Saturday, April 01, 2017

1/144 German Type UB 1 Submarine -- Mikro-Mir (Mikr-Mir)

1/144 German Type UB 1 Submarine -- Mikro-Mir (Mikr-Mir)
Plastic injected kit, with decals and photo-etched parts.

The Type UB I was a class of small coastal submarines (U-boats) built in Germany at the beginning of the First World War. 20 boats were constructed, most of which went into service with the German Imperial Navy.[Note 1] Boats of this design were also operated by the Austro-Hungarian Navy (Kaiserliche und Königliche Kriegsmarine or K.u.K. Kriegsmarine) and the Bulgarian Navy. The group is sometimes known as the UB-1 class after SM UB-1, the class leader. In the Austro-Hungarian Navy, it was called the U-10 class.

For details of the sprues, decals and photo-etching please see:

Price: ~$20USD

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dora Wings 1/144 for 2017

Dora Wings 1/144 for 2017

GeeBee R1 & R2
The Gee Bee Model R Super Sportster was a special purpose racing aircraft made by Granville Brothers Aircraft of Springfield, Massachusetts

The R-1 won the 1932 Thompson Trophy race, piloted by Jimmy Doolittle. He also set a new world land plane speed record of 476 km/h (296 mph) in the Shell Speed Dash. The distinction of a land plane record was noteworthy because, at that time, specialised speed seaplanes outran land planes (e.g. the Macchi M.C.72 with over 700 km/h).

The Springfield Union of September 6, 1932 quoted Doolittle as saying, "She is the sweetest ship I've ever flown. She is perfect in every respect and the motor is just as good as it was a week ago. It never missed a beat and has lots of stuff in it yet. I think this proves that the Granville brothers up in Springfield build the very best speed ships in America today." (not active, yet)

RKM, &

Monday, February 20, 2017

AMG (Arsenal Model Group) Planned 1/144 Releases for 2017

RODEN 2017 Release Schedule (Planned)

RODEN 2017 Release Schedule (Planned)

  • Vickers VC-10 K4 Type 1170 tanker - 2017/02 (February)
  • Lockheed C-5B Galaxy - 2017/05 (May)
  • Lockheed C-141B Starlifter - 2017/07 (July)
  • Lockheed C-140B JetStar (L-1329) Germany Air Force - 2017/10 (October)
  • Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy - 2017/11  (November)
  • Douglas C-133 Cargomaster - 2017/11 (November)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

1/144 Cessna TO-1O / L-10 / O-1 by Miniwings

1/144 Cessna TO-1O / L-10 / O-1 by Miniwings
The Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog was a liaison and observation aircraft. It was the first all-metal fixed-wing aircraft ordered for and by the United States Army since the U.S. Army Air Force separated from the Army in 1947, becoming its own branch of service, the United States Air Force. 

The Bird Dog had a lengthy career in the U.S. military, as well as in other countries.

This is the first in a range of all plastic injection kit and features a new packaging design, another advantage of the plastic kits are that they are cheaper than the resin kit.
This is a get set of kits with the plastic being very smooth and of a high quality, with fine detailing. Additionally, as its cast in clear plastic the glazing will fit perfectly (masks are provided for painting)

14 Clear plastic parts
Canopy mask
Decals for one Aircraft (Screen Printed  by

Release Date: February 2017 

Available from:
Kit Shop  with free postage!
Also available at your  usual stockists.

Ref. No.: mini301
American Liaison and Observation Aircraft

Ref. No.: mini301
Cessna L-19
American Liaison and Observation Aircraft

 Ref. No.: mini303
Cessna L-19A / U.S. ARMY
8th Army, Korea 1952

 Ref. No.: mini304
Cessna L-19E / JGSDF
 Ref. No.: mini305
Cessna O-1A / South Vietnamese AF
19 TASS, Bien Hoa, 1966
Ref. No.: mini306 
Cessna O-1A / Royal Thai Air Force
531st Squadron, 53rd Wing
Ref. No.: mini307
Cessna O-1E / US Air Force
19 TASS, Lai Khe, 1966 

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

1/144 Future releases by Brengun (Spotted at Nuremberg 2017)

1/144 Future releases by Brengun (Spotted at Nuremberg 2017)

Brengun are expanding their range of small and interesting kits in 1/144 (Kits) (Accessories).

Having previously released the V-1, MXY1 Ohka, Aerocar, Bachem BA-349 and the He-162A Spatz to name but a few,

Talk at the trade stand this year has revealed more kits are are to come!

Currently on the release schedule are :

Horton Ho-229
Messerschmitt Me-163B
Heinkel He-162D

I would also expect some follow up released for vac form canopies and photo etched upgrades.

