New Product Announcements, week ending February 22nd 2020

DRAW Decal released their Delta Airbus A.321 decal updated to include the large red “THANK YOU” lettering worn by N391DN.  On the real thing, the red letters are made up of the names of every current Delta employee (apparently about 90,000) as a tribute to their daily support for the airline.



8ADecs released five new 1/144 scale decals this week, with four also released in 1/200 scale:









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New Product Announcements, week ending February 1st 2020

A busy week for new decal releases, with new items from DRAW Decal, 8ADecs and 26Decals.

DRAW Decal has released the following new decal in 1/144, 1/200 and 1/125 scales:


8ADecs has announced the following new 1/144 and 1/200 scale decals:


  • 8A144-580 THY Turkish Airlines Boeing 787-9


  • 8A144-581 Iberia Regional Air Nostrum Canadair CRJ900


26 Decals has announced the following new 1/144 scale screen printed decals.  They are “at the printers”, and are expected in stock mid March 2020.







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Derek Pennington, 1934 – 2020

I have just learned that a good friend of mine, Derek Pennington, passed away on Jan 17th 2020.  Those of you who once subscribed to Airline Modeller will, I am sure, remember Derek’s excellent model build articles.  The models looked great in the photographs, and I can assure you even better in person.   I remember in particular the 1/48 scale DC-3 he built and finished in the striking yellow Austin Airways scheme.  Derek was an excellent modeller, and a good friend.


The following is the announcement posted in the Toronto Star….

PENNINGTON, DEREK HUGH We will always remember Derek after a life lived with passion, laughter and love. On January 17, 2020, shortly before his 86th birthday, he left Raquel Baranyai, his life partner for the last 34 years, step-daughters, Adriana, Nora and Patricia Baranyai, their spouses, Doug Quinn, Francisco Nogueras and Kevin Conroy and his beloved grandchildren, Oliver and Hailey Conroy. Derek was born in London, England falling in love with aircraft as a young child, which took him to join the Royal Air Force as a “Boy Entrant” at the age of 15. A passion for History and Geography spearheaded the view of his future life, finding further enjoyment in photography and amateur stage theatre. As a new Canadian at the age of 30, pursuing his strongest interests, he got started the International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS), Toronto Chapter, as its President, actively remaining at the helm for 12 years. He made many friends sharing his love of aircraft with a growing number of enthusiastic modellers. There will not be a funeral service, but IPMS members and friends will host a Celebration of Derek’s Life. The date will be communicated by them accordingly.

Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 24, 2020

Rest in Peace, Derek!

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New Product Announcements, week ending January 25th 2020

The new 1/144 scale Zvezda Airbus A.350-1000 kit is here!


DRAW Decal has released the following new 1/144 scale decals for the new Zvezda Airbus A.350-1000 kit.  They are also available in 1/200 scale for use with a re-finished snap together model.









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New Product Announcements, week ending January 20th 2020

DRAW Decal has released the following new decals in 1/144 and 1/200 scales:


8ADecs has released the following new 1/144 scale decals for the Eastern Express Airbus A.220-300 (a.k.a. Canadair C-Series 300) kit:






  • 8A144-578 Airbus ‘house cs’ Airbus A.220-300




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New Product Announcements, week ending January 13th 2020

DRAW Decal has announced the following new 1/144 and 1/200 scale decals:



TwoSix has announced the following as “At the Printers”, and should be available late March 2020:

  • STS44-350 British Airways Airbus A.350-1000


  • STS44-356 Virgin Atlantic Airbus A.350-1000


  • STS44-365 British Caledonian Airbus A.310-200



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Roden’s 1/144 Scale Boeing 307 Stratoliner has arrived

Roden has released their 1/144 scale Boeing 307 Stratoliner kit, with Trans World Airlines markings.    Kit number is ROD339, and is available to order.


It follows the usual Roden style, with what looks to me to be a reasonable amount of engraved detail and  a clear cockpit part.  Decal is provided for one of TWA’s five Stratoliners.


At this time, one after market decal is available for Pan American World Airlines, by Vintage Flyer.  See VFD144-228.

The 307 Stratoliner was developed from the B.17C bomber, using the same wings, stabs and fin with a new fuselage that could be pressurized.

The prototype was lost in a crash that occurred when the aircraft went into a spin, and the wings failed during the recovery.  Apparently wind tunnel testing revealed insufficient fin area, and an enlarged dorsal fin was the result, this subsequently also being fitted to B.17’s.

Nine more airframes were built, three going to Pan American, five to TWA, and one to Howard Hughes. The TWA machines were pressed in to WWII service by the USAAF.  Post war they were modified with B17G wings, stabs, and more powerful engines, and returned to TWA as 307B’s. TWA operated them until 1951, when all 5 were sold to Aigle Azur (France). The last one remained in service in the far east until 1974.

Today, one is preserved at the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington’s Dulles airport, restored in full Pan American World Airways markings.  Interestingly, this one was restored twice by Boeing, as just before it was to be delivered to the Smithsonian, it suffered a forced landing in Elliot Bay, Seattle after running out of fuel.

The Hughes airframe still exists, though converted to a houseboat (!!), and moored at Ft Lauderdale in Florida. It bears the name “Cosmic Muffin”.


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Red Pegasus Decals by DRAW Decal

DRAW Decal has now started to re-release some of the former Red Pegasus decals.  While the artwork has not been changed, these decals are now printed using DRAW’s “Digital Silk” process.

The following are now available in our estore:




  • RPD-VEGA-48-3    Mattern & Grififn Lockheed Vega 5B “Century of Progress”










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New Product Announcements, week ending December 28th 2019

8ADecs has released the following new 1/144 and 1/200 scale decals:



DRAW Decal has released the following decal in 1/144 and 1/200 scales:



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New Product Announcements, week ending December 21st 2019

8ADecs has released new decals in 1/144 and 1/200 scales:



In addition, 8ADecs re-released their AeroMexico MD80 decal






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