Coming Soon: MiniArt 1:35 StuH 42 Ausf. G Mid Prod. Jul-Oct. 1943

MiniArt recently announced that it would soon be releasing a 1:35 rendition of the StuH 42 Ausf. G, the mid-production version, which was produced from July to October of 1943, to be more precise. The kit features tooling from 2021 with an addition of parts from 2022 and 2023 as well. Both plastic and photo-etch parts are included with the kit, both of which are molded in incredible detail. The plastic pieces feature realistic metal textures and weld lines, which works to enhance the realism of the finished model. Clear plastic parts are also included in the kit.

In terms of additional detailing, the kit comes with individual track links, poseable hatches, optional side skirts, and a variety of decals, which allow for a total of six marking schemes. The decals can be used to create markings for vehicles that served on both the Eastern Front and in Italy during 1943. Colored instructions for creating paint and marking schemes are also included with the kit.

If you would like to access detailed photographs and more information about MiniArt’s upcoming 1:35 StuH 42 Ausf. G Mid Prod. Jul-Oct. 1943, I highly recommend taking a look at both MiniArt’s website and ScaleMates. If you are interested in purchasing the kit, consider pre-ordering from Plastmodel for only €49,57

Happy Modeling!

Image Credits: MiniArt

New Release: Trumpeter 1:48 Mi-4AV Hound

Trumpeter has recently released a new 1:48 rendition of the Mi-4AV Hound, a 1967 modification of the original Mil Mi-4 transport helicopter. The model kit uses tooling from 2022 and additional pieces added in 2023 which will allow for the construction of the AV variant of the Mi-4. A total of over 200 parts which make up eight plastic sprues are included in the kit, one of which features clear plastic which would be used to create the cockpit canopy. Photo-etched parts are also included with the kit to enhance realism.

A number of advanced features are also included with the kit. Some of these include an accurately detailed fuselage, cockpit, and gear cabin. A variety of decals and a colored painting/decal guide are also included which allow for two paint and marking schemes. Both marking schemes depict the aircraft in Soviet service.

If you are interested in purchasing Trumpeter’s new 1:48 Mi-4AV Hound, consider pre-ordering the model kit from either Der Sockelshop (€42,21) or Squadron Hobbies ($71.16). If you are interested in learning more about the kit, visit both Trumpeter’s website and Scalemates, where detailed specifications and colored photographs of the model can be located.

Happy Modeling!

*Image Credits: Trumpeter

New Release: ICM 1:35 'Kozak-2' Ukrainian MRAP-Class Armoured Vehicle

ICM has very recently released a brand new 1:35 rendition of the Ukrainian ‘Kozak-2’ MRAP-Class Armoured Vehicle, a vehicle that is currently being used by Ukrainian forces in the Russo-Ukrainian War and has proved to be a very successful design. The kit features completely new tooling and parts, in addition to a number of other features.

Included with the kit are a fully detailed interior and exterior composed up of a total of 448 parts, photo-etch and clear plastic parts to add additional detail to the model, highly detailed and easy-to-understand colored instructions, decals for at least four paint schemes, and a painting/decal guide to assist with the decoration of the model kit. Overall, a very good kit, considering its price range.

If you're interested in purchasing ICM’s 1:35 ‘Kozak-2’ MRAP-Class Armoured Vehicle, I highly recommend buying from any of the following retailers: PM-Store ($51.99 USD*), Super-Hobby ($41.91 USD*), and Plastmodel (171,99 PLN*). For more information, including high resolution photographs, model specs, and information about the ‘Kozak-2’; consider visiting both ICM’s website and Scalemates.com, where everything listed above can be found.

Happy Modeling!

Image Credits: ICM

*Prices according to Scalemates.com

AK Interactive's 2022 Pre-BLAK Friday Sale

AK Interactive is offering up a selection of Pre-Black Friday deals with its Pre-BLAK Friday sale. Now through November 17, 2022, you can save on a selection of products from MIG Productions, Dragon, Nuts Planet, Quick Wheel, and others.

You can take 25% off select products from MIG Productions and MasterClub, 35% off products from Fujimi, MJ Miniatures, Quick Wheel, Dragon, Peko, Draco Ideas, FineMolds, Nuts Planet, and Bronco Models, and 40% off items from Nocturna Models and Eureka XXL.

