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AF-2 Guardian ‘Fire Bomber’ 1/48
The largest single engine, piston engine aircraft to have ever been flown from the decks of aircraft carriers – yes this is the apt description of the anti-submarine AF-2 Guardian aeroplane. Following the Korea War, the Guardians were redelegated to reserve units and eventually struck off charge. Some of them, however, and mainly due to the strength of their airframe and their excellent range and payload capability, were given a new lease of life and converted to fire fighting machines which kept flying well until the 1970s.
The kit consists of seven grey styrene sprues, one with clear parts, a set of PUR parts and a fret of etches. There are also two styles of the water tanks available and the decal sheet caters for markings of a trio of machines.

– Limited edition
– Unique version

CH-37C “Deuce USMC” 1/72
The CH-37C large transport helicopter powered by two piston engines was developed to the USMC requirements, later however was also used by the US Army. At the time when the type was introduced to service, the CH-37C was the most massive helicopter in world. Both the Marine Corps and Army also operated the Deuce in the Vietnam War.
This re-release of the model kit offers one significant improvement in the form of the extra sprue with new and correct shaped external fuel tanks with pylons. The decal sheet caters for three USMC machines.

– etches and resin parts contained by the kit set
– very interesting subject
– only a limited number release
– the original model kit has been out of production and unavailable for a long time, its price on auctions skyrocketed

Mirage IIIC ‘Armée de l’Air’ 1/72
The Mirage IIIC was the first jet produced in Western Europe to break the double speed of the sound in the level flight. The type was the very first of te whole family of Mirage fighters IIIC, IIIE and 5 some of which keep flying even until these days. The Mirage IIICJ was the epitome of the Israeli air supremacy in the wars with the neighbouring Arab countries during the War over Water, Six Day War, Attrition War and Yom Kipur War as well as many other more minor conflicts. A great number of Israeli fighter pilots became aces flying their Mirages. The Mirage IIIC saw service with the domestic Armée de l’Air, too, the first airframes being fitted with a unique belly mounted rocket booster motor to enhance the performance in the initial climb. The later machines though had this booster removed to enable them to carry more ordnance to more distant targets. The Mirage IIIC was also delivered to the SAAF and some of the ex-IAF machines found their way to Argentina. The type completely proved worthy in its role of air superiority jet.
As many as seven sprues of grey styrene plus one sprue with clear parts offer highly and finely detailed parts, the kits also has a sheet of decals with markings for four French machines, two of which flew in the natural colour of metal (one of them of the early booster-fitted variety), then also one machine in blue grey over aluminium and one in the later desert scheme.

– superbly detailed model
– atractive colour schemes and decals
– also available for this model: pre-cut paint masks M72041 and accessory sets Q72401Mirage IIIC Wheels, Q72402 Mirage IIIC Mirage IIIC Atar 9B Engine Nozzle and Q72403 Mirage IIIC Seat

Nakajima Ki-43-II Ko/Otsu Hayabusa ‘Japan’s allies’ 1/72
The Ki-43 Hayabusa/Oscar was arguably one of the most significant fighter types of the Japanese Army Air Force. The Oscar was also delivered to the air forces of Japan allies as were the puppet state of Manchuria and Thailand. The Manchukuo Imperial Air Force Oscars bore interesting and colourful markings and on the fuselage sides also had large presentation slogans. The Thai fighters saw combat against USAAF aircraft and several of remaining examples were still in service after the war with the Royal Thai Air Force.
The kit portrays both the Manchurian Ki-43-II Koh version and the Thai Ki-43-II Otsu machine. The latter can be modelled in two various camouflage and marking styles, either wearing camouflage pattern of small colour blotches and white elephant national markings or in standard camouflage pattern of rather large colour field with markings of stripes in the Thai national colours.

HESA Shahed 136 / Geran-2 1/48
The Iran-made HESA Shahed 136 / Geran-2 drone is used by the Russian military to terrorize Ukraine and to attack its civil infrastructure. Our model is resin cast and comes with a few 3D-printed parts and is available in the Planet Model range. It also has a sheet of decals.

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