Novinky ze Special Hobby 11/2023

   Special Hobby's November Newsletter is one of a few returns. A trio of models that had sold out so very well are going to get back now. For quite a long time these models were out of production, but kept getting asked for by the modellers. And so they are back. On top of that, clear plastic injected canopy parts for the 1/48 T-2 Buckeye model are added to our range. The 1/48 model itself with these parts has been on offer since this September, a few of you who already have the earlier SH or Two Bobs release would welcome only the new clear parts.

   Among the accessory sets to be released this month, you will find yet some more 3D printed guns, both for the infantry and employed as military vehicles secondary armament. One of our best selling kits are the Zetor tractor models, which can now be used, and not just them really, to tow the E-3 German trailer. Next, this Newsletter is bringing you one more boxing of the Morris CS9 vehicle, this time in colourful African schemes, and also a few of brass chains suitable for several various scales.

   Before the end of the year, we hope to bring you the CASA C-212-300/400 ‘Long-Nosed Casas’, Sd.Kfz 250/1 Ausf.B (Neue Ausführung), SIAI-Marchetti SF-260M/AM/W and P-40K-1/5 Warhawk 'Short Tail' model kitsets, all of which are in 1/72 scale. On these and the coming accessories, however, let us talk next time, in December.


A. Riedel



Blohm & Voss BV 155V-1 1/72    1/72 Scale Barcode
100-SH72340 1/72 8594071086442

   The Blohm Voss BV 155B was supposed to become the very  weapon to stop the new American B-29 high altitude bombers. However, these magnificent machines were sent to the Pacific area instead and the development of the BV 155B was not brought to a successful finish. The development had really been rather complicated, originally taking place at Messerschmitt facility under designation  the Me 155, originally intended to be a naval fighter for the planned but never finished Graf Zeppelin carrier. As the requirements of the RLM changed with time, the type was also redesigned to perform as a high altitude machine, the Me155B. The Messerschmitt development team was overburden with several other projects, so the RLM  decided to transfer the project work to Blohm Voss, where, however, the Blohm Voss' chief designer Richard Voght considered the project to be quite bad and eventually redesigned it completely. The type's designation changed as well to the BV155, and the new plane was much larger with a long span wing. A four-bladed propeller was driven by a turbo-charged DB 603U engine, with engine radiators hung under the wing. The first BV155V-1 made its maiden flight on 1 September 1944, equipped with a pressurized cockpit and a Rb 50/30 camera behind the pilot's seat. The planned armament was to consist of a 30 mm MK108 cannon in the propeller shaft and two 20mm MG151/20 cannon in the wings. Several problems occurred during the first flights, although the team was able to tackle some of them eventually. Another two prototypes, the V- 2 and V-3 had were also partially built. Richard Voght considered also the BV155C, a version which was to have its radiator in the forward fuselage. However, the advancing British troops brought an end to all these plans when they seized the Blohm Voss factory and also Hamburg-Finkerwerder airfield. The RAF supposedly test-flown the BV155, or at least an inventory number was assigned to the type. At first, the Bv155 was sent to the UK, consequently over the pond to the USA. Nowadays, the already incomplete machine is stored at the National Air and Space Museum depository.
 The BV 155B V1 model kit set had already been in production before in so called short run form. It is long sold out  now. This new release is a different model produced partly using steel tooling. It comes on three grey styrene sprues, one with clear parts and two detail resin cast items. 

-    re-release of highly sought-after model
-    unusually-shaped airframe
-    no-one else produces the BV 155 in decent quality. Our earlier short run model was taken and copied by ART Model company, including the instruction sheet. Be aware of this bad quality thing

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Mirage F.1CR 1/72 Scale Barcode


1/72 8594071085827

  The Mirage F.1 owes its creation to a private initiative by the French Dassault company. The Armée de l' Air ordered the construction of two prototypes designated Mirage F.2 and F.3 with JTF10 engines. However, Dassault built one more prototype with smaller dimensions and an Atar 9K engine at its own expense. This prototype, which took off for the first time on 23 December 1966, was chosen and production airframes were introduced into the armament of the Armée de l'Air as single-seat Mirage F.1C fighters and two-seat Mirage F.1B training fighters. During the service, part of the Mirage F.1 machines was modified by adding a refueling probe to the Mirage F.1C-200 version. The French Air Force also used two reconnaissance versions, the Mirage F. 1CR and the Mirage F.1-200 converted Mirage F.1CT. The Armée de l'Air received a total of 246 examples of all versions of the Mirage F.1. The Mirage F.1 also became a successful export item. It entered service in Europe, Spain and Greece . In South America, Ecuador became the only user, while in Africa and Asia, the Mirage F.1 was included in the armament of Gabon, South Africa, Morocco, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait. As a result, Mirage F.1s have been involved in many conflicts around the world, from non-fire combats between Greek fighters and Turkish opponents, through French actions in Chad, Ecuadorian border conflicts with Peru, South African Mirages fighting against Cuban aircraft from Angola, and participation in the war against Iraq, where Mirage F.1s were flying on both sides. Even today, the Mirage F.1 is in service with several countries.
    The Mirage F.1CR version was flown only by the Armée de l Air and was the last to be phased out in June 2014. At that time, the last unit to use this version was phased out, Escadron de Reconnaissance 2/33 Savoie. Before that, Mirage F.1CRs were deployed in Chad, Iraq, Afghanistan, Serbia, Mali and Libya.   
   Compared with our earlier Mirage F1 releases, this one offers a new sprue with the parts typical for the CR version, including the Corail chaff-flares pods which were introduced to the Mirage CR airframe late at its service life.
  The decal sheet covers three French examples, each in a different scheme. Machine 33-TA wears a very special one and also a pair of "kill marks" on the side of the fuselage, denoting two US F-15 fighters shot down during the Red Flag exercise. Well, not really shot down, but I bet that their US jockeys were not exactly happy either... :-) 

