A very thin week, with no airliner decal announcements from the four major decal makers. However we can still find some news….
An interesting release from Zvezda that should be here soon is the 1/144 scale Tupolev 204-100 as kit ZVE-7023, in the colours of the Russian airline Red Wings. The kit was previously released as an ‘exclusive’ to the Russian Post Office in their colours (and molded in bright blue plastic!). After market decals are already available from 8ADecs for Cubana (8A144-445) and Cubana Cargo (8A144-446).
The latest info from our Zvezda importer regarding the Boeing 737-MAX8 kit (ZVE-7026) is that it is expected “4th Quarter 2018”. We will keep you informed as news is received.
DRAW Decal did announce the release of two new P.51 Mustang sets, both in 1/144, 1/72, 1/48, 1/32 and 1/24 scales. DWxx-P51-85 is a P.51D “Janie”, a U.K. based Mustang that unfortunately was involved in a serious accident in 2016. DWxx-P51-86 is also a P.51D in the very colorful “Miss America” scheme that N991R wore at Oshkosh in 1998.
As we expand our coverage of 8ADecs extensive decal line-up, I have ordered our first batch of their “photo real” cockpit and cabin window sets. These decals go beyond lowered window shades and drawn curtains to also include faces visible in both cockpit and cabin windows. A caution with their use is that 8ADecs recommends they be used “only on light colored surfaces”. The lineup includes
A lot of news this week, with new decal releases from DRAW Decal, TwoSix, and 8ADecs, and another welcome series of kit & decal releases by TwoSix,
First, DRAW Decals has been busy with new and updated decal releases. New airliner releases are:
DRAW updated their KLM 747 sheet for the early scheme by adding full stripes, and a host of other detail updates. Rather than all on one sheet, the scheme is now offered on three separate sheets, depending on which version of the 747 you wish to build.
DRAW also announced two P.51 Mustang decals this week. DWxx-P51-84 is a P.51D in WW2 era USAAF markings named “Short Fuse Sally”, while DWxx-P51-85 is a P.51D named “Janie”. Both are available in 1/24, 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scales.
TwoSix announced a new decal…
- TS44-892 Sterling Airlines Lockheed L.188 Electra
… and another kit and decal combination featuring the Roden Boeing 720B kit packaged with a TwoSix laser printed decal.
8ADecs has announced three new decals:
In addition, two older sets are now available in 1/100 scale for the Tamiya kit:
Finally, I have expanded my range of 8ADecs decal offerings to include their wing panel and general detail decal sheets. Now in stock are:
A much busier week for new airliner decals…
First, TwoSix announced one new laser printed decal in 1/144 scale:
- TS44-890 Middle East Airlines (final cs) Boeing 720B
On the subject of TwoSix…. I am down to just three left of the TwoSix branded L.1011 Tristar 200 kits (the Eastern Express kits boxed with a TS decal). With the decals I have left I can put together any three of the following four options:
TwoSix has no plans to release any further Tristar 100, 200 or 500 kits.
8ADecs released three new 1/144 scale laser printed decal sheets this week:
Vintage Flyer announced three new Boeing 737-200 decals, each in 1/144, 1/100, 1/200 and 1/72 scales.
Finally, DRAW Decal announced one new airliner set.
DRAW also released another P.51 Mustang decal. Sheet DWxx-P51-83 is a P.51R Mustang ‘Precious Metal’, a Rolls Royce Griffon powered Mustang that raced the Reno Air Races.
Another quiet week…. again only news is that DRAW Decal released two new sets this week.
In addition, DRAW released another in their series of P.51 Mustang decals. Sheet DWxx-P51-082 is for an ex Bolivian Air Force P.51D Mustang, as painted when first imported to Canada as “What’s Up Doc?”.
