Zero. However, our version will not have
very much in common with our Zero Model
21, from which the float equipped A6M2-N
was derived. The new kit begs for four new
sprues for its proper evolution. I have to
say that I am very much looking forward to
this kit. Initially, we thought that we would
suspend the tradition of releasing new
kits as Limited Edition items, but after a
detailed historical analysis of the type, we
thought that it would be a shame to do so.
So, in April, we will start off with the now-traditional Limited Edition kit. The ProfiPACK version will follow in July.
For May, we have another Limited Edition kit coming. This will be the F-104C in
1:48th, another in the line of Starfighters,
of which we have released a few to date.
In this case, however, we have changed
the supplier of the plastic and this Vietnam
War version will hail from Kinetic.
June will see a significant premiere. The
Limited Edition Wunderschone Neue Maschinen Pt.1 will introduce the Bf 109F-2
and F-4, the first of our Bf 109F, G and K
kits in 1:72nd scale, which will be with us
for a good number of years. The 1:72nd
scale Bf 109F, G and K are a very complex
undertaking, and up to now, we have never committed to such an expansive type
under one project umbrella. This is one of
the reasons why it has taken as long as it
has. Another major reason that the road to
fruition was as long as it was even for us is
that the basis for the project was data developed for our 1:48th Bf 109F/G/K, and we
changed and corrected it to a large extent.
These were on a technological as well as
a conceptual level. Since those first 48th
scale kits were released, our technological abilities have evolved, and with them,
our view as to how a model kit should look
and go together. Those of you familiar with
last year’s released S-199 and CS-199 will
now have insight into how these Bf 109s
will look, because the S-199s are part of
the overall same project and share a lot in
common with the Bf 109F/G/K.
The release schedule of the Bf 109F, G
and K will be the same as the 1:48th scale
Spitfire Mk.I-V. the Zeros, the Wildcats and
Trener kits. Taking it in order, in the coming
months we’ll see Wunderschone Neue Maschinen Pt.2 with the Bf 109G-2 and G-4.
This will be followed by ‘Gustav’, with the
Bf 109G-6, and next year, we’ll pick up with
the G-14. This will be followed by the G-6/AS
and G-14/AS. This year will also see the
release of the first ProfiPACK Bf-109F-2
and F-4. New kits of specific Bf 109F, G and
K variants will be spread out over several years and will total somewhere in the
neighborhood of dozens. The entire project
includes fourteen sprues (not counting the
molds for the S-199 and CS-199), and most
of these deal with differences in the fuselages and wings. We are also, of course,
covering detail changes as well, including
such things as the sizes and types of tires
and wheel hubs, tailwheels and rudders.
As with the Rufe model, this approach will
raise your comfort level in the build without the need of any major surgery. For
those of you that really want to take your
work to the next level, we are also preparing a slew of accessory items, such as
photoetched, and 3D printed parts, starting
with simple wheels to more complex items
like engines and cockpits.
We’ve got one more special edition coming in the second quarter. We decreased
the number of kits produced for the Hind
E, and diverted the resulting balance to
a truly unique release. Unlike the Hind E
kit, this one will not include the publication and will feature just one decal option.
This will be for Mi-35 coded 3366, a Hind
who’s paint scheme was inspired by the