Newsletter 573: Mr. Hiro

Mr. Hiro

Mr. Hiro
This week we received the unexpected news of the death of a true benchmark in the world of scale modeling, Mr. Misao Hiro, founder of Model Factory Hiro.

He was passionate about scale modeling, and committed in body and soul to our beloved hobby, showning on several occasions a daring and very accurate vision and approach. As he himself said, he manufactured the models he just wanted to build, without paying too much attention to possible suggestions and always using references from the real world subjects. This working method has made his scale models to be highly valued throughout the world, and in recent times it is complicated to find a single reference that has not been sold out in record time.

From our humble store, here's all our admiration to his personality and our most sincere condolences to his family and friends. The focus of MFH as a company is to continue with the legacy and spirit that Misao has inspired throughout all these years, and proof of that is their announcement of one of his latest creations, the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.

The entire SpotModel team hopes that there are scale modeling lovers wherever he is, because we don't think that Misao will quit his hobby wherever he goes, and we hope that MFH continues delighting us with his fabulous creations. :D

Model Factory Hiro: Car scale model kit 1/12 scale - Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Shelby American Team #9, 12, 14 - Dan Gurney + Jerry Grant, Joseph 'Jo' Schlesser + Allen Grant, Robert Lyle 'Bob' Johnson + Tom Payne - 12 Hours Sebring, 24 Hours Le Mans, Daytona 2000 kilometres 1965 - 3D printed parts, photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals, white metal parts, other materials, assembly instructions and painting instructions

Model Factory Hiro Reference: MFH-K826

Excellent 1/12 scale model kit that allows to recreate the Cobra Coupe developed by Caroll Shelby for taking place in the World Sports Car Championship. This new MFH reference contains the parts and decals to assemble one of the following versions: chassis #CSX2601 in its participations in Daytona (number #12), Sebring (number #14) and Le Mans (number #12) from 1965, or chassis #CSX2286 at Le Mans that same year (number #9). For the latter, specific parts are also included, such as the instrument panel or the steering wheel, which are different between the two chassis. A fully detailed model with parts made of the most diverse materials, including white metal, resin, photo-etched parts, turned metal parts, rubber tires pre-painted with the manufacturer's logo and colour stripe, decals, and different types of cables that will allow you to recreate the original vehicle with every little detail. Nice work of art!
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Model Factory Hiro: Car scale model kit 1/12 scale - Brabham Alfa Romeo BT45 Brabham Racing Organisation Team sponsored by Martini Racing #7, 8 - Carlos Reutemann, Carlos Pace - Press version 1975 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, seatbelt fabric, turned metal parts, water slide decals, white metal parts, other materials and assembly instructions

Model Factory Hiro Reference: MFH-K824

This kit makes it possible to make the version of the Brabham BT45 unveiled to the press in the winter of 1975. Among other elements, it presents a different front nose, intake box, rear wing and rollover arch (apart from the color) to the version that was got on the track to participate in the following year's championship.
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Model Factory Hiro: Car scale model kit 1/12 scale - Brabham Alfa Romeo BT45 Brabham Racing Organisation Team sponsored by Martini & Rossi #7, 8 - Carlos Reutemann, Carlos Pace - USA West Long Beach Formula 1 Grand Prix 1976 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, seatbelt fabric, turned metal parts, vacuum formed parts, water slide decals, white metal parts, other materials and assembly instructions

Model Factory Hiro Reference: MFH-K825

This kits makes it possible to make the version of the Brabham BT45 as it participated in the third round of the 1976 Formula 1 World Championship held in Long Beach. This reference has a different front nose, intake box, rear wing and roll bar (apart from colour) from those seen on the unit presented to the press at the end of the previous year. In addition, the decal sheet includes the specific logos seen in this race, and the sidepods, which were only used with this configuration during the first half of the 1976 season, have been carefully reproduced.
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Studio27: Tyre set 1/20 scale - Tyrrell Ford P34 1976 - photo-etched parts and rubber parts - for Tamiya references TAM20001, TAM20053 and TAM20058 - 4 + 2 units

Studio27 Reference: ST27-FP20154

Set of rain tires for the Tamiya 1/20 scale kit of the Tyrrell P34. The set also includes a photo-etched stencil to easily paint the Good Year logos on the tires.
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Number Five: Paint for airbrush - 499P LMH Red - 1 x 30ml - for Profil24 reference P24143K

