1/72 Scale news, July 2021.

1/72 Scale Aircrafts Kits

01/07/2021

Eduard never fails at deliver something new in our scale every month, and this month is not an exception. If you like Bf-109, and you like Battle of Britain event. Then this is your kit, Eduard – 2136 – ADLERANGRIFF (Limited Edition – Dual Combo) A deluxe re-package of the excellent Special Hobby Bf-109 Emil series.

Special Hobby is re-releasing shortly their good Special Hobby – 72289 – Mirage F.1 CE/CH, released in 2016 and which was the base for all the F1C series by Special Hobby, as well as released in 2020 by Revell as Revell – 04971 – Dassault Mirage F-1 C / CT. This kit, with specific Moroccan and Spanish parts and markings, was not easy to find and expensive, hopefully this re-release will increase availability and will reduce price.

Another day of quiet things, so listing Hasegawa re-issues in the short time:
Hasegawa – 00548 (E18) – F/A-18F SUPER HORNET
Hasegawa – 01574 (E44) – Su-35S FLANKER
Hasegawa – 01569 (E39) – F-15E STRIKE EAGLE

02/07/2021

This month Italeri only bring us a kit in 1/72 scale, a re-issue of the good Eurofighter Italeri kit, as Italeri – 1457 – EF-2000 Typhoon In R.A.F. Service with 4 R.A.F. markings.

06/07/2021

Mikro-Mir offers this month a French mid 50s blueprint design by SNASO, Mikro-Mir – 72020 – SNCASO “Dever” which looks like a classic Sci-Fi design, but it’s supposed to be an VTOL interceptor proposal, although it’s pretty hard find information about it, other than rumours of its existence (as proposal).

08/07/2021

A&A Models announced yesterday a Beechcraft Super King Air model, A&A Models – 7224 – Beechcraft 200 Super King Air , we haven’t much details yet, as for example when is it expected to be ready. Looks like at least will contain RAF markings.

09/07/2021

Airfix has reissued their 2016 Junkers Ju87B moulds in Airfix – A03087A – JUNKERS Ju87B-1 STUKA , changing decals.

The brand new Zvezda – 7322 – Hawker Hurricane IIC British Fighter is ready to hit market in the next weeks.

19/07/2021

Mikro-Mir has a new offer, Mikro-Mir – 72021 – Nikitin PSN-2 Soviet anti-naval glider torpedo bomber, and experimental floatplane glider developed in the late 30s to test guided glider bombs concept.

AVIS is releasing later this month two models for the Stearman-Hammond Y-1 utility aircraft Avis – 72051 – Stearman-Hammond Y-1S and Avis – 72045 – Stearman-Hammond Y-1S, same kit with different markings options.

21/07/2021

Sword has planned three new kits that will be released next month, they are Sword – SW72140 – F-3B/C Demon, Sword – SW72139 – FJ-3/3M Fury and Sword – SW72138 – FJ-2 Fury. All of them are just changed decals from previous kits releases.

22/07/2021

A reminder of Hasegawa re-issues and new announces:

Hasegawa – 01574 (E44) – Su-35S FLANKER Reissue.
Hasegawa – 01569 (E39) – F-15E STRIKE EAGLE Reissue.
Hasegawa – 1/72 Crusher Joe Fighter 1 Reissue.
Hasegawa – 00232 (B2) – F-16C Fighting Falcon Reissue, expected for September.
Hasegawa – 00446 (D16) – F-104J/CF-104 Starfighter Reissue, expected for September.
Hasegawa – 00449 (D19) – AV-8B HARRIER II Reissue, expected for September.
Hasegawa – 00533 (E3) – F-14A TOMCAT (High Visibility) Reissue, expected for September.
Hasegawa – 00452 (D22) – Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Fighter (Zeke) Type 52 Reissue, expected for September.
Hasegawa – 00534 (E4) – Bell AH-1S Cobra Chopper J.G.S.D.F. Reissue, expected for September.
Hasegawa – 00233 (B3) – F-20 TIGERSHARK Reissue, expected for September.
Hasegawa – 01456 (D26) – Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero Fighter Type 22/32 Reissue, expected for September.
Hasegawa – 26 – VF-1S/A Strike/Super Gerwalk Valkyrie Reissue, expected for September.

Certainly the Japanese brand does an excellent job keeping their moulds in ready state and keeping their base catalogue available. Together with the above re-issues list, 4 new limited editions (new decals) as follows below:

Hasegawa – 02382 – F-15J Eagle “306SQ 40th Anniversary” New limited edition, expected for September 2021.
Hasegawa – 02383 – Mitsubishi MU-2A “J.A.S.D.F 50th Anniversary” New limited edition, expected for September 2021.
Hasegawa – 02384 – UH-60J RESCUE HAWK AIR SELF-DEFENSE FORCE 50TH ANNIVERSARY New limited Edition, expected for September 2021.
Hasegawa – 02385 – F/A-18F SUPER HORNET VFA-11 RED RIPPERS CAG 2013 New Limited edition, expected for September 2021.

To finish with the Japanese brand for today we added a new Sci-fi topic kit, Hasegawa – CW22 – CRUSHER JOE TR-5 HARPY NORMA.

As a personal thought of all the above list, is very significative about the state of our hobby in 1/72 scale that a very powerful brand like Hasegawa, in a list of 17 kits, the only one really new, is a Sci-fi/Anime topic, while all the rest are re-issues or just new decals (and some new detail part, being totally honest). Japanese market has been always quite particular and different to European or U.S.A. markets, but despite the great effort by Hasegawa keeping their moulds runnings in perfect state, looks like obvious they are not investing in anything 100% new in 1/72 scale unless Anime based topics, and this is not good for any of us.

