Friday, August 2

Six new releases on three, two & four wheels, wings & tracks this month from Italeri

Amongst the new releases from Italeri this month, we have boxart, colours & sprues od an Italian Scooter & German sidecar, An RAF legend, A German Hunting Panther, A British workhorse and A Porche for your garage - all in our preview...

Italeri's new products of July

Vespa 125 "Primavera"
Kit No #4633
1: 9th scale 
Model Size: 20 cm 
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 60 mm
Price: € 42
The Vespa is an icon of design and style of the "made in Italy" in the world and a real myth on two wheels. The first Vespa was born in the second post-war period, in 1946, and was immediately characterized by simple and elegant lines, and by a practical, robust and reliable construction project developed around the famous metal body. 

 Colour instruction sheet & decals
The combination of design and functionality was the strong point of the Vespa, which soon became an extraordinary commercial success worldwide. Over time, while maintaining its unique style, the Vespa has evolved and updated in style and engine. The most famous versions include the 1968 Vespa Primavera 125 which, thanks to improved performance and ease of driving, remained on the market throughout the 1970s.
 The Finished model :-)

Zundapp KS 750 with Sidecar
Kit No #7406  
1:9th scale    
Model Size: 26.5 cm 
Box Dim.: 373 x 241 x 96 mm
Price: € 66
The Sidecar Zundapp KS 750 was widely used during the Second World War by the German army on all fronts. The project, at the request of the 1937 OKH, was developed simultaneously by Zundapp and BMW. Thanks to the 751 cc twin-cylinder boxer engine capable of delivering 26 HP, it could reach a top speed of 95 Km/hr as specified. The gearbox was a four-speed with the reduced on first gear and the "rear". 

Super Decal For 4 Versions - Color Instruction Sheet
Together with the BMW R75, with which it shared many components, it was used to perform a wide variety of tasks from transport to reconnaissance. But it was soon replaced in these tasks by the more practical Kubelwagen, with less maintenance and easier to produce. It could be armed with an MG34 machine gun installed in the sidecar's buggy.

The sprues of the kit
A finished version of the Zundapp & Sidecar - pretty noiyce!

Sd.Kfz.173 JAGDPANTHER with winter crew
Kit No# 6564 
1: 35th scale 
Model Size: 28.9 cm 
Box Dim: 373 x 241 x 60 mm
Price: € 36
In 1944 the production of the heavy tank destroyer Sd.Kfz.173 "Jagdpanther" was started. It was built on the excellent panther tank hull on which the lethal 88 mm Pak 43/3 long-barreled cannon was installed in the casemate. able to pierce the armour of any Allied or Soviet armoured vehicle. The Jadgpanther also had good protection guaranteed by the thick angled front armour to better withstand direct blows. 

 Super Decal For 3 Versions - Color Instruction Sheet

Despite the limited overall number of specimens produced, it was used in Normandy, on the Ardennes and on the Eastern front until the end of the war. The crew consisted of 5 men and the interior space was arranged to allow the housing of 57 rounds for the 88 mm cannon.
Contains 5 Soldiers
 New Rubber Tracks

Land Rover Fire Truck
Kit No #3660

Model Size: 24.1 cm 
Box Dim.: 373 x 241 x 60 mm
Price: € 34
The "Land Rover" was certainly one of the most famous symbols of "made in England" on 4 wheels and is, in fact, a milestone in the history of off-road vehicles. It was born in the immediate post-war period, with the first prototypes made in 1947. It was characterized by the 4x4 four-wheel drive and a robust and reliable structure capable of facing the most difficult and demanding routes. 

Color Instruction Sheet included showing different markings of the Land Rover

The aluminium bodywork made it lighter but, at the same time, more resistant to corrosion and long-lasting. In 1971, when the Series III was introduced, more than a million copies had already been produced and manufactured. Available both in the 88-inch "standard step" version or in the 109-inch "long wheelbase" version. Thanks to its extraordinary versatility it was used both in the military and civil sectors

Harrier Gr.1 Transatlantic Air Race 50th Ann.
Kit No# 1435
1: 72nd scale
Model Size: 19.3 cm 
Box Dim: 290 x 190 x 45 mm
Price: € 19
The Harrier is probably the most famous military aircraft with V / STOL characteristics (vertical and/or short takeoff and landing) of history. Designed and developed during the sixties by the British company Hawker Siddeley, the Harrier entered active service at the end of the decade. Its Rolls Royce Pegasus engine and its project realized with the adoption of lateral flow nozzles that change the direction of the propulsive thrust have contributed to the creation of its notoriety and its myth. 

Super Decal For 3 Versions - Color Instruction Sheet
Widely used in the military by the British Royal Air Force, the Harrier GR.1 also holds a prize. In May 1969 a transatlantic commemorative competition was held (50 years after the first transoceanic flight) between London and New York.  

Kit No# 3648
1: 24th scale 
Model Size: 19.9 cm 
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 60 mm
Price: € 32.00
The Porsche 956 was built by the German manufacturer in 1982 to participate in the World Sport-Prototype Championship in the new category Group C. Porsche, to be competitive in the new championship, abandoned the previous 936 winner of various competitions between 1976 and 1981, and developed the 956 characterized by the adoption of innovative engine, chassis and aerodynamic solutions. 
The designers, who had to stay within the parameters imposed by the regulation, decided to use a monocoque aluminium frame and the adoption of the 2.650 cm3 supercharged 6-cylinder boxer engine with two turbochargers. The Porsche 956 proved to be a viable sports car by winning several World Championship sport-prototype titles and winning four editions of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.

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...