Thursday, September 12

Four new items with sprues, colours & boxart from Trumpeter in September

Four new products should be hitting the shelves of your local hobby shop this month. All are popular with the military AFV crowd and look to have their own separate audience. See what we mean as we look at the boxart, decal and marking choices and sprue layout in our new item preview for August from Trumpeter.

Four new items with sprues, colours & boxart from Trumpeter in September

Russian 9A53 Uragan-1M MLRS (Tornado-s)
1:35th scale
Plastic model kit of the 9A52-4 Tornado, Russia's newest universal multiple rocket launcher. Designed as a lightweight and universal version of the BM-30 Smerch, dubbed 9A52-2. It was first unveiled in 2007 as a more strategically and tactically mobile launcher, albeit at the expense of a slight reduction in firepower. Aimed at replacing the previous generation of Russian multiple rocket launchers, including BM-21 Grad, BM-27 Uragan and BM-30 Smerch.
Model Length: 361.6mm   Width: 88.4mm 
Total Parts: 980+
Metal Parts: copper cable
Total Sprues: 20 sprues, cab and tires
 >  Full drive train assembly with engine transmission, differential housing & suspension units.
>  The main tires are hollow rubber with a very good tread pattern
>  The windshield and side windows are made of clear parts.
>  Photo-etched parts on two frets

Flakpanther w/8.8cm Flakrakete Rheintochter
1:35th scale
Plastic model kit of the Flakpanther w/8.8cm Flakrakete Rheintochter I, a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun design by Rheinmetall during World War II for the German armed forces. Rheintochter was a German surface-to-air missile developed by Rheinmetall-Borsig during World War II. This machine never saw combat.
Model  Length: 220.5mm   Width: 125.5mm  
Metal Parts: copper cable
Total Sprues:24 sprues, lower hull and upper hull
The kit consists of over 1130 parts
>multi-slide moulded lower hull
>individual track links
>photo etched parts included

M4 Command and Control Vehicle (C2V)
1:35th scale
The M4 Command and Control Vehicle (C2V) uses a design similar to that of the BAE Systems Ground Systems XM5 Electronic Fighting Vehicle Systems Carrier, but mission equipment differences dictate areas of change. The M4 C2V uses a 10 m telescoping mast and has a primary power pack, environmental control unit and NBC overpressure system integrated into the mission equipment enclosures. 
It is based on the standard Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) carrier chassis which is used in large numbers by the US Army. The first contract was to build five M4 vehicles but the contract had three options years worth USD82 million for a total of 46 vehicles with deliveries running through to February 2002. In total 25 M4 Command and Control Vehicles were built before the programme was terminated.
Model Length: 222mm   Width: 90mm   
Total Sprues: 19 sprues, upper hull, lower hull and cabs
The kit consists of over 960 parts
- Two-directional slide moulded lower hull, upper hull and cab
- 184 individual tracks links
-  photo-etched parts included

BMD-4 Airborne Infantry Fighting Vehicle
1:35th scale
The BMD-4 airborne combat vehicle entered service with Russian airborne units in 2005. This vehicle uses the BMD-3 chassis but carries a significantly more powerful armament. In some cases, the BMD-4 can replace main battle tanks and artillery units with its firepower during landing operations. Some older BMD-3 are being upgraded to BMD-4, while a low-rate production of new vehicles continues. Currently, about 60 of these vehicles are in service with the Russian airborne troops.
This new airborne combat vehicle is completed with the same armament, carried by the Russian BMP-3 IFV, the 100 mm gun and coaxial 30 mm cannon. It has considerably more firepower than its predecessor. The 100 mm gun can also fire Bastion laser-guided anti-tank missiles. This missile has a range of fire in 5.5 km and can also target helicopters. Ordinary 100 mm rounds have a maximum range of fire in 7 km. The 100 mm gun comes with an autoloader, which also loads anti-tank missiles. The 100 mm gun of the BMD-4 has a rate of fire is 10-15  rounds per minute.
Model Length: 190.1mm   Width: 90.9mm   
Metal Parts:  copper cable
Total Sprues: 6 sprues, lower hull, upper hull and tracks
The kit consists of over 350 parts
>multi-slide moulded upper hull and lower hull
>individual track links
>photo etched parts included

These new kits should be available from your LHS or Trumpeter's Distributors this month...