Special Hobby – October 2016

Fiat CR.32 Freccia/Chirri 1/48

The Italian Fiat CR.32 Freccia was the pinnacle of Italian biplane fighter plane design of the early 1930´s. Because of its flying qualities, it saw service with air forces on four continents. Despite being rather obsolete by the time the war broke out, the Freccia went on flying in the first line service well up to 1942. They also managed to make a name for themselves during the Spanish Civil War where they flew with Italian volunteer units as well as piloted by Spanish nationalists. In Spain, Fiat CR.32 fighter planes enjoyed their finest hour and they were even licence-built there and known as the Chirri. However, the Fiats saw their very first combat action in faraway China as this country had bought the first series of the fighter. Yet another countries bought this type as well, these were South-American countries of Paraguay or Venezuela, in Europa the aicraft was used by Austria (and following the Anschluss or Annexation by Nazi Germany they continued their service with the Luftwaffe) and also by Hungary. Italian Freccias saw service in their homeland as well as in the Balkans or in the hot skies of Africa, where, flown in an attack role, they were characterized by having an enlarged radiator and bomb racks fitted.

The Fiat CR.32 model (ex-Classic Airframes) consists of two sprues of grey styrene, a set of detailed resin parts and two photo-etched frets (one is pre-coloured). The decal sheet and instruction leaflet offer a choice of two Italian machines, the first of which was flown over Greece, the other in Africa. Amongst another options the modeller can choose between a Hungarian machine which took part in so called "Little War" between Slovakia and Hungary in March of 1939 and a machine flown by the fourth highest scoring Spanish nationalist pilot Ángel Salas Larrazábal.




MD-500E helicopter 1/72


The MD 500E is one of the World´s most commonly used helicopter type and we have taken over the kit of this aircraft from already non-existing Profiline company. The plastic parts that are in our offer now come with decal options covering machines of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Finnish Air Force and a Chilean machine.




Zlín Z-181 / C-6 1/48



The Bücker Bü 181 was of similar design and construction to its predecessors, the famous and successful German sporting and training aircraft the Bücker Bü 131 and 133, the difference however being in that the type 181 was a low-wing monoplane with enclosed cockpit. The airframe was of wooden construction with plywood and fabric skinning while the fuselage mid section consisted of tubular steel framework covered wth fabric and the rear fuselage was a wooden shell. The crew of two sat side by side.  The prototype bearing a civil registration D-ERBV was taken aloft for the first time in February 1939 with Arthur Benitz at the controls. The flying qualities were found to be excellent and, following thorough flight testing by the German Ministry of Aviation, the type was introduced into service with the Luftwaffe as their standard training aircraft with official name Bestmann. Production commenced in 1940 and there were two main versions, the B and C, which differed due to their powerplant being either a Hirth HM 500 A or B. The need for training aircraft grew as the war progressed so the type was not only produced by the parent Bücker company in Rangsdorf but Fokker in the Netherlands and Zlin in the then Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia also set up production lines too. After the end of the war, the Bestman continued to be produced in liberated Czechoslovakia for the military and also civil aviation markets, with several different powerplants installed. The type with the original powerplant was known as the Zlin Z-181 in the civil aviation or as the C-6 in the military. They kept on serving until the end of the 1950s.

This kit contains the same plastic parts, PE fret and resin parts as the earlier model with cat.no. SH48181, the decals provide for a civil Zlin Z-181 machine with OK-ZZE registration flown by a famous character of Czechoslovak aviation, a female aerobatic pilot Božena Krajčová (who, in 1949, fled her homeland for the fear of communist persecution and settled in Australia) and the second scheme option is a military C-6 type bearing UA-46 fuselage code which flew in Prostějov Aviation School.


