Sunday, November 8

Italeri – two wheels, a flat hull, ten wheels and NUTS! All new in November…

Italeri has a whole lot of really varied stuff for sale coming into the end of the year – from a frozen battlefield to an Italian pop-gun, from a Swedish sleeper to a British hell raiser and a German dreadnought. Let’s take a look at what’s new from Italeri in November in today’s preview…

Italeri’s November 2015 new items

Kit no: # 6113
1/72nd scale
Box Dim.: 440 x 270 x 70 mm
The Box Contains :
Wrecked house
Walls and ruins
Battlefield accessories
German infantry: 24 figures - Winter uniform
U.S. infantry:  36 figures - Winter uniform
Sherman M4A3E2 Jumbo
Sherman M4A3 76mm
Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger Ausf.
Pak 40 AT Gun with 6 crew figures
8.8 cm Flak 37 AA Gun

Markings and decals for the vehicles and scenery are also included
On December 16th, 1944 the German Army launched through the thick Ardennes forest (in Belgium) a great offensive which had the code name “Wacht am Rhein” (Literally – “Watch on the Rhine”) -  it is commonly known after the war in the west as “The Battle of the Bulge”.

The battle scenery
During this operation the town of Bastogne and its surroundings where encircled by the German troops. Inside the pocket around 15.000 American soldiers stood up to the repeated assaults of the German army for approximately ten days. The legendary resistance was that of the US 101st Airborne division inside the town. On December 22nd the General von Lüttwitz the German commander, submitted a demand for surrender to the encircled units. The defiant answer of the encircled American commander in Bastogne, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe was “NUTS”.

The figures
Then, Germans renew their attacks trying to occupy the city but without getting results. On December 26th some soldiers of the General George Patton’s Third Army reached the besieged troops, breaking the siege and evacuating the wounded. The American Army lost more than 3.000 soldiers during this battle.

 the tanks/ guns
This model kit contains everything you would need to recreate this scene in 1/72nd including soldiers and their tanks, cannon and the shelters and positions these soldiers were fighting in and from.

The completed set...

1/9th scale
Kit no: # 7402
Model Dim.: 23,1 cm
Box Dim.: 373 x 241 x 96 mm

At the start of the 2nd WW, Great Britain did not have all the technical equipment needed for such a conflict, therefore a lot of vehicles were ordered urgently. Motorcycles, mainly used by the well-known DR “Dispatch Riders” for communication between different units, were converted from civilian bikes with small changes, like military colour and the addition of frames for the canvas bags. Triumph proposed in short time the model 3HW, based on the civilian “Tiger 80”, with an overhead valve engine and parallel forks.
 There are markings for four different bikes in this kit on the decals sheet... well as rubber tires and tubing with metal springs also included.
This model served on all fronts where the British Armed Forces fought, such as Africa, Europe and Asia. After 2nd WW these motorcycles were delivered to many other nations, such as Italy and Greece, where the Triumphs served for a long time thanks to their reliability and robustness.
 The completed model

Kit no: # 3907
1/24th scale
Upgraded Moulds
Model Dim.: 24 cm
Box Dim.: 373 x 241 x 96 mm
The Volvo FH range was introduced by the Northern European Company in 1993 as the most updated solution to heavy road transportation needs. During the time, Volvo FH has constantly been evolved and improved to better respond to customer needs changes.
In 2001, the third generation of FH range was introduced on the market. The main improvements have been done on the transmissions and gearbox and on the adoption of new electronic systems to enhance the on road performance, safety and drivability.
Great attention to the comfort on board thanks to the adoption of a modern design new cabin. In particular, the “Sleeper Cab" configuration was able to provide a very high standard for the rest of drivers while not driving. 

Kit no: # 502
1/720nd  scale
Model Dim.: 26,0 cm
Box Dim.: 374 x 130 x 43 mm
In order to obey the regulations of the Treaty of Versailles on the one hand, and to replace the outdated liners of the Braunschweig-class at the same time, the Germans constructed a completely new type of vessel, the so-called Panzerschiff (dreadnought). The basic concept of this endeavour was to create a ship that would go faster than stronger units, and that would be stronger than faster ones. As the third ship of this category, the Admiral Graf Spee was launched in June 1934, and went into service in 1936. From 1936 to 1939 she was flag-ship of the fleet. Having been employed several times in Spanish waters during the Spanish Civil War, the Graf Spee left Wilhelmshaven for the South Atlantic, where she took up waiting position in summer 1939. At the outbreak of the war she was engaged in economic warfare in the Atlantic as well as in the Indian Ocean, sinking more than 50089 gross registered tons of the enemy’s freighters.
Towards the end of 1939 the Graf Spee was engaged in battle by the British cruisers Exeter, Ajax, and Achilles just outside the mouth of the La Plata. During this battle the Graf Spee was badly damaged and had to call at Montevideo. Upon British intervention, the government of Uruguay did not grant them a stay long enough for the repair of the damages, though. And as their retreat seemed blocked through a diversion of the British Intelligence Service, orders were given to blow up the Graf Spee. Breaking up began in 1942; the remnants of the wreck were still visible in the sixties.

Kit no: # 6122
1/72nd scale
Box Dim.: 220 x 150 x 30 mm
These kits are now available through Italeri’s distributors worldwide