To view all of the items available during the AK Interactive Pre-BLAK Friday sale, visit ak-interactive.com.

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Salvinos JR Models 2022 Ross Chastain NASCAR Camaro Stock Car Kit

If your scale modeling interests lean toward motorsports, specifically NASCAR, this new kit release should be right up your alley. Salvinos JR Models has released a 1/24-scale Ross Chastain 2022 Chevy Camaro Stock Car Kit for scale modeling enthusiasts.

Not many details are available about this kit; however, it does include a decal sheet for Chastain's iFLY sponsorship that he ran at various races during the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Priced at $44.95, this NASCAR 2022 Season Ross Chasten Chevy Camaro Stock Car kit is available to purchase through Salvinos JR Models and their dealers. Visit salvinosjrmodels.com to learn more about this 1/24-scale stock car model kit.

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Show Off Your Scale Modeling Skills During HobbyTown's 2022 National Model Contest

Fall not only marks the return of pumpkin spiced everything, but it's also the arrival of HobbyTown's 2022 National Model Contest. Between October 1, 2022 and November 30, 2022, participating HobbyTown stores will host their own local model contests, allowing winners from those shows to progress to the national arena.

The 2022 National Model Contest categories include:

The National Model Contest winners from 2021 showcased creativity, ingenuity, and plenty of visual detail. If you'd like to enter this year's contest and want to find a local HobbyTown store, visit hobbytown.com.

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Tamiya 1/24 2019 Ford Mustang GT4 Scale Model Kit

Tamiya has announced a new sports car scale model kit that replicates the track-terrorizing style of the 2019 Ford Mustang GT4. This 1/24-scale kit offers a scaled-down version of Ford's "Ford Performance" GT4 race car that doesn't skimp on details.

Featuring both exterior and interior parts, this kit offers an inside-and-out look at Ford's track-ready Mustang GT4. Body details such as the front grille, hood exhaust louvers, front splitter, side skirts, rear spoiler, and more are molded in fine detail.

Masking stickers and two decal sheets are included for replicating one of two Ford Performance paint schemes.

Tamiya 1/24-scale Ford Mustang GT4 Model Kit Specs:

Priced at $55.00, this Ford Mustang GT4 scale model kit is available for purchase from Tamiya and their dealers. Visit tamiyausa.com to learn more about this 1/24-scale model kit.

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Show-off Your Model of Americana During Sproo-Doo 2022

If you live near Jacksonville, Arkansas, and are looking for a scale modeling event to check out, look no further than Sproo-Doo 2022. This year marks the 22nd installment of the event, and the theme is "American Modeling." Subjects can be anything America-related from 1900 through the present day.

Sproo-Doo 2022 Event Details:

To learn more about Sproo-Doo 2022, visit the event page on ipmsusa.org.

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Showcase Your Best Model Lowrider Builds at California Love 2022

Calling all lowrider fanatics! If you have a passion for building lowrider models, no matter if they're kit or scratch-built, there's an upcoming event that will allow you to showcase your talents. California Love, in conjunction with Cadillac Fest 11, is taking place on Sunday, October 16, 2022 in El Segundo, CA.

While Cadillac Fest 11 will focus on 1:1 rides, California love will offer opportunities for scale model enthusiasts, R/C lowrider fanatics, and more to showcase their creations. There are even exhibit opportunities for lowrider bikes, pedal cars, and other unique builds.

Both events are free to spectators, and the cost to exhibit your R/C creation will range from $5.00 to $25.00. California Love runs from 10 am to 4 pm and will feature on-site concessions.

California Love 2022 Event Details:

To learn more about this event and register to exhibit your scale model lowrider, visit eventbrite.com.

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1/35-scale FJ43 SUV Scale Model Kit from AK

Known primarily for their expansive lineup of paints and weathering washes, AK also has a created a selection of scenery items and model kits, including its upcoming 1/35-scale FJ43 SUV release. Scale modeling enthusiasts can now recreate this rugged off-road machine with amazing detail.

Featuring over 170 parts, this kit includes decal options for creating three different paint/marking schemes, all based on real-world applications of the FJ43. Along with fine exterior details, this kit also includes a detailed interior for a completely immersive building experience.

Learn more about the 1/35-scale FJ43 SUV Kit from AK at ak-interactive.com.

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