And Now for Something New…
We are intensively working on the molds for our
1:72nd scale Avia S-199 and CS-199. We expect
the completion of the full set of molds by the end
of January and the first kit should be released
in April. This first release will again be a Limited
Edition kit and the name of the release is still to
be decided on. The kit will include both the S-199
and the CS-199. As is known, the S-199 had two
types of canopies that were used. There was a
classic type that was hinged to open sideways,
inherited from the Bf 109G, and then there was
one developed by Avia before the end of the Second World War and adopted on the S-199 production line as standard. You wouldn’t have guessed, but these two different types of canopies
complicated the design of the kit considerably.
At least, if you want to do the project justice consistent with up to date standards. This obviously
applies to us, because up to date standards are
our standards. But I won’t keep you in suspense any longer, the way around these problems
involves two separate fuselages, one for hinged
canopy and the other for the sliding hood. The
Limited Edition kit will contain both. Marking
options will include Czechoslovak and Israeli
aircraft as there are no more options. This may
be a bit monotonous as with the Tora Tora Tora!
kit, but we will again choose aircraft that have
interesting stories to tell. But the name surely
will not be based on Hebrew Tora…
When We All Pull for the Cause
Just in the nick of time to make the end of the
first half of the year, we will be releasing our second premiere of the year. This will be the 48th
scale Wildcat, and it will be released first as a
Limited Edition box dubbed ”Midway”. The final
marking options have yet to be narrowed down
in this one as well, but in all likelihood won’t be
limited to just the Battle of Midway. Other significant events from the first year of the Pacific
War involving the type should get some mention. The series of Limited Editions and ProfiPacks that will follow in the months to come will
form a nice counterbalance to the Zero line. In
some months, the emphasis will end up on the
Japanese and in other months, the Americans.
Sometimes, both will be well represented. The
British will not be ignored in the least, and we
are preparing a line of Wildcats that includes
Martlets of various versions and, of course, the
FM-1 and FM-2 will come as well. All will have
their correct version specific components and
will not require any major surgery on the part of
the modeler. If we are willing to go into two fuselages for the S-199, we are not likely to cheat
our Wildcats, are we?
Is that Enough?
Depends on how you slice it. This could be enough, but modelers are a demanding breed. There are a few more projects planned for the first
half of the year, including some re-releases.
For January, we have the 1:48th scale Tornado
ECR with plastic, once again, from Revell. Some
shots of this item, markings and other details
can be found down below in this newsletter.
For February, we are preparing the 1:72nd scale
Hurricane Mk.I as a ProfiPack kit. Plastic originates from Arma, and the kit follows on the heels of the virtually sold out Hurristory Limited
Edition kit. The ProfiPack Bf 109E-4 follows in a
similar way the Adlerangriff 1:72nd scale Limited
Edition kit. That one is expected in May. I will remind everyone that this is based on the Special
Hobby kit, which was the result of a collaboration between our two companies.
Our production schedule will see a further return of kits into our catalog that were temporarily crippled by last year’s fire. Starting in January,
this will be the MiG-15bis in 1:72nd, which will be
reissued as a ProfiPack kit. This will be in conjunction with the release of the MiG-15, and all
versions, including the UTI MiG-15 will be released as Weekend kits over the course of the
first half of the year. It will be a similar scene
with the 1:72nd scale Spitfire Mk.IXs, as I have
mentioned, as well as the 48th scale Hellcats.
In order to maintain our image as inveterate
manufacturer of Messerschmitts and Focke-Wulfs, we will release a Weekend edition of the
Bf 109G-10 WNF/Diana and will also re-release
a 48th scale ProfiPack Bf 109G-14, Bf 109E-1 and
The first ship model to be issued by Eduard,
the USS Arizona in 1:350th scale, is now ”afloat”. Despite issues in production and the now-normal problems in worldwide shipping, we
found the needed space in a shipping container,
and these will hit Hamburg about mid-December. Because the days of receiving plastic parts
in Obrnice three days after arriving in Hamburg
have been relegated to the “good ol’ days”, we
have had to postpone the release of the kit from
December 2021 to February 2022. This is a Limited Edition kit with Trumpeter plastic, complemented by our photoetched and 3D printed parts
and turned barrels from the Polish firm Master.
All is ready to go, and all we are waiting for is
that plastic. Right about now, they should be somewhere in the Suez Canal.
INFO Eduard - December 2021