Sunday, March 5

Sprues, decals & box pics of the new 32nd scale F-35 + five other new kits from Italeri in March

As well as the new large-scale F-35 Lightning II that looks very impressive - Italeri has Five other pretty good looking kits sure to pique more than some interest with modellers around the world - Let’s see the sprues, decals & pictures in our preview…

Italeri’s new items of March 2017

Breitling DC-3
Kit No# 1393
Model Dim.: 27,3 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 48 mm
A group of fans managed to fly from Florida to Switzerland with a DC-3 built in 1940 and there it was registered as HB-IRJ. Breitling used it as advertising support and the operator is the Super Constellation Flyers Association. On March 12, in 1940, the aeroplane was commissioned by American Airlines. Meanwhile, it has accumulated more than 74.000 hours of flight time and is still today in excellent condition.

Decals for one version in the Breitling Swiss colours
It reached a speed of 250 km/h and the aircraft does not have a pressurised cabin. The crew consists of two pilots and a flight attendant. The DC-3 can even land at airports with a firm or grass runway with a length greater than 1.100 m.

SD. KFZ. 179 Bergepanther
Kit No# 285
1/35th scale
Model Dim.: 24,0 cm
Box Dim.: 373 x 241 x 60 mm
This vehicle based on the hull of the Panther tank was made to equip the German military armoured units with a protected recovery vehicle, able to tow the heavy tanks, damaged or blocked by mechanical faults during battle. However, it was advisable not to use it unless in an emergency, as the duration of the mechanical organs would have been very short, leaving the task, in ordinary cases, to two or three heavy half-tracked tractors.
Decals for 2 versions in German service
The Bergepanther was also equipped with an organ which favoured a series of on-field repairs, therefore offering the skills of a real workshop vehicle. A limited number of this vehicle was produced, resorting to amending damaged vehicles.

F-35 A Lightning II
Kit No# 2506
1/32nd scale
Model Dim.: 49,0 cm
Box Dim.: 560 x 280 x 115 mm
100% New Moulds
Photo Etched Parts
Coloured Instruction Sheet
New Mask Sheet to recreate complex painting schemes of the aircraft
CTOL Version (Conventional Take Off and Landing) Decals for 6 versions in Australian, Israeli, Italian, Dutch & USAF versions
The JSF Joint Strike Fighter program was set up to develop a new fifth-generation all-weather multi-role combat aircraft able to replace the existing United States and NATO strike-fighters. The aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin generated the single-seat, single-engine, F-35 Lightning II. It adopts stealth technology and it is characterised by the trapezoidal wings and by the use of the most advanced hi-tech materials and avionic systems. Developed to perform air superiority, close air support and ground attack missions, it has been designed in different configurations.
The F-35A is the conventional take-off and landing variant, the F-35B is the short take-off and vertical landing variant and the F-35C, with foldable wings, has been developed to be used from conventional deck carriers. Thanks to its operational flexibility, the advanced on-board technology and the impressive project innovation, the F-35 lightning II will be a reference aircraft in the twenty-first-century military aviation.

SM.82 Marsupiale
Kit# 1389
1/72nd scale
Model Dim.: 31,8 cm
Box Dim.: 440 x 270 x 70 mm
The S.M.82 “Marsupiale” was the most famous transport aircraft of the Italian Regia Aeronautica during the Second World War. Directly derived by its predecessor, the S.M.75, it adopts the main features of the most traditional Savoia Marchetti production as the three radial engines configuration and the layout structure made by welded steel tubes, wood, and fabric. The S.M.82 main strength was its wide fuselage capable of loading a significant amount of goods, materials and troops.

Decals for 4 versions in Italian and German service
The “Marsupiale” has been used to perform, successfully, tactical transport duties on all Italian military theatres of World War II, from Africa to Russia. It was also used for paratroops dropping. Even the German Luftwaffe recognised and appreciated the good features of the Italian aircraft. After the Armistice of 8 September 1943, the S.M. 82 were used by either the Italian Co-belligerent Air Force or the Repubblica Sociale Air Force. To point out the reliability of the project, after the war, some S.M. 82s continued in service with the Italian Aeronautica Militare until the early ‘60s.

Volvo F16 Globetrotter
Kit No# 3923
1/24th scale
Model Dim.: 24,0 cm
Box Dim.: 373 x 241 x 96 mm
About ten years after the release of the F-12, and because of its success with it, in 1988 Volvo launched the new F-16 with its state-of-the-art features. Equipped with heavy-duty chassis, the truck features extensive hauling capacity, low fuel consumption and high travel comfort combined with a reliable and powerful engine which made it a leader in its category. 
The characteristics of its 6-cylinder turbo-compressed 16000cc Intercooler engine are an output of 465 HP at 1200 rpm. The F-16 is thus well equipped to take care of long distance heavy load trucking. Of the various versions offered by Volvo, our model represents the 2-axle tractor variant with the high (GLOBETROTTER) cabin.

Autoblinda AB 41
Kit no# 7051
1/72nd scale
Model Dim.: 7,3 cm
Box Dim.: 258 X 162 X 38 mm
Officially presented at the opening of FIAT’s Mirafiori plant in May 1939, the AB 40 was, at the time, something of a cutting-edge vehicle. Thanks to innovative solutions such as double drive and spare wheels mounted as neutral to help get over obstacles, it was a match for any foreign rival in the same class.

Decals for 2 versions - in German and Italian service.
The AB 41 version, introduced in 1941, included several improvements, as the one to the main weapon, a 20 mm Breda model 1935 cannon.
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