Special Hobby Sep 2020 Update


Special Hobby Sep 2020 Update1/72 CAC CA-19 Boomerang ‘Jungle Scouts’
The Boomerang was the some Australian-built fighter aeroplane to see the action in the Second World War. Boomerangs were operated in the defence of Australia and also fought over New Guinea and other Pacific islands. Its final version was the fighter-reconnaissance CA-19 which was equipped with a downward looking camera aft of the pilot´s cockpit. As there were full blood fighter types available at the time already, the CA-19 did not enjoy much flight hours in the fighter role, it was rather used for recce and target spotting work in help to its bigger brothers, fighter bombers.
The models comes on a single grey styrene sprue and one with clear parts. The instructions and decals cater for three machines in green overall, two of which sported white-painted empennage. All three machines bring various nose arts on their nose sections.

a model of an Australian WW2 fighter aeroplane
decals with markings for three RAAF machines, all wearing nose arts
also contains resin undercarriage wheels and exhaust

Special Hobby Sep 2020 Update1/72 AH-1G Cobra ‘Early Tails’
The AH-1G Cobra was the first helicopter ever to have been developed primarily for the ground attack role. The type was deployed in the Vietnam War since 1967 and its first batches sported a left-hand side tail rotor, opposed to the later standard which would carry it on the other side. Our model kit now features four of those early batch machines, one of which happens to be the very first Cobras to undertake test flights in Vietnam, and what is more, it was also painted in a USAF-style camouflage scheme of three shades on top surfaces with pale blue below. Needless to say, the rest of the machines in the kit are in standard Olive coat. One of them, however, boasts with a black tail boom introduced back in the time of the Cambodia invasion. All three olive machines also feature nice nose arts. A full set of stencil decals is offered on a separate decal sheet.
The highly detailed model consists of five sprues of grey styrene and a single clear one with canopy and light parts. Available separately and recommended, of course, is a photo-etched fret no.K72028, detail resin seats Q72209, diminutive and finely detailed too remotely controlled weapon turrets TAT-102, set Q72330 and M28, set Q72331 and resin cast figures AH-1 Sitting Pilots (2 figures) and ground crew F72349.

a model of the world´s very first ground attack helicopter-
portrays the unusual early version
decals with markings for four machines with nose arts, stencils on a separate sheet
wide range of additional detail sets

Special Hobby Sep 2020 Update1/72 Sd.Kfz 131 Marder II (7,5 cm PaK 40/2)
This Marder II is a really superb model of the German WW2 tank destroyer, the first of a couple of models moulding tools of we have recently acquired from MK72. Rightfully the model was awarded the Model of the Year prize at the time it was released first.
The Marder II tank destroyer was developed using the Pz.II tank chassis. The Soviet, heavy armoured KV-1, KV-2 and most importantly the T-34 which had been put to service in large numbers proved nothing but lethal to their lightly armoured German opponents. The Wehrmacht, in consequence, had to start looking for ways to deal sufficiently with this Soviet threat. Based on chassis of various Pz.II versions, Germans developed two types of tank destroyers, the Sd.Kfz132 and Sd.Kfz 131. The Pz.II Ausf G. type chassis formed the basis for the Sd.Kfz 131 which was equipped with the new PaK 40/2 anti tank gun. Beside this gun, the crew also had for their protection a loosely carried MG34 machine gun which could be used either against infantry or attacking aeroplanes. The SdKfz 131 were built from components at Famo plants in Warsaw and Wroclaw in today´s Poland. The production gave a total of 1271 vehicles over the span of two years, from 1942 to 1944.
The kit brings two styrene sprues and a sheet of decals for three Eastern Front machines, including the one dubbed the Kohlenklau, which will most possibly be the top successful Marder in service, bearing a wide range of victory bars on its barrel. The other machine from our selection might be interesting for the modeller by the use of two tactical numbers on its hull, besides also featuring a single victory bar on the barrel. The final machine was referred to as “Friedel”

the very best 1/72 Marder II available-
decals capturing three interesting-looking vehicles
resin detail sets in the pipeline already

Paul Tosney – Editor

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