The Military Miniatures Society of Illinois hosted their 40th annual figure and model show in Chicago on October 10th and 11th. As always, it was a fabulous show with famed exhibitors from around the world, including Mike Blank from Sweden, Steve Malila from Malta, Adrian Bay from the U.K., and Bill Horan from California. Canada was proudly represented by a small, but impressive group of modelers, each winning at least one medal for their work. This group includes, John Maher, Alex McCutcheon, Colin Fraser, Paul Kernan, John Cairns, Tom Karnas, Paul Burgess, and yours truly, Dave Browne for the above Tiger.
This was my 31st show and I would say that this was by far the most impressive and inspiring show to date with over 600 exhibits on display. As the hobby evolves, we are seeing an increase in the fantasy arena which continues to draw the younger demographic, adding vitality and energy to the hobby.
One of the attractions for many attending this show is the judging style called the “OPEN SYSTEM” established by Shep Paine and Peter Twist, the founders of the Chicago MMSI show. The open system of judging allows for each exhibit to be judged on its own merit, which means that a point system is used for each model, thus there is no limit to the number of gold, silver or bronze medals awarded in a category. Theoretically, all exhibits could earn a gold medal if 11-12 points are achieved; 9-10 points earn a silver medal, and 7-8 points earn a bronze medal. Thus, no one model wins at the expense of another. The same open system of judging has been adopted in similar forms by AMPS, OMSS and others around the world, including World Expo. This style of judging truly encourages excellence and camaraderie amongst exhibitors leading to a positive experience for all.
Plan now for MMSI 2015! It is scheduled for October 24-25th, which is the week before the annual Ajax Model Show. Imagine, two great shows, in two consecutive weekends!
Meng 1:35 M911 C-HET (8X6) Tractor & M747 Semi-TrailerAFV Club 1:35 IDF Shot Kal Gimel Type II TankZvezda 1:72 T-14 Armata Russian Main Battle TankRyefield Model 1:35 Sturmmörser Tiger RM61 L/5,4 / 38 cm with Full InteriorMeng 1:35 Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret)Takom 1:35 Panther Ausf A Mid-Early and Late Full Interior KitsMeng 1:35 Panther Ausf DThunder Model 1:35 British Scammel Pioneer SV2S Recovery Tractor
In 1977, to meet the U.S. military need, Oshkosh produced the M911 heavy equipment tractor. It can haul the M747 semi-trailer for road transportation of heavy equipment, with a maximum payload of 68.95t. Before the M1070 tractor was put into service in 1993, the M911 was one of the most important HETs in the U.S. military service.
The M911 C-HET (8X6) & M747 Heavy Equipment Semi-Trailer model kit contains 843 parts. It features complete cab and power system interiors. Some wheels are connected by metal axles. The trailer loading ramps are movable. The tractor’s front wheels can be positioned in a steering direction. Precision PE parts, reflective foil and mask stickers for cab windows are included in the kit.Length: 571.2mm Width: 99.9mm
Ryefield Model's 1/35 scale kit of the Sturmtiger comes with a meticulously detailed interior. This variant was the World War II heavy German assault gun built on the Panzer VI Tiger I chassis armed with a large caliber naval rocket mortar, the 38cm SturmMörser RW61 L/5,4.
The kit comes with Zimmerit and a full interior. All hatches can be built open or closed. workable track is assembled with the use of a jig. Contents: plastic sprues, photoetch, waterslide decals for 6 different marking schemes, and clear parts.
- 450+ plastic parts, with slide and multi-side slide molded details - faithfully reproduced and highly detailed chassis, winch and jig crane - accurately molded engine, cab and interior with correctly sized details and shape - plastic molded tyres with correct pattern as documented in period photos - PE detail sheet, scale chains and ropes included
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OctoberMirror Models 1:35 US Diamond T969 WreckerTamiya 1:35 U.S. Medium Tank M4A3E8 Sherman "Easy Eight" (w/4 Figures)Meng 1:35 German Panzerhaubitze 2000Meng 1:35 French AMX-30B MBTTamiya 1:48 British Armored Scout Car "Dingo" Mk.IISeptemberTamiya 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Over the next month or two we should see these exciting models hit the shelves at Hornet Hobbies. Start planning your next project, or make room to build your collection.
