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PostPosted: Mon 18 Nov 2013 20:43 pm 
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I hear that there is going to be a new Sherman release from Heller.
Does anyone know anything more with regard to other 2014 releases


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PostPosted: Mon 18 Nov 2013 20:58 pm 
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Check out the pics on their facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/hellerjoustra/photos_stream

The Sherman looks very nice.

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PostPosted: Mon 18 Nov 2013 22:05 pm 
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The Sherman does look very competent. I just wonder whether they have the right kit at the wrong time, given the surfeit of "very nice" 1:72 Shermans from UM, Dragon, Trumpeter (excluding the M4 mid-production), Extratech and Eduard (and even Italeri, if you can DYI some applique armour). The wading trunks are a nice feature but tbh unless the tracks are excellent, I won't be tempted. Personally, I would have preferred they re-tooled the Somua S.35 with new tracks.

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Dude it's an M4, so long as its accurate shape-wise and the stacks are optional, it's a winner.....Dragon do one M4, but it can only be done with the wading stacks, or you have to kitbash with another cheap as chips (Not! :!: ) Dragon kit (The Sherman Ic Firefly.....If you can find one. :idea: ). Trumpeter's M4 is rubbish, Extratech's M4 is hard to find, pricey and not terribly good and the Unimodel M4 kit is a bit shonky too TBH. :idea:

Out of all of the kits listed above only the dreadful Trumpeter version is really suitable for a beginner, the rest have etch.....I reckon Heller are onto a money spinner with this one, assuming it's basically accurate, it's to scale and they don't get silly about the price. :idea:

My big issue with the whole thing is why did it have to be Heller, why not Airfix or at the very least Airfix/Heller? The current Airfix Sherman is utterly dreadful, it should have been put out of its misery thirty years ago and the current boxing that describes the kit as an M4A2 is stretching the boundaries of the Trades Description Act. :!:

PS - Airfix.....The various letters & numbers in a tank's nomenclature are not just put there to look cool, they do actually mean something. :idea:

PPS - Sure I heard that a Heller 1/72 Tiger I was on the cards too.....Just can't remember where? :?:

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I'm sure Heller will be onto a winner. As the Sarge points out, it's a Sherman, ergo it will sell (especially if it's as good as the pictures suggest and is priced competitively), plus next year is a special D-Day anniversary.

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You are missing the point Paul.....It's an M4, not one of the other variants (M4A1, M4A2 etc.) and there is no really good M4 kit OOTB, especially for beginners. :idea:

It was a very good choice, especially for Heller, who might well have been tempted to do an M4A2 as it's probably the type most used by the Free French. :idea:

With a good M4 base kit they can of course do an M4A2 with a total of about a dozen new parts.....It's a very sensible choice on so many levels. :idea:

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PostPosted: Mon 18 Nov 2013 23:49 pm 
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Yeah, but I'd guess the anniversary is the overriding commercial interest. I'm not sure the larger part of Heller's market would care which variant it is, if it says Sherman on the box with landing craft and invasion beaches on the box art, they'll likely buy it.

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And the Braillers will continue to buy it because it's (hopefully) an accurate base M4 kit. :idea:

It really does look quite a promising kit, if I were building it I'd replace the headlight brush-guards (the current ones are thicker than the hull lift rings) and the horn mount.....Other than that it looks pretty good. :idea:

I'd imagine the small scale AFV cottage industry mob in France will be tooling up for M4A2 conversions as we speak.....Check out Minitracks mate, those Frenchies are pretty passionate about their armour! :idea:

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The Sherman does look very competent. I just wonder whether they have the right kit at the wrong time, given the surfeit of "very nice" 1:72 Shermans from UM, Dragon, Trumpeter (excluding the M4 mid-production), Extratech and Eduard (and even Italeri, if you can DYI some applique armour).


I think the main issue, Brews, is how many of those other kits are (a) available in France for non-silly money and (b) make money for Heller? If we assume that any decent Sherman kit will make money at all (which seems a fair assumption), then the odds are good that they're on to a winner.

As for all the other types of Shermans that this kit isn't, everything has to start somewhere -- it's not very practical to release the entire range of possibilities all at once. It's their first release in how many years? I dare say that they want to see how it does and make their future plans accordingly.

