Sword completes the work for the coming North American Sabreliner kit, new pictures with paint mask, PE parts, decal sheet, a second sprue (correction) with cockpit interior and the clear parts had been added to Sword – 72142 – T-39A Sabreliner and Sword – 72143 – T-39D Sabreliner.
Arma Hobby is releasing this month a basic edition of the Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate, Arma Hobby – 70052 – Ki-84 Hayate (Model Kit). The previously announced Arma Hobby – 70040 – F-6C Mustang Expert Set begins to be available.
If you ever wondered how a Frog (as Eastern Express repack) kit can looks, we took a close view to our own owned Eastern Express – 72253 – Bomber North American B-25 C/D Mitchell which is only recommended for the very brave hobbyists. Note than some Frog kits had a better quality but this is pretty much what you can expect from many of them, think we speak about a 1964 tooled kit. What was an improve then, is out of age now.
Kora Models back to the IMAM Ro.41 with four new releases, two of them for the B, bis, variant, for a total of 8 related releases of the model by Kora, which looks to us as too much. The new kits are:
- Kora – KPK72150 – IMAM Ro.41 Italian Light Fighter
- Kora – KPK72151 – IMAM Ro.41 Italian Training Service
- Kora – KPK72152 – IMAM Ro.41B Italian Training Service
- Kora – KPK72153 – IMAM Ro.41 Italian Light Fighter / Trainer
Big Plane Kits is restocking some of their kits, which are great news, as well as they are planning a new release related to the big Boeing 737 Next Generation (737-800). The kits restocked and updated with new content pictures are:
- Big Plane Kits – 7218 – 737-800 Qantas
- Big Plane Kits – 7216 – Bombardier CRJ-900
- Big Plane Kits – 7215 – Bombardier CRJ-700
- Big Plane Kits – 7214 – Bombardier CRJ-700
- Big Plane Kits – 7201 – Boeing 737-100
We took a closer look to ICM – 72051 – I-1 (IL-400b) from our own collection.
Hasegawa advances another batch of releases with 3 new aircraft related releases expected for August 2022:
- Hasegawa – 02410 – CMV-22B Osprey “U.S. Navy”
- Hasegawa – 02409 – A-10C Thunderbolt II “Indiana ANG 100th Anniversary”
- Hasegawa – 02411 – F/A-18A Hornet “R.A.A.F. 100th anniversary”
Heller keeps working in restructure the company and catalogue, clearly in two directions, restore and update old kits, we updated today Heller – 80282 – SPITFIRE MK XVI (and there will be more in next days) but also cooperating with other brands to launch new models, and again, cooperating with Special Hobby, Heller announced two kits, Heller – 30304 – Dornier DO 27/CASA C-127 and the Starter Kit version Heller – 35304 – Dornier DO 27/CASA C-127 (STARTER KIT), both based in the excellent Special Hobby kit. The previously announced model as part of this cooperation, Heller – 30319 – MIRAGE F1 B, is not released yet. We would love to see a newly tooled own Heller kit in 1/72 scale soon.
Modelsvit seems to be recovering the pulse despite still facing hard times as full Ukraine and announced a new model to appear very soon, Modelsvit – 72041 – VVA-14 with inflatable pontoons, a variation of the previous release Modelsvit – 72014 – Bartini Beriev VVA-14.
Special Hobby will re-release this month Special Hobby – 72291 – Mirage F.1B, which is the base for the cooperation with Heller, so maybe the Heller release is finally close to happen.
To finish with the expected Heller future by now we added Heller – 80235 – Focke-Wulf FW 190 A5/A8/F8 and Heller – 80229 – Messerschmitt BF 109 K-4, both originally tooled in the 70s. From now ahead we’ll not added as separate entries the Starter Kit edition, that information is added inside the main product page. Also for the yesterday updated Heller – 80282 – SPITFIRE MK XVI. We don’t want to criticize the brand strategy, but these kits are really old, there are better and newer options in the market for all the topics they depict, and there are still an important second hand market with previous releases of the same kits. So while it’s great that the brand is able to keep the moulds working they should be better looking for some of the more exclusive kits they released in the past, rather than so common topics full of better options in the market. The only good point of these new release is that they are pretty cheap, around 10€ official price, and since they are basic kits, the Starter Kit options are not bad to gift to younger people and introduce them into the hobby, something very very necessary. About the cooperation with Special Hobby, at this moment, Heller kits are labelled more expensive than the original Special Hobby, official prices, which also doesn’t looks as very good, for the brand either for consumers.
