The latest releases from Italeri.

These are either already available or coming out this month.

M1120 HEMTT Load Handling System kit n. 6525 scale 1:35

NEW MOULDS – NEW RUBBER TYRES

The acronym HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) identifies a range eight-wheel drive off-road capable heavy truck, produced from the mid-80s for the United States Army. Thanks to its features, the HEMTT is able to guarantee a great off-road mobility and significant transportation performance. It has become the real “workhorse” of the Army capable of carrying ammunition and equipment in a very effective way. In details the M1120 HEMTT LHS (Load Handling System) is equipped with a loading system, that can be used direct from the cabin, able to transport a lot of different types of cargo and containers. The M1120 is capable of carrying a payload of 11 tons. That’s what makes it ideal to perform military logistic duties. It has been recently used in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Decals for 2 versions

Modern Light Weapons Set kit n. 6421 scale 1:35

AD-4W Skyraider kit n. 2757 scale 1:48

SUPER DECALS SHEET FOR 4 VERSIONS

The Douglas Skyraider was manufactured immediately after War World II. Despite its traditional piston motor, in an age when jets were spreading, the Skyraider had an extraordinary long career. It made its first flight in 1945 and it was retired from service only in 1975. It has participated to several conflicts, demonstrating its value in Korea and in Vietnam. Characterised by low speed manoeuvrability, it was able to transport impressive war cargos of over 3,500Kg. Perfect for ground attack missions, it was provided with robust armour to minimise fire damages from the enemy. The AD-4W three-seat (one pilot and two observers) airborne “early warning” version has been developed from its robust and reliable design. It has built in more than 150 units and it has been characterised by the big “radome”, the adoption of radar picket system to look and acquire potential targets, and the adoption of advanced communication system.

MIRAGE 2000C – Gulf War kit n. 1381 scale 1:72

The Dassault Mirage 2000C is a single-seat air superiority fighter and it has been a reference point for the French aircraft production. Entered in service in the first part of 80’s, it maintained the typical “delta wing” aerodynamic design but, compared to the previous generation French fighters, the Mirage 2000 has adopted significant technical improvements. Thanks to its SNECMA afterburning turbofan engine, it is able to reach the speed of Mach 2.2. It has a great manoeuvrability and it can carry a various set of offensive weapons. The Mirage 2000C is often considered the first new generation fighter, produced in Europe, to be entered in operational service. The main user has been the French Armée de l’Air that used the Mirage 2000C during Gulf War on 1991.

Decals for 3 versions

F-5 F Tiger ll kit n. 1382 scale 1:72

SUPER DECALS SHEET FOR 6 VERSIONS

Developed in the early seventies from the American company Northrop, as a direct evolution of its predecessor, the F-5E Tiger II was characterised by an increased power, a better manoeuvrability and better air-to-air performance. Its real strength, however, was represented by the low production and maintenance costs compared to a good combat effectiveness. Thanks to its cost / performance ratio the F-5E was chosen to equip the fighter squadrons of several air forces. Among these countries, the Swiss Air Force considered the F-5E suitable to meet the real unique features of which the Alpine Country needed. It was also produced under licence by the Helvetic country. From the single-seat F-5E, the two-seat trainer F5-F has been directly derived. Armed with a single M39 gun, it keeps all the main operating features of the single-seat version.

Berliet 356ch / Renault R360 “Le Centaure” kit n. 3913 scale 1:24

“Le Centaur” has been presented as single unit “show truck” at the Paris Motor Show in 1978. The starting development point was the well-known Berliet TR 350 equipped with a 15-liter V8 turbo engine, with a power of 356 hp. The truck has been made on Marcel Benoit inputs with the goal to present, during the Paris exhibition, something able to create enthusiasm and something different from the standard vehicles presently on the market, at that time. “Le Centaur” project brings the name of two people : the French designer Lucien Moge and the Jean Pierre Augier, the developer of Lamberet truck body. After 15 days of no-stop working, in the Lamberet bodywork factory, “Le Centaur” was born. Le Centaur was launched on the market in two different versions : the 356 Hp and the “smaller” 305 Hp.

CURTAINSIDE TRAILER “schoeni.ch” kit n. 3918 scale 1:24

During the last few years the Curtainside became more and more the standard trailer for various freight transport. Due Due to the possibility to slide the canvas sides, it is easy to load and unload merchandise. Our model represents a 3-axle trailer with frame protection and solid tail gates, as it is generally used all over Europe.

PAX ROMANA Battleset – kit n. 6115 scale 1:72

THE BOX CONTAINS: Roman Villa – MDF laser cut with etched details, Roman Infantry (36 figures), Roman Cavalry (16 figures), Celtic Warriors (42 figures), Celtic Cavalry (15 figures).

