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With the arrival of this month's Osprey newsletter announcing the new titles to be published in June, it struck me that this new title was perhaps worthy of a little more than simply appearing amongst a list of other titles.
We are now stocking ATAK's range of resin Zimmerit Sets.
This is a Canadian based bookseller/publisher whose speciality is Commonwealth Armor/Artillery subjects....
Alan Hobbies announced at the recent Shizuoka Hobby show in Japan, their latest release: A 1/35th scale 'Bison' SPG
Mirage Hobby have supplied details of their eagerly awaited 1/72 scale M3 Lee and Grant tanks. The kits will feature fine surface details and the tracks are to be moulded in what Mirage are hailing as a new formula plastic. Added to this, each kit will feature an etched-metal fret.
Today I received an unexpected surprise in the form of ADVANCE images of CMK's new interior kits for the Tamiya Sherman.
Continuing with an overview of the products of GOFFY MODEL, this news item will concentrate itself with the highly useful products that this companty has available for the increasingly popular 1/72nd scale.
This is the second (of two) 1/35th scale Conversion sets available from the Czech company, GOFFY MODEL. The conversion set is designed for Academy's M60.
GOFFY MODEL, are a company based in the Czech Republic. Completely unknown to me, I stumbled across their webpage while looking for something else. This was surely one of those happy accidents.
ACE company just begun production of a BTR-60P (open top) kit.

Interior parts included.

Decals for 4 versions (3 Soviet + East German).

More details can be found here:

ACE MODELS


A series of interesting recent arrivals from Accurate Armour should have many modellers interested.

Today, totally unsolicited, I received a copy of the new Dragon Catalog. Many of the products have been already announced, others may come as as pleasant surprise...
New Releases from Quartermasters Depot! Decals and Gear!
What do you mean you've never wanted to build a movie star's tank? With this decal sheet you can!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
May brings some great new stuff from Eduard Model Accessories including photoetch, barrels and kits.
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.
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.
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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