Friday, December 3

Two new releases - ready to launch in December from Trumpeter...

Trumpeter's three newest kits are finally with us in time for the December rush. Two warships and a landship of sorts with almost as many guns are the subjects of their latest kits. We have the sprue shots, art, decals and colours of the kits in our preview...

Two new releases - ready to launch in December from Trumpeter...

HMS Cornwall
Model: #06734
1/700th scale
Price: $37 USD from Hobbylink Japan
HMS Cornwall, pennant number 56, was a County-class heavy cruiser of the Kent sub-class built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1920s. The ship spent most of her pre-World War II career assigned to the China Station. Shortly after the war began in August 1939, she was assigned to search for German commerce raiders in the Indian Ocean. Cornwall was transferred to the South Atlantic in late 1939 where she escorted convoys before returning to the Indian Ocean in 1941. 

The colours and markings of this kit
Model Length: 274.2mm   Beam: 31mm   
Total of 9 sprues, hull and decks
- The hull is made from multi-directional slide moulds.
- Deck wood pattern finely rendered

She then sank the German auxiliary cruiser Pinguin in May. After the start of the Pacific War in December 1941, she began escorting convoys until she was transferred to the Eastern Fleet in March 1942. The ship was sunk on 5 April by dive bombers from three Japanese aircraft carriers during the Indian Ocean Raid.

The sprues included in the kit
- Photo-Etched parts included
- Contains engraved nameplate

Soviet T-100 Heavy Tank 
Model no #09590
1/35th scale
Price: $60 USD from Hobbylink Japan
The T-100 was a Soviet twin-turreted heavy tank prototype, designed in 1938–39 as a possible replacement for the T-35. The T-100 was designed by N. Barykov's OKMO design team at S.M. Kirov Factory No. 185 in Leningrad. The T-100 was originally conceived with three turrets and was eventually built with two. It was in competition with a similar design - the SMK - but neither were adopted and instead a single turret version on the SMK was ordered as the KV-1. All three prototypes were tested at the same time in the Battle of Summa.

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The T-100 tank had two turrets one in front of the other requiring a long chassis. The front turret, mounting a 45 mm anti-tank gun had a limited area of fire due to the second turret behind. The second turret, mounting a 76.2 mm gun, was set taller on top of the superstructure than the first and so able to turn a full 360 degrees.

Total of 19 sprues, upper hull, lower hull and turret
The sprues included in the kit
- 220 individual tracks links
-Photo Etched parts included
Model Length: 244.4mm Width: 97.3mm
More Features The kit consists of over 490 parts
- Multi-slide moulded turret and hull

USS CVE-26 Sangamon
Model: #05369
1/350th scale
Price: $37 USD from Hobbylink Japan
The Sangamon class were a group of four escort aircraft carriers of the United States Navy that served during World War II. These ships were originally Cimarron-class oilers, launched in 1939 for civilian use. They were acquired and commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1940–1941. Due to the shortage of MARAD type C3 ships for conversion to desperately needed escort carriers, it was decided in early 1942 to convert four oilers to escort carriers. The conversion took around six months. These ships were the largest escort carrier conversions built for the U.S. Navy. 

The colours and markings of this kit
The late-war Commencement Bay-class escort carriers were about as large, but were built as carriers from keel up. Being built as T3 tanker oilers, the machinery space was located aft, resulting in the placing of the smokestacks on both sides aft of the flight deck. They were excellent examples of the type, roomy and tough with a large flight deck and good stability on even high seas. The Sangamons could operate about 30 aircraft, and were the only escort carriers to operate dive bombers.

The sprues included in the kit
Model Length: 478.3mm   Beam: 95.8mm 
Total of 25 sprues and decks
-  The kit contains over 390 parts
-  The hull split into two parts
- Photo etched parts included
-  Deck wood pattern finely is rendered
-  Contains display stand
- Photo etched parts included