During the first Century B.C. a long period of internal civil wars declared the end of the Roman Republic and it laid the foundation for the birth of the Roman Empire. During the first Century exceptional political and military leaders, as Julius Caesar, wrote impressive historical pages thanks to military campaigns that expand the Roman border towards more and more distant frontiers. The most famous campaign, well described directly by Julius Cesar in his “De Bello Gallico”, was conducted against the Gauls led by Vercingetorix and ended with the Roman victory at Alesia in 52 BC. The effectiveness and organization of the roman legions triumphed over the courage of the Celtic warriors. The military campaigns had gradually expanded the Roman borders until arriving in Britain and on the “Limes” of the Rhine river. However, the Romans brought in the conquered lands, a political, legislative and cultural model completely new and innovative who contributed, for several years, to achieve a stable and definitely evolved social system.

World of Warships

New Italeri Model Kit Line. Inside the box you can find one Bonus Code for rare Warship not usually available in the in-game store. EACH BOX CONTAINS: Model Kit, Liquid Cement, Precision Tweezer, Ship Guide, Wall Poster A3, World of Warships Decals, 3 Invite Codes, 1 Bonus Code

IJN ATAGO kit n. 46502 – scale 1:700

THE BOX CONTAINS: 1 MODEL KIT – 1 LIQUID CEMENT – 1 PRECISION TWEEZER -1 SHIP GUIDE – 1 WALL POSTER (29,7 x 42 cm) – WORLD of WARSHIPS DECALS – 3 INVITE CODES – 1 BONUS CODE

Atago is one of four Takao-class heavy cruisers, built between 1927 and 1932, for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Like her sister ships, Atago was named after a mountain: Mount Atago – located just outside of Kyoto.

The design of the Takao-class evolved from the preceding Myōkō-class heavy cruisers, built in the 1920s. With thicker armor, dual-purpose main-battery guns and improved torpedo launcher safety, Takao-class vessels became the backbone of the IJN.

Their main armament consisted of ten 20 cm/50 3rd Year Type naval guns, in five twin-mounted turrets and 24 Type 93 “Long Lance” torpedoes that could be launched from four quadruple-torpedo launchers.
Due to this, Atago became one of the most heavily armed cruisers in the world – at least at the time. It was quickly discovered that the ship design was top-heavy, which affected stability and seaworthiness. For this reason Takao and Atago were rebuilt.

The size of the bridge was reduced, the main mast was relocated afterwards, and hull bulges were added to improve stability. Laid down on the 28th of April 1927 at the Kure Navy Arsenal – the same shipyard where the famous battleship Yamato was later constructed – Atago was launched on the 16th of June 1930. The final outfitting and sea trails took nearly 2 years, and the ship was finally commissioned on the 30th of March 1932.

USS ESSEX kit n. 46503 – scale 1:700

THE BOX CONTAINS: 1 MODEL KIT – 1 LIQUID CEMENT – 1 PRECISION TWEEZER -1 SHIP GUIDE – 1 WALL POSTER (29,7 x 42 cm) – WORLD of WARSHIPS DECALS – 3 INVITE CODES – 1 BONUS CODE

After the abolition of disarmament treaties by Japan in 1936, the U.S. passed the Naval Expansion Act of Congress in May 1938, authorizing the building of new aircraft carriers. This was later expanded under the terms of the Two-Ocean Navy Act and then again with the US declaration of war.

U.S.S. Essex (CV-9) was to be the prototype and lead ship of the famous Essex Class, of which a total number of 24 ships were completed between 1941 and 1950. The design of this class aimed to increase the size of both the flight and hangar decks. These vessels also had better armor protection than their predecessors, better facilities for handling ammunition, safer and greater fueling capacity, and more effective damage control equipment.

U.S.S. Essex was laid down on the 28th of April 1941 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. It was commissioned only 19 months later on 31st December 1942, due to accelerated construction efforts after the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

Essex served in several assignments in the Pacific theatre of World War II. This included Task Force 58, during the attack against the main Japanese naval base at Truk, the Battle of Leyte Gulf in Task Force 38, which is considered the largest naval battle of that time, and the attack on the northern Philippine Islands where she was hit by a kamikaze attack. Essex also supported the attacks on the Japanese positions near the main Islands, neutralizing any remaining Japanese air power in preparation of a landing operation.

After World War II it was ordered to Bremerton, Washington for inactivation and was eventually decommissioned and sent to reserve in January 1947. It underwent a modernization cycle where a new flight deck and streamlined superstructure was installed. She was then recommissioned on 16th January 1951.

Essex served as the flagship for Carrier Division 1 and Task Force 77 during the Korean War and provided close air support for allied troops. Neil Armstrong – the future astronaut – served on the vessel at that time. After the war it had several assignments in the Pacific Fleet, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea.

In 1961, Essex was ordered to provide air support to CIA-sponsored bombers during the Bay of Pigs Invasion. However, this mission was aborted by President Kennedy at the last moment and the Essex’s crew was sworn to secrecy. It was also part of the US fleet enforcing the “quarantine” of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.

In 1968, Essex was assisting in the Apollo missions – she was the prime recovery carrier for Apollo 7. The carrier was eventually decommissioned on 30th June 1969 at the Boston Navy Yard, after nearly 23 years of active service in the US Navy.

All kits are available from Italeri and other stores.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International
Scifiantasy

Categories: MBI NEWS

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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