Saturday, October 28

Trumpeter's November kits - four new models in varied scales & interests...

Trumpeter's November kits feature a truck that can carry just about anything, An early Chinese jet fighter of the 50's, a French version of an American standard and an aircraft carrier as large as a Zepplin? Sprue shots, markings & boxart in today’s preview...

Trumpeter’s December 2017 releases…

French M4
Model #07169
1:72nd scale
Built in America, redesigned in France and used in the Middle East, the M4A1 Revalorisé is the ultimate evolution of the M4 Sherman.
This new tier VIII Premium medium tank was the result of a French project to mate a 105mm gun with the M4 Sherman, to export to other countries. This gargantuan gun had to fit in a turret designed for a 76mm, which took some clever engineering -- an extension had to be added to the bustle at the rear of the turret.

The Revalorisé design was enthusiastically adopted, especially by the Israeli Defense Force, who wanted to make their M4 Shermans capable of fighting newer Soviet armour. This heavily-armed vehicle, further modified and refined into M-51 Sherman, remained in service well into the latter half of the 20th century.
Model Brief     Length: 117.9mm   Width: 37.9mm  
Total Parts     100+
Total Sprues     5 sprues, lower hull, tracks and show base

Russian KAMAZ-4310 Truck
Model #01034
1:35th scale
The KamAZ-4310 general utility truck is produced since 1980. It is a militarized version of the commercial vehicle. Since it's introduction the KamAZ-4310 become the workhorse of the Soviet military.
This military truck has a conventional layout, with a front-mounted engine and a forward control cab. An all-metal cab provides seating for the driver and two passengers.

A baseline version of the KamAZ-4310 has a general troop/cargo body with folding-down sides and tailgate. Its cargo area is covered with removable bows and canvas cover. Its payload on cross-country terrain is limited to 6 t. With a load of 6t, the KamAZ-4310 has a maximum road speed of 85 km/h. It can also tow trailers with a maximum weight up to 7 t.
The KamAZ-4310 is powered by a YaMZ-740 10.85-liter V8 diesel engine, developing 210 hp. The same engine is also used by Ural-4320. The vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive. This military truck is fitted with a central tyre pressure system. A self-recovery winch was fitted to some models.

Length: 223mm   Width: 81.6mm   
Total Parts     310+
Metal Parts     metal rod
Photo-Etched Parts
Total Sprues     10 sprues and tarpaulin
Full drive train assembly complete with engine transmission, differential housing and suspension units.
The main tires are hollow rubber with very good tread pattern 
The windshield and side windows are made of clear parts.

Nanchang Q-5C
1:72nd scale
Q-5 is derived from China’s F-6 (J-6)/MiG-19 and entered mass production in 1969. The initial design and development began in the early 1960’s.

As originally designed the Q-5 used two 30mm cannons installed in the nose on both sides, later changed to two 23mm cannons in the wings. The lengthened fuselage incorporates an internal weapons bay some 4m in length. Additional ordnance can be carried on external pylons under each wing. A Later variant was adapted to carry nuclear armament.
Q-5 has been continuously improved and upgraded, eventually becoming a huge family of single-seat and two-seater types including Q-5, Q-5I, Q-5IA(Q-5B), Q-5II(Q-5C), Q-5III, Q-5D, Q-5E, Q-5F, Q-5G, Q -5J, Q-5N.

Production of Q-5 series exceeded more than one thousand aircraft. In addition to Chinese air & naval deployment, Q-5 has been exported to North Korea, Pakistan and other countries are known locally as the Q-5.
Length: 227.2mm   Wingspan: 135.5mm 
Total Sprues 7 sprues
The kit consists of  over 90 parts, clear parts for canopy & Photo-Etched Parts
- fuselage & wing with finely engraved panel lines 

German Navy Aircraft Carrier DKM Graf Zeppelin
Model #06709
1:700th scale
‘Flugzeugträger A’ Zeppelin class aircraft carrier GRAF ZEPPELIN was the German Kriegsmarine’s only aircraft carrier of a planned fleet of four to have been built. With a displacement of more than 33,500 tons, the hull was laid down on December 28, 1936, at Deutsche Werke in Kiel.

A combination of disputes between the Kriegsmarine and German Air Force, the subsequent outbreak of World War II, and Hitler's decision to divert a large part of the Navy's funds to the development of submarines, led to the construction of the carrier being shelved in 1940. Work resumed in 1942 but was cancelled again in 1943 and never completed.
In order to avoid the partially finished ship falling to Soviet forces, GRAF ZEPPELIN was scuttled off the Polish coast on April 25, 1945. It was captured by the Soviets and raised, perhaps for target practice, before sinking again two years later in 1947.

The wreck of GRAF ZEPPELIN was discovered in July 2006 by a Polish oil company survey vessel.
Length: 375mm   Beam: 45mm
Total Parts     380+
Photo-Etched Parts
Total Sprues     18 sprues and deck
More Features     -hull split into two parts 
-Contains display stand and engraved nameplate 
-Photo-Etched parts included
-Aircraft Wing includes:    Ar-195, Bf-109, Fi-167, Ju-87

These and all other kits from Trumpeter will be available in November through their Distributors Worldwide