Italeri New Releases

Here’s the new releases for this month from Italeri.

RF-4E PHANTOM ll 1/48
FULLY UPGRADED MOULDS – SUPER DECALS SHEET – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

The RF-4E was the unarmed reconnaissance version of the famous Mc.Donnell Douglas two-seats fighter F-4 Phantom II. It was designed and developed for export and it was the combination of reconnaissance system of the RF-4C with the airframe and the powerful engines of the F-4E . The German Luftwaffe received the first samples in the early 70s and became one of the main users along with Japan, Iran, Israel and Greece. Further, many more components and reconnaissance systems were also manufactured in Germany. The RF-4E was able to carry out reconnaissance missions “all-weather” in a very effective way thanks to the cameras installed in the bays, the infrared sensors, and the target looking radar system. Some Countries developed specific versions more in line with the specific operational use. The Israelis RF-4E, for instance, has been upgraded in avionics and were able to carry air to air missiles as Sidewinders or Pythons.

A-10 A/C THUNDERBOLT ll – GULF WAR 1/72
SUPER DECALS SHEET FOR 4 VERSIONS

The A-10 Thunderbolt II was developed by Fairchild Republic in the seventies with the purpose to create, accordingly the needs of USAF, a powerful aircraft capable to perform close air support missions including attacking tanks and armoured vehicles. The Thunderbolt II is heavily armoured and exceptionally tough. It is characterised by the two General Electric turbofan engines and the adoption of one of the most powerful aircraft gun ever flown : the 30 mm. GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling. Thanks to its eleven underwing and under fuselage pillars, the A-10 can carry an impressive offensive pay-load. The A-10 was used in combat for the first time during the Gulf War in 1991 and it has showed its operational effectiveness destroying more than 900 enemy tanks.

Pz.Kpfw.V PANTHER Ausf.G late 1/35
UPGRADED MOULDS – PHOTO-ETCHED FRET – NEW GLUABLE RUBBER TRACKS
The “Panther” was definitely one of the most famous tanks of World War II. Developed as a direct answer to T-34 and KV-1 Soviet tanks that outclassed, in terms of performance and armament, the Panzer III and Panzer IV on the eastern front. Powered by a 12V Maybach 690 hp engine, it was armed with the very effective, especially for anti-tank use, Kwk 42 L/70 75 mm gun. The Panther Ausf. G was produced from March 1944 and was characterized by a strengthened hull, a different design of the commander’s cupola, improved gun protection and “Zimmerit” anti-magnetic mine paste. Panther Ausf. G had a crew of 5 men. It was produced in more than 2,000 units and served on all fronts : Italy, France and Eastern front.

CLASSIC WESTERN STAR 4964 1/24
SUPER DECALS SHEET

The Western Star started to design and to build industrial vehicles in 1967. Since the beginning the Western Star product line up was a good synthesis, for its features, of the “ideal” American heavy truck. In particular the trucks dedicate to perform the highway transportation duties are still the reference point in the Western Star range. The American manufacturer is specialised in “tailor made”, in terms of engines, gearboxes and frames, and customised trucks in order to meet the specific customers needs. However the customisation doesn’t stop to the technical configuration made by the factory. Most of time the passionate drivers used to equip their trucks with a wide adoption of accessories and chromed parts that make them unique and authentic “masterpieces” on wheels.

Plus 2 smaller releases in 1/72

  • BRITISH INFANTRY Colonial Wars
  • ZULU WARRIORS Colonial Wars

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International
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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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