-    excellent model with wide range of underwing stores.
-    interesting color schemes
-    separately available    accessory sets, masks, resin sets and figures

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7,5 cm Gebirgskanone M.15 / 7,5 cm horský kanon vz.15 1/35 Scale Barcode
100-SA35002 1/35 8594071085513

   It was a long time tradition for the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to use mountain guns, and in the beginning of the 20th century, mountain guns Mark 75 and Mark 99 were widely used. These types, however, were becoming outdated quite quickly because of rapid development of artillery technology of those times.  The Skoda Works in Pilsen, a traditional supplier of artillery  armament, had since the beginning of the century been developing several projects of mountain guns with various calibers. When a 7cm Gebirgskanone M.9 had been built in small production run, a new and heavier caliber (7.5cm) gun was developed, which eventually became to be produced in 1912, mainly on basis of an interest from foreign customers. The last production batch of this gun, that had been intended for Chinese government, was taken over by the Austro-Hungarian Army and put into service as a 7.5cm Gebirgskanone M.14.  But, already a year ago those guns had been tested by the military and requirements for a new model of a mountain gun had been defined. As the First World War broke out, it accelerated everything. Prototype guns with some improvements made on basis of requirements from the military were tested during 1914 and production of the new model followed shortly. The new gun was put into the service with the Austro Hungarian army as a 7.5cm Gebirgskanone M.15.  It was possible to dismantle the weapon to six main components that were to be carried by draught animals. Another three horses or mules carried the ammunition shield, the sights and standby supply of ammunition.
   These new guns were used for the very first time at the Italian front in the early stages of 1916. They proved to be much better and more reliable then their Italian counterparts. Over 2000 of these guns were produced during WW1, not only by the original manufacturer, but also by Hungarian arsenal works in Győr,  under a license there. The guns were also used by allies of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Bulgaria, Turkey and Germany. There were only a very few cases just like this one that Germany took over armament designed and produced abroad and it seems to have shown the qualities of this particular weapon. When WW1 ended, the 7.5cm Gebirgskanone M.15 got into service with Italy and with armies of the majority of countries in Central Europe and the Balkans. Both the Skoda Works and the Győr factory kept on producing the gun also after the war. They were used by the army of the Czechoslovak Republic under the designation Horsky kanon vz.15 (or literally Mountain Gun mark 15), in fact they remained in service since the early days of independent Czechoslovakia right up to its occupation by Nazi Germany. The guns were deployed to artillery regiments as well as to mountain artillery units that were part of so called field artillery brigades. They were used also in armored trains and Danube fleet boats and in 1938, also as a kind of emergency armament of the border strongholds. As the Czechoslovak Republic became occupied, the majority of the guns were handed over to the Wehrmacht and the rest went to the independent Slovak State.  In German service, these guns were known as the GebK 15(t) and they were used along ex-Bundesheer weapons of the same type that had been acquired in 1938 following the Annexation of Austria and consequently designated as the GebK 15(ö). In the course of WW2, the same weapons fell into the German hands also from Yugoslavia (these were GebK 259(j)), Italy (GebK 259(i)) and Slovakia and were used at the Eastern Front, in the Balkans and in Italy.  The Slovaks operated these guns at the Eastern Front by the side of their German ally and also during the Slovak National Uprising in 1944, but this time against the Germans. Eventually, as the Uprising was defeated, the guns were captured by the Wehrmacht and put into the service. In Italian army, captured 7.5 Gebirgskanone M.15 were used at first, with designation Obice da 75/13, later the Italians decided to buy more of them directly from the Hungarian manufacturer in Györ.  These were used during the Ethiopian campaign and also in the Balkans and Africa during WW2. In 1944, some of them were also used against the Germans in Italy. The end of the war did not bring an end of the service for these reliable weapons as they remained with Italian army well up to the fifties and for equally long period of time they were used also by Turkey. Among others, the Gebirgskanone M.15 were used also in Albania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Colombia, Poland, Romania, Greece and Spain.
  The kit set was designed in 3D CAD and is produced using steel molds. The kit comes on two grey styrene sprues. The color schemes cover the guns as used by armies of Czechoslovakia, Italy, Austro-Hungarian or Germany.   

