Italeri has revealed the reason they were making MTB crews – also a large Stratotanker a Harvard from many nations and a British duck – we have some images of the kits as sprues and some built up for you in today’s preview…
Italeri’s November new items
VOSPER MTB74 ST.NAZAIRE RAID 1/35
The Vosper St. Nazaire Raid 1/35 scale model represents the last in Italeri’s line dedicated to motor torpedo boats and is characterized by the highest level of details and the most accurate historical research. We looked at the crew for this boat in last month’s releases from Italeri
On March 1942, a British amphibious attack was undertaken by Royal Navy and Commandos against the large dry dock at Saint Nazaire, in German occupied France. “Chariot” was the codename of the combined operation. The French harbor was in fact an important logistic point for the German Kriegsmarine in the Atlantic. The raid was conducted by some destroyers and by a motor launches flotilla that provide the transport duties of British Commandos.
The operation was successful done and the dry dock was damaged and unusable until the end of the war. A key role was assigned to the MTB 74. It had been specifically modified by Royal Navy shipyards to house torpedo tubes on its foredeck and to adopt specific engine silencers to reduce the noise. MTB 74 duty was to hit the anti-submarine nets and then to launch its torpedoes to block the lock gate. The MTB achieved its targets but on the way back it was hit and sank.
This kit is slated for a 2014 release - more as it approaches..
Super Decals Sheet
The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is the most famous military aerial refuelling aircraft of the aviation history. Developed by Boeing on the four-engine 707 airframe, at the mid of the '50s, its initial task was to refuel strategic bombers during the Cold War. However, thanks to its flexibility, it was used in all the major conflicts, such as Vietnam and the Middle East, to supply any type of U.S. Air Force fighters and bombers. Over time the KC-135 has been improved in engines and avionics on board to be in line with the new operational needs. It’s equipped with a flying boom located under the tail section. Additional refueling hose drogue pods can be mounted under the wings. The boom operator is located in the rear of the plane in order to have the best view and the maximum visibility of the refuelling procedure
Decals for 4 versions in French and USAF service
Kit no# 2736
Harvard is the name assigned to the North American T-6 Texan aircraft utilised by the Air Force in the British Commonwealth. It was also produced under license in Canada. The Harvard was a low-wing single engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots and make them ready for combat. Thanks to its Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp 600 hp radial engine, it was able to reach the speed of 335 km / h.
The project was developed in the mid-'30s and it became one of the most popular trainer aircraft in aviation history by contributing to the training of a large number of military pilots. Outside of the United States, the British RAF was the most prominent user. However, by the end of World War II, the Harvard had an impressive spread and was used by the air forces of several Countries including Canada, Italy, Belgium and Netherlands. In some conflicts it was also used for air strike and close support operations.
Decals for 6 versions in Belgian, Canadian. Italian, Dutch, Swedish and RAF service
British Royal Army DUKW
Kit no# 6466
This large triple shaft amphibian vehicle was developed during the 2nd World War for the American armed forces. The aim was to build a vehicle to supply ammunition, food and materials - stored in the holds of transport ships - to invading troops occupying beachheads on enemy soil immediately after landing. The DUKW offered good navigating qualities and could move well off-road too, which, combined with its high load capacity, enabled it to perform its logistic role to the full. In the post-war years, it was widely used by USAs allies all the way through to the 70s, including civil protection assignments.
Decals for 2 versions in British and US service
These kits are now available through Italeri’s distributors worldwide