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AMtech Announcements

EC-135, P-40F/L, Hs 123

Decal sheet for the forthcoming 1/72 scale EC-135


Text by Alan Griffith

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AMtech Announcements


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 www.amtechmodels.com to 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 updates.


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 cool!

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:

  1. "Ace of Pearls", a Tuskeegee Airman bird from 99th FS

  2. "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 markings.

  3. "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!

  4. 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 decal sheet.

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 early.

Text Copyright © 2002 by AMtech
Page Created 07 November, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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