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A few months ago, I ran the story about the future release of new suspension sets for 1/35th scale Shermans. The sets were being produced by the Japanese manufacturer Tasca/Bego. Now comes news of two more sets...
ACE Models has just begun production of YET another 1/72nd scale kut. This time as a break from their incredible range of Russian vehicles, they are doing something just a little different...


New site, new decals, walk-around photos of the Sherbrooke Fusiller's Sherman III (M4A2) Bomb and a chance to win a complete set of pigments!
Bison Decals have announced their next three sheets - all in 1/35th scale and in a slight u-turn from previous releases, these are all German subjects...
Decalcomaniacs! who are "Just a little different..." have two new releases for January 2005. One is a rework of one of their older sheets and one is a completely new one to fill a much neglected area: the BEF in France, 1940.
DMLhas announced a new Jadgpaner IV A-O in 1/35 for a Febuary 2005 release. This kit will have a MSRP of $37.95 USD.
A week or so ago, Kenaz Raynor posted a review of one of the most interesting of the Post-War British Aircraft - The Westland Wyvern. Now Cutting Edge Modelworks have announced a sheet of decals to complement the Classic Airframes kit in 1/48th scale...
2 new releases include a 54 mm scale Buffalo Soldier (former Cromwell) and "JFK", a 1/5 scale resin bust of former President John F Kennedy.
The Italian figire manufacturer, Pegaso Models continues to add to its extremely interesting range. This month they have announced four new figures in 1/35th Scale and two more in 54mm....
In the last week there have been a number of news stories covering new and future releases from the Scottish model manufacturer Accurate Armour in a burst of idiocy I completely ignored this new release....
I have just received news of Accurate Armour's new vehicle releases in 1/35th scale. As can be imagined, they are both extremely attractive and interesting subjects...
We just received large shipments from several of our casting firms, and have a number of new items and re-stocks packing right now.
Announced several weeks ago and now updated, this new kit is guaranteed to cause a great deal of excitement amongst the German Armor Modellers. It may well cause interest amongst all armor modellers as if this is the technical level that DML are reaching with this kit, just what can they reach with future releases?
WARRIORS, a VLS Creations Company, has released an interesting mix of figures for this month. From a WWI 3 figure Austrio-Hungarian vignette, to 1/72nd scale U-boat figures, to a 1/48th scale Tiger I crew, this is some of the most diverse products I have seen from them in the past year.
In addition to the 135th Construction Battalion pieces, VLS has also released 2 additional diorama detail items this month through it's Custom Dioramics division. Both are the work of Ben Jakobsen.
135th CONSTRUCTION BATTALION, a VLS Creations Company, has released some interesting new building upgrades. They include a pillared balcony, a smoke stack (chimney), and 2 drain and plumbing fixtures sets. The creations are the work of Ben Jakobsen of Canada. Ben joined VLS in 2002 and has bee churning out good stuff like this since.
Ant Phillip Started an interesting post based on future RE-RELEASES from that most 'venerable' of manufacturers - AIRFIX.in the forums. Following his lead I found the release list on the Hannants website...

This is a news story which concerns ALL modellers, covering as it does, Military, Aviation, Car builders and Warship builders...
Once again Concord Publications continues to add to its already impressive list of publications. Two new titles one in the highly useful Journal of Armored & Heliborne Warfare and another in the WARRIOR SERIES...
Classic Airframes produce 1/48th scale aviation kits. They are slightly different from from the 'mainstream' producers in that their kits are Multi-Media in other contain a mixture of materials - plastic, resin and where appropriate, white metal. This makes these kits marginally mopre expensive than the average 'plastic' kit and also enables them to cover less 'commercial' subjects than the mass-manufacturers.
A few months ago, Trumpeter announced some highly interesting new releases in 1/35th scale. (Finally) Trumpeter has realized the importance of an updated website and has started posting some images of its new products...
A number of years ago, a new company entered into the model kit market - this company went by the name of Skybow. Skybow was notable for firstly its range of subjects - principally U.S Softskins and secondly for 'pushing the envelope' of quality in its mouldings and accuracy. Not only did they produce models of an extraordinary quality, they also covered subjects which no-one else even considered. A few years ago, AFV Club acquired the moulds and since then have marketed the Skybow kits under their own label and with their own packaging....
T-Factory’s Los Angeles Chapter is ground-zero for the society. Imagine, if you will, a group of fellows from all over Southern California who share an interest in AFV modeling, the figurines and dioramas associated with this specialty hobby gathering one Saturday per month to socialize, share knowledge and techniques, show off projects from their workbenches, enjoy excellent food and wine (well...beer too) all in a social environment. That is the nexus of T-Factory.
It seems like only a few days ago that I posted news of some really interesting new Conversion/update sets from the Korean manufacturer Legend Production happily, a news editor's job is never complete and we are now able to bring you EVEN MORE of these mouth-watering new releases!
January will see the release of four more interesting titles from that most prolific of publishing houses - Osprey Publishing. In this news story, the attention turns to books which are of particular interest to aviation modellers...
Continuing with the policy of seperating Osprey Publishing's new releases thematically, this month sees the release of three new titles of particular interest to Armor Modellers...
The end of this month will see five more titles of particular relevance for figure modellers released by the British publishing house - Osprey Publishing
Trakz, a division of VLS, has released an all-resin 1:35 scale trailer to go with the LVT1 amphibious vehicle also designed by Ben Jakobsen. In use after 1944 in the PTO, the trailer was apparently not well like by DUKW and LVT crews as it was very heavy ladden down and also had difficulty going over rough terrain. Never the less this kit is a great addition to the collection of PTO vehicles and equipment available today. I am sure many of you wish there were more.
The Scottish armor manufacturer Accurate Armour has become in the last few years, a byword for the production of innovative products for the armor modeller. The company produces a wide-range of Softskins (trucks), Conversion sets and complete armor kits in principally 1/35 scale. This new release (which will be available in february) will almost certainly be another of those 'mould- breakers' - no pun intended...
Bison Decals have an enormous range of decal sheets in both 1/35th and in 1/72nd scale. The company also covers a wide range of subjects and periods - from WWII up to and including every conflict until Operation Iraqi Freedom and the peacekeeping operations in Kosovo.
Tiger Model Designs is one of those companies which provide an invaluable service for the modeller. They have a considerable number of varied product lines available covering vehicles from a number of periods and nationalities.
TRAKZ and Warriors are two of the 'in-house' brands sold and commissioned by the VLS Corporation Traks produce resin vehicle conversion sets, Warriors produce an enormous and interesting range of figures in a variety of scales...