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I am sure that a decent Sherman will do very well

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PostPosted: Fri 29 Nov 2013 06:25 am 
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A bit hard to see, but it appears to me as though the tracks, from the FB photos, are one piece molded in the manner of the Airfix Cromwell. It looks like a nicely detailed kit.
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Hi All,

Just bought yesterday the reissues of Caudron CR 174 and Les Mureaux 117 (with r2b2 version) (respectively 8.99 & 9.99 Euros, standard edition) in shop.

http://www.heller.fr/

Also many others re-issues available in shops. I should have bought the 1/72 Sherman 2nde D.B., a.o. .


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http://www.heller.fr/en/maquettes/d-day/482-edition-limit%C3%A9e-d-day.html
This looks Good and well worth the price?

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At £63 it's a better deal than Airfixs £50 operation overlord. The paints are humbrol 're branded and you get a least one new mould Sherman out of the two provided.

It's a cheaper way of populating your dock dio than purchasing the kits individually. If I was interested in WW 2 kits I certainly buy it. I may get their Afghan battle set in the near future.


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As expected Heller did indeed release a 1/72 M4A2 Sherman.....Not quite as many extras as their M4 kit, but still an excellent model. :idea:

The tracks are vinyl bands, but very good ones.....They should work well with CA and accelerator. :idea:

That Heller boxed set looks excellent, both of the Shermans are new tool, one is their M4 the other their M4A2. 8-)

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Each can be bought separately. I watched closely in shops those boxes, 4 kits in each, worth the buying if you still miss one of the kits (i remember the new Sherman is sold at around 10-12 euros, but older kits like P51 heller can be found in shops for around 6 Euros at least). Not really a discount for buying 4 kits, but a good present for Christmas or birthday, unless you never built any of the kits included in each boxes (i have notice most contains 2 vehicles/planes & 2 kits of "tiny soldiers").
Easy to find in french shops.


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They are very difficult to get hold of in the UK (other than gift-sets)! :hithead:

Heller are a complete shower in my opinion, they have one of the best 1/72 AFV kits on the market and they can't distribute it properly, bunch of amateurs.....Hopefully Airfix will buy the tools when Heller go under! :roll:

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I would guess that Heller have no official distributor in the UK and they're only imported ad hoc by any company that might be interested in selling the brand. It's quite possible the Heller business model is focused on the home market.

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Creative models imports Heller stuff. Out of stock for the stand alone but £11.50 for one with some paints. :wink: bargain considering the new release 30 year old Magister by Airfix is going for £10.99 :!:

Or see if Dan can source one for you.


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I saw it on the Creative ebay store, I have spys there, might be able to wangle a deal. :wink:

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Creative are out of stock.....As are everyone else! :hithead:

Hello.....Heller! Are you out there? :roll:

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Creative models imports Heller stuff. Out of stock for the stand alone but £11.50 for one with some paints. :wink: bargain considering the new release 30 year old Magister by Airfix is going for £10.99 :!:

Or see if Dan can source one for you.


Cripes - I only just saw this. What is it I'm sourcing? :D I shall start my negotiating plan immediately :pirate:

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Heller Sherman's for the Sarge :Tank:


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Fully available on the amazon.fr website.

I'm not sure what the shipping costs will be like but we just ordered a Lego Train set for Tom - huge thing - and the shipping to my parents near Skegness - where we'll be for Christmas - is a mere 7 Euros because amazon use their own system to move it. If nayone needs help with translation don't hesitate to drop me a line.

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I just bought a bunch of Heller kits, including two each of the M4 and M4A2, direct from Heller. I did this because Heller hasn't had any active distribution here in Australia for many years.*

Their service was fantastic. Ordered on Friday, email to say they had shipped the following Tuesday, at my door on Thursday!

At first glance the shipping cost to Australia seemed very steep, but I quickly discovered it was a fixed price regardless of the number of kits -- so the more you order the more reasonable it becomes.

In addition to the Sherman kits I picked up a Mirage III and a F-84. These are of course their old kits reboxed, but in the case of the F-84 it has a fantastic new decal sheet, including detailed stencils.

A small note of caution though: both of my M4A2 kits were missing the second page of the instructions (the decal placement page) and, unlike some previews/reviews that are available on the internet, the sheet I did get was b&w, not colour. (The M4 instructions were complete and in colour.) The fact that both kits had the same fault suggests some sort of assembly line goof, so if you have one/get one make sure to check to see that it's complete. I've emailed Heller and hopefully they'll be able to set this right for me.

(*Of course, exactly one day later someone posted on an Australian forum that a new Australian Heller distributor has been appointed and the new range of kits should become available locally very soon.)

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