• Aircraft - New For This Month

    July 2017
    Revell 1:32 Messerschmitt Me 262B-1/U-1 Nightfighter

    September
    Tamiya 1/48 Grumman F-14A Tomcat

    June
    Eduard 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 Late Series (Re-Tooled)

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    Revell 1:32 Messerschmitt Me 262B-1/U-1 Nightfighter

    Revell 1:32 Messerschmitt Me 262B-1/U-1 Nightfighter box

    Revell has released a 1:32 scale model construction kit of the Me262, the first jet powered aircraft of the Second World War. The kit depicts the Me262 two-seater night fighter variant.

    Features:

    • A choice of lowered flaps
    • Replica Jumo 004 engines
    • Moveable ailerons and rudder
    • Radar antennae
    • Machine guns
    • Detailed cockpit with side consoles
    • Detailed Cockpit well in the under-carriage bay
    • Detailed under-carriage
    • 2 auxiliary fuel tanks

    Also included are decal markings for the following versions:

    • Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a/U1 Red 12 , 10./NJG 11, Schleswig, May 1945
    • Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a/U1 Red 8 , 10./NJG 11. Schleswig, May 1945

     


     

    Tamiya 1/48 Grumman F-14A Tomcat

    Tamiya 1/48 Grumman F-14A Tomcat box

    Tamiya is releasing a new 1/48 scale F-14 kit

    Features:

    • 373 parts in light grey plastic (257 for the airframe plus 116 for weapons);
    • Six parts in clear plastic;
    • Five screws; two washers; four polythene caps;
    • One masking sheet;
    • Two decal sheets: Two USN high visibility Tomcats from VF-84 and VF-2, and one desert camo Iran Air Force markings;

    Tamiya 1/48 Grumman F-14A Tomcat

    Build options:

    • Canopy open or closed;
    • Wings swept forward or back;
    • Fuel probe deployed or stowed away;
    • TF-30 engine nozzles open or closed;
    • Positionable horizontal stabilizers;
    • Air-to-air ordnance that can be configured in multiple load outs.

     


     

    Eduard 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 Late Series (Re-Tooled)

    Eduard 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 Late Series

    Eduard has released a much improved version of the 2014 1/48 scale BF 109 G-6 kit with new styrene parts.

    Improvements:

    • Dimensional errors have been corrected;
    • Increased level of detail;
    • Crisper surface features like panel lines and rivets.

    Impressive features that let you make virtually every variant:

    • Colour photo-etched parts;
    • Die-cut self-adhesive canopy masks;
    • Separate control surfaces;
    • Framed and Erla canopies (three styles of Erla hoods);
    • Standard and tall tail;
    • Long and short tail wheel;
    • Battery-box cover;
    • Under wing cannon gondola;
    • Alternative propeller blades;
    • Trop filter and supercharger intakes;
    • Tyres, hubs and oil cooler housings, aerial masts and bomb racks.

     


     

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  • Armour - New For This Month

    June
    Takom 1/35 M47 E/M
    Takom 1/35 Tiran 4

    September
    Dragon 1/35 Jagdtiger w/12.8cm PaK.80 (L/66)
    Revell 1/72 Russian Battle Tank T-90 A

    June
    Takom 1/35 T-55 AM and AMV

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    Takom 1/35 M47 E/M

    Takom 1/35 M47 E/M

    The M47 was the U.S. Army's and Marine Corps' primary tank, intended to replace the M46 Patton and M4 Sherman medium tanks. Production began at the Detroit Tank Arsenal in June 1951 before the M47 was standardized for production in May 1952, the M47 Patton's production ran until November 1953; Detroit built 5,481 tanks, and American Locomotive Company (Alco) produced 3,095, for a total production run of more than 9,000 M47 Pattons.

    This new kit from Takom is a 2 in 1 kit that can be built as either the Iran/Pakistan M model or the Spanish E model. Also featured are link and length style tracks, four types of muzzle brakes, hatches that can be build open or closed and decals to build one of four marking options.

