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As one of the many who receive the newsletter from LuckyModel and who has also seen the post by Raymond Cheung of the same company, this is I believe is a story which is worth posting in the news section...
Gathering information on AFV Club's new releases is not the easiest task in the world. Rather it is a series of clues that allow you, after weeks of 'hints' to finally post a news story. Unlike other companies, AFV Club does not have a website.. However I am confident that these new releases will live up to everyone's expectations...
A few months ago, we ran the story of what was to many, a new company - MaaterBox Ltd. Since then there have been a number of reviews and features of their products. We are now able to bring you news of yet another release from this interesting company...
Once again, we can bring you advance notice of two new Diorama products from Verlinden Productions...
Verlinden Productions has announced two new 1/35th scale armor releases....
Once again, the new figure releases from Verlinden Productions and once again, two scales are covered - 1/35th and 120mm (1/16th)
The Spanish figure manufacturer Andrea Miniatures continues apace with yet another load of new releases. As we have come to expect fromthis company - variety is the keynote!
Once again Osprey Publishing, with its new releases, to use an often repeated phrase, has something for everyone . As there are only seven new releases this month, I have gone back to posting in one section....
Hasegawa have several exciting new aircraft kits lined, which should be shipping now or in the very near future.
The Czech Republic is rapidly gaining a name amongst the modelling fraternity, for the plethora of model producers it has spawned in the last few years. Not least of which is PlusModel whose products are gaining a large number of adepts....
The Czech-Republic based manufacturer Eduard needs little introduction in the modelling community with its enormous range of After-Market sets for Armor, Aviation and Warships. What one does not necessarily think of, is Eduard as a manufacturer of Plastic model kits...
Nimix has announced two new releases both in 54mm and both extremely different...

A few months ago, I ran the story about the future release of new suspension sets for 1/35th scale Shermans. The sets were being produced by the Japanese manufacturer Tasca/Bego. Now comes news of two more sets...
ACE Models has just begun production of YET another 1/72nd scale kut. This time as a break from their incredible range of Russian vehicles, they are doing something just a little different...


New site, new decals, walk-around photos of the Sherbrooke Fusiller's Sherman III (M4A2) Bomb and a chance to win a complete set of pigments!
Bison Decals have announced their next three sheets - all in 1/35th scale and in a slight u-turn from previous releases, these are all German subjects...
Decalcomaniacs! who are "Just a little different..." have two new releases for January 2005. One is a rework of one of their older sheets and one is a completely new one to fill a much neglected area: the BEF in France, 1940.
DMLhas announced a new Jadgpaner IV A-O in 1/35 for a Febuary 2005 release. This kit will have a MSRP of $37.95 USD.
A week or so ago, Kenaz Raynor posted a review of one of the most interesting of the Post-War British Aircraft - The Westland Wyvern. Now Cutting Edge Modelworks have announced a sheet of decals to complement the Classic Airframes kit in 1/48th scale...
2 new releases include a 54 mm scale Buffalo Soldier (former Cromwell) and "JFK", a 1/5 scale resin bust of former President John F Kennedy.
The Italian figire manufacturer, Pegaso Models continues to add to its extremely interesting range. This month they have announced four new figures in 1/35th Scale and two more in 54mm....
In the last week there have been a number of news stories covering new and future releases from the Scottish model manufacturer Accurate Armour in a burst of idiocy I completely ignored this new release....
I have just received news of Accurate Armour's new vehicle releases in 1/35th scale. As can be imagined, they are both extremely attractive and interesting subjects...
We just received large shipments from several of our casting firms, and have a number of new items and re-stocks packing right now.
Announced several weeks ago and now updated, this new kit is guaranteed to cause a great deal of excitement amongst the German Armor Modellers. It may well cause interest amongst all armor modellers as if this is the technical level that DML are reaching with this kit, just what can they reach with future releases?
WARRIORS, a VLS Creations Company, has released an interesting mix of figures for this month. From a WWI 3 figure Austrio-Hungarian vignette, to 1/72nd scale U-boat figures, to a 1/48th scale Tiger I crew, this is some of the most diverse products I have seen from them in the past year.
In addition to the 135th Construction Battalion pieces, VLS has also released 2 additional diorama detail items this month through it's Custom Dioramics division. Both are the work of Ben Jakobsen.
135th CONSTRUCTION BATTALION, a VLS Creations Company, has released some interesting new building upgrades. They include a pillared balcony, a smoke stack (chimney), and 2 drain and plumbing fixtures sets. The creations are the work of Ben Jakobsen of Canada. Ben joined VLS in 2002 and has bee churning out good stuff like this since.
Ant Phillip Started an interesting post based on future RE-RELEASES from that most 'venerable' of manufacturers - AIRFIX.in the forums. Following his lead I found the release list on the Hannants website...

