New from Hobbyboss in March: Bearcat, Dana & Hurricane
Get ready for some exciting new model kits from Hobbyboss, including the Bearcat, Dana & Hurricane. Available this March.
HURRICANE Mk.I 81777
- Scale: 1:48th
- Model Dimension Length: 199mm Wingspan: 253mm
- Total Plastic Parts: 70+
- Total Sprues: 6 sprues and tires
- Price: $ 63.00 from Hobbylink Japan
The Hawker Hurricane, a military aircraft developed by British manufacturer Hawker Aircraft Ltd in the 1930s and 1940s, was a key player in the defense of the United Kingdom during the Battle of Britain. As one of the primary combat planes used during World War II, it served with distinction in the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, and Soviet Air Force.
Thanks to its versatility and agility, the Hurricane played a crucial role in numerous battles and missions, including the interception of enemy aircraft, ground-attack operations, and escort duties. It was widely acclaimed for its sturdiness, ease of maintenance, and adaptability to different combat scenarios.
The Hurricane was mass-produced in large quantities, with over 14,000 units manufactured between 1937 and 1944. Its enduring legacy and impact on aviation history are evident in the fact that many Hurricane aircraft are still operational today and continue to inspire new generations of pilots and aviation enthusiasts.
To conclude, the Hawker Hurricane stands as a testament to the ingenuity and skill of the British aviation industry, and its contribution to the defense of the United Kingdom and the Allied forces in World War II cannot be overstated.
F8F-2 Bearcat 87269
- Scale: 1:72th
- Model Dimension Length: 118mm Wingspan: 150mm
- Total Plastic Parts: 20+
- Total Sprues: 3 sprues, fuselage, and wing
- Price: $ 23.00 from Hobbylink Japan
Grumman’s final piston-engine carrier-based fighter, the F8F Bearcat, marked the end of an era for the renowned manufacturer. In November 1943, two XF8F-1 prototypes were commissioned, with the first being flown on August 21, 1944.
Grumman’s design team, once again, opted to employ the most powerful engine of its time, the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp, which had previously powered both the Hellcat and Tigercat planes. This time, however, the engine was incorporated into the smallest and lightest airframe feasible, resulting in a nimbler, faster aircraft with a 30% greater rate of climb than the Hellcat.
152mm ShkH DANA vz.77 82941
- Scale: 1:72th
- Model Dimension Length: 183.6mm Width: 43.4mm
- Total Plastic Parts: 100+pcs
- Total Sprues: 6 sprues, cab, chassis, and tires
- Price: $ 70.00 from Hobbylink Japan
The Versatile ZTS Dana: A 1970s Czechoslovakian Armored Vehicle
The ZTS Dana, a Czechoslovakian armored vehicle, was developed in the late 1970s as an alternative to purchasing the Soviet 2S3 Akatsiya. It is a highly versatile vehicle that can navigate tough terrain and carry out various missions, including fire support, artillery spotting, and air defense.
A Unique Design Based on Tatra 815
Dana’s unique design is based on the Tatra 815 (8×8) truck, which gives it excellent cross-country mobility. The driver and commander sit in the front cabin, and the turret is made up of two halves, with the gun placed in between. Due to cables, the turret can traverse only 225 degrees to either side. The gun has a fully automated loading system, and all optics are located in the left half of the turret.
The Dana is a formidable armored vehicle that packs a punch. The gunner and loader operator are on the left, with the ammo handler on the right side of the turret, which also has a DhSK on the roof. The turret and chassis can hold up to 60 projectiles. Its firepower can take on air and ground targets. Its high mobility and off-road capabilities make it an excellent choice for a wide range of missions.
The Dana was accepted for service in 1981, and by 1994, over 750 units had been produced. Currently, it is in service with several countries, including the Czech Republic, Libya, Poland, Russia, and Slovakia. Its versatility and reliability make it an attractive option for militaries across the globe.
In conclusion, the ZTS Dana is a uniquely designed, versatile armored vehicle with exceptional mobility and firepower. Its impressive capabilities make it a valuable asset for modern military operations.