Thursday, January 24

Preview: Trumpeter kits of March with boxart, colours & many sprues included

We have four very different vehicles in Trumpeter's new releases in March. We waited till we got the sprue shot - a little small for our taste but that's life and at least we have them packed with box art, colours and everything else in the box in our March preview...

New Trumpeter kits of March

BMD-3 Airborne Infantry Fighting Vehicle
1:35th scale
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The BMD-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta, Russian "Боевая Машина Десанта", literally "Combat Vehicle of the Airborne") is an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) originating from the former Soviet Union. This armoured fighting vehicle is one of the lightest in its class and is intended to be a fire support platform for use by airborne and air assault units. The primary armament is a 30 mm 2A42 autocannon capable of firing different types of ammunition which include high-explosive and armour-piecing. The BMD-3 possesses multiple secondary weapons such as the 9M113 Konkurs missile and the AGS-17 grenade launcher to defeat a wide range of targets from enemy infantry to other armoured fighting vehicles.
Designed in the 1980s, the vehicle was manufactured by the Volgograd tractor factory under the industrial index Object 950. The BMD-3 entered service with the VDV in 1990 with only 137 vehicles being produced due to the economic depression. The operators of the BMD-3 are Angola and Russia. As of 2013, 123 BMD-3s and 60 BMD-4s are in service with the Russian Airborne Troops.
Length: 181.3mm   Width: 90.9mm 
copper cable included for the tow cable
5 sprues, upper hull, lower hull and tracks
The kit consists of over 390 parts
Multi-slide moulded upper hull and lower hull
Individual tracks
Photo-etched parts included

Nanchang Q-5 01686
1/72nd scale
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Q-5 is derived from China’s F-6 (J-6)/MiG-19 and entered mass production in 1969. The initial design and development began in the early 1960s. As originally designed the Q-5 used two 30mm cannons installed in the nose on both sides, later changed to two 23mm cannons in the wings. The lengthened fuselage incorporates an internal weapons bay some 4m in length. Additional ordnance can be carried on external pylons under each wing. A later variant was adapted to carry nuclear armament (good luck getting out before this heap got clear!)
The Q-5 has been continuously improved and upgraded, eventually becoming a huge family of single-seat and two-seater types including Q-5, Q-5I, Q-5IA(Q-5B), Q-5II(Q-5C), Q-5III, Q-5D, Q-5E, Q-5F, Q-5G, Q -5J, Q-5N. Production of Q-5 series exceeded more than one thousand aircraft. In addition to Chinese air & naval deployment, Q-5 has been exported to North Korea, Pakistan and other countries are known locally as the A-5.
Length: 227.2mm   Wingspan: 135.5mm   
7 sprues
The kit consists of  over 90 parts, clear parts for canopy

The fuselage & wing with finely engraved panel lines (but they always say that)

USS Yorktown CV-5
1/200th scale
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The lead ship of the Yorktown class of purpose-built US Navy aircraft carriers, three battle stars, lost in the Battle of Midway in June 1942.

YORKTOWN (CV-5) was laid down in 1934, launched in 1936 and commissioned in 1937. Following its shakedown cruise in 1938, YORKTOWN engaged in exercises simulating attacks on the US East Coast. Joining the Pacific Fleet in 1939, tactical exercises continued in 1940, centred on the defence of the Hawaiian islands in the North Pacific.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, YORKTOWN became the flagship of aircraft carrier Task Force 17, targeting Imperial Japanese Navy garrisons in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands in February 1942, and engaging IJN shipping in the Coral Sea in May 1942.
Returning to Pearl Harbor with severe bomb damage that would take 3 months to repair, YORKTOWN was back at sea after only 3 days, to mount an attack on the Japanese Navy in the Battle of Midway in June 1942.

So many sprues in this kit - say goodbye to the family!

YORKTOWN suffered direct hits from Japanese torpedo aircraft but did not sink. Attempts at salvage were interrupted when a final assault by IJN submarine caused YORKTOWN to eventually capsize and sink on June 7th 1942.

1245.5mm   beam: 179.8mm   
Anchor Chain Metal Parts
44 sprues, hull and decks
One-piece hull made from two-directional slide moulds
Deck pattern finely rendered.
Accurately detailed gun
8 pieces of photo-etched frets for handrais,ladders, radar parts etc.
Aircraft included:  F4F-4*5 SBD-3*5 TBD-1*5

M983A2 HEMTT Tractor with M870A1 Semi-Trailer
1/35th scale
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The M983 is a tractor unit for use with the trailer-mounted MIM-104 Patriot missile system. It can also be used with the Interim Stryker Recovery System, or other trailers. An earlier variant fitted with a 30 KW generator and crane mounted behind the cab was used to tow the MGM-31 Pershing Erector Launcher in CONUS. 

The M983A2/A4 Light Equipment Transporter (LET) tractor is mainly used to transport construction and engineer equipment. It has a 45,000 lbs. (20,430 kg) 2-speed hydraulic winch mounted behind the cab used to load the trailer. It does not have a self-recovery winch.
Length: mm   Width: mm   Height: mm
 23 sprues, cab and tires
Detailed multi-directional slide-moulded 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 

The windshield and side windows are of course included, unlike the text n the product page lol...

These four new kits are available from a variety of Trumpeter's distributors Worldwide.