Friday, December 14

Bonus Xmas presents from Italeri with four more kits for December...

We have already shown you some of December's releases from Italeri - however, there are four more model kits with six models inside them of various types from this Italian model maker this month for us to look at, Find out more in our December Pt II preview...

Four more releases from Italeri in December 2018

1/24th scale
Model Size: 24.6 cm 
Box Size: 440 x 270 x 105 mm
Price: € 67.00
Faithful reproduction of the interiors - Engine and detailed chassis - Driver side opening doors - Chrome stickers -  Photo etch parts - Color instruction sheet - decals for several European trucks
CAD images of the completed truck...
The Volvo FH is the maximum expression of the construction technology of the famous "brand" of commercial and industrial vehicles. Its modern and captivating design has been designed to optimize aerodynamics and minimize consumption to ensure the highest standards of operational efficiency. The cab has been designed to offer the highest standards of active and passive safety. 
The vehicle is also equipped with modern driving assistance and risk prevention systems. There are several possibilities for customizing the vehicle in order to respond promptly and precisely to specific transport needs. The "tractor" configuration has been designed to be light and rational in order to guarantee maximum transversality for every use. The Globetrotter XL cab is ideal for accommodating two people and the increased height offers extra capacity. From a motoring point of view, the FH16 version is equipped with a powerful 16 litre Euro 6 6-cylinder diesel engine.

WAR THUNDER - BF 109 F-4 & FW 190 D-9
1/72nd scale
Model Dim.: 13,3 cm & 12,5 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 48 mm
Price: € 25.00
The box contains:
Two model kits - Colored Sprues - Planes Reference Guide - Colour Instruction sheet - two Stand bases - Glue
Bonus Code (PC/Mac Version): Thach’s F2A-1 Buffalo (Rank 2.0 Premium Fighter) He-112 B-1/U2 (Rank 2.3 Premium Fighter) - 7 days of premium - Italeri Decal
FW 190 D-9
Kurt Tank, the designer of the venerable Fw-190 lineup quickly realized by 1943 that the field of aerial warfare was changing rapidly. The world had moved on beyond dive bombers, and the allies had begun forming massive, four-engine bomber wings that devastated Axis ground troops and factories. At the time, Fw-190’s played similar roles to the American P-47 Thunderbolts, serving as ground attack planes and low altitude interceptors. Fw-190’s retained air superiority over allied forces all the way up to the introduction of the British Spitfire Mk. IX. Despite this impressive service record, Fw-190’s had one flaw, which would soon usher in the need of the “Dora” Line-up. Their performance was hindered drastically at higher altitudes, where aerial warfare was now moving towards. Germany, in desperate need of fighters to engage and stop these massive bomber raids had turned to Messerschmitt and Focke-Wulf to produce a high altitude interceptor, and Kurt Tank’s response was the Fw-190 D-9.
BF 109 F-4
In 1943, the Bf 109 entered service, while its performance was less than stellar, its worth derived from the ability to be easily modified into dedicated fighter-bomber, high altitude interceptor or reconnaissance. likewise, great care was taken to make sure the G6 could fit heavy armament for attacking bombers, which were beginning to appear in force over Germany, and the shortcoming of the Fw 190s at high altitude became increasingly apparent. In 1944, the RLM, wishing to standardize fighter production, approved the Bf 109 G-14, which essentially a standardized version of the 109, with all improvements found on late production G-6’s, including an enlarged vertical tail surface, a new canopy and Flettner tabs, for better control at higher speeds. to easy construction, it had a non-retracting tailwheel, and the distinctive bulges on the upper cowling, which housed the breechblocks of the machine guns.

1/35th scale
Model Size: 17.9 cm 
Box Size: 345 x 242 x 48 mm
Price:: € 27.00
Instruction sheet in colour
3 marking choices in the box

The Mercedes Benz L3000 was widely used by German troops during the Second World War. Together with the Opel Blitz, it was the primary solution for all logistics and transport needs of the Wehrmacht. From a technical point of view, the Mercedes Benz L3000 adopted a solution with rear-wheel drive. The 74 hp 4-cylinder diesel engine was able to reach a maximum speed of 70 km / h at the German truck. It was used on all fronts and in all operating conditions always showing a good reliability and excellent resistance. Even during the use with Afrika Korps, in the extreme conditions of North Africa, Mercedes Benz behaved very well. 
It was produced in 3 versions and in over 27,000 units, becoming the most produced Mercedes truck in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

WAR THUNDER - P-47 N & P-51 D
1/72nd scale
Model Dim.: 15 cm x 13,3 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 48 mm
Price: € 25.00
The box contains:
Two model kit - Colored Sprues - Planes Reference Guide - Colour Instruction sheet - two Stand bases - Glue
Bonus Code (PC/Mac Version): Thach’s F2A-1 Buffalo (Rank 2.0 Premium Fighter) He-112 B-1/U2 (Rank 2.3 Premium Fighter) - 7 days of premium - Italeri Decal
P-47 N
Developed by North Republic Aviation, the main role of the P-47 Thunderbolt was Bomber Escort, at high altitude the ‘Jug’ could contend with the latest from the Luftwaffe. The design was to also include much better protection for the pilot by having increased armour around the cockpit, however, this increased it’s weight substantially. It was the first American fighter to receive more than the standard x6 .50 calibre M2 Browning Machine guns, a total of 8 all together. The P-47N-15 can in many ways be considered a more specialized fighter version of the P-47D series of fighters, being built solely for a boom and zoom strategy. The key difference separating the P-47N from both the D-series and other planes in general at the battle rating is its top speed and maneuverability. bordering on just below 800 km/h, and with an airframe that can support it. This, coupled with its 8 devastating M2 .50 Brownings make it an extremely deadly and dangerous opponent.
P-51 D
The North-American P-51 Mustang was an American fighter designed in the early 1940s and is considered the best US fighter of WWII. It was widely exported to countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The P-51 participated in the Korean War and other post-WWII conflicts. The most famous Mustang version was the P-51D with teardrop (or bubble) canopy. The main problem for the pilots of the earlier variants was a huge blind spot at the rear of the aircraft due to the canopy design. An earlier attempt to address the issue was a British-designed Malcolm hood, installed on many P-51Bs. It improved rearward visibility, but the search for a better solution continued. In January 1943, USAAF’s Colonel Mark Bradley, while stationed in Britain, was introduced to the then-new “bubble” canopy, designed for use on Spitfires and Typhoons. The canopy had no framework and offered near 360-degree vision. The inaugural flight of the new P-51D took place at Inglewood, California on 17th November 1943.
These releases should be available in your local hobby shop this month. You can also buy directly from Italeri from the links in this preview...