Valiant Wings Publishing announces Avro Lancaster Part One-Wartime Service - A Complete Guide To The RAF’s Legendary Bomber. This is Valiant Wings' largest title to date weighing in at 272 pages and may be even bigger by publication date. This particular volume will cover the Lancaster in wartime service including the Avro Manchester. A second volume covering post war, foreign, civilian and test bed use will follow in March. Details to follow later this month.
Airfix has announced their new 2023 forthcoming releases, and there some good 'uns there! The highlights are a 1/48 scale Fairey Gannet and a 1/35 scale Ferret armoured car. Check out the video below for more details:
And while we are on the subject of Hurricanes, Airfix is partnering with IWM Duxford to pay tribute to an icon and bring modellers the inside scoop on the production processes that go into making model aircraft at a unique event. More details about HURRICANE: UNSUNG HERO IN AIRFIX here.
After nearly a year without a dedicated office space, my office / workshop in the new house is finally ready for work! This is a conversion of the garage under the house, with the tilt-a-door replaced with a big glass sliding door and the interior stripped and renovated including sealing off the underfloor area, painting, carpets and four LED battens (although the lights are not finished yet). We've ordered a big 7m x 7m shed to be built on the space behind the house for storage too. On to my first day of work in the new office! You can check out my video walk around of the new office below:
It would not be New Year without Corbin Haldane's new HyperScale banner artwork. Thanks to Corbin for his long-time commitment and for the 2023 HyperScale banners, marking HyperScale's 26th year online!
Tonight I present a video showing the plastic parts, decals and box top of Revell's brand new 1/32 scale Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIB. I will be writing up a more detailed review in the coming days.
Aerotech's 1/32 scale Macchi M52, kit no. AT32012, will be remoulded and made available in February 2023. Other plans for 2023 include the final 4 versions of the DH-88 Comet, The Orphan, Australian Anniversary, Boomerang and The Burberry. Aerotech will also be producing the military V4 version of the Me 209 along with the Gloster VI. The Bugatti 100P is still promised but need to wait a while longer for the pattern. Aerotech will close for Christmas on 23 December and re-open on 2 January.
Francisco Guedes picked up a test shot of HK Models' forthcoming 1/32 scale Douglas A-20G Havoc at the recent Scale Model World show. Fran is sharing 60 photos of the sprues as well as some test fitting with tape and his first thoughts of the test shot. We'll have more detail closer to release.
I'm very sorry to report the passing of Jim Kiker. Jim was a regular contributor from the earliest days of HyperScale. I was lucky enough to bump into Jim around the globe over the decades, and he always struck me as a truly lovely guy. Sincere condolences to Jim's friends and family.
Tonight I review the brand new Kinetic 1/48 scale F-16C Block 25/42 USAF. This is an all-new tooling with nothing at all in common with Kinetic's earlier Viper releases. 35 images of the kit's plastic parts, decals, marking guide and box top are included.
My brand new Tamiya 1/48 scale F-35A Lightning II arrived from Lucky Model today. I will write up a detailed review next week, but in the meantime here is a tour of the contents of the kit, including in my opinion the most impressive example of a single moulded part that I have ever seen. See if you can pick the part I am talking about! Check the video out on full screen - another beauty from Shizuoka:
On November 16th, Archer Fine Transfers website will be deleted leaving only a banner announcement that they are closed and an email link to handle customer service, so you only have a day or two to get your final orders in. Woody will still be in the office every day to feed the office cats and answer emails. Although Archer will be gone, there is still much to be done and Woody will be there you if you need help.
It has been brought to my attention that some or all of the late-style windscreen in the Airfix 1/48 Avro Anson kit has a faint mould flaw on the top rear third of the part. This looks like a fine hair but it is actually moulded in the part. I checked mine and it is there, although very faint. It might be worth checking your kit.
The consensus of opinion appears to be that the panting / quilting / oil-canning effect on the wings of the new Airfix 1/48 scale Avro Anson is correct. I have changed the text of Friday's review to reflect that. Also please note that the colour of the code letters on the Australian marking option is Light Slate Grey (thanks to Ed Russell for the clarification).
I have archived "What's New" entries from April to Septemberl 2022. These may be found, along with all the other What's New archive pages dating back to 2008, at the bottom of this page. Earlier entries may be found in the Indexes.
And a reminder for our Australian visitors, the ScaleACT model show will be held in Canberra this coming weekend, featuring a model competition, displays, traders, tutorials and more. More details may be found here.
For our Australian visitors, the ScaleACT model show will be held in Canberra on the weekend of 5 and 6 November 2022, featuring a model competition, displays, traders, tutorials and more. More details may be found here.
Valiant Wings Publishing has released details of their next book: The Bristol Beaufort - A Technical Guide by Richard A. Franks. The title is now in production and is availbale to pre-order on Valiant Wings Publishing's website. Publication is scheduled for mid-November. This title has been perfectly timed with the arrival of ICM’s new tooled 1/48 scale Beaufort kit.
I had a tooth pulled out yesterday so didn't get much work done, but I did receive Arma Hobby's all-new P-39 Airacobra and, to my delight, found Tamiya's brand new 1/35 scale A34 Comet tank in a local hobby store. I snapped it up! Check back for reviews of both of these impressive kits in the coming days.
Eduard will have a stand at this weekend's Nitra Model Show in Slovakia. Eduard will be selling their November releases at their stand on Saturday 15 October, which will be available on their e-shop at the end of October.
On Missing-Lynx, Graham Carter reviews an interesting aviation crossover subject, Hauler's 1/120 scale Texaco Bug US Refueller. 12 images of the kit's resin and photo-etched parts, vacform, decals and box top are included.