    Takom 1/35 M47 kit variants

     

    Takom 1/35 Tiran 4

    Takom 1/35 Tiran 4

    The Israel Defense Forces captured many Soviet tanks from Egypt and Syria in the war of 1967 and 1973, or even in Lebanon in the 1980s. The Tiran 4 was a modified T-54, and around 300 were fielded. It used the original 100 mm gun, later upgraded to a 105mm gun on some models. It had two water cans fitted to the rear of the turret, solid metal front fenders over tracks replaced with half black rubber ones, new loader's hatch that opens to the rear and a new antenna mount. It was later fitted were a rounded stowage bin on the rear of the turret, pintle-mounted .30 cal M1919A4 Browning medium machine gun in front of the loaders hatch and gas cans fitted to the front fenders.

    This amazing kit from Takom of the IDF Medium Tank Tiran 4 includes 4 types of markings, PE and clear parts, a detailed metal tow cable, and detailed external fuel lines. The hatches can be built in open or closed positions, and the road wheels can be built in damaged condition.

     


     

    Dragon 1/35 Jagdtiger w/12.8cm PaK.80 (L/66)

    Dragon 1/35 Jagdtiger box

    Weighing in at 71.7 tonnes, the German Jagdtiger tank destroyer was definitely the super heavyweight of WWII armored vehicles. It was 10.65m long from the tip of its powerful gun muzzle to the outlets of the rear exhausts, and it was a massive 3.6m wide. The Sd.Kfz. 186 Jagdtiger entered service in late 1944, and it served on both the Eastern and Western Fronts, with around 80 or so produced. Although these vehicles were armed with a lethal 12.8cm PaK 44 L/55 gun, the Jagdtiger’s enormous bulk impacted severely on its mobility, meaning it could only hope to reach a maximum speed of 34km/h at best. In November 1944 Krupp engineers even proposed to make the tank destroyer more lethal by fitting an even longer 12.8cm PaK 80 gun of L/66 caliber. This design was never fielded, however.

    Dragon 1/35 Jagdtiger details

    The new kit is logically based on Dragon’s existing and highly acclaimed Jagdtiger kit with Henschel suspension. The hull is made from one piece thanks to advanced slide molds, and this provides a suitable platform upon which to build the rest of the highly detailed model. The most obvious brand new parts include the longer gun barrel. This is an impressive kit, and the Jagdtiger’s new look is something to behold!

     


     

    Revell 1/72 Russian Battle Tank T-90 A

    Revell 1/72 Russian Battle Tank T-90 A box

    Revell has released an updated kit in their T-90 line. The detail and molding of the four sprues is crisp. The kit comes with a decal sheet that gives the following marking options:

    • T-90SA, 8th Armoured Division, People’s National Army, Sisi BelAbbes, Algeria, 2013
    • T-90SA, 4th Baku Army Corps, Azerbaijani Armed Forces, Absheron Peninsula, Azerbaijan, 2013
    • T-90A, 5th Guards Tamansker, Independet Motorized Rifle Brigade, Kyakhta, Siberian Military District, Russia, 2009
    • T-90A, 20th Guards Independet Motorized Rifle Brigade, Volgograd, North Caucasus Military District, Russia, 2010

     


     

    Takom 1/35 T-55 AM and AMV

    The Soviet T-55 medium tank was the evolution of the T-54 chassis, which replaced the T-34 at the end of WWII. T-55 models mounted a 100-mm rifled gun, with a bore evacuator at the muzzle, a 7.62-mm coaxial machine-gun, and often a 12.7-mm machine-gun mounted on top.

