Wednesday, March 13

Trumpeter cover most of the bases with their April releases…

A German Zerstörer, an American truck, a Skyraider and a tiny Dicker Max – these are the items up for a close look in our preview of Trumpeter’s April releases….

March / April Trumpeter Releases...
07108:  1:72 German Pz.Sfl.Iva Dicker Max

In 1938 report Krupp revealed that started on the design of a 105 mm K L/52 Selbstfahrlafette. The machine became well known as the “Dicker max”. It was armed with the 105mm K 18 L/52 Krupp. The gun was equipped with a muzzle brake with double-deflector,this weapon could penetrate 111 mm of armour under a vertical angle of 30 degrees up to 2000 meters. This Panzer hunter had only slightly armoured glacis plate (10-50 mm), and the upper superstructure was open to the elements. The engine was the standard 12 cylinder (gasoline) Maybach HL 120 ensuring on road a maximum speed of 40km/h.
During first months of the “Barbarossa” operation in Russia, the two initial tanks were assigned with the Abt.521 heavy armour division. One of the units was destroyed in the battle and the other one was lost in 1941. The two prototypes were very effective.

Item No: 07108
Scale: 1:72
Length: 106mm   Width: 40mm
Total Parts: 100+
Total Sprues: 3 sprues, upper hull, lower hull, turret and tracks

Z-7 destroyer belongs to 1934A type of ships that were also known as the Z5 class. It launched in July 16, 1936 and entered service in September 9, 1937.The destroyer from the 1934 type design lesson modified ship host design and improve sea going capabilities. in the total performance cannot be compared and the British destroyer of which was a superior ship in most aspects. These ships were used mainly used for minelayer use. The ship was finally sunk in May 2, 1942 by HMS Edinburgh.

Item No: 05793
Item Name: German Zerstörer Z-7 1942
Scale: 1:700
Length: 170mm   Beam: 16.5mm
Total Parts: 230+
Photo Etched Parts: 2pcs
Total Sprues: 4 sprues, upper hull, lower hull and waterline plate

More Features
Hull -slide-molded upper hull and lower hull
-Deck w/fine detail
-Either waterline or full-hull version can be assembled
-Photo Etched parts for mast, stand etc.

 Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) is a six-wheel drive all-terrain vehicle used by the USMC and US Navy.  It is designed to replace the old M939 tactical trucks, and was first fielded in 1998, after the contract was awarded to Oshkosh Truck Corporation. The MTVR comes in several variants, for a wide spectrum of tasks. It offers a major improvement in off-road capability over previous vehicles.

The MTVR is often referred to as a 7-Ton as this denotes the vehicle's off-road cargo capacity. The MTVR's maximum payload on paved surfaces is 15 tons. The MTVR is the main Marine Corps prime mover for the M777 howitzer, fuel and water assets, troops and a wide variety of equipment. Its wide versatility and off-road capability make the MTVR an integral part of the Marine Corps logistical backbone.

Item No: 01011
MK.23 MTVR Cargo truck
Scale: 1:35
Length: 230mm   Width: 91.3mm
Total Parts: 430+
Metal Parts:  brass wire
Photo Etched Parts: 1 piece
Total Sprues: 10 sprues, cab, engine cover and tires

More Features        
Detailed multi-directional slide-molded cab.
Full drive train assembly complete with engine transmission, differential housing and suspension units.
The main tires are hollow rubber with very good tread pattern included as well as sidewall details consisting of raised section ribs.
Wheel hubs are in great details
The windshield and side windows are made of clear parts.
Photo-etched parts included

The Douglas A-1 Skyraider were designed as the new generation torpedo-bomber. Following the plan were changed for the end of the war, the Navy apply the Skyraider as a new attacker for the outstanding performance in the strike missions. The AD-4 is the largest production model of the family of the Skyraiders. A new 2700 horse power R-3350-26WA engine was installed, and the windshield was strengthened to protect the pilot from the bullets. A series of new equipment such as two extra guns, a P-1 autopilot, and new arresting hook were also applied.

The AD-4 was renamed as A-1D with the new nomenclature of the US Navy in 1962.

Item No: 02252
Item Name: A-1D AD-4 Skyraider
Scale: 1:32
Model Brief: Length: 369mm   Wingspan: 476.9 mm
Total Parts: 400+
Photo Etched Parts: 1 piece
Total Sprues: 19 sprues and tires
Paint Schemes: US Navy Korean War Period

More Features        
-Left and right fuselage moulded w/ authentic details
-Finely detailed engine.
-Finely detailed gear cabin
-Finely detailed cockpit
- Newly tooled wings accurately represent real ones
- Optional position flaps
- Plenty of external ordinance
- Wings can be folded on the kit as an option
- Optional plastic or metal undercarriage
-Photo-etched parts for safety belt, interior details

These should be in your local hobby shops late this month or early next – check out the Trumpeter website for more info…