Wednesday, September 29

Preview: Four new releases in sprues, art & info from Trumpeter in October 2021

Four new releases from Trumpeter in October - They come on tracks, from under and over the waves in four different scales. We have boxart, sprues and colour choices of the kits in our preview...

Preview: Four new releases in sprues, art & info from Trumpeter in October 2021

Russian T-80BVM MBT(Marine Corps)
Model: #09588
1/35th scale
Price: $53USD from Hobbylink Japan
The T-80BVM is an upgraded version of the T-80BV main battle tank. It was first publicly revealed in 2017. The upgraded T-80BVM has slightly improved armour protection. It is fitted with Relikt explosive reactive armour kit. The same armour is used by the latest Russian main battle tanks, such as T-90M and T-90MS. 

The colours and markings of this kit
However, the T-80BVM was the first operational tank to be fitted with this new explosive reactive armour. The Relikt provides protection against tandem warheads and reduces penetration of APFSDS rounds by over 50%. The tank is fitted with rubber side skirts, with built-in armour plates. The rear parts of the hull and turret are covered by cage armour. The T-80BVM is reportedly fitted with a passive countermeasures system, which improved protection against some types of anti-tank guided missiles.

The sprues included in the kit
Model Length: 280.2mm / Width: 106.8mm
copper cable included for tow cables
192 individual tracks links
Photo Etched parts included
Total Sprues 30 sprues and lower hull
The kit consists of over 970 parts
multi-slide moulded turret and lower hull

German Scharnhorst Battleship
Model: #06737
1/700th scale
Price: $61USD from Hobbylink Japan
The lead battleship of her class, Scharnhorst was commissioned on January 7, 1939.  Faster than any British or French capital ship in 1939, She led an eventful career until located by British intelligence and sunk by the Royal Navy on December 26, 1943. On her first sortie. she sank an armed merchant cruiser. Later, in company with Gneisenau, she sank a British carrier and two destroyers. A second cruise by both ships netted 116,000 tons and severely disrupted the Atlantic convoy schedules. A bombing raid in July 1941 put Scharnhorst out of action until early 1942. Although based at Brest, France, and in a good position to attack the transatlantic convoys, she was ordered to Norway to resist Allied landings. 

The colours and markings of this kit
During the run north, Scharnhorst hit two mines and made port in northern Norway in March 1943. In September, she and Tirpitz made a futile attack on Spitzbergen, where Royal Navy mini-submarines seriously damaged the latter. In December 1943, she participated in the Battle of the North Cape, and was sunk by Royal Navy ships. In September 2000, Scharnhorst was located by a joint expedition of Norwegian and British media companies, along with the Royal Norwegian Navy.

The sprues included in the kit
Model Length: 335mm /  Beam: 43mm  
Total 300+ Parts          
Total of 12 sprues , deck and hull & anchor chain
Hull made from multi-directional slide moulds.
Deck wood pattern finely rendered
Contains display stand and engraved name plate
Photo-Etched parts included

Soviet T-10M Heavy Tank
Model: #07154
1/72nd scale 
Price: $17 USD from Hobbylink Japan
The T-10 was a Soviet heavy tank of the Cold War, the final development of the KV and IS tank series. It was accepted into production in 1952 as the JS-10, but due to the political climate in the wake of Stalin's death in 1953, it was renamed T-10.

The colours and markings of this kit
Main armament 122 mm D-25TA gun and front armoured 250mm. henceforth Had carried out many times modernized improvement. In 1957, The final type is T-10M, an improved version with a longer M-62-T2 L/43 gun with five-baffle muzzle brake, machine guns replaced with 14.5 mm KPVT, infrared night vision equipment, NBC protection. The overall length is 10.29 m.

The sprues included in the kit
Total of 3 sprues, upper hull, lower hull and tracks
Model Length: 147.3mm   Width: 49mm  
The kit consists of over 70 parts

Type VII-C U-Boat
Model: #05912
1/144th scale
Price: $37 USD from Hobbylink Japan
The VIIC was the workhorse of the German U-boat force in World War Two from 1941 onwards and boats of this type were being built throughout the war. The first VIIC boat being commissioned was the U-69 in 1940. The VIIC was an effective fighting machine and was seen in almost all areas where the U-boat force operated although their range was not as great as one of the larger IX types.

The colours and markings of this kit
The VIIC came into service as the "Happy Times" were almost over and it was this boat that faced the final defeat to the Allied anti-submarine campaign in late 1943 and 1944.

The sprues included in the kit
Model Length: 466.1mm /   Beam: 45.4mm
Total of 4 sprues
The kit consists of over 100 parts
Contains display stand

These kits should be in your local hobby store about now - check for more info on all of their kits on the Trumpeter Website