Thursday, August 3

Preview: Italeri's August releases in art, sprues, colours...

Italeri have four new releases (if you don't count their complete sets we saw last week) for August. We look at the artwork, sprues, parts & decal / marking choices in our preview...

Preview: Italeri's August releases in art, sprues, colours...

Macchi MC.202 Folgore
From Italeri
No #2518
1/32nd scale
100% new moulds
Model Dim. 27,6 cm (l)
 8 marking choices in the box
The introduction of the Macchi MC 202 Folgore was a significant development for the fighter squadrons of the Italian Regia Aeronautica. Stylishly designed from an aerodynamical perspective, it was fitted with the powerful German DB 601 engine produced under license by the Italian aeronautical industry. The engine and overall aeronautical performance of the aircraft provided the Regia Aeronautica with a fighter capable of actively engaging Allied fighters. 

The eight marking choices in this kit.
The decals supplied in this kit
Smoke ring pattern decals are provided for this kit also...
The flight performance compared to the previous generation of fighters equipped with radial engines, such as the Fiat G-50 and the Macchi Mc-200, was in fact much better. Manoeuvrable and fast (it was able to reach 600 km h), it was armed, in the early versions, with two 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns installed in the nose. Only in later versions were the armaments improved with additional machine-guns installed in the wings.

Kit Features:
Super-detailed cockpit with 3D decals
- Finely detailed engine and nose gun bay 
- Detailed landing gear with optional wells covers 
- PE parts for engine, flaps, cockpit and overall detailing - Realistic panel lines and rivets 
- Moveable wings and tail ailerons 
- Open or closed flaps 
- Two types of tail ailerons 
- Super decals sheet for 8 versions 
- Realistic smoke rings decals with application guide 
- Colored painting and decals guide
The parts of the kit
Clear parts of course are provided
Kit supplied 3-D printed decals are one of the first in the kit world!
Photo-etch parts for the kit

FIAT 131 Abarth Rally OLIO FIAT
From Italeri
No #3667
1/24th scale
Model Dim. 17,4 cm (L)
 1 marking choice in the box
The Fiat 131 Abarth evolved from the initial two-door sedan model. The Abarth development involved many interventions such as the adoption of a lighter chassis, larger wheel mudguards,  air intakes on the bonnet and on the sides to optimize the mechanical cooling system. The Fiat 131 Abarth used an in-line front longitudinal 4-cylinder engine with a light alloy head and 4 valves per cylinder. Initial manufacturing began in 1976 leading to participation in the World Rally Championship where it won three constructors' championships, a FIA Drivers' Cup and a drivers' championship. 

The marking choice in this kit.
The decals supplied in this kit
It took part in international competitions until 1982 when it was replaced by Lancia brand cars. Some of its body liveries, associated with the sponsors of the period, have become iconic in the history of "off road" motor racing competitions.

The parts of the kit

Masks for the windows are included
Clear parts are provided
Rubber tyres are included

HMMWV M1036 w/TOW Carrier
From Italeri
No #6598
1/35th scale
Model Dim. 13,1 cm (L)
 2 marking choices in the box
The military vehicle developed for the US Army with the acronym HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle), universally known as the "Humvee", is representative of the technological evolution of US "know-how" applied to the creation of extremely flexible, ‘all-condition’ vehicles of which even the "Willys", is still an icon today. The "Humvee" went into production during the 1980s and is characterized by its large dimensions and operational flexibility, due in part to the four-wheel drive and the robust structure, which can withstand the most challenging operational and environmental conditions.

The two marking choices in this kit.
The decals supplied in this kit
Different versions were made for roles such as troop transport, logistics, advanced reconnaissance and target acquisition. The M966 Tow Carrier version was equipped with a Tow missile system mounted on the roof of the vehicle in order to increase the Humvee's offensive potential against tanks and other armored vehicles.

The parts of the kit

Sd. Kfz. 250/3
From Italeri
No #7034
1/72nd scale
Model Dim. 6,3 cm (l)
 4 marking choices in the box
The half-track Sd.Kfz. 250 was widely used by German mechanized troops during the Second World War. Based upon on the technical "lay-out" of the Sd.Kfz.10 artillery tractor, it was intended to be a flexible and reliable solution for integrating infantry and armored troop movements. The Sd.Kfz. 250 was armed with either one or two 7.92mm MG34 machine guns and could deploy, with a high level of protection, a 4-man infantry squad to the battlefield.

The four marking choices in this kit.
The decals supplied in this kit
The operational reliability of the vehicle led to the development of numerous variants, one of which was the 250/3 Leichter Funkpanzerwagen (Light Armored Radio Link Vehicle), used as a radio control nerve center between forward troops, artillery and air support. The "Greif" used by Erwin Rommel in North Africa as a fully advanced command post in close contact with frontline troops is a noted version.

The parts of the kit
These should be in shops at the beginning of next month. From more on Italeri's kits check out their website...