Italeri Aug 2019 Releases

1/25 VESPA 125 PRIMAVERA
Chromed parts – Color Instuctions sheet

Vespa is an icon of design and style of the “made in Italy” and a real myth on two wheels. The first Vespa was born in the second post-war period, in 1946, and was immediately characterized by simple and elegant lines, and by a practical, functional and reliable project developed around the famous steel body-frame. The effective mix of design and functionality was the strength of the Vespa, that became, in a short time, an extraordinary commercial success worldwide. During the years Vespa was able to keep its uniqueness but improved in style and features. One of the most famous version was the Vespa Primavera 125 launched in 1968. Thanks to an improved engine, a better performance and a easiness of driving, it remained on the market throughout the 1970s. The Primavera 125 is still today one of the most preferred Vespa by collectors and fans of the famous Italian two-wheeler manufacturer.

1/9 ZUNDAPP KS 750 with Sidecar
SUPER DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

The motorcycle and sidecar Zundapp KS 750 was widely used during the Second World War by the German army on numerous battlefronts. The development, based on a specific OKH need, was set up in 1937 and rnade by Zundapp and BMW. Thanks to the 751 cc boxer twin-cylinder engine capable of delivering 26 HP, the KS 750 could reach the top speed of 95 km/h. For the gearbox was adopted a “four speed” lay-out with the reverse gear. Together with the BMW R75, with which the KS750 shared many technical components to improve the easiness of maintenance and availability of spare parts, it was used to perform a wide variety of duties from transport to reconnaissance. For several duties it was substituted very soon by the Kubelwagen, more practical and easy to produce and maintain. It could be armed with a MG34 machine gun installed in the sidecar’s boot.

1/35 Sd.Kfz.173 JAGDPANTHER with winter crew
CONTAINS 5 FIGURES – NEW GLUEABLE RUBBER TRUCKS – SUPER DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

In first months of 1944, started the production of the heavy tank destroyer Sd.Kfz.173 “Jagdpanther”. It was built on the excellent chassis of the Panther medium tank on which was installed, in a fixed casemate, the lethal anti-tank long-barreled gun 8.8 cm Pak 43/3 able to penetrate the armour of every type of Allied and Soviet tank and armoured vehicle. The Jagdpanther offered a good level of protection thanks to the angled frontal armour to better resist to the direct enemy hits. Despite the few number of units produced, it was used in Normandy, in the Ardennes and in the Eastern Front until the end of the war. The crew was formed by five men and, inside the combat room of the casemate, there was enough space to load 57 rounds for the 8.8 cm cannon. Due to its operational features it was extremely effective and was much feared by the enemy tank crews.

1/24 LAND ROVER FIRE TRUCK
COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

The Land Rover was certainly one of the most famous symbols of “Made in England” automobile production and is a real milestone in the history of off-road vehicles. It was born immediately after the war, with the first prototypes realized on 1947. It has been characterized by the 4×4 traction system and by a robust and reliable design able to tackle the most difficult and challenging trails. The aluminium body provide lightness but, at the same time, more resistance against corrosions and more durable in time. In 1971, when the III Series was introduced, more than 1,000,000 of Land Rovers has been produced. Available in two versions: the “standard ” one and the “long wheel base”. Thanks to its extraordinary versatility was used in both military and civilian duties. Interesting the versions realized for the Fire Departments and made with the firefighting equipment.

1/24 PORSCHE 956
The Porsche 956 was built by the German manufacturer in 1982 to participate in the World Sport-Prototype Championship in the new Group C category. The “956” was a radical revolution compared to the previous Porsche 936 that won several competition between 1976 and 1981. Porsche to be comply with the new championship’s regulations introduced on the new “956” several technical innovations as the aerodynamic solutions and the aluminium monocoque chassis. The engine was the reliable 2,650 cm3 6 cylinders turbocharged engine able to release 635 Hp. Porsche 956 proven to be an effective and successful Sport car winning several Sport-Prototype Championships and four editions of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans the World’s oldest sport car race in endurance racing.

1/72 HARRIER GR.1 Transatlantic Air Race 50th Ann.
SUPER DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

The Harrier is probably the most famous aircraft with vertical/short takeoff and landing capabilities of military History. Designed and developed by the British manufacturer Hawker Siddeley in the sixtiex. Thanks to its single Pegasus turbofan engine and the adoption of four vertical nozzles for directing the thrust generated, the Harrier immediately obtained a great success. Widely used by the British Royal Air Force, the Harrier Gr. 1 is also known to have won a race competition. It participated to the Daily Mail Trans-Atlantic Air Race between London and New York held in May 1969 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the first trans-atlantic crossing. The Harrier Gr 1 performed the distance between the Post Office Tower in London and the Empire State Building in New York scoring the best overall time.

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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.

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