Source:  THF-ADI, at Kampgruppe144 BBS

Friday, February 03, 2017

1/144 Wing Kit VS 6 - Griffon Spitfire vs Me-163 !? - F-Toys

1/144 Wing Kit VS 6 - Griffon Spitfire vs Me-163 !? - F-Toys
Okay, its a slightly unusual pairing, but here goes:

Available: April 2017

- Wing Kit sixth instalment of the collection VS series, that the European fighter confrontation of the end of World War II,
- Griffon engined Spitfire from the United Kingdom.
- The Komet, comes with Kubelwagen and sdkfz 2 (Kettenkrad).

- 1-A: Spitfire Mk.14 (Royal Air Force # 610 Squadron)
- 1-B: Spitfire FR.Mk.14 (Royal Air Force No. 28 Squadron)
- 1-C: Spitfire PR.Mk.19 (Royal Air Force No. 42 Squadron)
- 1-D: Spitfire EF.Mk.18 (Royal Air Force No. 32 Squadron)
- 1-E: Spitfire Mk.14 (Royal Air Force # 350 Squadron)

- 2-A: Me163B Komet + Kubelwagen / sdkfz 2 (German Air Force # 400 Fighter Wing)
- 2-B: Me163B Komet + Kubelwagen / sdkfz 2 (Luftwaffe second preliminary Fighter Wing)
- 2-C: Me163B Komet + Kubelwagen / sdkfz 2 (German Air Force # 400 Fighter Wing)
- 2-D: Me163B Komet + Kubelwagen / sdkfz 2 (German Air Force 16th experiment troops)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

1/144 Me-163B Komet (two kits in box) - Brengun

1/144 Me-163B Komet (two kits in box) - Brengun

The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, designed by Alexander Lippisch, was a German rocket-powered fighter aircraft. It is the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft ever to have been operational and the first piloted aircraft of any type to exceed 1000 km/h (621 mph) in level flight. Its design was revolutionary and its performance unprecedented. German test pilot Heini Dittmar in early July 1944 reached 1,130 km/h (700 mph), an unofficial flight airspeed record unmatched by turbojet-powered aircraft for almost a decade. Over 300 aircraft were built, but the Komet proved ineffective in its dedicated role as an interceptor aircraft and was responsible for the destruction of only about nine to eighteen Allied aircraft against ten losses.[2][3]

It would not surprise me it Brengun to also release Vac-Form Cockpit, as it has just done for its He-162 

This does not include 1/144 Scheuch Schlepper, but one can be obtained from Mattis Minis on Shapeways :

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

1/144 Star Wars : Rogue One - TIE SK X1 and UT-60D U-Wing - Bandai

1/144  Star Wars : Rogue One - TIE SK X1 and UT-60D U-Wing - Bandai

Basically looks like a multi-pack of  of the TIE Fighter,  U-Wing and 2x Combat Assult Tanks, all for under @16USD - whats not like?  Did i mention that both have movable wings?

Expected Release Date: February 2017
Expected Price: @16USD


There also appears to be a 1/72 & 1/144 X-Wing Dual pack : - Shame the X-Wing wasn't released as a standalone, or another dual/triple  1/144 release!?

1/144 Star Wars - Imperial AT-AT - Bandai

1/144 Star Wars - Imperial AT-AT - Bandai

Maybe this detailed master piece finally puts paid to F-Toys Mini AT-AT?

Comes with an interlocking base,  figures and simulated lasers

Expected Release : May 2017

Price : @30USD


Saturday, January 07, 2017

1-144 F-35A Lightning II JASDF - Doyusha Super fighter No.3

1-144 F-35A Lightning II JASDF  - Doyusha Super fighter No.3 
It is a new series modelling active machines active in the sky of the world on 1/144 scale.

All parts are pre-painted and the main fueslage is pre-assembled, some additional simple assembly also required.

This represents the  first airframe (69 - 8701) that flew its first flight in August 2016, as part of its scheduled for introduction into the Japan Air Self Defense Force. .

Price 2,500 yen (excluding tax)
There is also a hexagon stand that can be exhibited in formation.

Due: January - February 2017

Thursday, December 29, 2016

1/144 Bristol Freighter MK 31 Ozmods

1/144 Bristol Freighter MK 31 - Ozmods
Injected plastic kit, with detailed flight deck, vac-form canopies, decals.

OMKIT14418 with SAFE Air (New Zealand) and British United decals.
OMKIT14419 with RNZAF and RAF decals.

The Bristol Type 170 was designed as a stop-gap project to provide work for the Bristol company while the Bristol Brabazon was under development. Subsequently, the Air Ministry expressed interest in the project, believing that it would provide a rugged transport aircraft capable of using unimproved airstrips, and two prototypes were ordered on the condition that the design was modified so that the aircraft could carry a British Army 3-ton truck, and Air Ministry specification 22/44 (later revised as C.9/45) was drawn up around the design.[1]

In military service, Bristol Freighters were operated by the air forces of Argentina, Australia, Burma, Canada, Iraq, Pakistan and New Zealand. Bristol Freighters were operated briefly by the Pakistan Air Force. After withdrawal, some of the Pakistan aircraft were bought by SAFE Air and used in New Zealand. The Royal Canadian Air Force used five Freighters to carry spares and supplies between the UK and their bases in France and West Germany.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force ordered 12 Mk 31M Freighters in the late 1940s. RNZAF Freighters ranged as far as supplying the New Zealand Army in Malaya, the British High Commissions (and other support staff) in the Maldives, Ceylon, India and Nepal, performing Far East Air Force tasks in Malaya (often when other aircraft types were unserviceable owing to maintenance problems) and Hong Kong. They ran a highly reliable military shuttle service for allies in Thailand during the Vietnam War and served several other roles, being adapted for—amongst other things—aerial top dressing experiments, although to avoid competition with private enterprise, the New Zealand government did not use them in that role.