Mirage F.1CE/CH 1/72

 re-issue – limited quantity

The Mirage F.1C came about as a private venture by the French Dassault company. The French Air Force, or the Armée de l´Air, had ordered two prototype aircraft named Mirage F.2 and Mirage F.3 which were to be equipped with a JTF10 engine. However, Dassault built on their own expenses yet another prototype, smaller than the two previous and fitted with an Atar 9K power plant. This machine, which was eventually chosen, took off for its maiden flight on 23 December 1966 and production aircraft were put on strenght of the Armée de l´Air in single-seater fighter version known as the F.1C and two-seater F.1B trainer version. During their service, number of the machines were upgraded by fitting of IFR probes which gave the F-1C-200 version. The French Air Force used also a dedicated reconnaissance and a ground-attack version, designated the F.1CR and CT respectivelly, the latter being converted from F.1-200 machines. In total, 246 of all versions served with the French, the type was exported abroad and enjoyed success with foreign air forces. In Europe, the Greeks and the Spanish flew the Mirage F.1C, in South America there was only a sole operator, the Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana, but in Africa and Asia the Mirage F.1C an B were put on strenght of air forces of Gabon, South Africa, Morocco, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait and were used in many clashes around the world, including mock combats between Greek pilots and their Turkish adversaries,  as well as French military actions in Chad, Ecuadorian cross-border skirmishes with Peru, battles of South African Mirages against Angola-based Cuban fighters and the list might end with mentioning the Iran-Iraq war in which the Mirages were used by either side. And even nowadays the type keeps on flying in several countries.

Nicely detailed model kit of the Mirage fighter come on six styrene sprues and one clear plastic sprue accompanied by detailed resin parts depicting the differences specific for Spanish and Moroccan Mirage F.1 machines as were the weapon pylons or chaff dispensers. The decal sheet is printed by Italian Cartograf and offers a wide choice of as many as five machines, each of the three Spanish Mirages wearing a different camouflage scheme and there are also two Moroccan options.

3733-2015 MPM - krabice 300x200x50 SH72289 Mirage F1-CE.indd


Spitfire Mk.22

boxart in progress
Nieuport X "Two Seater"

boxart in progress
L-13 Blanik

boxart in progress

Aoshima the hot cars 1/24

1/24 SUPER CAR No.22
PAGANI HUAYRA [Overseas Edition]
Release Month2016.10
Price JPY4,500‐(Exc.tax)
JAN Code 4905083-010914

*Overseas edition is scheduled to include clear front and rear cowling besides the normal ones.


1/24 SUPER CAR No.24
Release Month 2016.12
Price JPY4,600‐(Exc.tax)
JAN Code 4905083-051214



1/24 SUPER CAR No.23
Release Month 2016.12
Price JPY4,500‐(Exc.tax)
JAN Code 4905083-010525

Points of Appeal for Aoshima’s Diablo GT vs. F's one

1. Earlier version vs. newer version
While "F" had made an earlier-version Diablo with the retractable headlights, this new Aoshima version is a later-version Diablo with fixed headlights. This later-version Diablo GT has the strongest specs. The actual car was limited to only 80 in the whole world. This later-version car is extremely popular.
"F" is also releasing a later-version model kit of this car, but is using the earlier version’s model as its base, making the details a bit off.

2. The V12’s engine is faithfully represented
It’s said that F's kit only reproduces the upper part of the car and the interior gives the impression of a bathtub. Aoshima’s new model is a complete, newly-tooled model. The engine is a full recreation, while F’s engine is incomplete and does not come with engine stand parts. For the underside of the Aoshima version’s engine, the oil pan and from the exhaust pipe to the muffler end has been has been faithfully reproduced.

3. Rear chassis reproduction and precision
When viewed from behind, the gaps between parts of the F's kit are blocked up so that the space around the engine is not visible. However in the Aoshima version, the engine remains visible all the way around through the gaps between the parts. Consequently, the parts count is greater.

4. Clear red and orange tail lights
The F's version has all clear parts and uses a decal for the interior of the tail lights. The Aoshima version has clear red and clear orange parts which do not require painting and only require gluing.

5. The first GT&GTR model kit of Diablo
Although both F and Italeri have made Diablo models, there is no GT version besides Aoshima’s. Aoshima will later produce a circuit mode GTR with proper variant parts.

6. Faithfully reproduced interior
Even the ceiling of the car will be replicated.

7. Aftermarket detail-up parts
While the particulars remain undecided, photoetched parts, metal seals, floor mats, and seatbelts are being proposed. Mesh would be provided in each model kit, but the incorporation of photoetched mesh will definitely boost the model’s detail.

8. Opening and closing doors
F’s model also features opening and closing doors that uses a thicker metal axis for opening and closing, and thus the sense of scale is not good enough. Aoshima’s version uses essentially the same parts configuration as the Murcielago SV. A lock can be structured so that the door does not fall down when it is fully opened.

9. Materials used
F’s kit uses ABS. Aoshima always uses polystyrene.

10. Assembly
F’s kit uses a combination of press fit and screws. The fitting can come apart easily and thus requires special ABS glue. Aoshima’s model is a traditionally crafted plastic model, and requires only traditional model glue.

