...This new bunch of releases for January looks pretty interesting for a few different types of genres. Check them out, with their sprues and colours, in our preview...
Italeri's new items for the new year.
Model Dim.: 28,8 cm
100% New Moulds - Designed to optimise the logistics of road transport, our trailer for 20” containers or swap bodies is inspired by the FCT model (fixed container transportation) produced by Tecnokar, leader company in high-quality semi-trailer production and distribution since 1986.
With its carefully built structure which offers the right balance between stability, sturdiness and durability, the fixed container transportation chassis is a steel H-beam chassis with a 2′ fifth wheel coupling kingpin, Jost double-speed retractile oscillating rails and twist arms with zinc-coated twists. It is also provided with the basic ADR standard equipment.
The Land Rover was certainly one of the most famous symbols of "Made in England" automobile production and is a real milestone in the history of off-road vehicles. It was born immediately after the war, with the first prototypes realised on 1947. It has been characterised by the 4x4 traction system and by a robust and reliable design able to tackle the most difficult and challenging trails.
The aluminium body provide lightness but, at the same time, more resistance against corrosions and more durable in time. In 1971, when the III Series was introduced, more than 1,000,000 of Land Rovers has been produced. Available in two versions: the "standard " one and the "long wheelbase". Thanks to its extraordinary versatility, it was used in both military and civilian duties, and it was also produced under license by the Spanish Motor Company Santana during the 70s .
Decals for 3 versions of the "Guardia Civil"
Model Dim.: 26,7 cm
The sprues of the kit
The four liveries refer to the most famous of pilots who flew that Phantom:
Richard Stephen “Steve” Ritchie
Decals for 4 versions in USAF & USN service.
Model Dim.: 32,4 cm
The multirole combat aircraft Sukhoi Su-34, NATO code name "Fullback", is a Russian twin-engine, twin-seat able to perform strike, interdiction, ground and naval attack duties. It has been developed, on the reliable design of the fighter Sukhoi Su-27 “Flanker”, to replace the swing-wing Sukhoi Su-24 “Fencer”. The Su-34 is characterised by the large cabin where the two crew members, the pilot and the navigator/operator of weapons, sit side by side. Thanks to its two powerful Ljul’ka turbofans, the “Fullback” is able to reach the max speed of 2.000 Km/h.
It can operate in adverse weather conditions and in very severe environments. It is armed with a 30 mm gun and thanks to its 12 hard points can carry an impressive variety of air-to-surface weapons and air-to-air missiles. The Russian company Sukhoi has also developed a dedicated version for export named Sukhoi Su-32 FN (Fighter Naval). Three specimens were tested by Indian Air Force in 2015.
Decals for 4 versions in Indian and Russian service
Model Dim.: 18,2 cm
The Macchi M.C. 205 Veltro is often considered the best Italian fighter of World War II. It kept the excellent aviation design of its predecessor, the M.C. 202 “Folgore”, and adopted the German engine Daimler-Benz DB 605. Thanks to the powerful V 12 cylinders engine, produced under license by the Italian manufacturer Fiat, the “Veltro” was able to reach the max speed of 640 Km/h.
Fast, manoeuvrable and well armed with the adoption of two 20 mm guns fitted in the wings and two 12,7 mm machine guns located in the nose, the M.C. 205 was able to provide the same fighting performances of the best Allied fighter such as the American P-51 Mustang. The Veltro reached the front line in the first months of 1943 when it has been adopted by Regia Aeronautica fighter squadrons. After the armistice between Italy and the Allied forces, it continued to equip the Aeronautica Nazionale Rebubblicana and the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Forces.
Decals for 6 versions in the three different services of the Italians during WWII
Model Dim.: 23,6 cm
The Jaguar, born during the ‘60s thanks to a development partnership program between French and British aviation companies, is one of the most famous and “long lasting” ground attack and close air support aircraft used by British Royal Air Force and French Armée de l’Air. After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the French Government joined the International Coalition and launched the operation “Daguet” by participating in the first Gulf War.
The Armée de l’Air Jaguars, deployed in the Saudi Arabian airbases, provided a significant contribution and successfully performed, thanks to the improved capability to use laser-guided weapons, close support and strike missions against ground targets, command centres and communication lines.
Decals for 4 versions in French service
Model Dim.: 33,3 cm
100% New Moulds - Super Decal Sheet - Photo Etched Parts - Coloured Instruction Sheet
The H-21 Shawnee is known for its nickname "flying banana" which derives from the particular upward angle of the aft fuselage. The fuselage designed, in this original way, has been developed to permit the adoption of the two powerful tandem rotors and the oversized propellers. Thanks to the two rotors and the strong aerodynamic structure, the H-21 became a real and reliable “workhorse” able to successfully perform the most demanding transport tasks in any kind of environments.
Widely used by the United States Army since the first half of the 50s, it was also deployed in the Vietnamese operation theatre for use in transporting troops and tactical supplies since 1961. To increase the defensive capability the H-21 was often armed with mobile machine guns to the side doors. It was gradually replaced by the more modern UH-1 and CH-47.
Decals for 3 versions in French Navy & US Army Service
All of these new model kits should be available in January from http://www.italeri.com/