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New HobbyBoss Kits for July

Three new WWII armor and aircraft kit announcements from HobbyBoss:

  • ITEM No.: 80288 — 1:72 A5M2
  • ITEM No.: 83801 — 1:35 US White 666 Cargo (Hard Top)
  • ITEM No.: 83829 — 1:35 Hungarian 40M Nimrod Anti-Aircraft Gun

A5M2 Claude Japanese Aircraft WW2 Allied Truck Nimrod

New U.S. 3rd Armored Div. Figures from Alpine

New 1/35th-scale WWII U.S. 3rd Armored Division “Spearhead” Figures from Alpine Miniatures:

U.S. 3rd Armored Division Spearhead WWII35154: 3rd Armored Div. “Spearhead” #1 — Sculpted by Taesung Harmms / Boxart Painted by Dr. Jin Kim

35155: 3rd Armored Div. “Spearhead” #2 — Sculpted by Taesung Harmms / Boxart Painted by Dr. Jin Kim

35156: 3rd Armored Div. “Spearhead” Set (2 Figures) — Sculpture by Taesung Harmms / Boxart by Dr. Jin Kim

 

Panzerwrecks 14: Ostfront 2

Panzerwrecks 14: Ostfront 2 is scheduled for release in December 2012.

Panzerwrecks 14: Ostfront 2

Feature sections include “Odd StuGs: Ostfront Edition”, “Tehumardi Wrecks”, “Wrecks of Operation Bagration”, and “Panzer Wrecks in the Woods”. Oddities and rare vehicles pictured include Sturmgeschütz III and IV uparmoured with concrete and more; Bergepanzer III armed with a 2cm Kw.K; Lines of wrecked Panthers at Narva; Pz.Sp.Wg. 204(f) outfitted as a ‘Draisine’; Six photos of the rare 7.5cm Pak 97/38(f) auf Pz.Kpfw.740(r); Hungarian armour: Turán I and II, Nimród; Final production Pz.Kpfw.IV; Wrecked Bulgarian Pz.Kpfw.IVs in Hungary; and Panther Ausf.G infra-red ready.

Long list of vehicle include: Tiger I, Tiger II, Panther Ausf.D, Panther Ausf.A, Panther Ausf.G, Panther Ausf.G – I/R ready, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J, Sturmgeschütz IV, Panzer IV/70(V), Jagdpanzer IV, Hummel, Nashorn, Flakpanzer Möbelwagen, Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.G, Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.C/D, Sturmhaubitze 42, Pz.Beob.Wg.III, Bergepanzer III – 2cm KwK, Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.J, Wespe, Pz.Jgr.II für 7.5cm Pak 40, T 34/76, 7.5cm Pak 97/98 auf Pz.Kpfw.740(r), Pz.Kpfw. M3 (a) Stuart, BT42 (Finnish), Nimrod (Hungarian), Turan I (Hungarian), Turan II (Hungarian), Sd.Kfz.251 Ausf.D, Sd.Kfz.251/3, Sd.Kfz.251/9, Sd.Kfz.251/16, Sd.Kfz.251/17, Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf.A, Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf.B, Sd.Kfz.10/4, RSO/01, 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 Pz.Sp.Wg.AB41 201(i), and Pz.Sp.Wg.P 204(f).

More information can be found at: www.panzerwrecks.com.
 

Viking Summer

The Oliver Publishing Group is now shipping their latest new book release: Viking Summer: 5.SS-Panzer-Division in Poland, 1944 (Firefly Collection No. 1).

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Flying Tigers Releases from King & Country

King & Country has an upcoming series of toy soldier releases of the “Flying Tigers” from World War II.

Flying Tigers P-40 with Sharks Teeth by King and CountryItem No.: AF018
Name: Curtiss P-40 Flying Tiger
Desc.: Originally intended to be part of very large order going to the Royal Air Force, one hundred of the planes were sent to the Flying Tigers in China. Still sporting British camouflage, the P-40s were then adorned with the famous “Shark’s Teeth” insignia and a cartoon flying tiger courtesy of Disney. This model aircraft is painted with the personal #88 markings of former USMC pilot Kenneth A. Jernstedt who shot down 10.5 Japanese aircraft while flying and fighting with the Flying Tigers. Planned Production Run: 250 aircraft.
Price: $229.00 (U.S.)
Status: Scheduled to be released in early December.
 
Flying Tigers Ace Pilot with Map, Toy SoldierItem No.: AF024
Name: Flying Tiger Pilot: David “Tex” Hill
Description: One of the most famous of Tiger pilots “Tex” Hill had a long and distinguished flying career. Beginning in the U.S. Navy he flew dive bombers before being recruited by Claire Cheunault to fly in China. He shot down 12 Japanese aircraft with the Flying Tigers before transferring over to the U.S. Army Air Corps. Eventually “Tex” Hill retired as a Brigadier General in the U.S.A.F. many years later. The figure shows him consulting his map and wearing the leather flight jacket with the famous “blood chit” on the back.
Price: $41.00 (U.S.)
Status: Scheduled to be released in early December.
 
