HBM Newsletter Winter-Spring 2003
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This Newsletter is being written in March of 2003. Ron and Louise are
feeling much healthier, but we still have a lot of illness and life problems
among our HBM colleagues and their families. We think we can be fully
back on track later this year.
Important - change of email address. Please go to your computer's
mail program or address book and change our email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have not moved physically and our postal address is unchanged . We
have just changed to a different Internet Service Provider (ISP). As a tip,
the broadband cable and dedicated phone line connections are a huge improvement
over dial-up systems. Our old email address, email@example.com, will be
valid until the end of March.
Another important change is the addition of Paypal to our payment
options. For US collectors this is mainly a convenience issue. It will
allow you to use your credit card or Paypal account to credit our Paypal
account. Overseas collectors who have access to Sterling, Euros, Yen,
or Canadian dollar accounts will be able to have payments credited in
US dollars at extremely low cost. Paypal is an eBay operation. You can
read up on it at www.paypal.com
or you can enter through any eBay portal. When you wish to make
a payment, just use our email address and Paypal will make the arrangements.
The account is the same as our new email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
In April, we will be updating the HBM web site. If you have not
yet visited it, go to www.luft46.com
. At the bottom of the welcome page, just click on the HBM Models icon.
We are finally getting around to a draft of the catalog that focuses just
on the WWII types and selected ranges which we will be continuing. Everything
else will eventually go onto a sale page that will sell off the remaining
deleted items. While you are on the web site, check out the other Luft46
pages. Notably the great sections by Dan Johnson on the Luftwaffe project
aircraft that might have become operational if the war had extended into
1946-47. Dan and his colleagues work with model photography and digital
imagery is really super.
Also getting an update is the HBM Checklist. We have cleaned up
the listings, added in new issues, and eliminated models that are duplicated
or not going to appear in designated sets. The latter are moved to a
combined file of deleted models . That alone will save us big chunks of
time. We will do an email distribution of that in April.
Horn-blowing department. Without making too much of a fuss about
it nicely painted examples of our models are already garnering good to shocking
prices on Internet auctions. A somewhat more disturbing trend is seeing
more and more of our models, X-Models, and Hauk and Hai models offered as
Wiking models, especially on the German eBay. This is not an innocent mistake.
There are 8 New HBM Models in the Winter series just released.
- When we made the original Hawker Typhoon we knew we had to also
offer the early car-door version. What I did not know at the time was
how many tries it would take to get that canopy looking right. Nonetheless
it is finally available.
- The PZL Sum is the first of several models depicting the Polish Air
Force in September of 1939. Coming next will be the PZL 11 and 24
and the LWS Mewa.
- The Chetverikov Ark-3 was one of the Soviet Union's core coastal patrol
aircraft. It requires that you glue the motor nacelle in place atop the
fuselage and affix the two underwing floats. An easy build.
- The Japanese Navy operated the Aichi Jake both as a shipboard
catapulted aircraft and from island and seaplane tender bases. You will
need to glue the two floats in place. You may want to add a couple of additional
struts from plastic sprue.
- The Mitsubishi Pete was a standard Japanese shipboard scout
aircraft. It looks complex, but you will find that the struts nearly lock
the top wing into proper alignment. Let the wing assembly set overnight
before adding the main and wingtip floats.
- The Nakajima Tojo, together with the Oscar and Tony was
the standard Japanese army fighter for much of WWII.
- TheMitsubishi Zeke 32 Hamp was one of those seemingly great
ideas that had to work. To increase the performance of the Zeke fighter
Mitsubish introduced this clipped wing variant. It should have had significantly
improved performance but the slightly improved speed did not compensate
for losses in range and maneuverability.
- The Loire et Olivier LeO 246 helps put us a step closer to
completing the WWII French set. The LeO 246 is another of those aircraft
the French produced in tiny numbers but designed so attractively that
they demand a model.
Forthcoming HBM models are going to remain focused on completing
sets. The Lockheed Hudson, Petyakolev Pe-8 (TB-7). Northrop
YB-60, and Blohm und Voss 138 are already in casting, and close
to a dozen
additional types are just about ready for casting. Look for the
to be released about the end of June.
HBM, VK, and X-Models Recastings. Here are the latest
These are all first-come-first-served. If we break even on these
make another set in the spring. If you have any of these on
list, we will be mailing those in late February.
FIAT G.55 Centauro 5.00
Reggiane Re 2005 Sagitattario 5.00
Bloch l74 7.50
Reggiane Re-2000 Falco 5.00
Loire-Nieuport LN 401
FIAT CR.42 Falco 5.00
Lockheed "Have Blue" prototype
Daimler Benz Projekt B
X-6 F8F Bearcat
X-8 F7F Tigercat
X-23 Do 335A
X-25 Go 244
X-26 Go 242
X-28 Do 335B
Focke-Wulf Ta 183
Consol. B-24D Liberator
Grumman TBF Avenger 7.00
Nakajima Nate 6.00
Mitsubishi Claude 6.00
Please check your wants lists. We are sending those back with current
for your additions, deletions, and comments. Please return those
to us so we
can be sure that our back-orders reflect your actual wants.
Price list for new HBM models.
741 Hawker Typhoon 1A (Car door)
801 PZL Sum
809 Chetverikov ARK-3 11.00
811 Aichi ³Jake² 8.50
812 Mitsubishi ³Pete²
813 Nakajima ³Tojo²
814 Mitsubishi Zeke 32 ³Hamp²
816 LeO 246
Ron¹s wants list. We are looking for a salvageable
Fredy Martin Schulz
(FMS) model of the Latecoere 521/523. Either built-up or buildable
Close enough to 1/200 are some rather nice 1/192 scale ship models
encountered. JD Products has very nicely casted models of the Ohio,
and Virginia classes of nuclear submarines, and should have 2-3
the 688 Class out by now. They also have a great SSN decal sheet
useful fittings. Try jdproduct.com. Silent Thunder
Models is offering
display models of the 212 (Gato) Class US Fleet Submarine of WWII,
with a Virginia Class, Fletcher Class DD, and Liberty Ship. These
finished models in mahogany with metal small parts, made in
Check availability before sending payments, however.
We keep receiving inquiries about suitable figures for posing with
aircraft. For scale fidelity and variety you really cannot beat
unfinished figure packages from Preiser. You can order the Z-Scale
or actual 1/200 the latter made for architectural models.
Mercator also have some nice figures in a true 1/200. Watch your
ordering wargaming models for 1/200 use. For reference, the most
10mm, which is 1/160 or N Scale. Those are often superb but much
for 1/200 use as anything but statues in the park. Most are
than 10mm. The bulk of figures labeled as 1:200 are actually much
a true 10mm. 1/300 figures also typically run a size large,
but that often
makes them quite usable with 1/200 planes and vehicles. Could
one of the
wargamer readers give us an update?
We are also looking for a firm which can do photo-etching for us.
artwork for such gems as a Bachem Natter launching tower,
rails, and fine details for the armored trains and Dora RR gun,
but we need
a reliable and not too costly sub-contractor.
EBay Warnings. We have used eBay for several years to
models and books to our collection. Several developments are
reducing the utility of buying and selling on eBay. First is just
mass of real junk that one must wade thru to find the occasional
³treasure². Since the stuff keeps appearing, one must
assume that PT Barnum
was right. We are more concerned by finding that a lot
of the merchandise
offered is now not even in the hands of the sellers. Instead the
wait until they have your payment before ordering from their distributors.
Further, a number of the ostensibly domestic sellers are clearly
from offshore, notably in Russia and other Soviet states.
That¹s about all the news of the One True Scale for now. Happy collecting!