Thursday, April 4

8 (eight!) kits - either improved or new from Italeri in our May kit preview...

No less than eight kits are slated for release from Italeri this month. Either all new or improved upon kits from their stable, it is still a pretty impressive total - but is it quality over quanity? We have art, colours & sprues in our preview...

Six new kits more from Italeri in May 2019
Kit No#2795
1:48th Scale
Model Size: 19.7 cm 
Box Dim: 345 x 242 x 60 mm
Price : € 29.00
Born as an evolution of its predecessor, the Curtiss P-36 with radial engine, the Curtiss P-40 has become one of the most famous and used aircraft of the Second World War. Between 1941 and 1944 he also played a fundamental role, both as a fighter from air superiority and as a fighter-bomber, in numerous theatres operating from North Africa to Italy, from China to the South Pacific. Characterized by a very robust and reliable aerodynamic structure, the Curtiss P-40 was equipped with an Allison V-12 engine capable of delivering over 1,150 Horses and capable of reaching the aircraft's speed of 580 Km / h. 

Super Decal For 6 Versions in RAAF, RAF, RCAF & USAAF markings - Color Instructions Also Included
In particular, the P-40E, combined with the robust structure a firepower of all respect for the time. Also known among the Commonwealth troops under the name of Kittyhawk Mk I, the P-40E was armed with 6 M2 12.7 mm browning machine guns. installed in the wings. 
Often characterized by original liveries and by a strong visual impact, it was also used as a fighter-bomber thanks to its operational flexibility and the possibility of carrying nearly 900 kg of bombs.

Kit No#3612
1/16th scale
Model Size: 28.6 cm 
Box Dim: 440 x 270 x 105 mm
Price : € 63.00
Kit Includes: Highly detailed engine and interior - steering wheels - rubber tires - opening doors, bonnet and trunk - chromed parts - colour instruction sheet
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was produced by the German automaker since 1954 and synthesized design, elegance and luxury. The 300 SL, where the acronym stands for Sport Leicht, or Sport Light, adopted innovative solutions for the time. The Mercedes coupe had a tubular chassis and a 2,996 cc front longitudinal engine able to make the car reach a top speed of up to 260 Km/h. 
The transmission was 4-speed and the traction was back. The real strength of the car, however, lay in its innovative design and the adoption of the characteristic opening of the doors hinged above the roof which influenced the name. The Mercedes 300 SL coupé was in fact known throughout the world as Gullwing (Seagull wings) for the aesthetic solution adopted.

T-34/85 - WoT - Easy to Build
No glue required, easy to build world of tanks kit
Kit No#34102
1: 72
Model Size: 8.2 cm 
Box Dim.: 220 x 150 x 30 mm
Price : € 9.90
A new line in 1:72nd scale of easy to assemble models complete with base, in-game Bonus code (PC version), Invitation code (PC version) and adhesive stickers for customization - The bonus code is valid for the European and American server.
Considered by many to be the best tank of the Second World War, the T-34-85 played a crucial role in the outcome of the Second World War. Over 35,000 T-34's were produced in various variants.
This tank is the antithesis of too exasperated German engineering. Designed in favour of simpler solutions using few resources making it available in large numbers. This was a determining factor in the rejection of the Axis forces outside the Soviet Union up to Berlin.
The T-34-85 was a variant of the T-34 with the 76 mm cannon that was insufficient to face opponents like the Tiger or the Panther. The development of a new turret has allowed the installation of an 85 mm cannon able to penetrate the armor of German tanks with greater ease. This wagon was also the first model of a first mass production with an inclined hull design: this meant that the thickness of the shield could be thinner, providing the same protection. Coupled with the tilt of the turret, the sustainability of this car was much better than the original of the T-34.

