Special Hobby Sept 2016

1041-2016 SPECIAL HOBBY - krabice 450x250x80_SH32049 Tempest Mk.SH32049 Tempest Mk.V – a September 1/32 scale release
The Mk.V Tempest large scale model kit is still hugely popular with the modeller and now we are going to offer a basic version which is to contain only the plastic parts already known from our earlier „Hi-tech“ release of this Britain´s iconic machine. This basic release will be available under catalogue number SH32049 and in contrast to the first release (SH32052) it comes without the PE-fret, resin parts and the painting masks. The decal sheet caters for four camouflage options. And of course, the price of this release will be more affordable. We are sure there are many of you always seeking some improvement to your model kit, but obviously do not like to have the model box packed up to the lid with plethora of resin stuff, so for such customers there are CMK resin sets in our range and offer from which you will be able to pick up exactly the ones you long for.

During WW2 the opposing sides were constantly competing against each other to keep abreast of the latest technological developments and as a result this led to ever more powerful and effective warplanes. In 1941 the new Fw 190 fighter began to enter service and the British hastily developed the Spitfire Mk.V into the Mk.IX with a better engine, and also introduced a new type called the Hawker Typhoon Mk.I into the service too. The introduction of the Typhoon fighter into service was rather complicated and as it also became clear soon that the Typhoon would not fit the requirements for a standard day fighter aircraft, the Hawker’s chief designer Sydney Camm began to design an improved version which, because of the number of changes received eventually a new name, the Tempest. And became one of the best fighting machines of WW2.

Our 1/32 scale model of this iconic fighter plane was first issued in so called Hi-tech boxing, which is becoming almost sold out these days and now we would like to offer the modeller a basic version of the kit, which means it doesn’t contain the extra bonuses of resin (PUR) and photo-etched parts. The plastic parts come via as many as eight sprues of grey styrene and one clear plastic sprue and the surface throughout benefits from neatly engraved panel lines and rivet details. During the build, the modeller is guided by a highly detailed A4-size full colour instruction booklet. The decal sheets (there are three of them) and the camouflage option schemes offer in total four different machines. The Camouflage A represents NV969 / SA-A machine flown by Sqn.Ldr. Warren „Smokey“ Schrader, DFC and Bar (out of his total 12 kills he achieved 9 and ½ in the Tempest). Camo B offers JN862/JF-Z adorned with invasion ID stripes and it was a usual mount of F/Lt. Remy van Lierde, DFC and Bar, a Belgian in RAF service with 44 victories over V-1 missiles. The third camouflage option is EJ705/W2-X with a smart kangaroo artwork on the fuselage side and was flown by Australian Plt. Off. F.A. Lang . The camouflage scheme option D brings the modeller SN165/ZD-V machine, in which cockpit it’s pilot Sqn. Ldr. Emanuel Barnett Lyons, DFC experienced a rather arduous story with a fortunate ending. The decal sheets cater also for a complete set of stencils, including also items for the cockpit and the external fuel tanks.

d05ce765-8062-4a3c-b48b-7d83a5a1300cSH48181 Fokker D.21 “Dutch &Danish” 1/48
The Fokker D.21 fighter was designed for the use by the Dutch East Indies but because of the political situation it saw also some fighting over Europe. The FD-332 prototype took off for the first time in March 1936 and possessed rather high performance. Despite of that, the Dutch military hesitated with their order and waited until Finland and Denmark began to negotiate about possible licence rights for these fighter planes. (Finland produced their licence D.21s with two different powerplants, both of them are in our range of plastic models under catalogue numbers SH48073 and SH48078) In total 36 were eventually built for the Dutch military and these machines were, along with the twin-engined Fokker G.1, the very best which could the Netherlands use for its defence. The Fokkers were usually outperformed by their German counterparts which were the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Bf110 fighters, but the smaller and lighter Dutch planes possessed much higher manoeuvrability which brought them sometimes an advantage in the combat. However, despite their heroic performance, the few Fokkers were not able to avert the occupation of the Netherlands. The story of the Fokker fighter in Denmark was even more sad as the Danish machines were not able to succeed against the German onslaught at all, the Luftwaffe´s attack was so sudden and surprising that the Danish pilots failed to take their machines aloft. And yet, the Danish aircraft might have had the most heavy armament of all Fokker D.21 versions as the Denmark´s military had been testing 23mm Madsen cannons on their machines.

The kit comes on five sprues with styrene parts and one sprue of clear parts, there are also photo-etched parts, resin parts and a decal sheet. The decals cater for two Dutch and two Danish machines.
In the morning of May 10, 1940, Dutch pilot Tlt. Bram “Bob” van der Stok in the cockpit of his machine with number 234 managed to shot down one Bf 109E and damage another one. Later, he would also become one of only three successful participants of the “Great Escape” from Stalag Luft III prisoner camp. The second of the Dutch machines with no.221 was also rather successful, in its cockpit Tlt. Herman Doppenberg achieved one victory over a Bf 109. The Danish camouflage options offer two machines, a camouflaged J-47 and a silver-doped J-42 with cannon pods under its wings.

WE ARE PREPARING
100-SH48177
Junkers Ju 88C-4 1/48 – limited edition

100-SH48182
Fiat CR.32 Chirri 1/48
boxart is in progress

100-SH72346
MD500E helicopter 1/72
boxart is in progress

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International
Scifiantasy


Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.

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