1/72 CAC CA-12 Boomerang
During WW2, Japan posed immediate threat to Australia. The fear of the ferry routes being cut off led to the decision to design and produce warplanes locally and also to buy licence rights for production of other suitable types. The only domestically designed and built type to see any action was the famous CAC Boomerang. It was built on the basis of the Texan airframe and did quite well in the conditions of the Pacific battlefield. The type was produced in three main subversions, the CA-12, CA-13 and CA-18.
Our kit of the early version, the CA-12, comes on one sprue of grey styrene parts featuring very finely engraved panel lines and cover panel fasteners. The clear injected parts comprise the canopy and also the wing leading edge landing lights. The decal sheet brings four various marking options of airframes being operated from mainland Australia as well as from New Guinea airfields.
1/72 Blackburn Roc Mk.I – reissue
To fulfill Specification O.35/35, calling for a two seat carrier borne fighter, the Air Ministry ordered this type of aircraft from Blackburn Aircraft Ltd. in 1935. Similar to the land based Defiant fighter, the new fighter’s armament was to be concentrated within a manned turret. The Blackburn’s chief designer G.E.Petty delivered the so-called B.25 design that was closely linked to the previous B.24 design also known as the Skua Mk.II. The design was that of an all-metal low wing monoplane with folding wings and retractable undercarriage. The fuselage was taken from the Skua including the Perseus XII engine. The only modification was the widening of the fuselage behind the pilot’s cockpit to accomodate the revolving Boulton Paul Mk.II turret equipped with four machine guns. Production of 136 aircraft was ordered on 28 April 1937, long before the first flight of the prototype. The first prototype took off on 23 December 1938. The prototype was tested without the turret fitted which was mounted on the following prototype L3058. Due to Blackburn’s Skua commitment, and preparing for production of the Botha bomber, production of the Roc was handed over to Boulton Paul which built 133 production aircraft designated the Roc Mk.I. The first aircraft was produced at the beginning of 1939 and from April, the aircraft were being delivered to No.800 and No.803 squadrons of the FAA. Later on, No. 801 and No. 806 squadrons were re-equipped with Rocs as well. Nevertheless, none of the above mentioned squadrons were equipped exclusively with the Roc, which always only supplemented the more capable Skua Mk.II type. Some Rocs were delivered, but even before the outbreak of the war they were modified and transferred to training and target towing units. Their performance was unsatisfactory due to the machine gun turret, the Roc was 300kg heavier than the already underpowered Skua. When the war broke out, three Rocs attached to both No. 801 and No. 803 squadrons saw service aboard Ark Royal and later flew from Hatson airbase in the Orkneys. Later on, in 1940, No.801 and No.806 squadron Rocs were deployed over Western Europe. Only one success and operational loss occured during this period. A Roc, serial numbered L3065, together with two Skuas probably shot down a Ju 88. In June 1940, the Roc began to be withdrawn from combat units and transferred to second line, training and target towing units. Because Stalin’s Soviet Union attacked Finland, it was decided in 1940 to sell 30 aircraft toFinland in accordance with a policy of extending help to that country. The aircraft received Finnish national insignia and serial numbers in preparation for delivery. They hadn’t been delivered by the end of the Winter War, and later there was no further interest in the type. Evidence indicates that these aircraft flew in Finnish colours in Great Britain only with the Finnish insignia obscured.
The Roc kit comes on three sprues of grey styrene and one clear plastic sprue. This content is accompanied by a set of resin parts of the engine and other small items as well as by a fret of photo etches. The camouflage options cater for four machines, one in bare metal, two with camouflage (one of which, machine L6R was one of the very few Rocs to have ever seen any action). The fourth machine also bears a FAA camouflage scheme but its national insignias are of Finland as this is the machine from the batch intended for theWinter War military aid programme.
