ce line. These are interesting concepts that form
the basis of another line of useful products. They
look very authentic and are likely the best fabric
representations yet developed for the modeling
industry. At the same time, there are existing
RBF sets that have proven to be extremely good
sellers, and the basic red RBF set in the painted
photoetched line is the holder of the undisputed
championship of accessory sellers of all time.
The bronze legs are among favorites of the accessory sets as well. The December list contains
not only legs for the Zero, but also for the F-4B
Phantom II from Tamiya. This set is, to be honest, not a cheap item, but precious gems tend
not to be, and these sets are gems. You may not
be aware of this, but we don’t manufacture the
bronze legs ourselves. They are the work of a
successful jewelry manufacturer, and consistent with their design, they are manufactured
with fully up-to-date jewel making technologies.
In the 48th scale F-4B items being released today, you will also find a set of fin caps. The set
contains three variations of the caps used on several versions of the F-4. It’s a small but useful
little item for all who want to make model of this
type as accurate as possible.
Another interesting Brassin item is the cockpit
for the Mi-24D. It is designed to fit the Zvezda kit,
but may well be better suited for improving our
Limited Edition Hind D. For the Zvezda kit, it is
necessary to use a conversion set to create a
proper Mi-24D from this thing, a set which has
not yet been released. But we will release it in
the New Year, as a lone item and with the cockpit
as well. The remainder of December’s releases
are shown in this newsletter, and I am leaving
them to Your self-study. I have yet to describe
new items for next year, and I don’t want to tire
you all out with long descriptions of this month’s
New Releases for 2022
We live in interesting times, unfortunately for
many wrong reasons. We have rampant inflation, a world-wide epidemic, the collapse of many
energy companies and a list of other nasty things
that are beginning to accumulate on us. I can’t do
much about that, but in the lines that follow, I will
inject some good news into your day. Or try to.
Today, I will focus on new kits that are being
planned for the first half of 2022. In next month’s
newsletter, I will cover the latter half of the year
regarding kits, as well as expected development
of accessory lines. I must point out though, just
as has happened in the past, these things are not
written in stone, and things can change. We have
never been able to end up with having released
everything at the end of a given year exactly as
it was planned at its beginning. There is no reason to think that this will change this year. On the
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contrary, I am expecting a lot of issues to crop up
over the course of the year that will impact what
is being planned for the second half of it.
Zeros Everywhere You Look
I was thinking about how to introduce new kits.
There are many of them, and typically there are
five new things being released per month, plus
another re-edition or two that rejuvenates a
sold-out item. I decided to start off with the stars
of the list, on the basis of which new accessory
items are also being developed. We’ll begin with
the newest one, the Zero.
Already in January, we will be releasing the
A6M2 Type 21 ProfiPack kit. It will be the same
version as the one included in Tora Tora Tora!
but the kit will be conceptualized a little differently. The ProfiPack kit will include parts for
one model only, along with one set of photoetched parts and masks and marking options for
five birds. All of the aircraft that are offered in
the marking options have extremely interesting
histories spanning from Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal, New Guinea and Indonesia, all the way to
using the worn-out Type 21s for the Kamikaze
mission. The main hero of this kit is the famous
Saburo Sakai, a member of the no-less famous
Tainan Kokutai, one of the most famous Zero pilots of them all. The boxart depicts a well-known
fight between him and James ”Pug” Southerland
and is an event that was described by both pilots in detail. At the time, Southerland was with
VF-5, flying off the USS Saratoga, and the event
took place on August 7, 1942, over Guadalcanal.
It wasn’t combat that only included these two pilots by any stretch but included other Zeros and
Saratoga Wildcats. You will be informed further
on this in upcoming historical articles and marking descriptions.
The release of a ProfiPack kit in the month following the Limited Edition one has its reasons.