26/07/2021

Fine Molds Phantom II are stated as currently best Phantom II kit you can build in 1/72 scale, and they keep increasing the range of offers with two new versions which will be released next month. Fine Molds – FP46S – F-4C Air National Guard which includes 3 markings for the National Guard and Fine Molds – FP43S – F-4J Aardvarks which includes 2 markings for the VF-114 (Aardvarks) and one for the VF-21. The initial release will include two pilot figures (seated) as bonus, so don’t wait to get yours as soon as they are available. Another two Phantom II kits are in the pipeline as well as two weapons kits.

1/72 Scale Vehicles

01/07/2021

ACE is another brand that never miss the monthly release, and so this month they offer ACE – 72453 – AMX Mk.61 105mm Self-Propelled Howitzer, a French self propelled gun over an AMX-13 chassis. ACE also has discontinued this month ACE – 72242 – Soviet 45mm AT gun model 1937.

09/07/2021

Looks like finally, the long ago announced Attack Kits – 72933 – Humber Armoured Car Mk.II British Army will be released shortly, as well as the even longer announced Attack Kits – 72927 – Tatra 87 Cabrio with crew.

Special Armour is releasing this month Special Armour – SA72024 – 3,7 cm PaK 36 “German Anti-tank Gun” , coming from MK72 moulds as used on the Sd.Kfz 250 produced by the brand. Special Armour will also release a PAK70 also with MK72 origin soon after this release.

14/07/2021

Zebrano will be releasing shortly Zebrano – 72114 – FAI Soviet Light Armored Car.

ACE (who also released a FAI armoured car in the past) is re-releasing ACE – 72125 – BMP-2D Infantry fighting vehicle which has been retooled three times already. Also ACE – 72432 – FV-622 Stalwart Mk.2 is now OUT OF PRODUCTION.

16/07/2021

Hobby 2000 is refurbishing 2 Dragon Pz.IV kits in 3 new editions as Hobby 2000 – 72701 – Pz.Kpfw.IV F2(G) Eastern Front 1942, Hobby 2000 – 72702 – Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.F2(G) North Africa 1942 and Hobby 2000 – 72703 – Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G Eastern Front 1943.

17/07/2021

ACE has re-tooled the AML-60 ACE – 72455 – AML-60 Mortar Carrier (4×4) which means the old ACE – 72412 – Panhard AML-60 is gone forever.

19/07/2021

UMMT is offering this month an armoured wagon PL-42, UMMT – 691 – Armored Platform of the Armored Trains “Kozma Minin” and “Ilya Muromets” (Type PL-42) which was created for the recent UMMT – 690 – Armored train of type BP-42 in case you want to add more, or just want to built the wagon, since the full train is a huge model which requires lot of space for display and time to build.

UM (Uni Models) is releasing two new models (based on previous kits) this month, UM – 548 – PzKpfw IV Ausf J tank and UM – 380 – M4A3 HVSS Sherman flame-thrower tank. The Panzer IV looks pretty nice.

24/07/2021

When we added a few days ago the coming Dragon re-packages by Hobby 2000, we missed Hobby 2000 – 72704 – Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G North Africa 1943.

26/07/2021

As we revisited Fine Molds to add the new Phantom II kits that will appear shortly, we also want to let you now that they are re-releasing their only ever tank kit in 1/72 scale, the big Fine Molds – FM44 – 150 Ton [O-I].

1/72 Scale Plastic Soldiers

09/07/2021

Zvezda re-releases this month Zvezda – 8055 – Napoleonic Russian Hussars as well as Zvezda – 8064 – Zaporozhian Cossacks. Both are great news, specially the Cossacks were very hard to find, this will lower prices and increase the availability. While the brand is not doing any new big box of plastic soldiers, it’s great this year looks like they increased the re-isssue rate, making great sets available again.

11/07/2021

Linear-A has released a new box for the Hannibal Cross the Alps series, Linear-A – 025 – HANNIBAL CROSSES THE ALPS SET 5 “CELTIC SALASSI / TAURINI TRIBE VS. CARTHAGINIANS”, another good addition which also can provide you some new Celtic/Gauls troops for the period.

13/07/2021

First to Fight will be releasing later this month First to Fight – 084 – Polish Horse Artillery Crew, containing 12 figures in 4 poses. We would have want more accessories such empty shells, ammo boxes, etc. A clear wargaming format, intended for 75mm field guns, such First to Fight – 77 – Field Gun 75mm wz.1902/26.

1/72 Scale Ships

09/07/2021

Zvezda is re-releasing the excellent Zvezda – 8515 – Roman Trireme, and these are great news, better prices and better availability for an excellent model.

1/72 Sci-Fi.

18/07/2021

The last available Fang of the Sun Dougram issue by Max Factory has been added today Max Factory – Combat Armors: MAX 23 – Abitate F44D Desert Gunner as well as next one (expected for next month according to maker announce) Max Factory – Combat Armors: MAX 24 – Soltic HT128 Big Foot Snow Camouflage with Cold Shield. As we have been reviewing the range, also added image box cover for Max Factory – Combat Armors: MAX 22 – Combat Armor Dougram Update Version as well as box image for Max Factory – Combat Armors: MAX 20 – Soltic H102 Bushman Reinforced Pack Mounted Type

19/07/2021

And to finish the Fang of the Sun Dougram series update, we just added Max Factory – COMBAT ARMORS MAX25: Soltic H8 Roundfacer Hang Glider Equipment Type which is not expected before October 2021.

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