Friday, August 31

Trumpeter's September new releases - Big radars, Long-range Flankers & Rodney?

Trumpeter's three new kits for September are finally showing the sprues on their website - A large truck with the weirdest looking radar inside, a long-range Fulcrum and WWII's famous ship HMS Rodney are the subjects. See the sprues, photo-etch, art, decals and everything else in the boxes in our Trumpeter new item preview...

Trumpeter’s September 2018 releases…

M983 Tractor with AN/TPY-2 X Band Radar 
Kit no #01059
1:35th scale
The AN/TPY-2 radars are high resolution, phased array, X-band radars designed and built specifically for the missile defence mission. The radar can be deployed in one of two modes: terminal or forward-based.  In terminal mode, the TPY-2 radar is integrated with a THAAD system and serves as its primary sensor. In this mode, the sensor is oriented upward to track the late stages of the missile track enabling the THAAD’s capability to intercept both outside the atmosphere and once a reentry vehicle enters the atmosphere. This mode carries a shorter range because of the orientation of the radar.
In forward-based mode, the radar provides crucial sensor tracks of missiles in boost/early midcourse phase to the GMD system. From these forward-based locations, the TPY-2 is able to detect and track missiles in their boost and early midcourse phases, determining information such as its speed and trajectory.
Length: 563mm Width: 103mm
Total Parts 580+
Photo-Etched Parts
18 sprues , cab and tires 
Detailed multi-directional slide-molded cab.
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 
Clear parts for windows and lights.




Russian MIG-29C Fulcrum 
#03224
1:32nd scale
Since the Mig-29A were in service, the limited fuel capacity was the biggest problem of this light tactical fighter. To meet the specified range requirements, the designers of Mikoyan developed a project to enlarge the fuselage tank. But the special dorsal auxiliary air intakes cause that only the tank in the spine could be readily enlarged; its capacity was increased by 240 litres. The enlarged fuselage tank made the upper fuselage contour became convex instead of concave. Besides, the application of new pylons allows another two drop tanks to be fitted under the wings. Fitting three drop tanks gave the fighter a ferry range of 3000km.
A series of new electronic countermeasures equipment were also be fitted on the aircraft, and ordnance load increased to 3200 kg.
The prototype of the Mig-29C took off for the first time on 4th May 1984. More than 400 'fatbacks' were built.233 of them remained in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. 155 were retained by the Ukrainian Airforce.
Length: 536.2mm   Wingspan: 356.5mm   
Total Parts     570+
Metal gear struts included
Photo-Etched Parts included
27 sprues, upper hull, lower hull and tires
- Detailed  fuselage&wing w/accurate design
- Highly detailed  Engines
- Finely detailed cockpit, gear cabin,
- Grooved rubber tires
- PE parts 



HMS Rodney 
#06718
1:700th scale
HMS Rodney entered British Royal Navy service in 1927. Like her sister ship HMS Nelson, all of her primary guns were unusually placed forward of the superstructure. Although her armour protection was less than originally designed (due to the Washington Naval Treaty limitations), she was considered one of the world's most powerful battleships through the 1930s. Her pre-WW2 career saw her with the Atlantic Fleet and with the Home Fleet. During the German invasion of Norway, she operated off the coast in support of the ground operations; on 9 Apr 1940, off Karm√ły, she was hit by a German aerial bomb that penetrated the armoured deck but failed to explode. 
After the completion of the Norwegian campaign, she returned to Britain, from where she would guard against any potential German cross English Channel operations and would set sail to escort convoys crossing the Atlantic Ocean to and from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In Jan 1941, she participated in the failed search for German warships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. On 16 Mar 1941, while escorting a convoy, she made contact with potential German raiders, but no action ensued as the Germans were under orders to avoid confrontation. In May 1941, while escorting the troopship Britannic to Canada, she received new orders to intercept German battleship, Bismarck,; action was engaged in the early morning of 27 May, during which HMS Rodney hit Bismarck several times (including one battleship-to-battleship torpedo hit, the only time in history such situation had occurred), contributing decisively to Bismarck's eventual demise. 
After some time spent in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, then a non-belligerent nation, for repairs, she joined Force H in Gibraltar, from where she would escort convoys to Malta. She returned to Britain in Nov 1941, and shortly afterwards served briefly from Iceland. In Nov 1942, she supported the Operation Torch landings in North Africa. In 1943, she supported the landings at Sicily and Salerno in Italy. She returned to the Home Fleet in Oct 1943. Her final major responsibility took place during the Allied Cross-Channel invasion, during which she bombarded German defensive positions and routes of transportation along the Normandie coast in France. In Sep 1944, she covered convoys going to and returning from Murmansk, Russia. Having covered 156,000 nautical miles between 1942 and 1945 without going through scheduled maintenance due to war demands, she was deemed to be in poor mechanical shape at the war's end. She was scrapped in 1948.
Length: 309.5mm   beam: 45.5mm  
Total Parts     320+
Total Sprues     12 sprues
Lower hull made from multi-directional slide moulds.
-  Deck wood pattern finely rendered
-  Contains engraved nameplate 
-  Photo-etched frets included

These are all available from Trumpeter's Distributors this month...