    Takom T-55 AM

    T-55 AM
    Takom No. 2041
    Scale: 1/35

    Included in this kit are:

    • 4 markings supplied by Mig’s Ammo team
    • Individual track links
    • PE & Clear Parts
    • Metal tow cable
    • Rubber gun mantlet
    • Posable turrets
    • Road wheels can be built in a damaged condition

     

    Takom T-55 AMV

    T-55 AMV
    Takom No. 2042
    Scale: 1:35

    Included in this kit are:

    • 4 markings supplied by Mig’s Ammo team
    • Individual track links
    • PE & Clear Parts
    • Metal tow cable
    • Rubber gun mantlet
    • Posable turrets
    • Road wheels can be built in a damaged condition

     


     

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  • Armour - New For This Month 2014

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    October
    Mirror Models 1:35 US Diamond T969 Wrecker
    Tamiya 1:35 U.S. Medium Tank M4A3E8 Sherman "Easy Eight" (w/4 Figures)
    Meng 1:35 German Panzerhaubitze 2000
    Meng 1:35 French AMX-30B MBT
    Tamiya 1:48 British Armored Scout Car "Dingo" Mk.II
    September
    Tamiya 1:35 Sherman VC Firefly (w/6 Figures)
    ICM 1:35 ZIL-131 Soviet Army Truck
    Hobby Boss 1:35 GCT 155mm AU-F1 SPH Based on T-72
    Takom 1:35 Mark IV "Male" and "Female" Tanks

     


     

    Mirror Models 1:35 US Diamond T969 Wrecker

    During World War II, the Diamond T Motor Car Company produced a line of trucks that kept both the US and British armies moving.

    Mirror Models has released an extraordinary limited run, 1:35 scale model of this essential WWII support Vehicle. 

    Features

    • Scale: 1:35
    • 570 plastic parts (10 sprues) in grey plastic, 5 clear plastic parts,
    • Highly detailed suspensions and underchassis,
    • Nicely reproduced Kellogg Compressor and recovery equipment,
    • Full and accurate interior and engine details,
    • Cab parts produced with advanced sliding molding,
    • Some parts have been re-tooled, with decreased gates,
    • Scale chains and ropes for assembly,
    • 2 frets of photo etch,
    • 2 decal options.

     

     

     


     

    Tamiya 1:35 U.S. Medium Tank M4A3E8 Sherman "Easy Eight" (w/4 Figures)

    Featured in the movie Fury, the M4A3E8 Sherman "Easy Eight" is a great choice for Tamiya to release at this time.

    The legendary U.S. tank M4 Sherman first went into production in February 1942, and would undergo a number of modifications in order to combat the powerful threat posed by its opposing German counterparts. One such variant was the March 1944 M4A3(76)W, which took the late production hull and its superior armor, fitting it with an effective 76mm anti-tank gun. While this extra weight ultimately proved the undoing of the (76)W, it provided the impetus for the development of the horizontal volute spring suspension (HVSS) which was married with wider tracks on the M4A3E8 "Easy Eight" for a smooth and easy drive. The Easy Eight missed the 1944 Normandy landings, but it was manufactured from August 1944 and took part in the Battle of the Bulge towards the end of the year. 2,500 were produced by September 1945, when its manufacture was halted.

    After World War II, the U.S. kept the M4A3E8 Easy Eight in service with either the 76 mm gun or a 105 mm howitzer. The Sherman remained a common U.S. tank in the Korean War. Despite no longer being the primary US tank, it fought alongside the M26 Pershing and M46 Patton. The M4A3E8 Sherman and T-34-85 were comparable and could destroy each other when hit, although the use of HVAP shells gave the Sherman a firepower advantage. The Sherman had better optics, which gave it a better chance of scoring a first round hit.

    The US Army replaced them with Pattons during the 1950s. The U.S. continued to transfer Shermans to its allies, which contributed to its widespread foreign use.

    About the Model

    The 1:35 Sherman "Easy Eight" model was originally released by the Japanese model maker named Asuka Model (previously known as Tasca Model) in 2010. Now, it is packaged together with Tamiya-made figures and accessories in this exciting new kit. This incredibly detailed 1:35 scale model captures distinguishing characteristics on the M4A3E8 like the large turret with the 76mm gun, and the innovative HVSS setup.

