Today is the announcement day of the new models planned for 2021. As you know, we are trying to announce only those models that are close to being released. This year, over our announcements, a shadow of uncertainty is cast.
In 2020, we prepared several model designs, some of them were planned to be already released, but due to Covid, they were significantly delayed. We will somehow have to find a way to proceed with projects that were supposed to enter the tool shop every two months last year but are still waiting for their turn.
In January, the PZL P.11c model in 1/48 scale will be available for delivery. When it relieves workshop next models will go for tooling. Let us discuss them from the most complicated to the simplest.
Hurricane Mk IIc 1/48
The biggest project for 2021, the model you have been waiting for is the Hurricane Mk IIc in 1/48 scale. Kit includes three plastic frames (plus clear parts). It will most likely be released as the last one in the series. We anticipate its follow-up with Hurricane Mk I and other variants of the Mk II.
See kit page in shop link
P-51 B/C Mustang™ 1/72
We have a great pleasure to announce a kit you asked for a long time. The P-51 B/C Mustang release is planned in the second quarter of 2021. In the box, you can find parts to build both USAAF P-51B/C, RAF Mustang Mk III and reconnaissance F-6C. Kit features both regular and Malcolm Hood canopies moulded in open and closed positions. Optional are dorsal fin and different styles of inspection panels for an air filter. Under-wing stores included in the set are bombs, 110 and 75 gal fuel tanks.
First Expert Set edition will include photoetched parts, canopy/wheel masks and decals with six markings options (4 x USAAF and 2 x RAF).
Please review 3D renderings below. Your comments and questions are very appreciated. Design and kit content may change during production.
Kit is produced under license from Boeing. Boeing, P-51 Mustang and the distinctive Boeing logos, product markings and trade dress are trademarks of The Boeing Company.
- See kit page in the shop: link
Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat™
As it was already announced, the Wildcat project is continued. Another plastic frame is ready for tooling in the workshop. It is the F4F-4 with the Martlet Mk II sub-variant (differing in the engine cover). In the future we plan to add a plastic frame with the F4F-3 / Martlet Mk III wings.
Grumman Wildcat ™ is a trademark of Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation and is used under license by Arma Hobby
See kit page in the shop: link
The order of releasing new models
The accumulation of finished project designs and the workshop’s problems with Covid is a challenge for us. The introduction of a vaccine may solve the problem of recurring quarantine of the tool workshop personnel. Having three ready for tooling projects, we may not be able to finance their production simultaneously. The last year plan assumed the release of models in sequence, allowing the financing of subsequent models from their sale. The P.11c 1/48 model was planned to be released in October, and the P-51 B/C in November 2020. It would give us the resources needed to implement the Hurricane Mk IIc in 1/48 in the first quarter of 2021.
We would instead start low-costed Wildcat (only one small mould), then we’ll go with the P-51, and for the Summer we’ll try Hurricane 1/48. In the mean-time, different design of the next models will continue. In the second half of 2020, we hired two designers who are expected to prepare two models a year, one of the projects is already advanced a lot. Your purchases of Arma Hobby models can help speed up the news, as long as Covid is dwindling.
See all announced kits in the shop link
Continuation of the Hurricane Mk II and Jak-1b projects
More Hurricane Mk IIb boxes will be released in the coming months. In addition to the primary and tropical versions, several limited models were planned, including the Hurricane Mk IIa. Yak-1b will come out in another limited edition – Soviet Aces. We also have two simple designs of the Hurricane Mk IId and Sea Hurricane IIc to be tooled when possible (just a small frame with wings and cannons or a new fuselage). We cannot say precisely when they will be released; it depends on free resources in the workshop.
Cooperation with Eduard
Eduard, a prestigious manufacturer of plastic accessories and models, proposed a repacking of the Arma Hobby Hurricane Mk I model. The Limited Edition model with Eduard accessories is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2021. As we are no accessories manufacturer, we would try with Eduard to offer exclusive value pack kits to modellers.
There were some rumours on forums that Arma Hobby designed moulds for Eduard or Special Hobby. No, we didn’t, and we are just Hurricane I sprues supplier to Eduard.
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