March 2013

A Black Cat Crosses Century Wings' Path

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With Toy Fair all but a distant memory, we were beginning to wonder when Century Wings would announce its next project. According to our distributor, this Japanese-based model maker has announced that it will be offering yet another F-14 Tomcat, this time around painted in midnight black and bearing the markings of the US Navy’s VX-9 “Vampires” (#CW001601). Don’t get us wrong – Century Wing’s F-14s always seem to sell out, largely due to their incredible detail, relatively low production runs, and cult-like following. It’s just that it would be nice to see some new toolings appear at this stage in their life cycle, something dealers and fans have been requesting for quite some time. Look for a June arrival for the latest ‘Cat.

 
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A Black Cat Crosses Century Wings’ Path

CW001601

With Toy Fair all but a distant memory, we were beginning to wonder when Century Wings would announce its next project. According to our distributor, this Japanese-based model maker has announced that it will be offering yet another F-14 Tomcat, this time around painted in midnight black and bearing the markings of the US Navy’s VX-9 “Vampires” (#CW001601). Don’t get us wrong – Century Wing’s F-14s always seem to sell out, largely due to their incredible detail, relatively low production runs, and cult-like following. It’s just that it would be nice to see some new toolings appear at this stage in their life cycle, something dealers and fans have been requesting for quite some time. Look for a June arrival for the latest ‘Cat.

 
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Falcon Tools Up the Kfir

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Long a staple of the Israeli Air Force, the Israeli Aircraft Industries Kfir multirole aircraft has certainly gone down in history as one of the most prolific warfighters of all times, a homegrown weapons platform that filled a design requirement by this small embattled nation. Now, Falcon Models plans on doing the aircraft justice with a 1:72 scale reproduction of the Kfir (#FA729001). Expected in the May/June time frame, the introductory model of the Kfir will likely be followed up by other schemes and variants, no doubt capitalizing on the success of this war winner.

 
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Like Taigen, Minichamps Adds a Tiger to its Tank

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At long last, Minichamps 1939 Triumph Tiger 100 (#MIN122133800) is in stock and headed out to everyone that pre-ordered one. Replicated in 1:12 scale and bearing all of the minute detail and engineering skills Minichamps is known for, the Triumph Tiger is a true classic in every sense of the word, and noteworthy companion to their previously released 1939 Triumph Speed Twin. We anticipate brisk sales and, if past records are any indicator, will likely sell out fast once word spreads that it’s finally in stock.

 
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Taigen Adds a (King) Tiger to Its Tank

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As previously discussed, Taigen intends to add a King Tiger Ausf. A heavy tank to its growing portfolio of 1:16 scale radio controlled military vehicles. Two versions of the Porsche turreted tank will be offered: one able to fire BBs while the other will sport infra-red targeting capability. Both monsters have been added to our Taigen radio controlled military vehicle section along with several other new introductions. In related news, several eagerly expected R/C vehicles are finally in stock at our distributor, so we expect our shipment to arrive shortly.

 
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Hobby Master's Premonition?

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With the Iranian nuclear crisis still in doubt, perhaps Hobby Master had a premonition of things to come when it announced plans to produce an Israeli F-16 that participated in the Raid on Osirak, in Iraq, some three decades ago. HA3817 portrays a “Netz” that was attached to 107 Squadron, responsible for putting out of action Saddam Hussein’s ambitions to become a nuclear power in 1981. Painted in a scintillating desert camouflage scheme and bearing all of the hallmark insignia associated with the IDF, we anticipate brisk sales for this new entry as well as some of the other new weapons platforms just announced.

 
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Hobby Master’s Premonition?

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With the Iranian nuclear crisis still in doubt, perhaps Hobby Master had a premonition of things to come when it announced plans to produce an Israeli F-16 that participated in the Raid on Osirak, in Iraq, some three decades ago. HA3817 portrays a “Netz” that was attached to 107 Squadron, responsible for putting out of action Saddam Hussein’s ambitions to become a nuclear power in 1981. Painted in a scintillating desert camouflage scheme and bearing all of the hallmark insignia associated with the IDF, we anticipate brisk sales for this new entry as well as some of the other new weapons platforms just announced.

 
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Dragon Preps More Armor for its 2013 Assault

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No one is more eager to see some of the promised Dragon Armor projects than we are, so its with mixed trepidation and heady anticipation that we unveil Dragon’s first German VK 45.02 (P)H Ausf. A Heavy Tank (DRR60531). Mounting the fearsome Type A turret towards the rear of the vehicle, much like a self-propelled gun, the German VK 45.02 (P)H Ausf. A heavy tank never actually saw military service, although it likely would have been employed to combat the growing array of heavy armor the Allies were throwing at The Third Reich towards the end of WWII. Ship dates are still open for debate, with other previously announced projects still awaiting their turn at bat on store shelves.

 
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Hobby Master Churns Up the Battlefield with the M48

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Despite being rumored to be on the drawing board for months on end, Hobby Master has finally announced plans to produce a 1:72 scale replica of the US-built M48 Patton tank. It’s not clear how many liveries or the extent to which they will model the entire family of M48 medium tanks, but at least their first replica looks like a winner: a Vietnam-era M48 A3 outfitted with a search light and upgunned commander’s cupola (HG5501). We hope to have this delightful little warfighter up on our web site later today, along with the rest of their May 2013 product announcements. Stay tuned…

 
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Corgi Provides a Sneek Peak at Their 2nd Half Aircraft

 

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Earlier today, Corgi posted details concerning their second half 2013 Aviation Archive releases. A couple of surprises were tossed in to the mix, including a 1:72 scale replica of an Avro Vulcan jet bomber and a set containing both a Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress and Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 fighter. We hope to have the complete list of new introductions up on our site by later today. At that point the pre-order window will be open but keep in mind that many of their newest releases are not being made available for general sale so its important to review the list and place your orders early if you want to be guaranteed delivery.

 
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