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There is a lot going on at AMtech these days. Most of it
is really cool, some of it is a pain, but with great results!
World War 1946
We invite you to visit our website at
see the new section, World War 1946. There you will find eleven new
Luft '46 profiles done by noted aviation artist Tom Tullis. These
are just the first of many, many more to come.
We hope you enjoy them! We plan to add profiles of U.S. aircraft
in WWW '46 very soon, so be sure to visit the site periodically for
The EC-135 "snoopy", as we've been corrected, has been delayed
approximately four weeks. The delay is due to AMtech having some
resin parts designed and manufactured for the kit to ensure greater
accuracy. These parts consist of the "doghouse" SATCOM housing atop
the fuselage, needed for two of the versions in the kit, and a
correction in the fuel dump area. We think these really add a nice
touch to the kit, and are very easy to build in. There will be no
increase in price from the stated MSRP of $44.98.
AMtech is also using this time to do something a little special. We
have expanded the instructions to include a detailed,
photo-illustrated section on how to strengthen the inner/outer lower
wing panel joint and avoid the "droop" that eventually all the
KC-135 kits exhibit. This is due to an effort by AMT to use the
thinnest plastic possible in that area. While laudable, it means
that eventually the outer wing panel will droop simply due to the
weight of the plastic. This section was written and illustrated by
well-known modeler, Chuck Davenport, who also happen to have been a
former EC-135 crewmember!
We are also including a section on the operational use of the
EC-135, to include descriptions of missions, etc., by former
crewmembers. Finally, through a call from a former crew chief, we've
learned that a KC-135A was modified as the test bird for the ALOTS
pod. Thus, if you build one of the EC's without the pod, you can use
the pod and mounting door to modify one of you're A-model kits to
make the test bird. We are awaiting a photo of that aircraft to
include in the new section.
Check out the incredible box artwork on our website. Done by Robert
Karr, it depicts an ARIA/ALOTS bird and Saturn V launch, and is VERY
Only 5000 kits of this kit have been produced. If you want one, be
sure to get it EARLY, because we will NOT make any more.
P-40F/L Merlin Long-Tail
The P-40F/L Merlin-engined long-tail has also been delayed by
about four weeks. This is frankly due to production delays on the
resin nose. No problems. Just delays. However, we are sure you are
going to be extremely pleased with the results!! This nose is the
most accurate Merlin engine cowl EVER done. The nose is designed
specifically to match the panels of the AMtech and AMT kits. We will
post some photos soon to show how it fits the kit. Price for the
kit, including the new resin nose, is only $24.98! And the kit
includes markings for:
"Ace of Pearls", a Tuskeegee Airman
bird from 99th FS
"Stud", the famous all-black with red
trim ac from the 325th FG, the "Checkertails" These markings will be
unique if only because they actually FIT, vs other releases of these
"Veronica", an aircraft of the 86thFS,
79th FG. This aircraft actually has TWO different schemes. One is
the standard desert scheme of Sand, Dark Earth, and Azure blue. The
other is quite unique! The fuselage was repainted entirely Dark
Green in Italy, leaving the wings and the horizontal stabs in Sand
and Dark Earth, and the underwings Azure. VERY interesting bird!
Kittyhawk II of Squadron Leader Brian
Eaton, No. 3 Sq. RAAF, in Italy. Not only does it have colorful nose
art, but the aircraft was painted in Dark Earth and Dark Green,
quite different for P-40L's.
The pink sections on the decal sheet above indicate the location
of carrier film. The pink color will not appear on the production
AMtech will eventually sell the nose by itself as a conversion
kit for those wishing to modify either the AMT short-tail P-40F, or
a P-40E into an F. Price will be $10, including shipping within the
United States, and will be available exclusively from AMtech. You
can order via PayPal using your credit card, or by sending AMtech a
check for $10.00 U.S. Overseas orders should contact us via email
for shipping costs.
Henschel Hs 123
We've received the prototype resin cockpit, custom-designed and
manufactured for AMtech by Black Box. The only thing we can say is
"oh…..my….dear….lord." Black Box has done a truly amazing job!!!! We
will soon have photos of the parts posted here and on our website.
We are VERY confident your breath will be taken away just as ours
was. Magnificent work by Black Box!
We've not yet received the first shots of the new, "unspatted"
landing gear typically used in Russia, but when we do, we will be
sure to show them to you. These are being tooled and done in
plastic. Resin is just not strong enough to support the kit.
Price on this kit is $29.98. Only 5000 will be made, so get yours
Text Copyright © 2002 by AMtech
07 November, 2002
22 July, 2003
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