Italeri Mar 2019 Releases

1/24 AUDI QUATTRO RALLY
SUPER DECALS SHEET – COLOR INSTRUCTION SHEET

In 1980, during the Geneva Motor Show, the German car manufacturer presented to the public its new two-door coupé called Audi Quattro. Produced for all the ’80s the Italian name chosen by Audi (Quattro is the Italian word for “four”) ine was pointed out the main feature and the most important selling point : the four-wheel drive. It was the first time that the 4×4 solution was adopted on a coupé with the goal to achieve high numbers in terms of production and sales on the market. The Audi Quattro was able to release good driving performance, thanks to its frontal longitudinal engine, and very good reliability on all type of road conditions. From the mass production a dedicated car for competitions was developed on 1981 and it debuted in the World Rally Championship, achieving good results. The success of “Quattro” cars is still existing today in fact the name has become a real “brand” that identifies all the range of Audi’s four wheel drive production.

1/72 SM.81 PIPISTRELLO
SUPER DECALS SHEET FOR 5 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTION SHEET

The Savoia Marchetti SM 81 began service in the bombing units of the Regia Aeronautica (Italian Royal Air Force) around the middle of the 1930’s. It operated in the campaign in Ethiopia, in the Spanish Civil War and during World War II. It had three engines with low wings and a fixed undercarriage. It was propelled by 3 Alfa Romeo 125 RC 35 engines with 650 Hp each, or, successively, by more powerful Piaggio P. X RC.35 700 Hp engines which brought it to a maximum speed of 340 Km/h. Armed with 6 7.7 mm Breda-Safat machine guns, it had an offensive payload of 2,000 kg in bombs. At the time of its entrance in service, it was one of the most modern bombers in the world, but at the start of World War II, by then surpassed, it was predominantly used for night time missions. For this reason it was nicknamed “bat”. Nevertheless over 300 SM 81’s equipped the Regia Aeronautica squadrons on various fronts, from the Aegean Sea to North Africa.

1/24 MERCEDES BENZ 2238 6×4
SUPER DECALS FOR 2 VERSIONS

Mercedes Benz uses as their flagship the heavy duty long range truck 2238 6 x 4. The truck has both rear axles driven and a total of 375 horsepower. Il is the heaviest Mercedes long distance truck and established new dimensions in international long distance traffic. The new features of the engine OM422 allow a particularly economic driving. The gear changes are reduced to a minimum, thus guaranteeing very smooth driving.

1/35 RSO/03 with PAK 40
COLOR INSTRUCTION SHEET

In order to cope with the poor road conditions on the Eastern front, the Germans built tracked tractors to tow all types of vehicles and also serve to carry various loads from ammunition and food supplies. The official description of this vehicle was “Raupenschlepper-Ost” (tracked tractor-East).The RSO was built by the Austrian manufacturer Steyr-works. It had a commercial-type pressed steel cab and a wooden cargo body. The next versions, as the RSO/03 built by Klockner-Humbolt-Deutz AG, had a simpler, soft-top, slab-sided metal cab. It proved ideal for the mud and slush conditions of the Russian front. Thanks to its “off road” capabilities it was used as artillery and anti-tank gun as the largely used 75 mm. Pak 40 towing tractor.

1/72 B – 58 HUSTLER
SUPER DECALS SHEET FOR 6 VERSIONS

This 4-engined delta wing bomber came into service with the US Strategic Air Force at the beginning of the 60s and was, at that time, the pinnacle of technology. The B-58 could reach supersonic speeds even at full load and was specifically designed to carry nuclear weapons so as to provide a fast response to a Soviet attack, which, back in the Cold War of the 50s, was considered a constant threat.

1/72 M12 Gun Motor Carriage
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The self-propelled gun GMC M12 was used during the Second World War by the U.S. Army. It was developed on the hull of the M3 Lee / Grant tank on which was installed the original French GPF 155 mm gun. The main armament, the ammunitions and the gun crew were located in an open topped area at the back of the vehicle. Only the driver’s and the radio operator’s seats were protected. To absorb the effects of the recoil when using the artillery piece, the M-12 was equipped with a rear blade that was lowered and fixed into the ground.

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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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