Friday, July 31

Preview: Italeri's five releases for August are already with us...

Italeri has five kits in different scales, genres & difficulties on sale in August (with some of these in scales you might not expect!). We have art, decals, colour choices and sprue pictures all in our preview...

Italeri's August items on sale now...

B.M.W. R80 G/S 1000 Paris Dakar 1985
Kit N0 #4641
1/9th Scale
Colour instruction sheet
Model Dim.: 25,8 cm
Box Dim.: 373 x 241 x 96 mm
During the 1980s ‘Paris-Dakar’ was one of the most important events for all fans of two and four wheels. In the mid-80s the German manufacturer BMW created a special series of the famous R80 GS motorcycle dedicated to this prestigious ‘off-road’ competition. 

 Markings included in this box 
Beginning with the chassis of the standard version which was much appreciated by customers for its solidity, robustness and reliability, the Munich based manufacturer made several more modifications and improvements. In addition to the technical innovations that increased the off-road and endurance capabilities such as the tires, reinforcement bars and the specific rider protection features, the most significant element was the large 32-litre oversized tank specifically developed for the special version. 

The sprues of the kit
Rubber and chromed parts
Screws, springs and rubber tubes
Great attention was also given to the bike graphics with the application of the famous BMW Motorsport three colours of blue, purple and red livery. The bike was produced in limited numbers from 1984 to 1987 and is still highly appreciated by collectors and two-wheel fans.

The kit made up and painted...

Junkers JU-87B Stuka
1/48th  Scale 
Kit N0 #2807
Model Dim.: 22,9 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 60 mm
Super decals sheet for 4 versions 
Photo-etched fret 
Colour instruction sheet
The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka was a two-seat dive-bomber/ground-attack aircraft. The Stuka first flew in 1935 and made its combat debut in 1936 as part of the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. The aircraft was easily recognizable by its inverted gull wings and fixed landing gears. The Stuka's design included several innovative features, including automatic pull-up dive brakes under both wings to ensure that the plane recovered from its attack dive even if the pilot blacked out from the acceleration. 

 Markings included in this box 
It became soon the icon of the German “Blitzkrieg” during the first stages of the Second World War providing the air support to the Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions. It was used by Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain where it showed its weaknesses compared to the faster and well-armed modern fighters as Hurricane and Spitfire.

The sprues of the kit

Kit N0 #2808
 1/48th Scale
Model Dim.: 12,0 cm
Box Dim.: 290 x 190 x 45 mm
Decal sheet for 4 versions 
Colour instruction sheet
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. 

 Markings included in this box 
 Decals sheet for 4 versions 
Masks are included for transparent parts of the kit
The 3,600 cc. engine was easy to maintain and provided 75 hp. Thanks to its great flexibility it was the development platform for several special outfits and versions as the Kfz. 385 “Tankwagen” used as the most common refilling truck by German Luftwaffe. Thanks to the good off-road characteristics, the vehicle was also able to operate on emergency landing fields without pitch which, during the conflict, characterized the air bases in Africa and in Russia. The vehicle was equipped with a rear fuel tank with the relative pumping system, a simplified cabin with fabric roof and silencer with the exhaust system, repositioned to allow the safe refilling of aeroplanes.

The sprues of the kit

1/9th Scale 
Kit N0 #7407
Model Dim.: 20,0 cm
Box Dim.: 373x241x60 mm
The Wehrmacht was the name the German army was commonly known as during the war on all European and North African fronts for almost 6 years from 1939 to 1945. On September 1, 1939, two Wehrmacht army groups invaded Poland thus starting World War II. 

Decals for the details on the soldier's uniform are included
 A plinth is included in this kit
The Wehrmacht was characterized as an efficient military and logistics organization achieving impressive military successes on the battlefield and for its use of the term ‘Blitzkrieg’ to describe the strong and effective co-ordination of armoured troops, motorized infantry and close air support. The German infantryman in the early stages of the conflict wore the typical ‘feldgrau’ uniform and was issued with the Mauser K-98 rifle, the MP40 submachine gun and the well-known ‘Stielhandgranate’ hand grenade.

The sprues of the kit

15 cm Field Howitzer / 10,5 cm Field Gun
Kit N0 #7082
1/72 Scale
Model Dim.: 12,0 cm
Box Dim.: 258 x 162 x 38 mm
The 150 mm SFH18 howitzer was widely deployed by the Wehrmacht on all of the key fronts during WW11. It was developed during the ’20s and ‘30s by Rheinmetall and Krupp, one of the main artillery companies in Germany, with a view to optimizing resources and technological capabilities within the parameters imposed by the Treaty of Versailles. 

 Markings included in this box 
From 1933 onwards, Germany's rearmament planning became ever more ambitious, with a particularly significant increase in the production of howitzers and field cannons. The SFH18 had a simple and reliable structure with a maximum range of 13.5 km. It could be divided into two sections and towed by horses, or more often during the war, by half-tracks. The SFH18 had a seven-man crew. A 105 mm calibre version was developed on the same carriage, (sK 10,5 cm)which was characterized by the longer barrel, but was produced in few specimens as much heavier than the standard 105 mm leFH18, which was the field artillery cannon supplied to the Wehrmacht.

The sprues of the kit
The built and painted crew and gun
These new kits are now for sale from Italeri directly from their website or from their distributors worldwide