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1/32 Heinkel He 100D-1 “Propaganda Jäger He 113”
The Heinkel He 100D was flown in comparative flight tests against the Messerschmitt Bf 109 type in the competition for the standard Luftwaffe fighter. Eventually, the Bf 109 became the winner, but as the He 100D outperformed it in a couple of respects, it also reached production, albeit giving only a very small batch of airframes. These were later used by German nazi propaganda to give birth to the legend of a new Luftwaffe fighter called the Heinkel He 113. The He 100D received emblems of non-existing units and posed for photographers and film makers. In reality, the machines served in the defence of the Heinkel factory.
Our model comes on three styrene sprues. These are joined by a clear cockpit canopy, a fret of etches and a sheet of decals catering for markings of three fictitious Luftwaffe units.

the only existing 1/32 model of the He 100D
interesting colour schemes
etches and resin details already in the box

1/72 Mirage F.1 CE/CH
The Mirage F.1C came about as a private venture by the French Dassault company. The first flight of the Mirage F.1 took place on 23rd December 1966 and production aircraft entered service with the Armée de l´Air as the F.1C single-seater fighter and F.1B two-seater trainer versions. During their service with France, a number of these aircraft were upgraded by the fitting of IFR probes which resulted in the designation F-1C-200. The Armée de l´Air also flew dedicated reconnaissance and ground-attack versions of the MirageF.1 designated respectively as the F.1CR and CT, the latter being converted from the earlier F.1-200 airframes. A total of 246 Mirage F.1`s of all versions served with the French and the Mirage was also exported successfully further afield. In Europe, Spanish and Greek militaries operated the type, in South America Mirage F.1`s were ordered by Ecuador (F.1JA and JE two-seaters) for the Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana while in Africa and Asia the Mirage F.1 proved especially popular, serving with the air forces of Gabon, South Africa, Morocco, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait. Flying with these air forces this variant of the famous Mirage family saw combat action the world, including mock dogfights over the Aegean between Greek F.1`s and Turkish fighters, French aircraft saw action over Chad, Libya, Afghanistan, Mali, Ivory Coast and even stood up against Iraqi Mirage F.1`s during the 1st Gulf War, Ecuadorian F.1`s were used in cross border skirmishes with Peru and South African Mirages also saw extensive action as a ground attack aircraft and fighter during the long Border War with Angola and Mozambique, often coming up against Cuban flown Soviet Mig 17, 21 and 23 jet fighters. Libyan F.1`s also saw brief action during the Civil War of 2011 when several of them defecting to Malta.
This model offers three Spanish Mirage F.1CEs and two Morrocan Mirage F.1CHs

finely detailed model
interesting colour schemes and decals
wide range of available CMK detail sets and painting masks

1/72 3,7 cm PaK 36 ‘German Anti-tank Gun’
In the initial stages of the war, the German Wehrmacht was equipped with 3,7cm PaK 36 anti-tank drawn guns. These were designed during the 1930s and first put to service in the Spanish Civil War. Before WW2, the guns were also exported to several countries including China, Finland or the Soviet Union. The latter also bought the licence rights and produced it as the M1930 (1-K) cannon. At the beginning of the war, the PaK36 gun was capable of penetrating the armour of virtually all of the period armoured vehicles. Gradually, as the enemy vehicle‘s armour protection was becoming more and more efficient, the PaK 36 guns were losing their superiority and new and more powerful guns became to replace them. Nevertheless, the PaK 36 went on serving until the end of the war, its performance sometimes also boosted by the use of the Stielgranate 41 rocket anti-tank projectiles.

The model colour schemes comprise guns of several armies. Those of the Wehrmacht are two, one in grey, the other in sand as it saw the fierce battles in Africa. Two other guns were on the strength of the Finnish army, one in the winter scheme, the other in several various camouflage colours. The Italian example, in fact captured, ex-Abyssinian army gun, is painted in two colours too. The PaK 36 guns of 88 Division of the Chinese army wore a single-colour scheme.

– not just Wehrmacht paint scheme, of other countries as well.

Paul Tosney – Editor

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