-    top quality model kit of the iconic gun that at its time was the standard of quality for a mountain cannon 
-    large number of users

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T-2 Buckeye Injected Canopy 1/48 Scale Barcode
100-SH48231.9 1/48 8594071089672

September 2023 saw the re-release of  our SH48231 T-2 Buckley with new, clear plastic injected sprue. Now, the parts of this new sprue can be obtained separately, surely making happy those of you who already own the earlier kit sets no. SH48119, SH48129 or the reboxings by Two Bobs.
-    correction set for our our earlier Buckey kits that had only vacuum-formed canopies.

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Avro Anson MASK 1/48 Scale Barcode
100-M48020 1/48 8594071089559

Pre-cut masks for the clear parts and the undercarriage wheels for the Avro Anson kits from Special Hobby or Classic Airframes reboxings.

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Anhänger E-3 ‘German WWII Trailer’ 1/48 Scale Barcode
129-8067 1/48 8595593130958

   A standard German WW2 3-ton trailer that was first introduced to production in 1940 to replace the wide variety of other earlier trailers of the same category that had been used by the Wehrmacht. This trailer was produced by a few various companies and employed by both the Wehrmacht and other German forces throughout the war. Even after the war, it went on being used in Germany and other countries, and not only by their military.

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Morris CS9 British Light Armored Car ‘North African Campaign’1/72 Scale Barcode
129-MV133 1/72 8595593130828

   Developed in the pre-war years, this armored vehicle was built in a hundred examples. It was armed with either an anti-tank rifle or a machine gun. The British Army used a few of these vehicles during the Battle of France in 1940 and all of them were eventually destroyed or abandoned. The remaining cars went later to North Africa to serve with the 11th Hussars Cavalry Regiment. The vehicles proved their worth there, but by the end of 1942, the battle worn out machines were replaced by more modern ones.
    Our second release of the Morris portrays the CS9 vehicle as was operated in the sands of African deserts with special style tires and some more desert equipment as it served with the 11th Hussars Regiment. You can chose a staff vehicle, a combat-used vehicle or one that was captured by the Italians and wore some colorful slogans on its body. The major parts are resin cast, the kit also has a fret of etches and a few printed parts.

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Coarse brass chain with rounded links - suitable for 1/35 scale Scale Barcode
129-H1021 1/35 8595593130972

30 cm long brass chain, coarse variety, round link 3.2by2.8mm, suitable for 1/35 scale projects.

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Medium brass chain with rounded links - suitable for 1/35 and 1/48 scale Scale Barcode
129-H1022 1/35 and 1/48 8595593130989

30 cm long brass chain, medium variety, round link 2.9by2.4mm, suitable for 1/35 or 1/48 scale projects.

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Fine brass chain with rounded links - suitable for 1/48 and 1/72 scale Scale Barcode
129-H1023 1/48 and 1/72 8595593130996

30 cm long brass chain, fine variety, round link 1.9by1.5mm, suitable for 1/48 or 1/72 scale projects.

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Fine brass chain with rounded links - suitable for 1/72 scale Scale Barcode
129-H1024 1/72 8595593131009

30 cm long brass chain, fine variety, round link 1.55by1.3mm, suitable for 1/72 scale projects.

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3D printed Parts

MG 34/41 German WWII Machine Gun (2 pcs.) 1/35 Scale Barcode
129-P35022 1/35 8595593130934

The MG34/41 machine gun was a further development of the original MG34 weapon to meet Wehrmacht's requirements calling for higher rate of fire as well as simplified production. The earlier was met by strengthening the ejector assembly while the latter was taken care of by improving the ammo feed mechanism. The production was less demanding due to a few components being pressed and also by eliminating complex machining operations. All these, however, led to the overall weight increase of some extra 14kg compared with the earlier standard MG34. The whole new weapon production batch was employed on the Eastern Front.

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MG 34 Copula Anti Aircraft Machine Gun Rack 1/35 Scale Barcode
129-P35023 1/35 8595593130941

A machine gun with the ammo box and a ring mount around the commander turret as used on Panther, Tiger or Königstiger tanks. The 3D-printed set offers much higher levels of detail than the original styrene items found in model kit sets.

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Sd.Kfz 251C MG 34 with armor shield and pivot mount 1/35 for Academy and AFV kits Scale Barcode
129-P35024 1/35 8595593130965

The German Sd.Kfz 251 armored personnel carriers were most often equipped with a pair of machine guns, MG 34 or MG 42. Sd.Kfz 251C was equipped with MG 34. The forward firing one had a shield, the other was placed on a hinge in the rear part and was used not only against ground targets but also against planes. The same type of machine guns and hinges were used in the smaller Sd.Kfz 250A cars.

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