    Features

    • Scale: 1:35
    • Length: 210mm, Width: 105mm
    • 76mm gun can be modelled with or without the muzzle brake.
    • Clear parts make for an excellent finish on periscopes and lights.
    • An authentic touch is provided by the recreations of the T66 tracks, made of assembly-type, movable parts.
    • Features moving HVSS suspension.
    • Photo-etched parts are included for highly realistic recreation of periscope and light covers.
    • 4 Tamiya-made figures are included.
    • Includes 4 U.S. unit marking options.

     

     


     

    Meng 1:35 German Panzerhaubitze 2000

    After a long time of study and analysis of a significant reference collection, MENG finally releases the 1:35 scale German Panzerhaubitze 2000 Self-Propelled Howitzer plastic model kit.

    During WWII, Germany was the country which developed and equipped the most self- propelled guns, including the well-known Hummel and Grille. After WW II, Germany also actively developed new self-propelled guns to face with a more and more complicated world situation. In the late 1990s, the Panzerhaubitze 2000 appeared.

    The Panzerhaubitze 2000 ("armoured-howitzer 2000"), abbreviated PzH 2000, is a German 155 mm self-propelled howitzer developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall for the German Army. The PzH 2000 entered German Army service in 1998, and then into armies of Italy, the Netherlands and Greece. This vehicle utilizes a large number of chassis parts of Leopard 1 MBT and Leopard 2 MBT. It is powered by the MTU MT881 engine, which has excellent maneuverability. The PzH 2000 is equipped with one 155mm/L52 gun from Rheinmetall, with an advanced sight and fire-control system.

    The PzH 2000 is one of the most powerful conventional artillery systems deployed in the last two decades. It is particularly notable for a very high rate of fire; in burst mode it can fire three rounds in 9 seconds, ten rounds in 56 seconds, and can—depending on barrel heating—fire between 10 and 13 rounds per minute continuously. The PzH 2000 has automatic support for up to 5 rounds of Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact (MRSI). The loading of shells is automated. Two operators can prepare and mount 60 shells and propelling charges vertically into the horseshoe magazine in less than 12 minutes.

    Features

    • Scale: 1:35
    • Length: 339mm, Width: 102mm, Height can be up to 300mm when the barrel is elevated.
    • The driver’s and crew’s hatches can be built in either open or closed position.
    • The movable suspension system is perfectly reproduced.
    • A metal barrel is included, along with the option of topping the gun with a muzzle break or dust cover.
    • Easy to assemble workable double pin tracks.
    • 98 links per side, with the option of using ice break links for winter condition models.
    • Includes a holder for track assembly.
    • Five paint and marking schemes are provided:
      • 131st Artillery Battalion, German Federal Armed Forces
      • 115th Panzer Artillery Battalion, German Federal Armed Forces
      • School of Artillery, German Federal Armed Forces
      • 14th Field Artillery Division, Royal Netherlands Army
      • Hellenic Army, Greek National Parade, 2005

     


     

    Meng 1:35 French AMX-30B MBT

     

    Meng has released a French NATO workhorse as a 1:35 scale plastic model kit.

    The French AMX-30 is a main battle tank designed by GIAT, first delivered to the French Army in 1966. The first five tanks were issued to the 501st Régiment de Chars de Combat (Tank Regiment) in August of that year. The production version of the AMX-30 weighed 36 metric tons (40 short tons), and sacrificed protection for increased mobility. The French believed that it would have required too much armour to protect against the latest anti-tank threats, thereby reducing the tank's maneuverability. Protection, instead, was provided by the speed and the compact dimensions of the vehicle, including a height of 2.28 metres. It had a 105mm L/56 (4.1 in) rifled gun, firing an advanced high explosive anti-tank warhead known as the Obus G. The Obus G used an outer shell, separated from the main charge by ball bearings, to allow the round to be spin stabilized by the gun without affecting the warhead inside. Mobility was provided by the 720 horsepower (540 kW) HS-110 diesel engine, although the troublesome transmission adversely affected the tank's performance.

