Thursday, April 13

Trumpeter's two new kits for May on the way....

We present to you today Trumpeter's two kits for May 2023. A "paper" battleship and a four pronged Merc are the two subjects for today. We look at the art, the sprues & info in our preview...

Trumpeter's two new kits for May on the way....

DKM H Class Battleship
1:350th scale
Price:$212 USD On the HLJ Website
The H class was a series of battleship designs for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine, which were intended to fulfil the requirements of Plan Z in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The first variation, "H-39," called for six ships to be built, essentially as enlarged Bismarck-class battleships with 40.6 cm (16 in) guns and diesel propulsion. The "H-41" design improved the "H-39" ship with still larger main guns, eight 42 cm (16.5 in) weapons, and reinforced deck armour. 

The colour profiles included in this kit
The decal sheet included in the kit
Due to the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, none of the ships were ever completed; only the first two of the "H-39" ships were laid down. What work that had been accomplished was halted; the assembled steel remained on the slipway until November 1941, when the OKM ordered it be sent for scrap and used for other purposes. Contracts for the other four "H-39" type ships had been awarded, but no work was begun on any of them before they were cancelled. None of the subsequent designs progressed further than planning stages.

The parts of the kit
Model Length: 793.7mm / Beam: 104.9mm
Total Parts 1140+
Total of 20 sprues , hull , deck and stand
The kit contains over 1140 parts
- The hull made from two-directional slide moulds
- Deck wood pattern finely rendered
- Contains display stand
Metal anchor chain & clear parts for the 2 x Ar196 included
Photo Etched Parts 4 pcs

L4500A mit 2cm Flak 38 
1:35th scale
Price: $62.74 USD on the HLJ Website
This is a semi armoured version of a Mercedes Benz L4500A with a 2cm Flak Flakvierling 38 fitted for close range anti air defence for armoured columns. Side panel of the truck were folded down during anti air operations. Each of the 2cm Flak had a rate of fire of 220 RPM.

The colour profiles included in this kit
The decal sheet included in the kit
The 2cm Flakvierling and its mounting sled can be detached and deployed elsewhere if the customer desires, such as for fixed ground deployment.

The parts of the kit
Total of 420+ Parts. Total of 10 sprues and tires
- Full drive train assembly complete with engine transmission, differential  housing and suspension units.
- The main tires are hollow rubber with very good tread pattern
- Photo-etched parts included
- Flak 38 is included (of course)