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Naval Kit Roundup

It is a good time to be a mod­eler of Naval sub­jects with many new kits be­ing is­sued in all the ma­jor scales. Here are a few of note:

Hasegawa’s Lit­tle Sub Seeker

Hasegawa of Ja­pan has re­cently is­sued a 1/200 scale kit of the P-8A Po­sei­don. The P-8A is the US Navy’s re­place­ment for the P-3 Orion and is based on the 737 air­liner. Hasegawa’s kit is sim­i­larly based on their 737 kits with new parts for the mar­itime pa­trol mod­i­fi­ca­tion. The only prob­lem? 1/200 scale. Now can some­one do a P-8A in 1/144?

Sword Mod­els Goes Navy

Sword Mod­els of the Czech Re­pub­lic has be­come the best friend of 1/72 mod­el­ers of U.S. Naval sub­jects. Re­cent kits have in­cluded the T-28B and T-28C Tro­jans, two box­ings of the F3D Skyknight, a T2V Seas­tar, and both the stan­dard fighter and photo-re­con­nais­sance ver­sions of the early McDon­nell F2H Ban­shees. A F8F-9P Cougar and Fairey Gan­net AEW. 3 are next on the list. Sword kits are lim­ited run in­jected plas­tic, but with some work and care will make up into nice mod­els. The T28s come with a nice resin en­gine and the Ban­shees in­clude both resin and photo-etch parts. All kits come with mul­ti­ple de­cal op­tions.

Kitty Hawk 1/48 Marine He­los

Kitty Hawk of China are keep­ing up to the minute by re­leas­ing two kits of the US Marine Corps latest tac­ti­cal he­li­copters. 1/48 kits of the AH-1Z Viper and the UH-1Y Venom have re­cently hit hobby shops and early in­di­ca­tions are that they are very nice. In ad­di­tion, Kitty Hawk has also is­sued a new Grum­man F9F-8/8P Cougar kit in 1/48 to join their Cougar fam­ily.

Ki­netic 1/48 Sea Har­rier FA.2

Ki­netic of China has re­cently re­leased a Sea Har­rier FA.2 in 1/48 scale with a ru­mored Falk­lands era Sea Har­rier FRS.1 to fol­low.

Spe­cial Hobby Guardians

Spe­cial Hobby of the Czech Re­pub­lic has just put the hunter/ killer team of the 1/48 Grum­man AF-2S Guardian and 1/48 Grum­man AF-2W Guardian on the mar­ket. This is the first time these two sub­jects have been re­leased in 1/48 in in­jected molded plas­tic. It ap­pears that these are solely plas­tic kits with no resin or photo-etch edi­tions. US Navy de­cal op­tions are in­cluded, but all are in over­all Gloss Sea Blue.

By Jim Bates

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