    During the production run many improvements were implemented. These included gun stabilization from 1971, and from 1972 replacing the original coaxial heavy machine gun with a dual purpose 20-millimeter (0.79 in) autocannon against light armour and helicopters, with the ability to depress to -8 degrees and elevate to 40 degrees. All French army vehicles were eventually brought to this newer standard; the designation remained AMX 30B.

    Features

    • Scale: 1:35
    • Length: 271mm, Width: 89mm
    • Cast turret shape is realistically reproduced on the model.
    • The 105mm gun and 20mm autocannon can elevate independently.
    • Hatch on the commander cupola can rotate 360 degrees.
    • Some turret interiors are included.
    • Realistic running gear parts on the chassis are movable.
    • Elastic torsion bar structure combined with movable hydraulic shock absorbers can realize the shock absorption action like the real vehicle.
    • Individual, workable track links are easy to assemble.
    • Clear lights and periscopes.
    • Two paint and marking options are provided.
    • Includes photo etch components.

     

     


     

    Tamiya 1:48 British Armored Scout Car "Dingo" Mk.II

    This latest addition to the popular Tamiya 1:48 Military Miniature Series recreates the versatile British armored scout car dubbed the "Dingo".

    Arguably one of the finest armoured fighting vehicles built in Britain during the war, the Dingo was a small two-man armoured car, which was widely used for scout and command roles during WWII. It was well protected for its size with 30 mm of armour at the front. The 2.5 litre 55 hp engine was located at the rear of the vehicle.

    One of the ingenious features of Dingo was the transmission; a pre-selector gearbox and fluid flywheel that gave five speeds in both directions. At first the earlier variants, produced as a scout car, had four-wheel steering; this gave it a tight turning circle of 23 ft (7.0 m). However inexperienced drivers found it difficult to control and so steering of the rear wheels was dropped for the Mk II production run at the cost of increasing the turning circle to 38 ft (12 m).

    Mk IB - Reversed engine cooling air flow and revised armour grilles for the radiator.
    Mk II - As the Mk IB, but with steering on the front wheels only and a revision of the lighting equipment.

    Features

    • Scale: 1:48
    • Length: approx 69mm.
    • The folding roof can be assembled in either open or closed position.
    • The flat-panelled compact form of the scout car is faithfully captured.
    • Highly detailed, yet large pieces reduce the part count for ease of assembly.
    • Comes with 1 marking option to allow depiction of Western Front unit vehicle.
    • Includes 2 figures to of the driver and commander.

     


     

    Tamiya 1:35 Sherman VC Firefly (w/6 Figures)

     

    Tamiya brings us the penetrating power of the 17-Pounder on the Sherman VC Firefly tank in 1:35 scale with 6 figures of the tank commander and infantry support.

    In the latter half of WWII, British troops ventured into battlefields populated with dangerous German foes such as the Tiger I and Panther, necessitating the development of their own powerful counterpart. It came in the form of the Sherman VC Firefly, which used the versatile U.S. tank M4 Sherman as a base for the big-hitting British 17-pounder gun. Even using conventional armor piercing rounds, the 17-pounder was capable of defeating the Tiger I's frontal armor at a range of 1 kilometer. In total over 2,000 Shermans were converted into Fireflies, their deployment in the days and months after the Normandy landings helping the Allied push on the Western front.

    • Scale: 1:35
    • Length: 223mm, Width: 76mm
    • Aproximately 400 parts
    • Includes option for both the radio equipment box and the front machine gun stand.
    • Optional sand shields can be installed.
    • Clear parts depict lights and periscopes with excellent accuracy.
    • Photo-etch kit for the accurate recreation of light and periscope guards.
    • Features accurate, single piece, vinyl tracks.
    • Contains 2 British unit marking options, plus those for 1 Polish and 1 New Zealand units.
    • 6 figures include commander cupola figure.