Available: 2016 December

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
Gesëende Kersfees
Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Glædelig Jul
Gajan Kristnaskon
Hyvää Joulua
Joyeux Noël
Froehliche Weihnachten
Kala Christouyenna
Mele Kalikimaka
Bada Din Mubarak Ho
Gledileg Jol
Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Buon Natale 
Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Natale hilare
Linksmu Kaledu
Meri Kirihimete
God Jul
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Feliz Natal
rozhdestovm Kristovim
Feliz Navidad
Suksun Wan Christmas
Chuc Mung Giang Sinh
Nadolig Llawen


Sunday, December 11, 2016

1/144 Douglas DC-5 in IJA/IJN Service - F-RSIN

The Douglas DC-5, probably the least known of the famous DC airliner series, was a 16-to-22-seat, twin-engine propeller aircraft intended for shorter routes than the Douglas DC-3 or Douglas DC-4. However, by the time it entered commercial service in 1940, many airlines were canceling orders for aircraft. Consequently, only five civilian DC-5s were built. With the Douglas Aircraft Company already converting to World War II military production, the DC-5 was soon overtaken by world events, although a limited number of military variants were produced.

The prototype DC-5, Douglas serial 411, was built at El Segundo, California with Wright Cyclone 1,000 hp R-1820-44 engines. The aircraft made its first flight on February 20, 1939 with Carl A. Cover at the controls. This sole prototype (originally configured with just eight seats) became the personal aircraft of William Boeing which he named "Rover". It was later impressed into the US Navy and converted for military use as an R3D-3 variant in February 1942.[5]

The first customer for the DC-5 was KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij) of The Netherlands. A US domestic carrier, Pennsylvania Central (later renamed Capital Airlines), ordered six and SCADTA, (Sociedad Colomba-Alemana de Transportes Aéreos), ancestor of today's Avianca in Colombia, another two. The four aircraft sold to KLM were used by their colonial subsidiaries. When Douglas factories went into war production, DC-5 production was curtailed to build additional SBD Dauntless dive bombers for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps and only KLM received the high-winged airliner.

A dozen DC-5s were completed. The first two initially flew the Paramaribo-Curaçao route, and the other two operated from Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia). Three aircraft were used for the 1942 evacuation of civilians from Java to Australia, during which PK-ADA was damaged in an air strike by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force at Batavia Kemajoran Airport on February 9, 1942 and it was abandoned. Japanese forces captured PK-ADA, subsequently repaired and tested it at Tachikawa Airfield and Haneda Airport during 1943. This DC-5, painted in camouflage with Japanese Imperial Army Air Force markings, was later used as a transport in the Japanese Home Islands.[5]

The captured KLM DC-5 (PK-ADA) in service with the Japanese Imperial Army Air Force
The three remaining aircraft, PK-ADB, PK-ADC and PK-ADD made their way safely to Australia where the aircraft were interned by the Allied Directorate of Air Transport and operated by the United States Army Air Forces as the C-110. The wartime history of PK-ADC was brief, because it was destroyed in a landing accident shortly after its arrival in Australia. PK-ADD flew for the balance of the war under the aegis of Australian National Airways, on support missions inside the country with the temporary license VH-CXC.

In 1939, the US Navy ordered seven aircraft. Three were delivered as R3D-1s, the first of which crashed before delivery. The remaining four were R3D-2s for the U.S. Marine Corps and were equipped with 1,015 HP R-1820-44 engines, a large cargo hold and 22 seats for paratroopers.[5]

After World War II, production of the DC-5 was not resumed because of the abundance of surplus C-47 aircraft released into civil service. In 1948, the last surviving DC-5 (c/n 426) VH-ARD of Australian National Airways was sold and smuggled to Israel for military use. The aircraft arrived at Haifa in May 1948, and from there it went to Sde Dov, where its markings were removed and the name "Yankee Pasha - The Bagel Lancer" was crudely painted on the nose by hand. The aircraft joined 103 Squadron (Israel) at Ramat David Airbase. Because Israel was in the midst of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, it was occasionally used as a bomber as well as flying transport missions. On bomber missions the aft loading door was removed and bombs were rolled out of the opening "by a judicious shove from a crewman's foot."[6] The operational record of the aircraft is in dispute as authoritative sources do not verify its combat service.

Release: Coming Soon