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Old 04-02-2015, 12:57 PM   #1
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Hobby Master has just announced a new tooling for the Northrop Grumman EA-6B and Lockheed S-3.

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Wow, that cuts Century Wings off at the knees with that move. Sharp move to do as both models should be strong sellers for HM.
Wonder now if CW will consider the F-117 as their next best move to produce or if they are just too tight on budget to do anything at all.
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checks the date --- april **2***!!

happy happy joy joy. perfect prowler livery.

best announcements in ages. i think 5 prowlers and 3 vikings for me more or less if they release the expected liveries. a lot of excellent liveries for both with quite some variety, too.

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Beautiful!!
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I just hope it's not a belated april's fools. Too good to be true.
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Looks like the what model do you want survey may have just been overtaken by events!
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Or perhaps the incremental results sent to William did something...
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I suspect the 117 is a hard sell. I dont think other than the Stars and Stripes it was found in a livery ofther than basic black with a different s/n? Bravo for both announced releases though!

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Wonder now if CW will consider the F-117 as their next best move to produce or if they are just too tight on budget to do anything at all.
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I just hope it's not a belated april's fools. Too good to be true.
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Or perhaps the incremental results sent to William did something...
No.

Back in September William mentioned these were planned.

The RA-5C Vigilante (May 2015 Release) was something he said I could share - but he wanted these to be kept quiet until now.

I believe that the Viking is planned for release this August with the Prowler following in September.

There are more exciting toolings to come - so stay tuned!

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Some of the very best news in this hobby as far as I'm concerned in a very long while. Just great. Can't wait, especially for the S-3!
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its a top year for HM..... having 4 new molds that are most awaited.....am definitely getting all of them....prowler, vigilante, Hawkeye andthe viking....a dream come true, finally......
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Holy $#!+! Good choices! Look forward to these two models!
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Great news!
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OMG!!!!!!!!!
The EA6b Prowler!!!!!
I am really, really, really,....., REALLY speechless!!!

I can't believe it... That is a absolutely great news, that not only will make my day, it will make several of my months!!!

Thank you William and Hobby Master!!!
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Good news everyone.



I'll be happy to have a whole fleet of S-3s.

The Vigis and Prowlers are just icing on the cake.

Thanks for the verification Dan. This seemed like a bad April Fools joke, but Pete's newsletter announced them as well.
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Very cool...they aren't my favorite planes but I may have to get one of each. Glad you guys are happy as well! I would definitely go for the S-3 Navy One.
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The Mule shows them as December pre orders and no price yet.
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I'll take one of each once they release some ODS versions

Great news to see HM do some already well made and odd aircraft, maybe a Su-27 or Superbug is somewhere down the line....
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Haha f*** you Century Wings! Good luck with the overpriced Tomcat repaints.

I don't have any real hate towards Century, but I think they've rested on their laurels far too much. It'd be nice to see more A-6s and -7s.
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Well, isn't that a surprise. I knew stuff was coming.........but I did not think of these two and together at the same time.

Its a rather odd situation for me, I have always been keen on the Viking, but seriously never thought that someone would release it in 1:72. But I dunno about the scheme?? As for the Prowler, well its a type that I was never that keen on, but there was one scheme that really did get the hook in me....and oddly its this one. So I guess I am pretty happy, the Prowler is a defo for my hanger, but I may wait for other schemes for the Viking.

I see lads have referred to CW with this bit of news. I agree, that it constrains CW and future toolings for them. But I am no longer convinced CW had another tooling in mind. Well see,.......but CW are gonna have to be rather clever if they want to give another tooling a go. Watch out if HM decides on the F14,...in my view that could be the end of CW.

I hope HM are not over investing in toolings. AF1 is one driver of HM's current state of investment, but until the B25 and B17 are seen, I am not convinced AF1 have really put that much of a dent into the US market. I myself are only interested in the P61. I might pick up a PLAAF model at some stage when they dump and the Soviet TU16 is a certainty, when its finally released. So I just hope HM are not going over board,.......although its a dog eat dog world these days with so many manufacturers, so it makes me wonder if HM have decided to be aggressive and isolate CW with the final objective of doing them away from the market altogether.

Maybe its not about AF1 after all?????

In saying that (and bringing in the emotive part of me)...I really would like to see some more WW2 toolings in 1:72, another nice twin would be nice.

Still awaiting the 1:48 Mmil...too.