KP (Kovozávody Prostějov) is ready to release a new batch during this week with 9 new releases, all of them of previously seen kits by the brand. The main part of the batch is for the Avia BH-3, with 3 releases, a not very successful aircraft and in addition we doubt of the markings included in one of them, the “International“. The three kits are Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) – KPM0343 – AVIA B-3 BEJK (BULL) “International”, Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) – KPM0342 – AVIA B-3 BEJK (BULL) “Racer” and Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) – KPM0341 – AVIA B-3 BEJK (BULL) “MILITARY”. Secondly, in number of kits, is the Henschel HS 126, Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) – KPM0337 – Henschel HS 126A/B-1 “Mediterranean” and Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) – KPM0336 – Henschel HS 126B-1 “Luftwaffe”, using the good Sabre Kits moulds. The four remaining releases are a variety of models and eras, Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) – KMP0344 – Albatros C.III, Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) – KPM0339 – MESSERSCHMITT BF 108 TAIFUN, Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) – KPM0340 – PIPER L-21B SUPER CUB and Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) – KPM0343 – AVIA B-3 BEJK (BULL) “International”.
Special Hobby unveils their June plans, full of re-releases and also the updated Special Hobby – 72458 – Junkers Ju 87D-5/N/D-8 “Night Attack Stukas”. In the re-releases we found Special Hobby – 72215 – SAAB J-21A, MPM Production – 72540 – Vickers Wellington Mk. IC/ VIII 1/72 (last units being released under Special Hobby brand) and as we mentioned before, Special Hobby – 72291 – Mirage F.1B.
While we are still waiting for some of the previously announced RS Models to be available, the Czech brand announces a new batch of models, with three kits based on previous releases, two of them, replaces old codes with exactly same content, RS Models – 92276 – Junkers Ju-86P and RS Models – 92277 – Junkers Ju 86R, one decal update in the RS Models – 92275 – Dornier Do 17 P “Ostfront”, and a new model RS Models – 92274 – Nakajima Ki-201 “Karyu”. As soon as we have more details in some of these entries we’ll do.
Revell will re-release their Eurofighter Typhoon in 1/72 scale tooled in 2016 with an exclusive and good decal sheet as Revell – 03818 – Eurofighter Typhoon “The Bavarian Tiger 2021”, the kit will be also released as model set with brush, glue and paints with code number 63818.
We updated also the last two Valom releases with their definitive box layout image rather than box art, Valom – 72152 – Curtiss C-46D Commando “Operation Varsity” and Valom – 72154 – Curtiss C-46D “Air National Guard”
DreamModel announced yesterday a new AH-1 Super Cobra version, time for DreamModel – 720017 – AH-1W “Super Cobra” Late Version. Without more details the Chinese brand said it will appear very soon.
Great Wall Hobby (G.W.H.) is releasing a limited edition of their excellent F-15E kit fitted with the GBU-39 bombs, Great Wall Hobby (GWH) – L7209 – F-15E with GBU-39 SDB , if you still ever had a GWH kit, is the time for it, their are in the selected group of the state of the art kits in 1/72 scale. Chinese sellers are already offering the kit.