TwoSix’s previously announced Court Line BAC 1-11, BEA and Dan Air Comet screen printed decals are back from the printer, and now available. They are:
- STS44-282 British European Airlines Dh.106 Comet 4B (“red square” cs)
- STS44-300 Court Line (yellow cs) BAC 1-11-500
- STS44-301 Court Line (pink cs) BAC 1-11-500
- STS44-302 Court Line (turquoise cs) BAC 1-11-500
- STS44-303 Court Line (lilac cs) BAC 1-11-500
- STS44-306 Dan Air London Dh.106 Comet 4B and 4C
Sheet STS44-299 for the Royal Aircraft Establishment Vickers VC-10 is already in stock.
A quiet week…. only new is that DRAW Decal released two new sets this week.
Both sets are available to order.
New items this week from 8ADecs, DRAW Decal, Welsh Models….
First, 8ADecs released five new decals this week.
DRAW Decal released a P.51 Mustang decal in the usual 5 scales. Sheet DWxx-P51-081 is for a P-51D in the markings of “Candyman / Moose”, a UK based aircraft that appeared in the 1990 movie ‘Memphis Belle’. It is available by special order in 1/144, 1/72, 1/48, 1/32 and 1/24 scales.
A shipment arrived from Welsh Models yesterday, items new to my site include:
- WSL-293V Boeing 747SP, Pan Am
- WSL-295R Embraer 135, Continental Express
- WSL-296P Douglas DC-8-32 Pan Am
- WSL-298R Canadair CRJ-200, Delta Connection, Comair
- WSL-326V Boeing 747SP, Trans World Airlines
- WSL-329V Boeing 747SP, Pan Am (billboard cs)
These kits are on our web site and available to order.
First, DRAW Decal released two new airliner decals this week:
The Air Canada decal is included in a newly released Welsh Models resin 1/144 scale Boeing 737-MAX8 kit.
Next, TwoSix released two more F.27 kits and decals:
We were expecting to have news of the Revell Germany Airbus A.320NEO and A.321NEO kits by now, but to date there is nothing on the Revell Germany website, nor on any of the modelling websites that usually herald forthcoming releases. One such site lists the followig as expected to be released in 2018 (though not yet showing on Revell’s web site) are the following:
- RV3910 Douglas C.54D USAF ‘Berlin Airlift’ (1/72 scale, April 2018)
- RV3922 Airbus A.380-800 British Airways (1/144 scale, June 2018) (was previously expected to be Emirates)
- RV3912 Boeing 747-8F United Parcel Service (1/144 scale, July 2018)
- RV4958 Antonov 225 ‘Mrija’ (1/144 scale, November 2018)
- RV3920 Douglas C.54D USAF ‘Thunderbirds’ (platinum edition) (1/72 scale, November 2018)
Our distributors are not showing any of these as yet, so prices are not known at this time. I’ll add them to the web site and make further announcements as this information becomes available.
Welsh Models continues to release new 1/144 scale airliner kits, and while most new releases are of the less popular aircraft types, Welsh does sometimes release a model that competes directly with an injection moulded kit. Case in point, this month Welsh released two Boeing 737-MAX8 all resin kits, with Air Canada (2017 cs) or WestJet Canada decals. I have just ordered:
- WSL-395R Boeing 737-MAX8 Air Canada (2017 cs) (all resin kit, decal by DRAW)
- WSL-416R Boeing 737-MAX8 WestJet Canada (all resin kit)
- WSL-417R Shorts SC.7 Skyvan
- WSL-402R Shorts SC.7 Skyvan, Hunting
- WSL-413P BAC 1-11-500, BEA (red square cs)
- WSL-415P Curtiss C.46 Riddle
- WSL-400R Saab 2000, Swiss
- WSL-398R Bae 4100 Jetstream 41, British Airways
- WY-10R GA.43 Clark, Western Airlines
These are not on the web site yet, as I need to figure out prices. I’ll do so asap, and once on the site, I will add links to this post.
Posted in Boeing 737-8 MAX, C.54 Skymaster, Curtiss C.46, DRAW Decal, Fokker, New Decals, New Kits, Revell Germany, TwoSix Kits, Welsh Models, Zvezda
It has been a very busy week for new decal announcements.