Number Five Reference: N5-C192

A very special red color, for a more than special car. Number Five has formulated the specific shade of red to paint the kit of the Ferrari 499P LMH winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023.
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KMP Kool Models Production: Rims and tyres set 1/24 scale - Tecnomagnesio 17 inches for Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4 - 3D printed parts - for D.Modelkits references DM-K001 and DM-K002 - 4 units

KMP Kool Models Production Reference: KMP-TK24214

Set of 4 wheels with tires designed to be used with the Ford Sierra 4x4 Cosworth group A kit manufactured by D.Modelkits. Thanks to the more precise design of the tires, not only is the height of the car lowered, but the width and camber have been adjusted, differently for the front and rear wheels. In addition, new brake discs, calipers, and ventolins for the front wheels (which can be mounted with magnets) are included, .
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Print Lab Decals: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Alfa Romeo GTA, Alfa Romeo GTV 2000, Ford Escort RS1600 #6, 8, 73, 74 1971, 1972 and 1977 - water slide decals manufactured with digital technology

Print Lab Decals Reference: PLB2-129013

Decals for: Antonio Resende, Alfa Romeo GTA II Trofeu Palanca Negra Luanda (Angola); Javier Juncadella, Alfa Romeo GTAm 2000 3 National Hours Montjuic 1971; Miguel Correia, Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 Vila do Conde Circuit 1972; Antnio Oliveira, Ford Escort RS1600 Autodromo do Estoril 1977.
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Decalcas: Bonnet pins 1/12 scale - Dzus quick release fasteners - Type 1 - 3D printed parts - 20 units

Decalcas Reference: DCL-PAR097

Dzus type quick release fasteners with rhomboid base (Type 1) at 1/12 scale, with a width of 3mm. Made in resin by 3D printing, they reproduce all the details, such as the mounting rivets. They are extremely thin, and have a 0.8mm diameter support rod for mounting, which will allow you to fix them with precision. Made with the usual quality of DECALCAS products, you only have to worry about painting and gluing on your scale model.
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Decalcas: Bonnet pins 1/12 scale - Dzus quick release fasteners large - Type 2 - 3D printed parts - 20 units

Decalcas Reference: DCL-PAR098

Dzus type quick release fasteners with large rhomboid base (Type 2) at 1/12 scale, with a width of 3,6mm. Made in resin by 3D printing, they reproduce all the details, such as the mounting rivets. They are extremely thin, and have a 0.8mm diameter support rod for mounting, which will allow you to fix them with precision. Made with the usual quality of DECALCAS products, you only have to worry about painting and gluing on your scale model.
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Decalcas: Detail 1/12 scale - Anderson Connectors SB175 for battery and power blocks - 3D printed parts - 10 units

Decalcas Reference: DCL-PAR099

Anderson-type connectors at 1/12 scale as those commonly used for the connection of battery chargers in competition cars and electrical power panels. Made in resin by 3D printing, they reproduce all the details, such as the "+" and "-" marks or the mounting nuts. In addition, they have holes so that you can insert the connection cables, giving your scale model even more realism. Made with the usual quality of DECALCAS products, you only have to worry about painting and gluing on your scale model.
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LB Production: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4 Group N sponsored by Shell Helix #28 - Alister McRae + David Senior - Lombard RAC Rally 1992 - water slide decals and placement instructions - for D.Modelkits references DM-K001 and DM-K002

LB Production Reference: LB-24081

The Ford Sierra not only stood out in the "big" category of rallies, but they were also one of the fashion cars in the production or Gr.N category. With one of these units, Alister McRae won this category at the 1992 Lombard RAC Rally.
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Tamiya: Car scale model kit 1/12 scale - Lotus Ford Type 78 Lotus Team sponsored by Olympus #5, 6 - Mario Andretti, Gunnar Nilsson - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 - photo-etched parts, plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals, assembly instructions and painting instructions

Tamiya Reference: TAM12037

Finally it is the turn of the reissue of the Tamiya 1/12 scale model recreating the Lotus 78, now including a new set of photoetched parts. However, the John Player Special sponsor tobacco logos are not included on the decal sheet.
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Czech Truck Model: Detail up set 1/24 scale - MAN F8 / AF (Late) - photo-etched parts - for Italeri reference 756

