EDITORIAL

Dear friends, fellow Modellers, Ladies

and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the new year and a new

decade! Yes, we are entering the twenties, and here’s hoping that they are

very prosperous. The last twenties that

went by are remembered quite fondly,

although I don’t really buy into this look

back at them fully. But the aircraft that

that decade produced were nice, and

in honour of those twenties, we have

prepared a nice aircraft from that era,

the Kunkadlo, in 1:72nd scale. It’s not

a massive project; more of a technological demonstrator, really, on which we

tried out some new methods of doing

things. This was deemed most useful

for further advancement, and this method seems much more productive, trying it out on an actual kit, than on some

theoretical setup. And the kit serves this

purpose well. Even the Kunkadlo will be

a joy to put together for some, but for

those that don’t particularly care for it,

please bear with us. I don’t much care

for the Porsche Panamera, but I don’t

go about advertising it, and if someone

were to give me one, I would certainly

not despise them for it.

In today’s newsletter, I will, as tradition dictates, introduce you to our release schedule for this year. This year,

I will take it by the quarter, with the disclaimer that in the first half of the year,

the plan is pretty much watertight, but

the second half, plans are subject to

change, replacement and delay. But,

most of you will understand that, and

I am sure that you will find it in your

hearts to forgive those inevitable little

quirks.

January releases are on sale now, on

our e-shop as well as at retailers, to

whom we sent orders prior to Christmas. We are releasing a new ProfiPACK

MiG-21PFM in 1:72nd scale. The design comes out of the MiG-21MF, with

which it shares the sprues with details

and weapons. The sprues that have the

fuselage and wings on them, plus one

with version-specific details, are new.

I would say that even with this example, it can be seen how a kit, with the

passage of time and the release of subsequent incarnations, tends to mature

and become fine-tuned, and they eventually shed their label of ‚lost opportunity‘ that is bestowed upon them with

great regularity, as with the majority of

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new kits, and they enter the realm of

being good ol‘ reliable classics. We implemented several new design changes

with the PFM, improved the fit, and the

makeup of the wings, whereby we extended the separation between upper

and lower surfaces closer to the tips.

In the details, we made some modifications to the intake ring to sharpen its

leading edge, and the shock cone tip

is unquestioningly, I would say, sharp.

If anyone amongst you has any doubt,

try sitting on it...pointy side up, of course. The markings options are for striking

and colourful aircraft, which, for this

type hailing from the dreary and grey

seventies, is bit of a small miracle. The

more colourful of the options offered

in the kit come from a time when the

East was turning westwards, and everything looked a little brighter and more

colourful. The description of the grey

and dreary seventies can only really be

applied to the Eastern Bloc, though. The

same can’t be said, for example, about

the Starfighters from the same era in general, and about the Japanese Starfighters in particular. We have a kit covering

that theme coming out, the Limited Edition Eiko. The basis of the kit are formed

by Hasegawa’s 1:48th scale Starfighter,

and a part of the release is an inclusion

of a publication that photographically

documents the service of the F-104J in

Japan. The photographs and texts come

from Japanese spotters Isami Akijama

and Eiko Nakashima. The marking options were inspired by these photographs, but we added another two aircraft

for which we do not have the rights to

their publication. There is a little added

bonus in the form of a small etch that

is consistent with the theme. It’s doesn’t serve a practical purpose, true, but

it’s a nice little piece nonetheless. The

lineup of January kits is rounded out

by a Weekend edition boxing of the Fw

190A-8 in 1:48th, and it represents the

version with the so-called ‘universal

wing‘. This is the most widespread version of the Fw 190. In the 1:144th scale

range, we are releasing a MiG-15bis in

the bag packaging, and the marking options follow on the heels of the recently

released 72nd scale kit.

Over the fall, we quickly sold out of

kits that were still in the new release

category. Two of them, the Royal Class

P-51D and the ProfiPACK Bf 109G-6/AS,

will go back into the available column

through the second half of January.

If you wanted one of these kits and missed out, you get a second chance, but,

in the case of the Royal Class offer, it will

be the last chance.

The later Bf 109Gs are enjoying a lot

of success, to a level that I hadn’t expected. It’s really tough to make heads or

tails out of all the possible versions of

this airplane, and it doesn’t help that

they are so damn similar. I must admit, though, they have their own sort

of charm. In February, we will release

another one, the Erla Bf 109G-10. This

version had the most requests for us to

produce. It’s also the version that externally differed the most from other

Bf 109G-10s and the G-6/G-14/AS.

These aircraft also sported some pretty

nice schemes to choose from. This will

also have its own BFC offer, representing

aircraft with a later wing with the larger

fairings on the upper wing surfaces.

And you will no doubt notice the detailed article in this newsletter that details

the development and differences of the

versions of these later Bf 109Gs.

February will see the release of another older kit in the Limited Edition line,

in the form of the Hanriot HD.1. It’s

a good kit, and has been out of production for quite a while now, and I am

of the opinion that it’s a waste to leave

it gathering dust. The Hanriot will be released under the title ‚Il Magnifico‘, and

INFO Eduard - January 2020