Oh...and yes, the single seater Voodoo and two seater THUD..........are two other big ones we are all awaiting for.
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Awesome!! The only part of this that sucks is that I almost had myself convinced I could go all 1/200, but now it seals my fate that I will have to continue to piss off my wife with both scales
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Haha f*** you Century Wings! Good luck with the overpriced Tomcat repaints.
really no need for that. CW has produced wonderful models for the collector community.
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Looks like HM will be taking more of my paycheck. The Prowler is definitely getting purchased and of course i'll have the urge to get the Viking.
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Awesome news .. about time .. auto purchase for both
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Navy planes are strong right now. The Vigi, Prowler and Vike are fantastic releases, but I'm still hoping for that freakshow aircraft, the Cutlass. An interesting if not effective aircraft.
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really no need for that.
Dude you've said far more incendiary stuff than that. Relax. It was more in jest than anything.

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I will saving my nickels and pennies for these two 👍
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Well, isn't that a surprise. I knew stuff was coming.........but I did not think of these two and together at the same time.

Its a rather odd situation for me, I have always been keen on the Viking, but seriously never thought that someone would release it in 1:72. But I dunno about the scheme?? As for the Prowler, well its a type that I was never that keen on, but there was one scheme that really did get the hook in me....and oddly its this one. So I guess I am pretty happy, the Prowler is a defo for my hanger, but I may wait for other schemes for the Viking.

I see lads have referred to CW with this bit of news. I agree, that it constrains CW and future toolings for them. But I am no longer convinced CW had another tooling in mind. Well see,.......but CW are gonna have to be rather clever if they want to give another tooling a go. Watch out if HM decides on the F14,...in my view that could be the end of CW.

I hope HM are not over investing in toolings. AF1 is one driver of HM's current state of investment, but until the B25 and B17 are seen, I am not convinced AF1 have really put that much of a dent into the US market. I myself are only interested in the P61. I might pick up a PLAAF model at some stage when they dump and the Soviet TU16 is a certainty, when its finally released. So I just hope HM are not going over board,.......although its a dog eat dog world these days with so many manufacturers, so it makes me wonder if HM have decided to be aggressive and isolate CW with the final objective of doing them away from the market altogether.

Maybe its not about AF1 after all?????

In saying that (and bringing in the emotive part of me)...I really would like to see some more WW2 toolings in 1:72, another nice twin would be nice.

Still awaiting the 1:48 Mmil...too.

Oh...and yes, the single seater Voodoo and two seater THUD..........are two other big ones we are all awaiting for.
For what it's worth I'm in the US, buy lots, post infrequently and haven't picked up any AF1s. I'm all set for all four new HM toolings though.
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For what it's worth I'm in the US, buy lots, post infrequently and haven't picked up any AF1s. I'm all set for all four new HM toolings though.
I'm surprised there's not more love for a 2-seat skyhawk. ton of users. i'm all for a single seat voodoo, but the two-seat thud i think is rather specialist. The thud has a strong case for being in the top 5 all-time HM models; i just got the desert fox one yesterday to add to my tally. so don't get me wrong, I love it - but I think the 2-seater may simply be quite limited.

still, if they do a two-seat thud



the two seat skyhawk otoh would open up a large number of possibilities. the single seat voodoo, besides causing a flood of camo 2-seat voodoos to suddenly appear on ebay, would open up a relatively large number of liveries.

and then there's this happy fella. cocaine is a hell of a drug

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I'm surprised there's not more love for a 2-seat skyhawk. ton of users. i'm all for a single seat voodoo, but the two-seat thud i think is rather specialist. The thud has a strong case for being in the top 5 all-time HM models; i just got the desert fox one yesterday to add to my tally. so don't get me wrong, I love it - but I think the 2-seater may simply be quite limited.

still, if they do a two-seat thud


Not quite sure what you mean by "specialist" regarding the EF/F105F/G. All the schemes HM released with the B/D you can get for the two sweaters. These include NMF, various desert schemes and Euro1 type schemes along with S.E. Asian schemes.

Unfortunately the G never served in USAFE, but the F did including some based at Spangdahlem.

Now whether HM decides that's it's not economical or not, I have no idea, but the variety of the F/G in scheme diversity is as prevalent as the single seater F101s.......minus the RF101 of course.

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Not quite sure what you mean by "specialist" regarding the EF/F105F/G. All the schemes HM released with the B/D you can get for the two sweaters. These include NMF, various desert schemes and Euro1 type schemes along with S.E. Asian schemes.

Unfortunately the G never served in USAFE, but the F did including some based at Spangdahlem.