Many of the European and U.S. stores got a batch of Hasegawa kits, including but not only:
- Hasegawa – 02382 – F-15J Eagle “306SQ 40th Anniversary”
- Hasegawa – 02383 – Mitsubishi MU-2A “J.A.S.D.F 50th Anniversary”
- Hasegawa – 02384 – UH-60J RESCUE HAWK AIR SELF-DEFENSE FORCE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
- Hasegawa – 02385 – F/A-18F SUPER HORNET VFA-11 RED RIPPERS CAG 2013
- Hasegawa – 02386 – TBM-3S2 AVENGER MARITIME SELF-DEFENSE FORCE 3RD TECHNICAL SCHOOL
- Hasegawa – 02387 – Bell AH-1S Cobra Chopper “2019/2019 J.G.S.D.F. Akeno Special”
- Hasegawa – 02388 – F-35 LIGHTNING II (TYPE A) AIR SELF-DEFENSE FORCE 6TH AIR WING 2025
- Hasegawa – 02389 – F-4EJ Phantom II “Old Fashion”
- Hasegawa – 02390 – F-2A Kai
- Hasegawa – 02391 – F-14B TOMCAT “VF-103 Jolly Rogers Christmas Special”
- Hasegawa – 02392 – F-15DJ Eagle “Aggressor Tiger Schema”
- Hasegawa – 02393 – P1Y1 Ginga TYPE 11 763rd Air Corps
- Hasegawa – 02394 – SOC-3 SEAGULL SEAPLANE “BATTLESHIP USS PENNSYLVANIA”
- Hasegawa – 02395 – SR-71 BLACKBIRD (A TYPE) W/GTD-21B
- Hasegawa – 02396 – F-4EJ Kai PHANTOM “302SQ 20TH ANNIVERSARY”
Eduard already officially advance July releases which includes a new variant of the Avia S-199, Eduard – 70151 – Avia S-199 bubble canopy and the back of the Eduard FW 190, Eduard – 7463 – Fw 190A-8 standard wings (Weekend Edition).
Avis join the list of Ukrainian brands which remain active despite the difficult times for the country and announced two new models which by previous experiences still will take some time to appear. By one side a reedition with new decals, Avis – 72046 – Edgley EA-7 Optica, and secondly a totally new model never done before as scale model, the unusual design Avis – 72049 – Moskalev CAM-9. Welcome back Avis !.
Next batch of IBG Models is closer to arrive and the Polish brand is sharing details about the kits, today we added the 5 markings that will be included in IBG – 72548 – PlatzSchutzstaffel JV44 2 in 1: Fw 190D-9 and D-11.
Great news as ACE restores production and releases a new kit, ACE – 72423 – VB2L French Light Mobile AA system Mistral, an anti-air variant of their already released VBL kit fitted with a twin Mistral AA turret.
Trumpeter keeps taking advantage of their HEMTT develop with a new related release, Trumpeter – 07159 – MPQ-53 C-Band Tracking Radar which is designed to work with Trumpeter – 07158 – M983 HEMTT & M901 Launching Station w/MIM-104 Patriot SAM System (PAC-2).
First to Fight is releasing this month a new Panzer 38(t) tank, with parts for the command variant, First to Fight – 091 – PZKPFW 38(t) Ausf. C / PanzerBefehlsWagen (PZBFWG) 38(t).
A surprise today, as Fore Hobby, who already surprised in the past with their Schnellboots , is about to release in August a new 1/72 scale kit, Fore Hobby – 2001 – FV107 Scimitar Mark2, the first vehicle kit in 1/72 scale by the brand.
Revell will be re-releasing their 2002 tooled Leclerc T.5 soon as Revell – 03341 – Leclerc (T.5).
3R Model announced two new models, covering a “new” topic as is the Chinese ZTQ15 light tank, 3R Model – TK 7011 – PLA ZTQ15 Light Tank (Lightweight) and 3R Model – TK 7012 – PLA ZTQ15 Light Tank (Armored Ver) in direct competence with the just released Meng – 72-001 – PLA ZTQ15 Light Tank.
We added today a Chinese brand named Sabre Model, which has been in the business since 2015 but who recently shown interest in the 1/72 scale. Their two initial releases were upgrades based in the Takom – 5002 – M1070 & M1000 w/D9R kit, Sabre Model – 72C01 – D9R ARMORED BULLDOZER w/SLAT ARMOR and Sabre Model – 72C02 – M1070 TRUCK TRACTOR & M1000 HET Semi-trailer, but their third release, is an absolutely beautiful surprise, a civilian electric city bus that you can see nowadays in Shanghai city, Sabre Model – 72A03 – Electric City Bus Shenwo SWB6128EV56.