This is the same procedure as with the Z-226
Trener. The main reason is to offer as soon as
possible an alternative for those, that for one
reason or another, don’t want the Limited Edition kit. It doesn’t matter if it’s because they don’t
want two kits that the Limited Edition offers, or
if the price point is too high, or, as in the case of
Tora Tora Tora! the kit simply encompasses too
narrow theme spectrum.
And this Limited Edition kit really encompass too
narrow theme spectrum, let’s not kid ourselves.
But at the same time, it’s a major theme. Hollywood’s already turned out two blockbuster movies about it, and if Quentin Tarantino buys this
kit, we can likely expect a third. So, why not to
release another Limited Edition kit of Type 21?
It’s even necessary, as it will show this Zero in
all its beauty and will describe its combat career
in awesome detail spanning the years from 1941
to 1945. It will be a similar story with the ProfiPack kit, but with a slightly wider focus and with
a greater variation of marking options. This has
not yet been finalized, and we don’t know yet if
there will be 12 or 14 options included, but the
variability in the markings and locations of their
use will be spectacular. Everyone who is interested in not only aircraft markings, but the stories behind the aircraft and those who flew them,
are in for a treat.
Spitfires will continue with the first Weekend kits
of the Mk.Ia. In February, we’ll see another Spitfire Story release dubbed ”Southern Star”, dedicated to the tropicalized Mk.Vb and Mk.Vc. This will
be a surprisingly colorful affair, at least when it
comes to Spitfires. We really will venture pretty
far southernly with this one, through Italy, northern Africa, through Burma and into Australia.
In the second quarter, we will have the ProfiPack
Spitfire Mk.Vc. This will offer further possibilities
that we plan to take full advantage of.
Of course, we don’t have just new Mk.Is and
Mk.Vs, but also the good ol’ Mk.VIIIs and IXs. The
first quarter will see the return of the 1:72nd scale Mk.IX in the form of Weekend kit, the Spitfire F
Mk.IX, also known as the Spitfire Mk.IX Early. We
expect to release the 1:72nd scale Weekend Spitfire Mk.VIII before the end of the first half of the
year, while in 1:48th scale we’ll see a return of
the Spitfire HF Mk.VIII as a ProfiPack re-edition.
It’s the way things go… There are those that think
Eduard keeps on churning out the same old Messerschmitts and Mustangs, and the other half
wants another one of each. We like releasing
kits of both types. We like ‘em, and we enjoy making ‘em. We believe that they not only bring joy
to us, but to many modelers as well. Given the
fact that the Weekend kit of the P-51D-5 has already twice sold out since its introduction back
in January of this year and the ProfiPack kit is
also sold out, we figure that we are on the right
path. Both D-5s will see a re-edition in the first
quarter, and the ProfiPack will see the same in
the second quarter.
The things that are getting ready for release are
a joy. In the ProfiPack line, this will be the post-war F-51D. We are also planning a Red Tails
Limited Edition boxing. The kit is being planned
for May. Whether this kit includes 332nd FG Mustangs exclusively or other USAAF Fighter Groups
in Italy remains to be seen. An overall analysis of
it will made in early 2022.
Trener and the Camel
In the same fashion, the Trener family of kits will
also grow next year. In January, there will be a
Limited Edition release dedicated to the Z-126.
Compared to the Z-226, it will offer more historical markings. The ProfiPack kit of the Z-126 will
follow in the second quarter. To keep this family
from becoming a little on the monotonous side,
there will be a single seat aerobatic version, the
Z-526AFS appearing, first as a ProfiPack kit. In
the first half of the year, the first Weekends will
appear, the Z-226MS and the Z-526AFS. We are
getting to the Weekend kits of the Trener rather
quickly because, among other things, there is a
large amount of interest in them from within various aeroclub members, of which the majority
are not even modelers. I expect the Weekend
rendition of the kit will be most suited to them.
The Camel will appear in the first half of the year
two times, both times as a ProfiPack kit. The first
will be a Camel powered by the Clerget 9b engine and the second will be a night fighter Camel