ProfiPACKs, the Bf 110C/D and Bf 110G-4.
These three kits aren’t new, but are items
that have not been available for a long time
due to missing sprues. Kits that we consider to be new releases will follow after
the New Year. In January, 2023, it will be
a re-edition of the Bf 110E (7083), the Weekend Bf 110G-2 in April, and we are hopeful
that the first quarter of 2023 will finally see
a list of new ‘110s in 1:48th scale, starting
with the Bf 110E and Bf 110G-2.
There is a 1:72nd scale kit amongst the new
releases for November, in the form of the
F6F-5N Hellcat, being released in conjunction with the SE-5a Hispano Suiza in 48th.
Both of these are ProfiPACK kits, as is our
common practice with re-editions.
Most of November’s new releases in the
Brassin line will again be 3D prints. The
main themes will centre around the Wildcat
and the Zero of our own provenance. For
the F4F-3 Wildcat, we are introducing a set
of landing flaps and gun bays, and for the
F4F-4, a cockpit set. For the A6M3, wheels,
exhausts and a cockpit. For the same kit,
we also have a LooK set. All are suitable for
both the Model 22 and 23 A6M3.
We are not neglecting kits from other manufacturers. For the 1:48th Meng EA-18G
we offer engine exhausts, and for Zvezda’s
1:48th Yak-9D, we have exhausts as well,
and a LooK set. A new LooK set is also designed for the Revell Tornado IDS. This set
is, naturally, suitable for our above mentioned Limited Edition kit, too. Expanded
LookPlus sets are being released for the
Tamiya P-38J and F/A-18F (Meng), both in
1:48th. For ship modelers, we have two sets
of life rafts in 1:350th, and the two new BigSins are not to be overlooked, covering our
Camel and Wildcat.
For the 48th scale Buccaneer S.2C/D from
Airfix we have three photoetched sets available along with two mask sets. The same
can be said in this scale for the Hobby Boss
F4U-1A Corsair. Our range of landing flaps
grows with the addition of such an item for
our F4F-4 Wildcat. Further sets of masks
and photoetching are being released for the
48th scale F-35B from Italeri and 32nd scale F-35C from Trumpeter. There are sets in
the same scale for Revell’s Bf 109G-2/G-4.
In the Zoom line, which offers a simplified
number of pre-painted items, we have
the new Weekend Bf 109G-14/AS covered.
In 1:72nd scale, we are offering new sets of
masks and photoetched brass, and these
include a set of flaps for the SBD-3 Dauntless (Flyhawk) and the I-16 Type 5 (Clearprop). In 1:35th, November offers up a set
for the M1070 Gun Truck from Hobby Boss,
and in the ship scale of 1:350th, we have
a new set for the anti-aircraft cruiser
HMS Colombo kit from Trumpeter. Don’t
overlook the four new BigEds!
In the increasingly popular Space lineup,
we have a total of five new items to introduce in 1:48th scale. Of these, the sets
covering the Bf 109G-14 and F4F-4 are designed for our own kits, and the others are
for the Airfix Buc, Revel Tornado IDS and
the Italeri F-35B.
As far new decals are concerned, we have
a set of generic stencil data for the German
Ju 87 in 1:72nd, and these are suitable for
any manufacturer’s kit if the type. For the
still-new P-38J from Tamiya in 1:48th, we
have a sheet coming out called ‘P-38J Over
Europe’, coming out of the kit we released
a number of years back with the same
name using plastic from the Academy kit.
It contains some very nice markings, and
deserves a closer look!
EDDIE THE RIVETER
The 3D decals we released under the
Eddie the Riveter banner for the new P-38J
attracted a lot of attention amongst modelers, and so we decided that we would
tweak it for the older P-38F/G/H kit. This
set also includes surface details besides
the rivets, such as filler caps for the fuel
tanks. I will point out that the rivets represented are of the countersunk variety,
not raised half-round as was mistakenly
assumed by some on the internet forums.
They also pointed out that the P-38 wing
was puttied a la the P-51 Mustang, but this
is a point of debate. As you know, we have
released kits recently of aircraft that did
have puttied surface features at production
level, and there is a consensus that rivets
on surfaces so treated were not visible.
Over the course of the research that we
conducted for these projects, we studied
several examples of the Mustang, among
other types, in museums as well as in private collections, and we have come to the
conclusion that invisible rivets are not entirely consistent with the reality of the situation. To a certain degree, it applies to
modern Warbirds that have their surfaces
treated with modern products. In aircraft
that were not brought up to airworthiness,
or were renovated taking care to preserve
surface originality, rivets are visible. This
is why we went with a fully riveted surface
for the 72nd scale S-199. This brought about
protests from backers of the smooth surface school of thought, but I am convinced
that our approach is the best one. But, of
course, I won’t force that on anyone. Anybody that does not agree with this viewpoint
can certainly refrain from the purchase of
We are activating another Sweep sales
event in November. This time, it concerns
photoetched products and will be relatively widespread. This event will cover
some 2,000 products cost-reduced by 50%.
It is planned to go into effect the second
week of November, the precise date to be
announced on social media and on our
e-shop. Those that are so signed up will be
informed by email. The sale will concern
mostly older items with lower turnaround.
Truth be told, most items are virtually sold
out with only a handful at most remaining
in stock, but once they’re gone, they’re
gone, so if any of these have been on your
list of items to get, don’t delay. They will
not be going back into production. Items
not completely sold out will stay in stock,
but that stock will not be replenished, and
it will only be a matter of time before these
are gone from the catalog as well. After the
New Year, some Brassin items will receive
the same treatment, revolving around
older items with a lower turnaround. There
won’t be as many of these are there will be
PE items, but even so it will still be in the
neighborhood of 400 products. The reason
for all of this is a move by our retail and
mail order departments to a new facility,
which we purchased at the end of the summer and are in the process of renovating.
We expect to be able to move in during the
first quarter of next year, with the retail department slated to do so in February. The
two reasons for the reduction in inventory
is to reduce the amount of goods that need
to be moved, and to provide a financial cushion in case unforeseen circumstances
crop up causing any delay in the selling of
our products. It should all take about two
weeks, and if you would like to help us in
this endeavor, please buy! Acquiring the
new facility, its reconstruction and subsequent occupancy are the final steps we are
taking to fully recover from the fire we suffered in December, 2020. With your support,
we can finally put that entire, dark chapter
completely behind us, once and for all.
This will be the eighth installment of the
report on the air war over Ukraine by Mira
Baric. He is also the author of the interesting article about the aircraft carrier
USS Lexington. The third and concluding
piece on the father of the strafers, Pappy
Gunn, comes from Richard Plos. We make
a return to this year’s National Championships in Plastic Modelling with an article about the winning model built by the
National Champ Jan Koutny. We also have
five Boxart Stories, describing the events
depicted on the covers of November’s new
releases. Three are by Jan Bobek and the
remaining two by Richard Plos.
And that would be it for me for now. I wish
all that, as opposed to us, are going to
Telford a pleasant trip and a good experience, and a good read of our newsletter to all.