M10 Tank Destroyer Mid Production (1/35) Item No: 35350
10% off on pre-orders of this excellent new release from Tamiya!
This is a model of the famed M10 Tank Destroyer, a subject also covered in the 1/48 scale Military Miniature series. This largely newly-tooled model (only machine gun and clear parts are taken over from existing models) gives it the glorious detail of the larger 1/35 scale. The astonishing success of German armor tactics in 1940 prompted U.S. forces to adopt a doctrine requiring dedicated new tank destroyers to counter them. After going down a few different design routes at the start of the process, they eventually hit upon the highly successful M10 design with well-sloped (if rather thin, to keep the vehicle light and maneuverable) armor plate, and the highly capable 3-inch (76.2mm) gun. Over 4,900 were produced, and took part in Operation Torch (the invasion of N. Africa), as well as fighting in Italy and the advance upon Germany that would bring the exhausting conflict to a close.
Tamiya Panther Aufs.D (1/35) Item No: 35345
Arriving in July, this all-new 1/35 scale model recreates with stunning detail the Panther Ausf.D, the first production version of the famed German tank, which appeared in the Battle of Kursk. Tamiya designers traveled to Breda in the Netherlands to pore over the final remaining Panther Ausf.D, and the result is this breathtakingly accurate depiction of the tank, complete with recreations of the 7.5cm gun and sloped armor. Comes with a commander torso figure, plus a full-body crewman figure, as well as 3 marking options depicting Battle of Kursk Panthers.
Tamiya Mosquito FB Mk. VI (1/32) Item No: 900-60326
Arriving in July, Tamiya has expanded its line of 1/32 scale, hyper detailed plastic model assembly kits with the Mosquito FB Mk. VI. This is a 1/32 scale plastic model assembly kit. At 515mm in wingspan, this masterpiece captures the elegant twin-engine form of the FB Mk.VI with astounding detail. This newly-tooled model was researched using real Mosquitoes. The cockpit interior is realistically depicted, right down to details, such as the pilot's seat cushion.
HK Models De Havilland Mosquito Mk. IV (1/32) Item No: HK-01E15
July brings an embarrassment of Mossie riches. There will be two 1/32 scale Mosquitoes to collect and build. The HK Models kit promises a number of exciting features: Brand new state of the art tooling. Wingspan 515mm, length 389mm. Stunning single piece wing. Optional bulged bomb bay & 'Cookie' bomb. Decals for three aircraft by Cartograf: * DK296 Soviet aircraft (standard bomb bay) * DZ637 as P3-C (bulged bomb bay) * DZ637 as AZ-X (bulged bomb bay)
The HK Models kit offers very impressive options and extras:
Dragon 1:35 Tiger I Early Production (Michael Wittmann), Eastern Front 1944Dragon Item No: DRA 6730
Dragon Smart Kit - January 2015 release. Full set of Michael Wittmann's crew (5 figures) included in the first production run as BONUS!
Please pre-order to assure that you get a copy upon its initial release. We had some sell outs recently on popular models. This one will disappear fast.
Dragon has created a magnificent representation of Wittmann’s Tiger I (turret number 'S04') with 88 kill marks on barrel. Dragon’s kit appropriately portrays an Early-Production variant, and it forms the important and much-anticipated last piece of Dragon’s exemplary Tiger I family.
This brand new kit stems from thorough research and is accurately designed to represent Wittmann's 'S04' mount. To ensure the absolute highest levels of quality, the majority of components in this special release, like turret, upper hull, engine deck, rear panel, road wheels, spare tracks and etc, are newly tooled and engineered to achieve the engineering level of a Smart Kit, and to provide the unique appearance of this famous Tiger.
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