Friday, July 5

Five new releases on tracks, wings, rotors & wheels this month from Italeri

A Zerstorer, a dramatic rescue at sea, Porche's Tiger, A gull-wing Merc & an F1 legend are amongst the new releases from Italeri this month. We have art, colours & sprues in our preview...

Italeri's new products of July

Bf 110 C / D
Kit No #2794
1: 48 scale 
Model Size: 25.1 cm 
Box Dim: 345 x 242 x 48 mm
Price: € 35.00
Together with the Messerschmitt fighter Bf 109 and the dive bomber Junkers Ju-87 Stuka the Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstörer is considered one of the symbols of the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. Messerschmidt's multi-engine heavy multi-role fighter was in fact widely used by German aviation during the war and, in its various versions, used to perform various operational roles: interceptor, fighter-bomber, reconnaissance aircraft, anti-ship aircraft and night fighter.

 Super Decal For 5 Versions in German & Italian service- Color Instruction Sheet
Its two Daimler-Benz DB 601 engines, capable of delivering 1200 hp, allowed heavy fighters to reach a maximum speed of 560 km / h. The C and D versions were widely used, on all fronts, since the early stages of the war. Heavily armed with two 20 mm guns, four 7-machine guns,

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing"
Kit No #3645
1: 24 scale 
         Model Size: 14.8 cm 
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 60 mm
Price: € 29.00
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.

Decal sheet included with several number plates from Europe and the US
Chrome parts & Color instruction sheet are also included
The transmission was 4-speed and the traction was back. The real strength of the car, however, lay in its innovative design and in 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 Gull-wing (Seagull wings) for the aesthetic solution adopted.

Kit No #6565
1: 35 scale 
Model Size: 19.1 cm 
Box Dim: 373 x 241 x 60 mm
Price : € 33.00
The VK 45.01 (P) was the official designation for an unsuccessful heavy tank prototype produced by Porsche in Germany in 1942. It was not selected for production and the Henschel design to the same specification was produced as the Tiger I. Most of the already produced chassis were instead rebuilt as Elefant tank destroyers.
The new Porsche tank designated the VK 45.01 (P) was to be powered by twin V-10 air-cooled gasoline Porsche Type 101 engines which were mounted to the rear of the tank. Each of the twin engines would then drive a separate generator, one for either side of the tank, which would then power each of two electric motors, one powering each track from the rear drive sprocket. But the engines and drive train were generally new and unorthodox designs for a tank, and due to being underdeveloped were prone to break down or require frequent maintenance. It was also difficult for the Third Reich to obtain additional amounts of quality copper to build whole new fleets of vehicles with electric drives in addition to the increasing demands of the U-boat fleet (which used very similar diesel-electric transmissions, which worked perfectly well); while it was easy enough to obtain quality copper to build a single prototype, once series production began, this became more difficult. These problems, and the fact that trials proved the tank to be less manoeuvrable than its competitor were the reason why Henschel's identically-armed and more conventional VK 45.01 (H) H1 prototype, which became the Tiger I, was adopted for production instead. Only one tank went into service as a command tank in the Ferdinand (Elefant) unit and served in Panzerjäger Abteilung 653. It was deployed in April 1944 and lost that subsequent July

SH-3D Sea King Apollo Recovery
Kit No #1433
1: 72 scale 
Dim. Model: 30.7 cm 
Dim. Box: 352 x 242 x 60 mm
Price: € 24.00
The twin-engine turbine helicopter SH-3 Sea King, developed and produced by the American company Sikorsky Aircraft, entered service in the 1960's and was widely used for years by the US Navy to perform numerous tasks and operational activities from anti-submarine patrol, to transport, to "Search and Rescue" missions. The sturdy structure, made on a fuselage in the shape of a hull, the tail and the main folding rotor blades have made it ideal for the role of a helicopter on board capable of being extremely versatile and flexible. It also had the characteristic of having amphibious qualities that made it suitable for ditching.

Super Decal For 3 Versions - Color Instruction Sheet
The Sea King was equipped with ventral attacks that could employ a wide range of offensive weapons such as Mk 46 torpedoes, depth bombs and air-to-surface anti-ship missiles. The Sea King was also produced under license in Japan, Italy and the United Kingdom. 
Among the most interesting versions the Sea King SAR that recovered the crew of the lunar mission "Apollo" in 1969, and that is the machine shown here on the box art and in the decals.

Kit No #4707
1: 12th scale
Model Size: 38.3 cm
Box Dim: 560 x 280 x 115 mm
Price: € 160.00
In 1977 the French car manufacturer Renault made its debut in the Formula 1 world championship with a team of its own that introduced important innovations in the racing world. He took part in the world championship in the 1980 season with the Renault RE20 equipped with a turbocharged V6 Renault Gordini EF1 engine capable of delivering 520 Horses. The team was completely French like the team of pilots composed by Jean-Pierre Jabouille, with the number 15 and René Arnoux with the number 16.
Unique model in terms of technology and precision, composed of over 500 pieces partially assembled with screws which are all included in the kit
Decals included in this set
Swivel castors - Working suspensions - Highly detailed engine - Removable fairing - Slick tires are are all shown on thie competed version
During the season the team won three Grand Prix wins in Brazil, South Africa and Austria. The Renault 20 series was modified and improved by also taking part in the first five races of the 1981 season when it was replaced by the 30 series with a redesigned chassis.

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...