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As there are stories all over the forums of the various releases announced at Nuremeberg, the idea of this story is to summarize (with the help of the lists produced by (I.P.M.S. Deutschland) the new releases in Warships, Aviation and Armor. What I will be doing is creating a list of some of the genuinely NEW items.. Looking at some manufacturers lists, I really wonder if they have any pride left....

I will not be covering DML (armor), or Italeri (warships or Armor) as these have been adequately covered in the News section....

Wings n Treads is accepting pre orders for several interesting new items...
Eastern Front AMPS (the AMPS chapter of New Jersey), has announced its first show...

Now the annual Japan Plamodel and Radicon Show has finished, it is perhaps useful, to go back and take a look at some of the highlights. There were certainly some significant announcements although sadly, I don't have all the information I would wish for in Warship and Aviation releases...
Back in january we published a series of links to enable people to contribute to the relief effort following the terrible events of the Tsunami disaster in S.E. Asia. Following the truly horrendous events following the Katrina hurricane, here are a series of similar links to enable people to contribute in a similar manner...
As most of your are aware, IPMS Ottawa is hosting CAPCON 2005 and the Canadian Tamiya-Con (Open to Canadian Residents only. See our website for complete details.)
A few months ago, I noticed on the news pages of P.M.M.S., details of a new company, from Brazil, by the name of Warhammer Productions who we are now going to introduce here, in the news pages of Armorama...
Here is a book that is sure to please our Sci-Fi/Fantasy group, and may even turn the heads of others interested in painting figures.
New 1/72 scale line of resin buildings. Large line of 1/35 scale diorama products, and accessories.
One event dominating the hobby industry in February is Spielwarenmesse 2005. The largest annual toy and hobby fair in the world, the 56th Nuremberg Toy Fair gathers 2,700 toy and hobby item manufacturers representing over 62 countries. The show closes tomorrow, so the news are still coming in. Here a short summary of what we've heard so far.
Following the terrible events over the weekend in S.E. Asia, the major relief agencies have launched an appeal for donations.

Some websites that can help you contibute are the following:

Red Cross & Red Crescent


Catholic Relief Services

American Red Cross

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

American Jewish World Service

Foster Parents Plan

Please Remember - all these sites are offering secure servers to make credit card donations...

We'll try and update with more websites as they become available...

Armorama.com recently passed the thirty-million mark for pages viewed on the site. This comes just short of the sites 3 year anniversary which will be on December 16th of this year. The success of the site is almost certainly due to the contributions of its members and staff who always seem to go out of their way to welcome and support the new members that are signing up daily.
George Schachinger of Wikingers Panzermodellbau has uploaded image of the biggest plastic model exhibition in Austria. This show took place from 25th to 26th of September in Ried/I., upper Austria.
From Terry Ashley over at P.M.M.S. comes news of a new Brazilian company Warhammer Productions who are producing a wide-range of interesting accessory sets....
Scale Creations Whose previous release was a 1/35th Scale Church Ruin, have announced the release of four sets of Propaganda posters in 1/35th scale...
Yesterday, I received photos and details of the (first) diorama accessory from a new company:
TimeCast Historic Buildings in Miniatures has come out with a new bridge. They have created a 6mm version of the bridge at Arnham.
The annual Modelcontest Mosonmagyarovar 2004 was held the 17th and 18th of April in Hungary.

For some pictures of the aircraft and military vehicle entries, just click on the two links below:

Ships and Aircraft

Figures and AFV

A few samples of the models entered are pictured to the right.

Editors Note: All pictures taken by Wolfram Bradac. Story and photos courtest of The Luftwaffe in Scale.
A new company to me, these are the first four releases from Toro Models.....
More than five million aerial photographs of World War II are to be made publicly available on the internet.

The pictures will go online on Monday. Taken by the RAF, they were used by Allied commanders to help devise their strategy during the six-year conflict.
Hidden and Dangerous, released by Illusion Softworks in 1999, will soon have a followup, Hidden & Dangerous 2. While not available world-wide this new game looks to have some amazing rendered graphics and unique gameplay.
On July 21st, Graphsim Entertainment announced the North American release of F/A-18 Operation Iraqi Freedom. A new Windows® PC flight simulation game, you are flying missions based on the recent war in Iraq.

The Plasticmodeller's clubs KPM Brno and DDM Junior Brno held their annual exhibition on June, 7th 2003 in the Technical Museum Brno/CZ.
After 35 years of service for the United States and countless other countries, the remainder of the F-4 fleet owned by the US Navy will soon be mothballed.
Computer and video game publisher Gathering, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ - TTWO), and developer Illusion Softworks in association with development team Pterodon, announced that VIETCONG for the PC has shipped.

VIETCONG, an intense first-person shooter with tactical elements set in the Vietnam War, is now available in stores nationwide and will be available in Europe on April 11th. "VIETCONG transports players to the South East Asian battleground through stunning graphics, intense sound effects and complex missions," said Kelly Sumner, President of Gathering. "This action-packed title will have players riveted as they navigate the varied terrain and constant threat of the jungle war zone."

For more details see http://www.vietcong-game.com/us/index.html
Quartermaster's Depot announces new uniform and equipment decals, posters and signs this month.
Graham Lawler has just opened a company called EXTRA DETAIL. It will offer a complete range of printed model accessories in most scales. EXTRA DETAIL specializes in military modeling 1/87, 1/72, 1/35 and 120mm, and includes items from WWI to present day. They will also be introducing (very shortly) a section that specializes in 1:24 rally car accessories and also Model Railway signage, which will definitely be something to look out for in the coming months.
Orangeville ON - Finally, a Canadian-based news service for Scale Modellers! We intend to provide a reliable and prompt means for manufacturers, retailers, clubs and individual modellers to receive and distribute news, coming events and other data. Participation is as easy as sending us the information you wish to have published and, if you have a website, adding a link to: Scale Model News Service
Smarten up those drab walls of your workspace, have charming attractive women drawn to you immediately by your oveerwhelming sense of good taste. These military prints are exectuted by the talented hand of artist William Tait, artist with 25 years of experience behind him.
Announcing Quartermaster's Depot! The newest scale model accessories store on the Internet. We have just opened for business and currently offer a line of American,
British, Canadian and German Second World War posters, D-Day Maps, Modern Maps,
WWII Newspapers, WWII German Magazines, and three styles of Camouflage nets, all
in 1/35 scale.