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Special Hobby Newsletters January 2023

Special Hobby Newsletters January 2023

Heinkel He 162A Spatz ‘Captured Birds’ 1/72

  • Scale: 1:72th
  • No: 100-SH72475
The Heinkel He 162A Spatz, also known as the “Volksjäger” or “People’s Fighter”, was a German jet-powered fighter plane of World War II. It was designed to be cheap and easy to build and could be constructed using non-strategic materials such as wood. The He 162 was one of the fastest planes in the world at the time of its first flight and was one of the first operational jet-powered fighters.
 
The Spatz was designed to be a simple, cheap, and easy-to-build jet fighter, it was to be made chiefly of wood, was powered by a single BMW 003A-1 turbojet engine, and carried a single MK 108 30 mm cannon as armament. The He 162A-2 variant had two 20mm cannons.
 
“Captured Birds” refers to the He 162s that were captured by the Allies at the war’s end. The planes were evaluated and tested by the British and American military. Some of these captured planes were later used for training, while others were scrapped.
 
The He 162A Spatz was not put into mass production as it was overtaken by the war, only about 120 He 162s were built before the end of the war. Due to its short operational history, the He 162A Spatz had little impact on the course of World War II, but it remained a fascinating and significant plane in the history of aviation.

Fiat G.50-II Freccia “Finnish Aces” 1/32

  • Scale: 1:72th
  • No: 100-SH32044
The Fiat G.50 Freccia (Italian for “Arrow”) was an Italian single-engine, single-seat, all-metal monoplane fighter aircraft used by the Italian Regia Aeronautica during World War II. The G.50 was the first all-metal monoplane fighter to enter service with the Italian Air Force.
 
The G.50-II variant was a modification of the G.50 which featured improved armament and various other modifications to improve its performance.
 
“Finnish Aces” refers to the Fiat G.50s that were used by the Finnish Air Force during World War II. The Finns purchased a total of 30 G.50s from Italy, which were used in combat against the Soviet Union. Finnish pilots flew the G.50s with great success, and the aircraft was considered to be one of the best fighters in Finnish service during the war. The G.50s were flown by some of the most successful Finnish aces of the war, such as Ilmari Juutilainen, who was the top Finnish ace with 94 kills.
 
Despite its relatively low production numbers, the Fiat G.50 was a well-regarded aircraft, known for its good performance and handling characteristics. The plane fought on several fronts during WWII and was used by several countries, including Italy, Croatia, and Finland. It has been evaluated that the Fiat G.50 was one of the most effective fighters of the early war period and the best Italian fighter of WWII.

SK-37 Viggen ‘Trainer’ 1/72

  • Scale: 1:72th
  • No: 100-SH72381
The Saab 37 Viggen (Swedish for “Thunderbolt”) was a Swedish single-seat, single-engine, short-medium-range fighter, and attack plane. It was developed and produced by Saab during the Cold War era. The Viggen served as the main attack plane of the Swedish Air Force from the 1970s to the late 1990s.
 
The SK-37 Viggen was a two-seat trainer variant of the Viggen, which was used to train pilots for the Swedish Air Force. It featured a second seat for an instructor, as well as a modified cockpit layout to accommodate the extra crew member. The SK-37 Viggen also had a reduced armament load and was not equipped for air-to-ground operations.
 
The Viggen was an important plane for the Swedish Air Force, serving as a multirole fighter and ground-attack plane, as well as being operated in a reconnaissance and electronic warfare role. It was retired from military service in the late 1990s, and replaced by the Saab JAS 39 Gripen. The Viggen was a very capable plane and served well for the Swedish Airforce. It’s still considered a beloved plane for many aviation enthusiasts and some are still operated today as warbirds or museum displays.

Fiat G.50B Bicomando MASK 1/32

  • Scale: 1:32th
  • No: 129-M32006
Easily Mask Clear Parts and Undercarriage Wheels: Pre-cut Paint Masks for the Fiat G.50B Bicomando Model

Fiat G.50 Freccia MASK 1/32

  • Scale: 1:32th
  • No: 129-M32007
Streamline Your Painting Process: Pre-cut Paint Masks for Clear Parts and Undercarriage Wheels of All Single Seater Versions of the Special Hobby’s Fiat G.50 Freccia Kits

AJ/JA/SF-37 Viggen (Single Seater) Splinter Camo MASK

  • Scale: 1:72th
  • No: 129-M72043
Easily Achieve the Perfect Swedish Splinter Scheme: Pre-cut Masks for the Single-Seater Version of All Viggen Airframes

SK-37 Viggen (Two Seater) Splinter Camo MASK

  • Scale: 1:72th
  • No: 129-M72044
Simplify Swedish Viggen Splinter Scheme Painting: Pre-cut Masks for Two-Seater Versions of the Aircraft

Sd.Kfz 250/251 Crew in Winter Uniforms 1/72 / for Special Armour and other kits

  • Scale: 1:72th
  • No: 129-F72386

Bringing More Realism to Your Model: Two German Soldier Figures for Special Armour Range Sd.Kfz 250 Kit (SA72019), One Sitting on Top of the Vehicle Armor and the Other Standing Beside

Mirage IIIC Late – Atar 9C Engine Nozzle 1/72 / for Special Hobby kit

  • Scale: 1:72th
  • No: 129-Q72408

Upgrade Your Israeli Mirage IIICJ Jets: Atar 9C Engine Nozzle Available Now

 

2000 Lb Bomb AN-M66A2 equipped with Fin Assembly M116A1 (2 pcs.) 1/48

  • Scale: 1:48th
  • No: 129-4458

Finely Detailed 2000 Lb M66A2 Bomb: Developed During WW2 and Used in Korean War, Our Resin Cast Bombs Feature 3D Printed Stabilizing Fins and Photo-Etched Fuse Arming Propellers

 

LAU-33 Zuni Rocket Laucher (2 pcs.) 1/48

  • Scale: 1:48th
  • No: 129-4460

Vietnam War Era Weapon: LAU-33 Launchers with Two Five-Inch Zuni Rockets for F-8 Crusaders and A-4 Skyhawks of US Navy and Marines, and French Crusaders. Our One-Piece, Dimensionally Correct Launchers are More Detailed than Similar Sets from Other Producers. Set Includes Two Launchers.

Zetor 25 ‘Agricultural Version ’ 1/48

  • Scale: 1:48th
  • No: 129-8062

A Post-War Czechoslovak Icon: The Zetor 25 Tractor, the First Produced by Zetor Company, is Now Available as a 1/48 Scale Model Kit. With 160,000 units Produced and Exported Across Europe and Asia, and Due to the success of the smaller 1/72 Scale Model kit no.8062, This Kit Includes Etches and Decals for an Authentic Agricultural Tractor Representation.

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