Never mind the musical comedy – Dragon has indicated that their first ever German Late Production Sd. Kfz. 161 PzKpfw IV Ausf. H Medium Tank (DRR60651) has arrived at their port and are now inbound to our facility. We should have them in our grubby little hands this Friday, and will do our utmost to get out all of our orders for this item before we close up shop for the week.
In related news, their second take on the PzKpfw IV Ausf. H is due around May 8th, a few days after our return. Good new for all you armor aficionados planning on a Spring Offensive this May.
Seems as if we’re on a roll of late, at least as far as Eaglemoss goes. Over the weekend, images were posted for their fourth special edition deluxe vessel as well as two more standard issue Star Trek star ships. STSP04 represents a Klingon D4 Class Patrol Ship, built a bit larger than the standard issue ships and boasts a full color magazine with loads of information concerning its usage.
Also being shown are ST0048 (on the right), a Star Trek Federation Intrepid Class Starship with Ablative Hull Armor – USS Enterprise NCC-1701-C, along with ST0049 (on the left), a Star Trek Earth Cargo Service Y Class Freighter – ECS Fortunate.
On Wednesday, we expect to receive a large back order shipment of Eaglemoss warships which encompasses some 11 SKUs. Additionally, the next five warships are on track for an early May arrival, right after we get back from a week’s vacation. The latest squadron includes the following ships:
— IJN aircraft carrier Shokaku, 1942 (EMGC14)
— IJN light cruiser Nagara, 1936 (EMGC33)
— IJN heavy cruiser Takao, 1944 (EMGC36 )
— IJN battleship Kirishima, 1942 (EMGC07)
— British Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson, 1931 (EMGC34)
We anticipate running out of these warships in rapid fashion, so its important to submit your order for any or all of these ships as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and added waiting time.
We did a wee bit of surfing on the Internet and managed to unearth a couple of photos of Hobby Master’s upcoming Hawker Hurricanes. Produced in 1:48 scale, their first pair of Mk. I Hurris include one flown by Sgt. J. Frantisek of 303 (Polish) Squadron, which was deployed at RAF Northolt, England, during September 1940 (HA8601). The second mount was piloted by Flying Officer W. L. McKnight, who was attached to 242 (Canadian) Squadron, then deployed to RAF Coltishall, England, during December 1940 (HA8602). Look for both warbirds some time in June.
While some model makers seem to be content to scale down their range, Air Force 1 seems to be hitting the gym and pumping up. A few months back, they released a bevy of 1:72 scale J-35 Joint Strike Fighters, one for each of the three different variants being produced for the military. Now, they’re infusing some steroids into their air frame, making the same aircraft in a much larger 1:48 scale. Amazingly, the first replica is expected momentarily, and is based upon the US Air Force’s “A” variant (#AF100031). Priced at just $109.99, and bearing all of the hallmark detail you’ve come to expect from Air Force 1, we know this replica will surely become a hit with collectors big and small.
While the Chicago Cubs typically take a nose dive in June, Eaglemoss Collections has other plans this coming summer. Nine new 1:43 scale military vehicles are scheduled to arrive, with another platoon of battle-hardened war wagons not-too-far-behind. Pre-order now to be assured of an early delivery.
To further flesh out their 1:144 scale catalog, Air Force 1 today announced plans to build a replica of “Enola Gay”, the B-29 Superfortress piloted by Paul Tibbets when it dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan (#AF10112). Thus far, only a line art drawing has been added to their corporate web site, even though they claim the model will be released at the end of May. Still, this comes as welcome news, since there are a great many post WWII-era bombers that could be integrated into their 1:144 scale range that collectors have been requesting for as long as we’ve been around.