Wednesday, November 7

Italeri have HEAPS of new kits on release this month in our preview...

Varied genres, from cars, trucks, a large model set in 72nd, their brand new full interior T-34 in 35th scale to some "man on man" model fighter action in a Top Gun model set. See them all in our preview...

Italeri's November New Novelties

1/24th scale
Skill: 3
Model Dim.: 14,7 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 60 mm
Price: € 28,00
The Renault 5 is a real icon of the French automotive World. The small car, developed by Renault, was produced from the beginning of the ‘70s to the first half of the ‘80s and it rapidly achieved an extraordinary commercial success in several Countries. The most relevant success factor was a very good mix of functionality, appealing design, reliability and smartness. 

Two colour choices in the decals and instructions in the box.
From the chassis of the Renault 5 was developed the sports version Alpine that was characterized by high standard in terms of performance for a small urban car. It adopted the air-cooled 1397 cc 4-cylinder engine capable of delivering 93 Hp. Furthermore, several new solutions were used on the Alpine as the braking system with front discs and rear drums or the use of innovative materials. Small, compact but with a very good performance especially in the acceleration and in the driveability.

"Top Gun" F-14A vs A-4F
1/72nd scale
Skill: 3
Model Dim.: 26,52cm - 16,97 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 60 mm
Price: €30
The American supersonic twin-engine Grumman F-14 Tomcat was the icon of the U.S. Navy fighter squadrons during the ‘80s and ‘90s. it was characterized by the adoption of the variable-sweep wing, the twin-tail and the tandem two-seat cabin. The “Tomcat” provided an impressive operational performance. Thanks to its two General Electric Afterburning turbofans it was able to reach the max speed of Mach 2.34.

CONTAINS 2 MODELS an F-14 Tomcat & A-4 Skyhawk 
It was armed with a 20 mm M61 Vulcan rotating gun and it could use, in addition to the more conventional AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow, the AIM-54 Phoenix radar-guided long-range missiles. The best pilots of the U.S. Navy Fighter Squadrons took part in combat training courses at the famous Fighter Weapon School better known as "Top Gun". The F-14 pilots could improve their combat skills and capability on the F-14 confronting against A-4 Skyhawk and F-5 Tiger II used by the school to simulate the flying characteristics of the Soviet Mig.

FIAT 131 Abarth Rally
Skill: 3
Model Dim.: 17,4 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 60 mm
Price: € 30,50
The Fiat 131 Abarth was built on the frame of the two-door Fiat sedan. The development made by Abarth considered several modifications and improvements starting from the reduction of the body weight using lighter materials. Then some new fenders, to permit the adoption of larger wheels, were installed and new air-intakes on the hood and on the sides to optimize the cooling of the mechanics were designed. 
The engine was a 4-cylinder longitudinal engine characterised by the use light alloy head and 4 valves per cylinder. The Fiat 131 Abarth was built from 1976 and it was used in the World Rally Championship where achieved important results as three manufacturers’ championship, one pilots’ championship and one FIA trophy. It took part in international competitions until 1982 when it was replaced by the Lancia brand cars.

1/72nd scale
Skill: 3
Model Dim.: 20,0 cm
Box Dim.: 290 x 190 x 45 mm
Price: € 18,00
The Northrop F-5 was born in the '60s to meet the needs of many Countries belonging to NATO that required a multi-role fighter simple, low cost and easy to maintain. In the early 70s the improved version, called F-5E Tiger II, has been developed. It was characterized by the adoption of the new General Electric J85 turbo-jet engines able to provide much higher thrust and a better performance.

The F-5 Tiger II has a lengthened and enlarged fuselage, more fuel on board able to guarantee a better operating range and an improved avionics system suitable to fulfil the main role of air defence fighter. The main armament is formed by two 20mm. guns, installed in the nose under the cabin, and several hardpoints able to carry combinations of air-to-air missiles. The F-5E was a great commercial success. It was also produced under license in Switzerland, Taiwan and South Korea.

1/24th scale
Skill: 4
Model Dim.: 38,0 cm
Box Dim.: 440 x 270 x 105 mm
Price: € 55,00
The Iveco Turbostar was an important commercial success for the Italian manufacturer. Thanks to its characteristics of strength, reliability and performance, it achieved a significant position in the European truck market and it was the most widespread industrial vehicle in Italy in the late 80s. It was declined in numerous versions and adopted several outfitting to satisfy the specific transportation needs of the users. The version with the canvas deck was one of the most common versions able to guarantee a great flexibility of transport of all types of goods.

Colours included on the decal sheet
Another great advantage of the Iveco 190.42 was the loading capacity compared to the overall dimension. The payload/size ratio provided by 190.42 was an important factor to perform transportation duties outside of the motorways and even in the smaller urban area. Often a hydraulic rear platform to make easier the loading and unloading activities was added to the canvas version.

Operation Silver Bayonet - Vietnam War 1965 - BATTLE SET
Skill: 3
Box Dim.: 440 x 270 x 70 mm
Price: € 69,00
Operation Silver Bayonet - Vietnam War 1965 - BATTLE SET
The political-military escalation happened the 1960s in Southeast Asia has generated one of the longest and most complex conflicts in the recent History. The United States supported the South Vietnam Government against the North Vietnamese regular troops flanked by the People’s Liberation Armed Forces, commonly knows as Vietcong. The ground war started in 1965 and ended only ten years later with the fall of Saigon of the evacuation of the latest American soldiers. 
The long years of war started with an aerial campaign of bombing on North Vietnam were characterised by clashed and fighting in a tough rural environment with a vegetation and a structure of villages that provided ideal conditions for the guerrilla war. Unfortunately, a huge number of civilians were involved in the war and in the military operations. 
The American military supremacy, which saw the massive use of helicopters and armoured vehicles, was counterbalanced by the effective North Vietnamese and Vietcong tactics. 

Soviet T-34/85 tank
1/35th scale
Plastic injection moulded kit
Engine, transmission and turret interior included
Photo-Etch included
Tracks types: - Link and Length
Product Link on the Italeri Website

The new 1:35 scale model kit is a completely new-tool model, we are promised the highest level of quality and details (with interior details for the turret, the driver compartment, the transmission compartment and the suspension)

Some CADS of the new design
 The characteristic turret shape of the T-34/85 is shown here from a few angles, the turret interior and gun parts are included in this kit.
The tracks are not shown here, but an "innovative system has been promised for this kit - we hope it is easy and innovative at the same time.
The CAD showing the full turret interior with a full ammo load - all that brass! 
 Italeri has promised us an innovative solution for the tracks. A photo-etched fret for the engine grill will improve the look of that area, some might want to show the engine (provided in the kit) opened up or with n exposed transmission.
Here are four of the sprues that Italeri has shown us already, the innovative track are link and length system. Some might want to see single links to show the proper sag shown on T-34/85's in action
These new kits from Italeri  are now available from the Italeri website