Sunday, December 2

Preview of Italeri's December items out just in time for Xmas...

A big Kubel, small-scale stealth, a beautiful Spider, a Tornado and the most produced tank in history in Italeri's latest releases. We see box art, decals, colours and some sprues in our December item preview...

Italeri's releases for December

Kdf. 1 Typ 82 Kübelwagen
1/9th scale 
Model Dim.: 41,5 cm
Box Dim.: 560 x 280 x 115 mm
Price: € 96,00
Working suspensions - Openable lid - Highly detailed engine - Highly detailed decals sheet - Canvas roof and windows - Working canvas roof - Steering front axle - Rubber tires - Colors instructions sheet
Typ 82 Kubelwagen is one of the most famous military cars of the Second World War. It was designed by the engineer Ferdinand Porsche and produced by the German manufacturer Volkswagen. The project was born to have a simple vehicle, easy to build and easy to maintain and repair. The overall vehicle design is without bends and the bodywork plates are flat. Great simplicity even in the layout of the frame: just a central tube and the back support for the engine and the gearbox. 

The Kubelwagen, thanks to its petrol engine with a displacement of 998 cm3, was able to reach the max speed of 80 Km/h. The vehicle did not have 4x4 traction but it was extremely reliable on all types of terrain and it was present on all fronts, often in very tough environmental conditions, where the German Army fought during the entire World War II. The Kubelwagen could be armed with a support for an MG34 or MG42 machine gun.

Here is the kit painted and put together

Kit No #2783
1/48th scale
Model Dim.: 38,1 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 60 mm
Price: € 29,00

The multirole Tornado is a twin-engine combat aircraft with a variable-sweep wing. This kind of aircraft is the result of a joint development project carried out by British, German and Italian companies. Although during its lifetime it has been used for several purposes (ground attack, electronic combat/reconnaissance, interceptor), its main role has always been to perform low-altitude penetrating strike missions. Tornado can load and use a powerful and varied set of offensive weapons.

Decals for 6 versions in German, Saudi, Italian & RAF versions.

Thanks to its two powerful afterburning turbofans, the Tornado can reach the max speed of Mach 2.2. The Tornado baptism of fire took place in 1991 during the Gulf War. More in detail, the air campaign of the Gulf War, in which the Italian Tornados IDS took part, began on 17th January. The goal of the aerial bombing campaign was the suppression of military targets and infrastructures.

Sd.Kfz. 10 DEMAG D7 with German Paratroops
Model Dim.: 13,5 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 48 mm
Price: € 29,00

The Sd.Kfz 10 Demag D7 half-track was used by the German troops in large numbers during the Second World War on all the main fronts from the invasion of Poland, to North Africa, to Russia. It was designed and developed to be an effective prime mover for small towed artillery as anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns. The Demag D7 could carry eight fully equipped soldiers in addition to towing a gun or a trailer.

The 4.2-litre Maybach 6-cylinder engine, positioned in the front of the vehicle, could deliver 99 hp. Thanks to its engine the half-track was able to reach a max speed of 65 km/h and to have a good on and off-road performance. 
The vehicle was reliable and flexible and it was produced in an important number of units and in several versions. Its frame was also the base to implement modifications and improvements directly from the field workshops in order to have vehicles fully in line with the specifics of the operating theatres.

1/24th scale
Model Dim.: 16,2 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 60 mm
Price: € 30,00
An icon of elegance and style, the Giulietta Spider was built by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo between 1955 and 1962. It was developed and designed on the Sprint chassis. The design was characterized by sober and elegant lines typical of the Italian "Cabrio" cars of the time. The Giulietta Spider adopted a 1.290 cm3 four-cylinder longitudinal-line engine capable of delivering, in the first production batches, 65 hp. 
Thanks to its engine, the vehicles were able to reach the max speed of 155 Km/h. The car had a rear-wheel drive, front and rear drum brakes and it was equipped with independent wheel suspension. The “Veloce” sports version was able to offer to the customers a powerful engine with two carburettors and better driving performances. The Giulietta Spider was much appreciated by the markets and achieved a good commercial success.

1/72nd scale
Model Dim.: 26,2 cm - 16,1 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 48 mm
Price: € 35,00
The Northrop Grumman X-47B is a demonstration unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) expressly designed and developed to operate from the flight decks of the US Navy aircraft carriers. The X-47B flew for the first time in 2011 and has performed, in the following years, several operational tests completed in 2015. The X-47B was used in the test cycles on board the U.S.S aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and it performed take-off, landing, air-refuelling duties. 
To optimize the onboard capability the X-47B is equipped with folding wings in order to minimize the space on the overcrowded flight decks of the aircraft carriers. It is equipped with a Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine that guarantees subsonic performance and in its two loading bays it can provide an offensive load of over 2,000 kg.

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

All of these kits are now available on the Italeri Website at the links provided above