Friday, 15 November 2013

A look at the first 2014 releases from Revell, Masterbox, Armourfast, Trumpeter & MiniArt


Traditionally Revell only re-releases older kits and variants of existing kits not available before. This year is no difference but there are many very interesting releases in the total of 28 new models to be released in the first 4 months of the year.
1/72 armor:

Kit no.03301, A T-90A, the welded turret version of the T-90:

Kit no. 03300, The LKW 5t mil gl, a 2 axel variant of kit no. 03179 a 7 ton cargo truck used by the Bundeswehr:

Kit no 03131, The LeClerk French main battle tank (for a review click here):

In 1/35 a set of Wiesel 2 vehicles (kit no. 03205) is released:

Other noticeable releases include a 1/144 space shuttle (kit no. 04544), a 1/144 space shuttle with boosters and launchtower (kit no. 04911), and a 1/144 Saturn V rocket (kit no. 04909):

Also interesting are the Dutch demo F-16 in 1/72 (kit no. 03980) and demo Apache in 1/48 (kit no: 04896):


Masterbox from Ukraine announced two new releases for January 2014 and they are:
These are models of the first versions of the first tanks ever produced. This is the first 1/72 release from Masterbox and more WWI releases are said to follow these. On the website several CAD drawings can be seen and the models look very good on there and seem to have about 50 parts. For several parts photo etched material seems to be used. Take a look on the distributors page to find out where they are for sale in your country. HLJ took pre orders but none of these are vacant any more. The price is about €15,00 which is quite attractive for a kit with photo-etch parts.

A look at the boxart:

This model of a very old tank seems to be produced with a newest technology in model manufacturing. A very interesting release of a vehicle that should not be missing in any tank collection. For the female variant the same can be said.


After a long time of no new releases Amourfast releases the Valentine Mk. II (kit no. 99030) British tank, a very welcome addition to there range. I personally hope they also release a Priest howitzer and (later version of the) Matilda as well. The box comes with two models and can be pre ordered from Amourfast for those who can't wait. The price is about €10,00.


Trumpeter will release a 1/144 model of the Su-27 Flanker (kit no. 03909) early 2014. The only model previously available of this very good looking aircraft and aerodynamic perfection is the Dragon kit which is difficult to get and has a canopy and nose cone that differs quite in shape from the original. Trumpeters effort looks better and looks better on the photo's on trumpeters website. The price is about €15,00 at which is quite a lot for a 1/144 but it looks well worth it.

The Dutch Fennek in 1/35 (kit no. 05533) looks cool also:


Mentioned before in this post the release of 5 1/16th scale figures of medieval men at arms. Pictures of the archer are shown on the news section of MiniArt's website. This figure is released in an action pose!
  • Kit No. 16021 XV Century knight
  • Kit No. 16023 Crossbow man XV Century
  • Kit No. 16025 Medieval footsoldier
  • Kit No. 16027 Medieval archer
  • Kit No. 16031 Medieval handgunner

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