This is a news story which concerns ALL modellers, covering as it does, Military, Aviation, Car builders and Warship builders...
Once again Concord Publications continues to add to its already impressive list of publications. Two new titles one in the highly useful Journal of Armored & Heliborne Warfare and another in the WARRIOR SERIES...
Classic Airframes produce 1/48th scale aviation kits. They are slightly different from from the 'mainstream' producers in that their kits are Multi-Media in other contain a mixture of materials - plastic, resin and where appropriate, white metal. This makes these kits marginally mopre expensive than the average 'plastic' kit and also enables them to cover less 'commercial' subjects than the mass-manufacturers.
A few months ago, Trumpeter announced some highly interesting new releases in 1/35th scale. (Finally) Trumpeter has realized the importance of an updated website and has started posting some images of its new products...
A number of years ago, a new company entered into the model kit market - this company went by the name of Skybow. Skybow was notable for firstly its range of subjects - principally U.S Softskins and secondly for 'pushing the envelope' of quality in its mouldings and accuracy. Not only did they produce models of an extraordinary quality, they also covered subjects which no-one else even considered. A few years ago, AFV Club acquired the moulds and since then have marketed the Skybow kits under their own label and with their own packaging....
T-Factory’s Los Angeles Chapter is ground-zero for the society. Imagine, if you will, a group of fellows from all over Southern California who share an interest in AFV modeling, the figurines and dioramas associated with this specialty hobby gathering one Saturday per month to socialize, share knowledge and techniques, show off projects from their workbenches, enjoy excellent food and wine (well...beer too) all in a social environment. That is the nexus of T-Factory.
It seems like only a few days ago that I posted news of some really interesting new Conversion/update sets from the Korean manufacturer Legend Production happily, a news editor's job is never complete and we are now able to bring you EVEN MORE of these mouth-watering new releases!
January will see the release of four more interesting titles from that most prolific of publishing houses - Osprey Publishing. In this news story, the attention turns to books which are of particular interest to aviation modellers...
Continuing with the policy of seperating Osprey Publishing's new releases thematically, this month sees the release of three new titles of particular interest to Armor Modellers...
The end of this month will see five more titles of particular relevance for figure modellers released by the British publishing house - Osprey Publishing
Trakz, a division of VLS, has released an all-resin 1:35 scale trailer to go with the LVT1 amphibious vehicle also designed by Ben Jakobsen. In use after 1944 in the PTO, the trailer was apparently not well like by DUKW and LVT crews as it was very heavy ladden down and also had difficulty going over rough terrain. Never the less this kit is a great addition to the collection of PTO vehicles and equipment available today. I am sure many of you wish there were more.
The Scottish armor manufacturer Accurate Armour has become in the last few years, a byword for the production of innovative products for the armor modeller. The company produces a wide-range of Softskins (trucks), Conversion sets and complete armor kits in principally 1/35 scale. This new release (which will be available in february) will almost certainly be another of those 'mould- breakers' - no pun intended...
Bison Decals have an enormous range of decal sheets in both 1/35th and in 1/72nd scale. The company also covers a wide range of subjects and periods - from WWII up to and including every conflict until Operation Iraqi Freedom and the peacekeeping operations in Kosovo.
Tiger Model Designs is one of those companies which provide an invaluable service for the modeller. They have a considerable number of varied product lines available covering vehicles from a number of periods and nationalities.
TRAKZ and Warriors are two of the 'in-house' brands sold and commissioned by the VLS Corporation Traks produce resin vehicle conversion sets, Warriors produce an enormous and interesting range of figures in a variety of scales...

The Spanish manufacturer Nimix has announced a new Diorama set from the Peninsular War - The Battle of Alba de Tormes (1809)
1/35 Sd.Kfz. 251/21 Ausf. D Schutzenpanzerwagen - Drilling MG 151 w/Bonus Features
The SdKfz 251/21, also known as the Mittlerer Schutzenpanzerwagen - Drilling MG 151,it was a very effective anti-aircraft version of the SdKfz 251 halftrack. Mounting three excellent 15mm MG 151/15 or 20mm MG 151/20 machine guns on a compact pedestal behind a small armored shield, these modified SdKfz251 halftracks could provide very effective defensive fire against the Allied aircraft and ground targets as well.
One of the real joys in the news section, is to be able to bring news of interesting new companies. A company which completes both categories is Armour Workshop - a Hong Kong based producer od resin accessories for vehicles in both 1/35th scale AND in 1/48th scale...
Andrea Miniatures continues to expand and complement its ranges. These future releases should find (as always) a ready market...
In my first news story of the new year, it seems appropriate to cover the new releses of a company which has influenced many modellers, sculptors and designers - Verlinden Productions. While many companies seem to have fallen by the wayside, Verlinden is still there, bringing out new releases on a monthly basis...
Replace the incorrect anchors in your new Trumpeter 1/350 scale USS Nimitz kit.
Revell Of Germany have released a 1/72 version of the huge Sd.Kfz 9 "Famo" in injected plastic.
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