The marking options are a collection of
six choices used in previous issues of the
Fokker D.VII OAW kit. All in all, the options
offer an attractive set of both striking and
historically significant aircraft that includes among others the red and white aircraft flown by Lt. Kurt Monington of Jasta
18 with a raven and skull on the fuselage
and another famed Fokker with artwork
inspired by a fable of the Seven Swabians
(the Brothers Grimm) from Jasta 65.
The February ProfiPACK line picks up with
the Zero line, and will come in the form of
an A6M3 Model 22/22a. It contains decals
for five aircraft that served with ground
based units of the Japanese Navy in the
South Pacific and Japan. And be aware,
the A6M3 Model 22 is not identical to the
Carrying on with the Pacific theme, we
have another kit, the Spitfire Mk.VIII in
1:48th, which is being released as a Weekend kit. The kit is based around the proven Spitfire Mk.IX/VIII/16 molds, and same
as other February new kit releases, it is
a component of our range renewal efforts.
The decal options will allow building one
of four aircraft that served with the RAAF
in Australia and Indonesia, and within the
RAF in Italy and Burma.
Another item for February’s Weekend line
and based on older but proven molds is
our popular Fw 190A-8/R2 ‘Sturmbock’
in 1:72nd scale. These armored machines
were developed for combat with American
four engined bombers and their kits are
traditionally among our best selling items.
One interesting fact related to this is that
the subtypes Fw 190A-8 and Fw 190A-8/R2
account for half of all Fw 190 kit sales,
which is furthermore the most popular
type of aircraft we have kitted in terms of
sales. This kit includes four marking options from JG 3, JG 4 and JG 300. The boxart
depicts some of the most dramatic aerial
combat to take place during the Second
World War over Austria.
A significant force behind the momentum
of our aforementioned range revival comes
in the form of the only February re-edition.
This is the ProfiPACK Bf 110E in 1:48th. This
is the first Bf 110 release in 1:48th since
our fire, the second anniversary of which
came just before Christmas on December
19th. The re-emergence of these kits had
to wait that long due to production capacity limits. In the coming months, Bf 110 kits
in both 48th and 72nd scales will be expanding into the ProfiPACK and Weekend
lines, and both kits will come back in the
Limited Edition family as well, under the
name Adlertag. At approximately the midway point of the year, the much requested Bf 110G-4, catalog Number 8208, will
be making a comeback.
mited Edition kit dubbed ‘Guadalcanal’.
This will be dedicated to the F4F-4 Wildcat
early and late versions. It will be another
of the Dual Combo kits, with two complete kits in the package. In this case, it will
be one set for the early version F4F-4,
the other will be geared towards the later
variant. These differ in the fuselage. The
decal options will cover not only Guadalcanal operations conducted by the Cactus
Air Force, but also aircraft operating off of
aircraft carriers in various regions of the
PTO during the same timeframe.
In March, the ProfiPACK line will see
another 48th scale Spitfire, this time the
Mk.Vc Trop and a 72nd scale Bf 109E-4. The
Weekend line will grow by a 72nd scale Bf
110G-2, while the re-edition concept will be
applied to the MiG-21bis and Avia B.534 of
the fourth production series. Both of these
will be in 1:48th. Actually, I can’t rule out
that the MiG might be a new item with new
markings. We have what we need to go
down that road.
Kits for the Second Quarter
Truth be told, every year I have a greater
problem with the structuring of information regarding planned kits for the upcoming twelve months. It’s mostly the result
of the sheer number of new releases that
come out each year. Despite the fact that
many modellers on internet forums complain that we release too few kits and the
wait times are long, we do put out some
seventy new items per year. That sort of
a schedule makes it very difficult to put together a summary of all planned releases.
There is also the perception held by many
modellers that only the initial release of
a given kit can and should be considered
a true new release. Anything else is often considered a repop and is overlooked
by both the buying public and reviewers.
I have a problem with this, because at least
in our case, the re-editions are carefully
planned items and not straight repops. It’s
not like we put the exact same items into
twenty different boxes. Each of our projects includes as much as a dozen sprues.
Typically, we try to group into main sprues
all of the fine details that will be common
for a specific type, and complement these
with version specific sprues that hold fuselages and wings that are the items that
normally will bear the brunt of the differences. The kit then contains the relevant
combination of sprues. As a goal, we avoid
requiring the end user to apply any surgery to these types of things, which would
allow a certain level of modularization.
This would be a comparatively comfortable
‘out’ and would be pretty cheap to boot, but
the same cannot be said for the modeller.
So, we reject that route and keep the end
user at a higher level of priority, which explains why we include version specific fuselages and wings of a given type.
It will be during the second quarter when
this philosophy will show itself in all its
glory. That is when we will be unveiling
our Rufe. Formally, it is a version of the
New Kits for March
For March, we are prepping for the continuation of the Wildcat series with a Li-