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.).
Please note that Linden Hill Imports will be closed for the holidays from Friday, December 22 through Friday, January 4. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a peaceful & healthy 2019.
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...
Due to an international business trip, no orders will be dispatched between Friday, July 20 and Monday, August 6, 2018. Any orders received during this time will be packaged and dispatched on or soonest after Tuesday, August 7. Any E-Mail and Voicemail correspondence received during this period will be answered after August 7. Thank you for your patience!
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.
We just received a large restock from Begemot, including the new 1/72 scale Yak-130 set for the Zvezda kit. New listings can be found in 'New Arrivals'.
The entire order processing and mail department (me) is headed out on a short trip to the UK on Thursday (5/24), returning after Memorial Day on Tuesday (5/29). This means that no orders will be packed or dispatched until the coming weekend. Sorry for this brief interruption in our service.