Linden Hill's production line has been somewhat quiet of late but that is due to change as summer approaches. I decided on a change of subject matter for our next releases and I'm also getting into book publishing.
In addition to aviation, I have always had a fascination with polar exploration and the extreme hardships humans would be prepared to endure in order to 'conquer' this planet's icy wastes.
When Special Hobby finally released their long overdue Sunderland GR. 5 kit last year, my thoughts turned immediately to the role these old flying boats played in supplying the British North Greenland Expedition (BNGE) in the early 1950s. It was when I started to dig out old references from my library that I realized that while a few articles had been published in the 1970s about the RAF's activities in Greenland, no single book dedicated to the subject matter had ever been published.
In addition to creating decals for some notable 'Arctic Sunderlands' I resolved to fill that literary gap and thus was born 'Airlift to the Top of the World'!
The decals are printed and set LHD72039 is all ready for release, however I have decided to delay release until the book is printed. The layout is now over 50% complete and, barring any unforeseen hurdles, I hope it will be printed in the next month or so. The book itself will be published in the US as Linden Hill is based here but it is written in British English! It will be printed in Canada and I will make sure it's widely available in the UK and continental Europe. I received a lot of help from generous sources in the UK and Denmark in completing it.
In the meantime and by way of a sneak peak, here's the blurb on the back cover of the book:
"By 1950 it had been almost forty years since a publicly funded British polar expedition had been attempted. In contrast to the days of Scott and Shackleton, it was now possible to support such a venture with both motor and air transport. The British North Greenland Expedition (BNGE), a combined scientific and military venture to a remote region within 800 miles of the North Pole and headed by a Royal Navy Lieutenant-Commander, would not have been possible without the support of military aviation, mostly in the shape of the Royal Air Force’s Coastal and Transport Commands.
This book examines the origins of the Expedition and for the first time tells the full story of the role played by the RAF in transporting the BNGE northwards, supplying it, supporting its scientific research work, and bringing it safely home. It is a story that includes both potential and actual calamities and details missions flown by the RAF in some of the world’s most extreme climatic conditions."
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After a quiet 2018 we're hoping to be a little more active with new releases this year. First up should be a new decal sheet in 1/48 and 1/72 scales. 'Post-Soviet Air Forces Update' will feature some very rare Tajik Air Force aircraft plus some interesting updates on post-Soviet Air Forces we've already covered earlier in the series (Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine). Aircraft to be covered include L-29, L-39, Mi-8, Mi-24, MiG-25RBF + RBT, MiG-29UB.
Here's one of the subjects below. This is the Eduard L-29 kit carrying some test decals before we go to print. All paints used were AKAN. No release date is set as yet.
Red 60 was one of a four-ship demonstration team of L-29s formed shortly after Ukrainian independence. They were some of the very first Ukrainian military aircraft displayed in public with national Ukrainian colors. The shots below were taken at the Gostomel Airport show in August 1993 (Photos by Sergey Popsuevich via Linden Hill Ltd.).
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After a quiet half year we're hoping to be able to ramp up investment in new projects in 2019. More news next year, fingers crossed...
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We've posted added a number of new individual bottles and six-packs to both our main catalog and the 'New Arrivals' section.
So, these two new kits showed up today at Schloss von Linden Hill. If you've already built the RBT variant, you'll be familiar with parts breakdown of both new releases. I have not yet had the chance to inspect the PD fighter variant in depth but have noted that some of the minor details we feared might have been forgotten (based on the artwork on the box) have indeed been included.
The RBF box includes a new two-part nose section. I've already built an RBF variant after converting ICM's RBT nose section but am keen to build another one out of the box. Here's the new nose section.
Although the RBF nose has an accurate shape to it, I am disappointed to see that one of the five radio transparent sensor panels (the underside one) has been omitted. You can clearly see it at the bottom center of the photo below (photo: Popsuevich archive via Linden Hill Ltd.)
Clearly this omission is not the end of the world and can be fixed with some judicious scribing and masking. Nevertheless I have to ask myself why ICM would go to the trouble of molding a new RBF nose and then overlook something like this.
Finally, if you're looking for some interesting new markings for the MiG-25RBF, Linden Hill Decals will be offering you a very rare Azeri bird later this year. Stay tuned for more details soon.
In Aleksandr's latest vlog post, he discusses an unidentified color shade discovered on the wreckage of a Luftwaffe Bf-110 shot down near Rzhev (Tver' Region) in 1942.