New Product Announcements, week ending August 11th 2018

This week TwoSix released two new decals for the 1/144 scale Tupolev 134A kits:

  • TS44-897  LOT Polish (final cs) Tupolev Tu.134A
  • TS44-898  LOT Polish (early cs) Tupolev Tu.134A

We have a new piece of BraZ Ground Service Equipment (GSE) in stock.  Recently released is:

  • BZG011  Mobile Belt Loader TUG 660


DRAW Decal released a decal for the Air Hong Kong / DHL Boeing 747-400F:

DRAW has also released another in their Reno Racer series, this time a much modified P.51D Mustang “Dago Red”.   It is set DWxx-P51-092, and as usual, it is available in 1/144, 1/72, 1/48/1/32 and 1/24 scales.

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New Product Announcements, week ending August 4th 2018

This week 8ADecs announced three new decals:

  • 8A100-469  Alaska Airlines (2016 cs) Embraer 175
  • 8A144-470 Emirates ‘Year of Zayed 2018’ Boeing 777-300ER
  • 8A144-471 Royal Nepal Airlines Airbus A.330-200

8ADecs has indicated the 1/100 scale Alaska Airlines Embraer 175 sheet (for the Tamiya kit) is a limited edition sheet, as the white decal is silk screened, and only a limited number of copies are available.

1/96 Scale Viscount 800

I recently obtained a very limited number of Authentic Airliners resin 1/96 scale Vickers Viscount 800 conversion sets.  This set comprises a hollow resin forward fuselage, a set of four engine cowls to modify the Rolls Royce Dart engines, and two styles of the radar nose cone.

I am offering these as a package with a Glencoe 1/96 injection molded Viscount 700 kit (with instructions, no decal) and an AHS 1/96 scale Viscount 800 Window Decal (AHS9116).  At time of writing, I have just three sets available.  See TSR96-01-Conv-Set to order.



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Recent Contrails Releases and Arrivals

A while ago Contrails released engine sets to allow conversion of the Nitto / Doyusha 1/100 scale DC-8-62 to other versions.  Now in stock at AHS are:

The Nitto kit is a series 62, so needs to be lengthened to build a series 61 /73 or 71 / 73.   Conversion kits to facilitate this are on order, and will be announced when in stock.  On order from Contrails, and coming soon is a replacement 1/100 scale DC-8 nose to improve the shape, and parts to convert it to a series 61 or 63.

Other recent arrivals from Contrails include:

  • CM44-A330-Cargo Conversion, allowing a -200F to be built from the Revell -300 kit.
  • CM44-DC10-E GE CF6-6 or -50 Engines (2+), DC-10-10/-30 (includes early “splitter” hot exhaust or later “spike”, and #2 engine intake )

Contrails previously released GE TF-39 engines for the 1/144 scale C5A/B Galaxy, now joined by a set of GE CF6 engines for the updated C5M Galaxy.  Both versions are in stock:

  • CM44-C5-ENG GE TF-39 Engines (4),  Lockheed C5A/B Galaxy
  • CM44-C5M-ENG GE CF6-80C2 Engines (4), Lockheed C5M Galaxy


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New Product Announcements, week ending July 21st 2018

TwoSix has been busy.  Following on from the Ethiopian 777 decal released earlier this week, they have also released:

  • TS44-895  Biman Bangladesh Airlines Boeing 787-8


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Monday Morning Releases

Today, announcements from two of our decal manufacturers with their latest creations.

First, TwoSix announced:

  • TS44-896  Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777-300ER


8ADecs announced four new decals:



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Minicraft DC-8-63 / -71 / -73 “Bagged Kit” are Here !

DRAW Decal arranged with Minicraft for a batch of their excellent 1/144 scale DC-8-63 / 71 / -73 kit as “bagged kits”.  The kit includes both PW JT3D ‘smooth cowl” engines as fitted to the DC-8-63 (as released by Minicraft with Eastern Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines markings), and the CFM56 engines that were fitted to the -71, -72 and -73 series (as released by Minicraft with Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Southern Airlines markings).  The kits include both the short and extended wingtips.