Hobby Boss announces a fourth release using the MAZ-543 chassis they designed initially for the S-300PMU SA-10 GRUMBLE, time now for the well known Hobby Boss – 82939 – Soviet (9P117M1) Launcher with R17 Rocket of 9K72 Missile Complex “Elbrus”(Scud B). The Chinese brand did a clever election on the MAZ-543, as there are still several interesting options for new products using the same chassis.
Trumpeter also announced a new kit, Trumpeter – 07179 – Russian 9P113 TEL w/9M21 Rocket of 9K52 Luna-M Short-range artillery rocket system (FROG-7), but despite the type is marked as active in the Ukrainian forces during 2022, no Ukrainian markings are provided.
Updated Preiser – 72522 – Infantry riflemen, partisans. USSR 1942/43 with box content images and close up image to appreciate why/or why not Preiser figures are still appreciated despite they are expensive and hard to find, but they are not for every taste.
Without much more else to do in the Figures line, we took time today to update the always loved Revell – 02515 – World War II German Artillery (Deutsche Artillerie WWII) with exclusive high resolution pictures of this amazing box, an state of the art of the 1/72 scale. If you ever owned this kit, it’s a must have in your collection. This good figure set was also included in a number of combo boxes by Revell, each one is worth it:
- Revell – 03161 – Tiger I Ausf.E & deutsche Inf.
- Revell – 03152 – JagdPanther & Deutsche Inf.
- Revell – 3201 – Sherman with US Infantry & Stug IV with German Infantry
- Revell – 03189 – Stalingrad Battle
- Matchbox – 40190 – World War II German Infantry (and finally we added a box image here)
Rumours of new releases start to appear, but while this happen to took our time to update another nice Revell kit that you still can put your hands on thought it’s largely out of production. Revell – 02502 – World War II German Infantry, released in 1995, changed the game for the available German infantry sets in 1/72 scale at the time, so it deserves a good place in your collection.
We dust-off another set from our stash to take a close look to Zvezda – 8060 – English Infantry of the 100 Years War, adding high-resolution pictures of both the sprues and the figures.
Is not a secret that two new sets by Strelets are in their way to some retailers who keep stocking the brand. The two sets are an extension of the Spanish War of Succession range, Strelets – 240 – French Gardes du Corps and Strelets – 256 – British Dragoons.
Today we rescued Mars – 72067 – Burgundian Field Artillery from our stash and took our time to take fine detail pictures about this particular set as well as extended our comments about it in the product page. An interesting set but subject to all the common problems of Mars.
The second set of the “new” Caesar seems to be starting to appear, Caesar – H105 – Modern PRC PLA Troops, consisting of contemporary Chinese PLA troops on parade. At the same time, the previous announced set, Caesar – TK-001 – Three Kingdoms (Shu Kingdom set 1) (Sichuan Province Set 1), seems has changed both name and box, from Shu Kingdom set 1 to Sichuan Province Set 1. Both releases show little intent of internationalization, as both remain in purely Chinese interest self market. The new Modern PLA figures would be of interest, but choose a parade poses, reduces it. There is a third announced set, again for a Chinese topic that we’ll add shortly. Also distribution, at least by now, is not reaching by far what the brand achieved in the past.
Today we took a close look to Red Box – 72104 – Spanish Sailors Artillery 16-17 century, with high resolution pictures and our comments and thoughts which also apply to several other of the Red Box Renaissance XVI sets.
Anime & Sci-Fi
Updated Hasegawa – 65877 – VF-1A ARMORED VALKYRIE BULLSEYE OPERATION PART 1 with its definitive box layout.
The Japanese brand will keep extending the Macross universe with a new release expected for August/September this year, Hasegawa – 65878 – REGULT (WITH SMALL MISSILE POD), a variation of the Zentradi Tactical Pod Regult fitted with extra missile launchers.
Revell is releasing a new edition of their PT Patrol Torpedo Boats tooled in 2016, Revell – 05175 – Patrol Torpedo Boat PT-160, that apparently features new parts for the special armament mounted in the PT-160.