1/35 VW typ 83 Kastenwagen
In the late 1930s on Adolf Hitler’s direct impulse, Ferdinand Porsche, a German automotive designer was developing a car suitable for wide masses of Nazi Germany. This development gave birth to the so called KdF-Wagen vehicle, named after the Kraft-durch-Freude slogan, literally meaning Strength Through Joy, the car to be better known as the VW Beetle in the post war era. In 1938 as the war was getting closer and closer, the development of military versions began, producing two main branches of the type, the first of which was the Typ 82E with rear wheel drive and the other was the Typ 877 with all four wheels drive. These vehicles were widely used by Third Reich’s military and other state sectors too all the way through the war. Many various subversions, conversions of the main type and also various improvements and upgrades arose during the war too, some of them being for instance a wood gas drive conversion and others. One of the quite important subversions based on the Typ 82E was the series of Typ 83 and Typ 86 Kastenwagen vehicles, characterised by a box-shaped wooden superstructure mounted on the rear of the car body. The two Types differed from each other by having a different interior of their superstructures depending on the roles the vehicles were used in. The large internal space of the Typ 83 was mostly used for mail transport with the Reichspost while the Typ 86 saw service as an ambulance car.
The model of the Typ 83 was once available under CMK label, cat.no T35018. But, as it has been sold out for a rather long time and modellers kept asking for it, a decision was taken to get the model back into our production. Now the model is to be available again as SA35005 within Special Armour range of kits. On opening the kit’s box, the modeller will get two sprues with grey styrene parts, the car body with its rear portion cut off to allow for the superstructure to be mounted on and also one sprue of clear parts. The decal sheet brings markings for two options, one grey-coloured mail transport car and one ambulance car with nice camouflage scheme.
1/48 Fi 103A-1/Re 4 Reichenberg
1/48 L-39ZO/ZA Albatros
1/72 HA-1112 M-1L Buchón “Movie Star”
1/35 VW type 825 “Pick Up”
1/32 A6M5c Zero – Armament Set for Hasegawa
This set contains resin parts enabling the modeller to open the wing armament bays and show the cannon and machine gun replicas with their ammunition magazines and feed chutes. The set also contains machine gun and cannon barrels plus armament bay access panels.
1/72 Ki-84-I(Ko) Hayate – Cockpit Set for Hasegawa kit
This set contains all new cockpit parts for a model of arguably the best Japanese WW2 fighter plane. The detailed resin parts include a new cockpit floor, side consoles, pilot’s seat, cockpit bulkheads, control column, rudder pedals and instrument panel. The set also offers a piece of acetate film with pre-printed instrument faces.
1/72 Ki-84-I(Ko) Hayate – Armament Set for Hasegawa kit
This set brings parts enabling the modeller to portray the wing and fuselage armament bays open with their machine guns, cannon, ammunition magazines and feed chutes well visible. The set also offers the machine gun and cannon barrels plus armament bay access panels.
1/72 Ki-84-I(Ko) Hayate – Control Surfaces Set for Hasegawa kit
|The set brings all new flight control surfaces with life like rendition of their fabric skinning. The modeller gets new ailerons, rudder and tailplanes with separate elevators.|
1/35 Kneeling Soldier (on right knee), US Army Infantry Squad 2nd Division
for M1126 Stryker (part 1)
A figure of a modern US Army soldier, a member of the Infantry Squad 2nd Division on a patrol somewhere in Afghanistan. The kneeling soldier is carrying a breathing apparatus on his back and is pointing his SOPMOD M4 carbine forwards. He is also wearing sun glasses. The figure’s equipment, helmet and bulletproof vest are higly detailed. The figure is suitable not just for the M1126 Stryker model. The parts of the figure have been 3D designed for the ultimate in detail.
1/35 Kneeling Soldier (on left knee), US Army Infantry Squad 2nd Division
for M1126 Stryker (part 2)
A figure of a US Army soldier of the Infantry Squad 2nd Division taking part in a patrol somewhere in Afghanistan. The soldier is kneeling, has a MOLLE ruck sack and is pointing his SOPMOD M4 carbine forwards. The soldier’s equipment is exquisitely depicted – the helmet with ballistic goggles and also the bulletproof vest. The figure is suitable not just for the M1126 model, and the parts of the figure have been 3D designed.
1/35 Commanding Officer (standing), US Army Infantry Squad 2nd Division
for M1126 Stryker (part 3)
A figure of a Commanding Officer of the US Army Infantry squad 2nd Division, taking part in a patrol somewhere in Afghanistan. The standing figure is wearing a bulletproof vest, has a helmet and ballistic goggles. On his chest he has a SOPMOD M4 carbine and a MOLLE ruck sack on his back. Suitable not just for the M1126 Stryker model. The figure has been created using 3D CAD.
1/32 Yak-3 Wheels Set for Special Hobby kit
The set offers new and 3D-designed main undercarriage wheels and tailwheel.