Flying Tigers Pilot by King and Country Toy SoldiersItem No.: AF025
Name: Flying Tiger Pilot: Kenneth A. Jernstedt
Description: Ken Jernstedt was another “double-ace” while flying in China with the American Volunteer Group. Like “Tex” Hill he also transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 after America entered the war. The Ken Jernstedt figure is wearing the leather flight jacket with the “blood chit” and a flying helmet.
Price: $41.00 (U.S.)
Status: Scheduled to be released in early December.
 
 

Aberdeen Tiger Tank Moving to Fort Benning

The old Aberdeen Museum Tiger I tank is finally being shipped from RAF Alconbury, England back to the United States to the U.S. Army Armor and Cavalry Museum at Fort Benning, Ga. At the Fort Benning museum, the German Tiger I is scheduled for complete restoration. This particular Tiger I originally served with the German sPzAbt. 501 in North Africa. The Tiger was captured by U.S. forces in 1943, and sent to Aberdeen Proving Grounds for evaluation.

48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs RAF Lakenheath Press Release: WWII Tank Relocated by 48th LRS

One of the most feared and powerful tanks of its time is making its way to the United States courtesy of the 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron. The German Tiger 1, World War II era tank, is to be shipped from RAF Alconbury, England, to the U.S. Army Armor and Cavalry Museum at Fort Benning, Ga., for repair and full restoration….

“There are only six known Tiger 1s that are still in one piece that are left in the world,” said Len Dyer, Director of the Army Armor and Cavalry museum. “This particular one was captured by the British in Tunis, North Africa, in 1943. She has plenty of combat action and a few combat scars that have had repair work done them.”

Although the tank is now being broken down to be relocated, the battle scars that have since been patched can still be seen on several parts of the tank.

This unique task of moving this battle hardened tank came down from the U.S. Army to the 48th LRS.

“I received an email from the Secretary of the Army requesting whether we could support the moving of this back to the United States and talking to the 48th LRS commander we decided we would go ahead and try to help the Army get this tank home,” said Bill Pratt, 48th LRS Transportation Management Office chief of cargo movement….

This particular cargo is slated to be completely broken down, cleaned, and made ready to be taken back to the U.S. within the next month to join other pieces of military history at the Fort Benning U.S. Army Armor and Cavalry Museum.

 

Wreck of Italian Battleship Roma Discovered

The wreck of the Italian battleship Roma has been located by Italian Navy divers off the coast of Sardinia after a lenghty multi-year search. The battleship Roma was sunk by German aircraft on September 9, 1943 while underway to Malta to surrender to Allied forces. Italian Admiral Carlo Bergamini and over 1,300 sailors died when the battleship was sunk by the Luftwaffe.

Italian Navy Battleship Roma WW2
 

Wings of Freedom Tour Visits New Orleans

Wings of Freedom Tour Collings FoundationThe Wings of Freedom Tour visits New Orleans with vintage aircraft including P-51 Mustang, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft”, and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine”. The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will be at Lakefront Airport from March 9th to March 11th.

Details from NOLA.com: “Hours of ground tours and display are: 2:00 PM through 5:00 PM on Friday, March 9; 9:00 AM through 5. Also on display will be a P-51 Mustang. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out – $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Discounted rates for school groups. Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person. Get some ‘stick time’ in the world’s greatest fighter! P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour.”

New 1/72nd Armor Kits from Dragon

New 1/72nd German and Japanese WWII armor kits from Dragon:

  • Dragon Armor #60432: IJA Type 97 “Chi-Ha” Early Production, Co. 4 34th Tank Regiment, North China, 1945
  • Dragon Armor #60547: Panther G with Steel Road Wheel, Pz.Div. Münchenberg, Berlin Sektor, 1945
  • Dragon Armor Pro #7386 Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. N DAK

IJA Type 97 Chi-Ha Early Production Panther G Steel Road Wheel Pz Div Munchenberg Berlin 1945 Pz Kpfz III Ausf N DAK Dragon
 

New German Figures from Alpine

New 1/35th and 1/16th figure releases from Alpine Miniatures.

German Panther Commander  35130: German Panther Commander #1 – 1/35th Scale
Sculpted by Taesung Harmms / Boxart Painted by Man-Jin Kim
German Tank Commander Snowsuit35131: German Panther Commander #2 – 1/35th Scale
Sculpted by Taesung Harmms / Boxart Painted by Man-Jin Kim
German Panther Crew35132: German Panther Crew Set (2 Figures) – 1/35th Scale
Sculpted by Taesung Harmms / Boxart Painted by Man-Jin Kim
Kurt Meyer 1-16th Model Figure Alpine16015: Kurt Meyer LSSAH 1941 – 1/16th Scale
Sculpted by Alfonso Gozalo / Boxart Painted by Sang-Eon Lee