Dear Friends,

Welcome to today’s edition of the newsletter. I will

go straight into the model kits, because model kits

are what most concerns us at the moment. And

come to think of it, it’s what interests most people

the most anyway. The main question centres around

the replenishment of our catalog, so devastated by

December’s fire. Our colleagues at Special Hobby

are a big help, and currently they are pressing out

some of the plastic frames for the Mustang, and

in March, will be supplying all the plastic for the

Tempest. However, the main bulk of the work still

rests with us. The replenishment of our catalog

is intertwined with the production of new items.

You may have noticed the increased availability of

the Airacobra, Z-37A, and various versions of the

Fw 190A through the latter half of February. Some

new items slated for March release are dependent

on the availability of these plastic pressings. A good

example is the Fw 190A. There are seventeen molds

that we have that are dedicated to different versions of this line of kits, and differing combinations

of their use yields different version-specific kits.

At the moment, the focus is on the Fw 190A-5 with

the four-cannon wing, and is being released today

under the name Fw 190A-5 Schwer. That is then, of

course, molded, and the Fw 190F-8 came along for

the ride. The latter will come later, and is intended

as a new release in May when it will be released as

a ProfiPACK kit. This will be followed by the Weekend

Edition of the Fw 190A-8/R2 in July. This allowed

the replenishment and re-release of the ProfiPACK

Fw 190A-8/R2 and the straight A-8 in both ProfiPACK

and Weekend versions, as well as the older ProfiPACK A-3 and A-5s, which were the A-5s with the

two-cannon wing and the A-3 with the four-cannon

wing. But I probably shouldn’t confuse the issue any

more than this. If this is making your head do some

three-sixties, than you are beginning to understand

what we go through when we sit around thinking

up our production schedule. And that’s not the only

item that causes this. The same ball of fun is produced by the Bf 109, and is maybe even a little bit more

confusing, where we have twenty active molds, not

including the Emils. This number will grow by about

another ten over the year and the next few. This

will be brought about by the completion of the Avia

S-199 and CS-199, three versions of the two-seat

Bf 109G-12, and the Bf 109K-4. The MiG-21 and the

Spitfire are no version-slouches either, and in two

scales to boot. So, if you get the impression that

what we offer is somewhat monotone and we are

focused on Messerschmitts and Focke-Wulfs, you

are for the moment quite right. That’s how it is now,

and that’s how it will stay for a while. In a few weeks,

though, we will turn to the Spitfires and the MiGs,

and then the Hellcats and the Tempests after that.

In the case of the Fw 190A-5, there are actually six

and they are focused on some big names amongst

the pilots of this airplane. Also worthy of mention is

the boxart of this kit, which depicts an actual event.

The event in question is written up in an article by

Jan Bobek named ‘Combat over Lavansaari’, which

is one of three articles in this month’s newsletter. In

the article, you will also read up on how Fw 190 foes

were sometimes Soviet I-153s biplanes.

In the Limited Edition line of kits, we are making

a return to Ernst Udet and the Du doch nicht!! kit in

1:72nd scale, after a year’s hiatus. The makeup of

this 1:72nd scale kit follows closely along the lines

of the earlier 1:48th offering of last year, and the

differences are small. In the 1:72nd scale version of

the kit, there is no figure of the pilot, but it does offer markings for a Fokker D.VIIF, which was basically

Udet’s final WWI military machine. The Fokker D.VII

is a product of new molds, the early version Fokker

D.VII (OAW), and was developed with thoughts focused clearly on this release. The other two members of the trio included in this kit, the Fokker Dr.I

and the Albatros D.V. are older kits, developed a while back. Even so, these are nice kits, and are true to

their status as our best selling 1:72nd scale kits ever.

This same situation does not threaten the Z-37A

Cmelak (Bumble Bee), and the likelihood of it reaching tens of thousands of sold kits is evidently quite low. It is currently sitting in the neighborhood of

8500, which really is pretty good after such a short

time after its release, especially when you bear in

mind that this is a civilian type of local significance.

Today, it becomes a Weekend Edition kit together

with the Eduard classic P-39Q Airacobra in 1:48th

and is the third offering in the second generation

of Weekend kit concepts. As with the Fw 190, the

boxart depict actual events, although these events

are tame in comparison. The Z-37 is shown taking

off from Plasy and the Airacobra is depicted overflying the base at Canton. In both cases, there are four

marking options. With the P-39, besides the bird

shown in the boxart, there is also the more famous


A new feature of the boxes themselves is the glossy

finish. This should, along with a higher grade of paper, promote the quality of the graphics on them.

The new releases for March finally includes the Limited Edition kit ‘Desert Babes’ with a poster. I apologize for this release’s delay and the confusion surrounding it, which came about in releasing new stuff for

February. I also must apologize for the limited number of kits produced. There are only not quite 150 of

them available. There is not much we can do about

this, and truth be told, we are happy we have what

we have after the fun in December.


One of the oft asked questions that comes our

way is whether or not it is time for a new kit of the

Airacobra , making full use of our current capabilities. It would be nice. This kit really has done its

work, and the forms have more than doubled their

theoretical life expectancy. The kit itself also suffers

from some shape issues, although these, it appears,

have not been fatal flaws. The designers of the kit

way back when did some good work. Also good

work was done by the man who produced the galvanized molds, and was the one who calculated the

lifespan of them at 60,000 units. As I say, a good job

all round, and the lifespan ended up being doubled.

The only thing that was redone, if memory serves,

was the canopy. As far as a new release goes, yes,

at some point we will do it to our current standard.

But for now, we are focused on other things. You can

argue that we redid our Fw 190s, and the initial kits

weren’t that old. However, with the ‘190, we had

computer data from which to kick off, and the project didn’t start off from square one, as will be the

case with a new Airacobra. Also, the molds of the

Fw 190 needed replacing, as they were in higher demand than those of the Airacobra. There, the choice

was to redo the Fw 190 line, or drop it altogether.

My personal idea is to redo the P-39 after we have

done all of the other American Second World War

fighters. We are just missing the P-51A. B and C, the

P-36 and all the versions of the P-40. The same goes

for the P-47 and the P-38, and almost all of the naval

types. But, do not fret! Good things come to those

who wait!

March Releases – Kits

As opposed to the replenishment of stock items, the

release schedule for the month is relatively simple.

In the ProfiPACK line, we are releasing the aforementioned Fw 190A-5, and, as usual, a detailed look

at this new item can be had throughout this newsletter. The Fw 190 is an established brand, and the

new line of kits of this type has made a very good

name for itself, and I can highly recommend any

member of this line as an excellent build with a clear

conscience. In their own right, these kits represent

our design philosophy and our overall kit concept,

and the new Fw 190A-5 is also a good presentation

of the current idea behind the ProfiPACK line. That

line excels, among other notable things, with the offer of five (or more) marking options, which is not

a common number among today’s manufacturers.

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INFO Eduard - March 2021