Sunday, May 19

Preview: Two new releases from Trumpeter in July

A French Cruiser & the export T-72 are the subjects of Trumpeter's July items. We look at the colours, decals & build up kits in our preview...

Preview: Two new releases from Hobbyboss in July

French Light Cruiser Georges Leygues 
by Trumpeter
1/350th scale
Georges Leygues was a French light cruiser of the La Galissonnière class. During World War II, she served with both Vichy France and Allies. She was named for the prominent 19th and 20th-century French politician Georges Leygues. It came into service on November 15, 1937.  When the Second World War broke out in Europe, it was deployed in the Atlantic Ocean to fight against German convoys. On April 24, 1940, it was sent to the port of Mers-el-Kebir but escaped the attack of the British Royal Navy on July 3rd.

The colour scheme presented in this kit
The decals in the box
It is placed under the command of Allied forces and conducts patrols in the Atlantic Ocean following the Allied landing in North Africa as part of Operation Torch. After undergoing renovations in the port of Philadelphia until October 1943, it returned to its home port of Dakar. Alongside the French cruiser Montcalm, it participated in Operation Neptune off the coast of Port-en-Bessin, where on June 6, 1944, it bombed the German positions at Omaha Beach. It also participated in the Longues-sur-Mer battery bombing on D-Day and stayed in the Bay of Seine until June 10. The cruiser Georges Leygues, which took part in the landing in Provence in August 1944, eventually located the port of Toulon on September 13, 1944. It then conducted multiple bombardments of Italy's strongholds, most notably in the Genoa region in March 1945. Remodelled in Casablanca following the war, the Georges Leygues cruiser took part in the 1954 bombing campaigns in Indochina and the 1956 Suez Canal capture.

Model Length: 513.1mm / Beam: 54.4mm  
Total of 12 sprues , hull and deck
The kit contains over 400 parts
The hull made from two-directional slide molds
-  Contains display stand
- Photo-Etched parts included
The kit built up by Trumpeter's model makers

T-72M1 MBT 
by Trumpeter
Model: 09604
1/35th scale
T-72 is a Soviet second generation main battle tank that entered production in 1970. It was developed directly from Object 172 and shares parallel features with the T-64A. T-72 was one of the most widely produced post-World War II tanks, second only to the T-54/55 family, and the basic design has also been further developed as the T-90.

The colour schemes presented in this kit
The decals in the box
This is the export version, similar to T-72A, but lacking composite armour (decreasing the weight to 37 tonnes), much simpler fire control system, and usually supplied with inferior ammunition compared to the Soviet army standard. Also built in Poland and former Czechoslovakia.

Model Length:216mm / Width: 102mm  
Total of 23 sprues , lower hull and turret
The kit consists of over 750 parts
Multi-slide moulded turret and lower hull
217 individual tracks links
The kit built up by Trumpeter's model makers