SHERMAN - WoT - Easy to Build
No glue required, easy to build world of tanks kit
Kit No#34101
1: 72
Model Size: 8.5 cm 
Box Dim.: 220 x 150 x 30 mm
Price : € 9.90
A new line in 1:72nd scale of easy to assemble models complete with base, in-game Bonus code (PC version), Invitation code (PC version) and adhesive stickers for customization - The bonus code is valid for the European and American server.
The M4 Sherman medium tank was the most used armoured vehicle by the United States during the Second World War. The M4, the first and simplest version of the Sherman family, was the most produced and widespread cart during the Second World War and formed the backbone of the American armoured forces of the time. 49,234 Shermans were produced.
The Sherman is in fact the evolution of the medium tank M3 and retains some typical traits of the design of its predecessor. However the design of the M-4 introduces an important novelty: the revolving turret combined with a 75 mm cannon.
To optimize mass production, the Sherman family wagons were produced in numerous variants: from the M4 wagon to the famous "Easy Eight". The first Shermans fought in North Africa at the end of 1942 against the Panzer III and Panzer IV. They were later used on all fronts until the end of the war.
The wagon was ideal for being produced on a large scale and, on the whole, quite reliable. Its main weaknesses were the low firepower and narrow tracks that limited performance on muddy terrain.

F/A-18 HORNET Swiss Air Force - Royal Australian Air Force
Kit No#1429
1/72nd scale
Model Size: 23.7 cm 
Box Dim: 290 x 190 x 45 mm
Price : € 18.50
The F/A-18 Hornet fighter-bomber is an aircraft with extraordinary flexibility and operational versatility, being able to be used as a fighter plane, ground attack, close tactical support and reconnaissance. These features formed the basis for a good commercial success, so much so that in the various configurations the F / A-18 fighter is used, in addition to the US Navy and the US Marine Corps, by the air forces of various nations as, among many, Canada, Australia, Spain and Switzerland. 

Super Decal For 2 Versions - Color  Instructions Included
The Swiss air force employs 26 single-seater Hornets and 7 double-seaters that equip 3 squadrons. One of these, The Fliegerstaffel 17, a carrier for the air defense of one's own country, operates from the base of Payerne and its aircraft are recognizable by the striking decoration of the hawk on their twin tails.

Kit No#6567
1/35th scale
Model Size: 22.0 cm 
Box Dim: 373 x 241 x 60 mm
Price : € 37.00
The Leopard 2 was developed in the 1970's to provide the West German armoured forces with a modern and efficient tank capable of replacing the Leopard 1. Armed with a 120 mm gun, thanks to the 12-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, it is able to reach a maximum speed of 68 km / h. 

Super Decal For 4 Versions in Finnish, German, Portuguese & Netherlands service.   
Color Instruction Sheet Included.
It entered service in 1979 but, in its various evolution continuously improved in technology, armament and protection, it is still considered one of the best Main Battle Tanks in the world. The Leopard 2 A6, in detail, is a definite improvement over the first versions. Armed with a Rheinmetall 120 mm L / 55 cannon it is equipped with a modern third generation protection made of composite materials.
The Kit Features Improved Moulds - New Tracked Rubber Tracks - 

Kit No#1410
1/72nd Scale
Model Size: 19.3 cm 
Box Dim: 290 x 190 x 45 mm
Price : € 18.00
The AV-8/ Harrier is probably the most famous military aircraft with V / STOL characteristics in the history of military aviation. Designed and developed during the sixties by the British company Hawker Siddeley, it was widely used in its various versions by the Royal Air Force and the British Royal Navy. The aircraft immediately aroused the interest of the US Marine Corps who identified the Harrier as an ideal solution for their operational needs. 

Super Decal For 4 Versions in Royal Thai, Spanish Navy and USMC colours. Includes Color  Instructions
The AV-8 A, a single-seat version developed for the Marine Corps, entered service in 1971 and went to equip the departments that could operate from land bases and specially converted ships. The AV-8 A could therefore be used for close support missions, ground attack and defence of air space during amphibious operations.

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...