New Product Announcements, week ending May 2nd 2020

A slower week for new announcements…..

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



  • 8A144-599 Japan Air Lines Douglas DC-8-30/-50





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New Product Announcements, week ending April 25th 2020

DRAW Decal has released a new set for the Bae RJ85 (a.k.a. Bae 146-200) in 1/144 scale:


DRAW Decal has also released three different schemes for the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Lockheed C.130H Hercules.   The 1/144 scale decals are also available in a “package” with a Minicraft C.130 kit.  For a full list of all the Hercules “combo” packages available, please click M14524B+.





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New Product Announcements, week ending April 18th 2020

DRAW Decal has released a rather colourful set for the Boeing 747-400F in 1/144 and 1/200 scales:


26Decals has announced the following new and re-printed decals as “At the Printers”.  They are anticipated to be available by late May 2020.  It’s good to see 26 continuing to support 1/200 scale!

  • STS20-​009 British Airways (Negus & Negus cs) Boeing 747-100 / -200 / -200F / -400


  • STS20-0​10 British Airways (Landor cs) Boeing 747-100 / -200


  • STS72-013 RAF Queen’s Flight DH.114 Heron C4


In for re-print are the following:

  • STS44-128 British Airways (Negus & Negus cs) Vickers Viscount 800
  • STS44-131A British Airways (Negus & Negus cs) Boeing 747’s
  • STS44-224 British European Airways (‘Speedjack’ cs) V.953 Vanguard
  • STS44-225 British European Airways (‘Speedjack’ cs) Vickers Viscount 800
  • STS44-228 British Airways (Negus & Negus cs) Vickers VC-10 & SVC-10
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New Product Announcements, week ending April 11th 2020

With most of our esteemed decal designers at home practicing “social distancing”, they are finding they have a bit more time for drawing decal art, and we get the benefit!

DRAW Decal has released two new KLM 747 sets to commemorate the retirement of these ‘Queens of the Sky’ from KLM service:




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






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Zvezda Irkut MC-21-300 Kit is Here!

Zvezda has released a 1/144 scale kit of the Irkut MC-21-300 twin engined airliner that is currently under development in Russia.   Kit ZVE-7033 is now available to order.


The decal provided in this first release is for the first prototype.


The first prototype made its first flight on 28th May 2017, and to date there are four prototypes performing the test and certification work.  The first four prototypes and development airframes are powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1400G turbofans, but due to U.S. sanctions, a new engine of Russian design will be used for production airframes.  Development of the Aviadvigatel PD-14 started in 2009, and was flight tested on an Ilyushin 76 airframe.  Apparently flight ready engines have been delivered to Irkut, and are fitted to the fifth airframe, currently in production.


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New Product Announcements, week ending April 4th 2020

First…  we received, finally, more of Revell Germany’s recent 1/144 scale airliner re-releases.  The U.S. importer is starting to catch up!

  • RV3881 Airbus A.350-900, Lufthansa (2018 cs)


  • RV3882 Airbus A.380-800 Emirates ‘United for Wildlife’


DRAW Decal has released another decal for the McDD C17A Globemaster III in 1/144 scale and 1/72 scale:





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New Product Announcements, week ending March 29th 2020

We received a small re-stock shipment from Welsh Models this week.  Included are two recent releases:

  • WCLS72/28 Bae 146-200, Pacific Southwest Airlines



  • WSL-450P Lockheed 1649 Starliner, Trans World Airlines


DRAW Decal released the a set for the Northwest Airlines Douglas DC-9-14/15 in four scales:


DW44-C17-023​ DW72-C17-0​23 USAF North Carolina ANG  McDD C17 Globemaster III


26Decals has released the following two new screen printed decals to fit the recently released Zvezda Airbus A.350-1000 kit:




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New Product Announcements, week ending March 22nd 2020

I hope that you and your families are safe, and doing all you can to remain free of the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  Carolynn and I are well, remaining home as much as we can, and doing our best to “social distance” when we do have to venture out.   Sure wish folks out there had a clue what “6 feet” means !

DRAW Decal has announced the following new set in 1/144 and 1/200 scales:


8ADecs has released four new sets, all in 1/144 scale:

  • 8A144​-592 American Airlines (ex Reno Air cs) McDD MD80 / 87 / 90






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New Product Announcements, week ending March 15th 2020

Not a lot to announce this week….

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



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Covid-19 and AHS

First and foremost, I hope this message finds you and your family well, and coping with the new world we find ourselves sharing.  While we cannot predict exactly how the Covid-19 pandemic will progress, there are things we can do individually.

At the time I am writing this, air travel is being severely curtailed, especially internationally, and in parts of the world most affected by Covid-19.  While the post office remains open, I will continue to ship orders.  I am supporting my suppliers by placing orders with them to add their new items, and to restock the items I have recently sold.  Two inbound orders are supposed to leave the UK today, and as long as there are aircraft still flying the Atlantic, they should arrive at the end of the week.  Together we can keep our hobby flourishing, our suppliers in business.  Perhaps too a chance for those of us now “working from home” and saving all that commute time, we can reduce our personal stockpiles of unbuilt kits!

Besides AHS, I also operate a mobile automotive electronics repair service.  While I am keeping both businesses open. effective today I am limiting my days on the road to three a week, and I have already stepped up my hand washing and “social distancing” practices.   My wife and I are doing everything we can to avoid infection, avoiding large gatherings, limiting placing ourselves in so-called risky situations.  I have a feeling we will be eating in a lot more, and Netflix is going to see a lot of our attention!

To paraphrase what I heard on a TV show this morning, we should focus our attention on the most reliable sources of news and advice.  We should listen to the scientists and doctors – they are the best informed, the most knowledgeable, can give us the best recommendations to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.  The World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) have and are sharing the best information.  Please take what you hear from our politicians with a huge grain of salt – too many of them are still in denial, are ignoring the facts, and are making useless comments that are not helpful.   Be careful which news organizations you listen to – some have it right, some do not.   Last but not to minimize this, we will survive.  For most of us this is the flu, for some and especially those of us advancing in age, or with underlying health issues, this could be a lot more serious.   By following our medical services advice, we can keep ourselves free of this virus and out of the clinics and hospitals, freeing those resources for those among us who need it most.  Please take care of yourself and your loved ones, and help your neighbours as you can.  We will get through this.

So….  stay safe, stay well, this too shall pass.   Apologies that I cannot help with supplies of T-P and hand sanitizer, but the AHS shelves are well stocked with kits, decals, resin and etch parts.  With my extra time at home I should be able to get your order out quickly.

Stay Safe !


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