First, DRAW Decal released three new airliner sets this week.
TwoSix released three new decals, including two more for the Eastern Express L.1011 Tristar 500 kit. The Tristar decals are available with a kit, or separately.
- TS44-880 Air India L.1011 Tristar 500
- TS44-881 Sudan Airways L.1011 Tristar 500
- TS44-882 Pakistan International Boeing 720B
- TSM44-018AI Air India L.1011 Tristar 500 (kit and decal)
- TSM44-018SD Sudan Airways L.1011 Tristar 500 (kit and decal)
Not to be left behind, 8ADecs released five new sheets this week:
- 8A144-434 Mexicana (green cs) Fokker 100
- 8A144-435 Mexicana ‘Saltillo’ (purple cs) Fokker 100
- 8A144-436 Mexicana ‘Talaver’ (yellow cs) Fokker 100
- 8A144-437 Air Koryo Ilyushin 18
- 8A144-438 Air Canada (2017 cs) Boeing 777-300ER
All are available to order on our web site, and will be here with our next delivery from the respective manufacturers.
Our distributor has let us know that the Ebbro 1/48 scale Honda Aircraft Company HA-420 HondaJet model is on its way, and should be available late March to mid April. Kit number is EBR-48001.
The Honda Jet is a small twin engined corporate jet that entered service in April 2016. They are built at Greensboro, North Carolina, at a current rate of about 4 a month. An unusual feature is that the two engines are mounted on pylons above the wings, not to the rear fuselage, apparently to provide more cabin and baggage space.
The kit features a removable upper fuselage moulded in both blue and red plastic (i.e. two separate and complete parts), which reveals a detailed cockpit and cabin when removed. The rest of the kit is moulded primarily in white plastic, with added clear and separate chrome plated wing and stab leading edges and engine intake rings. A decal sheet which includes decals for the three flat panel flight displays provides markings for the red and blue trimmed aircraft. Interestingly, the Honda development aircraft were painted in a similar scheme, featuring blue, red, yellow, hunter green and silver trim. I wonder if more decal options will be made available in future releases?
This is the first new corporate jet model in 1/48 scale since Hasegawa released their trio of a Cessna 500 Citation 1, Gates Learjet 35A and Dassault Falcon 10 back in the 80’s. Lets hope this is not a “one and done”!
I am accepting pre-orders, again the kit number is EBR-48001.
It has been a busy week, with a number of new kit and decal releases announced and available. So let’s get started!
First, DRAW Decal followed their American Airlines Boeing 787 sheets (announced earlier in the week, see previous post) with a new one for the MD-80.
Next, TwoSix announced that their 1/144 scale L.1011 Tristar 500 kits are available, and with some added decal options. These are the Eastern Express kit, packaged by TwoSix with one of their laser or silk screened decals. I have an initial batch on order, which should be here a week from now. See our earlier post for the previously announced Tristars. Added are:
TwoSix also added two additional 1/144 scale Fokker F.27 options. Again, please see our earlier post for the earlier releases. For these new options, the full kit with decal is available, as is the decal on its own.
- TSM44-017UK F.27 Kit with Air UK (earlier scheme)
- TSM44-017UK1 F.27 Kit with Air UK (later scheme)
- TS44-876 Air UK (earlier scheme) Fokker F.27 (decal only)
- TS44-879 Air UK (later scheme) Fokker F.27 (decal only)
USPS US Shipping Options Update
Along with new rates, the US Postal Service tightened up their definition of what is considered “flexible” to qualify for the domestic and international First Class Envelope rates. They say that my thicker packages, those with more decals inside, are not sufficiently flexible. By demonstrating different packages with different numbers of decals, we have concluded that 5 decals is the upper limit under the “decals only” option. More than 5 does not flex sufficiently to be processed through their machines, and must be sent as “First Class Package/Thick Envelope”. These rates are already available for International packages, and have been added to our site for US domestic packages. The good news is that these packages include tracking.