11. Parts count and ease of painting
F’s kit has a small parts count and thus requires extensive masking. Aoshima’s kit has a larger parts count that facilitates easier painting. Furthermore, the detail can be easily improved.

12. Window maskings
As with Aoshima’s other recent car models, window maskings will be included.

13. Old model vs. new model
F’s model kit was released in the early 1990s. Consequently, the quality is not on par with modern plastic model engineering. It was good for its time. But considering that the parts fitting by today’s standard is lacking and requires putty, today’s modeler will be pleased with this new, highly-detailed model kit by Aoshima.




Hataka Hobby new products announcement – October 2016

1. HTK-AS63 “USMC AV-8 paint set (early schemes)”

AV-8As entered service with USMC in 1971 wearing Dark Green / Gunship Grey over Light Gull Grey pattern. In early 1980s, parallel to introduction of AV-8Bs (and modification of A variant to C standard), new colours were introduced – Extra Dark Green and Dark Blue-Grey (firstly on upper surfaces, later in wrap-around scheme). During the Operation Desert Storm the "Land Camo" was regarded as ineffective in desert conditions and field-repainting of AV-8Bs was ordered (mostly with paints available in neighbouring units) – either by covering only the dark green patches of camo or by repainting of overall aircraft.

HTK-AS63 includes standard colours of Harrier fleet in USMC service from 1970s till 1990s. The set contains:

  • HTK-A016 – Dark Green – FS34079, used for upper surfaces in initial camouflage of USMC AV-8As from start of their service in 1971 till late-1970s
  • HTK-A031 – Gunship Grey – FS36118, used for upper surfaces in initial camouflage of USMC AV-8As from start of their service in 1971 till late-1970s
  • HTK-A048 – Light Gull Grey – FS36440, used for lower surfaces of AV-8As. Later used on AV-8B/Cs in "Land Camo Scheme" (1980s-90s)
  • HTK-A232 – Extra Dark Green – FS34064, briefly used for upper surfaces of AV-8As. Later used on AV-8B/Cs in "Land Camo Scheme" (1980s-90s)
  • HTK-A235 – Dark Blue-Grey – FS36099, briefly used for upper surfaces of AV-8As. Later used on AV-8B/Cs in "Land Camo Scheme" (1980s-90s)
  • HTK-A153 – MK-7 Temporary White – Washable (temporary) matt paint used to cover the green areas in improvised winter camouflage of AV-8A/Cs
  • HTK-A037 – Light Ghost Grey – FS36375, used in temporary camouflage (covering "green" patches) of USMC AV-8Bs during war over Iraq (ODS)
  • HTK-A046 – Medium Grey – FS35237, closest match to field-mixed colour used during ODS on VMA-231 AV-8Bs (wrap-around with FS36375)

2. HTK-AS64 “Modern Belgian AF paint set vol. 2”

Since the withdrawal from operations of many aircraft types after the end of the cold war (in early 1990s), the Belgian AF (renamed Air Component of the Belgian Armed Forces in 2002) has used limited number of colours. F-16AM/BM fleet wears the standard three-colour F-16 scheme of FS36270, FS36118 and FS36375. The latter two colours are also used on current camouflage scheme of Alpha Jets (since 2005 detached to the "Advanced Jet Training School" at Cazaux, France). Westland Sea King Mk.48s (SAR variant) wear a unique scheme of BS Olive Green and BS Light Stone wrap-around, while the most modern helicopters feature FS34079 Dark Green for army use (A109BA, NH90 TTH) or FS26440 Light Gull Grey for navy use (NH90 MTH).

HTK-AS64 includes standard colours of Belgian aircraft since 1990s. The set contains:

  • HTK-A016 – Dark Green – FS34079, overall colour of Belgian AF NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) and Agusta A109BA Hirundo
  • HTK-A048 – Light Gull Grey – FS36440, overall colour of Belgian Navy NH90 MTH (Multi-purpose Transport Helicopter, used for ASW and SAR)
  • HTK-A062 – International Orange – Approximate colour of high-visibility markings of Belgian AF Westland Sea King Mk.48 and Alpha Jet 1B trainers
  • HTK-A237 – BS Light Stone – BS381C:361, used for wraparound camouflage of Belgian AF Westland Sea King Mk.48 (Search and Rescue variant)
  • HTK-A236 – BS Olive Green – BS381C:220, used for wraparound camouflage of Belgian AF Westland Sea King Mk.48 (Search and Rescue variant)
  • HTK-A054 – Grey – FS36270, standard colour of upper / side surfaces of F-16s in three-colour scheme (including Belgian F-16AM/BM)
  • HTK-A031 – Gunship Grey – FS36118, standard colour of upper surfaces of Belgian AF F-16AM/BM, also on upper surfaces of Alpha Jet trainers
  • HTK-A037 – Light Ghost Grey – FS36375, standard colour of lower surfaces of Belgian AF F-16AM/BM, also on lower surfaces of Alpha Jet trainers

