Wednesday, April 25

Trumpeter's April new releases - Soviet big hitters in two scales, an American truck full of rockets and an Albatross in our preview...

We have the latest kits from Trumpeter to show you today - A 72nd KV-122, a 35th scale KV-3 & a US-built M142 Rocket System & the 48th scale Albatross trainer are the subjects of our preview, with sprue shots, markings & boxart...

Trumpeter’s April/ May 2018 releases…

M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) 
Model no #01041
1:35th scale
The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a U.S. light multiple rocket launcher mounted on a standard Army Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) truck frame.

The HIMARS carries six rockets or one MGM-140 ATACMS missile on the U.S. Army's new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) five-ton truck, HIMARS is interchangeable with the MLRS M270A1, carrying half the rocket load.
The launcher is C-130 transportable. The chassis is produced by BAE Systems Mobility & Protection Systems (formerly Armor Holdings Aerospace and Defense Group Tactical Vehicle Systems Division), the OEM of the FMTV. The rocket launching system is produced by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control.
Model Brief     Length: 225mm   Width: 84.4mm  
Total Sprues     15 sprues, cab and tires
 Full drive train assembly complete with engine transmission, differential housing and suspension units.
The main tires are hollow rubber with a very good tread pattern 
The windshield and side windows are made of clear parts.

Russian KV-3 Heavy Tank
Model #09544
KV-3 tanks with 120 mm frontal armour, 90 mm of side protection, this comprehensive protection even more powerful than nearly a year later the German Tiger tanks. Design requirements to improve the artillery power, so KV-3 selected Navy B-34 type 107 mm gun, and to improve to become the ZIS-6-type gun, the gun's muzzle velocity of 800 meters per second, firing armor-piercing time, UBR -420 type penetrator weighs nearly 19 kilograms, can penetrate 167 mm of armor at 500 meters. To improve the shooting angle, the gun in the turret angled shot no less than 30 degrees, while 92 factories and GKO factory started to design the transformation model, and after the completion of the transfer to the Kirov plant, and require the production of 500 in 42 years carrying 107 guns KV-3 tanks.
Length: 276.7mm   Width: 95mm   
copper cable
14 sprues, upper hull and lower hull
The kit consists of over 320 parts
multi-slide moulded lower hull, turret

L-39ZA Albatross 
Model #05805
The Aero L-39 "Albatross" might be one of the most popular advance trainer/light ground attack aircraft of the world, more than 2800 L-39s have served with over 30 air forces around the world for more than 40 years. The  Albatross took the first flight on 4 November 1969.
The L-39ZA/ZO/M are all based on the L-39C. the type M is the upgraded version of the L-39C which put out by Ukrainian, the aircraft change the engine to the Al-25TLSh.The L-39ZO is the developed version of the L-39C for the weapon training missions, they have one pair more pylon under the wing.The L-39ZA is the trainer/light ground attack aircraft of the Albatross, employing sturdier landing gear, a higher payload (total 1,290 kg) and notably provision for a GSh-23L 23mm twin barreled cannon attached in a conformal pod under the pilots' compartment, having a 150 round within the airframe.
Length: 252.7mm   Wingspan: 197mm   
Photo-Etched Parts
 9 sprues
The kit consists of  over 140 parts 
fuselage & wing with finely engraved panel lines

Soviet KV-122 Heavy Tank
Model #07128
1:72nd scale
   The KV-13 program's KV-85 prototype was accepted for production as the IS-1 heavy tank. After testing with both 100 mm and 122 mm guns, the D-25T 122 mm gun was selected as the main armament of the new tank, primarily because of its ready availability and the effect of its large high-explosive shell when attacking German fortifications. The KV-122 replaced the KV-85, and began mass production as the IS-2.
Model Brief: Length: 94.2mm   Width: 46mm   
3 sprues, lower hull, upper hull, turret and tracks
More Features     
The kit consists of over 50 parts
These and all other kits from Trumpeter will be available this month through their Distributors Worldwide