Italeri May 2018 Releases
The Lancia Delta HF four wheels-drive is considered an Icon of the Rally Competitions History. The Delta HF was produced in the second half of the 80s and participated in the World Rally Championship from 1987 to 1988 winning two world titles and achieving important results in a lot of competition as the Rallye de Monte-Carlo and the Rallye San Remo. The Lancia Delta Integrale was the evolution of the Delta HF. It was introduced in 1988 and dominated the World Rally Championship winning several constructors’ championship and an impressive number of competitions up to 1993. Updated in many aesthetic details that made it more muscular and aggressive, as the enlarged fenders and the new designed air intake on the engine bonnet, the Lancia HF Integrale was also improved in driving and engine performance. The 1995 cm3 turbocharged engine increased its power up to 185 hp. The Lancia Delta Integrale dominated the World Rally Championship between the 80s and early 90s, bringing many famous pilots as Miki Biasion or Juha Kankkunen to victory.
According to the Italians, this medium tank was classified as a heavy due to its intended role, even though its combat mass reached 26 tons. The Italian heavy tank program created a tank that resembled the Soviet T-34, in terms of armour and turret shape. The gun of the P26/40 was good for a medium tank, and the armour, while strong by Italian standards, was unfortunately riveted.
Nevertheless, it was sent to mass production. Not one P26/40 left the assembly line until the capitulation of Italy in 1943, when manufacture was continued by Germany. One of the difficulties in operating the P40 was the diesel engine during a time of diesel fuel shortage; for this reason, 40 machines without engines were used as pillboxes in the battles against Allies on the Anzio River. The total number of P40 tanks built
during the Second World War is around 100 vehicles.
1/32 F-104 STARFIGHTER G/S – Upgraded Edition RF version
ITALIAN AIR FORCE ORPHEUS RECON POD – BULGED COVER FOR RECON PHOTO SYSTEM – 2 ALE 40 CHAFFS DISPENSERS – FINELY ENGRAVED RECESSED PANEL LINES AND RIVETS – FULLY DETAILED ENGINE , COCKPIT , AND AVIONICS BAY – FULLY DETAILED GUN BAY WITH COMPLETE M-61 VULCAN ASSEMBLY – OPEN OR CLOSED AIR BRAKES – PHOTOETCHED FRET – 325 PARTS – 2 HUGE DECALS SHEETS FOR 8 VERSIONS – INSTRUCTIONS SHEET WITH COLOR PROFILES
The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is one of the most famous fighters in the history of aviation and also one with the longest operational life: its history began at the end of the 50s and ended, for some air forces, in mid 2000s. Its unique airframe, with slender fuselage and very little wing surface, made this aircraft ideal as an interceptor. Thanks to the thrust of its General Electric J79-GE-11A afterburning turbojet engine, it could exceed Mach 2,2 with an excellent rate of climb. But it was not very manoeuvrable and difficult to pilot. The F-104G Starfighter was produced on license by several European aviation industries. From the mid-60s, it became the standard interceptor for many NATO countries including Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece, and Turkey. The armament was basically the same found on previous versions, with a 20mm Vulcan cannon and the option to fit under the wings air-to-air missiles, bombs, or additional fuel tanks to increase the airplane’s range. With time, reconnaissance duties were added to the traditional interceptor service. The F-104G was therefore equipped with a dedicated “Orpheus” reconnaissance external pod that gave excellent operational results.
The JSF Joint Strike Fighter program was set up to develop a new fifth-generation all-weather multirole combat aircraft able to replace the existing United States and NATO strike-fighters. The aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin generated the single-seat, single-engine, F-35 Lightning II. It adopts stealth technology and it is characterized by the trapezoidal wings and by the use of the most advanced hi-tech materials and avionic systems. Developed to perform air superiority, close air support and ground attack missions, it has been design in different configurations. The F-35A is the conventional takeoff and landing variant, the F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing variant and the F-35C, with foldable-wings, has been developed to be used from conventional deck carriers. Thanks to its operational flexibility, the advanced on-board technology and the impressive project innovation, the F-35 lightning II will be a reference aircraft in the twenty-first century military aviation.
The twin-engine supersonic multirole fighter F/A-18 Hornet has been developed to offer an extraordinary flexibility and versatility. It can perform air superiority, ground attack, close support and reconnaissance duties. Thanks to its flexibility, the F/A-18 has been adopted by several Air Forces becoming a relevant commercial success. It is used, in its various configurations, by US Navy, US Marine Corps, Australian, Canadian, Spanish and Swiss Air Forces. More in detail, 26 single seater F/A-18 and 7 twin seater, equipping 3 squadrons, are currently used by Swiss Air Force. The Hornets of “Fliegerstaffel 11”, the backbone of the Swiss air defense system operating from the Meiringen airfield, participated, in 2016, to the NATO Tiger Meet Event in Saragoza, where several planes, from all NATO members, were decorated with the characteristic “Tiger” livery.
The Gun Motor Carriage M6 was developed on the famous 4×4 Dodge WC52 frame adopting, on the rear deck, a 37 mm. light anti-tank gun. Thanks to its Dodge T-214 6 cylinders engine the M6 was able to reach, on road, the speed of 90 Km/h. The United States Army used GMC M6 from the late 1942 up to the end of World War II on all the operating theaters as the Mediterranean, the European front and the Pacific. The GMC M6 was set up and developed to be anti-tank vehicle but, since the first clashes in Tunisia, its light gun was often ineffective against the most recent German tanks protections. Its main role was partially changed and the M6 started to be used as infantry support vehicles.
Stralis Hi-Way distinguishes itself for a number of important technological and aesthetic differences when compared to the previous versions. The cabin has an updated design and is equipped with integrated electronic systems that optimise comfort on board and provide additional safety. The evolution of Stralis is also distinguished by a “powertrain” that minimises fuel consumption and reduces maintenance costs. In fact, the motor complies with the new anti-pollution parameters stipulated by Euro 5. In 2017, Iveco officially approved the supply of a Stralis Hi-Way with livery dedicated to the Abarth racing department in order to transfer cars under the brand name Scorpione between one race and another. To reinforce this partnership between the two brands, IVECO will manufacture a special limited edition of 124 models of HI-WAY with white livery and red and grey finishes, which are the traditional colours of the team.