Special Hobby Jan 2024 News


Gloster Meteor TT Mk.20 1/72
The Meteor Mk.11 was the standard all-weather fighter throughout the 1950s. When the Javelin fighters came to replace the Meteors, new employment was needed for the still airworthy airframes. Eventually, the Meteors were converted to the TT.20 target tug variant
The Meteor TT.20 kit set covers four various scheme options, two of which carry British colours – a Royal Navy and a civilian RAF flight machines, plus two more serving overseas – one from Denmark and the final scheme represents a machine of a Swedish civilian company flying for the Swedish military. The winch conversion parts are 3D printed.

Aero A-11HS ‘Finnish Export Version’ 1/72
In 1925, Finland bought a dozen of Aero A.11 observation and light bomber biplanes. This meant one of the first export success of the Czechoslovak aviation industry. The Finnish version differed from Czech Aero A.11s by having the more powerful Hispano Suiza engine fitted.
The kit comes on three styrene sprues, two clear ones and a few 3D-printed parts for the HS power unit. The decals cover four machines with fuselage codes in various colours.

Heinkel He 59B 1/72
This re-release of the Heinkel He 59B is suitable for more experienced modellers. It contains four grey styrene sprues, newly designed resin cast parts, 3D-printed parts and a fret of etches. The new clear plastic injected parts replace the original vacuum-formed items. The Heinkel He59 was a large, twin-engined biplane fitted with a pair of floats. Its development took place in secret as it was meant for the newly built German naval air force. Production began in late 1933 and the aircraft were deployed in Spain and on both the Western and Eastern fronts during WW2.
Our kit set corrects the oft-published mistake about the armament of the Legion Kondor He 59s. It was thought that these machines had the armament consisting of MG FF machine guns. The truth is that in their nose gunner stations had the very little-known Solothurn ST-11 canon and as it seems that it was also the sole combat deployment of this weapon, which although being rather effective, was also quite heavy. The ST-11 had been produced in very small number only and later it was developed into the Solothurn S-18 anti-tank rifle, which by coincidence is also offered by Special Hobby as a 1/35 scale kit.
The decal sheet brings markings for a Legion Kondor machine flying over Spain during the civil war and a machine in the colours of the German Luftwaffe in 1940. The ST-11 canon and the machine guns are 3D printed.

Sd.Kfz 10 Zugkraftwagen 1t (Demag D7) 1/72
The smallest German WW2 half-track vehicle is here now in the form 1/72 scale tiny gem. The moulds were bought acquired from the MK72 firm and when the model had been first released, it got the Model of the Year award.
The Sd.Kfz 10 was a half-track multi-purpose troop carrier. The original version was also used to tow light artillery weapons such as the Nebelwerfer rocket launchers or anti-aircraft cannons. Later with more powerful towing mechanism also heavier anti-tank cannons of up to 75mm calibre could be towed or even the SiG 33 field howitzer. From our production, these weapons can be coupled with your Sd.Kfz 10 model: 3,7cm PaK 36 (SA72024) gun, 7,5cm PaK 40 (SA72025) gun or the 15cm Nebelwerfer 41 (SA72026) rocket launcher. The Sd.Kfz 10 vehicles were in service throughout the war beginning with the attack on Poland and until the German capitulation in May 1945. The decal sheet brings markings for two Panzergrau vehicles and two in camouflage colours.

– the very top model kit of the Sd.Kfz10 type in 1/72 scale
– 4 decal options – Poland 1939, Yugoslavia 1942, the Soviet Union 1942, Czechoslovakia 1945
– also available for this kit are the wheel, track and figures resin sets. Do not forget to get also our cannon kits SA72024, SA72025 and SA72026 as these weapons were often towed by the half track vehicle.

Latécoère 298 – Ultra Limited Kit 1/48
The Latécoère 298 was a French torpedo bomber and anti-submarine floatplane. It also was one of the most efficient French aeroplanes, built in 1939 and introduced to service a year later. Latécoère 298 aircraft fought in the 1940 Battle of France, served with the Vichy regime, captured aiframes were even put to use with the German Luftwaffe and one of them was later captured back and used by the RAF. Following the Anglo-American landing operation, the French Latécoères again saw service against the common enemy. And finally, the last of the type flew well until the 1950s as trainers.
This kit set was originally released in our Azur edition, now we bring it back in a new range called the Vintage Treasure. Such labelled kits are meant for those more experienced modellers. The kit consists of injected styrene parts, resin parts, vacuum-formed canopy and a decal sheet catering for one 1940 French airframe and a 1944 Luftwaffe captured machine.

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