Now whether HM decides that's it's not economical or not, I have no idea, but the variety of the F/G in scheme diversity is as prevalent as the single seater F101s.......minus the RF101 of course.

Actually, the big question for me what, if any, are the major physical differences between the EF105F, F105F and the F105G.

If there are very little or nothing substantial (or can be easily modified on the tooling) then the variety in the two seater F105 is not an impediment to the tooling in my view.
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I'm surprised there's not more love for a 2-seat skyhawk. ton of users. i'm all for a single seat voodoo, but the two-seat thud i think is rather specialist. The thud has a strong case for being in the top 5 all-time HM models; i just got the desert fox one yesterday to add to my tally. so don't get me wrong, I love it - but I think the 2-seater may simply be quite limited.

still, if they do a two-seat thud



the two seat skyhawk otoh would open up a large number of possibilities. the single seat voodoo, besides causing a flood of camo 2-seat voodoos to suddenly appear on ebay, would open up a relatively large number of liveries.

and then there's this happy fella. cocaine is a hell of a drug

cocaine? i don't see the connection.
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cocaine? i don't see the connection.
I think he's referring to the rather bright tail markings, I reckon it was LSD he was on when coming up wih that haha
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Prowler! Great news! Thank you for the model, HM. However personally don´t like the VAQ-136 Gauntlets livery, so I´ll wait for the classic Navy grey-white scheme, which also nicely match to my CW A-6E Sunday Punchers. Hope this comes next:



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Ladia, the first image looks beautiful.

Please submit these to William.
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Ladia, the first image looks beautiful.

Please submit these to William.
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I agree, the first image is a speccy scheme.
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theres so many squadrons that the prowler has joined........theres no hurry....i guess everyone who want this aircraft and want a specific quadron will just have to sit and wait.....
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i guess everyone who want this aircraft and want a specific quadron will just have to sit and wait.....
The best way to get a specific squadron done is to send images of the aircraft to William.
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thats very true aardvark.... HM has their priorities too...and some countries want their version too to name a few....France, Israel, Japan....etc...
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looking forward for the prowler..but i prefer older scheme with light grey and white color or the all grey low vis scheme
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I know we're going to see alot of CAG style releases, but please please please don't forget the old school gull gray and white schemes with the tan radomes.

I am with Ladia's pick on the VAQ-134 Garudas. I'd prefer the "NL" tailcode when it was assigned to the Carl Vinson.


I also like the ones with the radioactive symbol on the nose...


I really hope for an S-3 from VS-29 Dragonfires when it was assigned to the USS Carl Vinson in the 80's.. It will be interesting to see how HM will keep this one from sitting on its tail... I am going to guess that the foldable part of the tail will be plastic.




The next thing that has me a bit worried.... is the price! If little F-6 F hellcats are selling for $69, and F-4's are selling for close to $80 USD in 2014, I really doubt we'll see these models selling for under $100 USD.
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OK, as requested, the email with request for Prowler in classic US NAVY grey/white livery has just been sent to William. I have explicitly mentioned BuNo 158541 and 158547, with later option for MARINE VMAQ-2 Playboys.

Have also pointed out to William the importance of compressor fans in intake ducts, which are on Prowlers really visible, asking him not to forget or omit this important detail as unfortunately happened to HM Phantoms.

Will post here William´s reply.
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Nice work, Ladia.

Unfortunately, I suspect that HM will not be able to model the intake fans. But it is worth the try anyway.

That Playboys Prowler is cool. It should pair well with the VX Tomcat's that CW has made.
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If William will be aware how important it is for us collectors, I believe he will take care. On Prowler it is really visible.
And if Century Wings can do this, why not Hobby Master?

I would actually expect some reply like: compressors in EA-6B intakes? Already arranged, guys.
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This Prowler is a must:





Pretty sure this would have a lot of fans too:





And Prowlers for the Seahawks fans:







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Gotta have the Centennial Viking too:

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Hopefully we will see a couple of "E" birds too.

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This Prowler is a must:
You've more or less picked the prowlers that I don't care for perfectly

"That's what I love about this hobby - everybody can have their own tastes."
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Take your pick...

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Old 04-03-2015, 03:13 PM   #50
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You've more or less picked the prowlers that I don't care for perfectly

"That's what I love about this hobby - everybody can have their own tastes."
those schemes are pretty 'eww' tbh.

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Take your pick...

how come some have topaz-tinted canopies, while others are blue? would've thought there'd be a uniform colour for the tint.
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