Monday, December 19

Preview: Italeri's two early January releases in art, sprues & colours

We know what you are going to say - not ANOTHER B.M.W. 320 Group 5 kit! Thank god Italeri's other January release is a much-needed 35th scale Panther Ausf.A! See them both in art, sprues, colours & everything else in our preview...

Preview: Italeri's two early January releases in art, sprues & colours

B.M.W. 320 Group 5
Kit No #3626
1/24th scale
Model Dim. 19,9 cm
In 1976,1976, the FIA, within the scope of motor racing competition, introduced a new Group 5 section reserved for "special" production cars. The new rules imposed a body width similar to that of normal series production, upon which however, it was possible to apply dimensionally larger mudguards in order to benefit from wider track widths and larger tires. BMW participated in Group 5 competitions with a dedicated version of its new flagship model, the E21 “320”. 

The colour choice included in this kit
The decal sheet is included.
A new aerodynamic profile was created that integrated the large fenders, and it was also fitted with a powerful 300 hp engine. The car was successfully used by the official BMW team and also as a developmental platform for young, emerging drivers. This model kit from Italeri perfectly reflects the 320i (E21)'s boxy and powerful body style. An in-line four-cylinder engine is modeled under the hood, which is removable after assembly. The interior, with its roll cage, bucket seat, various devices and dashboard, accurately expresses the atmosphere of a racing model. In addition, the underside of the chassis has a three-dimensional effect, including the details of the floor panels, the exhaust and the suspension arm. Decals are included for the BMW works team's tricolor strips and car numbers. 

Kit No #0270
1/35th scale
Model Dim: 25,3 cm
The Panzerkampfwagen V “Panther” is widely recognised as one of the best tanks that was produced during World War 11. It was deployed after the release of both the Soviet T-34 and KV-1 tanks on the Eastern Front, which were superior to both the previous generation's Panzer III and Panzer IV in terms of performance and armaments. Powered by a 700 horsepower V-12 Maybach engine, it was armed with the 75 mm KwK 42 high speed gun which was a very effective anti-tank weapon.

The six colour choices included in this kit
The decal sheet is included.
The Panther was designed with optimal armor protection, including inclined front armor. Its overall mobility, speed and armaments made the Panther one of the leading tanks of the period, and ensured its deployment on all of the main operational fronts, from the East, through Italy and western Europe.