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Below is a list of new products we are launching. and dates expected for each item
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.
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...
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.....
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....
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.....
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!
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)
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
Eduard Model Accessories has released a quick preview of some of their upcoming releases for December. Featured in this preview are examples of new PE for the 1/35 Morser Karl and 1/35 M-1025 Humvee.
Today, I had a look a new (at least for me) figure manufacturer. I'm damn glad that I did...
At the Hobby Model Professional Show in Novegro (Milan - Italy), Model Victoria released its new L6/40 Italian WWII light tank.
Czech manufacturer Calibre 35 has several new items of interest for super-detailing and conversion lovers. The company has several product lines including the Diorama 35 line, the Footprints line (specializing in detail parts for figure shoes), the Super Collectors Mini-Museum (Armor/AFV conversions), and the Calibre 35 line which consists of various accessory items.
Model Point 120mm barrels in 44 and 55 calibre lengths are now available from Trackjam Models. The 120mm L44 barrel is for the Leopard 2 A5 and earlier versions, while the 120mm L55 barrel is for the Leopard 2A6. Both are available for the Italeri Leopard 2A5 kit or the Tamiya Leopard 2A5 kit.
The Small Shop will be releasing a revolutionary new product this month, hair for figures! They will be displaying their new ware at Euro Militaire. This event is annually held at Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone UK (September 20-21st) and they will follow that up a week later at AMPS East in the US.
Our first eight 54mm Germanic tribes figures are available ready for purchase. On our new German page you can see pictures of them painted and unpainted, just click the camera icons.
Extra detail is proud to announce the addition of some new distributors of their products as well a a new series of maps. The maps are from originals and are so detailed that you can even see the street names (with good eyes).
The latest kit from Monroe Perdu is a unique vignette depicting the booksellers stalls along the Seine river in Paris. The book vendors have been in place along the quays for centuries, so this kit will be the perfect backdrop for figures of practically all eras and armies. It builds into a versatile setting for military and civilian figures as either occupier or tourist.
BLAST MODELS is expending it's line of resin accessories fast! There are already great accessories for some Pz III and Pz IV on the eastern front.
Here is partial listing of product releases that Extra Detail is launching during June.
May brings some great new stuff from Eduard Model Accessories including photoetch, barrels and kits.
Alpha Miniatures new site is now live. To promote this event they are giving away a free 54mm figure. Their first eight 54mm Romans are also now avaliable, these include Legionaries, Auxiliary Archers and Auxiliary Infantry.
ScaleMilitary.com announces three new diorama kits in 1/35 format. ScaleMilitary has been in business since 1998, and is best known for selling diorama component peices and modular "mix-n-match" diorama accessories for the 1:35 crowd. The company has recently announced three new complete kits, and several more are on the way.

A nice feature related to all Scalemilitary.com pieces is that they are cast in DENTAL STONE PLASTER... they paint and file just like normal plaster kits, but because they have three times the density of normal plaster, they offer more fine detail and greater strength, meaning fewer broken pieces arrive in the mail.
Look for something out of the ordinary. Armortek’s 1/6th scale Tiger I may just fit the bill. This steel and aluminum constructed tank features scale armor thickness (some aluminum plates are up to 16mm thick!) and working torsion bar suspension – just like the real thing. It is 1373mm (54 inches) long, and 622mm (24 inches) wide. The tank stands 478mm (19 inches) high and weighs in excess of 70 kg (150lbs). WOW!
Accurate Armors latest 1/35th scale vehicle kit releases are the DEACON 6 Pr Portee (K113), the Land Rover XD TUM WMIK (LR003) and the RB 17/19 Crawler Excavator (K133).
The Ukrainian manufacturer ACE Models announced that it has begun production of a 1/72 scale Iraqi upgraded T-55 (Enigma). ACE catalog number is 72152.
Ukrainian company ACE Models just begun production of a latest Russian upgrade of famous MT-LB transporter. BTR-80 turret utilized with this version. The kit also includes photo-etched parts.
The first figures of MIG Productions are these two Soviet tankers. Two figures in action, perfect for use in a diorama together with other figures. You can use them for any period between 1942 and 1945, in different tank types, from the Sherman to the T-34 or a JSII.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ken Lawrence from Pacific Coast Models when I was at the Silicon Valley IPMS show earlier this month. In case you haven't run across PCM before, they specialize in kits from the Italian Air Force and Italian Army as well as offering their own manufactured kits. Recently they have added a variety of armor/figure kits from Historica, Cri.El Model, and CA MA Models.
Ian Sadler has come through once again and spent untold hours scanning images from a Soviet government T55 Service Manual. I have taken these images and processed them for the web, merging them into one easy to read/print Adobe PDF document. For those who don't already have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on their system it's available at no charge on the Adobe Web site (www.adobe.com). The document is a little less than 2mb and contains 38 separate images from the manual. Russian text is also present on the images although I am not sure how readable it is.
The folks over at Platzdarm.com would like to share news of some new release 1/72 armor kits from Ace Models. They include a 1/72 MT-LBM 6MV Armored troop-carrier prime-mover. Their price on this modern Soviet kit is $8.50 (USD). They also have the 1/72 GAZ-AA (Soviet Ford AA) WWII army truck. And the price for that kit is $7.00 (USD). Read on to get direct links.

Hong Kong Creation Workshop 1/35th scale Leopard II track is now available from Trackjam Models. Each set consists of 180 track links of which 170 have standard rubber pads and 10 have grousers. a total of 168 track links (84 per sode) are required.
This month Tamiya is releasing a new armor kit to add to your collection-the T-55A Russian Medium Tank.
Not to leave you Diorama Modelers out of the mix, I've gotten my hands on the latest releases from Verlinden for you as well. Among them are a castle remains and park wall materials.
With December upon us, Eduard Model Accessories has released some new items just in time for Christmas. Among their releases are new photoetch sets and express masks.
Verlinden is releasing some great add-ons for tankers in November. Items include; an M5 Recon/Command interior & exterior for the Tamiya kit, stowage pieces for the M5, US tanker figures reading mail, and other 1/35 scale WWII items. Civil War fans will also enjoy the 8 inch Armstrong Rifle Confederate with a figure included.
Announcing Quartermaster's Depot! The newest scale model accessories store on the Internet. We have just opened for business and currently offer a line of American,
British, Canadian and German Second World War posters, D-Day Maps, Modern Maps,
WWII Newspapers, WWII German Magazines, and three styles of Camouflage nets, all
in 1/35 scale.
Grief is a manufacturer from Mexico that specializes in clear headlight lenses of all colours and various shapes. In addition, they make resin detail parts in 1:35th scale. Their latest offering is product code GF 034 sherman headlight lenses, also in 1:35th scale. This item is for any 1:35 th scale M4 Sherman kit and consists of two 2mm lenses and two resin headlight mounts with blackout lights.
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