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A very mixed bag of titles from Osprey this month with something to capture the interests of everyone.
What do you mean you've never wanted to build a movie star's tank? With this decal sheet you can!
Monroe Perdu Studios, a company that is know for its creative products, decided to release a new architectural kit.
A completely unknown (at least to me) figure company which has chosen to concentrate (at least at the moment) on AFV crews.
There was quite a bit of discussion in the forums recently about where to get dry transfers for use on aircraft models. I don't think we were able to narrow down where to get them but now HobbyDecal appears on the scene.
ACE Models announced today production of a 1/72 scale LAV-M mortar carrier. It is kit number 72407. Decals are included for three different United States Marine Corps vehicles.
Bob over at Twobobs has remained quite busy churning out the decals for all you modern aircraft modelers. They've got eight new sets coming your way near the end of the month.
Though not new, this set of very interesting decals should be of interest to Commonwealth armor modellers.
This is the second set of decals from Echelon, after their first this should find a bigger market, dealing as it does with a vehicle which is becoming more and more popular with mdellers.
The Nazi propaganda machine shot a lot of footage during World War II. With that in mind Diorama Solutions, a new manufacturer based in Australia, has produced a German WW2 Movie and Still Camera set (kit DS3506). The kit includes a 16mm camera, a rolloflex 3.5f camera, tripod, and 2 film canisters. The retail price for this kit is 12.95 (Australian).
Diorama Solutions is fully up and running now....
Below is a list of new products we are launching. and dates expected for each item
Extra Detail has expanded its range to 1/48 and 1/25 scale products and also increased its 1/72 range.
We have also released Placards for TAMIYA German Armour Kits

The items will be available as from Mon 16th Feb, please contact your nearest distributor for availability
Tamiya has announced dates for this years Tamiya-con event in Orange Country, California (US). It will be help April 17 and 18th. This is the 9th year they have held this event. Modelers from all over North America will decend on Tamiya's corporate offices to battle for the awards. The contestants will be judged by no other than Shunsaku Tamiya-san himself for the Tamiya Master Modeler Award.
ACE company just begun production of a T-72M1 kit.
Decals are for 6 vehicles (two Iraqi, Indian, Soviet, East German and Finnish).
More details here:
http://www.acemodel.com.ua/?p=model&id=113&s=&l=en

BMP-2D (kit #72125) is out of production.
I would like to see if I can help clear up some tire details about the Italeri modern 5 ton trucks that are on the market. The kits need a lot of work to make them accurate. That’s why there are so many after market detail set available. The military unit I am in has about 2 dozen of these trucks. We received them directly from the factory (AM General) and therefore they were not modified before we got them. I have see many pictures of these truck in the field and it looks like deployed units use whatever they have on hand when replacement are needed. This tends to make vehicles misidentified when these pictures are used for reference purposes.
As mentioned previously Extra Detail and Scale Effect have joined forces and have started a new company called DIORAMA SOLUTIONS.

ACE company just begun production of a 1/72 plastic (short run) kit of Yugoslav M-84A (Kuwaiti M-84AB).
Decals for 5 different tanks (2 Kuwaiti tanks in Desert Storm, 2 Yugoslav federal forces and Slovenian Army).
More details can be found on ACE Web site here:
http://www.acemodel.com.ua/?p=model&id=115&s=&l=en
Echelon are a new company in the 1/35th scale decals business. Their first sheet deals with Leopard 2A4's in service with the Spanish Armored Division, 'Brunete'. Six vehicles are featured on the sheeets.
Hobby Fan has just released two new sets of resin figures. A British tank crew for the M3A3 Stuart and a French tank crew for the M3A3 Stuart. Two figure each.
Formations Models, should be the first stop for anyone enhancing their Shermans. This is a company who works exclusively in producing AM parts for the Sherman. Their new releases continue this trend...
Bob Guere, the man behind the digital artwork of Twobobs Aviation Graphics for the past three years, has moved on and created his own graphics design business. As of January 2004, Back East Graphics is open for business.
Dragon in 2004 seems to be making a strong bid for the re-awakening 1/72nd market.
As this list has been circulating on other sources although not compiled for Armorama, I'm drawing this together according to nationality in 1/35th. For the Allied modellers it looks as if we are finally going to get a decent bite of the cake.....
More than five million aerial photographs of World War II are to be made publicly available on the internet.

