Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hobby Master and Air Force 1 Preorder Order News

February 16, 2017 -
New Announcements from Hobby Master and Air Force 1 models.
The 1:48 Scale P-38 Lightning is sure to big and beautiful!

The second highest-scoring American pilot of World War II, Major Thomas McGuire of the 475th Fighter Group tallied his first kill on August 18, 1943 — a day he took down three Imperial warbirds. The following day, after two more victories, he was already an ace.

All of Major McGuire's kills were scored in P-38 Lightnings of which he flew numerous iterations, each nicknamed after his new wife: "Pudgy" While piloting "Pudgy IV" on October 24, 1944, McGuire shot down two Oscars over the Philippines before being forced to land and give up his cherished warplane to the 49th Fighter Group, a unit which suffered heavy attrition.

This 1/48 scale, die cast reproduction of McGuire's "Pudgy IV" features a striking attention to historical detail including authentic nose art, a glazed canopy, optional-position landing gear, and an all-metal display stand.
Hobby Master notes:

Among the highlights, you'll find an F-86E Sabre replicating a warbird piloted in Korea by two American aces: Colonel Gabby Gabreski and Major William H. Westcott, both of the 51st FIW. Also, the T-38A Talon salutes a pioneer in the field of women's aviation: record-setting pilot, Jackie Cochran. Finally, the Spitfire Mk.IXc featured in today's announcement is a unique tribute to Pierre Clostermann - the top French ace of the Second World War who tallied 33 kills and earned the nickname "France's First Fighter" by Charles de Gaulle.

As always, this 1/72 or 1/48 scale, die cast models come with an impressive assortment of features including authentic historic markings, a hand-painted pilot figure, dynamic moveable parts, optional-position landing gear, and a display base.

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url Photo Item Name MSRP Sale Price
Air Force 1 Preorder News
AF1-0150 P-38J Lightning, "Pudgy IV" 431st FS, 475th FG, Maj. Thomas McGuire (1:48) New Mould $119 $99.95
Hobby Master Preorder News
HA1977 F-4F Phantom II , "Final Flight", WTD-61 Manching AB, 2013 (1:72) $107 $96.95
HA2714 F-2B, 4th AW, 21st SQ , JASDF, March 2016 (1:72) $101 $89.95
HA3538 F/A-18C Hornet, VFA-37 "Ragin' Bulls", USS George H. W. Bush, 2016 (1:72) $104 $92.95
HA4315 F-86E Sabre, Westcott and Gabreski, 25th FIS/51st FIW, Oct 1951 (1:72) $84.95 $77.95
HA5211 F-14A Tomcat, VF-84 "Jolly Rogers", USS Nimitz, 1977 (1:72) $154 $134.95
HA5403 T-38A Talon, Edward Air Force Base, California, 1961 (1:72) $77.95 $69.95
HA5503 P-40N Warhawk, 89th FS, 80th FG, Assam Valley, Naggaghuli Base, 1944 (1:72) $74.95 $67.95
HA8315 Spitfire Mk.IXC, P/O Pierre Clostermann DFC, 602 Sqn., RAF, France, June/July 1944 (1:48) $99.95 $89.95
HA8316 Spitfire LF Mk. IXE, 310 Sqn., WWII (1:48) $99.95 $89.95
HA8712 BF 109E-3, Werner Molders, Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 53, May 1940 (1:48) $97.95 $87.95

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