Thursday, April 30

Italeri's six releases for May in our preview...

We have the pictures of six new and some re-boxings of kits from Italeri in May's releases from Italy. See what's new, and those you thought you may have seen before in different colour choices in our preview...

Italeri's May items on sale now...

1/48th scale
Model Dim.: 20,5 cm
Box Dim.: 345 X 242 X 48 mm
The Hawker Hurricane has been the most widely used fighter by the British Royal Air Force at the beginning of World War II. The Hurricane was powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin 12-cylinders, liquid-cooled, with more than 1,000 HP that could lead to a speed above 500 km/h. The eight 7.7 mm The eight Browning machine guns on the aircraft afforded its pilots with very good firepower.  

Super Decal Sheet For 4 Versions
Although it was slower and more antiquated aerodynamic design, then the Spitfire with whom it shared the operational engagement during the Battle of Britain, it was more robust, cheaper and easier to maintain and repair. It contributed significantly to the victory of the RAF during the Battle of Britain, but during the war, it has gradually given the role of a front-line fighter over to the more modern Spitfire.

The sprues of the kit
 Photo-etched parts for the instrument panel and pilot's harness are included

Kit No #2991
1/12th scale
Model Dim.: 14,7cm/9,0 cm
Box Dim.: 373 x 241 x 118 mm
The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is one of the most renowned fighters in aviation history and also the one with the longest operational service. Its history began at the end of the ‘50s and ended with some air forces in the mid-2000s. Its unique airframe, with a slender fuselage and very little wing surface, made this aircraft ideal in an interceptor role. Due to the thrust of its General Electric J79-GE-11A afterburning turbojet engine, it could exceed Mach 2,2 with a first-class rate of climb. 

A decal sheet for the instruments, placards and the pilot's helmet is included
 Straps for the pilot's harness are also included
This scale model kit allows modellers to recreate the famous “Starfighter” cockpit with the typical internal layout of the ‘50s and ‘60s fighters, which was ‘the office’ of many former NATO pilots. The fine detail of the instrument panel typical of the period, is matched by the highly accurate reproduction of the Martin-Baker ejection seat. This is a reboxing of the ESCI model kit #A602 originally released in 1983 and subsequently by Italeri afterwards a few times.

The sprues and parts of the kit
This kit features 
124 parts 
- Fully detailed real F-104 cockpit controls 
- Fully detailed Martin-Baker Mk.I Q ejection seat 
- Complete cockpit dials decals 
- Adhesive acetate silk seat belts 
- Pilot’s helmet and oxygen mask 
- Pilot’s visor, gunsight and radar scope clear parts.

The kit built up

Opel Blitz Radio Truck
1/35th scale
Kit No #6575
Model Dim.: 17,1 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 60 mm
The Opel Blitz was the main truck used by German forces during the Second World War. It was deployed extensively on all fronts in huge numbers and was consequently considered to be the “working mule” of the Wehrmacht. Thanks to the sturdy frame, the robust system of rigid axles with leaf springs and the twin-wheels on the back, the Opel Blitz was able to carry a payload of over 3 tons. The  3,600cc. engine was easy to maintain and provided 75 hp. 

Super Decal Sheet For 4 Versions
The most popular version was the 4x2 with rear-wheel drive. However, there was also a 4x4 version that operated both in Russia and the North African desert. Thanks to its flexibility and its wide rear cargo area, the Opel Blitz was also deployed in additional roles including as a mobile command post equipped with radio communications for battlefield management of ground troops.

The sprues of the kit

MAN F8 19.321 4x2
Kit No #3946
1/24th scale
Model Dim.: 25,5 cm
Box Dim.: 373 x 241 x 96 mm
The F8, produced by the famous German manufacturer MAN, achieved important commercial results on the truck market. It was characterized by the successful union of the reliable "made in Germany" powertrain with the cabin designed and produced in France by Saviem. 

A Decal Sheet with several different countries licence plates and all details of the truck is included
The truck was equipped with a longitudinal 6-cylinder frontal-mounted engine and it was produced from the late sixties until the mid-eighties and can be considered a real icon of commercial and industrial vehicles of those years. Its great diffusion and flexibility generated the development of numerous chassis configurations and a lot of dedicated outfits. The 19.321 two-axle road tractor can be considered one of the most versatile models and has been used in various logistics and goods handling and transportation activities.

The sprues of the kit

Heinkel He 111H
1/72nd scale
Kit no# 1436 - Scale
Model Dim.: 22,7 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 48 mm
The medium bomber Heinkel He-111 formed the backbone of the Luftwaffe bomber squadrons during the early stages of the Second World War. It was characterized by the adoption of two engines, like many other aircraft with similar features of the time, but also by the introduction of innovative solutions such as the all-metal frames. 

Super Decal Sheet For 5 Versions
Thanks to its two Jumo 211 engines, it was able to reach the maximum speed of 440 km / h and it could load up to 2,000 kg of bombs in the internal loading bay. Easy to identify due to the distinctive fully glazed nose, the wing and rudders profiles, the He-111 was widely used by Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain in 1940. During the years it was constantly improved and upgraded but became obsolete during the latter part of the war.  

The sprues of the kit

Semoventi M13/40 - M14/41 - M40 - M41
1/56th scale
Box Dim.: 290 x 190 x 45 mm
100% New Moulds 
- The Box Contains 1 Model And 2 Tankers
- Color Instruction Sheet
- Easy Assembly For Gamers And Collectors
The production of Italian tanks during the Second World War was mainly focused on the "M" type. The M-13/40 was perhaps the most recognizable and widespread tank of the Italian Regio Esercito.  It was characterized by its amour which consisted of riveted steel plates and its main armament, a 47 mm gun. Although superior to the Italian light tanks of the "L" series which were relegated to perform reconnaissance duties, it, in turn, became obsolete during the war and was ultimately unable to match opposing enemy tanks.  
The self-propelled M-40 gun was also built on its chassis. Equipped with a 75 mm gun it was very effective and feared by enemy armoured vehicles. The optimum operational deployment was the combination of the M-13/40 flanked by self-propelled gun units which were able to complement the limited firepower of the tanks. During the war, several improvements were made on the tanks and self-propelled guns in terms of technical solutions and armaments.
 The two kits built up...
These new kits are now for sale from Italeri directly from their website or from their distributors worldwide