I am also offering the kit as a “package deal” with the Avigraphics DC-8 “windows & details” decal, or with a DRAW DC-8 decal, or with a TwoSix DC-8 decal.


  • M14521B-TS44-DC8  DC-8-63 / -71 / -73 “Bagged Kit” with any TwoSix DC-8 Laser Decal
  • M14521B-STS44-DC8  DC-8-63 / -71 / -73 “Bagged Kit” with any TwoSix DC-8 “Silk”Decal (subject to limited availability)

DC-8 Conversions – Alternative Engines

The mold designers very thoughtfully included ‘cut here’ marks inside the fuselage as a guide to converting the kit to a series 62 / 72, and to all the shorter -11 through -51 aircraft.  Engines are available by Contrails and by BraZ to convert the kit to these other versions.

  • CM44-DC8-20E  PW JT4A engines for the series 20 and series 30
  • CM44-DC8-40E  Rolls Royce Conway Engines
  • CM44-DC8-50E  PW JT3D-3 Engines, DC-8-50 series, and series 61
  • BZ4094  PW JT4A Engines for the series 20 and series 30
  • BZ4093 PW JT3D-3 Engines, DC-8-50 series, and series 61
  • Use the kit supplied JT3D “smooth cowl” engines for a series 62


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Collection Sale

Occasionally I am offered collections of kits and decals by modelers who for various reasons want to ‘thin the pile’.  More recently I was offered some kits that had been donated to a local hobby shop for onward donation to patients at a local VA facility.   They aren’t too interested in civilian aircraft, so the hobby shop auctioned the models, and are using the funds generated to buy and donate kits more suited to their interests. A ‘win-win’ all round!

I have created a category called “Collection Sale 2018” for these, and a few other kits I’ve accumulated over the last few years.  Look on the left side of my home page, look for group 4 “Collectors Corner”, it’s the first sub category.  Or click HERE !

Most are 1/144 scale, and include a number of out of production Minicraft kits.  All have been inspected, and are as described for each model.  I have just one of each, so once sold, I have no more until another collection comes my way.  Some have already sold while I was putting this post together.  Here are some of the highlights:

Minicraft, 1/144 scale:

  • M14447  Douglas C-118 (DC-6B) USAF ‘Independence’
  • M14465 Boeing 727-200, United Airlines
  • M14482 Boeing 757-200, Trans World Airlines
  • M14496 Douglas DC-6B American Airlines
  • M14582 Douglas DC-6B United Airlines
  • M14521 Douglas DC-8-71, Delta Airlines

There are also some “bagged kits” available – complete kits, without box, decal or instructions.  They include the following:

Revell Germany, 1/144 Scale:

  • RV4258 Fokker 100 KLM, Swissair

Heller, 1/72 Scale:

Good hunting !






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New Product Announcements, week ending July 7th 2018

TwoSix released a new decal in 1/144 scale in their laser printed decal series.

  • TS44-877 Jersey European Fokker F.27-500 Friendship


8ADecs released a silk screen printed windows, details and stencils sheet in 1/144 scale.



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New Product Announcements, week ending June 30th 2018

8ADecs released four new sets this week.



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New Product Announcements, week ending June 23rd 2018

Not a lot to report this week….

TwoSix’s newest releases are back from the printer, and will be here in my next shipment.

  • STS44-307 Pakistan International Boeing 707-320C
  • STS44-308 Pakistan International Boeing 720B
  • STS44-309 Pakistan International Boeing 747-200B
  • STS44-310 Pakistan International McDD DC-10-30

TwoSix also re-released two screen printed sheets that had sold out of their earlier print runs:

  • STS44-245 British Airways Boeing 777-200 / 300ER
  • STS44-265 Cathay Pacific L.1011 Tristar


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