The Spanish manufacturer Nimix has announced a new Diorama set from the Peninsular War - The Battle of Alba de Tormes (1809)
1/35 Sd.Kfz. 251/21 Ausf. D Schutzenpanzerwagen - Drilling MG 151 w/Bonus Features
The SdKfz 251/21, also known as the Mittlerer Schutzenpanzerwagen - Drilling MG 151,it was a very effective anti-aircraft version of the SdKfz 251 halftrack. Mounting three excellent 15mm MG 151/15 or 20mm MG 151/20 machine guns on a compact pedestal behind a small armored shield, these modified SdKfz251 halftracks could provide very effective defensive fire against the Allied aircraft and ground targets as well.
One of the real joys in the news section, is to be able to bring news of interesting new companies. A company which completes both categories is Armour Workshop - a Hong Kong based producer od resin accessories for vehicles in both 1/35th scale AND in 1/48th scale...
Andrea Miniatures continues to expand and complement its ranges. These future releases should find (as always) a ready market...
In my first news story of the new year, it seems appropriate to cover the new releses of a company which has influenced many modellers, sculptors and designers - Verlinden Productions. While many companies seem to have fallen by the wayside, Verlinden is still there, bringing out new releases on a monthly basis...
Replace the incorrect anchors in your new Trumpeter 1/350 scale USS Nimitz kit.
Revell Of Germany have released a 1/72 version of the huge Sd.Kfz 9 "Famo" in injected plastic.
Following the terrible events over the weekend in S.E. Asia, the major relief agencies have launched an appeal for donations.

Some websites that can help you contibute are the following:

Red Cross & Red Crescent

OXFAM

Catholic Relief Services

American Red Cross

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

American Jewish World Service

Foster Parents Plan

Please Remember - all these sites are offering secure servers to make credit card donations...

We'll try and update with more websites as they become available...

Voyager Model is a Chinese producer of etched-brass detail sets for Aircraft, Warships and AFVs. The latter are the subject of this news story....
The Korean company, Legends Productions have become one of the most interesting sources of news in the last few months. It is becoming more than obvious that they are addressing some of the real demands of both Israeli and Aliied modellers if their recent releases are anything to go by...
Academy has announced it's 1st quarter (armor/vehicle) releases for 2005. It has to be said from the outset, that it is not exactly going to get the pulses racing...
Formations is a company which has made its reputation on producing a wide range of conversion and update sets for the Sherman and Stuart in 1/35th scale. A few months ago, they began to add Stuart components to their catalogue. With these new releases they continue this process and add some more useful sets...
ACE company has just begun production of their 1/72nd scale Russian Main Battle Tank T-90 (kit #72163).
Decals are for two vehicles + one camo for vehicle without any markings.

More details can be found here:

ACEMODEL

Please remember, when contacting retailers or producers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here on ARMORAMA


Having just posted a news story about Coelian's interesting 1/72nd scale releases, it seems only sensible to do one on their 1/35th range....
Coelian Models is a Dutch producer of armour conversion/enhancement sets in both 1/35th and the increasingly popular scale of 1/72nd.. This news story deals with some excellent - looking coversion/update sets in 1/72nd scale....
Milicast Models are widely considered to produce some of the best (resin) armor kis, conversions in 1/76th scale. Their products cater more for the Armor modeller than for the Wargamer, with a truly impressive level of detail considering their small scale...
There are two new Dragon releases this week - both armor related and both previously announced however, up until now, no images were available....
Once again, my thanks go to Terry Ashley of P.M.M.S. for pointing me in a most useful direction... These are the forthcoming Armor releases from Trumpeter....
Having unleashed one pleasant surprise in the news section today - it is my pleasure to give yet another. Thanks to a quid pro quo with Terry Ashley over at P.M.M.S. I am able to bring some REALLY special news....
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