     


     

    ICM 1:35 ZIL-131 Soviet Army Truck

     

    ICM has molded a modern era Sovier transport truck in 1:35 scale. The ZIL-131 is a general purpose 3.5 tons 6x6 army truck designed in the Soviet Union by ZIL and introduced in 1967. The basic model being a general cargo truck. Variants include a tractor-trailer truck, a dump truck, a fuel truck, and a 6x6 for towing a 4-wheeled powered trailer. The ZIL-131 also serves as a platform for the 9P138 rocket launcher, a 30-tube variant of the BM-21 "Grad".

    • Scale: 1:35
    • Length: 7.91" (201mm), Height: 3.3" (84mm)
    • Parts: 230
    • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in tan and clear
    • Detailed chassis, engine and interior
    • Waterslide decal sheet with markings for 4 versions:
      1. ZiL-131. Soviet Army, late 80s
      2. ZiL-131, UN Peace Force, late 80s
      3. ZiL-131, Russian Army, Late 2000s
      4. ZiL-131, Ukrainian Army, late 2000s
    • Illustrated instructions

     


     

    Hobby Boss 1:35 GCT 155mm AU-F1 SPH Based on T-72

     

    Hobby Boss has released a variant of a popular French self-propelled howitzer, the GCT 155mm AU-F1. While most of the AU-F1 and AU-F2 turrets were installed in AMX-30 chassis, with modifications these turrets were also installed on T-72 and other chassis like the Leopard 1 and Arjun.

    This 1:35 scale kit models the T-72 chassis pairing and the parts come molded in khaki and gray. The kit includes 644 parts on 16 sprues and a 19 part photo-etch upgrade sheet. Other packed-in upgrades include a copper cable, copper wire, vinyl tube and two single piece vinyl tracks.

     


     

    Takom 1:35 Mark IV "Male" and "Female" Tanks

    With significant WWI anniversaries being celebrated at this time, Takom brings us two highly detailed kits of the British Mark IV tanks in 1:35 scale.

    The Mark IV "Male" version, equipped with 6 pdr guns, was used to cross through the German barbed wire and knock out bunkers, machine gun nests and artillery so the infantry could proceed. This faithfully accurate kit contains a photo etch set, a two metal barrels, individual track links, complete suspension and drive gear, trench crossing bar along with decals for 2 tanks.

    takom-mark-iv-female

    The second new kit from TAKOM is the British MK.IV "Female" version equipped with Lewis machine guns. This tank was designed to follow the "Male" tanks through the barbed wire and flank the German infantry in the trenches. This kit has all the features of the first kit, except the 6 pdrs are replaced by a figure of a photographer.

     


     

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  • Barbakan Products

    Barbakan is a company run by IPMS Toronto and AMPS Fort York member Robert Włodarek. The products are high quality 1/35 ground work such as brick walls, bases, individual scale bricks and other diorama accessories.

    The bases range from large 220mm x 140mm streets ready for your AFV or WWII vignette, to smaller square cobblestone road fragments perfect for a figure. All the products are ready for paint so you can craft your individual vision.

    Drop by Hornet Hobbies and check out these fine Barbakan products.

  • Stalingrad Miniatures Order

    Stalingrad Miniatures

    We are about to place an order with Stalingrad Miniatures. They manufacture some of the finest quality and detailed 1/35th scale resin figures in the hobby. They mainly focus on WWII German and Russian subjects, some WWI and modern, and the rarely seen civilian subjects and wagons. Please go to their web catalogue and make a note the item numbers of all the figures you would like us to order for you. Near the bottom of this page are their 1/48 scale offerings.

    Let us know the item numbers of all the figures by February 12, 2017!

    Please call 416-755-4878 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place your order.

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