Special Hobby Oct 2020 Update


1/72 Sd.Kfz 10 Zugkraftwagen 1t (Demag D7)
The smallest of German half-track vehicles as breathtaking 1/72 model. The moulding tools were purchased from the MK72 company which had been awarded Model of the Year when the kit had been originally released.
The Sd.Kfz. 10 was a multi-purpose half-track military vehicle used for carrying troops and other tasks. The basic version Sd.Kfz.10 could also tow lighter artillery weapons such as anti-tank or anti- aircraft guns or Nebelwerfer rocket launchers. During the production, more powerful tow system was installed which enabled towing anti-tank cannons of up to 75mm bore or even the sIG 33 heavy infantry gun. The Sd.Kfz.10 saw service throughout the duration of the war, from the attack on Poland until the capitulation in May 1945. The decal sheet in the kit brings markings for two grey-coloured and two camouflaged machines.

model of a German half track vehicle
the best model of this type in 1/72
decals for 4 machines (Poland 1939, Yugoslavia 1942, Soviet Union 1942, Czechoslovakia 1945.)

1/32 X-15A-2 ‘White Ablative Coating’
Model of a 1960s hypersonic aircraft which, until today, holds the world’s speed record for the fastest manned plane. It was also the first aircraft to reach the altitude regarded as the boundary between the earth atmosphere and the outer space. Knowledge gained during the development of the X-15 and the test flights was substantial for the Apollo programme and aero and space research.
This reissue offers the X-15A-2 as it looked before its final flight when W.J. ‘Pete’ Knight reached the world speed record. The kit can be built on the transport cart or even put on a stand in a flight configuration with the dummy ram jet under the fin. The kit contains finely detailed resin parts including the ram jet, photo etches, plastic stand and a decal sheet with markings for the plane wearing the white ablative coating.

the only X-15A-2 in 1/32 scale
detail resin parts and etches contained in the kit
allows display the model either on its transport cart or as in flight on a stand
only limited number available

1/48 V-156F Vindicator ‘Aéronavale Service’
In the effort to get modern military aircraft, France bought larger numbers of US machines in 1939. Among them also the V-156 Vindicator dive bombers. The French version was designated the V-156F and differed significantly from the US machines – it was not fitted with the arrestor hook below the fuselage and instead carried air brakes in the wings. The V-156Fs also got French armament – machine guns, and underwing racks and bombs. Even though they were tested on board of the Béarn carrier, France operated them from land bases only. All of them were eventually destroyed during the Battle of France in 1940.
This release offers the excellent Accurate Miniatures styrene parts joined by a new injection moulded French-type wing, new windscreen, photo-ethches and detail resin parts. The decal sheet caters for four French machines, one wearing a camoulfage scheme, three in grey over-all.

interesting aeroplane in rather unusual version
detail resins and etches already part of the kit
only limited number available

Paul Tosney – Editor

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