New 1:72 Sunderland

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New 1:72 Sunderland

Postby Seaford » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:55 am

I have been tracking the Hannants site "future releases" for some time and have nearly given up on the 1:48 Fonderie Sunderland as that seems to have been on for years! More recently a Special Hobby SH72162 (1:72 Sunderland Mk. V) has appeared and after a little research (on the internet) it seems to be due for release on June 10 this year!

With real excitement I went into Hannants last Saturday and made further enquiries. It seems that Special Hobby do not always meet their own deadlines and the chap I spoke to explained that there is no firm date on which the kit can be expected. He did not say it wouldn't happen, more that I shouldn't hold my breath!

I really would love a modern kit of the Sunderland. When I look at some of the obscure (or at least less significant) aircraft that have a fine quality injection moulded kit available I do not understand why at least one of the big manufacturers has not done one. Surely if they looked at how many Airfix kits have been purchased over the decades and it is still in production it should make them want to do a better one (eg Hasegawa doing a Lancaster!)

I wait in hope!

Re: New 1:72 Sunderland

Postby TASSE » Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:27 pm

Hi Seaford
If you come up with a 1/48 Sunderland please let us know. I wish manufacturers would think larger.

Cheers TASSE.
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Re: New 1:72 Sunderland

Postby dogsbody » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:45 pm

Yes, MPM/Special Hobbies can be hit or miss. I forget how many years ago they were going to release a 1/72 Douglas B-18/Digby but still nothing! I used to work with a fellow who's father flew Digby PB-Z/747. In October 1942 he attacked and sank U-520 southeast of Newfoundland.

Come on, MPM/Special Hobbies, people are waiting, cash in hand.
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Re: New 1:72 Sunderland

Postby Seaford » Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:39 pm

Hello TASSE,

I have just completed the Alpha Flight 1:48 scale resin kit available at:

It is a good kit, takes months to do justice and is witheringly expensive by the time you add on import duty and carriage! Still the only game in town as Sangar seem to have lost interest in the 1:48 vac form.

Here are a few pics (I hope as it's the first time I've used Photo bucket!)


Hope this helps!

Re: New 1:72 Sunderland

Postby TASSE » Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:56 am

Thank you Seaford, it looks great. I will investigate.

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Re: New 1:72 Sunderland

Postby sunderlandnut » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:42 am

Great model Seaford

Here's a photo which you may already have of ML828 taken at Plymouth Sound early 1945


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Re: New 1:72 Sunderland

Postby Seaford » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:54 pm

Hi Sunderlandnut,
What a wonderful picture it is! It tells a story too. Oh to have seen and heard such majestic craft on such a fine day as in the picture. I bet the guys in that crew didn't always think so though!

Re: New 1:72 Sunderland

Postby sunderlandmr5 » Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:59 am

Hi Simon (Seaford)

Nice model, first I have actually seen built up.

I think the Alpha Flight folks did quite well and in Resin to boot,
only small nitpicks that I could see in the unbuilt kit, but if it's all closed up they
are not noticeable anyway.

That photo, Sunderlandnut posted is really nice, and does tell a story.

I can't help but wonder if they are waiting for a refuelling barge, as many
of the crew are topside. In some notes I have from a WWII Sunderland pilot,
one thing thay had to do prior to departing the aircraft after a sortie was
to refuel it. Once the barge arrived it was all hands topside (officers inclusive)
to fuel up their aircraft.

One interesting thing I noted in the photo, is that the bomb bay doors only
have two portholes (as far as I am aware Mk III/IIIa's had three) which is
a feature of the newer Mk V


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Re: New 1:72 Sunderland

Postby Fred » Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:56 pm

Sorry, but what about the topic 1/72 Sunderland???

Back to topic, please...
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