72 P-40N Warhawk reboxing and a 1/32 Fiat G.50bis re-issue in preparation.
We look forward to your orders.

A. Riedel

SPECIAL HOBBY PLASTIC MODEL KITS

L-4/NE-1 Grasshopper ‘Pacific Warriors’ 1/48

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The US Marines, US Army, RAAF and the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force (ML-KNIL), these are the operators we have picked for our new release of the L-4 Grashopper kit. The US Marines machine sported blue over grey scheme, while the other scheme in the kit have the more usual Olive Green on the upper surfaces with the same grey below. The US Marines, US Army and RAAF machines fought in WW2, the fourth scheme shows a ML-KNIL aircraft that took part in the conflict between Dutch and Indonesia forces.
  The kit comes on two grey styrene sprues, one with clear parts, a photo etched fret and a sheet of decals with markings for the four schemes.
-    nicely detailed model
-    interesting colour schemes
-    etches included
-    separately available resin cast wheels 4452, 3D-printed engine P48002 and masks M48007

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Nakajima Ki-43-III Hayabusa / Oscar 1/72

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100-SH72488

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   Four interesting Japanese Army Air Force Oscar fighter schemes is what this latest reissue of the iconic Ki-43 Hayabusa / Oscar kit offers to the modeller. One of the machines was on the strength of a fighter unit while the other three were used by the Shinbu-Tai units and wore colourful markings, a blue arrow, red lightning...  
The kit consits of three grey styrene sprues plus  one with clear parts.
-    Highly interesting schemes
-    separately available sets 7408, 7408 and Q72332, pre-painted etches K72001 and also a new masks M72054 which we mention in this newsletter.

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Gloster Meteor Mk.4 1/72

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   The Mk.4 Meteor jet was the first post war version of this twin engined jet and became a front-line fighter of the RAF as well as the air forces of Belgium and the Netherlands. Our model kit comes on two styrene sprues, one with clear parts and also offers a sheet of decals with markings for three RAF machines and one of the Dutch air force. Two of the British options have interesting connection with our country, then called Czechoslovakia, as they used to be flown by Miroslav Miro Liškutín and Charles Eagan Lamberton / Karel Lechner, who both first fled Czechoslovakia to fight the Nazis and a few years later were forced to flee for a second time, now by the new communist regime.
-    large decal sheet with servicing stencils
-    moving stories associated with the chosen schemes
-    separately available mask M72034

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CH-37A Mojave ‘US Army‘ 1/72

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   Twin engined, piston engined CH-37 Mojave helicopter, also called Deuce, was at its time the world's largest helicopter. It was also deployed in the Vietnam war, operated both by the US Army and US Marines. This model kit is back on offer, now reissued with a new sprue with fuel tanks of the correct size. Those in the earlier edition were quite bigger than needed. The three schemes remain the same.
-    re-release of long time sold out model kit
-    redesigned parts
-    new instruction booklet
-    separately available masks M72046

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SPECIAL MASK

Nakajima Ki-43-III Hayabusa / Oscar MASK 1/72

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100-M720541/728594071089931

  Pre-cut paint masks for clear parts and wheels of Special Hobby’s Ki-43-III model kits.

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RESIN MODEL KITS & SETS

Austin K2 Ambulance / K30 Truck Wheels 1/35 / for Airfix kits

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129-31521/358595593131528

  Superbly detailed resin cast wheels with weighted tyres are designed for the new Austin K2 Ambulance and K30 Truck Wheels models.

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Ferret Scout Car Mk.2 Wheels 1/35 / for Airfix kits

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129-31531/358595593131535

   Superbly detailed resin cast wheels with weighted tyres are designed for the new Ferret Scout Car model kit.

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Austin K2 Ambulance 1/48 / for Tamiya kit

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129-80711/488595593131511

Superbly detailed resin cast wheels with weighted tyres are designed for the new Austin K2 Ambulance model.

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3D printed Parts

US Navy Wheel Chocks 1/48

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129-P480121/488595593131542

    Modern style undercarriage mainwheel chocks as used with US Navy aircraft on carriers. These wheel chocks are universal as are real ones, too.

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AH-1G Turret Armament - Minigun and Grenade Launcher Barrels (2 of each) 1/35

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   The AH-1G Cobra was fitted with a gun turret under its nose and could carry either a minigun with a grenade launcher, a pair of miniguns or a pair of grenade launchers – depending on the crew's preferences or operational needs. And these combinations can be assembled using the parts of this 3D-printed set which bring much better details than the styrene parts of the original ICM model kit.

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Shusui-shiki Kayaku Rocket ‘WWII Japanese ground-to-air ram missile’ 2 pcs 1/72

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    3D-printed parts of this set portray the Japanese project of ram missiles planned to destroy the high flying B-29 bombers or other similar targets. The kit contains two missiles and their transport trolleys.

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Shusui-shiki Kayaku Rocket ‘WWII Japanese ground-to-air ram missile’ 2 pcs 1/48

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129-PLT2821/488595593131481

      3D-printed parts of this set portray the Japanese project of ram missiles planned to destroy high flying B-29 bombers or other similar targets. The kit contains two missiles and their transport trolleys.

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Men`s bicycle - first half of 20th century (3 pcs) 1/72

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129-P720231/728595593131610

  The bicycle was a very widely used means of transport during the first half of the 20th century, used by workers, soldiers and sportsmen alike. In WW2, the bike was also popular among the airmen, both Allied an German and used to get around on airfields. This has reently been shown also by the Masters of Air TV series. We have prepared really nicely detailed men's bicycles in 1/72 scale, two of which have their front wheel left staight, the third example is with the front wheel turned a bit which suggests it might have been flung in haste.

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US Navy Aircraft Tow Bar 1/72

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129-P720201/728595593131436

  Modern style tow bar as used for US Navy aircraft on carriers. The tow bar is universal as is the real one, too. THe set also contains 3D-printed safety chain and a sheet of decals

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