The pictures will go online on Monday. Taken by the RAF, they were used by Allied commanders to help devise their strategy during the six-year conflict.
Little is unfortunately available as reference for French armor subjects. This new series of Monographs from Editions Du Barbotin may help to redress the balance.
In this new book, US MARINE CORPS PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS, the author, Gordon Rottman, has the difficult task of summarizing three years of U.S.M.C. operations and re-structure in a mere 96 pages....
The security requirements of Israel have forced its defence industries to develop vehicles capable of performing a wide-range of functions in many different environments. This book. Modern Israeli Tanks And Infantry Carriers 1985-2004 is an overview of what for many modellers is an irrestible source of inspiration.
With the interest represented here in Vietnam era armor, this book should find more than a few who will want to add it to their bookshelves....
Currently the 'Cover-up' Campaign is attracting a lot of interest. Primarily because it deals with the use of military fortifications within dioramas. This new book by Osprey, concentrates on one of the most interesting themes of military archaeology, Germany's West Wall..
Another great addition to their line of the "Armor At War Series" (photo essays) is the title "U.S. Tank Battles In France 1944-45" by Steven Zaloga.
A month or so, I published the mouth-watering goodies that we can expect to see from AFV Club in the first quarter of 2004. Here are some more with a MAJOR surprise.....
The first news of Academy's 2004 release schedule should come as no surprise, rumors have been wildly circulating for some time. However...
Recently, Osprey added to its small list of Armor modelling books with the M3/M5 Stuart. In the early part of this year they are adding 3 more titles....
As with the end of every year, you see many stores and manufacturers putting up some great sales to rid of stock at the end of the year. Twobobs Aviation Graphics is no different and have got some great stuff for you.
This is the New 'BrassAssit' Roller Set Mk MC exclusivly from The Small Shop EU. It rolls curves, tubes and even bends GRAB HANDLES and TIE DOWNS perfectly EVERY TIME. Scratch building or Pre Etched Brass...The Small Shop EU just keeps making it easier every time

Our NEW web site:
www.smallshopeu.com
The newest releases for 2004 from SP Designs, a major manufacturer of modern russian and E. Block kits and conversions.
New resin kit released by Crielmodel depicting the Fiat 508. This car was assigned to Regiment's (or equivalent units) commanders and in production from 1931 to 1937.
CB0004 1/35 Middle Eastern Shrine - Iraq

This kit is made from a combo of Hydrostone and Resin

This is the second product launched from our new range, and is taken from an actual shrine seen all over Iraq in most of the major cities.
Here is a full list of firestorms 2004 releases which were found on Track-Link, looks like were in for some nice goodies!
With combined efforts from myself ( Extra Detail ) and Scale Effect in Australia we have launched today 1/72 scale full dry dock for the REVELL U-Boat kit now availbale
Jim Starkweather, (a.k.a. “Staff Jim”), and Armorama’s A-Guard membership are pleased to announce Armorama’s first ever campaign for young modelers, the Aprentice Guild Exercises (AGE), beginning January 2004.
Now for the big news around here: we have purchased Tank Workshop! This is NOT a hostile take over of this well known company. I have used many TWS products in the past, and have always thought it was a sound line at a fair price. Certain situations that do not need to be discussed here presented us with an opportunity to acquire this well known resin line. Larry Provo is selling to us on good terms, and will remain in business as a consultant to TMD, and master pattern maker for the TWS line. Larry will be working closely with us to keep the TWS line alive, and we hope to breath new life into his fine kits.

I think of all the companies which have emerged in the last few years, few have captured the modeller's imagination as much as AFV Club.
Always innovative with subject matters that many of the 'big-boys' would never consider, the release list for early 2004 is impressive (as always)
Twobobs Aviation Graphics is here with their latest batch of decals. From 1/72 to 1/32 scale, this batch covers the gammit from F-14Bs to T-38As.
Mol Plastic Modelbouw, an On-Line store located in The Netherlands, made more items easily available for the European market.
Kancali is pleased to announce the new release for their urban warfare
series of latex molded street sections -- "Town Corner".
Just before the end of the year, Monroe Perdu offers a versatile set of three cobblestone bases for figures and small vehicles. Included are four full color photos of actual cobblestone streets from different countries, to illustrate the variety of ways to finish the pieces.
After a conversation with GeneralFailure, he told me that Pro Art Models is releasing a set of Tanks & Fuel Pump Unit in 1/35 scale - Just like the one he scrachbuilt in 1/15 scale for his M35 Cargo Truck.
Ukrainian company "ACE" just begun production (Kit #72155) of a 1:72 scale Soviet T-62M MBT.

Kit contains new T-62 parts plus new turret, DShKM heavy MG and new RMSh tracks. Decals for three Iraqi vehicles, Chechen war Russian tank and Northern Alliance one. More details can be found here: ACE Models
Every month, I receive Osprey's newsletter. Every month it seems there are more and more titles which I need, want or simply would like to learn more about...
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