Keep going with the Matchbox quest and today we added another batch of 10 references of the mythical brand:
- Matchbox – 40020 – Fiat C.R.42 Falco
- Matchbox – 40120 – Fairey Swordfish II/III
- Matchbox – PK-112 (40112) – Fairey Swordfish
- Matchbox – PK-36 (40036) – Fairey Seafox
- Matchbox – PK-121 (40121) – A-10A Fairchild
- Matchbox – PK-38 (40038) – Aerospatiale SA 365N Dauphin 2
- Matchbox – PK-408 (40408) – Canberra PR.9
- Matchbox – 40152 – BAC Lightning F2A/F6
- Matchbox – PK-126 – Lightning T55
- Matchbox – PK-114 (40114) – BAC.Lightning
A small Matchbox update to add their F-16 coverage:
- Matchbox – PK-122 (40122) – General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon “Thunderbirds” USAF Display Team
- Matchbox – 40141 – General Dynamics F-16 B Fighting Falcon
- Matchbox – 40146 – General Dynamics F-16 B RNAF “Tigermeet 1992”
One more into the Matchbox list, a popular British subject, the Folland Gnat, Matchbox – PK-15 (40015) – Gnat T.Mk.1 “The Red Arrows”
Two more additions to the Matchbox list, Matchbox – PK-6 – Focke Wulf 190A and Matchbox – PK-51 (40051) – Focke Wulf FW190 A-4 R6/A-3. Also added Matchbox – 40200 – Focke Wulf Ta-154, and originally Pioneer 2 kit.
Four more references added to the Matchbox history.
- Matchbox – 40415 – McDonnell Douglas AH-64 A Apache
- Matchbox – PK-8 (40008) – Gloster Gladiator
- Matchbox – 40062 – Gloster Gladiator
- Matchbox – PK-117 (40117) – Hawker Hunter T.Mk7 / F.Mk58
One more into the Matchbox list, the always impressive Matchbox – PK-551 (40551) – Handley Page Victor K2. And the last one for today, Matchbox – PK-605 – Handley Page Heyford MkI/II/III, which after more than 40 years remain as the only Handley Page Heyford in 1/72 scale (or any).
One more entry today in the Matchbox quest, Matchbox – PK-1 (40001) – Hawker Fury 1, a popular British hobbyists topic. And also added 1/72 Grumman F9F Panther, 1/72 Korean War, 1/72 U.S Cold War Fighter and Matchbox – 40153 – Grumman F9F-4/5 Panther.
Last addition for today in the Matchbox quest is for a well known aircraft, Matchbox – PK-18 (40018) – Grumman Hellcat .
The last addition we planned for today in the Matchbox range is Matchbox – PK-406 (40406) – Grumman F-14 A Tomcat .
One new addition in the Matchbox list, Matchbox – PK-23 (40023) – Hawker Tempest and Matchbox – 40148 – Hawker Sea Fury T-20 which is an original Pioneer 2 kit and also added Matchbox – PK-110 – Hawker Siddeley 125/600, a popular British topic, the Hawker Siddeley HS.125 that had to wait decades to improve the old Matchbox or Airfix kits till the latest Sword releases.
Matchbox – PK-11 – Hawker Hurricane and Matchbox – PK-49 (40049) – Hurricane Mk.IID/IIC ready in the Matchbox list. We crossed the middle of the quest. The last addition for today in this particular quest is for the Matchbox – PK-403 – (40403) – Heinkel He 111 H kit.
- Matchbox – PK-16 – Harrier HS.Mk-1
- Matchbox – PK-37 – Sea Harrier
- Matchbox – PK-45 – BAe Harrier GR.Mk.3
- Matchbox – PK-52 (40052) – Sea Harrier FRS.1
- Matchbox – 40064 – BAe Sea Harrier FRS.1
Also added today Matchbox – PK-132 (40132) – Heinkel He 70 F2 / He 70 G1 / He 170 A which is an excellent kit, with some flaws as any, but still able to compete in some spects with the newer ICM kit for the same topic, the, at the time impressive, Heinkel He 170.