Czech Truck Model Reference: CTM010

Complete set of photo-etched parts made up of two plates to detail the Italeri MAN F8 kit with reference 756.
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Scale Production: Transkit 1/24 scale - Porsche 993 RWB Widebody - resin parts and other materials - for Tamiya references TAM24175, TAM24181 and TAM24247

Scale Production Reference: SPTK24060+wing+cover

This gorgeous transkit includes the parts to make the conversion to the spectacular Porsche 993 RWB. Includes resin bodywork and rear spoiler. Be careful, it is a fairly short limited run, so be fast if you don't want to miss it.
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Scale Production: Seat 1/24 scale - Recaro Specialist - resin parts - 2 units

Scale Production Reference: SP24328

Set of two sports seats in resin similar to the Specialist model of the Recaro brand. A seat that set trends for its grip and sporty design. Present in many high-end sports cars from the 80s and 90s, this kit is also perfect for transforming your street models.
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Scale Production: Seat 1/24 scale - Seats Classic type 2 - resin parts - 2 units

Scale Production Reference: SP24327

Set of two seats similar to those used in classic vehicles, without headrests, and in this case with a totally smooth upholstery design. Ideal for transforming your classic competition models, or simply to give them a sportier touch.
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Scale Production: Detail 1/24 scale - Air Ride Setup - 3D printed parts

Scale Production Reference: SP24325

This set of 3D resin printed parts allows the reproduction of air generation and accumulation systems for pneumatic systems, such as suspension systems. The set includes the following items: 4 air compressors, 2 air tanks (one short and one long), and 2 valve blocks.
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Scale Production: Detail 1/24 scale - Air compressor - 3D printed parts and water slide decals - 1 units

Scale Production Reference: SP24326

It is not difficult to find an air compressor in any workshop or warehouse where there are cars... so when considering any diorama or small scene for our models, having one can be a very good option. This reference reproduces the most common design of this type of tool, and includes a small set of decals with some names of compressor manufacturers.
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MGSF: Transkit 1/24 scale - Honda S600/S800 Shakotan Shotto - 3D printed parts, seatbelt fabric and assembly instructions - for Tamiya references TAM24190, TAM24340 and TAM89657

MGSF Reference: MGSF-UK24-016A

There are no limits to the transformation of any car... even the small Honda convertible can be turned into a beast, widened, lowered, with its corresponding wings and other aerodynamic elements, as well as boosting its engine, reinforcing its chassis, and protecting to the occupants with an obligatory arch of security. And why not do it at scale too? No sooner said than done. MGSF has made its interpretation of the Honda S800 with a very complete transkit that includes, in addition to all the elements of the bodywork and interior, a set of Enkei rims and Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R (resin) tires. What a bestiality!
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Decalcas: Bonnet pins 1/24 scale - Dzus quick release fasteners - Type 1 - 3D printed parts - 20 units

Decalcas Reference: DCL-PAR101

Dzus type quick release fasteners with rhomboid base (Type 1) at 1/24 scale, with a width of 1,54 mm. Made in resin by 3D printing, they reproduce all the details, such as the mounting rivets. They are extremely thin, and have a 0.6 mm diameter support rod for mounting, which will allow you to fix them with precision. Made with the usual quality of DECALCAS products, you only have to worry about painting and gluing on your scale model.
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Decalcas: Bonnet pins 1/24 scale - Dzus quick release fasteners large - Type 2 - 3D printed parts - 20 units

Decalcas Reference: DCL-PAR102

Dzus type quick release fasteners with large rhomboid base (Type 2) at 1/24 scale, with a width of 1,82 mm. Made in resin by 3D printing, they reproduce all the details, such as the mounting rivets. They are extremely thin, and have a 0.6 mm diameter support rod for mounting, which will allow you to fix them with precision. Made with the usual quality of DECALCAS products, you only have to worry about painting and gluing on your scale model.
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USCP: Tyre set 1/24 scale - Tires 13 inch Normal Profile - rubber parts - for USCP references 24P142 and 24P143 - 4 units

