Italeri Aug 2017 Releases
The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, with its slender fuselage and the very little wing surface, has been for a lot of years the reference fighter of the Aeronautica Militare Italiana. Thanks to the thrust of its General Electric J79 afterburning turbojet engine, it could exceed Mach 2,2 with an excellent rate of climb. During the years of its operational service, several fighter squadrons of Aeronautica Militare, realized unique commemorative livery, with a strong an amazing visual impact. The adoption of particular liverys was used both for the celebrations of the fighter squadron flying activity and history, such as the F-104G Streghe (Witches) made in 1989 by the 3° Stormo located in Verona Villafranca using the colors of the 28° Gruppo, or to commemorate important events on the mass culture. About this second category one of the best known is the fantastic F-104G “Rosso 27”, made by the 4° Stormo 20° Gruppo, located in Grosseto, that adopted the Ferrari Red livery and the number 27 in memory of the Canadian F1 champion Gilles Villeneuve. Donated by Aeronautica Militare to Ferrari the “Rosso 27” is the “gate guardian” at the Fiorano track.
Alenia’s C-27J Spartan is the updated version of the military transportation aircraft Aeritalia G-222. Two new and powerful turboprop Rolls-Royce AE2100-D2 are capable to bring the Spartan to exceed the speed of 374 mph. It can transport up to 68 solders, 46 paratroopers or more than 11 tons of equipment. In the MEDEVAC configuration, dedicated to medical operations, it can carry 36 litters and the relative medical staff. The setting of this aircraft includes Head Up Display (HUD), digital cockpit and an advanced avionic systems that allow the aircraft to operate in all-weather conditions. Thanks to its aeronautical and structural characteristics, it has an excellent take off and landing performances on short, narrow and unprepared runways. In addition to the Italian Air Force, the main operators of the Spartan are several Air Forces as the ones of Australia, Greece, Lituania, Romania and some african countries. It is also used by U.S. Coast Guard and Army.
1/72 EL ALAMEIN WAR – BATTLESET
El Alamein is one of the most famous battles in the Second World War fought between the British forces, led by Lieutenant-General Bernard Law Montgomery, and the Axis forces, led by Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. After the penetration of the German and Italian Forces in Egypt, based on the precise goal to advance up to the Suez Canal, the British Army started to adopt a strategic plan based on the prevention of further enemy advancing toward the cities of Alexandria and Cairo. The Axis long supply lines and the lack of reinforcements, joined to the 8th Army superiority in men and vehicles, were the assumptions for the Montgomery’s great offensive successfully launched on 23rd October 1942 (codename Lightfoot). El Alamein was a turning point of the North African campaign bringing, in May 1943, to the Italian-German forces capitulation in Tunisia.
The Armored Recovery Vehicles (ARV), were introduced during the Second World War. They were built on the hulls of existing armored vehicles, removing the main armament and the turret and installing of specific equipment for the recovery or repair of armoured fighting vehicles damaged in battle. The American M-32 ARV was based on the chassis of the well-known Sherman A-4 medium tank and it was used by U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations during the Second World War. It was characterized by the superstructure that permitted to lift and to trail the damaged tanks. Furthermore on M-32 a wide set of repairing tools and spare parts were loaded on board emphasizing its role of real “mobile armoured workshop” capable of operating on the front line. The M-32 was even able to perform complex operation as the replacing of the tank engine. The M-32, after the end of WWII, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and it was used by many Countries until the ‘90s.
1/72 MAGACH 6
During the Yom Kippur War, in 1973, the backbone of Israeli armored troops was formed by the American tanks M48A3 and M60A1. However, the significant losses suffered during the battles, launched an improvement program in order to increase the operating effectiveness and the reliability of Israel’s tanks. During the 1970s, more in detail, the Magach 6 was developed on the basis of the American M60. Among the numerous modifications, such as the installation of a new fire control system and the improvement of the main armament, the most visible change was the adoption of ERA (explosive reactive armor) protections, fitted to reduce the effects of anti-tank weapons and missiles adopted by the enemy armies. Between 1980 and 1990 the Magachs have been gradually replaced by the most modern and advanced Merkava tanks as Israel’s front-line MBT (main battle tanks). However, the Magach 6, through continuous upgraded, has equipped several Israeli armored units until the mid-1990s.
1/9 NORTON 750 COMMANDO PR
In 1967, in order to relaunch the sales on a rapidly changed two wheelers market, the Norton Motorcycle
Company introduced its new motorcycle: the Norton Commando. The Commando adopted a parallel twincylinder 750cc engine with two valves per cylinder. Compared to the previous British engines it was
characterized by the higher displacement and the tilted forward cylinders. The use of the Isolastic antivibration system provided and impressive increase of the riding comfort. The Norton Commando, replaced the outdated Atlas, and obtained immediately a very good commercial success. It became very popular and well-known all over the World. In the United Kingdom it won the Motor Cycle News “Machine of the Year” award for five successive years from 1968 to 1972. Particularly appreciated the modern and innovative shape, for those time, as the design of fuel tank, handlebar and back cover.
The Scania “Series 2”, produced and sold by the Swedish company in the 80s, can be considered a reference point for the commercial and industrial freight of those years. The tractor and the two-axels trailer configuration was considered a perfect combination to perform the heavier transportation duties and it was widely used by many freight companies. The “road train” was capable of loading, thanks to its flexibility and its loading capability, all type of building materials as timbers, logs and gravel. The Scania 142 tractor was powerful, reliable and characterized by good driving performance and low fuel consumption.