Monday, March 3

Italeri's New/old releases to celebrate the D-Day anniversary are in the news today...

Italeri has released four kits that are in direct response to the anniversary of the D-Day landings in 1944. They have spruced up some of theirs and others kits to represent four of the cornerstones of the allied effort during the invasion..
Italeri’s new February 2014 items

D-Day Series - Normandy 1944/2014
1/35th scale
Skill: 2
Model Dim.: 18,3 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 48 mm
This vehicle, designed for all arms and services, has a standard 2650 l tank mounted. It is mainly used to supply frontline troops with drinking water, but found extensive use in post war times with fire departments and other civilian tasks .

Decals for 2 versions in US Service

D-Day Series - Normandy 1944/2014
1/35th scale
Skill: 4
Model Dim.: 12,2 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 60 mm

Field Artillery Tractors played an important part in World War II, which was already highly mechanized. The various countries found variety of different solutions to the problem of towing heavy guns. Great Britain and the Commonwealth for example adopted 4-whheel drive tractors. Widely used in Europe and the Far East, CMP Artillery Tractors soldiered on through the immediate post-war years in both military and civilian guise. By virtue of their power and reliability many of these tractors survive today alongside more modern vehicles. Our model was produced by General Motors in Canada.
Decals for 3 versions in British and commonwealth service during WWII

D-Day Series - Normandy 1944/2014 Limited Edition
1/35th scale
Skill: 3
Model Dim.: 43,5 cm
Box Dim.: 440 x 270 x 105 mm
This landing craft was used extensively by US and British navies during the Second World War to transport wheeled vehicles, lightweight armour and materials (weighing up to 30 tons) from ship to shore. Over 8000 LCM model 3 landing craft were produced, being built in numerous shipyards in the USA from 1942 up to the end of the conflict. It would later be used by western allies of the United States up until the 1980s.

Decals for 2 versions in Allied service

1/72nd scale
Skill: 3
Model Dim.: 21,6 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 48 mm
The twin-engine attack aircraft A-26 Invader, designed and manufactured by the American company Douglas, has had an extraordinary long operational life. The first units reached the war front during the Second World War, in 1943, and the latest versions have taken part in all the major conflicts of the '50s and '60s, such as Korea and Indochina, until the Vietnam War. The most produced version was the A-26B characterized by the adoption of heavy weaponry in a “solid” nose equipped with 8 .50 caliber Browning M2 machine guns. Thanks to its reliability and solidity, was possible to install in the nose  a wide range of weapons such as 20 mm. guns, 37 mm guns, and a 75mm pack howitzer. The two reliable Pratt & Whitney R-2800 "Double Wasp" 2,000 hp radial engines permitted to A-26 to reach a max speed of 570 Km/h even “fully loaded”. 
Decals for 4 versions in USAF/ USAAF service
These kits are all available in Italeri’s distributors now.