USCP Reference: USCP-13-1

Set of rubber tires for 13-inch rims. Ideal for use in conjunction with USCP 13-inch rims designed for the Hasegawa Mini Cooper.
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USCP: Detail - Door lock cylinders - resin parts - 48 units

USCP Reference: 24A070

There are details that help enhance the finish of a model, and that reveal the care that the modeler puts into his creations. This set of door cylinders can help such modelers, with up to 48 locks in different sizes: 0.5 - 0.6 - 0.7 - 0.8 - 0.9 - 1.0 - 1.1 - 1, 2 mm, with six units of each one of them, which allows them to be used in models of various scales.
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USCP: Detail 1/24 scale - Tire Valves - resin parts - 54 units

USCP Reference: 24A071

Not all the valves mounted on the rims are the same, there are different heights depending on the depth of the rim groove so that they are accessible, or that they do not protrude from the plane of the rim and get damaged. This tire pressure valve set includes up to 3 different valve lengths: 1.1 - 1.4 - 1.7 mm, with 18 units in each of the measures.
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USCP: Transkit 1/24 scale - Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan 2010 - resin parts and other materials - for Aoshima references 004913 and 049747

USCP Reference: 24T044

Resin transkit to transform the different references of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI (GRB) Aoshima kit in the 4-door sedan version. The transkit contains everything needed for the conversion... bodywork, interior parts, taillights, and rear and side windows.
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USCP: Dashboard 1/24 scale - BMW M5 e39 RHD dashboard conversion set - 3D printed parts - for USCP reference USCP-24K004

USCP Reference: 24T054

Set to convert the USCP kit of the BMW M5 e39 into the right hand drive version. All the parts are printed in 3d, and in addition to the dashboard, the central console of the transmission tunnel and the armrests of the front doors are included, since the controls were also on the right.
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Decalcas: Bonnet pins 1/12 scale - Bugatti body screws - 3D printed parts - for Italeri reference 4710, or Model Factory Hiro references MFH-K736, K-736, MFH-K741 and K-741 - 100 units

Decalcas Reference: DCL-PAR103

1/12 scale replica of the screws used to close the hood on historic Bugatti. Made in resin by 3D printing, they reproduce in great detail these screws of such a special design, and the slot of their knob allows the use of a 0.2mm cable to reproduce the wire mesh that was used to secure the closure of the Bugatti hood during competition. Includes 100 pieces. Made with the usual quality of DECALCAS products, you only have to worry about painting and gluing on your scale model.
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Decalcas: Detail 1/24 scale - Anderson Connectors SB175 for battery and power blocks - 3D printed parts - 20 units

Decalcas Reference: DCL-PAR104

Anderson-type connectors at 1/24 scale as those commonly used for the connection of battery chargers in competition cars and electrical power panels. Made in resin by 3D printing, they reproduce all the details, such as the "+" and "-" marks or the mounting nuts. In addition, they have holes so that you can insert the connection cables, giving your scale model even more realism. Made with the usual quality of DECALCAS products, you only have to worry about painting and gluing on your scale model.
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Tamiya: Motorbike scale model kit 1/12 scale - Honda CX500 Turbo - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals, assembly instructions and painting instructions

Tamiya Reference: TAM14016

The glorious Honda CX500 Turbo from the 80s in 1/12 scale returns to the Tamiya catalog in limited production.
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Print Lab Decals: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Chevrolet Monza Dekon sponsored by BP #75 - Michael Keyser + Eddie Wachs - 24 Hours Le Mans 1976 - water slide decals manufactured with digital technology

Print Lab Decals Reference: PLB2-017789

Decoration to convert the Matchbox/AMT Chevrolet Monza into the version that raced in the 1976 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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Scalecars.Online: Nuts 1/24 scale - Hexagonal bolts V.4 - 3D printed parts - 60 units

Scalecars.Online Reference: SCO-R057

Set of 60 resin pieces printed using 3D technology that reproduce hexagonal head screws with integrated washer. These bolts are 1/24 scale equivalent to M12 bolts. Distance of 0.8 mm between faces of the screw, and diameter of the washer of 1.3 mm. The mounting stem diameter is 0.7 mm. The pieces are delivered on a support with walls, which must be removed to be able to paint the pieces more easily.
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