Tuesday, March 6

Trumpeter's March new releases - Delta Darts, Fireflies & the Big E...

Trumpeter's new releases for March - three items we think you might like, a Firefly, a Delta shaped Dart and the "Big E" are the subjects of our preview, with sprue shots, markings & boxart for each in today’s preview...
Trumpeter’s March 2018 releases…

Fairey Firefly Mk.1
Model #05810
1:48th Scale
Length: 236.5mm Wingspan: 28
Photo-Etched Parts 
 7 sprues
The kit consists of over 100 parts 
FIREFLY - British two-seat naval attack fighter that saw active service in World War II and the Korean War. Designed and built by Fairey Aviation Company Ltd, the prototype first flew on 22nd December 1941. Firefly Mark I deliveries commenced in March 1943. Aircraft were assigned to 1770 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, embarked in 1944 on the new Fleet Aircraft Carrier HMS Indefatigable. Firefly's first engagement was in July 1944 again the t German battleship Tirpitz while anchored in a Norwegian fjord.
Engine: Rolls-Royce Griffon V12 IIB (1,730hp) or XII (1,900hp).
Wingspan 44ft 6in (13.56m), Length 37ft 7in (11.46m), Max speed 315mph.

Armament consisted of four wing-mounted 20mm Hispano-Suiza HS.404 autocannon, and underwing stores consisted of 16 x 3in 60lb rocket projectiles or 2 x 1,000lb bombs.
Firefly remained in Fleet Air Arm service until 1956 when succeeded by the Fairey Gannet. Various overseas naval forces used Firefly modified as target tugs and target drones until approx 1962.

US F-106B Delta Dart
Model #01683
1:72nd Scale
Length: 299.5mm Wingspan: 162.1mm 
9 sprues
this kit consists of over 130 parts
Serving the United States Air Force from the 1960s through the 1980s, the Convair F-106 Delta Dart was considered one of the best interceptors in the history of the US Air Force. They served as the primary all-weather interceptor aircraft of the Air Force and the Air National Guard for more than 29 years. They were the main "dancing partner" of the Russian Tu-95 Bear tactical bombers.
The Delta Dart was developed from the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. The more powerful Pratt & Whitney J-75-P-17 engine offers the aircraft a higher speed to Mach 2. 4 AIM-4 Falcon Missiles and an Air-2 Rocket can be carried in the weapons bay under the fuselage. The F-106 first flew on 26th December 1956, and entered service in June 1959. 277 single seater A types were built.

USS Enterprise CV-6
Model #06708
The “Big E” USS ENTERPRISE was the second of the Yorktown Class aircraft carriers. Construction commenced in 1934 and official launch was in 1936, entering service in 1938.

ENTERPRISE narrowly escaped the unannounced Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 due to stormy weather. Without any further delay, ENTERPRISE was immediately tasked with combat duty against the Japanese. 
“Big E” provided cover for the Doolittle Raid on mainland Japan and took part in the Battle of Midway, Battle of Philippines, Leyte Gulf and provided air support during the Guadalcanal campaign, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, Palau, Iwo Jima and Ryukyu. For a long period of time, “Big E” took on Japan until more aircraft carriers entered service.

After WWII, “Big E” took part in “Operation Magic Carpet” and brought U.S. troops back to USA. Decommissioned in 1947, ENTERPRISE was dismantled in 1958 yet the legend of “Enterprise versus Japan” lives on.
Length: 360.2mm beam: 48.5mm 
Total Sprues 17 sprues, hull and decks
Detailed Hull is a one-piece part
Detailed flight deck and hangar deck 
Extensive photo-etched details included
The Aircraft Wing includes: TBD-1, SBD-3, F4F-4
Complete ship and aircraft decal sets

These and all other kits from Trumpeter will be available this month through their Distributors Worldwide