CMK has a wealth of useful items for aircraft and military modellers in its latest round of aftermarket accessories.
World War Two and the Cold War, plus Russia's invasion of Ukraine, are the themes for this new cache of accessories from CMK/Special Hobby. In 1/48 scale are the following products:
P48003 Panzerfaust for Bücker Bü 181 (€7, above)
This set provides four of the notorious German anti-tank weapons, for mounting over and under the wings of Special Hobby’s own 1/48 Bü 181 Bestmann. Just the Panzerfausts themselves plus waterslide decals and supplied… the wing pylons already being offered with the base kit. The detail of the 3D-printed Panzerfausts is superb and so much better than the styrene items supplied with the model.
Q48404 Bücker Bü 181/Zlin Z-181 Main wheels (€4, above)
Also for Special Hobby’s 1/48 Bü 181, these cast resin wheels are highly refined and you also get alternative hubs for the licence-built Czech Zlin version.
4456 Beaufort Mk.I Mainwheels and Tailwheel w/Leg (€9.50, above)
ICM’s new-tool Beaufort Mk.I is a splendid item, but as with any styrene kit, the detail is not as good as that achieved with resin. Here, CMK provides mainwheels with separate hubs and a tailwheel unit, plus the tailwheel itself.
M48009 AJ/JA/SF-37 Viggen (€4.30, above)
Designed to fit the Special Hobby and Tarangus Viggen toolings, these handy masks will make life much easier come painting time. This set, besides offering glazing protection for the wheels, canopy and windscreen, also offers masks for the recce version’s camera windows.
M48011 Bugatti 100 Racer (€4.30)
Having Already kitted this elegant, futuristic-looking racing aircraft in 1/72 scale, Special Hobby has also now produced a new 1/48 tooling. This set provides self-adhesive markings for the glazing and wheels.
M48013 SK-37 Viggen (€4.30)
Self-adhesive tape masks for the two-seat Viggen produced by Special Hobby and Tarangus. So that’s coverage for both cockpits’ glazing, plus the wheels.
For modellers who build in 1/72 scale, the items below could be most useful:
Q72403 Mirage IIIC (M-B Mk.4) Seat (€6, above)
Special Hobby’s 1/72 new-tool Mirage IIIC is a neat offering, but as with many aircraft kits the seat is somewhat basic. This package has a cast resin seat with excellent detail on the side frames, posterior and back pads, and the rear, which has a full main gun arrangement. Harnesses, leg restraints and seat pan/face curtain firing handles are supplied in PE form.
7505 Ki-84 Hayate Armament (€8.50, above)
Arma Hobby’s new-tool Ki-84 is splendid, but you can enliven it further here by using CMK’s new wing gun set. All cast in resin, you receive gun bays and machine guns, and ther bay covers, plus ammunition boxes and their covering panels.
Read about Arma Hobby's new 1/72 Ki-84
7509 Beaufort Mk.I Bomb Bay (€13.80, above)
All parts are cast resin in this set, which adds more refinement to the bomb bay in Airfix’s 1/72 new-tool Beaufort. Components include a new bomb bay roof and wall inserts, doors, bombs with separate tail rings, noses and racks.
B72107 15cm Nebelwerfer 41/3,7cm PaK 36 Wheels (€4, above)
If you favour military subjects in 1/72 scale, Special Armour’s Nebelwerfer and PaK 36 kits are pleasing options. However, more pizzazz can be added to both with these neat resin wheels, which do better the styrene items in both kits.
Fans of aircraft in 1/32 scale have two options:
Q32406 Yak-9K/T Exhausts (€6, above)
A simple upgrade for ICM’s new-tool Yak-9, these cast resin exhausts have open stubs for greater realism (the kit’s styrene stubs are solid).
Read about ICM's new-tool 1/32 Yak-9
Q32407 Yak-9K/T Wheels (€6, above)
Boost the authenticity of your ICM Yak-9 even further with this excellent wheel set. Separate tyre and hub pieces are provided, the latter being especially well detailed. You also receive a tailwheel… all are cast in resin.
Finally, for those who prefer the military arena, there is a 1/35 Ukrainian Soldier Firing FGM-148 Javelin (F35 384, €14.80, above). This beautifully produced package offers a cast-resin troop sitting cross-legged, elbows on knees, posed to hold the titular missile launcher. The detail is exquisite, with the man wearing a tactical vest loaded with magazines, a radio, ballistic glasses and a hydration pack on his back. Provided in salmon-coloured 3D-printed resin are the Javelin launcher body, end pieces and the control/firing handles, with the soldier’s hands printed in situ (for easier assembly).
Also 3D-printed is an AK-74 assault rifle. Thoughtfully, CMK also supplies two jigs with which to set the correct angle of the photo-etched brass fins on the missile body parts. You can simply load the finless front section of the missile in the hollow launcher or – if you are more industrious – pose the missile as if it’s just left the launcher, full array flip-out of fins in place. Impressively, the Javelin tube’s strap is printed integrally and look convincing, while the strap for the AK-74 is a PE piece. Waterslide decals are also provided. This set represents excellent value, as some simple resin 1/35 figures without such equipment can cost much more.
All these items can be ordered direct from CMK, but they are also available in the UK via Hannants.