Last one for today the nice Matchbox – PK-10 (40010) – Strikemaster Mk.80/86.
Sunday morning for us, found the time to add three more Matchbox kits, Matchbox – PK-30 (40030) – Provost T.Mk.1, Matchbox – PK-109 (40109) – Junkers Ju 188 and Matchbox – PK-111 (40111) – Ju 87 Stuka.
A trio of F-104 Starfighter added to Matchbox list, Matchbox – PK-28 – Lockheed Starfighter F-104G, Matchbox – PK-40 (40040) – Lockheed Starfighter TF-104G and Matchbox – 40011 – TF-104 G Starfighter.
Before end the day three more references added to Matchbox list, Matchbox – PK-48 (40048) – Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm BK.117, Matchbox – 40012 – Macchi C.202 “Folgore” and Matchbox – 40609 – F-117 A Stealthfighter.
Despite all the novelties added today we found time to add another Matchbox entry, Matchbox – PK-118 (40118) – Lockheed P-38 L/J Lightning.
We don’t forget the Matchbox quest and two more references have been added today. Matchbox – PK-407 – B-26B Marauder and Matchbox – PK-4411 (40608) – Mc Donnell Douglas F-15 C Eagle.
We keep it going and a trio of Phantom II references just added to Matchbox listing, Matchbox – PK-404 (40404) – Phantom F-4M/K, Matchbox – PK-412 (40412) – Phantom FG1/FGR2 and Matchbox – 40421 – McDonnell Phantom FG.1/FGR.2.
After a break of several days our particular quest get a new trio in the Matchbox list, a trio of MiG-21s. Matchbox – PK-19 – Mikoyan MiG-21 (the original kit that you should avoid unless a collector), Matchbox – PK-41 (40041) – Mikoyan MiG-21 MF updated tool correcting several flaws of the original model, and Matchbox – 40054 – MiG 21 bis. “Fishbed” with a new set of decals.
More advances today in the Matchbox range with 4 new additions, Matchbox – PK-115 (40115) – Messerschmitt Bf 110 (one of those Matchbox kits which was the same from beginning to the end), Matchbox – 40607 – MiG-29A Fulcrum (an original ACE Hobby Kit kit still valuable), Matchbox – PK-21 (40021) – Messerschmitt Me 262 and Matchbox – 40100 – Messerschmitt Me-262 “Blitzbomber” which are two totally different kits, since the bomber variant used the FROG kit with new decals. Also added a pair of Zeros, which again are different kits, Matchbox – PK-4 (40004) – A6M2 Zero-Sen and Matchbox – 40002 – Mitsubishi Zero which is an older FROG kit reboxed.
One more in our today’s push, Matchbox – 40203 – Mil Mi-24 Hind D, and original Monogram kit released one time under Matchbox brand.
Time for four more references in the Matchbox list, Matchbox – PK-17 (40017) – Messerschmitt Bf 109 E, Matchbox – PK-113 (40113) – Messerschmitt Me 410, Matchbox – PK-411 – F-101F/RF-101B/CF-101B Voodoo and Matchbox – 40418 – McDonnell RF-101 B/F-101 F Voodoo. The numbers says we crossed the middle and will end this quest sooner than later.
The excellent Matchbox – PK-125 – Noorduyn Norseman and Matchbox – 40150 – Noorduyn Norseman IV/C-64 A have been added to Matchbox list. It’s expected that later this year Dora Wings will be release a new Norseman kit, till that happens, the Matchbox kit remains as the only injected plastic kit of the Norseman in 1/72 scale, a good idea of how large and varied the catalogue was at the time.
Also added today Matchbox – PK-13 (40013) – P-51D Mustang, one of those which was the same kit from the 70s till 90s, with only little variations in the box.
And lastly for today, Matchbox – PK-42 (40042) – T-2C/E Buckeye, over 30 years were need till Wolf Pack Design produced a new model of this important jet trainer, the North American T-2 Buckeye, so the Matchbox kit was no more the only option in 1/72 scale.