3. HTK-AS57 “Polish Railways locomotives paint set vol. 3”

Polish Freight Railways (PKP Cargo) in 2008 introduced onto its locomotives and freight cars a new standard painting scheme (based on specified RAL and NCS equivalents, aligned with the new corporate identity of the operator). Dedicated painting instructions were developed for all major types in use: ST43 "Rumun", ST44 "Gagarin", ET22 "Byk", SM42, SU45 "Fiat", ST45, SU46, ET40 "Bomba", ET41 "Bolek & Lolek", ET42 "Czapajew", EU07 "Siódemka", SM31 "Trumna", SM48, EU43 (TRAXX F140 MS) and finally for EU45 (EuroSprinter ES64F4).

HTK-AS57 includes standard colours of Polish Freight Railways since 2008. The set contains:

  • HTK-A710 – Gentian Blue (RAL 5010) – Standard colour of body of Polish Freight Railways locomotives and freight cars of "epochs Vc and VIa"
  • HTK-A711 – Dark Blue – Used on body (curved shapes) and small elements of Polish Freight Railways locs of "epochs Vc and VIa"
  • HTK-A712 – Bright Green – Used on the mid-body belt, handrails, etc. of Polish Freight Railways locomotives of "epochs Vc and VIa"
  • HTK-A713 – Traffic Grey (RAL 7042) – Standard colour of roofs of Polish Freight Railways locomotives (diesel and electric) of "epochs Vc and VIa"
  • HTK-A100 – Jet Black (RAL 9005) – Standard colour of undercarriage of Polish Freight Railways locomotives and freight cars of "epochs Vc and VIa"
  • HTK-W002 – Brown-Red Wash – Used to achieve a realistic effect of rusty stains or streaks on roofs and bodies of railway locomotives and cars

4. HTK-AS65 “Modern Finnish Army AFV paint set”

In 1959 the Finnish Army introduced "Kimmo Kenttävihreä" (Kimmo Field Green) as a primary camouflage colour for it's AFVs, replaced in 1976 by "Kenttävihreä" (Field Green). In 1981 a new four-colour splinter pattern of Dark Green (AN11), Light Green (AN22), Brown (AN33, used only for BUK, XA-360 and some other vehicles) and Black (AN44) was introduced and implemented on all vehicles in service (incl. T-54/55, SU-57, BTR-50, PT-76, BTR-60, BTS-2, MTU-20 and all later purchased equipment). In winter conditions a washable white paint is used to cover the AN22 and half of the AN11 areas.

HTK-AS65 includes standard colours of Finnish AFVs since 1959. The set contains:

  • HTK-A122 – Vert IR OTAN (0211) – Exact match with "Kimmo Kenttävihreä" (TY80312, later 0211), standard overall colour of all Finnish Army AFVs from 1959 till 1976
  • HTK-A245 – Kenttävihreä (TM 1474/76) – "Kenttävihreä" (TM 1474/76), standard overall colour of all Finnish Army AFVs from 1976 (gradual repainting of vehicles) till 1981
  • HTK-A246 – Dark Moss Green (FS14077, AN11) – Exact match with "Tummanvihreä AN11", used in the Finnish Army 1981 standard splinter camouflage scheme (all vehicles in service)
  • HTK-A247 – Vaaleanvihreä (AN22) – "Vaaleanvihreä AN22", used in the Finnish Army 1981 standard splinter camouflage scheme (used on all vehicles in service)
  • HTK-A188 – NATO Brown (FS30051, AN33) – Exact match with "Ruskea AN33", used in the Finnish Army 1981 standard splinter camouflage scheme (Buk, XA-360, Leguan)
  • HTK-A125 – NATO Black (FS37030, AN44) – Exact match with "Musta AN44", used in the Finnish Army 1981 standard splinter camouflage scheme (all vehicles in service)