Monday, July 6

Italeri's six (6!!) releases for July in our preview...

Italeri has six (6!!) kits in different scales, genres & difficulties on sale in July - You could catch a Shooting Star, fight in an arena, bring it with your M60 MBT, get a low roof Iveco, a fast-finishing Procar or fight the stars in your F-104. Art, decals, colour choices and sprue pictures are all in our preview...

Italeri's July items on sale now...

1: 32nd scale
Kit No #2515
Model dim: 52cm
Price: € 98.00
Finely Engraved Recessed Panel Lines And Rivets  - Fully Detailed Engine, Cockpit, And Avionics Bay - Gun Bay With Fully Detailed M61 Gun - Open Or Closed Air Brakes - Photoetched Fret - More Than 300 Parts - Huge Decals Sheets For 6 Versions - Instruction Sheet With Color Profiles

Super Decal Sheet For 6 Versions
 The included decals of the kit
The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter fighter-interceptor was, without a doubt, one of the most famous aircraft in the history of aviation. It was certainly also one of the longest-lived. In fact, the F-104 entered service in the late 1950s with the American Air Force and formed the flight line of the fighter departments of various NATO nations for more than 40 years. 

Photo-etched parts also included in this kit...
The first version, the F-104 A, was used by the USAF as an interceptor fighter to oppose the long-range Soviet bombers and entered service in the late 1950s. The subsequent version, the F-104C, was assigned to the role of multirole fighter and fighter-bomber. The F-104C was also used by the USAF during the early stages of the Vietnam war. The F-104 develops on an absolutely original and, for the time, innovative aerodynamic concept:

The sprues of the kit

Gladiators Fight - Battle Set
Kit No #6196  
1/72nd Scale
Price: € 60
The practice of Gladiatorial fights spread fast in Roman culture. Its origin can be traced back to the munus, i.e., the practice of rich and famous personalities of sponsoring public performances during religious holidays, festivals and events. 

This kit contains
Emperor Vespasianus built the largest amphitheatre in the world for gladiatorial games: the Flavian Amphitheatre, better known as the Coliseum. The fights happened often took place between couples of different gladiator types such as the myrmidons, the Thracians, the secutores, the retiarii, each characterized by his own equipment and fighting style. 

The laser-cut wooden parts to make the structures of the arena
 The arena - unpainted, but put together
Not only in Rome but even in the smallest cities of the Roman Empire an Amphitheatre dedicated to the people entertainments and Gladiatorial fights. The Gladiators improved their fighting skills in the “Ludus”, a sort of training centre strongly managed by the “Lanista”. 

The plastic parts of the kit - mostly figures and bests and some smaller parts like weapons, chariots, and cages or barricades
The most important Gladiatorial school of the Ancient Rome was the “Ludus Mangum” close to the Coliseum and connected to it by underground tunnels.

Here is the kit put together and painted by the Italeri guys...

Iveco Hi-way 480 E5 Low Roof
Kit No #3928
1/24th Scale 
Model Dim: 25,4 cm
- Upgraded Moulds 
- Chromed Adhesive parts
Price: € 59
The Stralis Hi-Way is characterized by an important series of technological and aesthetic differences compared with previous versions. 

The included decals of the kit
The cabin has been redesigned and improved compared and it’s able to provide and a higher standard of comfort on board. The adoption of an integrated electronic system is permitting to enhance the driving safety The evolution of the Stralis had also take into consideration the engines and the gearbox. 

Transparent parts also included in this kit...
Masks are included for these parts to help the painting process
Mesh is included for the front
Rubber tyres are also included
The "powertrains" are able to minimize fuel consumption and reduce maintenance and running costs. The engine system made it possible to comply with the anti-pollution parameters dictated by the Euro 5 regulation and to ensure good operational performance. The appreciated combination by the customers of cabin size, the power released by the engine (480 HP), low running costs, have made Iveco Stralis a good commercial success on the most important European markets.

The sprues of the kit

M60A3 Main Battle Tank
1/35th Scale
Kit No #6582
-Link-and-length Track 
- Plastic Mesh 
- Super Decals For 5 Versions 
Model Dim: 22,8 cm
Price: € 30.00
The M-60 was introduced in the first years of the ‘60s in the United States Army. It was developed and designed to be the evolution of the famous tanks M-47 and M-48 Patton series. The M-60 became the most important MBT (Main Battle Tank) of the U.S. Army during the Cold War years. 

 Markings for five versions are included in this box 
The included decals of the kit
It was produced, until 1983, by the American company Chrysler in 15.000 units and it was adopted, in several versions, by the armed forces of numerous countries all over the World. The main armament, installed in the turret, was the 105 mm. M68 gun. The M-60 was characterized by its big size and by the adoption of the powerful V12 turbodiesel engine able to release a good operating performance and a good speed on-road and off-road. It was deployed in a lot of conflicts and operational scenarios. 

The sprues of the kit
In 1976 the new upgraded M60A3 version was developed and it was characterized by several improvements able to enhance the operational effectiveness. The armour protection for the turret was increased and a new gun mantle was designed. Great improvement in the adoption of modern electronic and fire control systems onboard.

Mesh and thread to represent grilles and cable are included in this kit

B.M.W. M1 Procar
Kit No #3643
1/24th Scale 
Model Dim: 18,1 cm
Price: € 32
The BMW M1 was produced by the noted Bavarian car manufacturer between 1978 and 1981. Characterized by a sporty design, it had many typical racing cars features such as a longitudinal mid-engine, a light tubular steel frame and an all wheels independent suspension. 

Niki Lauda's car is captured in this boxing
The included decals of the kit
Developed and built to participate in Group 5 competitions, it achieved a couple of victories. BMW then decided to create a mono-brand championship called “BMW M1 ProCar”. The cars that participated in the championship were equipped with a powerful 470 HP engine and were driven by many famous names from the world of Formula 1 such as Piquet, De Angelis, Pironi and Lauda. 

Of course, clear parts are also included in this kit...
The Procar championship was very popular and during this period had a great deal of media exposure. The championship itself ran for two years and In 1979 was won by Niki Lauda and in the following season by Nelson Piquet.

Rubber tyres are in this boxing
The sprues of the kit

T-33a Shooting Star
Kit No #1444 
1/72nd Scale 
Model Dim: 16cm
Price: € 21
Product Link on the Italeri Website
The subsonic two-seater jet trainer Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star played an important role in the operational training of many military pilots during the ‘50s. It was developed on the airframe of the single-seat fighter P-80, from which it differed by a longer fuselage. The design was simple and practical with the famous "T" shape characterizes by its straight and low wing. 

Decals For 6 Versions are included in this kit
The multi-national choices on the decal sheet of this kit are impressive 
The United States Air Force used the T-33 to perform advanced pilot training tasks until the early 1960s when it was progressively replaced by the most advanced Northrop T-38 Talon. Compared to P-80, the T-33 adopted a lighter armament formed by only 2 0.50 (12.7 mm.) machine guns). 
Its reliability has allowed the T-33 to obtain rapid diffusion in numerous air forces that employed the plane not only for training activities but also in operational missions. The last T-33s in service flew until the 2000s.

These new kits are now for sale from Italeri directly from their website or from their distributors worldwide