Produced for french manufacturer Solido, War Master has been busy cobbling together a new sack of diecast goodness, many of which are ideal gifts for the holidays. Here’s what you can expect to nestle under the Christmas tree this December:
In what could be one of the last major shipments of the year, five all-new War Master diecast military vehicles are on their way to us and should be arriving by the second week of December. The quintet includes a Libyan 2K12 Kub Mobile Surface-to-Air Missile System (WMTK61), Russian BM-30 “Smerch” Multiple Rocket Launcher (WMTK62), German Sd. Kfz. 171 PzKpfw V Panther Ausf. A Medium Tank (WMTK63), Russian 203mm B-4 Heavy Howitzer (WMTK64), and a Russian JS-2 Stalin Heavy Tank (WMTK65). These won’t last long!
As it presently stands, it appears as if we are in for a bumper harvest this November. Today, we learned that five more War Master 1:72 scale military vehicles are being laid out with the Thanksgiving bird, all of which should tantalize the senses and heighten the mood, if a little dry to the taste. Look for side dishes that include a Libyan 2K12 Kub Mobile Surface-to-Air Missile System (WMTK061), Russian BM-30 “Smerch” Multiple Rocket Launcher (WMTK062), German Sd. Kfz. 171 PzKpfw V Panther Ausf. A Medium Tank (WMTK063), Russian 203mm heavy howitzer (WMTK064), and a second look at the Russian JS-2 Stalin Heavy Tank (WMTK065).
Even though we seem to be waiting an eternity for the latest wave of War Master products, that hasn’t stopped the manufacturer from announcing their next set of vehicles due out in July. While three of the four vehicles have been replicated by other model makers, there is a fourth vehicle that should stir some interest amongst the armor crowd. Expected is a 1:72 scale representation of a Russian 2S6 Tunguska self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, a nice addition to any armored arsenal. Also touted is a Russian T-40 light tank, Russian KV-1 heavy tank, and a Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces Type 61 main battle tank. Prices remain at $19.99 and each comes with a numbered box and handsome acrylic case.
Looking to bolster their already strong lineup, War Master announced four more 1:72 scale military vehicles for a November assault. Expected are a USMC M41 A3 Walker Bulldog, Japanese Chi-Fa medium tank, German Steyr 1500/A01 with 2cm FlaK 38 Gun, and a German Bergepather recovery vehicle. Boasting realistic detailing, acrylic cases with etched bases and numbered limited edition cards, you simply cannot go wrong with this line. Oh, and did we mention they are still affordably priced at just $19.99 apiece?
If you missed out on some of War Master’s high-flying warbirds, then you can probably take comfort in knowing that the Company plans to bring back some of them as part of their 2015 lineup. Expected in the first quarter of the New Year, the proposed reintroductions include the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Heinkel He 162 People’s Fighter, Mitsubishi A6M2 Rufe floatplane, and Kawasaki Ki 61 Tony fighter. The price for these hot sellers remains at $24.99, making them ideal candidates to start off any diecast aviation collection.
It appears as if War Master has selected a new distributor for its North American operation, which is why their most recent pair of scheduled shipments have been inexplicably delayed. At this point, its not clear if their supposed June cache, which is already available elsewhere in the world, will ever make it to our shores, given the lack of information currently available. What is known is that their new distributor has announced plans for an all-new platoon of armored vehicles to roll out this May, which will be supplemented by an IJN Aichi B7A2 Ryusei “Grace” attack aircraft.
All of the ground vehicles look especially pleasing this go round, covering a multitude of eras, nations and types of weapons employed. For WWII buffs, a German 88mm FLaK gun will be offered, this time still attached to its wheel assemblies. Moving forward in time, War Master has developed an Israeli M51 Isherman tank, an upgunned version of the original Sherman that was used in the Yom Kippur War. Also expected is a US M48 A3 Patton tank, which saw action in Vietnam, and a M163 A1 Vulcan Air Defense System, which saw yeoman service during the Panama Crisis of 1981. All five new products have been listed on our site, and we hope to have clearer imagery some time soon.
War Master has begun revealing details concerning their early 2014 lineup. Four vehicles are expected in March, including a Dicker Max tank destroyer, Bedford QL truck with 6 Pounder anti-tank gun, Russian Katusha rocket launcher and German Sd. Kfz. 8 Famo prime mover with tank transporter.
In the air, look for a 1:72 scale representation of the Heinkel He 219 Uhu night fighter, one of the most successful introductions in the former IXO Models/Altaya series.
War Master continues to impress, with an ever growing array of diecast military vehicles and aircraft available at very affordable prices. For September, four new vehicles were announced along with a pair of WWII-era military aircraft. For vehicle aficionados, expect an Israeli Merkava Mk. 3 main battle tank (#WMTK0036), US WC 63 weapons carrier with trailer (#WMTK0035), German King Tiger tank (#WMTK0034) and German Jagdtiger tank destroyer (#WMTK0033).
If you’ve got your eyes in the clouds, look forward to seeing an US Grumman Avenger torpedo plane (#WMAPF0024) and German Focke Wulf Fw 190A fighter (#WMAPF0023). When you consider the escalating costs of other lines, its nice to see War Master continue to hold the line and not bow to pricing pressures. Bravo!
Looking to stick to their bi-monthly release schedule, War Master is now showing off their latest batch of 1:72 scale goodies likely expected in June. Three German tanks were revealed on the manufacturer’s site, including a Panzer IV Ausf. G medium tank, Jagdpanzer IV L/70 tank destroyer and Tiger I heavy tank. More importantly, the company unveiled a neat-looking US M4 tractor with towable 155mm ‘Long Tom’ field gun, a nice little addition to anyone’s diecast military vehicle collection.
Also on display were two WWII piston-driven aircraft – a Japanese Ki-61 “Tony” fighter and a US Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, the latter bearing the famous tiger mouth on its fuselage. Affordable and attractively painted and packaged, the War Master range has become a staple among diecast enthusiasts and wargamers. We look forward to seeing even more new items in the months ahead.