Wednesday, December 7

Preview: Italeri's four releases December, in art, sprues & colours

Italeri's four releases of December include two german light fighting vehicles, a Strike Eagle with a heavy punch and an Italian racing classic. See them in art, sprues, colours & everything else in our preview...

Preview: Italeri's four releases December, in art, sprues & colours

F-15E Strike Eagle
Kit No #2803
1/48th scale
Model Dim. 39,8 cm
The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle design was initiated in the 1970s to equip the United States Air Force fighter squadrons with an advanced and high-performance jet fighter. The effective and robust aerodynamically design lay-out led to production of the two-seat “all-weather” F-15E Strike Eagle fighter-bomber. Entering into service with the USAF in the late 1980s and replacing the outdated F-111, its operational roles included ground attack, bombing and interdiction missions. 

The six colour choices included in this kit
The decal sheet is included.
It retained the flight design characteristics of the original F-15 such as the two tail drifts, sturdy mid-wing and tandem two-seater cabin, in the rear of which was the Weapon Systems Officer. From this position, the officer selected the aircraft’s route management, target tracking, and electronic countermeasures. The F-15E was deployed to many operational theatres such as the Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns of the early 1990s.

WWII German Sd.Kfz.222-223 4-Wheel Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle
Kit No #15769
1/56th scale
The lightly armoured reconnaissance vehicles “Leichter Panzerspähwagen” Sd.Kfz. 222 and 223, were widely used on all operational fronts by the German army during the Second World War. The motorization of troops and the speed in carrying out reconnaissance and offensive tasks was a key factor in the early successes of the German Blitzkrieg. These agile four-wheel drive armoured cars were designed to respond precisely to this new military strategy. 

The six colour choices included in this kit

The decal sheet is included.
Deployed by the reconnaissance battalions of the armoured divisions, they broadly demonstrated both good on-road and off-road performance levels. The Sd. Kfz. 222 was armed with a 20mm L / 55 gun alongside the more traditional MG13. The Sd. Kfz. 223 was also equipped with improved radio equipment that enabled much better communications with troops on the battlefield.

Bugatti Type 35B
Ki tNo #4710 
1/12th scale
Model Dim. 30,6 cm
Photo-etched parts
metal screws
vinyl tubes
leather-like materials for the seating
Price: $134 USD from Hobbylink Japan
The Bugatti Type 35 is one of the most iconic and revered racing cars in motor racing history, both technically and competitively. Ettore Bugatti's masterpiece was a unique mix of engineering skill, design, elegance, speed and its relatively lightweight. Produced during the 1920s, it won an incredible number of races in both “road” and “on track” competitions. The Bugatti was in fact specifically designed for the world of racing, which included the introduction of technical and mechanical solutions for the car that made it ideal for the racing circuits of the period.

The decal sheet includes instrument dials and dashboard texture
Aesthetically, it was universally known and recognizable by the unmistakable shape of the horseshoe-shaped radiator, which was a key design feature of Bugatti as a car manufacturer. Due to its 2,263 cm3 8-cylinder engine with a four-speed mechanical gearbox and equipped with a volumetric compressor, the Bugatti Type 35B was able to attain a top speed of 210 km / h. It was produced in limited numbers until 1930.

Here some key features of the new Bugatti 35B: 
Steerable wheels
● Realistic suspension
● Highly detailed engine
● Rubber tires
● Photo-etched parts
● Opening cowling
● Screws, tubes and artificial leather

The sprues of the kit
There are two marking choices supplied in this kit. We have the color profiles of the two versions, both in striking colours:

The boxart version is the French colours version of Louis Chiron from the race at Monaco GP in 1930.
The second, the very British racing green Bugatti of William Grover-Williams in the preceding year at the Monaco GP in 1929.

Sd.Kfz. 251/10
Kit No# 7079
1/72nd scale
Model Dim. 8,1 cm
Link-and-length Tracks 
Decals For 3 Versions
Contains 4 Figures
Coloured Instruction Sheet
Price: $17 USD  From Hobbylink Japan
The Sd.Kfz.251 half-track was an armoured fighting vehicle and was used by the Wehrmacht on all fronts during the Second World War. Powered by a Maybach 6-cylinder petrol engine was able to achieve, even in off-road terrain, the speed of 55 km / h. Produced in huge numbers, it was mainly used to transport the “Panzergrenadiers” but, during the war, several versions has been developed to meet various operational needs. 

The six colour choices included in this kit
The decal sheet is included with instrument and stencil data
The halftrack Sd.Kfz. 251/10 (Schützenpanzerwagen) was used as a platoon command vehicle and was armed with a 37mm PaK 36 anti-tank gun fitted with a protective shield. Production of the 251 ceased in 1942 when the cannon became increasingly ineffective against more advanced enemy armoured tanks and vehicles.