Tuesday, May 23

Trumpeter's two new kits for August finally revealed...

The sprues & a test shot build of the 1/32nd scale Devastator, plus a big Russian prime mover are stars of the July-August releases from Trumpeter. We look at the art, the sprues & info in our preview...

Trumpeter's two new kits for August finally revealed...

KZKT-74282 Heavy Tractor
1/35th scale
Price:$ 95USD On the HL J Website
The KZKT-7428 Rusich prime mover is designed to haul semi-trailers with heavy loads up to a maximum weight of 70 t, both on road and rugged terrain. It entered service with the Soviet Army in 1981 and replaced in production the previous MAZ-537. Currently the Rusich JSC (formerly Kurgan Plant of Wheeled Trucks) is the only Russian producer of heavy wheeled vehicles. The KZKT-7428 series vehicles are also commercially available and are used in oil and gas industry.

Cab of this tank transporter provides accommodation for 5 passengers. The rear seats can be transformed to sleeping benches for two men.

The colour profiles included in this kit
The Rusich prime mover is powered by the YaMZ-8401.10-14 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 650 hp. Engine is located behind the cab. The KZKT-7428 has considerable cross-country capability. The vehicle can operate in any climatic conditions in temperature ranges from -50 to +50°C.

The decal sheet included in the kit
Model Length: 288.7mm /Width: 85.3mm 
Total Parts: 630+
Total of 13 sprues , cab and tires
The parts of the kit
-Detailed multi-directional slide-moulded cab.
-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
-The windshield and side windows all have masks provided

TBD-1 Devastator
1/32nd scale
Price:$ 95USD On the HL J Website
The Douglas TBD Devastator was a torpedo bomber of the United States Navy, ordered in 1934, it first flew in 1935 and entered service in 1937. At that point, it was the most advanced aircraft flying for the USN and possibly for any navy in the world. However, the fast pace of aircraft development caught up with it, and by the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the TBD was already outdated. 

Crew: Three: Pilot, Torpedo Officer/Navigator, Radioman/Gunner

The colour profiles included in this kit
It performed well in some early battles, but in the Battle of Midway the Devastators launched against the Japanese fleet were almost totally wiped out. The type was immediately withdrawn from front line service, replaced by the Grumman TBF Avenger.

The decal sheet included in the kit
Model Length: 323.5mm / Wingspan: 471.2mm   
Total Parts: 180+
Total of 9 sprues, cowling and tires
The parts of the kit
- Detailed  fuselage & wing w/accurate design
- Highly detailed  Engines
- Finely detailed cockpit, gear cabin,
- Grooved rubber tires
- Photo-Etched parts included
- Masks for transparent parts included
The kit made up by the modellers in house at Trumpeter...